Funds to help build aerospace training center

A proposed new aerospace training center for Spokane is one step closer, thanks to a $275,000 grant secured by a state agency that’s supported by Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

The grant will help build a new Inland Northwest Aerospace Technology Center in conjunction with Spokane Community College. It’s planned for a site near Spokane International Airport.

A story about the grant appears in the current edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

The grant was secured by AJAC, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee. AJAC is working with SCC on a number of projects, including an effort to develop one statewide curriculum for aviation maintenance training programs. District 751 is a strong supporter of AJAC, having helped secure state funding for its creation in 2008. District 751 representatives also serve on the AJAC board.

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

  • A story on how workers at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County are preparing for negotiations for a new contract later this year. District 751 represents more than 120 workers at the landfill, which is the 10th-largest facility of its kind in the United States;
  • A story describing how a District 751 member working for Triumph Composites in Spokane has taken the lead in health and safety training and awareness at his factory;
  • A feature story about a union steward with Local 1951 from Yakima who is a two-time defending dirt-track racing champion, with a car that sports a big bright Machinists Union logo.

The Eastern Washington Machinists News is published every two months for members of Machinists Union Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland. It is a supplement to the monthly AeroMechanic newsletter, published by District 751 in Seattle.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., Seattle-based Machinists District Lodge 751 now represents more than 26,000 working men and women at 44 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2010, it negotiated contracts with 22 of those employers without a single workday lost to strikes.

To contact a District 751 officer for information on how a union contract could help you, click here.

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