NAS Whidbey technicians vote to join IAM 751

OAK HARBOR – Military aircraft refueling specialists who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

Doss Aviation NASEmployees of Doss Aviation at NAS Whidbey voted by a 2-to-1 margin to join the union on Nov. 19. The vote affects roughly two dozen Doss workers at the air station.

District 751 has represented Doss Aviation employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord since 2009. In their current contract, ratified in 2011, they won annual pay increases, increased company contributions into a pension fund and a number of other improvements.

“The Doss workers at Whidbey have seen good things happen to people who join unions, and they wanted that for themselves,” said union Business Rep Jon Holden.

The union is now contacting the company to request dates for the start of contract talks, and surveying members to determine their priorities for their first union contract.

The Doss Aviation workers are the third group of civilian employees at NAS Whidbey who have voted to join District 751 since 2010, joining workers at Delaware Resources Group and L-3 Communications. In all, District 751 now represents nearly 750 civilian employees at NAS Whidbey, JBLM and Fairchild Air Force Base.

“We are proud to have the Doss-Whidbey workers as our brothers and sisters in the Machinists Union,” said District 751 President Tom Wroblewski. “They do work that’s essential to preserving America’s might, and they deserve the benefits that a union contract can bring.”

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 some 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

To talk with a District 751 officer about how a union contract could help you, click here.

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