Wroblewski to retire as IAM District 751 president
SEATTLE – Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, will retire at the end of this month.
Wroblewski said the stress of the past three months — as he stood up to pressure from the Boeing Co., politicians and his own union’s International leadership over the recently ratified 777X proposal – has put him in the hospital twice since Dec. 27
The experience “changed my perspective on work-life balance,” Wroblewski said. “Your job should not destroy your health.”
Because of that, he said, “I am stepping down from a job I have loved for more than 20 years.”
Wroblewski has served as District 751’s president and directing business representative since March 2007. He was re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012.
Prior to that, he served three years as District 751’s grievance coordinator, and 15 years as a business representative, with assignments in Everett, Renton, Auburn, Frederickson and Seattle.
The union will follow its district bylaws to select a replacement to serve out the remainder of Wroblewski’s term, which runs into 2016.
The departing president called on his union’s leadership and members to come together for a better future.
“We now have been awarded the right to build the 777X, and we must find a way to move this membership forward,” he said. “I leave here honored to have served this membership, knowing that I always had the best interests of this membership guiding me.”
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.