Machinists Union http://kplu.org en Machinists Union Leaders Keep Their Posts After Rare Contested Election http://kplu.org/post/machinists-union-leaders-keep-their-posts-after-rare-contested-election <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148757120&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After a rare contested election, the incumbents have retained their posts at the top of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.</p><p>International President Tom Buffenbarger kept the position he’s held since 1997 by a margin of two-to-one, according to preliminary results. About 23,500 members voted for Buffenbarger, and about 11,200 voted for IAM Reform candidate, Jay Cronk.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:08:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 16478 at http://kplu.org Machinists Union Leaders Keep Their Posts After Rare Contested Election Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor http://kplu.org/post/longtime-union-organizer-says-machinists-reform-push-hopeful-sign-labor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147624372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:04:40 +0000 Ashley Gross 16379 at http://kplu.org Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running http://kplu.org/post/machinists-union-reform-candidates-explain-why-theyre-running <p><em>Editor's Note: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a union of about 333,000 dues-paying members across the country, has not had a contested election for its top posts since 1961. People have tried to get through the nomination and endorsement process in the past to challenge the union's leadership, but they haven't succeeded, until now. Machinists are voting throughout the month of April, and the results will be known next month.</em></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:06 +0000 Ashley Gross 15648 at http://kplu.org Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://kplu.org/post/boeing-contract-fight-fuels-effort-oust-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142945230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound region have a rare chance to head to the polls Thursday and vote on who should run their union’s national headquarters. It’s the first contested election for the top leadership posts in more than 50 years, and lingering anger over the recent Boeing contract extension vote is fueling an effort to oust the union leaders.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 15634 at http://kplu.org Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union Machinists Union President Buffenbarger On Boeing, Reformers’ Challenge http://kplu.org/post/machinists-union-president-buffenbarger-boeing-reformers-challenge <p><em>Editor's Note: Tom Buffenbarger has held the top job of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers since 1997. He’s been in the public eye in the Pacific Northwest ever since the contentious Boeing contract-extension votes that took place last November and in January. </em></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 15635 at http://kplu.org Machinists Union President Buffenbarger On Boeing, Reformers’ Challenge Boeing Shifts 26,000 Non-Union Workers In The Seattle Region Away From A Pension http://kplu.org/post/boeing-shifts-26000-non-union-workers-seattle-region-away-pension <p>Boeing plans to shift its non-union employees away from a defined benefit pension plan, including about 26,000 workers in the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p><p>In January, machinists here narrowly accepted a similar pension freeze to win the 777X production line. Now, Boeing’s including non-union employees in the retirement plan change because the company says its pension obligation is unsustainable.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:06:44 +0000 Ashley Gross 14499 at http://kplu.org Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort http://kplu.org/post/volkswagen-vote-wont-stop-machinists-continuing-boeing-south-carolina-effort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vote by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers union has sent </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">shock waves</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> throughout the world of organized labor. And that setback is an example of why the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers faces an uphill battle organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13847 at http://kplu.org Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort Boeing CEO Says It’s Time To Rebuild Relationship With Machinists http://kplu.org/post/boeing-ceo-says-it-s-time-rebuild-relationship-machinists <p><em>(Corrects to clarify that the agreement the machinists passed phases out the pension over time &nbsp;and replaces it with a company-funded 401(k) retirement plan.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chief Executive Jim </span>McNerney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he’s looking forward to the prospect of no strikes for the next decade by Washington state machinists.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McNerney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told Wall Street analysts it made the most sense to build the next version of the 777 jet in the Puget Sound region, as long as the workers accepted the company’s contract extension offer.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/local-machinists-narrowly-approve-boeings-best-and-final-offer-777x-work">Machinists narrowly approved the deal </a>that preserves job security but phases out their pension and replaces it with a 401(k) retirement plan. McNerney says his deputy, Ray Conner, is now trying to improve morale in the wake of the vote.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:47:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 13014 at http://kplu.org Boeing CEO Says It’s Time To Rebuild Relationship With Machinists Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://kplu.org/post/reform-candidates-try-dislodge-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contentious Boeing contract extension offer that machinists narrowly passed earlier this month left many workers unhappy with their union leaders. This Saturday, they’ll have a chance to nominate new candidates for top positions in the union’s national headquarters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the <a href="http://iamreform.org/" target="_blank">reform candidates</a> face an uphill battle in their effort to dislodge the top leaders. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn’t had a contested election for its highest jobs in more than half a century.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12796 at http://kplu.org Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute http://kplu.org/post/nlrb-once-again-caught-middle-thorny-boeing-machinists-dispute <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Labor Relations Board once again is being called into the middle of a thorny dispute between machinists and the Boeing Company. Could the agency find itself in as much political hot water this time as three years ago?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">2011 is the year the NLRB exploded onto the national consciousness, all because the agency’s general counsel filed a complaint against Boeing over its decision to build a </span>Dreamliner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plant in South Carolina. That drew heated responses from many political conservatives.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12694 at http://kplu.org NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor http://kplu.org/post/boeing-machinists-plight-marks-changing-times-labor The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/04/259647655/cheers-and-jeers-as-boeing-machinists-narrowly-ok-contract">narrowly approved</a> an offer to<strong> </strong>build the company's new airliner, the 777X.<p>Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who had gathered had wanted to reject the offer. But they were in a tight spot. They risked losing the bid to one of the 21 states hoping to step in.<p>Washington state ultimately managed to keep the jobs. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:54:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 12636 at http://kplu.org Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation http://kplu.org/post/embattled-local-leader-machinists-union-announces-resignation <p>Citing health concerns and two hospital stays brought on by stress connected to the Boeing 777x contract extension proposal, the embattled local leader of the machinists' union says he'll resign at the end of the month.&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Wroblewski, 59, has been president of District Lodge 751 of the machinists' union since 2007. Prior to the post, he served as a grievance coordinator as well as a business representative for the union, with assignments throughout the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p><p>The experience of the 777X&nbsp;contract proposal "changed my perspective on work-life balance," Wroblewski said in a statement. "Your job should not destroy your health."</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:47:26 +0000 Ashley Gross 12594 at http://kplu.org Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation Local Machinists Narrowly Approve Boeing's Best And Final Offer For 777X Work http://kplu.org/post/local-machinists-narrowly-approve-boeings-best-and-final-offer-777x-work <p>Local machinists narrowly approved Boeing’s “best and final” offer that guarantees assembly of the next 777 wide-body jet and the fabrication of the plane's carbon-fiber wing for the Puget Sound region.</p><p>Some 30,000 local machinists accepted the deal with a 51-percent vote, said&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;">International Association of Machinists</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;">&nbsp;and Aerospace Workers spokesman Jim Bearden late Friday.</span></p><p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 06:04:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 12263 at http://kplu.org Local Machinists Narrowly Approve Boeing's Best And Final Offer For 777X Work Boeing Says Union Vote Will Decide Fate Of Jobs In Puget Sound Area http://kplu.org/post/boeing-says-union-vote-will-decide-fate-jobs-puget-sound-area <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing has told local political leaders that this week's vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a press conference Monday morning, local politicians gathered in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the contract. They said Boeing executive Ray Conner told them in a meeting that the union vote will decide whether the new 777X composite wing is built in the region.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:38:58 +0000 The Associated Press 12153 at http://kplu.org Boeing Says Union Vote Will Decide Fate Of Jobs In Puget Sound Area Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain http://kplu.org/post/union-chief-says-boeings-latest-offer-1-billion-gain <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The international president of the machinists union says Boeing's revised contract offer is an improvement of more than $1 billion.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a letter to union members, Tom Buffenbarger said the offer that workers will consider next week is a significant improvement over <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-machinists-reject-offer-inslee-says-777x-not-lost-yet">a contract the union rejected</a> last month.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:11:15 +0000 Mike Baker 12122 at http://kplu.org Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain