IAM 751 concerned by loss of state’s aerospace jobs
SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, had the following statement after the Boeing Co. announced it was permanently moving Boeing defense jobs out of Washington state.
“Through our discussions with the company it is not yet clear what the impact to our members will be, or when potentially they could occur. In our bargaining agreement, we have processes that must be followed before our work can be moved out of Puget Sound.
“However, we are concerned and disappointed with the continuing loss of high-wage aerospace jobs in our state. This is not the job growth our legislators had in mind when they approved the nation’s largest tax-incentive plan for the industry last winter, and this is why we are partnering on legislation that would put accountability measures in place.”
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 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.
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