AJAC launches state’s first youth apprenticeships

TACOMA — The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee has worked with other state and local agencies to launch the first youth apprenticeship program for high school students in Washington. The program is being offered to Tacoma students aged 16 or 17, giving them the opportunity to train for jobs in aerospace and other advanced manufacturing fields. … Continue reading

Apprenticeships can change lives, AJAC grads say

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

Partnership helps residents train for aerospace jobs

ENUMCLAW — Adults and teenagers alike who live in the Enumclaw area now have opportunities to train for careers in the aerospace industry, thanks to a partnership that includes the Machinists Union. The partners – including the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, which is strongly supported by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 – celebrated the launch … Continue reading

Apprenticeship Committee honored for innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee founded by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has been honored as a trailblazer in workforce training by the U.S. Department of Labor. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis honored AJAC in August, naming the committee a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator. AJAC was one of … Continue reading

Company honors Machinists for safety, excellence

GOLDENDALE — Eleven Machinists Union members who work for Republic Services in Klickitat County were honored recently by their company for excellence on the job. The 11 were in the first group of Machinists to be given Republic’s “Dedicated to Excellence” award, which recognizes that the workers met Republic’s high standards for safety, while also … Continue reading

Union partners with Boeing to recruit next generation

SEATTLE — The Machinists Union and Boeing Co. are working together to bring a new generation of skilled workers into Washington state’s aerospace industry. One of the joint projects between Boeing and Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is aimed at interesting young people in careers in the aerospace industry through an IAM/Boeing Joint Workforce Development Team. … Continue reading

Boeing gives quality award to Everett 787 Machinists

A group of 30 Machinists Union members who build 787s in Everett has been honored by the Boeing Co. with a new companywide award for outstanding quality and innovation. The team – which calls itself The Incredible B-Deck Bombers – was presented with Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ first-ever Excellence in Quality Award. Tom Wroblewski, the president … Continue reading

Machinists’ skill and experience make 777 better

Machinists Union members deserve a lot of the credit for making Boeing’s 777 one of the best-selling widebody jets in commercial aviation history, the union’s district president in Seattle said. Those same union workers are also taking steps to ensure the success – and profitability – of the program for years to come, said Tom … Continue reading

Senator names union member a ‘Woman of Valor’

SEATTLE — Laura Hopkins, the executive director of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, was one of eight women honored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell at her annual “Women of Valor” luncheon Feb. 22. Hopkins was honored for her work with AJAC, which is creating new opportunities for Washington state residents in one of the state’s … Continue reading

IAM supports findings of Project Pegasus study

RENTON — The Machinists Union will strongly support all efforts to implement the statewide policy recommendations coming out of Project Pegasus – particularly the education and worker training proposals, said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle. “Aerospace is one of the few industries globally that is growing, and Washington … Continue reading

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