District 751 Machinists ratify contracts statewide

Maybe we should start calling ourselves the “Ratifyin’ Machinists.”

Machinists District Lodge 751 members this summer ratified five major contracts with Eastern Washington employers, the union reports in the summer edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

The most noteworthy new contract is the one ratified by members of Local Lodge 86 in Spokane who work at Triumph Composites. The three-year agreement guarantees that all 335 Machinists on the payroll when the contract was approved will have full-time jobs for the duration of the agreement.

That kind of job security language is the first of its kind in aerospace, said District 751 President Tom Wroblewski.

“How often have we heard that you cannot guarantee jobs?” he asked. “That is exactly what this contract does and members recognized the significance of the language, which is reflected in the 81 percent ratification vote.”

Along with the Triumph vote, union members also approved new contracts at: ASC Machine Tools in Spokane Valley; Monarch Machine & Tool and  Lee & Eastes, both in Pasco; and Alcoa in Wenatchee, where Machinsts are part of the Wenatchee Aluminum Trades Council, which bargains on behalf of all union workers at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District 751 now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 employers across Washington and California. It provides services to those members through a network of local lodges, including Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland.

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