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

Cantwell: Election is ‘about people and it’s about jobs’

AUBURN — America’s aerospace industry needs federal government support if it is to train the 20,000 workers it will need in the next decade, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said. “I guarantee you my No. 1 priority is that we remain the hub of the aerospace industry right here in Washington state,” Cantwell said. Cantwell spoke … Continue reading

Apprenticeship Committee honored for innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee founded by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has been honored as a trailblazer in workforce training by the U.S. Department of Labor. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis honored AJAC in August, naming the committee a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator. AJAC was one of … Continue reading

Company honors Machinists for safety, excellence

GOLDENDALE — Eleven Machinists Union members who work for Republic Services in Klickitat County were honored recently by their company for excellence on the job. The 11 were in the first group of Machinists to be given Republic’s “Dedicated to Excellence” award, which recognizes that the workers met Republic’s high standards for safety, while also … Continue reading

Union partners with Boeing to recruit next generation

SEATTLE — The Machinists Union and Boeing Co. are working together to bring a new generation of skilled workers into Washington state’s aerospace industry. One of the joint projects between Boeing and Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is aimed at interesting young people in careers in the aerospace industry through an IAM/Boeing Joint Workforce Development Team. … Continue reading

Machinists’ skill and experience make 777 better

Machinists Union members deserve a lot of the credit for making Boeing’s 777 one of the best-selling widebody jets in commercial aviation history, the union’s district president in Seattle said. Those same union workers are also taking steps to ensure the success – and profitability – of the program for years to come, said Tom … Continue reading

Trade deals to create aerospace jobs, opportunity

HAMBURG, Germany – Two trade agreements signed by Washington’s Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee on Friday have the potential to create new jobs for the state’s residents while also generating new opportunities for Washington aerospace companies. That’s according to Machinists Union District Lodge 751 representatives who took part in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Europe. … Continue reading

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