Machinists, Boeing chip in for Oso slide

By Dan Catchpole

Machinists union members working at the Boeing Co. have pitched in to raise money for people affected by the Oso mudslide.

The crew that operates the overhead crane at the airplane maker’s Paine Field plant raised about $4,000 for general relief efforts.

One of the facility’s flightline crews raised more than $6,000 to help the family of a 5-month-old Duke Suddarth, who, along with his mother, was badly injured in the slide. Suddarth’s grandfather is a Machinist who works at Boeing, according to Wilson Ferguson, a local union official.

The March 22 slide has killed at least 36 people, with eight names still on the missing list.

The the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 751, which represents about 32,000 Machinists at Boeing, contributed $10,000 to various relief efforts for the slide.

The Boeing Co. contributed $75,000 and up to $25,000 in employee matching contributions to help people affected by the slide.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.