State Labor Council honors District 751’s president

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council has honored the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 with its Mother Jones Award, in recognition of his outstanding advocacy on behalf of Washington’s working families.

mother jones awardThe award recognized union President Tom Wroblewski’s leadership during the bitter legal battle with the Boeing Co. over its decision to move 787 final assembly work from Everett to South Carolina, and also his leadership in negotiating the contract extension that resolved the National Labor Relations Board court fight and ensured the 737 MAX would be built here.

“His actions during the two-year battle showed leadership, dedication and commitment to his union’s membership and to the core values of the labor movement,” said Bob Guenther, the Labor Council vice president who presented Wroblewski with the award.

The Labor Council gives two Mother Jones Awards each year, one to an individual and one to an organization. The awards are named for Mary Harris Jones, an Irish immigrant who became a leader in the U.S. labor movement in the early 20th century. She’s best known for her words urging union activists to “mourn the dead, but fight like hell for the living.”

Wroblewski was presented with his award at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, which was held July 25-27 in Vancouver.

As he accepted the award, Wroblewski thanked the staff at District 751 for all they do for the union’s 33,000 members, and congratulated the union members themselves for “proving every day you are the best aerospace workforce in the world.”

Wroblewski himself is deserving of thanks for all he’s done, Guenther said.

“Through his strategic foresight and perseverance, he secured the building of the 737 MAX in Washington state,” he said. “In spite of national criticism … Tom Wroblewski stood resolute with his members to win the day, and secure jobs, rights and dignity for union members across Washington and across the nation.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, 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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