Holden comments on IAM Executive Council election

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, sent the following message to union members today, in regards to the announcements of preliminary results in the IAM Executive Council election: The preliminary results from the IAM Executive Council election show members have re-elected the incumbent leadership. The results still must be … Continue reading

Wroblewski says Boeing offer ‘is still a bad deal’

SEATTLE — A Boeing Co. proposal for an eight-year contract extension contains weak assurances that Machinists Union members will build the company’s 777X airplane in Puget Sound, the union’s district president warned. That “weak promise of job security” — coupled with Boeing’s plans to destroy union retirement benefits, jack up health care costs and limit future wage … Continue reading

Machinists vote to reject Boeing proposal

SEATTLE — Sixty-seven percent of the members of International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District Lodges 751 in Seattle and W-24 in Portland, Ore., voted Nov. 13 to reject the Boeing Co.’s offer of an eight-year contract extension that would have expired in 2024. IAM District 751 Directing Business Representative Tom Wroblewski issued the … Continue reading

Machinists to vote on Boeing 777X proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751 and District Lodge W-24 will vote on a proposal from the Boeing Co. that, if approved, would guarantee the Boeing 777X wings and fuselage will be built by IAM members in the Puget Sound. In exchange for the 777X guarantee, Boeing proposes a new … Continue reading

New faces, same fights for 125-year-old IAM

The Machinists Union was founded 125 years ago this month, and while the people and the industries they work in have changed, the core issues are very much the same, the union’s international president said. The union’s founders were “19 men who were fighting for the same basic dignity we fight for today, and realized … 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

International President calls District 751 a ‘flagship’

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is a “flagship” organization within the Machinists Union and a model for the entire labor movement, union International President Tom Buffenbarger said. “You lead by example, not just in the services and representation you provide to our members, but you also extend the message of our union’s flag … Continue reading

IAM contract extension with Boeing takes effect

The Machinists Union’s four-year contract extension with the Boeing Co. took effect this week. The deal, which was ratified with a 76-percent yes vote back in December, grants pay increases, boosts retirement and dental benefits, and creates a new incentive pay program for nearly 30,000 members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working for Boeing … 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

Obama: Boeing & workers example for America

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. and its workers are an example of how America can compete and win in a global economy, President Obama said in a speech Feb. 17 inside the company’s Everett factory. “American workers have never been more productive,” the President said. “Companies like Boeing are finding out that even when we … Continue reading

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