JBLM Machinists increase pay and pension benefits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members who maintain helicopters used by U.S. Army special forces based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will see raises and pension increases in their new collective bargaining agreement.

KAIVoteAWorkers with Kay and Associates Inc. — or KAI — approved the three-year agreement Monday with a 95-percent “yes” vote.

Under their new agreement, the workers will see:

  • Raises of 2.75 percent in the first year, 2.5 percent in the second year and 2.5 percent in the third year;
  • Increases in employer contributions to their IAM National Pension funds in the first and third years; and
  • Improved language regarding sick leave and paid time off.

The contract covers more than 30 specialists who maintain UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at JBLM.

This is the second collective bargaining agreement for the workers at KAI, who joined Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in 2013 and approved their first collective bargaining agreement in 2014.

“The work our members at KAI do directly supports American soldiers in the field,” said IAM 751 Chief of Staff Richard Jackson. “They deserve the kinds of pay and benefits that a union contract can bring.”

District 751 represents nearly 250 civilian workers employed by 10 contractors at JBLM, who provide specialized aviation support services to units of the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 31,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

Think you’d be better off working under a collective bargaining agreement? Click here to contact an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union.


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