Company honors Machinists for safety, excellence

GOLDENDALE — Eleven Machinists Union members who work for Republic Services in Klickitat County were honored recently by their company for excellence on the job.

“Excellence” award winner Lewis White

The 11 were in the first group of Machinists to be given Republic’s “Dedicated to Excellence” award, which recognizes that the workers met Republic’s high standards for safety, while also excelling in productivity, customer service and attendance.

They are Bryon Burgin, Joe Garcia, Richard Lattimer, Tom Parrish, Rick Porter, Justin Ramsay, Donald Schell, Larry Smart, Paul Vincent, Lewis White and Kenneth Whitner.

A story about the Machinists who work for Republic is in the current edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

The 11 “Excellence” award winners were also among 110 Machinists working for Republic in Klickitat County to be honored with the company’s “Dedicated to Safety” awards, for achieving safety goals last year. Republic instituted the two award programs in 2010 for its workers at both the Roosevelt Landfill and at Tri-County Disposal in Goldendale.

The diligent efforts of the award-winning Machinists enable Republic Services to remain an industry leader, Republic management said. “Only the most conscientious employees reach this goal.”

Ken Howard, a staff assistant for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, took part in the awards luncheons. The Roosevelt landfill is the largest in Washington and workplace safety is vital, he said. “With so much hazardous material and dangerous equipment, it is important that safety remain in the forefront for all workers at the site.”


Union Steward Rick Porter said safety is a core value for all Machinists at Republic. “We are serious about keeping everyone safe in these jobs,” he said. “The programs are a nice reward, and they help keep safety at the forefront while providing an incentive to stay safe and deliver excellence in all phases of our jobs.”

Also in the current edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, you can read:

  • A story about how District 751 is working with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee to provide cutting-edge skills training and apprenticeship opportunities for workers at aerospace companies across Eastern Washington;
  • A summary of a federal report on wages that shows union workers earn nearly $11,000 a year more than their non-union counterparts;
  • A feature story about innovative products developed by Machinists Union workers at Prompt Printery in Yakima; and
  • A report on recent seminars on the benefits of the IAM National Pension provided to Machinists Union members at Triumph Composites in Spokane.

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 31,500 working men and women at 48 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. District 751 is made up of a network of local lodges that includes 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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