Machinists ratify contract with BAE Systems

EVERETT – Machinists District Lodge 751 members working for BAE Systems in Everett have unanimously ratified a new three-year agreement with the aerospace supplier.

“Our members do a great job for BAE and this contract recognizes that,” said Tom Wroblewski, the District 751 president. “There’s a lot of work to be done over the next three years, and we’re committed to making BAE successful here in Puget Sound.”

Under the terms of the new contract, the union members will receive wage increases of 3 percent in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 2.5 percent in the third year.

The contract also preserves cost-of-living increases for the workers, increases the amount that BAE will pay into the Machinists Union’s pension fund to cover the workers’ retirements, and improves the language covering 401(k) contributions.

Health care benefits will remain at current levels for the duration of the new contract.

The contract covers a small number of District 751 members who work for BAE testing and installing the precision electronic equipment the company supplies for Boeing’s commercial airplanes. The business was part of Boeing until 2004, when Boeing sold it to BAE.

BAE Systems plc is a British defense, security and aerospace company headquartered in Farnborough, England, that has global interests, particularly in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc., which is based in Arlington, Va.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District 751 now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 employers across Washington and California.

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