Machinists prepare to vote on Triumph contract

SPOKANE — Machinists Union negotiatiors have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with management at the Triumph Composites plant in Spokane.

Members of District 751’s Local 86 in Spokane will vote on the new deal Thursday. Their contract with the aerospace supplier expires at midnight June 3.

Background information on the talks is included in the latest edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online. The newsletter includes a report on the May 13 barbecue at the District 751 Union Hall in Spokane, where members who work at Triumph were briefed on the progress of the talks to that point.

The Machinists at Triumph have received the proposed contract and are reviewing it. However, the two sides have agreed not to publicly discuss details prior to the vote. But last week, union leadership reported that they were “making progress” in the talks, and vowed to “continue meeting to deliver a contract with improvements and no takeaways, to ensure a secure future for our members.”

The top issues for Triumph Composites workers, according to union surveys, are job security, compensation and overtime. Formal talks have been underway since May 4.

Triumph Composites was spun off in 2003 by Boeing, which built the plant in Spokane in 1990. Triumph provides a range of ducts, panels and other components for Boeing’s commercial airplanes.

Also in the current Eastern Washington Machinists News, you’ll find stories on:

  • The work done by union Machinists at ASC Machine Tools in Spokane Valley, a company that manufactures equipment for the metal building, can-manufacturing and paperboard-packagine industries;
  • How union members — and their employers — are banding together to help Dennis Meech, a Machinist from Goldendale who lost his sight in a motorcycle accident. District 751 officials are working with Guide Dogs of America in hopes of getting a service dog for Meech. Last year the union raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs.
  • The work done by Machinists at Penske Truck Rental and Leasing in Spokane.

Best known for representing Machinists at Boeing plants around Puget Sound, District 751 also represents more than a thousand working men and women at companies and agencies across eastern Washington, through a network of local lodges that includes Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland.

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