Spokane Valley Machinists rafity contract
SPOKANE VALLEY – Machinists Union members at ASC Machine Tools have ratified a new three-year contract.
Some 71 percent of the company’s 66 hourly workers voted in favor of the deal on June 25. The contract contained improvements in bonus pay, health insurance, vacations and personal leave and company 401(k) contributions.
Despite tough economic conditions that have resulted in layoffs, the contract doesn’t contain any concessions, the union’s bargaining team reported.
“We were able to make small gains in several areas, and took bonuses instead of pay raises because of the economy,” said Jim Awberry, a union steward who served on the negotiating team. “Like anything, you have to look at the whole picture and the state of the economy before you vote.”
Spokane Valley-based ASC provides tooling used by manufacturers of metal buildings and of aluminum and steel cans.
The Machinists are part of the IAM District Lodge 751 in Seattle. Formed in 1935 as the union for hourly workers at Boeing, the district now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 companies and agencies across Washington and California.
This is the third Spokane-area contract that District 751 has negotiated for its members in 2010.
Earlier in June, 335 Machinists at Triumph Composites ratified a three-year deal that guaranteed them a full-time job for the duration of the contract, something never before seen in the aerospace industry. And in April, employees of defense contractor FlightSafety Services at Fairchild Air Force Base unanimously adopted a three-year contract that gave raises of 6.69 percent and more in the first year.
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