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February 18, 1989 | From Reuters
A judge on Friday ordered machinists at Eastern Airlines Inc. to end a work slowdown that Eastern officials say has forced it to ground 17 planes, or about 7% of its fleet, as it faces a possible strike by its largest union. U.S. District Judge C. Clyde Atkins also ruled partly in favor of the machinists by ordering Eastern, a Texas Air Corp. subsidiary, to stop farming out maintenance work to subcontractors.
January 3, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - By the slimmest of margins, aerospace giant Boeing Co.'s largest union approved a controversial contract proposal that cut benefits in exchange for decades of work in Puget Sound on a new jetliner. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, voted 51% Friday in favor of a contract to build the 777X, a more fuel-efficient version of its wide-body jet. It is the second time in two months that the union voted on a proposal by Boeing, the biggest private employer in the state with about 82,500 employees and a crucial part of the regional economy.
April 5, 1998
Unfortunately, the salaries cited in "Supply of Skilled Machinists Is Tighter Than Ever" [March 18] are an exception to the rule. With the perks and salaries Superior Jig is offering, their base rate charged to their customers must be $150 to $175 per hour. Regretfully, 99% of the manufacturing industry's base rate is $45 to $65 per hour, and annual salaries of $20,000 to $35,000, excluding benefits, are more the norm. The manufacturing industry is a true laggard as far as wages go, despite the fact that machinists contribute to nearly all phases of what we have and what we can do. It is truly one of the most unappreciated and unrewarding trades, henceforth the shortage of skilled machinists.
January 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and W.J. Hennigan
EVERETT, Wash. -- The union hall closest to Boeing Co.'s biggest manufacturing operation swarmed with activity Friday afternoon, as hundreds of machinist union members queued up to vote on the aerospace giant's latest contract. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, are voting Friday on a contract that would ensure that construction on the 777X airliner would stay in the region.
July 15, 1987 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Machinists at Solar Turbines Inc. were poised for a long and bitter strike Tuesday after company officials vowed not to budge from their proposal, but a settlement apparently has been reached in the machinists' dispute with another company. Solar spokeswoman Val DeWitt-Ruiz vowed that company negotiators will not meet with officials from the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers again unless the union agrees to accept Solar's "final offer."
February 25, 1987
Rohr Industries and the machinists union leaders said Tuesday night that an improved company offer was to be presented to the union membership for a ratification vote. Union officials will probably schedule the vote for today or Thursday, Rohr public relations manager Dick Dalton said. Included in the new offer are significant increases in the pension plan and the continuation of cost-of-living adjustments.
Nearly 1,000 machinists union members at Lockheed Corp.'s aircraft service subsidiary walked off their jobs Monday at four maintenance facilities in San Bernardino County. Members in Local Lodge 821 of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted to strike after rejecting a proposal by Lockheed Aircraft Service Corp. Workers began picketing Monday morning outside the company's Upland, Chino and two Ontario facilities.
November 16, 1987
United Airlines and the union representing 21,000 mechanics and ground workers reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a nationwide strike that threatened to shut down the giant carrier, a union official said. The agreement was reached in Washington by negotiators for United and the International Assn. of Machinists just hours before the expiration of a 30-day cooling-off period barring a walkout.
July 29, 1988 | From Reuters
The pilots and machinists unions at Eastern Airlines each filed suit Thursday to block the carrier's plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs and reduce its flight schedule. The two suits, filed in federal court in Washington, asked U.S. District Judge Barrington Parker to impose a temporary restraining order on Eastern to prevent its carrying out a sweeping retrenchment program announced on July 22, union officials said.
January 3, 1989 | Associated Press
Eastern Airlines, smaller and deeper in debt than a year ago, begins 1989 facing federal mediation considered crucial to what the carrier will look like a year from now--if it still exists. "We simply cannot survive if the National Mediation Board persists in holding Eastern hostage as it has been doing," wrote Tom Matthews, Eastern's senior vice president for human resources, in a Dec. 28 letter to Walter C. Wallace, chairman of the mediation board.
January 2, 2014 | By Maria La Ganga and W.J. Hennigan
SEATTLE - Waving angry signs and clenched fists, several hundred union members rallied Thursday afternoon for a vote against a contract that would cut their benefits but guarantee that Boeing Co. builds its latest wide-body jet in the Puget Sound area. "This is the fight of our lives," said local union leader Wilson Ferguson of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as the raucous crowd in the union's hall cheered. "This is the front line of the labor movement right now. Thank you for coming out and supporting us. " The machinists union, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, is planning to vote Friday on a contract aimed at keeping the aerospace giant's 777X project in the region.
December 24, 2013 | Bob Pool
Leon Rudek loved his newspaper job so much that he constructed a sidewalk in front of his house out of front pages. Pedestrians walking along La Prada Street in Highland Park step back in time as they pass by concrete "editions" of newspapers reporting the news that "Yankees KO Dodgers, Again," or "Argentina Invades Falklands" and "How Carter Saved Summit. " All in screaming headlines. And those who take a closer look may notice that dozens of the front pages cover the bottom of the slope behind his house, and hundreds more serve as roofing shingles on the garage-workshop.
December 12, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. said the machinists union in Washington has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal that would ensure the aerospace giant would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state. The announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract extension last month.
July 29, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Workers at Ikea's first factory in the United States have voted to be represented by a union, the latest development in a bitter campaign that has challenged the low-cost home furnishing company's reputation as a worker-friendly employer. Employees at the plant in Danville, Va., voted 221-69 on Wednesday to allow the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to negotiate salary and benefits with the retailer's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood, a spokeswoman for the union said.
June 23, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
A labor union looking to organize Ikea's first American factory has asked the government to allow workers to vote on whether they want representation. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed its request with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday along with signature cards from what it believes is a majority of the eligible employees at the Danville, Va., factory. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by Ikea's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood.
June 15, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board accused Boeing earlier this year of illegally retaliating against unionized workers by expanding its facilities in a largely nonunion state, South Carolina. Republicans joined much of corporate America in denouncing the board's complaint, calling it a barely disguised attack on state "right to work" laws that make it harder for unions to organize. The questions raised by the board are legitimate ones. The problem is the remedy it has proposed, which would have the perverse effect of confining Boeing's growth to its home region.
June 6, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
McDonnell Douglas Corp. machinists picketed a St. Louis plant Wednesday, beginning what is expected to be an extended strike over the aircraft maker's plans to give union jobs to outside contractors. Workers formed picket lines at 12:01 a.m., after contract talks broke down and following Sunday's rejection of a company offer by members of the 6,700-member union.
October 3, 1989 | ROBERT E. DALLOS, Times Staff Writer
Eastern Airlines' pilots and machinists unions Monday sued the airline and its chairman, Frank Lorenzo, charging that "fraudulent empire building, misrepresentations, extortion and other criminal means including asset stripping and asset shifting" had damaged the carrier's employees and shareholders. In their civil racketeering lawsuit, the unions charged that the defendants were leaving Eastern "in precarious financial condition and without means to survive."
April 10, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
When home furnishing giant Ikea selected this fraying blue-collar city to build its first U.S. factory, residents couldn't believe their good fortune. Beloved by consumers worldwide for its stylish and affordable furniture, the Swedish firm had also constructed a reputation as a good employer and solid corporate citizen. State and local officials offered $12 million in incentives. Residents thrilled at the prospect of a respected foreign company bringing jobs to this former textile region after watching so many flee overseas.
January 28, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. swung to a fourth-quarter profit compared with a loss last year, when a machinists' strike halted production lines. The aerospace company Wednesday reported earnings of $1.27 billion, or $1.75 a share. Boeing lost $86 million, or 12 cents, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose to $17.9 billion from $12.7 billion a year earlier. Boeing posted a profit despite facing an economic downturn that shrank orders for airplanes. Amid the depressed economic environment, airlines were stung by a slump in air travel, and few ordered new planes.
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