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

Union pact helps plant’s new owners forge ahead

TUKWILA — Machinists Union members who work at Washington’s largest metal-forging company started the year with new employers, and their company has a new name. CE Star Holdings completed its purchase of the bankrupt Jorgensen Forge Corp. on Nov. 28. The collective bargaining agreement between the new Star Forge LLC and Machinists Union District Lodge … Continue reading

Spokane Valley Machinists approve labor agreement

SPOKANE VALLEY – Machinists Union members who work at ASC Machine Tools will get raises and improved retirement benefits, thanks to their new union contract. The workers, who are members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86, approved the agreement with an 65 percent yes vote on Dec. 27. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Machinists … Continue reading

Fun deal: Charity poker tourney raises $10,000

AUBURN — Machinists Union members helped raised nearly $10,000 for charity with a benefit poker tournament this year. The “All in For Guide Dogs” Hold ‘Em Tournament attracted 90 players to the Muckleshoot Casino on Nov. 12. Teresa Messenger won the tournament, but Guide Dogs of America was the biggest winner, said Andy Schier, the … Continue reading

Holden responds to report on 777 production rate cut

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Jon Holden issued the following statement after the Boeing Co. announced plans to cut production rates for its 777 aircraft line, which is built by union members in Everett: “We were notified today that 777 production rates at Boeing are being dropped from seven airplanes per month … Continue reading

Buffett-owned plant accepts workers’ right to unionize

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

IAM 751 volunteers raise $246,000 for charity in 2016

LAS VEGAS — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised $246,000 for charity in 2016. IAM 751 President Jon Holden presented a check for that amount to Guide Dogs of America at the organization’s annual banquet, held Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. “Our union is committed to helping people improve their quality of life,” … Continue reading

Machinists make Halloween sweeter in White Center

WHITE CENTER — Machinists Union members who work in Everett played a big part in ensuring that children in the White Center neighborhood south of Seattle had a safe and happy Halloween. Led by union steward Paul Richards, Machinists who build Boeing Co. 777 jets at the company’s Everett plant collected nearly 550 pounds of … Continue reading

Spokane-area Machinists improve pay and benefits

SPOKANE — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 working for three different Spokane-area employers have won significant wage increases in recent months, while maintaining health and retirement benefits. Machinists working at a fourth employer were able to add a 401(k) benefit as well. “Our members are hard-working and highly skilled specialists in high-demand fields,” … Continue reading

Machinists join Home Team to fight against hunger

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is teaming once again with Northwest Harvest and KING-TV to fight hunger in western Washington. The union is collecting non-perishable food items at all Puget Sound union halls as part of KING-TV’s annual Home Team Harvest food drive. Donations will be taken through Dec. 2. In addition, as … Continue reading

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