• District 751 Retiree Appointed to Women’s Commission by Gov. Inslee

    Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of nine women to serve on the new Women’s Commission, IAM District 751 Retirement Club President Jackie Boschok was one of the appointees.

    “Sister Boschok has long been a leader in the causes of fairness and equality for all people,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Her determination, experience and caring heart will serve this committee well. She is the only appointee that comes from Labor, and I know she will keep the issues of working women at the forefront of the committees work. I have known her for a long time and value her insights and respect her willingness to stand up and fight for those who are being discriminated against or ignored.”

    The Women’s Commission, created in 2018 by HB 2759, will address issues relevant to the problems and needs of women, such as domestic violence, childcare and support, sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace, equal compensation and job pathways in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.

    “Jackie has been a tireless advocate for women her entire life, a strong female role model and leader, and continues to be active in her retirement – serving as President for both the 751 Retirement Club and Washington Alliance for Retired Americans. Jackie is passionate, tenacious and gives 100 plus percent to every task. Retirement didn’t diminish her commitment to helping others,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “Jackie is always willing to speak up even when others are not and has made a difference with her leadership over many decades.”

    Gov. Inslee stated, “It is long overdue to have a commission dedicated to improving the lives of women in Washington. As we look ahead to the Centennial celebration of women gaining the right to vote in our state, the commission’s work is more important than ever. The commission will be a valuable resource and provide recommendations and advice to my office, the Legislature and state agencies on issues important to all women.”

    The appointees were chosen by the governor with input from members of the state House and Senate and community stakeholders. Commissioners will serve three-year staggered terms. In addition to Jackie, the commission includes: Graciela Gomez Cowger (Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Clark County), Tara Fairfield (Aging and Long Term Support Administration, Pierce County), Monica Holland (Unemployment Law Project, Spokane County), Grace Huang (Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, King County), Rituja Indapure (Costco, King County), Regina Malveaux (YWCA Spokane, Spokane County), Michelle Merriweather (Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Snohomish County), Dawn Rains (Treehouse, King County. Michelle Gonzalez was named commission director last month.

    Jackie was involved in the women’s movement from her days in college and just after. “I was naturally drawn to the labor movement because of their mission of equality for all”, she said. “I plan to develop a working women’s sub-committee that looks at the pay and benefit gap that all women face – except under a Union collective bargaining agreement; and this disparity follows them into retirement as their social security checks are based on the years of lower pay than their male coworkers.”

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  • Missouri Members Out to Defeat Prop A

    All eyes are on Missouri today as the people of the state get the chance to overturn the anti-worker “right-to-work-for-less” legislation. Workers across the state are hitting the polls and encouraging others to “Vote No on Prop A.”

    Social media is abuzz with posts supporting the working families of Missouri. Here are just a few:

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    Your Machinist brothers and sisters have your back! Polls are open today until 7pm. #VoteNoOnPropA Missouri!

    Posted by IAMAW Midwest Territory on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    We voted! We’d like to ask all our Facebook friends that live in Missouri to #VoteNoOnPropA. It’s NOT good for Missouri! Vote today!

    Posted by IAM Lodge 778 on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Posted by Kelly Street on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Posted by District 9 IAMAW on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Ok Missouri, it your time to show this country that we have had enough. Please vote today.

    Posted by Martin St Peters on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Vote NO on Prop A today!Take time, make time. This one is important folks!!!#ProtectYourPay today!!!

    Posted by Brian Simmons on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Today is the day! Polls are open till 7:00 pm

    Posted by IAM Automotive Lodge 777 on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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    Proposition A – GOTV Video

    🗳It’s almost time to vote in Missouri. Make sure on August 7th you Vote NO on Proposition A. 🗳Find your polling place here: go.aflcio.org/mopollinglocator

    Posted by AFL-CIO on Sunday, August 5, 2018

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    Posted by IAM 837 New Machinists on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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  • Ohio Service Contract Workers Vote IAM Yes

    Sixty-one Engineering Technicians, Computer Operators, Technical Writers, Drafters and Clerks at The Bionetics Corporation in Heath, Ohio recently voted to join the IAM.

    The 61 new District 54 members fall under the Service Contract Act (SCA) guidelines, which allows for wages, benefits and working conditions to be set by union bargaining, replacing previously established wages and benefits under Area Wage Determination.

    “I want to personally congratulate and commend the workers at The Bionetics Corporation. By joining the Machinists Union they have empowered themselves for fairness and respect in the work place,” said President & Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “I’d also like to thank District 54 staff, local lodge volunteers and the regional office for their support and assistance with this victory for these workers.”

    “Congratulations, and welcome to the IAM Family to these new members,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They recognized the key to improving their daily work lives starts with a good union negotiated contract. My thanks to PDBR Dean Wright, and his staff for their dedication to organize and working to meet the challenges of growing our great union.”

    District Lodge 54 has several SCA contracts. The IAM represents more SCA employees than any other union in North America and is fully committed and pledges its support to better the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the employees at The Bionetics Corporation.

    District Lodge 54’s headquartered in Columbus, OH and represents 14,000 members in Ohio, West Virginia and Northeastern Indiana.

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  • Deadline Today to Register for 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference

    Don’t miss the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference September 10-14, 2018 in Fort Worth, TX. The deadline to register is today, July 31, 2018.

    This has turned out to be a big year for IAM members in the aerospace industry. We have experienced an organizing victory for flight line technicians working at Boeing in South Carolina, a victorious strike at United Launch Alliance and a new contract for the Fighting Machinists at Lockheed Martin.

    Building on this momentum, International President Bob Martinez will be chairing this year’s conference.

    “I am very excited for this year’s IAM Aerospace Conference,” said Martinez. “With so much going on right now, a conference of this nature is vital for our members working in the aerospace industry. We are pleased to provide this environment for our members to communicate with each other and learn about issues unique to their industry.”

    Check out the official call letter packet, which includes registration forms for the event and hotel.

    The conference will focus on key issues affecting our members throughout North America and will also include breakout sessions with group discussions on health care, new technology; organizing, negotiations and communications are among the important topics.

    Click here for complete information.

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  • Full Circle

    Being part of a union is being part of a family. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. We take time to honor holidays and special events. And we recognize the moments that gave shape to who we are. But it’s not often that all of this comes together in one local lodge meeting.

    “It was a very unique and wonderful opportunity to be at Local Lodge 1720 to not only honor a 50-year member but to also swear in someone new to the labor lineage. I was very honored to be part of both of those momentous occasions,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin.

    It was December 1, 1967 when Jesse P. Mason signed his machinist union card as an employee of GAF which today is ISP Chemicals, LLC in Calvert City, KY. Fifty years later, as a non-stop dues paying member, Mason says he’s proud of this accomplishment, even if he didn’t see it coming.

    “I didn’t realize it had been that long,” said Mason with a sheepish little grin.

    Armed with his 50-year pin, certificate and lifetime Machinist card, Mason took his seat at the Local Lodge 1720 meeting as he’s done so many times before. It was time now to watch a young man from the next generation of labor begin his journey. Sean O’Brien was about to be sworn in as an official member of the IAMAW.

    “I didn’t know the General Vice President would be here tonight,” said O’Brien with a slight look of apprehension on his face before approaching the dais.

    But in the end, with his union family looking on, it became a moment that won’t be forgotten by anyone in that room. Without a hitch, O’Brien recited the Machinist’s oath with a confident poise in a strong and steady voice.

    District 154 Directing Business Representative Howard “Bubba” Dawes stood in the back of the meeting, quietly watching it all unfold.

    “A lifelong and a new member all in one meeting,” said Dawes with a shake of his head, “That’s a good day!”

    #iamsouth

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  • Pride and Unity on Display at TCU 35th Regular Convention

    TCU/IAM members from across the nation gathered in Las Vegas last week for the 35th TCU Regular Convention.

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    TCU National President Bob Scardelletti proudly declared that the TCU/IAM 119th Anniversary is for everyone to celebrate.

    “We are among the oldest unions in America, in the beginning we were beaten, cursed, fired, blackballed, blood, sweat, tears and death,” said Scardelletti. “It took hundreds of thousands of members standing together and thousands of local reps, people like you, to bring us to where we are today.

    “We are not going back! We do not apologize for our good wages and benefits; they are the result of our labor. TCU will never back down.”

    IAM International President Bob Martinez expressed his gratitude to the TCU membership for their hard work and dedication to their union.

    “Progress for working people will never come without a fight, and it’s because of the people in this room, the Machinists Union is fighting harder than ever and progress will be made,” said Martinez. “We will always fight for a dignified retirement, affordable healthcare and a fair wage for every working American.”

    In a show of confidence and solidarity, delegates re-elected the entire slate of National Officers.

    “Thank you for your unwavering support which has given me the strength to carry on. I will never let you down,” said Scardelletti.

    “Thank you for the trust and support you have extended to me I am truly humbled and honored by your action,” said National Secretary-Treasurer Stanley Boyd.

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  • Machinists Fighting to Save Hundreds of Red River Army Depot Jobs

    The Machinists Union is mobilizing its membership and working with elected officials to fight against the latest round of announced layoffs to strike Red River Army Depot (RRAD) and the Texarkana, Texas community.

    Base command on July 16 announced plans to lay off 207 defense contract employees and 98 federal term employees by Aug. 31, 2018. If the layoffs proceed, more than 900 RRAD federal and contract workers will have been let go in the last four months.

    “We have serious questions about the effect this drastic reduction in workforce will have on the Army’s ability to fulfill its mission, not only today but for years to come,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Machinists are doing everything we can to stop these layoffs and will continue to make every resource available for our members, their families and the entire Texarkana community.”

    “The layoffs occurring at Red River Army Depot are a bad idea for this country,” said NFFE-IAM National President Randy Erwin. “The work done at Red River is critical to supporting the war fighter. If we need to ramp up production in the event of conflict, we won’t have the capacity to do it if these layoffs continue.”

    Martinez and Erwin sent joint letters on July 31 to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives expressing concern about the impact of the layoffs at RRAD and requesting political assistance in stopping the harmful layoffs.

    READ: Union mobilizes to save RRAD jobs Texarkana Gazette

    WATCH: Union fights to save Red River Army Depot jobs KTBS

    The IAM lobbied successfully to include an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act requiring each branch of the military to complete a long-term study of depot maintenance workforce needs.

    The IAM has met multiple times with congressional delegations in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma to protect jobs at RRAD. As a result of the IAM’s efforts, six U.S. Senators sent a letter on July 12 to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command to bring the necessary work to RRAD to stop the dismantling of the highly-skilled workforce. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe on July 26 sent a letter with three other members of Congress also asking the commanding general to seek alternative work for the depot.

    A University of Arkansas economic study commissioned by the IAM shows that the previous round of layoffs alone, totaling 585 jobs, would slash the region’s economic output by $255 million and result in the loss of more than 400 jobs in the community.

    “The study reinforces what the IAM has been saying since the start,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “Laying off more workers at Red River Army Depot just brings further devastation to a community that’s already been pummeled by these actions. This is going to be a financial drain in the millions for the region of Texarkana, in all the surrounding states. Our fight isn’t about just saving union jobs. This is about saving entire communities. From a fiduciary standpoint, the numbers just don’t add up.”

    The Machinists Union and its affiliate, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), represent approximately 2,200 employees at RRAD. IAM Local 1243 represents federal contract employees and NFFE-IAM Local 2189 represents federal term employees.

    Red River Army Depot, established in 1941, is a U.S. military combat system and tactical vehicle repair and maintenance facility in Texarkana, Texas.

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  • Still Time to Enroll in September Young Workers Program

    The IAM recognizes and values the contributions of our younger workers and is excited to host the Young Workers Education Program September 23-28, 2018 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

    Click here for the call letter and enrollment form.

    The Young Workers Education Program will include sessions on the importance of young men and women in labor and the workplace, growing the union through involvement and preparing leadership pathways for the future of the labor movement.

    Young members of diverse ethnicities are encouraged to take part in this program for our future. The deadline is this week; so don’t wait.

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  • Fighting Machinists ‘Go Fishing’

    “This is where we had our first date nearly 27 years ago,” explains Amanda, wife of Machinists member Randy Thomas.  She’s talking about Fate Sanders Boat Dock in Mt. Juliet, TN. “And he’s spent almost every weekend here since that day, fishing,” she says with a giggle.

    Randy Thomas, vice president of IAM Local 735 has been fishing, literally all his life.

    “I remember the mornings when my Dad would say we were going out on the lake. I would be awake hours before everyone, sitting in the dark, dressed and ready to go with my pole by my side,” said Thomas.

    This lifetime of casting led Thomas to participate in the Renegade Bass Tournaments where right now he’s leading his division. So when he approached the IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin to sponsor his boat for the tournaments, Blondin knew this was a great opportunity to get the word out.

    “Randy competes, and often wins, in fishing tournaments all over the state of Tennessee. So it just made sense to showcase the talents of this hard-working IAM member with the Fighting Machinists watching his back,” said Blondin.

    “Randy is great guy and an even better fisherman. When Blondin said yes to allowing the IAM to wrap his boat, I knew this was going to be great,” said Jerry Benson, Directing Business Representative of District 711. “But then when I saw the finished boat, it was such a proud moment to see the words ‘Fighting Machinists’ on the side of such a sleek craft. It lets the world know who we are and the sort of people we call Brother and Sister.”

    “Using what our members do when they aren’t on the job is one of the best tools we have to organize. Our members are hard-working, salt of the earth men and women who make this country hum. We are community figures, religious leaders, little league coaches, teachers, sportsmen…the list goes on and on. These are the characteristics of the IAMAW and because of this, we are proud to sponsor one of our own in his endeavors,” said Blondin. 

    In the end, Thomas gets to keep doing what he loves and now gets to do it with the words ‘Fighting Machinists’ emblazoned on the side of his craft, helping to lead him to the winner’s circle.

    “I love to fish, been doing it all my life. Bass – that’s my favorite. And now I get to do it while showing off my pride of being a member of the IAMAW each and every time I enter a new tournament. What more could you ask for?” yelled Thomas from the boat as he backed his new Machinist vessel into open water. With a sly grin he added, “My boat is going to make all the other fishermen jealous.”

    #iamsouth

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  • IAM Members Leading the Fight Against Right-to-Work-For-Less in Missouri

    IAM members in and around Missouri are working hard to make sure voters know the negative impact right-to-work will have on working families. The Fighting Machinists are leading the Vote No on Prop A charge as the August 7 vote is fast approaching.

    Volunteers from IAM District 9 head out to knock on doors in St. Louis.

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    #VoteNoOnPropA District 9 IAMAW AFL-CIO

    Posted by IAMAW Midwest Territory on Saturday, July 14, 2018

    IAM member Timothy Owens and his retired IAM member father going door to door to encourage everyone to vote NO on Prop A.

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    My old man Buck (retired IAM LL660) decided he wanted to help the Missouri worker, so here we are! Father and son out…

    Posted by Timothy Owens on Monday, July 23, 2018

    IAM Automotive Lodge 777 member Wade Murray getting the word out at Lincoln County Fair.

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    Lodge member Wade Murray getting the word out at Lincoln County Fair. Good job Wade!

    Posted by IAM Automotive Lodge 777 on Sunday, July 8, 2018

    IAM members are phone banking to inform Missouri voters how right-to-work laws hurt everyone.

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    We received great responses tonight phone banking st District 9 Hall tonight. Don’t be shy, very easy to do and you will…

    Posted by IAM Automotive Lodge 777 on Monday, July 23, 2018

    IAM Local 778’s Landon Minor and his family help spread the word about #VoteNoOnPropA at a parade in Adrian, MO.

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    Shout out to IAM Local 778’s Landon Minor and his family helping spread the word about #VoteNoOnPropA at a parade in Adrian, MO.

    Posted by IAM Lodge 778 on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    IAM District 837 members talk to voters about Voting NO on Prop A during the St. Louis Pride event.

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    Great day talking with the community about voting NO on prop a at St. Louis Pride with Frank Maniaci.

    Posted by IAM 837 New Machinists on Sunday, June 24, 2018

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    Posted by IAM Local 837A on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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