Union honors Myette with top award for service
SEATTLE – An Edgewood woman has received Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s top award for volunteer service.
Terri Myette, a union steward who works for the Boeing Co. in Renton, has received the union’s Bill Johnson True Trade Unionist Award.
The award was presented April 30, as the Machinists Volunteer Program Committee at District 751 honored the union’s top community service volunteers. It is named in honor of the late Bill Johnson, a former District 751 president who founded the committee.
The Bill Johnson award is given annually to a union member who gives to others “what little free time they have without expectation of getting anything in return,” said Ed Lutgen, who was co-founder of the union’s MVP Committee.
Myette, he said, “goes above and beyond in her volunteerism.”
Myette is involved in a long list of community service activities as part of the union. She’s chairwoman of the union’s annual Puppy Putt charity motorcycle ride, and is involved in the annual Flight for Sight fun run, as an officer in District 751’s Women’s Committee.
Through the union, Myette also regularly volunteers to support groups like the Salvation Army, Guide Dogs of America and Northwest Harvest, as well as Project Homeless Connect, which is Pierce County’s twice-annual homeless outreach program.
In addition, she participates with other Machinists Volunteer Program volunteers to build wheelchair ramps for home-bound people and to clean up trash along highways around Auburn. Myette also is one of the leaders of the union’s annual peanut butter drive, which aims to benefit both the Emergency Food Network in Pierce County and the Everett Food Bank.
“You can always see her out there, doing something for somebody somewhere,” Lutgen said.
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents some 33,000 working men and woman at 53 employers across Washington and California.
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