Union: Default setting for courtroom is ‘unlocked’

SEATTLE – A federal judge has rejected the Boeing Co.’s plan to turn the ongoing National Labor Relations Board hearing into a secret trial. Federal Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson has also placed sharp limits on Boeing’s ability to keep the public – particularly Machinists Union members – from seeing many of the relevant documents … Continue reading

Whidbey Island Machinists ratify contract with URS

OAK HARBOR – Some 250 Machinists Union members working for a defense contractor at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have ratified their first contract. The group – all employed by URS Corp. – approved the new four-year agreement with a 97-percent yes vote on Wednesday, July 27. “The agreement touched on every major issue members … Continue reading

Hearing resumes after judge denies Boeing motion

SEATTLE — A federal law enforcement agency’s hearing on allegations that the Boeing Co. broke federal labor laws when it moved work from its Everett plant to South Carolina resumes Wednesday morning in Seattle. Last week, the federal judge presiding over the case denied a motion by the company’s lawyers to dismiss the complaint filed … Continue reading

Tanker fight ‘toughest thing’ in Dicks’ DC career

SEATTLE — The fight over the U.S. Air Force’s tanker contract was “the toughest thing I’ve been involved with in Washington, D.C.,” Congressman Norm Dicks said Thursday. The ebb and flow of Boeing’s fortunes – “we won it, we lost it, then we won it a second time” – was draining, as was the fight … Continue reading

Union applauds NLRB complaint against Boeing

SEATTLE — A complaint issued today by the National Labor Relations Board against the Boeing Co. is a victory for all American workers – particularly aerospace workers in both Puget Sound and South Carolina, officials with the Machinists Union said. The federal complaint alleges that Boeing’s decision in 2009 to locate a 787 final assembly … Continue reading

Study: Union workers earn $10,000 a year more

The typical American union worker’s weekly paycheck was $200 greater in 2010 than the paychecks for workers in non-union jobs, according to new federal wage data. In manufacturing, union workers made an average of 10 percent more money than their non-union counterparts last year, while transportation sector workers took home wages that were 18 percent … Continue reading

Work with unions to benefit company, community

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski issued this statement, which was published March 24 in the Renton Reporter: “Freelance writer Tish Gregory’s recent Renton Reporter column was right about one thing: next year’s contract talks between Boeing, the Machinists Union and SPEEA will be important. “But she’s got two things dead … Continue reading

Machinists honor three for saving co-worker’s life

AUBURN — The Machinists Union has honored three of its members who work for Boeing in Auburn for the quick-thinking teamwork that saved the life of a co-worker in December. The three – Harry Bangs, Kimberlee Hughes and Lesta Campbell – have received certificates of appreciation from Machinists Union District Lodge 751, and are also … Continue reading

Machinists support family of deceased member

STANWOOD — In the last months before his death, Machinists Union member Walter Hillbrand worked hard to get his affairs in order, including making repairs to the house where he and his family lived in Stanwood. There was one project Hillbrand couldn’t get finished before he died of cancer in November — replacing the rotted … Continue reading

Union supports call for tanker investigation

EVERETT — Machinists Union officials say they strongly support U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s call for hearings into the mismanagement of U.S. Air Force tanker bidding data. “Thank you Senator Cantwell for standing up and being a voice on this,” said Jim Bearden, the administrative assistant at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. Bearden called the mix-up — … Continue reading

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