Machinists win NLRB ruling as dispute with Hytek continues

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld 2 out of 14 complaints by the Machinists union that Kent-based aerospace company Hytek Finishes violated labor law in its dealings with the union.

Hytek President Clif Johnson said the company, a subsidiary of Bellevue-based aerospace conglomerate Esterline, will comply with a proposed NLRB settlement and negotiate with the union to avoid charges and a trial before an administrative judge.

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) represents 175 hourly workers at the plant and has been negotiating its first contract since August 2011.

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