Whidbey Machinists win raises, retirement security
OAK HARBOR — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work for Delaware Resource Group at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have won pay increases and enhanced retirement benefits with a new collective bargaining agreement.
The workers approved the agreement with a 92-percent “yes” vote on Aug. 27.
“This collective bargaining agreement recognizes the important contributions our members make in support of the United States military,” said IAM 751 Chief of Staff Richard Jackson, who led the union’s negotiating team.
District 751 represents 15 simulator technicians and related workers at the company, which is commonly called DRG. They maintain flight simulators used to train crews of P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft based at NAS Whidbey.
Under the terms of the agreement, workers will receive:
- 3-percent general wage increases each year, along with 25-cent-an-hour increases in shift differentials and increased in-lieu cash payments for workers who don’t use company-provided health benefits;
- New contract language introducing company contributions into the IAM National Pension Plan; and
- Improved language covering sick leave, seniority and grievances.
This is the second collective bargaining agreement for the Machinists at DRG, who joined District 751 in 2013. In all, District 751 represents more than 175 civilian workers at NAS Whidbey, employed by DRG, Doss Aviation and URS Corp.
“All of our members at NAS Whidbey do work that’s vitally important to America’s national security,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “We are all proud to have them as part of our union.”
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.
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