IAM 751’s Palmer speaks to Renton Tech graduates

RENTON — Renton Technical College graduates were part of something excellent during their time on campus, one of the college’s trustees said in a speech during graduation ceremonies. Research done by the Aspen Institute and Brookings Institution in 2014 showed that “our RTC students are getting the training they need to go into high-paying, high-skill … Continue reading

Palmer speaks to grads at Renton Technical College

RENTON — Susan Palmer, the secretary/treasurer of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, spoke at Thursday’s graduation ceremony for Renton Technical College. Palmer is a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. On behalf of the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees, I too would like to congratulate all of tonight’s graduates for the achievements we’ve … Continue reading

Washington fits Boeing RFP to a ‘T,’ says IAM 751 chief

SEATTLE – Washington state remains the Boeing Co.’s best chance for success with its upcoming 777X aircraft program, the leader of the company’s hourly workers said. “Our state has the best tax structure and business climate among the competing states, and all the facilities and infrastructure that Boeing needs,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of … Continue reading

Partnership helps residents train for aerospace jobs

ENUMCLAW — Adults and teenagers alike who live in the Enumclaw area now have opportunities to train for careers in the aerospace industry, thanks to a partnership that includes the Machinists Union. The partners – including the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, which is strongly supported by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 – celebrated the launch … Continue reading

Wroblewski: Right to Worse is wrong for Washington

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The anti-union laws proposed by one Washington state legislator and endorsed by one outspoken pundit would cripple the state’s economy and hamstring efforts to provide the kind of workforce development that’s essential for the future of the state’s aerospace industry, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said. Tom Wroblewski said he’s calling the … Continue reading

Machinists won’t give up Boeing 777X for adoption


Long-time Machinists Union Steward Becky Beasley isn’t willing to watch Boeing’s next airplane — the 777X — get built in some other state. “After 16 years of building this airplane, it would be like putting my first-born up for adoption to see it go someplace else,” she said. Building the 777X in Everett would be … Continue reading

Inslee thanks IAM for 737 MAX, vows to land 777-X

SEATTLE  — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked Machinists Union leaders for all they’ve done to keep aerospace jobs in his state, and said he’s personally committed to doing all he can do to ensure Boeing builds its next new jet – the 777-X – here. Inslee said  his uncle retired from Boeing and several of his … Continue reading

Union is top donor to aerospace scholarship fund

LYNNWOOD — Three community college students studying for careers in aerospace are getting scholarships thanks to Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The scholarships went to Chevy Hoover of Green River Community College, Kenneth Needle of South Seattle Community College and Chris Thomsen of Everett Community College. The three were among 14 Washington students awarded $25,000 worth scholarships from the … Continue reading

Inslee puts aerospace at center of his jobs plan

LYNNWOOD — Gov. Jay Inslee wants to add room for 500 more students in aerospace training programs at Washington’s community colleges. Inslee also told members of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance that he wants to double the number of aerospace training programs for high school students at vocational skills centers statewide. His goal is to … Continue reading

Election: IAM 751’s backing pro-worker candidates


His union’s political involvement can be summarized in two sentences, said Tom Wroblewski, president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751: “District 751 supports candidates who will help working families,” Wroblewski said. “District 751 does not support candidates who make attacks on labor unions a centerpiece of their agenda.” Wroblewski’s explanation of how the union makes … Continue reading

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