Machinists make Halloween sweeter in White Center

WHITE CENTER — Machinists Union members who work in Everett played a big part in ensuring that children in the White Center neighborhood south of Seattle had a safe and happy Halloween.

candydriveLed by union steward Paul Richards, Machinists who build Boeing Co. 777 jets at the company’s Everett plant collected nearly 550 pounds of candy in October for the Salvation Army of White Center‘s annual Halloween party.

That represented nearly three-quarters of the roughly 800 pounds of candy collected by members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 from across Puget Sound.

“Paul and the rest of our 777 crew in Everett were rock stars,” said IAM 751 Business Rep Rich McCabe, who headed up the union’s candy drive.

The union’s annual Halloween candy drive helps support the Salvation Army’s effort to provide a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating to children in the White Center neighborhood.

“In good years, we give them enough candy for their Halloween party, and their Christmas party too,” said McCabe. “This year was a really good year.”

Originally founded in 1935 by hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

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