Aluminum workers win raises, preserve benefits

MALAGA, Wash. — Machinists Union members and other union workers at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works are working under a new five-year contract. About 350 aluminum smelter workers represented by the Wenatchee Aluminum Trades Council ratified the contract on June 6. The agreement was retroactive to May 16, which was when the previous agreement expired. The agreement provided: A ratification bonus of $1,000; … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Machinists ratify first union contract

OAK HARBOR – Machinists Union members who work for Doss Aviation at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will get wage and pension benefit increases after ratifying their first union contract. The Machinists at Doss approved the three-year agreement on June 9 with an 88 percent yes vote. The contract covers roughly two dozen Doss employees … Continue reading

AIM Aerospace Machinists ratify first union contract

SUMNER — Machinists Union members who work at AIM Aerospace in Sumner have won 5.6 percent average wage increases plus improved benefits with their first union contract. The workers ratified the contract with a 75 percent yes vote on Friday. “This is a good foundation you can build from,” union Business Rep Brett Coty told AIM … Continue reading

Aerospace Machinists join Fight for $15 in Seattle

SEATTLE  — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is formally joining the Fight for $15 in Seattle. The union’s District Council voted unanimously March 11 to endorse Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15. The motivation is simple, said Larry Brown, the union’s Legislative Director. “Clearly, we all do better … Continue reading

Report: Union workers earn 21 percent better pay

SEATTLE —  Union workers on average earn $200 a week more than their non-union counterparts, a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The extra income – which equals $10,400 a year more – can make a real difference in the lives of working Americans, said Jesse Cote, who leads the unionizing department … Continue reading

Sumner Machinists AIM for better than poverty pay

SUMNER — Negotiators with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are fighting back against a proposal by AIM Aerospace managers in Sumner that would lock composites manufacturing specialists at the company into poverty-wage jobs for the next five years. “AIM President John Feutz doesn’t seem to mind that his employees qualify for food stamps and low-income … Continue reading

51 percent of Machinists say yes to Boeing proposal

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SEATTLE — Machinists Union members have voted to accept the Boeing Co.‘s proposed eight-year contract with a 51-percent yes vote. “Our members have spoken and this is the course we’ll take,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 represents more than 30,000 hourly workers at Boeing plants in Puget Sound. Machinists … Continue reading

Wroblewski says Boeing offer ‘is still a bad deal’

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SEATTLE — A Boeing Co. proposal for an eight-year contract extension contains weak assurances that Machinists Union members will build the company’s 777X airplane in Puget Sound, the union’s district president warned. That “weak promise of job security” — coupled with Boeing’s plans to destroy union retirement benefits, jack up health care costs and limit future wage … Continue reading

Wroblewski clarifies events surrounding Boeing offer

SEATTLE — Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, sent the following message to his union membership this morning, regarding Boeing’s decision to break off talks aimed at securing the 777X for Washington state: Dear Brothers and Sisters Several hundred of our 30,000 members at Boeing e-mailed me overnight to ask why … Continue reading

Union: We were willing to give labor peace

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SEATTLE – Talks between the Boeing Co. and Machinists Union District Lodge 751 have ended after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a proposed contract extension that would have guaranteed the 777X would be built in Washington state. “Our members want to build the 777X, and we believe Boeing’s best chance for … Continue reading

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