IAM 751 Machinists reject offer from Cadence-Giddens

EVERETT — Machinists Union members who work at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s proposed three-year contract.

DSC_0756In voting Friday, 94 percent of the votes were cast to reject the contract, and 89 percent of the voters also voted to strike.

Union negotiators said they would seek a new round of talks with the company before deciding on calling for a work stoppage.

“Our members at Giddens sent a pretty strong message today to both us and the company that we’ve got more work to do,” said IAM 751 Chief of Staff Richard Jackson, who lead the union bargaining team. “I hope the company is listening.”

This was the first contract offer for the Cadence-Giddens workers, who voted in May 2015 to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The contract would have covered about 220 workers at two plants in Everett. Talks have been underway for seven months.

The workers produce precision machined aerospace components, subassemblies and kits, and do sheet-metal forming.

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

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 woman at 52 employers across Washington and California.

 

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