IAM 751 endorses McGinn for re-election in Seattle
SEATTLE – Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has endorsed Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn for re-election.
The union’s District Council voted to endorse McGinn this week, based on the recommendation of its Legislative Committee, which is made up of Machinists who work for Boeing and other employers. The committee had interviewed McGinn and other candidates for Seattle mayor.
“Mike McGinn has stood up for working people in Seattle during his first term as mayor,” said union Legislative Director Larry Brown. “Because of that, the men and women who work as Aerospace Machinists in Seattle and Puget Sound are standing up for him.”
Specifically, Brown cited McGinn’s support for workers on six key issues:
- His support for union workers on strike against Waste Management in Seattle, which helped lead to an early resolution of the walkout;
- His support for workers employed by Hyatt hotels in Seattle, which helped them in their effort to form a union;
- His support for Seattle’s fast food workers during their “Strike Poverty” action calling for higher pay;
- His support for requiring a grocery store proposed for city-owned land in West Seattle to pay a living wage to its workers, as well as providing them with enough hours each week to qualify for health benefits;
- His support for closing the pay gap between men and women in Seattle; and
- His support for Seattle’s paid sick days law, which made the city a national leader in the effort to ensure workers don’t have to chose between their jobs and their health.
“Seattle has one of the nation’s strongest local economies, and Mike McGinn understands that it didn’t happen by accident,” Brown said. “Seattle’s economy was built by a lot of smart and hard-working people, many of them union members. Mayor McGinn has supported the issues important to working people, so we’re supporting him.”
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 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.
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