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

Holden: McNerney remarks are ‘astounding and sad’

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SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement to union members in response to Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney’s flippant remarks about “cowering employees” during the company’s second-quarter earnings call on July 23. “If anyone had wondered whether Boeing’s relationship with its own workers could come to … Continue reading

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

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