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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.


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


District 751's Recommended Candidates for November Elections

 

click on the image for a printable copy

 

Political Education - Why we endorse who we endorse: The record is clear.

If you look at the actual voting record of your representatives, you will see a stark contrast in their ideology. Ideological purity is more important to members of one party than common sense solutions that benefit working people. Don't take our word for it, see for yourself.


Rights at Work: Standing Up and Fighting Back

Our union has put together a two-hour class for IAM 751 stewards and members to get basic information about the rights all workers have on the job, and how being in a union makes those rights even stronger. But rights don’t stand up for themselves. Working people need to be the ears, eyes, hands, and voices of those rights or they can easily be ignored and trampled on.
 
Classes will be:
 
Everett (8729 Airport Rd), Wednesday, Nov. 5 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 3 to 5 p.m.
Seattle (9135 15th Pl. S.), Thursday, Nov. 6 – 3 to 5 p.m.
Auburn (201 A St. SW), Wednesday, Nov. 19 ­– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Renton (233 Burnett N), Thursday, Nov. 20 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 3 to 5 p.m.
 
To sign up: http://iam751.org/pages/memberclass_signup.html
 
This class will also offer you some tactics for standing up and speaking out on the shop floor. Building worker power is a job for us all, and building union power is the particular privilege and responsibility of every union member. Come to this class to get informed, inspired and empowered for a stronger future!


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

 


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.


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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to download the September 2014 of the Aero


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.

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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
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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
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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
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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.


archived 4-22-14

 

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