Aerospace Machinists to help community rebuild

Three Killed, 18 Missing After Major Washington State MudslideEVERETT — Members of Machinist Union District Lodge 751  are stepping up to help their fellow union members who were affected by the catastrophic March 22 mudslide in the community of Oso in Snohomish County.

“At least one union member has family in the hospital after their home was destroyed,” said District President Jon Holden. “And virtually every one of our 1,400 union members who lives in Arlington and Darrington knows someone who was affected.”

In response, the union is doing the following:

  • A charity fund has been created so that union members can donate money to help fellow IAM 751 members who were directly affected by the mudslide. Members who wish to donate can send checks to “District 751 Charity Fund,” care of 9125 15th Place S., Seattle, WA 98108. Please put “Mudslide Relief” on the check’s subject line. All money received will go to union members who were directly affected by the mudslide.
  • The Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross is coordinating relief efforts for mudslide victims. To make a donation, go online at www.RedCross.org/donate. Be sure to designate that your donation is going to disaster relief.
  • District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program will coordinate with the United Way of Snohomish County and the Red Cross to determine what kind of volunteer labor will be needed to help residents of the Oso community clean up and rebuild in the weeks ahead. The MVPs will put out e-mail blasts to call for volunteers when they are needed.

“Unions are all about helping each other and helping our neighbors,” Holden said. “In times like these, we need to do all we can to help.”

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 32,000 working men and women at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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