Machinists ratify two contracts in Tri-Cities
PASCO – Machinists Union members working at two different Tri-Cities companies have ratified separate three-year contracts.
The new deals with both Monarch Machine & Tool and Lee & Eastes Tank Lines were approved with wide margins. Both deals took affect in July, after voting being voted on in June.
The deal at Monarch Machine gave workers raises of 40 cents an hour in each year of the contract, plus increased the pension contribution and kept the employer-paid health care plan in place. The deal with Lee & Eastes included 50-cent-an-hour pay increases, an adjustment to the health care plan and greater pension contributions.
Representatives of Machinists Local 1951 praised both employers, particularly owner Doug Winters at Monarch Machine.
Winters “really takes care of the workers at contract time, and throughout the year,” said Ken Howard, a staff assistant for Machinists District Lodge 751, who represented the Local 1951 workers in the contract talks.
Lee & Eastes also is an employer that has “valued its employees and made an effort to keep their doors open and members working,” Howard said. “The owner worked hard with us to build a contract members would ratify while still keeping the business successful.”
Monarch Machine, at 410 S. Oregon Ave. in Pasco, provides a range of machined and fabricated products to various industries. Lee & Eastes transports fuel and other bulk commodities, with terminals in Pasco, Portland, Seattle and Spokane.
Originally formed in Seattle in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, Machinists District Lodge 751 now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 companies and agencies across Washington and California. It has a network of local lodges around Washington, including Local 1951 in Pasco.
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