Refueling specialists at JBLM ratify union contract

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members who work as military refueling specialists at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have ratified a new three-year contract.

logo_dossThe deal was approved with a 64-percent “yes” vote on Aug. 25. It covers 16 specialists who work at JBLM and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center.

Under terms of the agreement, the workers will get:

  • Raises of 2 percent in each year of the contract;
  • Increased pension contributions in each year;
  • Annual increases to the company’s health and welfare benefit, which will be paid out as cash if the workers can show proof of group health insurance; and
  • Improvements to paid time off.

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 represents about 350 civilian workers at seven JBLM contractors that provide a range of aviation support services for the armed forces.

“Our members at JBLM do work that’s essential for maintaining America’s freedoms,” said IAM 751 Business Rep Joe Crockett, who represents the Machinists on the base. “They deserve the kind of pay and benefits that a union contract can bring.”

Originally founded 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 51 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

To talk with a IAM 751 officer about how to join the Machinists Union, click here. 

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