By a 3-to-2 margin, workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle.
The vote affects more than 100 hourly workers at the Jorgensen Forge Corp. (JFC) plant in Tukwila, WA.
The vote came despite what IAM 751 Organizer Loren Guzzone called a “very aggressive campaign against workers who were trying to exercise their federally-protected collective bargaining rights.”
The National Labor Relations Board must still certify the results. Once that happens, the union will contact the company to request dates to start contract talks. In the meantime, the IAM will continue surveying members to determine their priorities for their first union contract.
“The workers at JFC have seen the benefits of collective bargaining, and they want that for themselves and their families,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “I congratulate them, and welcome them to our union.”
The JFC workers are specialists who forge everything from propeller shafts used in ships and submarines to parts used in the aerospace, maritime and drilling industries. Their products are created from stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and other metals.