Stewards team up to help workers and companies

The important work done by union stewards is highlighted in the current issue of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

The newsletter looks at how stewards at Triumph Composites in Spokane work together to provide services to union members.

“We have a big shop with more than 500 people and many members are hesitant to speak up for themselves,” said Jerry Womble, who is one of the stewards at Triumph. “They need someone to be their advocate who understands the contract language.”

In addition, the stewards and Machinists Union Business Representative Steve Warren meet with management at Triumph every other week to resolve any issues before they become problems, and to ensure that managers are aware of workers’ points of view.

By working together with “mutual respect and a positive business attitude,” workers and managers at Triumph are able to come together to find joint solutions that carry out “both employee and company agendas,” Warren said.

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

  • A report on how members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 1951 have ratified a four-year contract with Allied Waste; the Machinists operate Allied Waste’s Roosevelt Landfill, which is the largest in Washington;
  • A story on how trainers at the HAMMER Center at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – all members of Local 1951 — use their skills and knowledge of real-life situations to keep the center’s training up-to-date;
  • A profile of Deb Bauer, a champion cross-country skier who is a member of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 in Spokane who works at Triumph;
  • A report on how Local 86 officers took part in Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day Unity March in January; and
  • A round-up of community service work done in recent months by volunteers from Machinists Union locals across Eastern Washington, including support for Toys for Tots, Meals on Wheels, local Catholic charities and the United Way.

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 more than 31,000 working men and women across Washington, Oregon and California. In Eastern Washington, it operates through a network of local lodges: Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland.

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

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