Lost jobs: 11,000 reasons for tax break accountability

OLYMPIA — The Boeing Co. has eliminated the jobs of more than 11,000 Washington state residents since Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature agreed to give the company the largest corporate tax incentives in U.S. history. That’s why Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace are continuing to … Continue reading

Machinists endorse I-124 to protect hotel housekeepers

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 thinks Seattle hotel housekeepers shouldn’t be subjected to regular sexual harassment or forced to work strenuous jobs without adequate health care coverage. The union’s District Council voted unanimously Sept. 13 to endorse Seattle city Initiative 124, which would extend union-negotiated protections against sexual harassment and inhumane workloads to … Continue reading

Machinists back Seattle’s secure scheduling proposal

SEATTLE — Seattle’s working people deserve the protections that a proposed secure scheduling ordinance would bring, Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s legislative director said. “Everybody deserves certainty,” IAM 751 Legislative Director Larry Brown testified before the Seattle City Council during a Sept. 7 public hearing on the proposal. Under the proposed ordinance, retailers and fast-food … Continue reading

Machinists Council backs Jayapal for Congress

SEATTLE – The Washington Machinists Council, which represents union workers in the aerospace, manufacturing and forest products industries, today announced it is endorsing Pramila Jayapal in the Seventh Congressional District race. Prior to the primary election, the Machinists Council had made a split endorsement of both Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw. The Council is putting … Continue reading

Holden: Boeing taking both jobs and tax dollars

SEATTLE — Today’s reports that the Boeing Co. received $305 million in Washington state tax breaks last year are a prime illustration of why the state Legislature needs to act on aerospace tax incentive accountability, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said. “As a state, we sent $305 million to Boeing headquarters in … Continue reading

Union: Latest cuts show need for job guarantees

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement March 29 as The Seattle Times reported that the Boeing Co. is looking to eliminate thousands more jobs now held by Washington state residents. “We have not been notified of these types of workforce reduction numbers. “We continue to … Continue reading

Machinists will work to help raise up Washington

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is joining the effort to raise Washington’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour. The union’s District Council voted March 22 to endorse the Raise Up Washington campaign, which seeks to put an initiative on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage statewide to $13.50 an hour … Continue reading

Holden: TPP will devastate U.S. jobs, wages, rights

SEATTLE — The Trans Pacific Partnership will mean lower pay, fewer jobs and greater income inequality for America’s middle class, the president of Machinists Union District 751 said. “The United States cannot afford another trade agreement that replicates the mistakes of the past,” IAM 751 President Jon Holden said. “TPP will devastate jobs, wages and … Continue reading

Washington legislators bowed to Boeing: Unions

OLYMPIA — A majority of the Washington State House Finance Committee bowed to the Boeing Co. today by voting “no” on HB 2638, which would have tied Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentives to jobs. The action denies the state’s House of Representatives a vote on the issue and leaves the aerospace giant free to … Continue reading

Machinists testify in support of tax accountability bill

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature needs to act now to keep more aerospace industry jobs from leaving the state, Machinists Union District Lodge 751 officers told the House Finance Committee on Jan. 19. The Machinists urged lawmakers to pass House Bill 2638, which would require the Boeing Co. to keep specified numbers of jobs in the … Continue reading

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