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Labor Relations

Union accuses county prosecutor of unfair labor practices

EVERETT — The union that represents most Snohomish County employees has filed a formal complaint accusing Prosecutor Mark Roe of unfair labor practices.Roe said he was looking out for his employees and the public when he argued against a new union contract he fears...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Judge: Spokane mayor cannot stop ‘family wage’ initiative

SPOKANE — A Superior Court judge has denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to stop a community group’s ballot measure from appearing in the November election.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest

Start date of Everett schools awaiting contract negotiations

EVERETT — School starts in about a month for most kids in Snohomish County.That's probably the case in Everett Public Schools as well, but when exactly the first day of school will be is still up in the air.That's because the start date is subject to...

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Machinists raise $9,300 for Guide Dogs of America

Machinists raise $9,300 for Guide Dogs of AmericaMachinists Union District Lodge 751's 13th annual Puppy Putt motorcycle event raised more than $9,300 for charity. The event, held July 11, attracted nearly 50 motorcycle riders. District 751 is the top...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Business

McNerney says without Ex-Im Bank, Boeing work could move overseas

Boeing Co. Chairman Jim McNerney rattled his saber again Wednesday, suggesting the airplane maker would ship work overseas if Congress does not reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business

Briefs: Machinists gather 1,400 pounds of peanut butter

Machinists gather 1,400 pounds of peanut butterMembers of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 collected nearly 1,400 pounds of peanut butter during a recent drive coordinated by the Snohomish County Central Labor Council and Snohomish County United Way...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Bizblog

Two teachers file class-action pension lawsuit

SEATTLE — Two teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the state pension system.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Northwest

NLRB dismisses Machinists’ complaint against Boeing

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a complaint filed by the Machinists union against Boeing stemming from the union's attempt to organize workers at the company's North Charleston operations.The union announced last month it was...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Business Wire

Machinists consider second organizing effort at Boeing South Carolina

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is taking another run at organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina, reports the Puget Sound Business...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Union appears to win vote at Boeing supplier in Everett

EVERETT — Workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens here apparently voted this week to organize as part of the Machinists union, which represents more than 30,000 Boeing employees around metro Puget Sound.The International Association of...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Business

Machinists union sets vote to add Everett aerospace supplier

EVERETT — Workers at Everett-based Cadence Aerospace-Giddens will vote May 14 and 15 on whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.Machinists union District Lodge 751 collected signed vote requests...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Business

Boeing to lay off 153 workers in Puget Sound region

Boeing plans to lay off 153 workers in metro Puget Sound by June 19, according to a federally required notice.Most of them — 125 — are members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), according to the union.Of those...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Machinists withdraw request for union vote at Boeing in S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Machinists union is delaying an attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing Friday that is withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Business

Union vote in S.C. matters here, Machinists leader says

EVERETT — The Machinists union is considering postponing next week’s union vote among Boeing production workers in South Carolina.While the vote is on the other side of the country, the outcome matters for Machinists in metro Puget Sound, a union leader here says.

Date: 04/15/2015 | Business

Machinists union considers postponing North Charleston vote

As an April 22 vote approaches, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is gauging support for union representation among 3,125 eligible workers at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Date: 04/14/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Holding Boeing accountable for tax breaks

So, why should the state be giving Boeing a tax break in the first place?It's easy to see Boeing's interest. In the most recent tax incentive package passed in late 2013, Boeing stands to receive $8.7 billion in savings as the terms of an earlier tax break in 2003 —...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Editorials

Boeing assembly workers earn $10 more in Wash. than in S.C.

Yes, Boeing spends a lot less on an assembly worker's wages in South Carolina than one in metro Puget Sound.Workers here earn about $10 more an hour than their counterparts do in North Charleston, S.C., according to

Date: 04/09/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Tips on how to be engaged, productive post-retirement

Every day in the United States, thousands of baby boomers are turning 65. No wonder many of us hear about friends and family that are retiring or at least talking about it. I have several friends that took the big step.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Port Angeles man sentenced for collecting dead grandmother’s benefits

TACOMA — A Port Angeles man who forged paperwork to collect nearly $200,000 of his dead grandmother’s federal benefits was sentenced to a year in prison.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest

Boeing South Carolina workers to vote on joining union in April

Shopfloor workers at Boeing’s South Carolina facilities will vote April 22 on whether to join the union which represents their counterparts around metro Puget Sound,

Date: 03/24/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Boeing pushes back against Machinists union in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Unions are bad for your health. That was Boeing’s message to workers sitting down this week to eat in the cafeteria at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina plant, reports the Post...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Congress tries to kill union voting rule

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Congress has sent the White House a bill repealing a National Labor Relations Board rule intended to streamline union elections, defying a threat by President Barack Obama to veto the measure.

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World

Add flip-flop over Boeing tax break to Lovick’s political portfolio

In the political crevice between “Hail Mary” and “hell no” could be found the state House Finance Committee on Friday sitting in judgment of an attempt to rewrite a 25-year agreement between the state and its largest private...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Local News

Machinists ask NLRB for election at S.C. Boeing plant

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on Monday asked for an election so about 2,400 Boeing production workers here can decide whether they want union representation.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Business

Inslee takes a neutral stance on Boeing tax breaks

Sixteen months ago, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the largest tax break any state has ever given a private company.It

Date: 03/12/2015 | Local News

Boeing bonuses less than maximum; some workers disappointed

EVERETT — Boeing hit record highs for airplane deliveries and profits in 2014, but workers won't be getting the maximum amount possible for performance bonuses for last year.In all, the aerospace giant will pay out about $269.3 million later this month to eligible...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Business

Boeing, Machinists close to announcing performance payout

EVERETT — Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) are reportedly close to an agreement for union members’ performance bonus for 2014.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Boeing, Microsoft CEO apologies were tops in 2014

What is it that makes apologies from chief executives so compelling? Maybe it's the schadenfreude of watching people in power squirm. Maybe it's just reassuring to see someone who makes that much money goof up. Or perhaps it's the way that, all too often, executives get the whole act of...

Date: 12/30/2014 | Business Wire

Western Washington Medical, Snohomish Family Medicine to partner

EVERETT — Western Washington Medical Group has announced that Snohomish Family Medicine is joining its multi-specialty group on Jan. 2.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Business

Premera to start ‘telehealth’ benefits next year

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Premera Blue Cross today announced that it will offer telehealth benefits to its 1.8 million members through its virtual care offering starting next year.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Business

Officials, companies won’t discuss airbag accident at Boeing

EVERETT — It’s been a week since two contract workers were injured on Boeing’s Paine Field flight line, but no one will say what their conditions are or what precisely happened.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Business

Healthplan Finder aims to help small businesses shop for insurance

Enrollment for Washington Healthplan Finder Business, formerly called SHOP, started Oct. 17. The state's healthcare exchange allows businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to enroll their employees in group insurance plans.The state's health exchange for small...

Date: 11/13/2014 | Business

NLRB dismisses last complaints from Machinists’ contract vote

SEATTLE — Federal labor law regulators have reportedly dismissed charges filed by members of the Machinists union against Boeing alleging the company used illegally pressured them to approve a new contract in January,

Date: 10/29/2014 | Aerospace Blog

Panel: How are Boeing’s $8.7B tax breaks paying off?

A smart group of ordinary folks, entrusted to advise state lawmakers on the merit of tax breaks, has a suggestion regarding the jumbo incentives enjoyed by the Boeing Co. and the rest of the aerospace...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Local News

Boeing to move 2,000 defense jobs out of Washington

The Boeing Co. is moving about 2,000 defense jobs out of Washington to the Midwest as it consolidates its defense division in the face of declining military budgets.

Date: 09/29/2014 | Business

WSU, UW wage PR war over medical school

EVERETT — The more Washington State University officials talk of the need for a medical school east of the Cascades, the more University of Washington leaders say it's a bad idea.On Monday, three days after WSU regents approved the undertaking, Orin Smith, a UW regent,...

Date: 09/16/2014 | Local News

Al-Jazeera expose targets Boeing 787

Update: Boeing on Wednesday issued a scathing critique of the program.

Date: 09/09/2014 | Aerospace Blog

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