Union contract wins raises for aerospace workers

KENT — Machinists Union members who work at Hytek Finishes in Kent will see pay increases as the result of their new union contract. Union members at the plant approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on Jan. 27, with a 95-percent “yes” vote. Over three years, the proposed offer: Raises the minimum wage for … Continue reading

Machinists at Hytek reject contract, authorize strike

KENT – A key Boeing Co. supplier now faces the prospect of a strike. Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working for Hytek Finishes voted Saturday to reject a four-year contract offer and to authorize a strike. More than two-thirds of voters cast ballots both rejecting the contract and supporting action. The union has … Continue reading

Hytek Machinists march; management drags feet

KENT – After a year of contract talks, management at Hytek Finishes has yet to provide its hourly workers with an acceptable contract proposal, according to officers with the Machinists Union. Union members have been marching through the company’s Kent plant on their lunch breaks this week, showing their solidarity and their growing frustration, said … Continue reading

Safety a core issue for IAM at Boeing, Hytek

Safety is a core value of the labor movement, and because of that Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is determined to win a better contract for its members at Hytek Finishes, the union’s leader said. “It’s unfortunate that now that we’ve found common ground with Boeing and are enjoying an improved relationship with the company, one of … Continue reading

Hytek management refuses offer of mediation

KENT — Management at Hytek Finishes has rejected an offer from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help resolve increasingly contentious contract talks with the Machinists Union. The union’s chief negotiator said he was surprised and disappointed. “The IAM has continued to listen to Hytek concerns, no matter how far-fetched they are,” said Kevin … Continue reading

Union pickets in support of workers at Hytek Finishes

KENT – Machinists Union members – many of them Boeing Co. employees – are picketing today in front of a company that provides aerospace parts. The union members have mounted an informational picket outside Hytek Finishes, at 8127 S. 216th St. in Kent. Close to 200 volunteers have signed up to man the pickets in … 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

Union files NLRB charges against Hytek Finishes

KENT – Management at Hytek Finishes has violated the rights of its workers under federal labor law as they try to negotiate their first Machinists Union contract, the union alleges. Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Esterline Corp. subsidiary. “We waited until … Continue reading

Kent aerospace workers join Machinists Union

KENT — Some 165 workers at Hytek Finishes in Kent have voted to join the Machinists Union. The workers voted in favor of the union by a better than 2-to-1 margin on Aug. 11. The National Labor Relations Board certified the results on Aug. 19. The Hytek workers specialize in doing various types of metal … Continue reading

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