Union honors four Boeing Machinists

Four Machinists Union members who work for Boeing in Auburn have been honored for their volunteer efforts in 2009.

The four – Rob Curran, Tom Lindberg, Joyce Hoag and Pauline Mitchell – received awards Saturday as Machinists District Lodge 751 held its annual MVP banquet, which honored members of the Machinists Volunteer Program for their community service in 2009.

Curran, who donated 125 hours of his own time to community service projects last year – roughly equal to three work weeks – had the second-most community-service hours of all union volunteers in 2009. He received an award for being one of the top volunteers among the union’s stewards.

Lindberg also was honored for being one of the top union stewards in terms of community service, and Hoag and Mitchell were honored for being among the rank-and-file members with the most-outstanding community-service records.

This year is District 751’s 75th anniversary, noted District President Tom Wroblewski. “For 75 years, our union’s been focused on building a better community, and few people have done more to live up to that tradition than these four did last year," he said.

“Rob, Tom, Joyce and Pauline represent the best in our union,” Wroblewski continued, “and we are all very proud of the volunteer work they do.”

In all, 464 Machinists Union members took part in 103 different community activities in 2009 – an average of two events every week. They gave a total of 3,721 volunteer hours to projects that ranged from food drives and bell ringing for the Salvation Army, to building 10 wheelchair ramps for home-bound people around Puget Sound.

In South King County last year, union MVPs:

• Took part in Auburn’s Clean Sweep spring-cleaning effort;

• Sandbagged along the Green River in the fall;

• Took part in the Northwest Harvest food drive in Auburn; and

• Sorted food collected during the drive at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent.

In addition, District 751 volunteers took part in a range of activities that raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America in 2009.

District 751 was formed in 1935 to represent hourly production workers at Boeing. It now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at companies and government agencies across Washington and California.

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