Cadence-Giddens vote shows workers want union


EVERETT — Hourly workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett have voted by roughly a 3-2 margin to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

However, the final outcome won’t be decided until after the National Labor Relations Board conducts a hearing that will determine the fate of 25 ballots that have not been counted yet because the company has sought to exclude those workers from the bargaining unit.

Those are enough votes to swing the decision, but only if more than 90 percent of those ballots were cast against the union, said Jesse Cote, organizer for District 751.

“We’re more than confident that we have won this election, but the employer wants to drag this out a little longer,” Cote said. “So until we’ve crossed all the t’s and dotted all the I’s, we’ll hold off on announcing that the Cadence-Giddens workers have joined our union family.”

The hearing on whether the 25 workers will be included in the bargaining unit must take place within 21 days, under new NLRB rules that went into effect last month. This is District 751’s first unionizing vote since the new rules – which aim to streamline the election process — were put into effect.

There are about 225 hourly workers at the company’s two Everett plants who produce precision machined aerospace components, subassemblies and kits, and do sheet-metal forming.

The Boeing Co. is a major customer for Cadence-Giddens, but parent company Cadence Aerospace also sells parts to Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Gruman and Fokker, along with providing parts to other aerospace suppliers.

Cadence Aerospace is based in Southern California, and operates seven plants across the United States and one in Mexico.

District 751 represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California, with the largest group – more than 30,000 – working for Boeing.

GiddensPix2If the final tally stays in the union’s favor, this will be the third group of workers to join District 751 in the past two years. In 2014, workers at AIM Aerospace in Sumner and Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Tukwila both voted to join the union.

Both groups have since ratified contracts that guarantee them pay increases and improvements in areas like paid time off, while also establishing grievance procedures to help ensure they’re treated more fairly by their managers.

‘More and more workers are finding out they want rights that our union does a great job of providing for them on the job,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “We’re proud to help them organize into a union, so that they can win better futures for themselves and their families.”

Think you’d be better off working under a union contract? Then click here to talk to an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union.


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