• Machinists, Sen. Murphy Call for 100% Buy America Defense Products

    The Machinists are joining U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) in a push to increase Buy America provisions for defense products made for the military to 100 percent.

    The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would bolster economic and national security and create good, middle-class jobs.

    TAKE ACTION: Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and ask that they support Sen. Murphy’s 100 percent Buy America amendment.

    “The Machinists Union applauds Sen. Murphy for taking this step to ensure that our tax dollars used on defense are spent as they should be—on products manufactured with 100 percent domestic content produced by U.S. workers here at home,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Sen. Murphy’s amendment would help ensure that our tax dollars are used to support the U.S. workforce and the firms who employ them. Both parties should join Sen. Murphy in supporting U.S. workers and demand that 100 percent of goods purchased for defense procurement are manufactured in the United States.”

    READ: Martinez’s letter to Congress supporting Buy America

    Currently, equipment that has only 50 percent of its content from U.S. suppliers is considered compliant with the Buy American Act. Murphy’s amendment would not only create jobs, but also protect national security by defending the supply chain for our major defense programs against foreign disruptions.

    “When we spend taxpayer money, we should spend it here helping local jobs and boosting our economy,” said Murphy. “If we want to support U.S. manufacturing jobs and make sure our military has safe and secure products, we should make everything in America.”

    Murphy’s amendment is endorsed by the IAM, the United Autoworkers, the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the AFL-CIO.

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  • IAM Hosts Job Fair, Extends Free College Program to Harley-Davidson, Electrolux Workers

    IAM Local 623 members employed at Electrolux in St. Cloud, MN attend an information session on the IAM Free College program, a union benefit extended to the members and their families in the wake of Electrolux’s announced plant closing.

    As the GOP-Trump tax cuts continue to annihilate the country, leaving plant closing after plant closing in its wake, the IAM continues to deploy every resource in the saving of American jobs and its members.

    IAM Local 176 recently hosted a job fair with aerospace company Spirit AeroSystems for soon-to-be displaced workers at Harley-Davidson in Kansas City. The Local is planning a meet and greet event with nuclear management and operations contractor Honeywell FM&T on Thursday, June 7th.

    “What’s happening across our country with the continuous plant closings and the uprooting of workers’ and their families’ lives is unfathomable,” said IAM Local 176 Directing Business Representative Joe Capra. “The IAM is working all sides of the issue – from pressuring lawmakers, to getting our message out in the media, to hosting job fairs and information sessions such as these – as our members work to pick up the pieces of this wreckage the GOP-Trump tax cut is leaving behind.”

    The union has also agreed to extend the IAM Free College Program to members and their families affected by impending plant closures.

    IAM Local 176 members, as well as Local 623 members at Electrolux in St. Cloud, MN, recently attended information sessions.

    “The opportunity to receive a college education or provide for a child preparing to go to college is just one advantage of being an IAM member,” said IAM Local 623 Directing Business Representative Colleen Murphy-Cooney. “It’s also one more way the IAM is working to protect and provide a safety net for those members and their families who need this education benefit now more than ever.”

    In addition to union resources, IAM Local 176 and 623 are also working in conjunction with their local politicians and workforce development boards in helping employees obtain transition assistance, training and other employment.

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced it will be providing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Local 623 members at Electrolux. TAA provides training and other support to workers adversely affected by foreign trade to help them obtain new jobs.

    “The Electrolux TAA petition certification and approval will give our members at Electrolux an opportunity to re-train for new careers, provide a life for their families and help keep the St. Cloud economy strong,” said Murphy-Cooney. “Our members are already highly-skilled, hard workers. This assistance is a commitment to helping them secure future employment and obtain any increased skills sets they may need.”

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  • Western Territory Conference Focuses on Union Power

    Over 200 Fighting Machinists from the IAM’s Western Territory gathered in Portland, OR last weekend for a territory conference. Members participated in presentations organizing, bargaining, inclusion and representation focusing on growth, prosperity and strength.

    Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen spoke passionately, emphasizing the moral and ethical imperative of improving the lives of working families.

    Diversity & Inclusion Panel at the Western Territory Conference discussing ways that IAM members have been impacted by diversity and inclusion in their lives. From left to right: Okesene Iese, Natalie Gonzalez, Jason Chan; moderators Rhonda Rogers and Maria Lillis; Fleeta Loflin, and Jessica Demming.

    “The way we accomplish this is by demanding and when necessary we fight for a fair share of the incredible profits that Corporate America hoards – all we ask is a fair wage that affords a decent existing and that we all live a life with respect and dignity,” said Allen. “We have some of the best and the brightest in the IAM, they are the key to building our Union. The Leadership learned to understand differences, contributions and the strategic value of diversity and inclusion to building power.”

    “Fundamentally, organizing is about building power for current and future members,” said International President Bob Martinez. “We build power so we can defend and advance the cause of dignity, respect, and economic justice in the workplace and in our communities. And because of the people in this room—and others like you across the United States and Canada—our new approach to organizing is working. That is great news for the working families we are welcoming into our union and great news for our current members who are benefiting from our added strength at the negotiating table.”

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, son of a Machinist and raised in a middle-class home, spoke of the power of unions and collective bargaining.

    “Workers deserve the fair share of the wealth they helped create,” said Merkley.

    Watch: Machinist Might Surges Out West

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  • South Carolina Boeing Workers Win on this Week’s Activate L!VE

    Join the IAM’s live studio webcast of Activate L!VE Wednesday, June 6 at 3 p.m. Eastern. This week the IAM Organizing Department will bring you up to date on the important worker victory in South Carolina. You’ll also learn some interesting facts about our union’s beginnings from Charlie Micallef, retired Director of the IAM Retirees, Community Service and EAP Departments.

    The program will highlight news from across the Machinists Union as well.

    Watch this week’s show live on:

    Facebook
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    You can also watch the show and previous shows anytime.

    Activate L!VE webcasts live each Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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  • Machinists Make Strong Showing at CBTU Convention

    The National Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) recently held its annual conference in Orlando. This year’s theme was “47 Years Strong: From Surviving to Thriving.”

    Machinists Union International President Bob Martinez addressed over 800 CBTU delegates with a message focused on solidarity, justice, respect and dignity.

    “I firmly believe that the time is now for a united, strong, unbreakable movement of working people standing up for a better life,” said Martinez. “We cannot afford to waste any time.”

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    IAM Legislative Director Hasan Solomon was elected to the National CBTU Executive Board. The Machinists Union was represented by IAM delegates from all across North America.

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    CBTU, 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. CBTU is a strong supporter of low-wage workers who are fighting for respect and the right to have a voice on their jobs.

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  • IAM Local 701 Strike Line Back Up at Napleton Libertyville Cadillac, Labor Rally June 25

    Members of IAM Local 701 have been on strike in their fight to obtain a first contract at the Napleton Cadillac car dealership in Libertyville, IL, for more than ten months, including during the Chicago winter months.

    A labor rally has been planned for Monday, June 25th in support of a group of IAM Local 701 auto mechanics on strike at a Chicago-area car dealership for more than 10 months.

    The striking members are back on the strike line in their fight to obtain a first contract at Napleton Cadillac of Libertyville in Libertyville, IL. This after the line had been pulled down for nearly eight weeks after the union gave an unconditional offer to return to work after receiving a favorable decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    IAM Local 701 filed multiple unfair labor charges against the dealership in 2017. Charges included management’s attempts to intimidate the workers by sending threatening letters, rolling out mechanics’ toolboxes and leaving one worker’s $100,000 worth of tools out in the rain damaging his electronic tools and toolbox. Videos and photos of the incident went viral on social media.

    An Administrative Law Judge recently found merit on the charges indicating there were several “unfair labor practice charges committed.”  The union has filed additional charges for reneging on an already agreed upon agreement as well as the employer’s refusal to bring our members back to work after giving our unconditional offer to return to work.

    “The union attempted, without further litigation, to get our members back to work,” said Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli. “Unfortunately the owner at the advice of his legal counsel refuses to do the right thing. They refuse to bring back our highly-qualified and certified members, some with more than 20 years of experience and past service at the location. They are advertising to hire more technicians while our members walk the strike line.”

    “Local 701 and my staff have been working tirelessly in the fight to get our brothers at Napleton Cadillac back to work – and we won’t stop,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Our brothers have been holding the line for more than ten months now – even through a Chicago winter. That’s true solidarity. Let’s help them take this fight across the finish line. Let’s show the Napletons what it means to mess with the Fighting Machinists.”

    Read GVP Gruber Visits Local 701 Auto Mechanics Still on Strike in Chicago

    The labor rally will be held on Monday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Napleton Cadillac of Libertyville car dealership in Libertyville, IL.

    “Mark your calendars and come out to support our brothers,” said Cicinelli. “Let’s show the Napletons that when you mess with one you mess with us all.  Remember their fight is your fight and your fight is our fight!”

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  • Support the Mission of Federal Workers

    President Trump issued three executive orders on May 25 that make it harder for federal workers to do their job. Machinists Union members are among thousands of federal civil servants who support our military, fight wildfires and care for wounded veterans.

    Under the guise of “civil service reform,” each of the orders take away rights from federal employees.

    The orders would chip away at the ability to negotiate workplace rules, protection against unfair discipline and the time union reps use for legally mandated representation. Click the links to read executive orders on collective bargaining, removal procedure and merit principles, and official time.

    “The executive orders signed by President Trump single out federal employees and destroy workplace safeguards that have been in place since the 1800s,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “This is a step in the wrong direction. America’s federal workforce should not be at the mercy of politicians and big corporate donors. Our history has shown that a patronage system, set up to only reward campaign supporters and donors, puts our national security at risk.”

    Please write your lawmakers now and tell them to publicly support federal workers and condemn any attack on the mission of the federal workforce.

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  • GDA Summer Auction Begins June 1

    Guide Dogs of America’s Doggone Fun Summer Auction is just one day away.

    There’s no time like the present to look through more than 200 items including:

    A day with the GDA trainers

    Summer concerts

    Gift cards to a variety of restaurants

    And there are so many more.

    Take a look at all the items and decide what speaks to you. Then, get ready to bid to win when the auction opens on June 1st.

    The success of this auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. So, help GDA by spreading the word to your friends and family – via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or good old fashion word of mouth – so they don’t miss a single moment of the bidding fun.

    This is a great opportunity to help raise money for the IAM’s No. 1 charity. GDA’s programs provide mobility and independence to visually impaired individuals across the United States and Canada.

    Give a little and get a lot in return. The auction ends June 11, 2018.

    Let’s Raise a Guide Dog

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  • Remembering Brother Billy Stivers

    On May 27, 2018, labor lost one of its own as Billy Edward Stivers Sr. took his last breath in New Albany, Indiana after 63 years of life.

    “The Machinists Union family lost a great leader, member and friend with the passing of Brother Stivers,” said International President Bob Martinez. “He was a true journeyman who dedicated his life to helping others. He was always there for anyone who needed him, asking for nothing in return. Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy and all those who loved him.”

    “He was a union man, through and through,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “Billy spent nearly four decades of his life taking care of working men and women, fighting for their rights at the bargaining table and making sure their union contract offered them a better life. Without much fan fair or acclaim, Billy worked tirelessly for the men and women he represented and his legacy lives on through the workers he touched each and every year of his life.”

    Billy and his wife, Dana

    Born on June 23, 1954 in Louisville, KY, Brother Stivers became an IAMAW Member in 1974 while employed at C. Lee Cook and Cook Airtomic. For 43 years, he called Local Lodge 681 home and during that time served in many leadership roles such as Committeeman, Shop Steward, Delegate to the CLC, Organizer, Business Representative, President and eventually Directing Business Representative District Lodge 27 where he found himself at the end of his career. In addition to his love for the labor movement, he was an avid fan of the Louisville Cardinals, horseracing, true country music and classic cars. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by many.

    “He was someone I respected and looked to as a mentor,” said Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Ramon Garcia upon hearing of his death. “Just a damn good union man.”

    Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Tim Wright knows that his passing is a great loss for workers in District 27. Whether they knew it or not, they always had an unrelenting defender of workers’ rights in their corner. “Billy played his cards close to the vest.  He didn’t tell you everything at once, but when he had something to say, it was worth listening,” said Wright.

    All are invited to join family and friends on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from noon – 3:00 pm at the Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions located at 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, Indiana. A Memorial Service for Brother Stivers will follow.

    Contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to Camp Quality Kentuckiana, an organization specializing in helping kids with cancer.

    Camp Quality Kentuckiana
    P.O. Box 35474
    Louisville, KY 40232

    More detailed information available at: http://www.newcomerkentuckiana.com/Obituary/158804/Billy-Stivers,-Sr/Louisville-Kentucky

    Brother Stivers will always be remembered as a great union man, friend and Brother and will be missed by all who knew him.

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