Don’t believe anti-union hype, Cadence workers say

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EVERETT — After one year of membership in the Machinists Union, union stewards at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens have this advice for workers at companies in the midst of union votes: Don’t believe what the company’s anti-union consultants say. About anything. “None of it came true,” said Union Steward Gary Naple. “Nobody lost their job. The company’s … Continue reading

Lost jobs: 11,000 reasons for tax break accountability

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OLYMPIA — The Boeing Co. has eliminated the jobs of more than 11,000 Washington state residents since Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature agreed to give the company the largest corporate tax incentives in U.S. history. That’s why Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace are continuing to … Continue reading

IAM 751 volunteers raise $246,000 for charity in 2016

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LAS VEGAS — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised $246,000 for charity in 2016. IAM 751 President Jon Holden presented a check for that amount to Guide Dogs of America at the organization’s annual banquet, held Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. “Our union is committed to helping people improve their quality of life,” … Continue reading

Spokane-area Machinists improve pay and benefits

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SPOKANE — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 working for three different Spokane-area employers have won significant wage increases in recent months, while maintaining health and retirement benefits. Machinists working at a fourth employer were able to add a 401(k) benefit as well. “Our members are hard-working and highly skilled specialists in high-demand fields,” … Continue reading

Machinists forge deal with plant’s potential owners

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TUKWILA — Machinists Union members who work at the former Jorgensen Forge plant in Tukwila have ratified a proposed contract with their potential new employer. The vote is a key step forward as the potential new owners — CE Star Holdings – attempt to bring Jorgensen Forge out of bankruptcy, and it clears the way … Continue reading

Apprenticeships can change lives, AJAC grads say

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TUKWILA — Apprenticeships have the power to change lives. That’s the message graduates of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee gave in June, as they collected their certificates. “If you had told me in high school that this is where I was going to be, I would have laughed at you,” said Ryan Booth, the class … Continue reading

White House honors Curran for lifetime of service

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PUYALLUP — A Puyallup man has been honored by the White House for a lifetime of volunteer community service work with the Machinists Union. Rob Curran, a union steward who works for the Boeing Co. in Auburn, received a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for donating more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service. The award included … Continue reading

Machinists accept offer, ending lockout at Triumph

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SPOKANE – Machinists Union members who work at Triumph Composite Systems have accepted the company’s offer on a four-year contract and will return to work on Monday. Union members voted by 82 percent to accept the offer, which ends a lockout at the aerospace parts factory that was going into its sixth week. “We are … Continue reading

Machinists reach tentative agreement with Triumph

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SPOKANE – Negotiators from the Machinists Union and Triumph Composite Systems have reached a tentative agreement that could end the five-week-long labor dispute at the aerospace manufacturing plant. Union members who work at the plant will vote on the proposed four-year agreement on Wednesday. The two sides came to the tentative agreement after three days … Continue reading

IAM 751 updates on lockout at Triumph Composites

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SPOKANE – Machinists Union District Lodge 751 issued the following update Wednesday as the labor dispute at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane concluded its third week: There have been no talks between the union and the company since May 9. On that date, union members voted by 94 percent to reject the company’s “last and … Continue reading

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