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Local Lodge 63 organizing volunteers participated in four hours of classroom training on November 6th, 2013.
The interactive training exercises, led by Western Territory Communications Representative Josh Diaz, along with District W24 Business Representatives Will Lukens and Noel Willet, included interactive role play and discussion. It was followed by hand billing at several local machine shops.
"I'd like to thank Brother Diaz for coming up to work with our volunteers," remarked Lukens. "Improving our communication skills to get the message out about the strength of a bargaining agreement will help others seeking representation in the future."
IAM District 751 Directing Business Representative Tom Wroblewski issued the following statement: “Today, the democratic process worked and our members made the decision to not accept the company’s proposal. It is my belief that we represent the best aerospace workforce in the world and hope that as a result of this vote Boeing will not discard our skills when looking to place the 777X.
“We preserved something sacred by rejecting the Boeing proposal. We’ve held on to our pensions and that’s big. At a time when financial planners are talking about a ‘retirement crisis’ in America, we have preserved a tool that will help our members retire with more comfort and dignity."
The IAM represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers who are affected by this vote and is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America.
Ever since Bradken Engineered Products in Chehalis voted to join District W24, the parent company has stalled negotiations and appears to be unwilling to bargain in good faith with the employees' representative union, the IAM. We will attempt to keep links updated to information regarding negotiations, events and other support from the community at large on the News page.
Current updates are available on Facebook! Visit here for information.
IAM Members and covered spouses at Boeing's Portland facility in Gresham, Ore., will be asked to participate in an online health assessment again this fall. For more information, download the FAQ's here.
The 7th Annual Guide Dog Dash motorcycle ride and poker run, now named for Richard Martin, was held Saturday, August 24.
Fifty-three riders on 41 bikes turned out for the event, which began at the IBEW hall on Airport Way in Portland and ended at Lewisville Regional Park in Vancouver. The route was laid out by Linda Bender, music was provided by "Second Player Score" and Dan Newberry and family led the BBQ efforts again this year. Attendees also included Richard's family, a host of Guide Dogs and their puppy raisers, and retirees.
A special thanks to everyone who turned out for the event and our many volunteers. Your efforts are much appreciated!
Union workers at Daimler’s Swan Island Truck Plant ratified new contract terms Monday, after being on the strike lines since July 1. The strikers are members of Machinists Local 1005.
Members of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1094 had also been on strike and voted to accept the new offer on Saturday. The offer was also accepted by the International brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union, whose truck plant employees had been respecting the strike lines.
The new terms include an increase of $1.55 per hour over the 40 month labor agreements.
A total of 725 union workers will be returning to work at the truck plant beginning at 6:15 am Tuesday, July 23.
Union workers had been picketing around the clock at Daimler’s production facilities on Swan Island since midnight July 1.
Of the 725 union members returning to Daimler’s Portland Truck Plant, 521 are Machinist Union members working as production mechanics at the truck plant where they build Western Star brand vehicles, as well as mechanics working at the Pre-Delivery Inspection shop at another location on Swan Island.
Machinist Union members have been building trucks in Portland since Freightliner production began in 1947.
Click here for the official Media Release.
IFA Nurseries members in Canby, Ore. and Toledo, Wash. voted unanimously on June 24th and 25th to ratify a new three-year agreement.
The agreement adds additional job security language as well as spelling out a progressive disciplinary procedure. Also included is a 5% wage increase over the term of the agreement and additional holiday and vacation pay. New job classifications were also bargained, which reward employees with additional pay for their skill levels.
Business Representative Noel Willet led the negotiations, along with assistance from Business Representative Will Lukens and Local Lodge W130 President Jake Merkal. The bargaining committees from each respective location did an excellent job. Representing Canby were Jesse Cordova, Samual Hauck and Barry Bergquist. Representing Toledo were Landra Harris, Jean Wieher and Ron McGinnis. Congratulations to all of our members at IFA!
Story from the NW Labor Press
Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was the big winner at the third annual Salmon Fishing Derby May 4 sponsored by Machinists District W24. Unseasonably warm weather scared away the fish, but not fishermen and women, who donated $10,000 to the cause.
In three years the fishing derby has collected $34,000 for Guide Dogs.
The International Association of Machinists founded GDA in 1948 in Sylmar, California, to train and provide guide dogs to the blind, free of charge. The organization receives no government funding. “We depend solely on fundraising events like this, voluntary donations and bequests,” said Guide Dogs director and derby participant Dale Hartford, noting that to breed, raise and train one guide dog costs $42,000.
The fishing derby launched from the docks of RiverPlace Marina in downtown Portland at 5 a.m. For the next eight hours, 19 professional fishing guides steered four-person teams through the Willamette River in search of the big fish. The winning catch was a 13-pound salmon reeled in by Bill Trites. It was Trites’ first salmon catch ever. Winner of the sturgeon derby (for most total inches of sturgeon landed, catch and release) was Jon Holden, with 635 inches. Holden is a member of Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle.
President John Kleiboeker and Vice President Craig Moran installed a wheelchair ramp donated by Brother Moran at a home in Washougal, Wash. on April 6th. The grateful resident, Gary Christian, had seen the Machinists District 751 MVP program but found nothing locally for help. He contacted DL 751, who promptly notified District W24/Local 63 and the Local was happy to help! Pictured are VP Moran with the stairs (before) and President JK with the newly installed ramp and a grateful Mr. Christian.
Congratulations to Dale Puckett, for being the first Journeyman graduate of the LME Apprenticeship at ConMet!! ConMet is an aluminum diecast foundry located in Clackamas, Ore. The LME apprenticeship is fairly new to ConMet, and is their only apprenticeship. There are currently three others in the program.