Union workers earned 25 percent more in 2016

Union members in 2016 earned 25 percent higher wages than their non-union counterparts, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The same report also showed that union membership in Washington state grew again in 2016, and is up by 10 percent over the past two years. “These are two pieces of very good … Continue reading

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

Union contract wins raises for aerospace workers

KENT — Machinists Union members who work at Hytek Finishes in Kent will see pay increases as the result of their new union contract. Union members at the plant approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Jan. 27, with a 95-percent “yes” vote. Over three years, the proposed offer: Raises the minimum wage for … Continue reading

Union pact helps plant’s new owners forge ahead

TUKWILA — Machinists Union members who work at Washington’s largest metal-forging company started the year with new employers, and their company has a new name. CE Star Holdings completed its purchase of the bankrupt Jorgensen Forge Corp. on Nov. 28. The collective bargaining agreement between the new Star Forge LLC and Machinists Union District Lodge … Continue reading

Spokane Valley Machinists approve labor agreement

SPOKANE VALLEY – Machinists Union members who work at ASC Machine Tools will get raises and improved retirement benefits, thanks to their new union contract. The workers, who are members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86, approved the agreement with an 65 percent yes vote on Dec. 27. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Machinists … 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

Whidbey Machinists win raises, retirement security

OAK HARBOR — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work for Delaware Resource Group at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have won pay increases and enhanced retirement benefits with a new collective bargaining agreement. The workers approved the agreement with a 92-percent “yes” vote on Aug. 27. “This collective bargaining agreement recognizes the … Continue reading

Machinists at BAE Systems OK three-year agreement

SEATTLE — Machinists Union members who test and install flight decks for a Boeing Co. contractor have unanimously ratified a three-year contract. Under their contract with BAE Systems, the workers will maintain cost of living increases and pension benefits for the next three years, while also collecting $1,000 lump sum payments in each year of … 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

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