Machinists ratify contract with transportation service

SEATTLE — Machinists Union members who help provide senior citizens and disabled people in Seattle with personal transportation have approved a new three-year contract.

The seven workers are employees of the community-service agency Solid Ground, which runs the Seattle Personal Transit service.

Seattle Personal Transit provides round-the-clock, door-to-door personal transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. The union members work as operations supervisors for the service.

The union workers voted unanimously Aug. 31 to approve the deal. Under the terms of the contract, they will receive:

  • 1.5 percent wage increases in each year of the contract;
  • Improved rules for calculating overtime pay;
  • A $25 increase in bonus pay for working holidays; and
  • A guaranteed eight-hour rest period between shifts.

In addition, health care benefits were kept at current levels for the duration of the contract.

“The overtime language is a real plus,” said Kimmy Jones, who is the group’s union steward. “There are a lot of good things in the contract.”

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski said that union officers “feel good about what we were able to achieve, working with management at Solid Ground.”

The work the Machinists do there is “important to the quality of life of the people they serve,” Wroblewski said. “I’m proud to have them as members of our union.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents some 29,000 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.

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

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