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Suggestions and ideas to help your union do a better job and rebuild our solidarity. This is your direct input link to provide feedback, suggestions and ideas only. Requests for assistance with a contract issue should be directed to your Union Steward or Business Rep. Feedback should not be used to seek individual assistance from the District Lodge, or to discuss pending grievances and/or internal union affairs.


May 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fought and died in defense of our freedoms — including the freedom to belong to a labor union. Their ultimate sacrifice made possible the freedoms we enjoy today.

As we enjoy time with our families this weekend, please take a moment to remember them.

In solidarity

 

 


The IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Committee will accept applications for new apprentices beginning May 15, 2015 for Manufacturing Machinist apprentices

All Boeing and non-Boeing candidates may apply for open positions that are posted through the Boeing Global Staffing on-line requisition system at http://www.boeing.com/careers during the advertised application acceptance period. Applicant minimum qualification requirements will be clearly stated on the requisitions. Individuals who do not meet minimum the qualifications will receive an auto-notice encouraging them to apply when the minimum requirements have been met.

All applicants for an apprenticeship must be at least 18 years of age; be eligible for hire or rehire at Boeing; have never been enrolled in or completed an IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship program; have a GED or a high school diploma; have US person status; meet specific defined vocational training or trade related work experience requirements for the apprenticeship program being applied for; and be able to perform the physical requirements of the apprenticeship. All applicants must complete a COMPASS Assessment within the last 5 years with a minimum score of 60 in the Algebra Placement Domain, a minimum score of 67 in reading, and a minimum score of 32 in writing. Note: we do not accept other assessments, such as Accuplacer; only the COMPASS is approved. For the Industrial Electronic Maintenance Technician Program applicants must be able to distinguish between primary colors.

Please visit the http://www.iam-boeing-apprenticeship.com website for information on minimum requirements and help with the application process.


Cell Phone Survey for Members at Boeing Click here to take survey
We have put together a survey to determine how often our members are required to use their personal cell phone to conduct Boeing business throughout your workday. We are trying to determine how widespread this practice is and how much Boeing is depending on your personal cell phone to conduct company business such as calling the help desk for your computer, resetting passwords, calling transportation, communicating with management and/or receiving work instructions– business that was previously conducted on a landline.
We will use data from the survey to develop a formal information request from Boeing to determine if compensation for use of your personal cell phone is required. The Union does not believe Boeing’s infrastructure should be based on your personal cell phone.
Paper copies of the survey are available from Union Stewards or at any Union Hall. Members can also take the survey online if that is more convenient. Click here to take survey.


SPOKANE MACHINISTS BUILD WHEELCHAIR RAMP FOR TEEN

Posted by bryancorliss on April 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

SpokaneRamp3SPOKANE VALLEY — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 in Spokane have built their first wheelchair ramp, spreading a proud tradition started by Machinists Union volunteers in Seattle nearly 20 years ago.

“The ramp turned out beautiful,” said President Robley Evans, the president of Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F, who was one of the veteran ramp-builders who traveled from Seattle to Spokane to advise the Local 86 volunteers. “We gave them a ton of advice, and they’re going to be able to build quite a few.”

On April 18, 15 IAM 751 volunteers – 13 from Spokane and two from Seattle – built the ramp at the home of the Kindsvogel family in Spokane Valley. Their teenaged son, Alex, has been confined to a wheelchair since he was 3.

The family had a wheelchair ramp in their home, but Alex had outgrown it, Liana Kindsvogel told KREM-TV in Spokane. “We couldn’t use it in the house because it was so steep.”

Because the ramp was so steep, Alex’s caregivers had to carry him into the house, then push his empty wheelchair up the ramp so he could use it inside, Evans said.

Kindsvogel had contacted Local 86 after seeing media reports of how Machinists Union members volunteer to build wheelchair ramps, said Steve Warren, who is the business representative for Machinists Union District Lodge 751in Eastern Washington.

Read more...

 

KREM Spokane Story on the same subject here


April 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Thank 751’s Administrative Staff
District President Jon Holden, Secretary-Treasurer Susan Palmer, the Business Reps and Staff want to wish all the office staff at 751 a very Happy Administrative Professional's Day. We want to thank these talented individuals for all the hard work and professional support they give our membership every day on the job. It is appreciated. Take the time to thank them for their hard work.


IAM Election for Boeing workers in South Carolina Postponed
The election for Boeing workers in South Carolina has been postponed. We know there are many Boeing workers in South Carolina who understand the standard of living for themselves and their families would be better if only they had the right to bargain.

It is important to know that organizing drives often take several attempts to be successful. I know the IAM will continue to offer the opportunity for Boeing workers in South Carolina to form and join a union, which will give them power to control their destiny. We feel strongly that union representation would benefit workers in South Carolina as it has improved our quality of living over the many decades that we have been unionized. Our message to those workers is don’t give up and understand your worth. We have benefitted greatly from union representation and believe you deserve the same.


Next Town Hall Meetings - April 13, 14 & 15
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the next town hall meetings in mid-April in Everett, Renton and Auburn. Renton and Seattle meetings were combined to one location after input from the last town hall series.

The meetings will begin with a workshop on Education Assistance and Learning Together benefits, as well as the Employee Requested Transfer system. The workshop will be followed with open two-way discussion between union leadership and members.

This is the time for members to speak candidly with union leaders, bring forward ideas, ask questions and offer criticism.

There are three meetings each day to accommodate all three shifts.
Next town hall meetings:
April 13 - Everett Hall - 6:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
April 14 - Renton Hall - 6:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
April 15 - Auburn Hall - 6:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m.


Follow The Progress for Justice in South Carolina

Let's give them all our support and wish them luck forming their union.

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Pro-Worker - Web Page


HOLDEN COMMENTS ON SOUTH CAROLINA UNION ELECTION - from Machinists Blog

DogJogJonSEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, released the following statement after Monday’s news that employees of theBoeing Co.’s plant in North Charleston, S.C., have asked the National Labor Relations Board for an election on whether to join the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.

“We have a unique perspective to know what it is like to work in a Boeing production facility. We are excited that these hard working, well-deserving workers in South Carolina will have the opportunity to choose whether or not they want representation with their employer.

“We have raised the standard of living in the communities we live in, simply because we have had the opportunity to bargain our wages, hours and working conditions with the Boeing Co. We feel strongly that these workers will also benefit themselves and their communities once they have the right to bargain with their employer. We wish them well in gaining rights protected by federal law, which we at District 751 cherish so much.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing in Seattle, IAM District 751 now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

Think you would benefit from a union contract? Click here to talk to an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union.

International Story Here


Economic Factors Result in Zero COLA Effective March 13, 2015 at Boeing

Per the IAM-Boeing contract, calculations for the March 13, 2015 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) resulted in a negative 24 cents based on the months of November 2014, December 2014 and January 2015. However, because the previously earned COLA was rolled into the base rate on September 12, 2014, no money will be taken away from the pay of our members. Therefore, there is no change in the base rates.

Since last COLA rolled into the base rate in Sept. 2014, COLA accumulation is a minus 29 cents.

COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government’s Consumer Price Index.


March 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Trans Pacific Partnership - Bad for All of US!

 

For more information, visit: www.nofasttrack.com

Take a few minutes to call 1-855-712-8441 and leave a message for your Congressional Representatives encouraging them to vote NO FAST TRACK and NO TPP!

 


Diaper Drive Was A Success


We would like to recognize the very generous contributions of our members during the February diaper drive to support two local charities.

From District 751 Wordpress
IAM 751 Machinists have donated 15,105 diapers and 2,900 baby wipes to two King County shelters that host women escaping from domestic violence.

DiapersFinal“We’re making a difference, one tushy at a time,” quipped Rob Curran, the chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The MVP committee coordinated the union’s diaper drive.

The diapers and wipes will benefit women staying at Mary’s Place in Seattle and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in Tukwila.

Diapers can be really expensive for women who are living in shelters during a time of crisis, said Cheryl Hurst, a community activist who helps support the shelters.

They’re not paid for by any social welfare programs, yet they’re essential, she said. “You kind of have to have diapers.”

The diapers donated by the union members will go a long way to meet that need, Hurst said.

“All of us who are parents understand how critical clean diapers are to babies and their mothers,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “Our union is committed to making our communities better places to live, and I’m proud of the way so many have stepped up to help some of our littlest neighbors in need.”

If your name or shop is not listed here, please let us know and we will correct the information. machinists@iam751.org

THANK YOU!

Rosa

Bernard and shop

Everett – wire shop

Jackie

Boschok

Retiree

Marianne

Brown

Renton

Dorothy

Crace

Frederickson

Derek

Gottschalk

EMC

Duncan

Earls

Auburn

Tanmarie

Jones

Seattle

Brian

LaRoche

Frederickson

Chris

Louie

Jt. Programs

Penny

Mahmood

Everett

Helge

Ronhovde

Renton

Louis

Satterlee

Renton

Tim

Shearer and shop

Renton – wing lay down

Edward

Shelley

Everett

Teresa

Winslow

Renton

 


District 751 Vice President Election Postponed

Per direction from the International President, District 751’s District Vice President election that was scheduled for March 5, 2015 has been postponed. No new date has been set at this time.

When a new election date is set, we will send out a new notice of election on the web, Aero Mechanic and e-News.

Thanks to all who volunteered to help with the election. When a new election date is set, we hope you will step up to assist with that election, as well.

Click here to view a pdf of the letter from International President Buffenbarger on the Vice President election. District 751 will cooperate fully with the International's investigation and again notify members when a new election date has been set.


Aeronautical Machinists Inc. to meet March 10, 2015

Aeronautical Machinists Inc, which owns and operates the Union’s buildings and property, will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 10 in the District Council chambers at the Seattle Union Hall (9125 15th Pl. S.) immediately following the 5:30 p.m. District Council meeting.
Every member of a Local Lodge affiliated with District 751 can vote on the business at the Aero Machinists Inc meeting.


Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability Rally February 20th 2015

 

 


February 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Clarification on AMPP payment

The Union has been getting a lot of questions on how the AMPP payment scheduled for Feb. 19 is determined.
AMPP documents define eligible earnings as:
“base pay and also include position held pay additives (e.g. team leader, A&P, etc.), shift differentials, overtime premium, paid time off (excluding payout of unused benefits) and cost of living adjustments (COLA).”

AMPP documents go on to say:
“Eligible Earnings shall not include any other pay, allowances, adjustments, bonuses, awards, premiums, or other forms of compensation.”

Members should keep in mind both the $10,000 bonus and last year's AMPP are included on their W2, but are excluded from this year's AMPP payment per the AMPP program documents.


Survey Shows Support for Aerospace Tax Accountability


 


TAKE ACTION TODAY! Tell your legislators you support tax accountability

Click here to tell your legislators in Olympia that you support aerospace tax incentive accountability and to amend the tax preferences to protect jobs and provide good wages for the citizens of our state. It is not enough to simply declare an intent to create jobs that pay a decent wage, it should be a requirement. Make your voice heard and ask friends and family to send an email, as well.

Click here to read House Bill 1786:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you may know, our union supports a bill now in front of the Legislature that would establish wage standards for companies that are taking advantage of our state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentives.

Our research — done in conjunction with SPEEA — shows that about a third of the non-Boeing aerospace production workers in our state are being paid less than $15 an hour to build parts for Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Airbus and other major aerospace manufacturers. Their pay is so low, they rely on food banks and taxpayer-funded programs like food stamps, free school lunches and low-income housing just to survive.

Those aren’t the kind of middle class jobs that build our communities.
So working with SPEEA and legislators from both parties, we have helped draft House Bill 1786, which would give Washington aerospace companies an option: Either pay their workers with three years’ experience the state’s median wage -- currently $19.67 an hour -- or give back the tax breaks they now enjoy. If they choose to give back the tax breaks, the money our state recovers would go to help provide the services these low-wage workers need.

If you want to learn more, here’s a link to the bill:

A delegation from our union and SPEEA recently testified in support of House Bill 1786 in Olympia on Monday. Here is some of the coverage of our testimony:

From The Herald: House bill ties aerospace tax breaks to higher wages

From Crosscut.com: Boeing tax breaks could be tied to workers' pay

And from our own Machinists News blog: Machinists testify on wage standards for tax breaks


If you agree with me, that Washington state citizens shouldn’t be expected to both subsidize the profits of aerospace suppliers AND subsidize the living costs of the low-wage workers they employ, then please take a moment to click this link, and send a letter of support to your state Senator and Representatives in Olympia:

 

States like South Carolina, Missouri and Kansas have this kind of wage requirement for aerospace company tax breaks, and it makes no sense for Washington not to have it too. With your support, we can pass this common-sense legislation that will benefit Washington taxpayers in general, and our fellow workers in the aerospace industry in particular.

 

In Solidarity,

Jon Holden, IAM 751 President and Directing Business Representative


AMPP to pay 3.1 percent on Feb. 19, 2015

The payout under AMPP for the 2014 measurement period is 3.1 percent.

Payment will be made on Feb. 19. District 751 members at Boeing have the option of diverting some or all of theirincentive payout into their VIP retirement savings plan. That must be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 11.

District 751 President Jon Holden had the following statement about this year’s AMPP payout:

“From the start of the Aerospace Machinists Performance Plan, the IAM-Boeing Joint Council has met regularly to evaluate whether events that were outside the control of Machinists Union members were decreasing the payout.

“This process has allowed us to make determinations that led us to today’s announcement of a 3.1-percent payout.

“We will work hard to define the metrics for 2015’s AMPP program. My commitment to you is that we will always have the best interest of you, our members, in mind as we work to establish targets for the coming year.”


Message from District 751 Jon Holden regarding AMPP payment
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I know that all of our members who work at Boeing are interested in the Aerospace Machinists Performance Plan, or AMPP. Many have contacted our union offices, reps and stewards to ask why there hasn’t been an announcement about this year’s incentive plan payout.

The last estimate we had from the Boeing Co., in November, was that AMPP for 2014 would be 2.8 percent of each IAM 751 Machinist’s total pay (including overtime) for the year.

We feel that it’s essential that the AMPP payout adequately reward our members for the outstanding work they did in 2014, which led to Boeing’s record commercial airplanes deliveries and overall corporate profits.

We continue to be involved in discussions with Boeing management about specific areas within the AMPP metrics that we believe should be looked at. We are working to identify ways to raise the AMPP payout.

Until we are done with these discussions, we don’t have anything to report. However, I can assure you that we are working hard on your behalf so that you receive the best possible AMPP payout in return for your excellent performance.

In Solidarity,
Jon Holden, District President


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Membership Classes Available in February and March

Open to all members

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Some of the feedback from classes

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COLA Information

Effective Dec. 5, 2014 COLA resulted in a minus 5¢ for IAM members working at Boeing. However, because the previously earned COLA was rolled into the base rate in September per the contract; no reduction of the base rate can occur.

Quarterly COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This quarterly COLA reflects CPI for the months of August, September and October 2014.


Per Union Contract: Overtime at Boeing on Holidays and Holidays Weekends is STRICTLY Voluntary
With Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays fast approaching and many shops on mandatory overtime, the Union felt it was important to educate members on contract language regarding holiday overtime.

Letter of Understanding #11 in the contract on page 146 states:

All overtime on a contractual holiday or on the weekend which immediately precedes a Monday holiday or immediately follows a Friday holiday shall be voluntary.

The only instance where overtime on a holiday weekend can be mandatory per LOU #11 is "where necessary for facilities maintenance."

Members can always volunteer for overtime on holiday weekends and the actual holidays, but this contract language ensures you have the option to spend the holiday weekends with family and friends.


November 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Open Enrollment for Insurance at Boeing: Nov. 7 - Dec. 3, 2014
IAM 751 members are asked to select their health and dental insurance coverage during the 2013 annual enrollment period, which runs Nov. 7 through Dec. 3. Any changes employees make during enrollment will go into effect on January 1, 2015. You should have received an information packet in the mail from Boeing.

Review enrollment materials, examine co-pays and out-of-pocket exprenses, and check list of network providers. Make benefit plan changes through your TotalAccess account.

Puget Sound employees can choose from the following medical plans:
• Traditional Medical Plan (TMP)
• Selections CCP
• Group Health Cooperative HMO

Most employees can also choose between two dental plans: the Network Plan OR WDS Prepaid Dental Plan.
NOTE: If you don’t take action during the open enrollment period, your current benefit choices will continue automatically and the new monthly contributions will apply.

Click here for a brief comparison of the plans. Study the plans carefully before selecting coverage and review how different plans affect your out-of-pocket costs.

Things to Remember:
* Make changes via web outside Boeing at www.boeing.com/express, click TotalAccess or inside Boeing at https://my.boeing.com - click on the TotalAccess. Or call 1-866-473-2016 and have your TotalAccess Password.
* Hearing-impaired callers can access TTY/TDD services at 1-800-755-6363.
* Any members who do not complete the health assessment by Dec. 3 will face an additional $20-a-month paycheck deduction for heatlh care in 2015. If a spouse or partner fails to complete the assessment by Dec. 3, there will be an additional $20 a month.
* Review enrollment materials, examine co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses, check list of network providers.
* If you do not take action during the open enrollment period, your current benefit choices will continue automatically.
* After you enroll, print the confirmation and keep the copy until the hard copy comes in the mail; if you have an email address on file, you'll also receive an email confirmation


751 to Dedicate Veterans’ Plaque – Tues, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
In recognition of the many military veterans in our membership, District 751 has planned a very special celebration and plaque dedication for Veteran’s Day 2014. On Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. (following the District Council meeting) at our Seattle Union Hall (9135 15th Pl. S), all members and veterans are invited to attend a veterans celebration and plaque dedication.
A permanent plaque honoring our veterans from the five branches of service will be displayed at each of the 751 offices to honor their service to our country and union. Our veterans fought for our freedoms, which include the right to organize and bargain collectively so that we all may have a better way of life.
Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in this celebration.


At Boeing - Health Assessment Required to Avoid Added Monthly Premium Surcharge;
Screenings Optional with No Impact on Monthly Premium

The health assessment questionnaire for District 751 members working at Boeing is now available through Boeing’s TotalAccess. Keep in mind there are no wrong answers on the assessment. Also keep in mind that health screenings (mentioned in Boeing’s mailer) have no impact on deduction from your paycheck for medical benefits. It is simply your choice whether or not to take the screenings.

Each year Union members and their spouses or partners covered by Boeing medical plans have to complete the health assessment questionnaires or face higher monthly out-of-pocket costs for health care in the coming year (up to $40 per month if both employee and spouse/partner fail to complete the assessment). This year’s health assessment can be taken between Oct. 1 and Dec. 3.

The questionnaires are available online. Members can fill them out at work by logging on to the TotalAccess site and clicking the “My Well Being” tab. To answer the questionnaire at home, members can log on to TotalAccess by going to www.boeing.com/express, then entering their BEMSID and TotalAccess password, then clicking “My Well Being.”

Spouses or domestic partners enrolled in a Boeing-sponsored medical plan must go online at www.webmdhealth.com/boeing.

Union members who’d rather not answer the questionnaire online have the option of calling TotalAccess at (866) 473-2016 to request a paper form to be mailed to them, or have a TotalAccess representative ask them the questions right there on the phone. Paper copies are also available at each of the Union offices.

REMINDER: IAM members and their spouses/partners are not required to get ANY screenings, and they are not required to report any numbers to Boeing on the Health Assessment questionnaires. Screenings and tobacco use have no impact on deductions from your paycheck for medical benefits.


Local C Officers Election Results from October 9

Thanks to all the members who came out to vote and for the volunteers who helped ensure the polling sites ran smooth.

Below are the election results (winners are in bold)

Local C President
John Lopez Jr...........591
Ron Coen ..................270

Local C Vice Pres
Andrew Schier...............562
Paul Burton ....................284

Local C Rec Sec
Chris Schorr ..................536
David Henry ................... 314

Local C Sec-Treas
Andre G. Trahan ...........525
Joe Perry ....................... 317

Local C Conductor-Sentinel
Mark Mason..............513
Rob Curran.................330

Local C Trustee
Rob Jones ..................564
Harold Ruffalo ...........710
Justin Bailes .............724

James R. Rice Jr. ........332

Local C Auditor
Gary Kiehl .................757
Patrick White..............757
George Kip Wilson.... 757

 


October 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Got a Resume on BESS? Save It or Lose It by Oct. 31

The Boeing Enterprise Staffing System – or BESS -- is being replaced by Careers@Boeing, effective Oct. 31.  This means employees with resumes in the BESS system and/or active job alerts need to take action before Oct. 31.

In order to ensure your resume remains active in the system, and to continue receiving job alerts, go to TotalAccess, select “My Career,” and then “Career Opportunities.”   

There you’ll find instructions for building your Careers@Boeing profile (which is required), transferring your existing BESS resume and requesting job alerts.

For further assistance, please contact an IAM/Boeing Joint Programs Career Advisor by calling 1-800-235-3453.   

For more information about IAM/Boeing Joint Programs and the services provided to IAM-represented employees, visit the website at http://iamboeing.web.boeing.com.


IAM Members Working at L3 Communications at JBLM Unanimously Ratify 3-Year Agreement
On Sept. 29, IAM members working at L3 Communications at JBLM ratified a new three-year agreement by 100 percent. These members are C-17 pilot instructors and load master instructors. Congratulations on your new agreement!


751 Membership Fair - Fun Was Had By All
Thanks to all the members, retirees and family members who turned out for a day of fun and solidarity this past Saturday at both the Monroe and Puyallup Fairgrounds. Everyone had a great time and the smiles on kids' faces was priceless. Look for photos on our Facebook page.

Following are the winners of the $100 Fred Meyer Gift Cards who entered our Labor History Quiz & Drawing:

$100 Fred Meyer Gift Card Winners From Puyallup Fair

Jorge Garrido

Denise Johnson

Thanhhaz Nguyen

Glenn Lorenzo

Demitrius Hammond

Terry Kilbourne

David & Diane Lee

Jarriod King

 

$100 Fred Meyer Gift Card Winners From Monroe Fair

Jim Dorgan

Rob Westby

Ed Shelley

Russell Bennett

Will Hasbrouck

Jeremy Stradley

Brett Allen

Warren Baker

 


 

September 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Member Town Hall Meetings & Members' Rights Class

Members asked our Union to offer education classes. The workers' right class will be valuable to us as individual members and to our Union as a whole. The more people we have who are knowledgeable about their rights and their co-workers rights under the contract, the better we’ll be able to defend those contractual rights.
Following the worker rights workshop, we will transition to a town hall meeting where membrs are encouraged to speak candidly with Union leaders, bring forward ideas, ask questions and offer criticism. This is the second in a series of town hall meetings to provide ongoing two-way communication between your union leadership and you. Speak up and get involved. See meeting times and locations below. There are three meetings each day to accommodate all three shifts.

These meetings are your opportunity to:
• Attend a half hour class on worker’s rights taught by a well-respected labor attorney
• Have a discussion with your union leaders
• Ask questions on union and contractual issues
• Share your concerns
• Present ideas to make our union stronger

Please plan to attend the meeting most convenient to you.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
751 Renton Union Hall
233 Burnett N.
Three meetings:
6:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
751 Auburn Union Hall
201 A St SW
Three meetings:
6:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
751 Everett Union Hall
8729 Airport Road
Three meetings:
6:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
751 Seattle Union Hall
9135 15th Pl. S.
Three meetings:
6:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.


Happy Labor Day

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

read more from the DOL Web Site...


COLA increase is 14 cents and a GWI of 2%

Members at Boeing on the active payroll (or approved leave of absence for 90 days or less) on September 11, 2014, will receive a 2 percent General Wage Increase effective September 12, 2014. Employees at the maximum Grade A rate will receive their 2 percent as a lump sum percentage of bargaining unit gross earnings as stated in Letter of Understanding #23.

Calculations for the September 12, 2014 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) resulted in a 14 cent ($0.14) increase based on the months of May, June and July 2014. NOTE: The new 14¢ COLA (along with the 15 cents COLA generated previously) are added into the base wage prior to calculating the 2 percent GWI.

Below rate the new maximum rates. Minimum rates did not change:

Base Rate Chart

IAM 751/24/70

- Effective 9/12/2014

Base Rate Base Rate
LABOR  Range Range
GRADE Minimum Maximum
(per hour) (per hour)
11 $22.00 $44.50
10 $21.00 $43.26
9 $20.00 $42.16
8 $19.00 $40.97
7 $18.00 $39.75
6 $17.00 $38.61
5 $16.00 $37.38
4 $15.00 $36.25
3 $14.00 $35.12
2 $13.00 $33.92
1 $12.00 $32.75
A $11.00 $19.26

 

APPLICABLE TO APPRENTICES
Time Period Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
1st six months (1000 hours) $29.55 $30.40 $31.13
2nd six months (1000 hours) $30.98 $31.86 $32.35
3rd six months (1000 hours) $32.42 $33.33 $33.56
4th six months (1000 hours) $33.82 $34.79 $34.77
5th six months (1000 hours) $35.25 $36.27 $35.99
6th six months (1000 hours) $36.69 $37.74 $37.20
7th six months (1000 hours) $38.12 $39.21 $38.40
8th six months (1000 hours) $39.55 $40.69 $39.62
*9th six months (1000 hours) N/A N/A $40.82
*10th six months (1000 hours) N/A N/A $42.04

Nomination and Election Schedule for Union Offices

Nominations for Local Lodge Officers in 751-A and 751-C shall be made at the first Local Lodge meeting in September 2014 and elections will be held the first Local Lodge meeting in October, 2014.

Nominations for Local A will be at the 6 p.m. meeting on September 4 at the Stewards Meeting Hall (9135 15th Pl S, Seattle) for the positions of Local Lodge Officers as follows: President, Vice President, Rec.-Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, Conductor-Sentinel, 3 Trustees, 3 Audit.

Nominations for Local C will be at the 6 p.m. meeting on September 11 at the Stewards Meeting Hall (9135 15th Pl S, Seattle) for the positions of Local Lodge Officers as follows: President, Vice President, Rec.-Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, Conductor-Sentinel, 3 Trustees, 3 Audit.

Click here for bulletin with specifics on qualifications for nominations, absentee ballot information, election information.


Workers at Jorgensen Forge vote to join Machinists Union

TUKWILA – Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The vote affects more than 100 hourly workers at the company’s plant on East Marginal Way in Tukwila.

The vote came despite what IAM 751’s lead organizer, Loren Guzzone, called a "very aggressive campaign against workers who were simply trying to exercise their federally protected collective bargaining rights."

The results still must be certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Once that happens, the union will contact the company to request dates to start contract talks. In the meantime, it will continue surveying members to determine their priorities for their first union contract.

The JFC workers are specialists who forge everything from propeller shafts used in ships and submarines to parts used in the aerospace, maritime and drilling industries. Their products are created from stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and other metals.

“The workers at JFC have seen the benefits of collective bargaining, and they want that for themselves and their families,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “I congratulate them, and welcome them to our union.”

Holden also thanked the IAM 751 Organizing Department staff and the union activists who went door-to-door talking to JFC workers. “It took tenacity, but you helped these workers gain the benefit of being represented by our union.”


August 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the August 2014 of the Aero


Holden Responds to Boeing Decision to Assemble 787-10 Solely in South Carolina

July 30, 2014: Statement from District President Jon Holden following news that the Boeing Co. plans to assemble 787-10s solely in South Carolina:

“While we are not surprised, we are certainly disappointed to see Boeing make this decision. Our members in Puget Sound have proven they are Boeing’s best choice for success to meet production, quality and delivery expectations on every airplane program.

“If I could send one message to our members today, it would be this: Be proud of all you accomplish. Hold your heads high. And remember: We cower to no one.”


July 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the July 2014 of the Aero


Holden Responds to McNerney's Flippant Comments on "Cowering" Boeing Employees

Click here to listen to McNerney's Comment from 2nd Quarter Earnings Call

Statement from District President Jon Holden:

"If anyone had wondered whether Boeing’s relationship with its own workers could come to a new low, it happened yesterday. Jim McNerney’s disdain and arrogance in his public comments degrade and devalue the proud Boeing Commercial Airplanes workforce, which is delivering record numbers of airplanes and record profit margins. It is astounding and sad that the leader of this company can relish forcing his employees to cower down to him, like he was some kind of third-world dictator, and it shows what he really thinks of Boeing employees – whether they’re members of the IAM, SPEEA, non-union employees or even management.

Our members cower to no one. For generations, Boeing employees have been proud of the work they perform. They work 10- and 12-hour days, designated weekends as well, to achieve the production goals. They believe in the products they build and they ensure that the customers receive quality products. Because of this, they generate tremendous profits for Boeing.

These remarks are not worthy of the position McNerney is speaking from and certainly do not represent this group of amazing people who work hard every day to make Boeing successful. Making such a public statement to the world about your employees does nothing to increase productivity and demonstrates why morale is at an all-time low. It makes you wonder if the board of directors has the same contempt for the very workers that generate so much value for the board.

Boeing employees deserve better than this."


Message to members on 737 fuselage derailment

By now you have all seen the photos of 737 fuselages that were involved in the train derailment in Montana. Boeing teams, which include our members, are onsite to assess the damage.

I have had discussion with Boeing Senior management regarding the six 737 fuselages that were involved. As you know, this incident will certainly impact the 737 production and delivery plan.

As your union leaders our top priority is to ensure that none of our members are financially impacted or sent home because of this incident. We have assurances there will be no deviation from our contractual work week and that work will be available as the company formulates a scheduling plan going forward.

Our members’ incredible skills have allowed the 737 line to deliver 42 airplanes a month so there is no lack of work. This represents around three days of 737 production at the current rate.
 
It is during these challenging times that we pull together and our members’ abilities shine for all to see. It is important for every member working the 737 line to pitch in to mitigate this disruption in order to build and deliver the most profitable single aisle commercial aircraft that the 737 has become.

There is no doubt in my mind that each of you will perform as you always do and meet every goal placed in front of you.

In solidarity,
Jon Holden, District 751 President


Thank Congressional Reps Who Support of Ex-Im Bank and Call Others to Ask for Support

The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is a vital tool for Boeing to help sell U.S. made passenger jets to foreign customers. As the official export credit agency of the United States, Ex-Im Bank assists in financing U.S. exports from thousands of American companies, including Boeing, and bolsters our global competitiveness. The Ex-Im Bank operates at no cost to the taxpayer, and it has a track record of generating a profit for the government. Last year alone, the Bank sent $1 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Ex-Im Bank is NOT corporate welfare as some would claim but thousands of jobs at Boeing depends on foreign customers ability to get financing guarantees through Ex-Im.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s current charter is set to expire in September 2014, and a lapse in authorization would threaten the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States. Some of the strongest supporters of the Ex-Im include:
1st Dist. Suzan DelBene 425 485-0085,
6th Dist. Derek Kilmer 360 373-9725,
7th Dist. Jim McDermott 206 553-7170,
9th Dist. Adam Smith 425 793-5180,
10th Dist. Denny Heck 360 459-8514

Please call these Congressional Representatives to thank them for their support of the Ex-Im Bank. You will also enjoy watching Rep Denny Heck talk about the benefits of the Ex-Im Bank at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqYn97OoKyo.

Some Tea Party members of Congress are opposing this reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Others, even from our state have not committed to support our jobs by supporting the Ex-Im Bank. Please call them to ask them to support our jobs.
5th Dist. Cathy McMorris Rogers 509 353-2374
8th Dist. Dave Reichert 425 677-7414


Independence Day Reminder - Overtime On Holiday & Holiday Weekend Is Voluntary

The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is the second of three summer holidays for Machinists at Boeing where overtime is strictly voluntary on the holiday and the weekend connected to the holiday (the only exception is where necessary for facilities maintenance).

Some managers have been attempting to designate employees for the upcoming weekend. However, Letter of Understanding 11 in the contract specifies that no IAM 751 member shall suffer retribution for his or her refusal or failure to volunteer. Anyone who wants to work overtime on the holiday or holiday weekend can certainly do so.

If you have any questions about Fourth of July weekend overtime, ask your Steward or Business Rep.


Know Your Rights

If this meeting may result in Company
discipline, I, as a Machinist Union member, have the right to union representation.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the case National Labor Relations Board vs. Weingarten, Inc. that “an employee has the right to have a union representative present at any investigatory interview conducted by an employer where the employee believes the interview might result in disciplinary action.” I know my rights, and I request my Union Steward be present at this meeting!

 

 

click the image to download a .pdf


June 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the June 2014 of the Aero


COLA Formula Generates 15 cents effective June 6, 2014
Effective June 6, 2014, a 15 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be added to the hourly wage rate for IAM members at Boeing. 

The 15 cents was generated for the quarter February, March and April 2014.  COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government’s Consumer Price Index. The next quarterly COLA payment will be September 12, 2014.


May 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the May 2014 of the Aero


Memorial Day Message from District 751

Click here to hear the message playing on KLAY 1180 am in Tacoma


Town Hall videos

During the April Town Hall meetings, guest speaker Mark McDermott outlined struggles that working people like us have had in the past and how they found ways to win their battles.

He shared his ideas on how we can use their courage and ideas to make our union stronger and protect what we have from future assaults.

Each video is between 7 and 10 minutes long. Plug in your ear piece or watch it at your leisure. It’s valuable knowledge that all of us can use as we do our part as members of our union.

   
   


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BupiHX2mKk0&feature=youtu.be – Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRwIYqBhfo&feature=youtu.be – Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViPGO1P30po&feature=youtu.be – Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11pzRmiOtCw&feature=youtu.be – Part 4


April 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the April 2014 of the Aero


March 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online Click here to download the March 2014 of the Aero


COLA for March 14, 2014 - Minus 2¢

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) are generated quarterly under the IAM contract and are based on the federal government’s consumer Price Index (CPI). COLA is rolled into your base rate once a year in September – becoming a permanent part of your base rate.

COLA for the last quarter (November, December 2013 and January 2014) resulted in a minus 5 cents effective March 14, 2014. Keep in mind a negative COLA can never go below the COLA already earned since the last September rollin. Therefore, only the 2¢ generated in December can be deducted rather than the full minus 5¢.

COLA may be added or subtracted from your base rate depending on the CPI fluctuations each quarter if there was a previous COLA accumulation since last September. However, once COLA is folded into your base rate each September, it cannot be subtracted from your base wages.

There are multiple times in our past when COLA was negative and resulted in a subtraction from the already generated COLA.


Instructions for Filing Category A (Recall Rights) at Boeing

Members at Boeing facing layoff have requested information on filing their Category A recall rights. Boeing will provide you a list of jobs you have rights to on your TotalAccess profile. From TotalAccess you can file your Cat A rights (online method is preferred). Click here for step by step instructions to file Category A online.

Click here for paper form to mail in and file Category A rights.


Workers at Jorgensen Forge vote to join Machinists Union

TUKWILA – Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751.

By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The vote affects more than 100 hourly workers at the company’s plant on East Marginal Way in Tukwila.

The vote came despite what IAM 751’s lead organizer, Loren Guzzone, called a "very aggressive campaign against workers who were simply trying to exercise their federally protected collective bargaining rights."

The results still must be certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Once that happens, the union will contact the company to request dates to start contract talks. In the meantime, it will continue surveying members to determine their priorities for their first union contract.

The JFC workers are specialists who forge everything from propeller shafts used in ships and submarines to parts used in the aerospace, maritime and drilling industries. Their products are created from stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and other metals.

“The workers at JFC have seen the benefits of collective bargaining, and they want that for themselves and their families,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “I congratulate them, and welcome them to our union.”

Holden also thanked the IAM 751 Organizing Department staff and the union activists who went door-to-door talking to JFC workers. “It took tenacity, but you helped these workers gain the benefit of being represented by our union.”


Holden Responds to Boeing Decision to Assemble 787-10 Solely in South Carolina

July 30, 2014: Statement from District President Jon Holden following news that the Boeing Co. plans to assemble 787-10s solely in South Carolina:

“While we are not surprised, we are certainly disappointed to see Boeing make this decision. Our members in Puget Sound have proven they are Boeing’s best choice for success to meet production, quality and delivery expectations on every airplane program.

“If I could send one message to our members today, it would be this: Be proud of all you accomplish. Hold your heads high. And remember: We cower to no one.”


July 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the July 2014 of the Aero


Holden Responds to McNerney's Flippant Comments on "Cowering" Boeing Employees

Click here to listen to McNerney's Comment from 2nd Quarter Earnings Call

Statement from District President Jon Holden:

"If anyone had wondered whether Boeing’s relationship with its own workers could come to a new low, it happened yesterday. Jim McNerney’s disdain and arrogance in his public comments degrade and devalue the proud Boeing Commercial Airplanes workforce, which is delivering record numbers of airplanes and record profit margins. It is astounding and sad that the leader of this company can relish forcing his employees to cower down to him, like he was some kind of third-world dictator, and it shows what he really thinks of Boeing employees – whether they’re members of the IAM, SPEEA, non-union employees or even management.

Our members cower to no one. For generations, Boeing employees have been proud of the work they perform. They work 10- and 12-hour days, designated weekends as well, to achieve the production goals. They believe in the products they build and they ensure that the customers receive quality products. Because of this, they generate tremendous profits for Boeing.

These remarks are not worthy of the position McNerney is speaking from and certainly do not represent this group of amazing people who work hard every day to make Boeing successful. Making such a public statement to the world about your employees does nothing to increase productivity and demonstrates why morale is at an all-time low. It makes you wonder if the board of directors has the same contempt for the very workers that generate so much value for the board.

Boeing employees deserve better than this."


Message to members on 737 fuselage derailment

By now you have all seen the photos of 737 fuselages that were involved in the train derailment in Montana. Boeing teams, which include our members, are onsite to assess the damage.

I have had discussion with Boeing Senior management regarding the six 737 fuselages that were involved. As you know, this incident will certainly impact the 737 production and delivery plan.

As your union leaders our top priority is to ensure that none of our members are financially impacted or sent home because of this incident. We have assurances there will be no deviation from our contractual work week and that work will be available as the company formulates a scheduling plan going forward.

Our members’ incredible skills have allowed the 737 line to deliver 42 airplanes a month so there is no lack of work. This represents around three days of 737 production at the current rate.
 
It is during these challenging times that we pull together and our members’ abilities shine for all to see. It is important for every member working the 737 line to pitch in to mitigate this disruption in order to build and deliver the most profitable single aisle commercial aircraft that the 737 has become.

There is no doubt in my mind that each of you will perform as you always do and meet every goal placed in front of you.

In solidarity,
Jon Holden, District 751 President


Thank Congressional Reps Who Support of Ex-Im Bank and Call Others to Ask for Support

The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is a vital tool for Boeing to help sell U.S. made passenger jets to foreign customers. As the official export credit agency of the United States, Ex-Im Bank assists in financing U.S. exports from thousands of American companies, including Boeing, and bolsters our global competitiveness. The Ex-Im Bank operates at no cost to the taxpayer, and it has a track record of generating a profit for the government. Last year alone, the Bank sent $1 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Ex-Im Bank is NOT corporate welfare as some would claim but thousands of jobs at Boeing depends on foreign customers ability to get financing guarantees through Ex-Im.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s current charter is set to expire in September 2014, and a lapse in authorization would threaten the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States. Some of the strongest supporters of the Ex-Im include:
1st Dist. Suzan DelBene 425 485-0085,
6th Dist. Derek Kilmer 360 373-9725,
7th Dist. Jim McDermott 206 553-7170,
9th Dist. Adam Smith 425 793-5180,
10th Dist. Denny Heck 360 459-8514

Please call these Congressional Representatives to thank them for their support of the Ex-Im Bank. You will also enjoy watching Rep Denny Heck talk about the benefits of the Ex-Im Bank at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqYn97OoKyo.

Some Tea Party members of Congress are opposing this reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Others, even from our state have not committed to support our jobs by supporting the Ex-Im Bank. Please call them to ask them to support our jobs.
5th Dist. Cathy McMorris Rogers 509 353-2374
8th Dist. Dave Reichert 425 677-7414


 

Independence Day Reminder - Overtime On Holiday & Holiday Weekend Is Voluntary

The upcoming Fourth of July weekend is the second of three summer holidays for Machinists at Boeing where overtime is strictly voluntary on the holiday and the weekend connected to the holiday (the only exception is where necessary for facilities maintenance).

Some managers have been attempting to designate employees for the upcoming weekend. However, Letter of Understanding 11 in the contract specifies that no IAM 751 member shall suffer retribution for his or her refusal or failure to volunteer. Anyone who wants to work overtime on the holiday or holiday weekend can certainly do so.

If you have any questions about Fourth of July weekend overtime, ask your Steward or Business Rep.


Know Your Rights

If this meeting may result in Company
discipline, I, as a Machinist Union member, have the right to union representation.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the case National Labor Relations Board vs. Weingarten, Inc. that “an employee has the right to have a union representative present at any investigatory interview conducted by an employer where the employee believes the interview might result in disciplinary action.” I know my rights, and I request my Union Steward be present at this meeting!

 

 

click the image to download a .pdf


June 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the June 2014 of the Aero


COLA Formula Generates 15 cents effective June 6, 2014

Effective June 6, 2014, a 15 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be added to the hourly wage rate for IAM members at Boeing. 

The 15 cents was generated for the quarter February, March and April 2014.  COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government’s Consumer Price Index. The next quarterly COLA payment will be September 12, 2014.


May 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the May 2014 of the Aero


Town Hall videos

During the April Town Hall meetings, guest speaker Mark McDermott outlined struggles that working people like us have had in the past and how they found ways to win their battles.

He shared his ideas on how we can use their courage and ideas to make our union stronger and protect what we have from future assaults.

Each video is between 7 and 10 minutes long. Plug in your ear piece or watch it at your leisure. It’s valuable knowledge that all of us can use as we do our part as members of our union.

   
   


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BupiHX2mKk0&feature=youtu.be – Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRwIYqBhfo&feature=youtu.be – Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViPGO1P30po&feature=youtu.be – Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11pzRmiOtCw&feature=youtu.be – Part 4


April 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
Click here
to download the April 2014 of the Aero


March 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online Click here to download the March 2014 of the Aero


COLA for March 14, 2014 - Minus 2¢

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) are generated quarterly under the IAM contract and are based on the federal government’s consumer Price Index (CPI). COLA is rolled into your base rate once a year in September – becoming a permanent part of your base rate.

COLA for the last quarter (November, December 2013 and January 2014) resulted in a minus 5 cents effective March 14, 2014. Keep in mind a negative COLA can never go below the COLA already earned since the last September rollin. Therefore, only the 2¢ generated in December can be deducted rather than the full minus 5¢.

COLA may be added or subtracted from your base rate depending on the CPI fluctuations each quarter if there was a previous COLA accumulation since last September. However, once COLA is folded into your base rate each September, it cannot be subtracted from your base wages.

There are multiple times in our past when COLA was negative and resulted in a subtraction from the already generated COLA.


Instructions for Filing Category A (Recall Rights) at Boeing

Members at Boeing facing layoff have requested information on filing their Category A recall rights. Boeing will provide you a list of jobs you have rights to on your TotalAccess profile. From TotalAccess you can file your Cat A rights (online method is preferred). Click here for step by step instructions to file Category A online.

Click here for paper form to mail in and file Category A rights.


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