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  • Support GDA with a Charity Banquet Program Ad

    Guide Dogs of America’s annual Las Vegas charity weekend is on the horizon and arrives November 15-17, 2018.

    Purchase an ad in the official William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet program for your organization, district or local lodge today. The deadline for program ads is October 31, 2018, so don’t delay. It is a great way to have your group recognized and support GDA at the same time.

    Register early to guarantee space for you and your group. And don’t miss the deadline for your program ad.

    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.

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  • New Economic Data Tool Available for IAM Members

    IAM members, officers and staff now have a central location to find economic data in sectors important to our union. The IAM Strategic Resources Department built an interactive map showing data from every U.S. or Canadian state, province, territory and major city.

    Visit the website here.

    The site contains information on how jobs and wages have changed since 2000 in sectors including transportation, manufacturing and warehousing. It also shows how housing costs have changed, especially since the 2008 Great Recession. The data is compiled from the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Statistics Canada.

    The site was developed by Administrative Secretary Kristen Goble and Strategic Resources Department Intern Elias Alsbergas. Senior Research Economist Taz Hurst supervised the project.

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  • Deadline Approaching for Advanced Communicator Program

    The registration deadline for the December 2-7 Advanced Communicators Class held by the IAM’s Communication Department is quickly approaching. Do not miss the opportunity to secure your spot by registering before the October 5, 2018 deadline.

    This course is designed to expand on the basic communication aspects covered in the Basic Communicator class and upgrade skills to take local and district lodge communications to the next level. This class will focus on writing, photography and video for social media, marketing, graphics and desktop publishing.

    Participants must be the Communicator for their Local or District Lodge and must have attended the Basic Communicator Class.

    Official Call – English | French
    Registration Form – English

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  • Help Needed for IAM Members Affected by Hurricane Florence

    Just days after Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast, the monstrous storm’s havoc continues to spread across much of the eastern United States. With a toll of more than 30 lives lost and floodwaters rising, it will take months to assess the brunt of its impact.

    Hurricane victims include Machinists Union members and they need help now in the recovery process. You can help your Brothers and Sisters by donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund today.

    If you are an IAM member affected by the storm, you can apply for assistance from the IAM Disaster Relief Fund here.

    If you participate in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.

    IAM members can also receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program. Services include assistance with addictions, mental health, stress, depression and financial hardship. You can reach the confidential IAM Assistance Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing iameap@iamaw.org.

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  • IAM Members Working Toward a Bright Future in Aerospace

    The 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference was held last week in Fort Worth, TX with nearly 300 delegates in attendance. International President Bob Martinez hosted the conference, which included a tour of the Lockheed Martin F35 production facility.

    View photos from the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference.

    The conference focused on issues surrounding the aerospace industry in the areas of collective bargaining, healthcare, new technology and organizing. Attendees took part in breakout sessions discussing these areas with experienced members of each field.

    In attendance were two of the IAM’s newest members who helped their fellow Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina stand up to Boeing’s anti-union pressure and voted to have a voice in their workplace. They joined IAM Organizing Department Director Vinny Addeo in a panel discussion about their fight for union representation.

    IAM District 776 hosted Activate Live for the F-35 plant tour and cookout.

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    Activate Live: Aerospace Conference ( Fort Worth, TX)

    Activate Live: Aerospace Conference (Fort Worth, TX) in our IAMAW Southern Territory.

    Posted by Machinists Union on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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    Solutions to bargaining issues was skillfully taught by Mary McHugh, there were some discussion on effective…

    Posted by IAM Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 44 on Friday, September 14, 2018

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    Some of our own at the 2018 Aerospace Conference

    Posted by IAM&AW Local Lodge 2003 on Friday, September 14, 2018

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    Not all but many of the Southern Territory Family making a difference at the 2018 Aerospace Conference #iamsouth

    Posted by IAMAW Southern Territory on Thursday, September 13, 2018

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  • Tap into the IAM Advantage

    IAM Membership brings industry-leading contracts, good pay, respect on the job and much more. Find out more about the IAM Advantage, and spread the word about what our union offers its members.

    As part of the Machinists Union family, you have access to unique scholarship and educational opportunities, a broad variety of worker-based assistance programs and discounts available only to union members.

    Learn more about:

    Education

    Scholarships

    Employee Assistance Program

    Union Plus

    Visit IAM Advantage for information on these and other benefits of IAM membership.

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  • A New Local Lodge and New Leaders for the IAM in Canada

    The Machinists Union recently welcomed more than 2,400 new members, as Local Lodge 1231 was chartered to represent Personal Service Workers in the Toronto area. A group of new leaders took part in the Leadership I program at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

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  • IAM Mechanics Local 701 Joins Vocational Training Partnership with Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Chicago AFL-CIO

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces a $12 million investment in career and technical education at Chicago’s Prosser Career Academy High School. IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 will assist the school in developing a 21st-century training program in automotive tech.

    IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Federation of Labor in announcing a $12 million investment in career and technical education at Chicago’s Prosser Career Academy. Local 701 will assist the high school in developing a 21st-century training program in automotive tech.

    See photos from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement

    “Prosser will soon serve as a national model for specialized trade schools and showcase what our students can accomplish when given the opportunity to succeed,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By infusing our schools with strong partnerships like these, the future is brighter not only for our students but for employers across the city. I want to thank the Chicago Federation of Labor and all of our industry partners who are helping Chicago students to gain the skills necessary to access a 21st century career.”

    Representing IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s, center, announcement were training department program director Dan Donahue, not pictured, and organizers Rich Handler, left, and Mike Wendling, right.

    Prosser’s automotive department, where high school students learn basic automotive and small engine repair, will benefit from the investment as the plan calls for major facility improvements and outdated equipment replacement. The Chicago Public School system has requested the IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 Training Fund work with the school in defining a pre-apprenticeship program curriculum and identifying the most relevant automotive training tools and equipment.

    IAM Local 701 is home to the IAM Local 701 Union and Training Facility – a first-rate automotive training center, which offers classes and on-the-job training on everything from basic auto mechanics to brakes, electrical, welding and cooling systems.

    “We’ve been talking with the mayor and his administration for over a year, trying to patch in the high school students,” said IAM Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli. “We see this as a great growth opportunity for our organization and our trade. We’re certainly lacking with back-filling people and we have a lot of people retiring. This is a great opportunity to capitalize on the shortage of mechanics, as well as be the frontrunner in organizing and growing the automotive industry.”

    “The Mechanics Local 701 Training Fund looks forward to working with the automotive technology program at Prosser Career Academy in the development of the next generation of mechanics,” said IAM Local 701 Training Fund Program Director Dan Donahue. “Working closely with Prosser students and instructors, the training fund will be able to credit promising technicians for their high school work which will shorten the classroom time it takes to progress from an apprentice to a productive journeyman mechanic.”

    “Congratulations to Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli and the staff of IAM Local 701,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “For years, we’ve been telling our children that to make it in life you have to finish high school and go to college. Get a four-year degree. That was a huge mistake to our future workforce and to our country. The truth is jobs that require a four-year degree today make up less than half of the job market.

    “Over the last 50 years or so, we’ve watched as public school systems have cut funding to vocational school programs one by one. Today’s announcement was a huge step in the right direction and the first step in rebuilding America’s middle class. I’m proud to see Local 701 and their state-of-the-art training center continuing to lead the way in automotive training for mechanics of the future.”

    The $12 million investment will include other labor partners in their respective industries, as well. Other labor partners include UNITE HERE Local 1 in culinary arts and food service, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 in electrical and alternative energy, and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in carpentry and construction trades.

    See photos from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement

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  • Support GDA with Teddy the Dog Purchases this Month

    September is National Guide Dog Month and Teddy the Dog Apparel will donate  $3 from each purchase of their custom “Always by my Guide” T-shirts and bags to Guide Dogs of America.

    Show off your style and place order by September 30, 2018 to support the IAM’s No. 1 charity, Always by My Guide

    Guide Dogs of America empowers people who are blind and visually impaired to live with increased independence, confidence and mobility by providing expertly matched guide dog partners.

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  • Spanish Leadership I Coming Up In October

    In today’s difficult political landscape the Spanish Leadership classes are more important than ever before. Today, more than ever, diversity has become the key to maintaining what we have with a vision set on growth, this can only happen with a robust lodge filled with dedicated and educated members. The last Spanish class this year, Spanish Leadership I, will take place October 21st to 26th.

    We need to educate our members so they can become more active in their locals and communities throughout the IAM and the labor movement. 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.

    Bilingual union members are the bridge to the non-English speakers within our union and the communities and play a vital role in organizing. W3 continues as the vanguard of unionist education in the nation and we must take advantage of the rich resources available at our Education Center.

    The enrollment deadline 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 Leadership class at the Winpisinger Center.

    This program trains the next generation of leaders and organizers within our union. 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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