Kent aerospace workers join Machinists Union

KENT — Some 165 workers at Hytek Finishes in Kent have voted to join the Machinists Union. The workers voted in favor of the union by a better than 2-to-1 margin on Aug. 11. The National Labor Relations Board certified the results on Aug. 19. The Hytek workers specialize in doing various types of metal … Continue reading

Union: Default setting for courtroom is ‘unlocked’

SEATTLE – A federal judge has rejected the Boeing Co.’s plan to turn the ongoing National Labor Relations Board hearing into a secret trial. Federal Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson has also placed sharp limits on Boeing’s ability to keep the public – particularly Machinists Union members – from seeing many of the relevant documents … Continue reading

Wroblewski: More to union than Boeing dispute


The high volume of noise that surrounds Machinists Union relations with the Boeing Co. is drowning out news about the important work being done by the union on behalf of workers at other companies. “A lot of really important things get overlooked,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “The contract just … Continue reading

Machinists ratify agreement with JBLM contractor

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members working for Doss Aviation have ratified a new three-year contract. The contract covers about 15 specialists who refuel military airplanes and helicopters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. The deal was approved with a 77 percent “yes” vote. Ballots were counted on July … Continue reading

Spokane company works with union for success

For more than 40 years, managers at Pacific Power Products in Spokane have worked closely with employees represented by the Machinists Union. This partnership has allowed the company’s managers to build a strong base of customers who want their heavy trucks and semi’s serviced by an experienced workforce, said John Dill, a Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 member … Continue reading

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