More than 100 Aerospace machinists working at Cadence Aerospace in southern California recently voted to join IAM District 725.
The workers underwent a relentless anti-union attack from their employer, but stood strong and sent a message to Cadence that they deserve nothing but fairness for their effort in making the company profitable.
“I want to congratulate these workers for voting to improve the livelihoods of themselves and the working families in their communities that stand to gain from the growth of good union jobs in their neighborhoods,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen.
A unique factor in this election was the use of technology to connect workers from two Cadence facilities represented by IAM District 751 in Washington state to share their experience via Skype video conference meetings.
“A big thanks to District 751 President and Directing Business Representative Jon Holden, Thong Trang and Hieu Nguyen for their assistance,” said Grand Lodge Representative Joe Solis who led the campaign. “Having union workers from the same company in Washington give live testimony went a long way in relieving some of the fear and anxiety the California folks had.”
On the heels of this victory, District 725 has filed for another election with the NLRB for workers at a sister Cadence facility in Torrance, CA.