Machinists at JBLM win better pay and benefits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – More than a dozen IAM 751 Machinists who work for a defense contractor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will see raises and improved health and welfare benefits as a result of their new collective bargaining agreement.

JoeC17SimThe 13 workers, all employed as training simulator maintenance technicians by Textron subsidiary AAI Corp., ratified their new three-year agreement on Dec. 17.

Under the agreement, they will receive:

  • 3 percent annual raises, plus an additional $1-an-hour benefit for hours worked on second shift and an extra $1.50-an-hour for working on third shift, which was double the previous shift differential;
  • Annual increases in the amount of money the company pays to workers in lieu of providing health insurance; and
  • Improved language for seniority rights and vacation time.

The agreement “shows improvements in wages and preserves critical benefits for both current employees and future hires,” said IAM 751 Business Rep Joe Crockett, who represents members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work at JBLM.

District 751 represents some 350 civilian employees at JBLM, who work for seven different contractors providing specialized aviation and training support services for the U.S. military.

“We’ve been able to make some very real gains for defense workers at JBLM, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Fairchild Air Force Base,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “These workers perform jobs that keep all Americans free, and we’re proud to have them as part of our union.”

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 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

To talk to an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union, click here.

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