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 deal was approved with a 77 percent “yes” vote. Ballots were counted on July 29.
Under terms of the agreement, the workers will get:
- Raises of 3 percent in each year of the contract;
- Increased company contributions into a pension plan administered by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers; and
- Improvements in sick leave and vacations, new options for health care coverage, and an added holiday on the day after Thanksgiving.
“You never know what the future holds, especially in these recessionary times,” said Dan Kautzman, a Doss Aviation employee who was on the union’s negotiating team. “Having your wages and benefits in writing gives you security and the ability to plan for your future.”
This is the second union contract for Doss workers, who joined Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in 2009.
“In our first contract, we established job descriptions, pay raises, a pension plan and increased health and welfare benefits,” Kautzman said. “This new contract built and improved upon that.”
The Doss contract was one of two agreements with Puget Sound-area defense contractors ratified by Machinists District 751 members in July. At Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, some 250 Machinists working for URS Corp. ratified their first union contract last month with a 97-percent “yes” vote.
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents 28,000 working men and women at 45 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2010, District 751 members used collective bargaining to reach contracts with 22 of those employers, without a single work day lost to strikes.
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