Auburn union rep appointed to IAM Aerospace Territories post
February 8, 2012 · Updated 7:47 PM
A Machinists Union officer who worked for more than 25 years at Boeing in Puget Sound will now be one of the union's top negotiators with aerospace companies across North America.
Mark B. Johnson will be a Grand Lodge representative for the union's new Aerospace Territory, said International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers International President Tom Buffenbarger.
Johnson has been a business representative for Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle since 2004. In his new role, Johnson will be working for the IAM's International Headquarters on issues that affect aerospace workers across the United States and Canada. He assumes the job on Feb. 1.
Johnson has been a Machinists Union member since he first hired on at Boeing in 1977 as a facilities maintenance mechanic in Auburn.
As a business representative for District 751, Johnson has represented Machinists Union members at Boeing's plants in Renton and Auburn. Johnson has taken part in the IAM's last three rounds of contract talks with Boeing, including the recently concluded negotiations for a four-year contract extension, where he helped lead talks over wages and incentives.
He has also been part of the union bargaining team for contract talks at aerospace suppliers Triumph Composites and GKN.
About District 751
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 31,000 working men and women at 45 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In December 2011, District 751 members used collective bargaining to reach an agreement that ensures Boeing's new 737 MAX will be built in Puget Sound.