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 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

Union pickets in support of workers at Hytek Finishes


KENT – Machinists Union members – many of them Boeing Co. employees – are picketing today in front of a company that provides aerospace parts. The union members have mounted an informational picket outside Hytek Finishes, at 8127 S. 216th St. in Kent. Close to 200 volunteers have signed up to man the pickets in … Continue reading

Machinists’ skill and experience make 777 better


Machinists Union members deserve a lot of the credit for making Boeing’s 777 one of the best-selling widebody jets in commercial aviation history, the union’s district president in Seattle said. Those same union workers are also taking steps to ensure the success – and profitability – of the program for years to come, said Tom … Continue reading

Union files NLRB charges against Hytek Finishes

KENT – Management at Hytek Finishes has violated the rights of its workers under federal labor law as they try to negotiate their first Machinists Union contract, the union alleges. Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Esterline Corp. subsidiary. “We waited until … Continue reading

Union chief: Boeing accord brings long-lasting benefits


The agreement to locate production of Boeing’s 737 MAX in Renton grabbed all the headlines, but the greater significance of the recent accord between the Machinists Union and the company lies in the fine print of the contract, a union leader said. With the ratified agreement, “Boeing and the Machinists Union have agreed to a … Continue reading

Machinists saved 787, union president says


The efforts of Machinists Union members who went above-and-beyond what they were required to do are making it possible for Boeing to deliver its first 787s in 2012. “I firmly believe that without you, there wouldn’t be any 787 deliveries this September – and maybe for years to come,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of … Continue reading

Documents: Charleston was Boeing’s riskiest option


SEATTLE – Newly uncovered Boeing Co. documents show the company’s own executives believed that “Project Gemini” – their plan to establish a second 787 line in South Carolina – was the highest-risk option for their new Dreamliner jet and the one most likely to fail. At the same time, a report by a public interest … Continue reading

Union backs Project Pegasus study with $100,000


Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has invested $100,000 into a study being sponsored by the Washington Aerospace Partnership that will examine the state’s ability to attract and retain aerospace jobs. “For years, this union has talked about the strengths of Washington as a place for aerospace companies to do business,” said union District President Tom … Continue reading

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