• Entrenar-al-Entrenador en Español: Inscríbanse Ya

    El movimiento obrero y las leyes que protegen los derechos de los trabajadores están siendo atacados fuertemente hoy en día así que es importante que nuestros miembros estén activos e involucrados en las logias locales y sus comunidades. Nuestros hermanos y hermanas deben ser capaces de promover y comunicar el sindicalismo y las luchas actuales de los trabajadores, ya que la importancia del programa Entrenar-al-Entrenador en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología del Centro William W. Winpisinger (W3) es más importante ahora que nunca.

    Los miembros Maquinistas Bilingües son el puente hacia los hablantes no ingleses dentro de nuestro sindicato y las comunidades y juegan un rol vital en la organización. Las clases de liderazgo español en W3 proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que los activistas promuevan y protejan al movimiento obrero, ellos son la próxima generación de líderes que saldrán y educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades.

    El plazo de inscripción del 13 de Julio se acerca rápidamente. Hable con su membresía, los líderes de la logia, a nivel local y de distrito y todo nivel, sobre la importancia de estas clases en español. Identifiquemos a los participantes y animémoslos a participar y enviar a estos miembros que hablan español a la próxima clase de Liderazgo en Español del Centro Winpisinger.

    Las clases para 2018 son las siguientes:

    12 al 17 agosto           ENTRENAR-AL-ENTRENADOR EN ESPAÑOL

    23 al 28 de sep.          LIDERAZGO AVANZADO EN ESPAÑOL

    21 al 26 de octubre    LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL I

    Los programas de liderazgo español no quitan las asignaciones escolares del Liderazgo en inglés de su logia local. Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción, ya sea en español o inglés directamente desde la página web del Centro de Winpisinger

    Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo español o necesita cualquier información adicional, por favor póngase en contacto con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o por correo electrónico a: eosorio@iamaw.org.

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  • Train-the-Trainer in Spanish Coming Soon In August

    As the labor movement and the laws that protect workers’ rights are coming under heavy attack it is crucial that our members are active and involved in the local lodges and their communities. Our brothers and sisters must be able to promote and communicate unionism and the current struggles of workers as such the importance of the Train-the-Trainer program at the William W. Winpisinger Center Education and Technology Center is more important now than ever before.

    Bilingual Machinists members are the bridge to the non-English speakers within our union and the communities and play a vital role in organizing and promoting our union and the current struggles facing labor. The Spanish Train-the-Trainer is coming up from August 12th to August 17th. Districts and Locals are encouraged to reach out to their Spanish speaking members who would benefit from attending this class that will ensure more effective workplace leaders. Completion of Advanced Leadership is required to attend this class.  

    The Spanish Leadership classes at W3 provide the tools necessary for grassroots activists to promote and protect the labor movement, these are the next generation of leaders who will go out and educate the Spanish speaking population within our communities.

    The enrollment deadline of July 13th is fast approaching. Talk to your membership, lodge leaders, at the local and district and all levels, about the importance of these Spanish classes. Let’s identify participants and encourage them to participate and send these Spanish speaking members to the upcoming Spanish Train-the-Trainer class at the Winpisinger Center.

    The remaining Spanish classes for 2018 are as follows:

    Aug 12-17                 SPANISH TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

    Sep 23-28                  SPANISH ADVANCED LEADERSHIP

    Oct 21-26                  SPANISH LEADERSHIP I

    Please note that enrollments in any of the Spanish Leadership programs do not count against your Lodge’s regular Leadership school allotments.

    Click here to download enrollment forms in either Spanish or English directly from the Winpisinger Center’s website.

    If you have any questions about the Spanish Leadership Programs or need any additional information, please contact Edmundo Osorio at (301) 373-8814 or eosorio@iamaw.org

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  • DL 19 Provides Railway Labor Act Training to Local Lodge 754

    District Lodge 19 Assistant-to-the-PDGC/Educator Andrew Sandberg recently conducted a two-day training session for Local Lodge 754 representatives of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) in New York. The training introduced the 19 students to the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the role that the labor-management relationship plays within the RLA.

    “The training of our members in all railroad matters, especially those pertaining to the RLA, is a top priority for our district and the Transportation Department,” said DL 19 President John Lacey. “This initial class proved to be a success and the springboard for more sessions in the future.”
    The Janus case, currently being heard by the Supreme Court, was the most challenging discussion the class had. The verdict could possibly change the role unions have in our country. This discussion led the students into exchanging ideas on how the IAM and its members should react if an unfavorable decision is rendered.
    Members attended the class during their days off and were also shown several different methods on how to best access and use information from the internet to better ensure safe working conditions for their members. The training also included an overview of the IAM Constitution and the specific role each local representative in the class performs.
    Since this inaugural class was well received and exceeded expectations, DL 19 will continue offering this training to all of its local lodges.

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  • Washington State District 160 Member Recognized by Boy Scouts

    IAM Local 282 member and Bremerton Metal Trades Council Steward Keith Ciancio, a Logistics Management Specialist from Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport’s Platform Integrated Product Support Branch (Code 434), was presented the George Meany Community Organization Award by the Kitsap County Central Labor Council for his impact on the Boy Scouts of America troops of Kitsap County, WA on June 11.

    The George Meany award recognizes Scouters who are members of unions organized under the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) for significant involvement with the Scouts in their communities. It is one of 20 different organizational awards presented by national chartered organizations.

    “I am honored to be recognized for this award and proud to have helped deliver on the promise of fun and adventure through our various scouting programs,” said Ciancio. “I look forward to future success in helping our family scouting programs expand in Kitsap County.”

    Presenting the award was IAM Local 282 member Rusty Grable, Engineering Technician (Code 322) at NUWC Division, Keyport.

    “Keith is responsible for getting my family involved in scouting, so it was exciting to be a part of the award presentation to recognize his contributions,” said Grable. “Scouting is such a great program that teaches valuable life skills and provides a solid foundation for my boys.”

    In addition to numerous scouting awards, Ciancio was recognized by NUWC Division, Keyport with the 2016 Outstanding Community Volunteer Services award.

    “I began volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America in 2013 when my son joined Cub Scouts and have seen the amazing difference that volunteers make every day,” said Ciancio. “If every single person in the county volunteered an hour a week for a cause they believe in, the positive impact on our community would be enormous.”

    This is the first time the George Meany award has been presented by the Kitsap County Central Kitsap Labor Council.

    “Improving lives through community service and collective bargaining are the essence of the IAM’s legacy! There is no greater cause than sacrificing ourselves to help others to lead full and rewarding lives. My sincere and humble congratulations goes out to Brother Ciancio for his commitment to his community and his richly deserved award” said General Vice President Gary R. Allen.

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  • Guide Dogs of America Honors IAM Midwest Territory and IAM District 837

    Guide Dogs of America (GDA) honored the IAM Midwest Territory and members of St. Louis IAM District 837 for their 2017 contributions to the organization’s mission of providing the blind and visually-impaired with the gift of sight. Pictured from left to right: Chief of Staff Steve Galloway, General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Steve McDerman, and IAM District 837 Secretary-Treasurer Dewitt Darity.

    Guide Dogs of America (GDA) recently honored IAM General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, the IAM Midwest Territory, and members of St. Louis IAM District 837 for their 2017 contributions to the organization’s mission of providing the blind and visually-impaired with the gift of sight.

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    IAM General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, right, along with his Chief of Staff Steve Galloway, left, were on hand as GDA dedicated its Sylmar, CA campus concession stand to the IAM Midwest Territory. GDA President Russ Gittlen, center, also presented the territory with an engraved plaque “with gratitude and appreciation for all that the team has contributed to GDA over the years.”

    Gruber, along with his Chief of Staff Steve Galloway, were on hand as GDA dedicated its Sylmar, CA campus concession stand to the IAM Midwest Territory. GDA President Russ Gittlen also presented the territory with an engraved plaque “with gratitude and appreciation for all that the team has contributed to GDA over the years.”

    “The IAM Midwest Territory is pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and dedication from Guide Dogs of America, the IAM’s charitable organization of choice for more than 70 years,” said Gruber. “We as a territory believe wholeheartedly in GDA’s mission of empowerment and independence for the blind and visually-impaired. It is an honor to give each year to an organization that gives so much in return.”

    IAM District 837 was recognized for their members’ $48,000 “team sponsorship” of guide dog recipient Stan Holtman and his dog “Edge.” The St. Louis district’s continued generosity to GDA covered all of Stan and Edge’s expenses, including breeding, training, veterinary care, travel expenses and room and board. The district received an engraved plaque acknowledging their members’ extraordinary generosity with a photo of their sponsored team, plus an opportunity to meet Stan and Edge at an on-site graduation ceremony.

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    “It was such an honor to accept this award on behalf of all the members of IAM District 837,” said Directing Business Representative Steve McDerman. “It was especially an honor to give the gift of sight to Stan through his guide dog Edge, and then have the opportunity to meet them and witness their completion of the GDA program. We wish them both much success.”

    GDA student Stan Holtman and his guide dog “Edge” were the recipients of IAM District 837’s $48,000 “team sponsorship.” The St. Louis district’s continued generosity to GDA covered all of Stan and Edge’s expenses, including breeding, training, veterinary care, travel expenses and room and board.

    Guide Dogs of America provides blind and visually-impaired men and women with increased independence, confidence and mobility through an expertly-trained guide dog. Their services are provided free of charge to residents in the U.S. and Canada.

    For more information, visit their website at www.GuideDogsofAmerica.org.

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  • Sign the Petition to Protect Pensions

    Please sign the petition to urge Congress’s Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions to support the Butch Lewis Act as the best solution to fund insolvent multiemployer pension plans and avert a looming retirement crisis for millions of Americans.

    The Butch Lewis Act (S. 2147), introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), would offer federally subsidized loans to multiemployer plans in danger of becoming insolvent. It would also maintain the health of well-funded multi-employer plans and adequately fund the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), without making any cuts to the earned benefits of current or future retirees. Plans would invest the money from these loans and use the investment earnings to pay retiree benefits and improve the plan’s financial health.

    “We will urge members of the committee to adopt the principles of the Butch Lewis Act in their legislation,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The government did not hesitate to bail out Wall Street, and now it is time to help Main Street. We are resolute in protecting the earned pension benefits of union workers, retirees and all Americans.”

    Please sign the petition.

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  • IAM Florida Sugar Workers Defeat Anti-Sugar Amendment

    IAM Florida Sugar workers and the IAM Legislative Team have defeated an anti-sugar worker farm bill amendment that would have flooded the U.S. market with subsidized imports and depressed farmers’ take-home pay.

    The Foxx-Davis amendment would have caused the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs. Thanks to the IAM’s work on Capitol Hill, its defeat will secure over 142,000 jobs in 22 states.

    “This is not only a victory for the U.S. sugar farmers and workers, but it is a huge victory for the communities where IAM members live and work,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “I am tremendously proud of the IAM Florida Sugar members and their lobbying efforts over the past few months.”

    “This is welcome news for IAM members working in the Florida sugar industry, said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “I’m proud of our members who stood firm to protect their jobs and families against bad legislation. This legislative victory clearly demonstrates that we can win when we step up and fight for what’s right.”

    IAM Florida Sugar Workers jobs include every part of the sugarcane farming, milling and refining processes on American soil, including many positions requiring skilled trades, such as machinists and welders.

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  • Machinists Union Signs Alliance Agreement with Spain’s Federación de Servicios a la Ciudadanía

    GVP Pantoja and CCOO Civil Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sanchez Rollon as they completed signing the Alliance Agreement.

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) signed an Alliance Agreement with Spain’s Federation de Services a la Ciudadania (CCOO). IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja signed the Affiliation Agreement with CCOO Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sanchez Rollon.

    “This alliance further strengthens the bonds that our two great unions have formed working closely together for years,” said International President Robert Martinez, Jr.

    CCOO represents more than 12,000 workers employed in Spain’s civil aviation industry, both on the ground and in the air. There are CCOO members in all Spanish aviation companies, including Iberia, Vueling and Iberia Express, in addition to ground handling companies and air traffic management services.

    “Airlines depend on international alliances such as One World, Star Alliance and SkyTeam,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Unions representing workers in these airline alliances need to coordinate their efforts as well. International trade union alliances such as this one overcome the barriers that geography and language may put in our way and ultimately allow us to improve our members’ lives.”

    The Alliance Agreement, signed this week in Malaga, Spain, states in part:

    We know that we must build an even stronger relationship if we are to successfully face the challenges that lie ahead. Globalization in the transportation industry has expanded the world to the point that what impacts each of us, impacts the other. Therefore, we must forge new and dynamic strategies that will have real and meaningful impact on our respective members. 

    In our continued cooperation, we will develop concrete programs aimed at strengthening trade union and human rights for transportation workers in North America, Spain and around the world.  Our cooperation will also include building a more solid understanding of the general and specific challenges, both domestic and international, that each of our members confront in today’s global economy. Our efforts will be guided by our joint commitment to oppose those air transport companies and third party providers which are oriented solely at obtaining bigger profits at the expense of the workers that are responsible for their success.

    This is the sixth international Alliance Agreement the IAM has signed. It is the third agreement signed with a labor union that represents transportation workers. In 2017 the Machinists signed an Alliance Agreement with Italy’s FIT-CISL, and in 2010 the IAM signed an Alliance Agreement with the Japan Federation of Aviation Workers’ Unions (KOHKUREN).

    From left to right: CCOO Civil Aviation Organization & Finances Secretary Jon Hettera, IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, CCOO Civil Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sánchez Rollón, IAM Transportation Chief of Staff Joseph Tiberi, Head of CCOO Civil Aviation for Andalucía Region Fernando Gordillo.

    Read the Spanish language Alliance Agreement.

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  • Watch International President Martinez’s Compelling Speech on Unity

    The time is now for working people to unite like never before, said IAM International President Bob Martinez in a rousing speech to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

    “I firmly believe that the time is now for a united, strong, unbreakable movement of working people standing for a better life,” said Martinez. “I cannot think of a more important time than right now to fight like hell for working people.”

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    MUST WATCH: IAM International President Bob Martinez delivers a powerful speech on race, class and our moral duty to unite all working people.

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    Martinez addressed more than 800 CBTU delegates with a message focused on solidarity, justice, respect and dignity.

    The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, founded in 1972, is the largest independent voice of more than 2.2-million African-American workers in labor unions today. With more than 50 chapters in major U.S. cities and one in Ontario, Canada, CBTU is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of black workers and their communities.

    Join the CBTU.

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  • Machinists Call on Boeing to Negotiate in South Carolina

    After voting nearly two-to-one for the IAM, Boeing Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina officially have the legal right to negotiate a better life for themselves and their families.

    “The Machinists Union represents 35,000 members at Boeing locations throughout the nation,” said Mike Evans, IAM Boeing SC Lead Organizer. “For some reason, Boeing executives are choosing to ignore the wishes of hard-working men and women in South Carolina.

    Boeing has refused to bargain while their yet-to-be-filed appeal is being reviewed by the NLRB.

    “Boeing workers in South Carolina have the same rights to freedom at work as every American worker,” said Evans. “We will continue to call on Boeing to treat every worker with respect and join us at the negotiating table to continue our partnership for the betterment of every Boeing employee.”

    Read: Boeing won’t recognize union win at North Charleston plant as it appeals historic vote – Post and Courier

    Watch: Boeing won’t negotiate with union after Lowcountry flight line workers vote to join – Live 5 News Charleston

    The Machinists Union represents 35,000 Boeing employees at numerous locations nationwide and 600,000 active and retired members in the North American aerospace, defense, airline, manufacturing, transportation, woodworking, the federal sector and other industries. Machinists Union members work at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Electric, United Airlines, Harley-Davidson and more. Visit goIAM.org for more information.

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