Union honors member with top award for service

SEATTLE — A Buckley man described as low-key, unselfish and giving has been given Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s top award for service.

Tom Lindberg, a retired Boeing worker, was presented with the Bill Johnson True Trade Unionist Award at District 751’s annual Machinists Volunteer Program banquet.

The award is given annually to an individual who gives freely of their own time in service to the union or their community, without expectation of personal gain.

Lindberg was nominated by two of his fellow members of the MVP Committee, which is the union’s volunteer service organization.

Fellow Machinist Dave Henry praised Lindberg’s low-key approach to community service.

“He puts in countless hours volunteering in the community, but most people don’t even know he has done anything,” Henry said. “Tom has a love for giving. He is living his dream of giving back so others might live better and achieve their dream.”

Union member Rob Curran agreed, saying Lindberg is “always there to help out when called upon” and calling him “one of the top volunteers.”

“He represents what this union is all about,” Curran said, “taking care of our members and taking care of the community.”

The True Trade Unionist Award was just one of Lindberg’s honors on the night.

He was also recognized as one of District 751’s five winners of gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Awards from the White House, signifying that he’d given more than 500 hours of volunteer community service in 2011.

Also, officers from Northwest Harvest gave Lindberg a certificate thanking him for being one of the top volunteer workers supporting the food bank’s operation in Kent last year.

District 751 President Tom Wroblewki presented Lindberg with the True Trade Unionist Award and thanked him and the other volunteers for being “the ones who are here day-in and day-out, making a difference in countless lives. I want to extend my personal thanks for all you have done.”

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 at 45 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2011, members of the Machinists Volunteer Porgram built their 300th wheelchair ramp, while other volunteers collected more than $263,000 for Guide Dogs of America, the union’s charity of choice.

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