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  • Maine Shipyard Workers Donate to Support Next Generation

    Members of Kittery, ME IAM Local 836 recently made a donation to SSN 778 New Hampshire Division – their local division of the Department of the Navy authorized sea cadets program. Cadets perform community service and learn military standards, customs and courtesy.

    The money donated to the program will stay directly in their division and will be used to fund community service projects, equipment purchases and financial assistance for camps.

    “It is important the war fighters of tomorrow know that the union workers who overhaul their submarines take pride in their job have their back from the start,” said Local 836 Secretary/Treasurer Keith Thibeault. “I also like them to understand how unions ensure worker’s rights and care about their local community.”

    Recruits attend a two-week boot camp and afterwards are allowed to attend specialized camps such as diving, police, fire and Special Operations. They must also adhere to academic requirements and physical fitness standards.

    “As always, a tremendous show of trade unionism and solidarity from Local 836 for their tireless efforts in servicing their members and the employer (D.O.N.) as well,” said District 4 Directing Business Representative Rick Compher. “This effort is a continuation of the pride and efforts of all our members at Local 836, DL. 4 for today and the future ahead.”

    “Working with the youth not only strengthens the foundation of the community, but teaches them what unions are all about,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “We are very proud to see gestures like the one shown here by Local 836, as they help shape the way people view unions in our country.”

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  • Today is Equal Pay Day

    April 10, 2018 represents on average how far into the year a woman must work to earn what a man earned in 2017. The wage gap is even greater for women of color.

    “Wage discrimination against women goes against our core beliefs in the IAM,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We refuse to accept it when we negotiate contracts for our members, and we will continue to fight until all women receive equal pay for equal work.”

    In the U.S. white women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. Black women are paid only 63 cents and Latina women earn only 54 cents. Over a 40-year career, the average woman loses $418,000 to the wage gap.

    This year, the IAM Women’s Rights Department joins the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), along with labor, human and civil rights organizations to level the playing field between employees and employers by focusing on pay transparency as a means of closing the gender wage gap.

    Become an activist. Learn more about CLUW’s efforts.

    The National Women’s Law Center also has information and resources on much needed legislation to close the pay gap.

    No matter what you do become engaged in the cause, the more of us that speak up, the better we are heard. Help to end pay discrimination. It isn’t right.

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  • Strike Victory and Organizing Win on Wednesday’s Activate L!VE

    Join the IAM’s live studio webcast of Activate L!VE Wednesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern. This week’s show will bring you up to date on what’s going on in the IAM.

    Guests will include District 751 President Jon Holden talking about a new group of IAM members at UTC Aerospace Systems in Everett, WA, who build landing gears for Boeing aircraft.

    District 54 President T. Dean Wright, Jr. will talk about Local 1285’s successful strike against excavator manufacturer Gradall Industries in New Philadelphia, OH, and Middletown, OH Local 1943 President Neil Douglas will join the program to discuss their apprenticeship program.

    Watch this week’s show live on:


    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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  • Spanish Leadership II Deadline Fast Approaching

    The deadline for enrollment in the Spanish Leadership II is this Friday, April 13 at the Winpisinger Center. Seats are still available for this important program which will train IAM members in lobbying their representatives advocating for pro worker legislation.

    Now is the time to educate our members on issues that affect workers throughout this country and our Latino workers within the IAM are taking these issues to the Hill. Active and involved members are essential to a strong labor movement and programs like these are the bridge from apathy to activism.

    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.

    The remaining Spanish classes for 2018 are as follows:





    October 21-26: SPANISH LEADERSHIP I

    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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  • Se Acerca La Fecha Limite de Liderazgo en Español II

    La fecha límite para inscribirse en el Liderazgo Español II del Centro Winpisinger es este viernes 13 de abril. Todavía hay lugar disponible para este importante programa que capacitará a los miembros de IAM para presionar a sus representantes que abogan por una legislación favorable a los trabajadores.

    Hoy es el momento de educar a nuestros miembros sobre los problemas que afectan a los trabajadores en todo el país y nuestros trabajadores latinos dentro del IAM están llevando estos problemas al Capitolio. Los miembros activos e involucrados son esenciales para un movimiento laboral fuerte y los programas como estos son el puente entre la apatía y el activismo.

    Los programas de liderazgo español no quitan las asignaciones escolares del Liderazgo en inglés de su logia local. Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción, ya sea en español o inglés directamente desde la página web del Centro Winpisinger

    Las clases para 2018 son las siguientes:

    13 al 18 de mayo: LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL II

    10 al 15 de junio: ORGANIZAR EN ESPAÑOL I


    23 al 28 de septiembre: LIDERAZGO AVANZADO EN ESPAÑOL

    21 al 26 de octubre: LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL I

    Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo en español o necesita cualquier información adicional, por favor póngase en contacto con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o por correo electrónico a: eosorio@iamaw.org

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  • Ohio Members at Gradall Ratify Contract, Ending Strike

    Nearly 200 members of Local 1285 overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year agreement with Gradall Industries, bringing an end to the month-long strike. The New Philadelphia, OH workers went on strike after rejecting a so-called “last, best and final offer” from the excavator manufacturing company.

    The new contract keeps the current healthcare package for the life of the agreement, which was a major point of contention between the parties. Highlights of the agreement include yearly wage increases and an increase in contributions to the IAM National Pension Plan.

    Key factors in the dispute were healthcare, including benefit coverage, and employee contribution rates. The company has proposed the ability to arbitrarily change the level of benefits within a plan yearly, at the time of renewal beginning this August of the agreement.

    “Our membership held the line on their healthcare,” said IAM District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright Jr. “Their solidarity, resolve – the support from this community, family, and friends – was nothing short of amazing, and helped to secure this important victory.”

    “Congratulations to these members,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “Holding the line on healthcare took tremendous courage and solidarity from the members and their families. My thanks go out to PDBR Wright, BR Don Riffee and the negotiating committee for a job well done. This effort took solid leadership. The proof is in the outcome.”

    Members began reporting for shifts beginning Sunday, April 8.

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  • ‘Fighting on All Levels’ for Camp Pendleton Police Officers

    NFFE-IAM Local 919 police officers at southern California’s Camp Pendleton are continuing to apply pressure to avoid paying thousands of dollars in overpayments because a federal government accounting error.

    The Department of Defense notified members in April 2017 that an eight-year payroll glitch had caused overpayments for more than 120 active and retired police officers. The DOD’s accounting department allegedly used an incorrect locality-based pay rate from 2008 to 2016. This overpayment caused individual debts ranging from $12,000 to $80,000.

    DFAS has suspended the collection of debts, but the debt has not been permanently waived.

    NFFE-IAM National President Randy Erwin recently sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for a permanent waiver of debt for the officers. Erwin stressed that this debt is causing widespread hardship for members that are already under stress from recruitment and retention problems within the department.

    “This is like waking up to an $80,000 bill on a credit card you never used,” said Erwin. “This is not their fault, they did nothing to deserve this, and it’s not their job to fix this. Even so, these officers are still waiting to receive pay waivers for the government’s mistake. Until they do, we will keep fighting on all levels.”  

    READ: Civilian police officers at Camp Pendleton given extra time to file waiver requests after being told to return money they were overpaid Orange County Register 

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  • 50 Years Later, Machinists March in Footsteps of Dr. King

    Marching among thousands in Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death was Teddy McNeal, an African-American man and 37-year Machinists Union member who grew up on the unpaved end of a segregated street in the rural South.

    “Marching in the footsteps of Dr. King gives me a tremendous sense of pride,” said McNeal, 65, who is now president of the North Carolina State Council of Machinists. “I really truly believe that it was one of the highlights of my life.”

    McNeal, along with hundreds of IAM members and thousands more in the labor movement, assembled here to recall King’s legacy and revive his struggle for economic and social justice.

    In the days before his April 4, 1968 death, King marched with striking AFSCME sanitation workers to demand dignity after two workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed and killed by a malfunctioning truck. The striking workers carried signs declaring, “I AM A MAN.”

    Speakers at the I AM 2018 rally outside AFSCME Local 1733 remembered the civil rights icon and called for solidarity in the face of today’s attacks on working people.

    “It is up to all of us to continue the sacred march toward justice, equality and dignity for all,” IAM International President Bob Martinez told the crowd. “We cannot, we must not, and we will not tolerate anything less!”

    WATCH: Martinez honors Dr. King in Memphis

    After the rally, IAM members, wearing shirts reading “Ask Me About My Machinists Union Dream,” marched a mile-and-a-half to the Mason Temple, where King famously delivered his “Mountaintop” speech the night before his death.

    PHOTOS: Machinists at IAM 2018

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  • GVP Pantoja Visits Philadelphia Local, Talks American Negotiations

    On Tuesday, Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja visited members in Philadelphia and attended a meeting at Local Lodge 1776. GVP Pantoja, along with members of the IAM negotiating team on American Airlines, met with local leaders and committee members to provide an update on the status of negotiations. An industry report was also given to the membership, focusing on the American negotiations.

    Members expressed their support and solidarity in achieving an industry best contract on American.

    Similar meetings are occurring with IAM and TWU leadership across the country. Positive reports have come from those meetings in what is becoming a tsunami of solidarity behind these negotiations.

    GVP Pantoja and his staff will visit more locations in the days ahead.

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  • IAM Union Yes at UTC Everett, WA

    On March 23, 2018 workers at UTC Aerospace Systems in Everett, WA, who build landing gear for the 737, 747 and 767 tanker, voted overwhelmingly for union representation by IAM District 751.

    Below are a few excerpts from the latest edition of the District 751 Aero Mechanic.

    Workers at the UTC Everett plant approached IAM 751 about representation after news that UTC is buying out Rockwell Collins in a deal worth more than $30 billion. After several multi-billion dollar acquisitions, workers felt they needed protection and security for their families.

    “We are excited to welcome these workers into our IAM union family. They play a critical supplier role for the 737 and other Boeing airplane lines, and we are proud to be their advocate,” said IAM District 751 President Jon Holden. “It’s our job now to negotiate a contract that recognizes the contributions these members make toward UTC’s success and reward them for their hard work and skills.”

    Adrian Perez has worked for the company 14 years and worked in the landing gear shop for 5 years.

    “There have been a lot of changes, and a lot of them for the worse,” said Perez. “With all the billions spent on buyouts, no one is looking out for us. We knew we had to unionize now.”

    Joshua Whitcomb, who has worked at UTC building landing gear for 12 years, echoed those sentiments. He takes tremendous pride in his work, has continually given 110 percent and is proud whenever a Boeing plane takes flight knowing he played a role in making the plane safe.

    “The workers who generate the profits should share in the prosperity we create,” said Whitcomb. “This is very skilled labor and not just anyone can perform our work. With the IAM, I believe we will prosper too

    “Throughout this battle, the company referred to the union as a third party. That was their mistake,” said Perez. “The union is us. It is an investment in ourselves for a better future,”

    “We will use all our resources to secure a contract they are proud of and ensure their collective voices are heard,” said Holden. “Joining the Machinists Union gives these workers the dignity and fairness they deserve at work and allows them to plan for their future.”

    The NLRB must still certify the results, but IAM 751 is moving forward to survey members to identify issues in their workplace.

    Read the District 751 Aero Mechanic article.

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