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Machinists Union strike continues, gains support

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Machinists Union members on strike against Triumph Composite Systems are gaining support from across the state and even across the nation Saturday. About 400 Spokane workers voted to strike on Monday. 94 percent of union members voted to reject the company's three-year contract offer, and 93 percent also voted to strike.

As of Friday, the union reports there have been no talks between the company and the union.

Liz Moore along with others from Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, joined the union's picket line on Thursday and pledged their support to the union. 

Union teachers, steelworkers, ironworkers, transit workers, food workers and letter carriers all have stopped by the picket line to lend their support to the 403 striking machinists.

In Seattle, members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 -- which represents more than 30,000 aerospace machinists statewide -- stepped up their support. Both Lodge 751-F and Lodge 751-C pledged $1,000 each in support of the machinists. “I think it’s time for a road trip to Spokane,” Local 751-F Vice President Terri Myette told members of her local lodge.

Nationally, the strike has attracted support of auto workers in Indiana and Ohio as well.

“This isn’t just Local 86’s fight, or even District 751’s,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “This is truly a national struggle for fair wages and retirement security, and the front line of that battle right now is in Spokane.”

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