It’s definitely election time, not only for public offices but also for the district council and business representatives of the Machinists Union at Boeing. Approximately 26,000 members are eligible to vote in these October elections with the outcome affecting our daily work conditions and how well our contract is enforced.
For years the “Dedicated Unionists” have poorly managed our union. Grievances go unanswered by business representatives who are only seen at election time. With a current base pay around $90,000, their friends at the grand lodge just voted them a hefty pay increase. They intimidate and threaten union stewards and opposition members who seek to replace them. They use their company connections to run their re-election campaigns while they should be working for us.
Last year they attempted to change the rules so that only those in their elite group of 16 could run for President. A few weeks ago the “Dedicated Unionists” turned back a proposal to implement a generous sick leave policy for the business reps. As it is now, they enjoy unlimited paid sick leave – unlimited! No wonder they are seldom seen.
Our union dues will be raised next month. Somebody has to pay. Fortunately there is an independent slate of candidates who will address these gross inequities. It’s time to clean house. Go vote in your union elections!