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  • Last Chance for Discounted Hotel Rate for Guide Dogs Charity Weekend

    If you have not yet made plans to attend the Guide Dogs of America Charity Weekend in Las Vegas, you still have time to join the festivities. The deadline for special hotel room rates is today, Thursday, October 18.

    Book your room online today. Be sure to use the group code SPDOG8.

    Register early for the charity banquet to guarantee space for you and your group.

    The weekend’s other activities include a sporting clay event and motorcycle ride on Thursday, November 15, and a golf tournament on Friday, November 16.

    Dress in “cruise casual” on Saturday, November 17 for the 38th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at the Paris Hotel. The evening will be a “bone voyage” party.

    We will be honoring this year’s Gift of Sight recipients IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, GDA Graduate Teresa Blevins with IAM Aerospace Coordinator Tony Blevins, and National Group Protection, Inc.

    And don’t miss the deadline for your program ad

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  • Congratulations, IAM Communications Contest Winners!

    IAM members from 20 local lodges and seven district lodges, representing every territory within our union, have been announced as winners in the IAM Communications Contest.

    Visit contest.goIAM.org to see all the winners.

    Each year the IAM recognizes the best Local and District newsletters, websites and photography.

    Winning photographs will be featured in the 2019 IAM Journal. Order yours today!

    The winners were announced live by General Vice President Brian Bryant on the Wimpys, the IAM’s annual online show honoring Communications Contest awardees.

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  • IAM Journal Sneak Peak: Rising to the Challenge in Texarkana

    The Winter 2018-2019 IAM Journal will be hitting the doorsteps on IAM members by early November. Here’s a first look at one of several articles in this edition.

    Situated just west of Texarkana, TX, Red River Army Depot, or RRAD, covers a 50 square mile area and comprises upwards of 1,400 buildings. Since 1941 the depot has been the area’s major employer to workers who commute daily from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    IAM Local 1243 and NFFE-IAM Local FL2189 members have built their lives around the work of the depot. Local 1243’s Hooks, TX union hall, just down the road from the depot’s north gate, has become a gathering spot for the working men and women the IAM represents.

    “I live in Middle Springs, AR, so I drive about 67 miles one-way,” said Local 1243 Member Jackie Matthews. “I worked at the depot for about seven-and-a-half years. I was laid off a little over a week ago due to cutbacks.”

    Matthews is one of about 1,000 workers hit by layoffs since May 2018. Fluctuations in the military vehicle maintenance workload have brought layoffs in the past, but not like this. The deep and potentially permanent cutbacks hit these members hard, and the union seemed to be the only one stepping up. The IAM spearheaded an effort to convince elected officials at all levels of government and the Department of Defense to reconsider the drastic decision.

    “Our motto out at the depot is, ‘We build it as if our lives depend on it,’” said Local 1243 President Mark Harvey. “So, when we do something, we do it right. It’s not making any logical sense to us that they are sending our work to other bases.”

    These workers have proven to be a reliable and efficient asset. RRAD has been awarded the Chief of Staff, Army Award for Maintenance Excellence five times, most recently for the fiscal year 2017. The depot’s thousands of civilian and federal workers support the military effort by repairing, rebuilding, overhauling and converting tactical wheeled vehicles and light tracked combat vehicles.

    “We’ve been reaching out to representatives and senators,” said Harvey. “We’ve been lobbying governors in different states and getting on the local news. You name it, we’ve done it and we’re still doing it.”

    A cluster of local small businesses, passed down through generations thanks to the depot’s presence in the community, are also seeing the effects.

    “Dang near everybody’s kin to everybody around here. It’s just home,” said Local FL2189 member Bobby McCarty. “Red River is one of the main sources of employment in this area. And small towns like where I was raised will suffer.”

    “The folks down here are common everyday people that you see all across America, small-town America anyway,” said IAM District W2 Directing Business Representative Kelvin Godwin. “They don’t have much. They’re proud to be working where they’re working, proud to have a job that puts food on their table. It’s hurting not only the ones laid off but also a lot of others in the community that depend on those workers.”

    At its peak, a workforce of nearly 7,000 provided a broad range of military maintenance and support services. Now, Local 1243 represents more than 1,000 workers employed by VSE Corporation, one of the service contractors on the property. Local FL2189 represents about 1,800 federal workers at the depot.

    “We just got laid off last week. I was a diesel mechanic for around eight years. They said we were good, we’re OK on the job,” said Local 1243 Member Franz Barnes. “All of a sudden we’re going to have a cutback. They had the first layoff of about 600, then they came back and laid off about 350.”

    To provide immediate assistance to affected members, the Machinists Union also conducted several days of in-depth displaced worker training at the union hall. Most members in attendance never anticipated having to search for a new job at this point in their lives.

    “I know things have changed in the job market. Employers are looking for different things,” said Local 1243 member Paul Watkins. “I am 61 and I wanted to have as much ammunition going to look for another job as I could get.”

    Through the IAM-sponsored non-profit Corporation for Re-Employment and Safety Training (CREST), instructors Arnett Powell and Michael Oathout presented the group with much needed information about steps they can take Free College and assistance available. They also worked one-on-one to help with resumé writing, job search techniques and budgeting during times like these.

    “I was surprised and impressed,” said McCarty. “If I had information like this when was younger, I would have soaked it up like a sponge.”

    One of the primary goals after learning that IAM jobs are being lost is to match members to other IAM-represented jobs. In some situations that could require relocating to another geographic area.

    “There are not many jobs around here that pay the money Red River pays. Relocating might be a thing that I have to do,” said Matthews. “It would be kind of a hard decision, and I would have to talk that over with my wife and my family. But if I had to, I would.”

    After a full day of training, members were provided with a comprehensive resource manual, an external computer drive with their new resumé and contact information to reach out with questions anytime going forward.

    “If you didn’t have the IAM on the job here, there is no way you would be able to get this valuable training,” said Godwin. “When the members leave here, they’ve got six job descriptions that they can go online and apply for. And they are all union jobs, IAM jobs.”

    Earlier in the year, following the first round of RRAD layoffs, the IAM sponsored a job fair, inviting employers and affected members to participate. Spirit Aerosystems, with locations throughout the IAM Southern Territory, took part and accepted applications for open union positions at their Wichita, KS plant.

    Services like these for working families facing job losses are but a few examples of the IAM’s commitment to the membership. It goes beyond negotiating a contract with an employer. Being a part of the IAM is being part of a family.

    Information, assistance and even educational opportunities are also available online. IAMadvantage.org was launched as a portal for members to tap into valuable resources such as the employee assistance program, educational opportunities like free college and other benefits available exclusively to union members.

    “I was definitely surprised about them having this kind of program,” said Matthews. “To be honest with you, I think a lot of people are not informed about the union and the things they can do for you. I found out that the union can really help you in a time of need.”

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  • Putting for the Pups

    The Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was the big winner of the 6th Annual Bob Martinez Jr. Golf Tournament organized by the members of District 776 in Fort Worth, TX. With more than $40,000 raised, it was a great day for the IAM to help those in need while enjoying a round of golf and some camaraderie.

    “I want to thank District 776 and everyone who participated and worked tirelessly to make this great day for Guide Dogs of America possible,” said International President Bob Martinez. “It is an honor to have my name attached to such a great cause.”

    “I’m always blown away by the generosity of our Members,” said IAM’s Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “No matter the cause, the Brothers and Sisters of the IAM give all they can. But when it’s for the GDA, they always seem to give a little more. This organization is just a classic reminder of what happens when we work together and take care of each other.”

    Even with an overcast sky and some drizzle of rain throughout the morning, nothing could dampen the spirit of the Machinists at Squaw Creek Golf Course in Willow Park, TX. With 18 holes, an auction and a variety of games at each green, the men and women of the IAM ensured this day made a difference in the lives of those who are blind or visually-impaired.

    “It just keeps getting bigger and better each year because of our Members and our sponsors. I am really proud how we open our hearts and wallets when it’s needed most,” said IAM Member Eloy Rodriguez, one of the main tournament organizers. “This year we had 35 teams and nearly 60 sponsors who made donations.  That means a lot because this is the International President’s home district and we take great pride in that fact.”

    And in a strange twist of fate, the man for whom this day was named, IAM’s International President Bob Martinez, was the winner of the 50/50 Raffle after guessing the closest number of golf balls in the jar. He donated his winnings back to his four-legged friends at the GDA and was a quickly awarded a woof and a happy wag of a tail.

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  • Tune in Wednesday to See IAM Stars Shine

    Join us Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. ET as the IAM goes live online to recognize the work of local and district communicators from across the union.

    Tune in on our Facebook Page.

    Named for the IAM’s 11th International President William W. Winpisinger, or “Wimpy,” the awards show will name the winners of the Machinists’ yearly newsletter, website and photo competitions.

    Watch as the winners are announced live on Twitter and YouTube.

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  • Discounted Hotel Rate Extended for Guide Dogs Charity Weekend

    If you have not yet made plans to attend the Guide Dogs of America Charity Weekend in Las Vegas, you still have time to join the festivities. The deadline for special hotel room rates has been extended until Thursday, October 18.

    Book your room online today. Be sure to use the group code SPDOG8.

    Register early for the charity banquet to guarantee space for you and your group.

    The weekend’s other activities include a sporting clay event and motorcycle ride on Thursday, November 15, and a golf tournament on Friday, November 16.

    Dress in “cruise casual” on Saturday, November 17 for the 38th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at the Paris Hotel. The evening will be a “bone voyage” party.

    We will be honoring this year’s Gift of Sight recipients IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, GDA Graduate Teresa Blevins with IAM Aerospace Coordinator Tony Blevins, and National Group Protection, Inc.

    And don’t miss the deadline for your program ad.

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  • IP Martinez, GVP Allen Fire Up Membership at District 751 Solidarity Conference

    Over 300 members of IAM District 751 attended a Member Solidarity Conference last weekend in Seattle. District leadership puts on the conference to educate members on the power they have when standing together in unity.

    View photos from the Solidarity Conference on the IAM Facebook page.

    “I appreciated that so many members attended on their own time to strengthen and build their union,” said District 751 President and Directing Business Representative Jon Holden. “Attending were retirees, new members who were hired weeks ago along with active members with over 41 years. Members representing all locals and all sites participated.”

    International President Bob Martinez and Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen were on hand to address the conference and answer questions from attendees.

    “I am humbled to be in the midst of so many proud and strong trade unionists,” Martinez told District 751 members. “You continue to fight for what is right on the shop floor and in the union hall every day, every week and every year.”

    Martinez again praised District 751 leadership and members for their role in enshrining the Membership Bill of Rights in the IAM Constitution at the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention. He also thanked them for their solidarity with newly-organized IAM members at Boeing South Carolina.

    “Boeing may think they can keep IAM representation from South Carolina workers, but let me promise you something right here and now, they will never, ever succeed,” said Martinez.

    “2024 is quickly approaching and will be here before we know it! Every single gain we have made has been accomplished by working people standing together,” said Allen. “It is events like this Solidarity Conference that will ensure that our members are well educated and well equipped for the challenges ahead.”

    Attendees saw multiple presentations from various district staff covering various topics including organizing, Understanding Your Rights, Challenging Pay Disparity, The Power of Solidarity, the Membership Bill of Rights, Educational Benefits, Safety on the Job and the IAM Free College Benefit.

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  • Ohio Local 1943 Launches New Apprenticeship Program

    Last week Middletown, OH IAM Local 1943 unveiled to the public a new partnership apprenticeship program with AK Steel. The 18-month program allows members at AK Steel Middletown Works in production jobs to earn state certification as journeymen in Maintenance Mechanics and become eligible to work in maintenance at AK Steel Middletown Works.

    Check out photos from the event on the IAM’s Facebook page.

    “We are very pleased to launch this new apprenticeship program,” said IAM Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas. “We have come a really long way to get to this point and our membership is going to benefit greatly from all the work that has been put into it.”

    “Training our members and giving them skills that make them more valuable as employees is an important thing to do as a union,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They have done a true journeyman’s job of doing just that and getting this program implemented for the membership of Local 1943.”

    The program includes on-the-job training with the Mobile Maintenance Department, and related instruction from IAM Local 1943 members who have been certified as instructors and are experts in pipefitting, hydraulics, welding and electrical work.

    “It is great that our members get to learn from and tap into the experience of their Union Brothers who have worked in this mill for decades,” said Douglas. “A huge thank you goes to Derek Derifield for all his hard work. He has done an amazing job with our training here at Local 1943, this is proof of it.”

    The Ohio AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute supported IAM and AK Steel to register their apprenticeship and provided resources for program development.

    The IAM/AK Steel Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship standards were approved by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in April 2018 and the program currently has 30 apprentices enrolled who are current AK Steel employees.

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  • IAM’s Bagwell Honored by Metal Trades Department

    IAM Education Representative Henry Bagwell was recently presented with the prestigious Chico McGill Award by the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department.

    The award recognizes trade unionists who exhibit the strength, fortitude and commitment of the late Chico McGill, a former IBEW member and officer who was known as an outspoken advocate for working people.

    “This is a great honor for me,” said Bagwell, who met McGill after being introduced by IAM Government Employees Director Jim Price several years ago. “There are many people in this room who have mentored me. If you can pay it forward and mentor somebody, I think that’s one of the greatest gifts we have as trade unionists.”

    Bagwell, a 33-year IAM member, served previously as president of the Amarillo, TX Metal Trades Council. He helped develop and implement training for the Metal Trades Department while working at the Winpisinger Center and serving as a personal mentor to many members.

    “Henry’s influence on this union, our membership and the labor movement as a whole cannot be overstated,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We are so grateful for what he does for Machinists Union members every day and I congratulate him on this high honor.”

    Bagwell initiated into IAM Local 1255 in Amarillo, TX in 1985. There he served in multiple roles, including steward, alternative steward and chief steward. He also served as an associate instructor for the Center for Workers Health and Safety for more than 15 years. Since 2006, Bagwell has been a member-favorite instructor at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center.

    “If you pass through one of Henry’s classes, you are now better prepared to represent your workers,” said Jimmy Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department. “Henry is one those guys who will feel your pain, but won’t just pat you on the back. He’ll help you solve your problems.”

    Bagwell holds an associate’s degree in radiologic technology from Amarillo College and a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland University.

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  • Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy

    Machinists Union members are proud to build and maintain the state-of-the-art planes, helicopters, ships and other military equipment that keep our service men and women safe. We are also honored to work on military bases across the country. Many IAM members are veterans themselves.

    This Saturday, October 13, we salute the U.S. Navy for 243 years of defending our nation.

    “This union gave me what it has given to so many others—a solid, dependable union job to come home to after military service,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez, a U.S. Navy veteran. “I will always be proud of the critical role we play in keeping our military strong and supporting our veterans.”

    Are you an IAM member who is a veteran of the U.S. or Canadian military? The IAM Veteran Services Department is here to help.

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