Highlighting the tension within the Machinists union after last weeks 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 IAMs first contested leadership election in more than 50 years.
Redrup said in an interview that hes running because the national leadership forced the 777X vote on Boeings 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.