Don’t believe anti-union hype, Cadence workers say

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EVERETT — After one year of membership in the Machinists Union, union stewards at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens have this advice for workers at companies in the midst of union votes: Don’t believe what the company’s anti-union consultants say. About anything. “None of it came true,” said Union Steward Gary Naple. “Nobody lost their job. The company’s … Continue reading

Buffett-owned plant accepts workers’ right to unionize

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., gestures towards attendees taking his photo as part of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Buffett said all four candidates to replace him as chief investment officer of Berkshire Hathaway failed to beat the 38 percent decline of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index last year. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

KENT – An aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law. As part of the settlement, the general manager of Protective Coatings Inc. in Kent will read aloud a letter … Continue reading

Fire department mechanics join Machinists District 751

SPOKANE VALLEY — Mechanics and couriers for the Spokane Valley Fire Department are the newest members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, after a favorable ruling that clarified who will be members of the new bargaining unit. The ruling by the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission means that all of the department’s fleet maintenance workers … Continue reading

Workers win settlement over retaliation case

AUBURN — Three workers who lost their jobs during a union organizing drive at an Auburn aerospace company have been reinstated and awarded cash settlements. The National Labor Relations Board approved the settlements last month in a case that started with complaints filed by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 against Imaginetics LLC. The union filed … Continue reading

Report: Union membership grows in Washington state

A half-million Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2015, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The ranks of Washington state union members grew to 500,000, up from 491,000 in 2014, according to the BLS report. That 2-percent growth in union membership is good for the state’s economy, said … Continue reading

NLRB sets union vote for Cadence-Giddens in Everett

EVERETT – Workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett are scheduled to vote May 14-15 on whether to join the aerospace machinists union. The National Labor Relations Board ordered the election after Machinists Union District Lodge 751 submitted signed requests from a substantial number of workers at the company. “Cadence corporate has contracts with its suppliers … Continue reading

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

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

NAS Whidbey technicians vote to join IAM 751

OAK HARBOR – Military aircraft refueling specialists who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. Employees of Doss Aviation at NAS Whidbey voted by a 2-to-1 margin to join the union on Nov. 19. The vote affects roughly two dozen Doss workers at the air station. … Continue reading

Sumner aerospace workers AIM higher, join IAM

SUMNER — Workers at AIM Aerospace in Sumner voted by a 3-to-2 margin Friday to join the Machinists Union. The National Labor Relations Board reported that 60 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the union. The NLRB still must certify the results. The vote covers more than 250 workers at the AIM … Continue reading

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