Machinists forge tentative agreement with Jorgensen

SEATTLE – Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Tukwila have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with their employer.

JFCshakeThe union’s negotiating team announced the agreement Thursday afternoon, and said it would recommend that members vote to accept it. A vote has been scheduled for April 9.

“It is a good first contract that addresses our members’ concerns, including pay, health care costs, hours of work and overtime rules,” said IAM 751 Business Rep Joe Crockett.

Terms of the agreement are not being publicly released. Crockett said the union’s negotiating team will go through the proposal with union members at meetings prior to the April 9 vote.

If approved, the contract would cover about 100 workers at the Jorgensen Forge plant on East Marginal Way in Tukwila, who had voted in August 2014 to join the Machinists Union.

The JFC workers are specialists who forge everything from propeller shafts used in ships and submarines to parts used in the aerospace, maritime and drilling industries. Their products are created from stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and other metals.

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.

Think you’d be better off with a union contract? Click here to speak to an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union.

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