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

Union: Export-Import Bank means jobs for U.S.

SEATTLE — The Export-Import Bank is a vital tool for creating American jobs and it must be renewed, say leaders of Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “This is important to us, as Machinists, because the Ex-Im Bank helps Boeing customers line up financing so they can buy the planes we build,” said District President Tom … 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: We’re not out to close Charleston plant

Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle, addresses some of the half-truths and misconceptions regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against the Boeing Co. in this open letter to workers at Boeing’s North Charleston site. I’m writing to Boeing workers in South Carolina to address some of the issues … Continue reading

‘I do expect to lose,’ Boeing lawyer tells Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Boeing Co. will lose in its efforts to defend against a National Labor Relations Board complaint before both an administrative law judge and the NLRB. That’s what Boeing’s lead attorney said Thursday during testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. “I do expect to lose,” said Michael Luttig, who is an executive … Continue reading

Union: Boeing & allies ‘bumrushing’ the law

SEATTLE — The Machinists Union Thursday issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the deliberately misleading claims being made by Boeing and its political allies in regards to the National Labor Relations Board complaint against the company. “In the furor being stirred up by Boeing and its surrogates, the rule of law is being trampled in a … Continue reading

Labor Council asks: Why was Boeing so reckless?

Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson takes Boeing and its supporters to task for their response to the recent National Labor Relations Board filing against the company in this opinion piece, which was printed in The Seattle Times on May 10. SEATTLE — The National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing has caused quite … Continue reading

IAM: Boeing tries using clout to block legal action

SEATTLE — The Boeing Company has long been a top spender in the Washington Legislature to gain low tax rates and other corporate benefits. Now it is trying to use its clout in the other Washington to intimidate and coerce the federal agency investigating Boeing’s unlawful retaliation against its workers in the Puget Sound. On … Continue reading

Boeing sought delays, said no to talks in NLRB case

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 filed its complaint with the National Labor Relations Board for one simple reason: to stop Boeing’s illegal threats against its own employees. “When it comes time for you to vote on a new Boeing contract,” District 751 President Tom Wroblewski told his members, “I want you to be able to … Continue reading

Union applauds NLRB complaint against Boeing

SEATTLE — A complaint issued today by the National Labor Relations Board against the Boeing Co. is a victory for all American workers – particularly aerospace workers in both Puget Sound and South Carolina, officials with the Machinists Union said. The federal complaint alleges that Boeing’s decision in 2009 to locate a 787 final assembly … Continue reading

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