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

Machinists at Hytek ratify new four-year contract

KENT — Machinists Union members at Hytek Finishes in Kent have narrowly approved a new improved four-year contract. The Machinists approved the contract with a 52-percent “yes” vote Thursday, less than a week after they had voted by a nearly 3-to-1 margin Saturday to reject the company’s previous contract offer and authorize a strike. The … Continue reading

Machinists at Hytek reject contract, authorize strike

KENT – A key Boeing Co. supplier now faces the prospect of a strike. Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working for Hytek Finishes voted Saturday to reject a four-year contract offer and to authorize a strike. More than two-thirds of voters cast ballots both rejecting the contract and supporting action. The union has … Continue reading

Machinists picket Hytek after winning NLRB ruling

KENT –Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 engaged in some pre-Christmas picketing as a show of solidarity with their fellow union members working at Hytek Finishes. “We’re here to send a message to our union brothers and sisters — and especially to Hytek management,” said Ron Coen, the president of Local Lodge 751-C. “We’re … Continue reading

Hytek Machinists march; management drags feet

KENT – After a year of contract talks, management at Hytek Finishes has yet to provide its hourly workers with an acceptable contract proposal, according to officers with the Machinists Union. Union members have been marching through the company’s Kent plant on their lunch breaks this week, showing their solidarity and their growing frustration, said … Continue reading

Machinists and Boeing agree to incentive pay plan

A new incentive pay plan for Machinist Union workers at the Boeing Co. will reward them for improving on their already impressive performance. “Our top goal was to ensure this plan paid out for the contribution our members make every day,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The incentive pay … Continue reading

Union pleased as IAM-Hytek talks get mediator

KENT — Management at Hytek Finishes has reversed its earlier opposition to asking federal mediators for help in resolving contentious contract talks with the Machinists Union. Union negotiators hailed the decision, which comes more than two months after managers at the Kent aerospace parts plant had rejected an offer from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation … 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

Safety a core issue for IAM at Boeing, Hytek

Safety is a core value of the labor movement, and because of that Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is determined to win a better contract for its members at Hytek Finishes, the union’s leader said. “It’s unfortunate that now that we’ve found common ground with Boeing and are enjoying an improved relationship with the company, one of … Continue reading

Hytek management refuses offer of mediation

KENT — Management at Hytek Finishes has rejected an offer from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help resolve increasingly contentious contract talks with the Machinists Union. The union’s chief negotiator said he was surprised and disappointed. “The IAM has continued to listen to Hytek concerns, no matter how far-fetched they are,” said Kevin … Continue reading

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