Machinists forge tentative agreement with Jorgensen

SEATTLE – Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Tukwila have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with their employer. The union’s negotiating team announced the agreement Thursday afternoon, and said it would recommend that members vote to accept it. A vote has been scheduled for … Continue reading

JBLM Machinists win better pay, pension, work hours

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members working for two Joint Base Lewis-McChord contractors will receive improvements to their pay, hours of work and pension benefits after ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement. The Machinists, who are employed by DS2 and M1 Support Services, approved the three-year agreement with a 93 percent yes vote on … Continue reading

Union advantage: Higher pay plus better benefits

Union members on average make 27 percent more than non-union workers doing similar work, new data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. “That doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically get a 27 percent pay increase if you vote in a union at your company,” said Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge … Continue reading

Holden comments on South Carolina union election

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, released the following statement after Monday’s news that employees of the Boeing Co.’s plant in North Charleston, S.C., have asked the National Labor Relations Board for an election on whether to join the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. “We have a … Continue reading

Machinists at JBLM win better pay and benefits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – More than a dozen IAM 751 Machinists who work for a defense contractor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will see raises and improved health and welfare benefits as a result of their new collective bargaining agreement. The 13 workers, all employed as training simulator maintenance technicians by Textron subsidiary AAI Corp., ratified … Continue reading

Holden: Unions committed to tax break accountability

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The unions for aerospace workers in Washington are committed to advancing legislation that ensures the $8.7 billion tax package granted to the Boeing Co. and its suppliers last year actually grows the state’s aerospace industry. That’s the message that Jon Holden, president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, gave in his monthly message to union … Continue reading

Union members have rights denied most U.S. workers

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SEATTLE — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working at the Boeing Co. enjoy rights and benefits most working Americans don’t have — thanks to their union contract. “These rights are empowering,” said Laura Ewan, who is an attorney with Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, a Seattle law firm that represents District 751 and 50 … Continue reading

Machinists at JBLM get better pay and benefits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 who work for L-3 Communications at Joint Base Lewis McChord have unanimously ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The workers are instructors who train U.S. Air Force C-17 pilots and loadmasters. Under the agreement, they will receive: 3 percent wage increases in 2015, … Continue reading

Refueling specialists at JBLM ratify union contract

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members who work as military refueling specialists at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have ratified a new three-year contract. The deal was approved with a 64-percent “yes” vote on Aug. 25. It covers 16 specialists who work at JBLM and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. Under terms of the agreement, … Continue reading

Jorgensen Forge workers vote to join IAM District 751

TUKWILA – Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The vote affects more than 100 hourly workers at the company’s plant on … Continue reading

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