Machinists to vote in April for International officers

SEATTLE — Active and retired members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 across Washington state will vote in April for top officers of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.

AIMSanction5The IAM’s Grand Lodge — as the union’s International headquarters in Maryland is known — is holding elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and eight General Vice Presidents.

Elections will be held at each Machinists Union local lodge across the United States and Canada on the day of their regular April business meeting.

The schedule for elections for IAM 751 local lodges in Puget Sound is:

  • Local Lodge 751-E — 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2 at District 751’s Seattle Union Hall, 9135 15th Place S. (Polls will stay open til 7 p.m. or 30 minutes after the close of Local E’s regular business meeting, whichever is later.)
  • Local Lodge 751-A — 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 3 at District 751’s union halls in Auburn, Everett, Renton and Seattle (click here for addresses) and at the Pierce County Vocational Skills Center in Puyallup, 16117 Canyon Road E.
  • Local Lodge 751-F — 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 9 at District 751’s union halls in Auburn, Everett, Renton and Seattle, and at the Pierce County Vocational Skills Center.
  • Local Lodge 751-C — 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 10  at District 751’s union halls in Auburn, Everett, Renton and Seattle, and at the Pierce County Vocational Skills Center.

In Puget Sound, Machinists Union members are assigned to a local lodge depending on the type of work they perform at the Boeing Co. or other employers. For example:

  • Local 751-A members include painters, assembler/installers, assembly workers, production workers, structures mechanics, wing line mechanics, factory service workers, sealers, flightline mechanics, aircraft-on-the-ground mechanics, forklift drivers, interiors mechanics, wire shop mechanics, functional test mechanics and overhead crane operators.
  • Local 751-C members include maintenance mechanics, tool makers, model makers, machinists, CNC machinists, facilities/maintenance workers, tooks & die makers, automotive mechanics and hazardous waste workers.
  • Local 751-E members include electronics assemblers, electronics inspectors, electronics technicians, flight test technicians and avionics installers and inspectors.
  • Local 751-F members include MPRFs (parts and tooling expeditors), quality assurance inspectors, storekeepers, shipping and receiving clerks, CSHA (confined space safety) monitors, dispatchers and nurses.

District 751 members can confirm which local lodge they belong to by going online at www.IAM751.org/jobs.pdf, or by calling (800) 763-1301.

In Eastern Washington, local lodge membership is determined by geography. District 751 members in the Spokane area are members of Local Lodge 86, those in Wenatchee and north-central Washington are members of Local Lodge 1123 and those in the Tri-Cities and Yakima and Klickitat counties are members of Local Lodge 1951.

The schedule for voting in Eastern Washington is:

  • Local 1951 — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1 at the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council Hall, 1305 Knight St., Richland;
  • Local 11123 — 7 to 8 p.m. April 3 at the Wenatchee Aluminum Trades Council Hall, 180 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee; and
  • Local 86 — noon to 7 p.m. April 10 at District 751’s Spokane Union Hall, 4226 E. Mission Ave., Spokane.

In addition, members can request absentee ballots to vote in the election if they meet certain criteria. Requests must be received at one of District 751’s union halls in Auburn, Everett, Renton, Seattle or Spokane at least 10 days prior to the election. To download a form to request an absentee ballot, click here.

The Grand Lodge election comes one month after District 751 Machinists elected Jon Holden to be their new district president. Holden replaces Tom Wroblewski, who retired Jan. 31, citing health reasons, after nearly seven years as leader of the Seattle-based branch of the union, which is the largest district lodge within the larger IAM.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, IAM District 751 now represents more than 32,000 working men and women at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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