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  • Liderazgo español que surgiré en octubre

    En este difícil panorama político actual, las clases de Liderazgo en español son más importantes que nunca. Hoy, más que nunca, la diversidad se ha convertido en la clave para mantener lo que tenemos, una visión puesta en el crecimiento solo puede suceder con una logia sólido llena de miembros dedicados y educados. La última clase en español este año, Liderazgo en Español I, tendrá lugar del 21 al 26 de octubre.

    Necesitamos educar a nuestros miembros para que puedan ser más activos en sus locales,  comunidades, en todo el IAM, y el movimiento laboral. Las clases de Liderazgo en español en el Centro Winpisinger proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que nuestros miembros activistas promuevan y protejan el movimiento obrero, estos son la próxima generación de líderes que saldrán y educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades.

    Los miembros de la unión bilingüe son el puente para los que no hablan inglés dentro de nuestra unión, las comunidades y juegan un papel vital en la organización. W3 continúa como la vanguardia de la educación unionista en la nación y debemos aprovechar los abundantes recursos disponibles en nuestro Centro de Educación.

    La fecha límite de inscripción se acerca rápidamente. Hable con su membresía, con los líderes de su logia, a nivel local y distrital y en todos los niveles, sobre la importancia de estas clases de español. Identifiquemos a los participantes y anímelos a participar y envíe a estos miembros de habla hispana a la próxima clase de Liderazgo en español en el Centro Winpisinger.

    Este programa capacita a la próxima generación de líderes y organizadores dentro de nuestra unión. Tenga en cuenta que las inscripciones en cualquiera de los programas de liderazgo en español no cuentan en contra de las asignaciones de escuela de liderazgo regulares de su logia.

    Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción en español o inglés directamente desde el sitio web del Centro Winpisinger.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo en español o si necesita información adicional, comuníquese con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o eosorio@iamaw.org

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  • 2019 IAM Scholarship Competition Is Now Accepting Applications

    The 2019 IAM Scholarship Competition is now accepting applications. The competition is open to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

    SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    This scholarship competition is open each year to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this Announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

    The Scholarship Competition
    Scholarships to make possible the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification are determined in a competition among eligible applicants that is judged by a special Selection Committee.

    Amount of the Awards
    Awards to members are $2,000 per academic year. They are granted for a specific period from one to four years to enable the member to earn a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification.

    Awards to Children of Members are: College — $1,000 per academic year. All awards are renewed each year until a Bachelor’s degree is obtained up to a maximum of four years. Vocational/Technical School — $2,000 per year until certification is reached up to a maximum of two years.

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    ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPETITION

    An Eligible Applicant Must Be Either —

    • an IAM member; or
    • the son, daughter, stepchild or legally adopted child of an IAM member.

    A Member Applicant –

    • must have two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of the competition which is February 22, 2019;
    • may apply either when entering college or vocational/technical school as a freshman or at a higher level with some college credits already completed;
    • may apply as a full-time or part-time student; and
    • if not a winner, may apply again the following year.

    Child of a Member Applicant –

    • must have one living parent with two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of February 22, 2019;
    • will be eligible if the parent member died after the son or daughter entered high school, and the parent had two years of “continuous good-standing membership” at the time of death;
    • a “continuous good-standing membership” is understood to be a period of membership during which the member continuously paid monthly dues uninterrupted by withdrawal cards;
    • must be planning to graduate high school during the winter or by the end of the spring 2019 school year
    • must plan to take a regular college or vocational/technical program on a full-time basis, maintaining qualifying grades.

    Ineligible Applicants Include –

    • applicants who do not intend to work without interruption for a bachelor’s degree or completion of a vocational/technical school certification;
    • members’ children who are attending or have already attended college or vocational/technical school;
    • children of members on the payroll of the Grand Lodge,
    • graduate students; and
    • applicants who do not plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational/technical school.
    • retired members

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    HOW TO APPLY FOR A 2019 IAM SCHOLARSHIP

    There are three different Application Packets. Please choose the appropriate link below to apply for an IAM Scholarship. The Application Packet must be completed and postmarked by February 22, 2019.

    1. Children of members (college) ENGLISH | FRENCH
    2. Children of members (vocational/technical school) ENGLISH | FRENCH
    3. Members (college or vocational/technical school) ENGLISH | FRENCH

    To be valid, an application must be submitted on the appropriate form. If you do not qualify under the above requirements, please do not send an application. No exceptions can be made to the rules. Application Packets for the 2019 competition may also be obtained by calling our scholarship department at 301-967-4708 or by emailing scholarship@iamaw.org.

    Application packets postmarked later than February 22, 2019, will NOT be acknowledged or considered. No exceptions will be permitted even if a third party is responsible for the delay.

    IMPORTANT: Complete the application and MAIL TO:
    IAM Scholarship Program
    9000 Machinists Place, Room 204
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687

    All Scholarship Applicants are advised –

    • to obtain guidance from their high school teachers and counselors in pursuing a college education or for attending vocational/technical school;
    • not to wait until awards are announced before making other plans for financing a college education;
    • to apply early for scholarships or awards from several other sources; and
    • to make early application for admission to at least three colleges.

    The Selection Committee
    Award recipients will be chosen by an independent Selection Committee composed of three qualified educators from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

    The Selection Procedure
    The Committee attempts to select from each IAM territory applicants who have demonstrated learning ability and all-around suitability for college work or for attending vocational/technical school. In reaching this determination, many factors are taken into consideration, including: grades, attitude toward study, personal references, available test scores, the opinion of counselors and teachers and activities outside of school. For member applicants, weight is given to participation in local lodge responsibilities. Canadian students are judged according to Canadian scholastic standards. The IAM scholarship winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the summer of 2019 on the IAM website.

    All Award Recipients –

    • are responsible for obtaining admission to the college or vocational/technical school of the student’s choice;
    • must take a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent if attending college or the required courses for vocational/technical school; and
    • may attend a two-year accredited college and transfer for the last two years.**

    The Sponsoring Member and Member Applicants –

    • must maintain continuous good-standing membership throughout the life of the award or have been issued an honorary withdrawal card due to a lay-off, plant closing or retirement after the scholarship has been awarded.

    ** For college scholarship recipients only.

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

    When proper notification is submitted to the Scholarship Committee, the following may be approved: If the recipient enlists in the military, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than three years.

    If the recipient enters the Peace Corps, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than two years.

    The recipient must apply for reinstatement of the scholarship within three months after discharge from the military service or Peace Corps and must enroll in college.
    A request for temporary suspension for academic reasons may be granted for a period not exceeding one year.

    In the case of illness or accident, the award may be held in reserve for a period not to exceed two years. The student would be expected to resume college or vocational/technical work as soon as possible.

    The IAM will set aside the total amount in the Scholarship Fund necessary to finance the student through the period of the award. The Program was established in the confident expectation that it will remain indefinitely, as long as donations continue. If unforeseen circumstances should cause the Program to be discontinued, scholarships in effect would be continued for their duration, and all money remaining in the Fund would be used solely for educational purposes.

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    ALTERNATE RESOURCES

    Union Plus Credit Card Scholarships.

    Send a postcard with your name, return address, telephone number and union to: Union Plus Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 34800, Wash., DC 20043-4800 or download the application from the Union Privilege website in early September: www.unionplus.org/scholarships.

    Federal Student Aid Information Center.

    Call 1-800-433-3243 for a free copy of “The Student Guide.” The website is www.StudentAid.ed.gov then link to publications or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Vocational-Technical Information.

    The website is: http://www.trade-schools.net for information

    on Vo-tech schools in the U.S. and Canada or www.accsct.org

    for an alternate U.S. site.

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  • IP Martinez, GVP Allen Visit Members in San Diego

    International President Bob Martinez along with Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen, and other Grand Lodge and District Lodge staff members toured United Technologies (UTC) and Solar Turbines facilities to visit and connect with Machinists Union members in the San Diego area.

    “Whenever I have the opportunity to visit our members on the job, my pride in this union increases,” said Martinez. “The future is being built here in Southern California by the Machinists of Local 389 and 755, and I am privileged to meet them.”

    General Vice President Gary Allen also commented, “Machinists in San Diego are extremely hardworking and committed to their community.  All of the Locals in the area have been committed to organizing new members, helping to bring the benefits of IAM membership to working families in San Diego.”

    The visit coincided with the recent decision by UTC to close their Chula Vista, CA facility and ship those jobs to Mexico.

    “We have had enough of greedy corporations stealing the livelihoods of highly-skilled IAM members and other working people,” said Martinez. “The trend of shamelessly moving jobs off shore or south of the border cannot be allowed to continue, and we are committed to the fight here in Chula Vista.”

    “We will continue to do everything in our power to make the decision by UTC to send good paying jobs over the border the worst decision they ever made,” said GVP Allen.  “Our Union has fought to maintain working class jobs in San Diego and will continue to fight to keep those jobs in San Diego.”

    The plant closure stands to send 344 jobs to Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

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  • International President Martinez Announces New Executive Council Assignments

    IAM International President Bob Martinez announced, effective October 1, 2018, Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin will become General Vice President of the newly formed Aerospace Department. Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace will take over as General Vice President of the Southern Territory and General Vice President Brian Bryant will assume the position of Headquarters General Vice President.

    “As our union continues to face new challenges and attacks from the corporations that employ our members, we recognize the importance of including a dedicated executive council member to address the needs of our aerospace members,” said Martinez. “With his years of experience dealing with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other employers, Mark Blondin is perfectly suited for his new role in our union.”

    “My heart beats for the Machinists Union but especially the Southern Territory who welcomed me into their family with open arms nearly five years ago,” said Blondin. “This move is best for the IAMAW and I thank International President Bob Martinez for having the wherewithal to create this opportunity. I am excited and ready to continue to make the words Machinists Union synonymous with greatness throughout this great industry.”

    “Rickey Wallace has been a good friend to me and a great asset to this union during his time at IAM Headquarters,” said Martinez. “Although he will be greatly missed, I know his roots in the South make him well suited to his new position as the Territory’s general Vice President.”

    “I look forward to my new role in the IAM Southern Territory, where I have spent most of my life and career,” said Wallace. “To serve our members and grow the IAM are vital to our union’s future, and I am dedicated to those responsibilities. I hope to build upon the success Mark Blondin has achieved in his time here and wish him well in his new position.”

    “I want to congratulate my IAM brothers and wish them well in their new assignments,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “It has been an honor to work alongside Brian Bryant in the GST Department. His dedication and support have helped move our organization forward. The department will miss his talents, but he brings them and a wealth of knowledge to his new position.”

    “To serve this union as a General Vice President is a privilege that I value greatly,” said Bryant. “We have much to be proud of as Machinists Union members and I am honored to be a part of our great tradition. As I take on my new responsibilities at IAM Headquarters, I do so with complete dedication to our members all across North America.”

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  • 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference Kicks Off in Fort Worth

    More than 300 delegates were on hand as the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference opened Tuesday in Fort Worth, TX, the hometown of the conference’s chair IAM International President Bob Martinez.

    “This Aerospace Conference comes at a pivotal time in our union’s history,” said Martinez. “And you are the people who make aerospace one of the most important industries to our economy.”

     Including remarks from IAM leaders, guests and breakout sessions, the conference will focus on the key issues affecting IAM members throughout North America.

    “Just look at our impact,” said Martinez. “The airlines? They wouldn’t get off the ground without the Machinists. The fighter jets and missiles keeping us safe, they would not exist if it weren’t for us. The spacecraft leading us to new frontiers? They are built and launched by Machinist Union members.

    “We have a lot to be proud of Brothers and Sisters.”

    Delegates will participate in breakout sessions learning about and discussing new technology in the industry, healthcare issues, negotiations, organizing and many other issues affecting members.

    “Welcome to the Southern Territory, the birthplace of the Machinists Union,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “We are family in the South and we welcome our Brothers and Sisters from across North America to be part of the footprint we have created here.

    “In the South, we unfortunately are faced with the uphill battle of Fighting Right to Work laws in most of our area. But that offers us a unique opportunity of loyalty among our members because when someone signs up with the IAM in the South, they are making the choice for a better life for themselves and their family. Especially in Aerospace where our members are helping to shape the future of the industry.”

    Fort Worth native Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) attended the conference and told delegates how he understands the major role the Machinists Union plays in the aerospace industry and the economy.

    “I will always stand up for the Machinists and their families. The IAM has created a better life for thousands of Texans.”

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  • Machinists Remember, Honor the 9/11 Fallen

    Today we mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, when 2,977 innocent people lost their lives as four commercial aircraft were hijacked and used as weapons. At the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania unimaginable events unfolded to change all of us.

    Please take a moment today to remember the victims, three of whom were our members. United Airlines Customer Service employees Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez were aboard United Airlines flight 175, one of the planes that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard died helping others as the buildings collapsed.

    I hope and pray we never see anything like that day again, and I am heartened that many of our members are dedicated to preventing it. To those of you who do the jobs that protect us each day, I sincerely thank you.

    In solidarity,

    Bob Martinez
    IAM International President

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  • We Won with Dignity

    It was the perfect stage at the Aerospace Conference for IAM’s Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin to recognize the hard work of a few leaders from District 70 in Wichita, KS. After weeks of diligent work, Business Representative Tyson Kelly and ADBR Gerald Hill are proud to say that the strike at Garnett Auto Supply Inc./Jobbers Automotive Warehouse Inc. is over!

    To a rousing round of applause, Blondin was thrilled to tell the more than 300 attendees of the conference, “Every person who walked out together at Jobbers will walk back in together!”

    “The brothers and sisters of Jobbers/Garnett have been a true example of District 70,” said Kelly. “If we all ban together like they did we will be a force in which to be reckoned. It shows that standing arm in arm, side by side, to demand fair treatment and respect is truly achievable.”

    Overall, the contract gains are significant. Machinist members have a new progression that they’ve never had before which will mandate raises every six months. They also gained the ability to carry over 80 hours of vacation and 200 hours of sick leave instead of losing that benefit. The grievance and arbitration procedures were strengthened, giving our members the ability to work things through the system at a faster pace. But there was one item that District 70 is extremely proud to have gained.

    “We were able to establish a joint Health and Safety Committee and for these workers, that’s a game changer, “ explains Hill. “Broken fans, temperatures that reached more than 100 degrees in the summer and dropping to freezing in the winter, restrooms that hadn’t seen a cleaning agent in years – those were the conditions in which these workers existed. We are going to be able to make sure that isn’t the case for these workers in the future.”

    DBR of District 70 Cornell Beard couldn’t be more proud of what these workers have done, not just for themselves but for workers across the state of Kansas. “These workers took a stand and changed the culture. That’s why we do what we do in the Labor Movement. There was not a local in our District who didn’t take the time to walk the picket line with their Brothers and Sisters at Jobbers. And just ask those workers on strike – that support made all the difference. That’s something I will never forget,” said Beard proudly.

    The Brothers and Sisters at Garnett Auto Supply Inc./Jobbers Automotive Warehouse Inc. have proven, yet again, that Solidarity works.  It’s what we do and who we are and it will forever be the heart and soul of anyone who holds the title of Fighting Machinist.

    #iamsouth

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  • Why We Say ‘No’ to Kavanaugh

    The Machinists Union sent a letter to every U.S. Senator urging them to oppose the confirmation of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing on Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Call your senator now and urge them to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

    “Kavanaugh is no conservative,” writes IAM International President Bob Martinez. “He is not a judge who has sought to preserve and learn from what is best in our history.  He is instead a judicial activist whose decisions have repeatedly and consistently protected and extended the power of business interests, and undermined the rights and prospects of working Americans and their families.”

    Read the full letter.

    IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider called Kavanaugh a troubling pick. His confirmation would likely tilt the court toward corporate interests and away from working people for a generation.

    “In terms of the business community, corporate interests and money, he is their dream choice,” said Schneider. “He’s been very hostile to organized labor and working people throughout his time on the court.”

    WATCH: Troubling Supreme Court Pick

    READ: Brett Kavanaugh Sided With a Union-Busting Employer After It Violated Workers’ Rights

    Call your senator now and urge them to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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  • First Contract for District 751 Members at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

    On August 13th, mechanics and technicians who maintain the U.S. Navy P-3 Orion planes at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island overwhelmingly ratified a first collective bargaining agreement. The workers there had voted to join District 751 on July 10.

    Member Steve Jolly looked pleased as he cast his ballot that secured a first contract for workers at KAI.

    “This first agreement lays a strong foundation to build on for the future. The group worked hard to achieve a tentative agreement that recognizes the contribution these members make in supporting our military. The agreement included General Wage Increases in each year of the agreement and other very important provisions,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “Both sides were motivated to reach an agreement so the contract could be approved on time by the government and workers would reap the benefits of union membership right away.”

    “Congratulations to everyone who was involved in delivering a great first contract to our new members,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “These workers, their families and their communities all stand to gain from the strength, resolve and solidarity displayed by the negotiating committee and the members on the shop floor.”

    A membership meeting was held on Saturday, August 11 to provide members an opportunity to hear details of the first agreement and get their questions answered a couple days before casting their vote.

    “Working together our union negotiating team addressed every unfair issue my coworkers identified and wrapped it up in a solid first CBA,” said Mark Blau, who served on the negotiating committee and has been an IAM 751 member since 2011 working for several other contractors on NAS Whidbey. “I look forward to helping negotiate our next CBA. I am Union YES!”

    Under the terms of the agreement, workers will receive:

    • A 5.5% or more general wage increase effective 9/1/18 and a 3% general wage increase on 9/1/19 and 9/1/20.
    • Compensation for all travel time on TDY assignments
    • Special assignment premiums
    • Increases for those employees opting out of medical coverage
    • Established a grievance and arbitration procedure to resolve disputes so the employer must have “just cause” for discipline.
    • Contributions to the IAM National Pension Plan.

    Holden served on the union negotiating committee along with Chief of Staff Richard Jackson, 751 Attorney Spencer Thal, Business Rep Paul Veltkamp, and Mark Blau a member of the bargaining unit at KAI. Thanks also to Suzan Merritt for her support throughout the negotiation process.

    “This is my first time serving on a negotiating committee and it was a great learning experience,” said Blau. “I was so impressed with all of our union negotiators. Jon Holden rocks with his tried and true negotiation experience, as he drove points home away from the actual bargaining table. Spencer ensured we were covered from a legal perspective. Paul had good advice and input. Richard Jackson, who serves as our calm and cool representative, pushed hard on every issue we identified as important. Suzan Merritt captured the minutes and discussion while Jesse Cote helped with the tough questions at the membership meeting after helping our group join the union.”

    This first contract with KAI at NAS Whidbey is another example of how IAM District 751 continues to raise the standard for those in our community and specifically the 40+ members who perform critical work for the U.S. military.

    See the original article in the District 751 Aero Mechanic Newsletter.

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  • IAM CREST’s New Jersey Apprenticeship Program Secures $230K Grant

    IAM CREST’s Youth Transition to Work Program received another year of grant funding starting September 1, 2018. The nearly $230,000 grant is from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Since October 2009, IAM CREST and District 15 have worked together on the program, which is designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to jobs in the automotive and diesel technology fields. The program has seen consistent growth and today includes 52 young workers either in progress or completing their apprenticeships.

    “District Lodge 15 and IAM CREST are proud of our continued success at helping high school seniors attain good paying union jobs with very specific career goals,” said IAM CREST Director Jim Reid. “It is encouraging to see that the state government is also supportive of training young people.”

    “Recognizing that not everyone needs a college degree, apprenticeships leading to high skilled jobs is increasingly being cited as the wave of the future,” said IAM/Crest YTTW Coordinator/Program Manager Ira Stern. “We’re proud that the State of New Jersey recognizes this and the IAM is proud to partner with our shops to help train young people who could not otherwise afford private trade schools into these high skill truck and auto technician trades.”

    The four-year apprenticeship program turns out highly skilled union technicians who go from earning approximately $10 per hour to the potential to earn $27 per hour or more upon completion. In addition to the funding from the state, the IAM partners with local trucking companies, automotive dealerships and the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Click here for more information on the District 15 Youth Transition to Work Program apprenticeship program.

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