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August 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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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
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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."
2nd Annual Whidbey Island Charity Golf Tournament
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.
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.
District Golf Tournament to Benefit Guide Dogs of America
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!
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Steel and Wheel Car Show - Flyer and Entry Form
June 2014 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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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
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Memorial Day Message from District 751
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Machinists Instructor Needed!
Are you a Machinists who is retired or would like a change of pace. Do you feel a desire to pass on your knowledge to someone needing to learn your trade? Consider applying to become an instructor for Green River Community College.
For more information please contact Josh Clearman, Dean of Technology & Trades Division & Workforce Education read more...
IAM Executive Council Preliminary Election Results
The preliminary results from the IAM Executive Council election show members have re-elected the incumbent leadership (click here to view).
The results still must be reviewed and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Once that is done, we will be able to release the results from voting here at District 751.
This election, and our recent election for the office of District President here at District 751, point out one of the great challenges facing us as a union -- only about 10 percent of our membership took the time to vote in both elections. We must do better.
Our union only works if every member feels connected to it, and believes deep down that he or she has the ability to help guide our future. My goal, as your District President, is to provide you with more ways to get involved with our union, to make yourselves heard and to influence our direction. I urge you to take advantage of those opportunities: speak up, get informed, and vote when the time comes.
It is your union, and if we work together, we can make it better.
District 751 President
Spokane Trap Shoot to Benefit Guide Dogs of America
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
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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.