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Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal, February 12, 2014
Machinists International President Tom Buffenbarger thought members of Seattle-based District Lodge 751 would not approve the recent contract extension with Boeing, when they voted Jan. 3.
He also said he was convinced that at the time of the vote, Washington state was not on Boeing's final list of sites for the 777X.
Buffenbarger, 63, had several other surprising things to say in a unexpected interview Wednesday including that the tiny grassroots “Give us a voice” movement may have tipped the election, and that the company might have moved Air Force tanker production from Everett to Long Beach, Calif., had the union contract extension been nixed.
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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 this page and Facebook.
Bradken Workers - Vote Held July 1 Pending NLRB Action
The vote taken on July 1st had a good turnout with almost every member present. The NLRB presiding agent has impounded the votes while they make determinations on pending charges. In the meantime, the current contract is still in place, with all of the benefits and protections that it provides. See the flyer below for more information.
Bradken Workers - Vote July 1 to Keep Your Voice!
The first contract now in place guarantees job security, a clear wage structure, seniority language and more. See the flyers below for more information and GO IAM on July 1st!
Contract and Steward Information 5/4/14
Contract Vote April 27th!
In the News
Tania Finlayson, her husband (an IAM District 751 member), son and other family members and supporters traveled the 300 mile distance from Seattle to Portland in an effort to raise money for Guide Dogs of America. Finlayson began her journey by wheelchair at the District 751 "Flight for Sight" event on June 8, ending at the District W24 union hall at 4:00 pm June 12. Her goal is to raise $40,000 and fundraising efforts are still ongoing. Her story is available online in the "Aero Mechanic" newsletter here.
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