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What's happening in YOUR Legislative and Political Department and how it can affect you! 

Donny Donovan
Legislative & Political Director
IAM District 751

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Washington State Legislature

The Employee Free Choice Act has been signed into law! 

Senate Bill 5778 - Protecting the rights of workers to refrain from attending meetings or listening to their employer's speech on political or religious matters.

SB 5778 Prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee for refusal to attend or participate in an employer-sponsored meeting or refusal to listen to speech, the primary purpose of which is to communicate the employer's opinion concerning religious or political matters.

"Political matters" means matters relating to elections for political office, political parties, proposals to change legislation, proposals to change regulations, and the decision to join or support any political party or political, civic, community, fraternal, or labor association or organization.

 "Religious matters" means matters relating to religious affiliation and practice, and the decision to join or support any religious organization or association.

Under the bill, employers will also not be able to require workers to attend meetings where they are told that attempts to unionize will lead to layoffs or loss of benefits.

The legislation does not prevent employers from requiring attendance at job training or training to reduce and prevent workplace harassment or discrimination.

SB 5778 simply protects the rights of workers by making religious or political meetings voluntary.

This Bill goes into effect June 6.

For more information, please click the link below:

Washington State Legislature

ACTION ALERT - Tell your legislators to allow striking workers to access unemployment benefits HB 1893/SB 5777 and to ban captive audience meetings HB 1940/SB 5778!

By clicking on the link below, it will lead you to a page to enter your information and Washington State Labor Council has already pre-written a letter that is provided. All you have to do is click "Send Letter". 

Pass two bills to protect Washington workers! (aflcio.org)

Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Voting Records on Working Family Issues Affecting You

— 2022 — 2021 — 2020— 2019 — 2018 — 2017 — 2016 — 2015— 2014— 2013 —2012 — 2011 

— 2010 — 2009— 2008 — 2007— 2006— 2005— 2004 -2003     

All previous voting records and issues can be found here https://www.wslc.org/legislative-advocacy/

November  7, 2023, General Election Results are in! Please click on the link below to view the reults in your county.

November 7, 2023 General Election Results (wa.gov)

Don't know where to submit your ballot? Click on the "Drop box near you" link below to find out! 

Drop Box and Voting Center Locations | WA Secretary of State

August 1, 2023 Primary Election results are live!


Make sure to keep your calendar up to date. Here are the dates and deadlines for 2024:


The General Election is on November 7th! Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8:00p.m. on election day.

The Vote IS IN! The membership votes to endorse President Joe Biden for a second term!

For more information on the endorsement election results and the process, please visit: Machinists Union Membership Votes Overwhelmingly to Endorse President Biden for Second Term - IAMAW (goiam.org) .

IAM's U.S. Presidential Election - Please submit your vote by June 16, 2023 at 5:00pm EST! 

Beginning now, all U.S. IAM members that are in good standing can register to vote in the IAM's U.S. Presidential endorsement election. Please click on the link below to register.

Please Note: The registration period for the membership vote will close on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 5:00pm EST and the endorsement election will take place from Monday, June 19th at 8:00am until Wednesday, June 21st at 8:00am EST. 

IAM Voting | Members Choice

Confirm Julie Su as Secretary of the Department of Labor! 

Julie Su has made a career out of representing not only workers, but the most vulnerable workers in America.

Her record speaks for itself. As a young attorney representing trafficked Thai government workers outside of Los Angeles, she won $4 million in stolen wages. Her case set a huge precedent, and that was just the beginning of a storied career.

The problem? Well-heeled lobbyists and corporate special interests are spending big to block Su's confirmation because they know she puts working people first. Workers deserve a labor secretary who will fiercely defend us.

Take a Stand! Please sign your name in support of the Richard L. Trumka PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act today! 

The Richard L. Trumka (PRO) Act restores fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that protect workers' rights to join a union. It protects the basic right to join a union by empowering workers to exercise their right to organize, holds employers accountable for violating workers' rights and secures free, fair and safe union elections. 

Please click on the link below to sign your name in support so we can continue to have the rights to collectively bargain, safety from laws such as "right-to-work" along with obtaining justice when corporations retaliate with the help of the NLRB.

Sign in for Support of the Pro Act 2023! 

3 Vital Bills to our Agenda YOU should be following and they're on the move! 

House Bill 1216 - Concerning Clean Energy Siting and Permitting

In order to bring our clean energy economy and workforce to Washington state, the first step is having businesses build their infrastructure to be able to produce clean energy. In the past, our state's siting and permitting processes have been quite challenging and HB 1216 updates and streamlines our state's siting and permitting processes to help turn our clean energy economy into a reality. This bill passed through both the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor with an effective date of July 23, 2023.

Senate Bill 5447 - Promoting the Alternative Jet Fuel Industry in Washington

This bill is also a huge hitter for our agenda, as it is directly tied to Aerospace, manufacturing jobs and clean energy in Washington state! This bill creates a preferential business and operation tax rate for the manufacturing and wholesaling of alternative jet fuels. The idea of this is to encourage sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producers to build facilities here in Washington that will create more great family wage manufacturing jobs.This bill passed through both the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor with an effective date of July 23, 2023.

House Bill 1525 - Concerning the Eligibility for working connections child care benefits for persons participating in state registered apprenticeships

This bill is a huge deal for our members at the Machinist Institute! Let's be honest, most often than not, when in an apprenticeship program, you are working a full-time job as well and any extra help could make a huge difference. This bill will expand the eligibility for the Working Connections Child Care program benefits to apply to persons in the first 12 months while participating in a state registered apprenticeship when they meet certain additional criteria.This bill passed through both the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor with an effective date of July 23, 2023.

2023 Machinists 751 Legislative Agenda

In 2023 we are focusing on our Clean Energy Agenda.

We are focusing on three areas to create a clean energy economy and workforce:
by investing in clean energy infrastructure, scaling the clean energy workforce, and
streamlining facility siting and permitting. This will not only positively affect the
economy but create amazing opportunities for good, union jobs. Please look
out for updates from us throughout the year on where we are at with our agenda. 

January 4th, 2023 - You Did It!

With everyone’s efforts, Congress has approved an additional $25 million funding to the National Labor Relations Board!

The NLRB is a vital resource for us. Without them, we couldn’t hold corporations accountable or build worker power through stronger unions.

Thank you to all of those that took the time to submit a letter asking our Senators to support the funding of the NLRB.

For more information on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and how it works, please visit the webpage below.

Understanding the NLRB - IAMAW (goiam.org)

Update December 2nd, 2022 - IAM Scorecard! - Why We Support Who We Support!

These are the voting records of your House Representatives as well as your Senators of the 117th Congress.

District 751 had an outstanding result from our last election. Of the people running for office asking for our endorsement, nearly 84% won their elections! Our process of endorsements is rigorous yet necessary to ensure we get the best possible candidates to represent your interests as a worker. 

Take a look at the IAM Scorecard for not only our state, but all the states in this great country. See how their Representatives are voting on very major and important issues for working families.

The Full Report .pdf WA House Of Representatives WA Senators

Elections matter and actual votes in Congress matter. 

Provided for educational purposes.

November 8th, 2022 General Election Results 

November 8, 2022 General Election Results (wa.gov)

Endorsed Candidates located on page 4 of the October 2022 AeroMechanic Newsletter


August 2nd, 2022 Primary Election Results 

August 2, 2022 Primary Results (wa.gov)

Dates and Deadlines for 2022


November 8th Election - Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Register to Vote | My voting information

Register, update and learn what is on your ballot!


IAM 751 Legislative Committee Members 

Ken Ogren - Mitchell Christian - Joshua Koopmans - Derek Gottschalk - Linda Ramos - Jon Voss - Jerry Purser

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