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


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


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

Holden: McNerney remarks are ‘astounding and sad’


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

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