Lost jobs: 11,000 reasons for tax break accountability

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

Holden responds to report on 777 production rate cut

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Jon Holden issued the following statement after the Boeing Co. announced plans to cut production rates for its 777 aircraft line, which is built by union members in Everett: “We were notified today that 777 production rates at Boeing are being dropped from seven airplanes per month … Continue reading

Holden: Boeing taking both jobs and tax dollars

SEATTLE — Today’s reports that the Boeing Co. received $305 million in Washington state tax breaks last year are a prime illustration of why the state Legislature needs to act on aerospace tax incentive accountability, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said. “As a state, we sent $305 million to Boeing headquarters in … Continue reading

Union: Latest cuts show need for job guarantees

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement March 29 as The Seattle Times reported that the Boeing Co. is looking to eliminate thousands more jobs now held by Washington state residents. “We have not been notified of these types of workforce reduction numbers. “We continue to … Continue reading

Machinists at Boeing earn 3% incentive pay for 2015

The 2015 payout for the Aerospace Machinists Performance Plan for IAM 751 members at the Boeing Co. is 3 percent. The incentive plan payments will be made on the Feb. 18 payday. The IAM-Boeing Joint Council met Monday, Feb. 8, where the final numbers for the 2015 performance period were reported on the AMPP. Representatives … Continue reading

Machinists testify in support of tax accountability bill

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature needs to act now to keep more aerospace industry jobs from leaving the state, Machinists Union District Lodge 751 officers told the House Finance Committee on Jan. 19. The Machinists urged lawmakers to pass House Bill 2638, which would require the Boeing Co. to keep specified numbers of jobs in the … Continue reading

Boeing has shed nearly 4,000 jobs since tax cuts

SEATTLE — A new Boeing Co. report shows that the company has slashed nearly 4,000 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the state’s Legislature approved an $8.7 billion tax break for the aerospace industry two years ago. The company’s latest workforce report shows it eliminated another 342 Washington state jobs in November, on top … Continue reading

Holden congratulates Machinists for MAX roll-out

RENTON — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Jon Holden today congratulated the members of his union for their hard work and skills that enabled the Boeing Co. to roll-out the first 737 MAX on schedule: “This airplane program has been on time since the start. That’s a testament to our members’ skills. “We are … Continue reading

Give-and-take: State gives billions, Boeing takes jobs

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, made the following remarks Monday during a press conference marking the two-year anniversary of the signing of a law giving the Boeing Co. $8.7 billion in tax breaks aimed at growing Washington’s aerospace industry. Two years ago, our union went to Olympia to … Continue reading

Machinists: Stop using our jobs as bargaining chips

The Boeing Co.’s recent moves to transfer work out of Puget Sound to South Carolina, Utah and China underscore the need for the Washington Legislature to attach accountability measures to the $8.7 billion tax breaks that the company and its suppliers now enjoy in Washington state. That was the message Machinists Union District Lodge 751 … Continue reading

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