Spokane Machinists ratify contract with Kenworth

SPOKANE — Machinists Union members working at Kenworth Sales preserved their pensions and won small raises with their new union contract.

Kenworth ballot count1The 19 truck mechanics who work at the company approved the one-year deal on Nov. 30, with more than 90 percent voting yes.

“Everyone feels pretty good about the contract and getting a bit of a raise is always a good thing,” said Scott Hanks, a Machinist at Kenworth Sales who was on the bargaining committee.

A report on the contract vote is included in the new edition of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

Also in the newsletter, you can read:

  • A story on how Machinists working at Triumph Composites in Spokane are teaming with management to help recruit young people into aerospace careers;
  • Coverage of Eastern Washington Machinists who got involved in the 2012 elections;
  • A year-end report on record fundraising for Guide Dogs of America accomplished by Machinists  in three Eastern Washington locals.

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 nearly 34,000 working men and women at 48 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. It provides services to those workers through a network of seven local lodges, including Local Lodge 86 in Spokane, Local Lodge 1123 in Wenatchee and Local Lodge 1951 in Richland.

To talk to a District 751 officer about how a Machinists Union contract could help you, click here.

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