International President calls District 751 a ‘flagship’

Council oathSEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is a “flagship” organization within the Machinists Union and a model for the entire labor movement, union International President Tom Buffenbarger said.

“You lead by example, not just in the services and representation you provide to our members, but you also extend the message of our union’s flag — ‘Service to the Community,'” Buffenbarger said.

Coverage of Buffenbarger’s speech to the District Council can be found in the current edition of the AeroMechanic, which is now available online.

Buffenbarger attended District 751’s Jan. 15 District Council meeting, and he administered the union’s Oath of Office to new and re-elected district officers, business representatives and Council delegates who were starting their four-year terms.

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Buffenbarger noted. District 751 Machinists are part of a proud tradition and should be “very proud of the role that you play, and that you have played, in the success of this story.”

Also in this edition of the AeroMechanic, you can read:

  • Details about how Machinists Union members working at the Boeing Co. will receive 3.1 percent incentive payments under the Aerospace Machinists Performance Program;
  • How a union steward helped a Boeing worker in Everett gain nearly $6,000 in back pay owed to him;
  • A story on how District 751 helped a former employee of a defense contractor at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station win a $3,400 settlement from the company;
  • A report on how a District 751 work transfer team convinced Boeing to keep 737 parts fabrication work in Auburn — and saved the company money in the process; and
  • WhiteCenterRampBUpdates on union community service activities — including a peanut butter drive to benefit Pierce County food banks and two recent wheelchair ramp construction projects.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, 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.

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

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