Machinists to vote Friday on Cadence-Giddens offer

CadencePlant2EVERETT – Machinists Union members who work at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett are preparing to vote on their first union contract, after negotiators for the company presented the union with what they call their “best and final” contract offer.

Voting will take place Friday at Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s Everett Union Hall. If union members approve the three-year deal, it would take effect immediately, but if enough members vote to both reject the contract and authorize a strike, the union could either call for a work stoppage or seek further negotiations.

The union’s negotiating committee is recommending approval, said IAM 751 Chief of Staff Richard Jackson, who led the union’s bargaining team.

“We weren’t able to come to a tentative agreement at the table,” Jackson said, “but this offer does make some improvements in pay and paid time off, and provides for a lump-sum payment. For those reasons, we’re recommending that our members accept it.”

However, Jackson added, “if they’re not satisfied with this offer, each of our members has the power to send that message to the company and to us.”

“Whatever our members at Cadence-Giddens decide to do, we will support them,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden.

The union represents about 220 Cadence-Giddens workers at two Everett plants, who produce precision machined aerospace components, subassemblies and kits, and do sheet-metal forming.

GiddensCheerThe workers had voted in May to join District 751. Talks on their first contract began in July.

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

If the deal is approved, workers would receive first-year raises of 35 cents or 75 cents an hour, depending on their years of service with the company. Some workers would see additional raises to get them up to new minimum wage marks set for their job classifications.

All workers would get raises of 2.5 percent in both the second and third years of the contract.

The deal also improves paid time off and caps health care costs. It would establish a grievance procedure to protect workers from arbitrary firings and seniority rights in the event of layoffs.

Originally formed in 1935 by 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 52 employers across Washington and California.

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



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