March of Diapers: Union to aid low-income families

SEATTLE — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis around Puget Sound. District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities for the third annual March of Diapers drive. The drive is an effort to … 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

Machinists wearing red for heart health awareness

SEATTLE — Officers and staff from Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are wearing red clothing today as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart disease, particularly in women. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women,” said Dena Bartman, the co-chairwoman of the IAM 751 Women’s Committee. “We need to do … 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

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

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

Fun deal: Charity poker tourney raises $10,000

AUBURN — Machinists Union members helped raised nearly $10,000 for charity with a benefit poker tournament this year. The “All in For Guide Dogs” Hold ‘Em Tournament attracted 90 players to the Muckleshoot Casino on Nov. 12. Teresa Messenger won the tournament, but Guide Dogs of America was the biggest winner, said Andy Schier, the … 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

Buffett-owned plant accepts workers’ right to unionize

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., gestures towards attendees taking his photo as part of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Buffett said all four candidates to replace him as chief investment officer of Berkshire Hathaway failed to beat the 38 percent decline of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index last year. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

KENT – An aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law. As part of the settlement, the general manager of Protective Coatings Inc. in Kent will read aloud a letter … Continue reading

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