Divisive Boeing vote spurs local Machinist to seek union office

The Seattle TimesJanuary 10, 2014 

Highlighting the tension within the Machinists union after last week’s 777X contract vote, a District 751 union official said Thursday he is running against the incumbents in an upcoming national union election.

Jason Redrup, an Everett-based staffer for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) local lodge, will run on the ticket of a small group challenging the entrenched leadership based in Washington, D.C.

If they succeed in getting on the ballot, it will be the IAM’s first contested leadership election in more than 50 years.

Redrup said in an interview that he’s running because the national leadership forced the 777X vote on Boeing’s contract proposal against the wishes of local union officials.

He said the International, as Machinists call their national headquarters, also manipulated the outcome by scheduling the vote for last Friday, Jan. 3, “to minimize the number of senior members who would be there able to vote.”

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