• Machinists Honor U.S. Army on 243rd Birthday

    On National Flag Day, the Machinists Union is proud to congratulate the U.S. Army, as celebrates another year in its distinguished history.

    “On this day 243 years ago, one of the world’s most respected organizations was born,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For nearly a quarter century, the men and women of the U.S. Army have bravely served and made our nation like no other in history. Today I speak for all Machinists when I say happy birthday to the U.S. Army.”

    The IAM represents thousands of members currently serving in the Army or who are veterans. The IAM Veteran Services Department was established to assist veteran U.S. and Canadian armed forces members.

    The 2018 IAM Veterans Services Program will convene September 30–October 5 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    Click here for information and the registration form.

    The deadline to register is July 30, 2018.

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  • Machinists: White House’s Attack on Federal Workers is Illegal

    WASHINGTON – The Machinists Union (IAM) and a dozen other unions have filed suit against the Trump administration to stop the president’s executive orders that take away rights from federal workers.

    “We refuse to sit on the sidelines while the president oversteps his constitutional authority and tramples on the freedom of working people to join together,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Federal employees who fulfill our country’s mission every day should not be used as pawns in a political game.”

    The lawsuit contests the legality of the president’s May 25 executive orders that override Congress to slash federal employee rights to collective bargaining and due process.

    The IAM filed the lawsuit on June 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It includes six counts challenging the president’s executive orders.

    “Freedom of association and our system of checks and balances are at stake,” said Martinez. “The courts need to seriously consider the ramifications of allowing the executive branch to unilaterally change law passed by the Congress.”

    Other unions to sign on to the Machinists’ lawsuit include:

    • National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM)
    • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
    • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
    • Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
    • Federal Education Association (FEA)
    • Patent Office Professional Association (POPA)
    • National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO)
    • National Association of Government Employees (NAGE-SEIU)
    • Seafarers International Union (SIU)
    • Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA)
    • Federation of Indian Service Employees (FISE)

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents approximately 110,000 federal workers in the Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, and more than 30 federal departments and agencies. Visit goIAM.org for more information.

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  • Utah and Idaho IAM Locals Raise $7K for Guide Dogs

    Salt Lake City, UT IAM Local 568 teamed up with Blackfoot, ID Local 2006 recently and held their 10th annual car show raising $7,000 for Guide Dogs of America. More than 30 cars came out to Magna, Utah to show their support for the Guide Dogs of America Car Show.

    “We moved the show to this new location to build more participation for the future and for the first year we raised good money for the dogs,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Mike Wardle.  “Many thanks to Local 568 President, Andy Allen, for his hard work and support, along with all of the volunteers from Local 568, and all of the Car Guys/Gals that pitched in to help make this event a success, it couldn’t have been done without them.”

    “Mike and Glenna Wardle’s dedication to this great cause is immeasurable, I would like to thank them for their continued hard work to make this car show a success year after year,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “The generosity of Local 568, 2006 and the local community is astounding.”

    Numerous awards were presented along with raffle prize and auction items provided through tremendous support from the community.

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  • IAM Local 701 Auto Mechanics Receive ‘Solidarity Award’ for 2017 Industry-Leading Strike

    Members of Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 receive the DePaul University Labor Education Center “Solidarity Award” for their “courage, dedication, unity and solidarity” during a seven-week strike last year that ended with industry-leading increases in mechanic wages, benefits and working conditions.

    Members of Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 were recently honored for their “courage, dedication, unity and solidarity” during a seven-week strike last year that ended with industry-leading increases in mechanic wages, benefits and working conditions.

    Chicago’s DePaul University Labor Education Center presented the more than 1,900 members with the 2018 Solidarity Award Sunday.

    Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli accepted the award on behalf of the members – but under one condition, said Cicinelli.

    “I took a call from the Director of DePaul’s Labor Education Program in early March,” said Cicinelli. “She said she wanted to award me for ‘leading a successful strike’ and for doing a ‘great job maintaining the continuity of the members.’ My response was that I was honored to accept the award under the condition that the award wasn’t for me, but rather should go to our members, all 1,949 of them, who laid their tools down and took the initiative to say enough is enough and fought for a respectable agreement.

    “She agreed and then renamed the award the ‘Solidarity Award’ to encompass our members. With that change, I was honored to accept the award on our members’ behalf.”

    The Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 is the largest mechanics union in the U.S., representing more than 6,000 highly-skilled craftsmen in the automotive industry. The strike, which took place at 130 new car dealerships across the city of Chicago, had a tremendous effect on the automobile industry across the country, setting new standards and shedding a much-needed light on the industry’s shortcomings when it comes to fair wages and attracting younger workers.

    Read Chicago Auto Mechanics Reach Agreement with Dealerships, End Seven-Week Strike

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 on such a prestigious honor and much-deserved award,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Your members are the strength of this union. Without their conviction, determination and resolve to stick together throughout what was a tough seven weeks, they would have never gained the industry-leading contract they so rightfully deserved.”

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  • Just Be You

    As he does every day, Bruce Mills glanced at his phone this morning to see the daily text from Tamara, his wife of twenty-one years.  The message read, “I believe in you.”

    Armed with those words, Bruce Mills will start his day in his new job as the Interim President/DBR of IAM District Lodge 27 after the untimely death of the former DBR Billy Stivers. He knows, firsthand, he has some big shoes to fill.

    “I’m excited but also nervous because I want to do great,” said Mills.  “To carry on Billy’s name and be a good successor.”

    “Losing Billy was tough, not just for the Machinists Union but for all working people in the South.  But the Southern Territory is enthusiastic to welcome another true unionist to oversee the District,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin.  “Bruce Mills’ background shows that he understands that our work is not for ourselves.  It’s to make sure that all the working men and women in the South, and across the country, are given the chance to succeed under a strong, Machinist contract that offers a fair wage, security and a voice on a job.  Just like the bastions of Wall Street, the working people of the U.S.A. deserve a chance at the American Dream.”

    Recording Secretary Bob Boehnlein was the one to recommend Mills for the job.  At 80 years old, with more than 4 decades at District Lodge 27, he knows Mills is the right person for the job. “He is a very impressive young man.  He listens, ascertains and responds and those are traits I find lacking in many Union Representatives.  If you have the right person, in the right position, the Membership is a whole lot happier and better taken care of…and that’s why Bruce will be a great DBR.”

    In 2007, Mills became an IAM member when he started working for Raytheon in Louisville, KY as an Electronics Mechanic.  One personal grievance fight against management early on in his career was all he needed to spark his desire to do more for his Brothers and Sisters in the shop.  He soon signed on to become a trustee at his local, Lodge 830, which eventually led him to the position of Vice-President and later President of the same local.  He was soon the Vice-President of the District and hungry to learn what more he could do.

    “Billy gave me the best advice. He told me it all boils down to motivating people to do their best. And the way to do that is to Just be you,” remembers Mills.

    And that’s exactly what he has tried to do throughout his union career and his life.

    “My Father was in the military, as well as my brothers and my son.  Working at Raytheon was my way of giving back. I have a passion to contribute,” said Mills.

    As a father, husband, church leader and community volunteer, Bruce understands how a guiding hand can change everything.  His way of looking at things is very simple.  Unapologetically, Bruce explains.  “Come to work, do your job and if we have disagreement, we can work it out. It’s about fighting for what’s right for all of us.  I believe in what’s fair for everyone, not just me.”

    Like Billy said, “Just be you.”

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  • U.S., Canadian Machinists are United on Trade

    The Machinists Union is raising strong concerns regarding the recently announced direction of the Administration’s trade policy.

    “Criticizing Canada’s trade practices does not contribute to improving the lives of our members, who have been so devastated by a trade agenda that favors corporations over workers,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Administration should be focusing our efforts on stopping China from violating trade rules, not insulting our closest ally.”

    Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall echoed these objections.

    “In the current environment, with the U.S. President alleging Canada to be a ‘national security threat,’ it is absolutely crucial that we stand together as union Sisters and Brothers across our borders and work together in solidarity. This is even more important where we have industries in common such as aerospace and defense.”

    The IAM continues to strongly support efforts to stop China from forcing the transfer of technology and production through tariffs and multilateral actions at the World Trade Organization. The Machinists also continue to support tariffs on dumped steel and aluminum from China.

    But Martinez says the IAM is 100 percent opposed to tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, or any action that would start a trade war with our friend and ally, Canada.

    “Instead of targeting Canada, the Administration should also be focusing its energy on negotiating dramatic changes to NAFTA that will benefit all North American workers,” said Martinez. “Among many other provisions, negotiators must not settle for a labor provision that copies what was proposed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

    The IAM is continuing its demand that a renegotiated NAFTA explicitly state that labor standards are defined by conventions adopted by the International Labor Organization, an agency under the United-Nations.

    Canada’s proposal most closely reflects this demand. Moreover, Canadian negotiators have it right: so-called right-to-work laws in the U.S. are nothing more than cover for preventing workers to unionize. The IAM continues to urge U.S. negotiators to explicitly include ILO conventions in the proposed labor chapter.

    The national security of the U.S. and Canada are dependent on each other. U.S. and Canadian procurement laws must recognize that products made by workers in both countries are essential for the safety and security of our two great nations. Recent legislative amendments regarding Buy American laws, which are supported by the IAM, would not change current waivers for national security, which can be relied on to procure goods from Canada.

    “The IAM also recognizes and supports the critical importance in maintaining the Canada- U.S. Defence Production Sharing Arrangement (DPSA) and the Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA),” said Martinez. “These programs are further proof of our interdependent economic relationship, which is essential for U.S. and Canadian security.”

    “It is vitally important that the Canada-U.S. DPSA be maintained to the benefit of workers in both countries,” said Pickthall. “We as the IAM will fight for this arrangement to be continued, and to treat our Canadian Sisters and Brothers equally in bidding this work.”

    “Supply chains in manufacturing industries such as aerospace have developed a level of partnership that goes beyond our borders. We will all lose if we persist on this path, which could lead to job losses and a weakening of economic activity in both our countries,” said IAM Quebec Coordinator Dave Chartrand.

    “In these growing times of uncertainty, it more critical than ever that we adopt trade policies that bring the U.S. and Canada closer together—not rip us apart,” said Martinez. “We urge the Administration to refocus its efforts on curtailing China’s unfair trade practices and renegotiating NAFTA to include strong and enforceable labor standards explicitly reflected by ILO Conventions. Insulting our closest friend and ally is not in the best interest of U.S. and Canadian workers.”

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  • Register Now for EAP IV

    Time is running out to register for the EAP IV Program September 16-21, 2018 held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Deadline to register is July 22, 2018.

    The Employee Assistance Program classes equip assistance coordinators with the skills and resources to assist members who are seeking help for problems involving addictions and other psycho-social issues. EAP IV is the last class in the four stage curriculum which takes members from an introduction to the field to prospective certification.

    Participants for EAP IV must have completed EAP I,II and III classes.

    EAP IV Call Letter (English | French)

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  • Help Your Union Serve the Community

    The IAM motto is Justice on the Job, Service to the Community. Attend the IAM Community Services Class September 9-14 at the William W. Winpisinger  Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD and learn how to help your local fulfill that motto.

    Participants will learn how to establish a community services committee at their local and organize lodge events. They will also learn to collaborate with local businesses and non-profits for fundraising efforts to offer visibility for the IAM and increase the union reputation and the labor movement in the community.

    Download the call letter and return the completed registration form to the Women, Human Rights, Young Workers and Community Services Department no later than July 9, 2018.

    Space is limited, so enroll now.

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  • Los programas en español del Centro Winpisinger fortalecen la capacidad de luchar para la IAM

    La misión principal de la instalación de educación clase-mundial del IAM, el Winpisinger Center (W3), es poner la educación a disposición de todos los miembros de la Unión de Maquinistas. Los funcionarios, activistas y miembros actuales y futuros vienen al sur de Maryland durante todo el año para aprender las habilidades y herramientas que necesitan para crecer y representar de manera más efectiva a los miembros.

    Esa misión es la razón por la cual todos los programas de liderazgo del Centro Winpisinger también están disponibles en español.

    Los programas en español son coordinados, desarrollados y entregados por una combinación de personal del Centro Winpisinger y el Grupo de Liderazgo en Español (SLWG por sus siglas en ingles), compuesto por miembros, funcionarios, activistas, personal y jubilados de todo el IAM que ofrecen su tiempo como voluntarios. Desde el primer programa en español del Centro W3 en 2006, casi 800 miembros, activistas y oficiales han completado programas en español.

    “En nombre de toda la membresía, quiero reconocer y agradecer al Director del Centro de Winpisinger, Chris Wagoner, y también a todos los miembros anteriores y actuales del SLWG que van al más allá para educar a sus Hermanas y Hermanos que hablan español. Su visión, dedicación y compromiso no tienen precedentes y son reconocidos por nuestro Consejo Ejecutivo y nuestra membresía. Nuestra Unión está agradecida “, dijo el presidente internacional de la IAM, Bob Martínez. “El trabajo que hacen representa lo mejor de lo que somos como organización y los valores que más nos importan: la dignidad y el respeto por todos los trabajadores. Siempre me impresionan los miembros y activistas de habla hispana que continúan involucrándose más en sus locales, lugares de trabajo y comunidades “.

    Los programas en español del centro W3 incluyen Liderazgo I, Liderazgo II, Liderazgo Avanzado y Entrenar-al-Entrenador. Dos programas para el personal, Organización I y Negociaciones Colectivas, también están disponibles en español.

    “Hacer que la educación esté más ampliamente disponible para nuestra membresía no solo es totalmente coherente con nuestros valores como organización laboral, sino que también nos ayuda a crecer y sobrevivir en una economía caracterizada por cambios demográficos rápidos y sustanciales”, dijo el director del Centro Winpisinger Chris Wagoner. “Como muestran los datos recientes del Censo, el porcentaje de trabajadores que hablan español es grande y crece tanto en tamaño como en influencia. Debemos continuar trabajando para identificar, reclutar e inscribir activamente a los participantes hispanohablantes que puedan desconocer las oportunidades educativas de su Unión”.

    Los miembros del Grupo de Liderazgo en Español realmente hacen posible la programación en español de la IAM.

    “El programa de español del Centro W3 hace que nuestra unión sea mucho más inclusiva, ya que aporta valor real a nuestros miembros de habla hispana”, dijo Edmundo Osorio, Representante de Educación del IAM y miembro del SLWG. “Eso es importante porque el futuro mismo del movimiento obrero depende de esos valores. Estoy emocionado de ser parte de este programa de educación”.

    “A medida que los latinos ascienden para ocupar puestos más prominentes en nuestras comunidades y nuestra unión, el programa de español del Centro W3 brinda la educación necesaria para que tengan un mayor éxito”, dijo el Representante de Educación del IAM y miembro de SLWG, Jorge Bonilla. “Como también soy un producto de este éxito, me enorgullece ser parte de este programa”.

    El siguiente es el Programa de Entrenar-al-Entrenador en Español, se realizará del 12 al 17 de agosto de 2018. Si ha completado el Liderazgo I, el Liderazgo II y el Liderazgo Avanzado, es elegible para participar. Comuníquese con los funcionarios de su Logia Local, Representante de Asuntos o el Presidente General para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse.

    Descargue los formularios, en español o inglés, para inscripción en el programa de Entrenar-al-Entrenador en Español.

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  • Spanish Language Programs at Winpisinger Center Strengthen IAM’s Capacity to Fight

    The primary mission of the IAM’s world-class education facility, the Winpisinger Center, is making education available to all Machinists Union members. Current and future officers, activists and members come to Southern Maryland year-round to learn the skills and tools they need to grow and more effectively represent the membership.

    That mission is why all of the Winpisinger Center’s leadership programs are also available in Spanish.

    Spanish-language programs are coordinated, developed and delivered by a mix of Winpisinger Center staff and the Spanish Language Working Group (SLWG), which is made up of members, officers, activists, staff and retirees from across the IAM who volunteer their time. Since the first Spanish language program at the W3 Center in 2006, nearly 800 members, activists, and officers have completed Spanish-language programs.

    “On behalf of the entire membership, I want to recognize and thank Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner and all former and current SLWG members who go above and beyond to educate their Sisters and Brothers who speak Spanish. Their vision, dedication and commitment is unprecedented and recognized by our Executive Council and our membership. This entire union is grateful,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The work they do represents the very best of who we are as an organization and the values that matter most to us—dignity and respect for all working people. I am always impressed by Spanish-speaking members and activists who continue to become more involved in their Locals, workplaces and communities.”

    Spanish-language programs at the W3 Center include Leadership I, Leadership II, Advanced Leadership and Train-the-Trainer. Two staff programs, Organizing I and Collective Bargaining, are also available in Spanish.

    “Making education more broadly available to our membership is not only entirely consistent with our values as a labor organization, but it also helps us grow and survive in an economy that is characterized by rapid and substantial demographic changes,” said Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner. “As recent Census data shows, the percentage of Spanish speaking workers is large and growing in both size and influence. We must continue to work to actively identify, recruit and enroll Spanish-speaking participants who may be unaware of their union’s educational opportunities.”

    The members of the Spanish Language Working Group truly make the IAM’s Spanish-language programming possible.

    “The Spanish program at W3 makes our union that much more inclusive as it brings real value to our Spanish-speaking members,” said IAM Education Representative and SLWG member Edmundo Osorio. “That is important because the very future of the labor movement is dependent on such values. I am excited to be part of this education program.”

    “As Latinos rise up the ranks to fill more prominent roles in our communities and our union the Spanish program at W3 provides the education necessary for them to have greater success,” said IAM Education Representative and SLWG member Jorge Bonilla. “As I am also a product of this success, I take great pride in being part of this program.”

    Next up is the Spanish Train-the-Trainer Program, to be held August 12-17, 2018. If you have completed Leadership I, Leadership II and Advanced Leadership, you are eligible to participate. Please contact your Local Lodge Officers, Business Representative or General Chairperson for information on how to enroll.

    Download Spanish Train-the-Trainer Program enrollment forms in Spanish or English.

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