Jackson appointed new chief of staff for IAM 751

SEATTLE — Richard Jackson has been named the new chief of staff at Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

Jackson, RichardJackson, who previously was a union Business Rep in Everett, replaces Jim Bearden, who has retired after nine years as the top administrative assistant to the union’s district president.

Jackson, 47, will handle a range of administrative duties assigned to him by IAM 751 District President Jon Holden.

“I’m really excited to get started,” Jackson said. “Jon has laid out a plan for how we can improve the lives of our union members and other workers in our industry. I’m going to focus on what we need to do to follow through on his ideas.”

Jackson had been a business rep in Everett since 2007, most recently as the representative for workers on the Boeing Co.’s 767 and KC-46  programs.

Before that, he worked for 18 years as an electrician at Boeing, where he served as a union steward and representative to the IAM 751 District Council. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as an electrician’s mate.

Holden welcomed Jackson into his new role.

“Richard has been a very hard-working and successful business rep, because he is focused on what’s best for our members,” he said. “That’s exactly the right approach for someone in his new job too.”

Holden also thanked Bearden for his service to the union, which included 18 years working at IAM/Boeing Joint Programs. “For many years, Jim did a lot of behind-the-scenes work that directly benefitted our members,” Holden said. “He deserves thanks from all of us.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, 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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