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  • IAM Honors Aviation High School Graduates

    Aviation High School recently held its annual graduation ceremony. Approximately 440 students received their high school diploma, with many earning their Airframe and Powerplant licenses certifying them to work as mechanics in the airline industry.

    This year, both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were presented with IAM scholarships. There were several other airline representatives and sponsors that presented the graduates with donations and prizes, but the IAM remains the only labor organization that awards students with scholarships and tool boxes for their educational achievements.

    “The IAM has enjoyed its long-standing partnership with Aviation High School and is honored each year to be a part of their graduation,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja and Aviation High School graduate. “We take great pride in providing scholarships and other necessary tools that help assist their students with their future endeavors.”

    Aviation High School, a New York City public school, has an incredible 93% graduation rate and many graduates have expressed a desire to work in the airline industry and become IAM members.

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  • Machinists at Setco Agree to Another Three

    If your office is a “Big Rig” or a heavy duty truck, then you know you are going to need a clutch that goes the distance. That’s where the IAM comes in. Machinist members from IAM Local Lodge 1387 who work at Setco Automotive (N.A.) Inc. in Paris, TN inspect and if needed, rework some of the best specialty clutches in the business and the workers are happy to report, they will be doing it for another three years. Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Lee of District 711 was part of the team that brought home a good IAM Contract for the hard-working Machinists in this shop.

    “This was a great committee and they worked together to make some hard decisions on this contract,” explained Lee. “They always had their members in mind with everything they do. They should be commended for their hard work and dedication to their Brothers and Sisters on the shop floor.”

    The IAM members at Setco Automotive are charged with taking care of the LipeTM brand clutches which the company sells throughout North America. These are ceramic, pull-type clutches in standard sizes which makes for a better ride and less wear on the truck. A job the Machinist members are proud to do.

    “Without trucks, the U.S.A. doesn’t move, so the job these Machinists do in a small town in Paris, TN has a big effect on this country. Some days we forget that it’s these types of manufactured products that allow the public the conveniences it enjoys. This country needs to start realizing that we owe the loyal IAM Members at places like Setco, and workers in shop around the globe, a debt of gratitude for the job they do,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin.

    That sentiment is one the Union never forgets, especially at this table when negotiations became tense at times throughout the bargaining process. The negotiating team agreed to some tough changes to work rules and improving plant attendance, while the company accepted increases to wage and a reduction in health care costs to the worker.

    The new contract brings wage increases of 5 percent in the first year, and 3 percent in the following years. A reduction to the amount the employee pays for health care was made, bringing it down to 20 percent.

    “Health care costs are not something that’s going to leave any bargaining table, any time in the near future. We know that and so do our members. But companies need to remember it’s the workers on the shop floor who create profits for their business. The dedication and sweat that goes into any product made by an IAM member is what helps the company succeed. That’s something that needs to be recognized at all bargaining tables,” said District 711 Directing Business Representative Jerry Benson.

    #iamsouth

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  • No Court Can Stop Our Movement

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against working people in Janus v. AFSCME, forcing so-called Right-to-Work laws on public sector workers across the country.

    The decision has been painted as a crushing blow to unions—and yes, it will further the power of corporate elites.

    But the Machinists Union, and the rest of the labor movement, is fully engaged and ready to fight back for a voice on the job for every working family.

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    No court will ever change that.

    Posted by Machinists Union on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    “The Janus decision is just the latest tactic of corporations and wealthy donors who want to take away our freedom at work,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The radical right will never defeat a wave of working people joining together for a better life. Union membership is growing and we will continue to organize, mobilize and defeat those who want to destroy unions and silence workers. This is war and working people are going to fight back.”

    The Machinists Union is making every resource available to locals and districts with non-federal public-sector workers who are affected by the decision. The IAM’s Legal, Strategic Resources and Communications Departments have been planning for Janus’ aftermath for more than a year. The William W. Winpisinger Center offers classes geared toward internal organizing in right-to-work environments.

    The IAM also recently launched a new initiative promote the many benefits available exclusively to Machinists Union members. Benefits include free college, specialty insurance programs and travel and entertainment discounts. Visit IAMadvantage.org to learn more.

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  • Machinists Taking a Stand for Freedom at Boeing South Carolina

    New Machinists Union members at Boeing South Carolina are standing strong despite the company’s attempt to silence their voice.

    The Boeing Co. on Tuesday issued an appeal with the NLRB challenging the decision of Boeing Flightline Workers in North Charleston to join the IAM. The Flightline workers voted nearly two-to-one for the IAM.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez wrote a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal advocating for the South Carolina Flightline workers’ right to join the IAM.

    “The Boeing Co. should respect the workers’ freedom to choose their own union at Boeing in South Carolina and support efforts to enhance the lives of these workers, their families and their community,” wrote Martinez.

    The IAM will be filing a response to Boeing’s appeal.

    “Boeing’s decision to appeal the Regional Director’s unit determination and refusal to obey the law is just one more in its long series of efforts to thwart the will of the employees at Boeing South Carolina to be represented by the Machinists,” said IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider. “We are confident the Regional Director’s decision will be upheld as it is thorough, based in fact and consistent with precedent.”

    The Machinists Union represents 35,000 Boeing employees at numerous locations nationwide.

    “Boeing’s appeal will only delay these skilled technicians from being able to exercise their federally-protected right to work together as a group, determine what is important to them and bargain those priorities with their employer,” said IAM District 751 President Jon Holden.

    “IAM District 837 members here in St. Louis have shared a mutual relationship with Boeing for more than 20 years,” said IAM District 837 President Steve McDerman. “Their union contract and knowing that their wages, benefits, and work rules are clearly outlined is what allows our members to worry less about their employment and focus more on building the world’s greatest aircraft.”

    “The newest members at Boeing South Carolina deserve the same working partnership that 35,000 IAM members already have across North America,” said IAM Boeing South Carolina Lead Organizer Mike Evans.

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  • Wichita Bowls a 300 for GDA, Again

    Northrock Lanes in Wichita, KS has the Machinists and the puppies to thank for filling nearly every single lane as the IAM raised close to $13,000 for Guide Dogs of America (GDA) during the District 70 Doggie Bowl event held last week.

    “IAM’s District 70 has outdone itself again as for the 6th year in a row they have raised thousands of dollars for the Guide Dogs of America,” said Southern Territory Mark A. Blondin. “But more important, this group of Wichita Machinists brings recognition, year after year, to an organization created by an IAM Member, that helps blind and visually impaired men and women across the North American gain freedom and mobility in their everyday lives.  Whenever an IAM Member chooses to spend his or her time or money to donate to a cause like GDA, it creates a ripple effect in the community, which makes a huge difference in their own backyard and leaves a proud mark for the IAM.”

    In its sixth year, District 70 brought in 137 bowlers on 42 separate lanes. Between donations, the silent auction and bowling fees, Guide Dogs of America will receive more than $13,000 from the IAM. Since the GDA school relies solely on donations to provide free-of-charge dogs to blind and visually impaired people across the U.S. and Canada, it is events like this one that keeps the puppies wagging their tails.

    “At the Machinists Union, we believe living is about giving. And with a group like GDA, there’s no question we will be there to do all we can,” said District 70 Directing Business Representative Cornell Beard. “Just like when we are able to give workers a voice on the job because of their Union, this is the Union giving mobility to those in the community who need it most.”

    And from the looks of it, it seems like the idea is catching on in the Air Capitol of the World as lane sponsors ranged from members to local businesses to international aerospace companies. No one knows better than guide dog recipient and machinist member Teresa Blevins how these puppies are changing lives.

    “I strive to educate the public on what a guide from GDA does for someone like me. My amazing helper finds the up and down curbs, safely guides me across a busy intersection, helps locate an empty seat in a crowded room and allows me to navigate up and down stairs safely – and that’s just to name a few ways in which my guide assists me in everyday life. It is beyond any words to say thank you to all the supporters and volunteers who makes sure these fundraisers are successful,” said Blevins.

    So what’s next? Of course, a seventh year that promises to bring even more bowlers and money for our ‘Four-Legged Workers’ who are always on the job.

    #iamsouth

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  • Celebrate a Union-Made Fourth of July

    Make this year’s Independence Day celebration one that supports union workers by shopping Made in America.

    You can also text: MADE to 235246 on your mobile device to fill your cookout list with products made by union brothers and sisters.

    If you will be taking a trip or want to find fun activities nearby, the Union Plus Travel Center can help you locate deals too. Find union represented hotels and airlines, get car rental discounts and save money at more than 50 theme parks, sporting events, movies, restaurants and more with Union Plus Travel.

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  • An Old Clock with a Timeless Story

    On the wall, just outside classroom A at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, is the new home of a clock with an important past.

    Forty years ago the clock was used by John “Jack” Henrion Jr. and other union members in Missouri to soundly defeat proposed so-called right-to-work legislation in the state.

    John Henrion, a good friend of IAM Grand Lodge Auditor Bryan Pinette, came across the clock when he was cleaning out his late father’s basement. Discovering it brought back fond memories of how important the fight was to his father and his family. John knew right away that his dad would want Pinette to have it.

    “To be honest, I was excited to receive the clock; Jack was a mentor and friend,” said Pinette. “When he brought out the box and opened it, I was blown away with the condition. It was a no brainer that this clock couldn’t just sit in my office.”

    Pinette hoped it could be donated in Jack’s memory to the Winpisinger Center. He contacted its director, Chris Wagoner, and arrangements were made to permanently display it at the Harbor.

    Today, 40 years later, union workers in Missouri are again fighting right to work.

    “This clock dates back to the last serious right to work fight in Missouri, a fight we won then,” said Wagoner. “It serves as a reminder to all of us that our enemies never sleep, so we always have to be ready to fight.”

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  • El plazo de inscripción para Entrenar-al-Entrenador pronto se acerca

    La fecha límite para el programa de Entrenar-al-Entrenador pronto se acerca el viernes 13 de julio. Esta es la oportunidad perfecta para los hermanos y hermanas que han completado el Liderazgo Avanzado para promover su educación y conocimiento. El programa de Entrenar-al-Entrenador es el último de la serie de clases de liderazgo ofrecidas en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología del Centro William W. Winpisinger. No dejes pasar esta oportunidad.

    El programa de Entrenar-al-Entrenador se llevara a cabo el próximo mes del 12 de agosto al 17 de agosto. Se les exige a los Distritos y a los Locales a que se pongan en contacto con sus miembros de habla hispana que han asistido al Liderazgo Avanzado que se inscriben en este programa, el cual provee las habilidades y herramientas necesarias para capacitar a los representantes, funcionarios y afiliados de sus logias locales y distrito.

    Las clases de liderazgo español en W3 proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que los activistas promuevan y protejan al movimiento obrero, ellos son la próxima generación de líderes que saldrán y educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades. Los miembros Bilingües son el puente hacia los hablantes no ingleses dentro de nuestra unión, las comunidades, y juegan un rol vital en la organización.

    Las restantes clases de español para el año 2018 son las siguientes:

    12 al 17 de agosto                  ENTRENAR-AL-ENTRENADOR EN ESPAÑOL

    23 al 27 de septiembre          LIDERAZGO AVANZADO EN ESPAÑOL

    21 al 25 de octubre                LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL I

    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 de Winpisinger

    Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo 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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  • Deadline Fast Approaching for Spanish Train-the-Trainer Program

    The Friday July 13 deadline for the Spanish Train-the-Trainer program is fast approaching. This is the perfect opportunity for the brothers and sisters who have completed Advanced Leadership to further their education and knowledge. The Train-the-Trainer program is the final in the series of Leadership classes offered at the William W. Winpisinger Center Education and Technology Center. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

    The Spanish Train-the-Trainer will be held next month from August 12th – 17th. Districts and Locals are encouraged to reach out to their Spanish speaking members who have attended Advanced Leadership and enroll in this program which provides the skills and tools necessary for them to train the stewards, officers, and members of your Local and District lodges.

    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 Machinists members are the bridge to the non-English speakers within our union and the communities and play a vital role in organizing.

    The remaining Spanish classes for 2018 are as follows:

    Aug 12-17                 SPANISH TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

    Sep 23-27                  SPANISH ADVANCED LEADERSHIP

    Oct 21-25                  SPANISH LEADERSHIP I

    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.

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