Holden comments on IAM Executive Council election
SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, sent the following message to union members today, in regards to the announcements of preliminary results in the IAM Executive Council election:
The results still must be reviewed and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Once that is done, we will be able to release the results from voting here at District 751.
This election, and our recent election for the office of district president here at District 751, point out one of the great challenges facing us as a union. Only about 10 percent of our membership took the time to vote in both elections. We must do better.
Our union only works if every member feels connected to it, and believes deep down that he or she has the ability to help guide our future. My goal, as your District President, is to provide you with more ways to get involved with our union, to make yourselves heard and to influence our direction. I urge you to take advantage of those opportunities: speak up, get informed, and vote when the time comes.
It is your union, and if we work together, we can make it better.
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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