Spokane Machinists win Bloomsday Corporate Cup
SPOKANE — A team of five Machinists Union members finished first in its division in this year’s Bloomsday Corporate Cup road race.
The “Machinists Union 86” team finished first in the competition for organizations with 400 to 599 employees, and had the sixth-best finish overall, out of 353 teams that entered the 7.5-mile road race.
The team — Tracy Hawkins, Joe Marek, Pete Randazzo, Chris Tuck and John Warren — was honored at a Bloomsday luncheon May 17.
A second team of Machinists finished 22nd in the 400-599 division and 243rd overall. The “Machinists 86: IAM Fast” team was made up of Theresa Baumgarten, Ryan Coordes, Mike Fink and Darrin Truitt.
Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 again this year had a booth near the Bloomsday finish line, where volunteers handed out 5,000 bags full of union brochures and giveaways.
Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski was one of the volunteers.
Bloomsday was “a perfect time to remind the community of all the good things we do to help others, and how unions are important both on and off the job,” he said. “It is a great event.”
Originally founded 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 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. They are represented by a network of local lodges that includes Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland.
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