State Labor Council honors District 751′s president

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Labor Council has honored the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 with its Mother Jones Award, in recognition of his outstanding advocacy on behalf of Washington’s working families. The award recognized union President Tom Wroblewski’s leadership during the bitter legal battle with the Boeing Co. over its decision … Continue reading

IAM contract extension with Boeing takes effect

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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

Eastern Wash. Machinists set fundraising record

Machinists Union members in Eastern Washington have so far raised nearly $7,000 for Guide Dogs of America this year — a record amount. As of the first of July, Machinists Union Local Lodges 86, 1123 and 1951 had raised $6,936 for the charity, with one more event still to be held that was expected to … Continue reading

‘Job creation my No. 1 priority,’ Inslee tells labor

SEATTLE — Stressing his working-class roots and commitment to a progressive economic agenda, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee thanked Washington’s labor unions for their support Saturday. “All labor has dignity,” Inslee said, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King. “It’s time we have a governor who understands that.” Inslee was the morning’s first speaker as the Washington State … Continue reading

Labor Council asks: Why was Boeing so reckless?

Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson takes Boeing and its supporters to task for their response to the recent National Labor Relations Board filing against the company in this opinion piece, which was printed in The Seattle Times on May 10. SEATTLE — The National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing has caused quite … Continue reading

Unions: Working together brought tanker win

SEATTLE – Leaders of the unions representing Boeing workers around Puget Sound – Tom McCarty of SPEEA and Tom Wroblewski of the Machinists Union – issued this statement last week, congratulating elected officials, Boeing management and the company’s skilled union workers for their recent win in the KC-46A tanker contract. It was published March 12 in The … Continue reading

South Carolina: ‘highest workers comp costs in Southeast’

Boeing has long complained about the cost of doing business in Washington, with the state’s “high” workers compensation costs being one of them. Now Washington state Republicans are gearing up to gut the state’s worker’s comp system in Olympia, saying that it was one of the factors leading Boeing to move its second 787 production line … Continue reading

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