AJAC launches state’s first youth apprenticeships

TACOMA — The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee has worked with other state and local agencies to launch the first youth apprenticeship program for high school students in Washington. The program is being offered to Tacoma students aged 16 or 17, giving them the opportunity to train for jobs in aerospace and other advanced manufacturing fields. … Continue reading

Apprenticeships can change lives, AJAC grads say

TUKWILA — Apprenticeships have the power to change lives. That’s the message graduates of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee gave in June, as they collected their certificates. “If you had told me in high school that this is where I was going to be, I would have laughed at you,” said Ryan Booth, the class … Continue reading

IAM 751 a top donor to aerospace scholarship fund

LYNNWOOD — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 was once again one of the top donors to the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance scholarship fund in 2016. The union gave $5,000 to the PNAA foundation — the fifth year in a row that IAM 751 has donated that amount. PNAA honored the union for its support of … Continue reading

IAM 751 to endow Renton Tech College scholarships

RENTON – Machinists Union District Lodge 751 announced today that it is establishing a $25,000 scholarship endowment at Renton Technical College to help students there prepare for careers in aerospace manufacturing. “We think this is a great opportunity for our union, RTC and young folks in the community,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden, who … Continue reading

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

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

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