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  • Trailblazing IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux to Retire

    BabineauxDiane Babineaux, a longtime Machinists Union advocate for civil, human and women’s rights, will retire as a General Vice President of the IAM. Her retirement is effective June 30, 2017.

    Babineaux, a General Vice President since July 2013, has served in a variety of positions within the IAM since coming on board at IAM Headquarters. She was the first African-American woman to serve as a General Vice President of the IAM.

    “Diane has always fought for what the IAM represents: fairness, equality and dignity for all people,” said International President Bob Martinez. “She has never been afraid to confront injustice, no matter where it shows up. Thousands of IAM members have benefited from her leadership and tenacious resolve. We wish Diane and her family nothing but the best as she enters a well-deserved retirement.”

    Babineaux was instrumental in launching and managing the IAM’s Human Rights and Women’s Departments, IAM Veteran’s Department, as well as the Young Machinists program. Her work resulted in the first-ever IAM Human Rights Conference and the first Young Machinists Symposium.

    She is a trustee for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, a board member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and A. Philip Randolph Institute, and a member of the IAM’s board for Guide Dogs of America (GDA). She counts GDA’s Las Vegas “Hawgs for Dogs” motorcycle ride as her favorite charitable event. Diane is also Co-Chair of National Coalition on Black Civil Participation, a member of the Black Women’s Roundtable, AFL-CIO Race Commission advisor, AFL-CIO Women’s Committee and board member of Asian Pacific American Leadership Advancement. 

    See Babineaux’s bio for a full list of her memberships and recognitions.

    Babineaux began her career in the MNPL/Political Department and moved to the Research Department. She became Special Assistant to the International President, then was later appointed Executive Assistant. Before becoming a General Vice President, she served as Chief of Staff to the International President since 2000.

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  • Chicago Local 701 Auto Mechanics Strike to Protect Pensions

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics, along with volunteers, strike to protect their pensions at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL. Photo courtesy of Ryan Kelly of IAM Local 126.

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics, along with volunteers, strike to protect their pensions at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL. Photo courtesy of Ryan Kelly of IAM Local 126.

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics working at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL walked out on strike Thursday, November 10, 2016 when the employees voted not to accept the owner, Dan Roesch’s, offer of a 14-month “extension contract” providing the same terms as the contract which expired July 31st. 

    “It wasn’t just the offer that had the employees upset,” said IAM Local 701 Business Representative Bill LePinske. “It was the statements made by the owner at the bargaining table that he intended to pull out of the Local 701 Defined Benefit Pension Plan upon the expiration of the 14-month contract.”

    There is some history of Roesch coming after his mechanics’ contract, says LePinske. Prior to this last agreement, the dealership was covered under the industry standard contract, the Standard Automotive Agreement (SAA). Roesch purchased what was then Elmhurst Ford. During the purchase Roesch had the right to negotiate a new bargaining agreement and he took advantage of the economic downturn and high unemployment to gut the workers’ agreement.

    “Among the worse provisions of the previous agreement was a move to ‘seniority by productivity,’ a change which effectively cost the workers their seniority, as work flow and productivity can easily be manipulated by management,” said LePinske. “Seniority provisions are intended to protect workers who have been with an employer from lay-off based on their date of hire. Naturally as mechanics age, their productivity tends to go down. In a ‘seniority by productivity’ situation, the employer could lay off the employee who has been in service the longest as they slow due to the effects of aging.

    In addition to the pension problem and the seniority language, high health insurance premium co-pays were other issues the IAM brought to the table that the employer was unwilling to discuss.

    “We are not going to allow Roesch to further gut our contract or let him set the table to take away our pensions in 14 months,” said bargaining unit member Brian Ilic. “My brothers and I will continue to strike until Roesch comes to his senses.”

    With the expiration of the SAA on the horizon in August 2017, Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli and the rest of the business representatives are not interested in moving local membership backwards.

    “The Standard Automotive Agreement covers nearly 1,200 of our members at hundreds of other Local 701 represented dealerships and we are not going to allow a substandard contract at Roesch Ford to lower the bar for the rest of our membership,” said Cicinelli. “In the words of our new International President Robert Martinez Jr., we’re going to put the fight back into the Fighting Machinists!”

    “IAM members at Roesch Ford and the Roesch Ford Trucking Center are among the most highly-skilled and talented mechanics in the auto industry, said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We cannot let one-sided negotiations aimed at gutting our members’ rights to retire with dignity continue. We have to fight. As Local 701 members walk the picket line today, we want them to know that we’re standing with them in solidarity. We are with them in their fight for a secure future.”

    It should be noted that the Mechanics at Roesch Volkswagen are not on strike – only the mechanics at Roesch Ford and the Roesch Ford Truck Center are on strike. Members and supporters are encouraged to stop by the strike line to show their solidarity. Roesch Ford is located at 333 W. Grand Ave. in Bensenville, IL.

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  • Registration Deadline for 2017 EAP I Class Approaches

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, please don’t forget to submit your registration form for the February 2017 IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) I class by the December 12, 2016 deadline.

    Click for the call letter and registration forms in: English ǀ French

    The first IAM EAP I session will be conducted February 19-24, 2017 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The EAP program equips assistance coordinators with the skills and resources to assist members who are seeking help for problems involving addictions and other psychosocial issues. The program takes participants from an introduction into the field to prospective certification. The curriculum equips our EAP representatives with vital resources that help members and their families when they need us most.

    This valuable program is fully certified and accredited at the college level, within the workplace, in the employee assistance community and throughout the IAM. The IAM encourages all eligible Machinists to consider becoming involved, supporting and participating in this incredibly valuable program.

    For more information contact the Retirees & Employee Assistance Programs office at 301-967-4717.

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  • Tuition Can Be a Burden – Apply for an IAM Scholarship to Help

    The 2017 IAM Scholarship Competition is now accepting applications. The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017.

    Click here to see the eligibility rules and download applications.

    The IAM awards scholarships to:

    • Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for college
    • Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for vocational or technical school
    • IAM members applying for college

    Since its implementation in 1960, the Scholarship Competition has continued to grow. This past year, 2015-2016, the IAM received 294 applications for scholarships. The 16 scholarships awarded were valued at $72,000.

    By convention resolution, IAM delegates determined that voluntary contributions to finance the scholarship fund be set at 50 cents per member, per year. To date, 224 of the IAM’s approximately 960 locals have contributed. If your lodge has not adopted this resolution or has not contributed for this year, please give it serious consideration at your next lodge meeting.

    You may call the IAM Safety and Health Department, which administers the scholarship competition, at 301-967-4708 to request an application packet to be mailed. Application packets have been sent to local and district lodges.

    Click here for details on the 2017 IAM Scholarship Competition.

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  • Enroll Now for the 2017 Federal Employees Programs

    11_01_2016_fedEnrollment is now open for the 2017 Federal Employee Programs at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. These programs will be very helpful to stewards, officers and business representatives who serve members in the Federal Sector.

    Basic Program

    The Federal Employees Basic Program will be held February 5-10, 2017 and involves training in areas specific to the Federal Sector. Among the topics are collective bargaining, the Hatch Act, legislative action, prohibited personnel practices, unfair labor practices, grievance handling, arbitration and an overview of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    The registration deadline is December 5, 2016.

    Click here for the Basic Program call letter and registration forms.

    Advanced Program

    The Federal Employee Advanced Program will be held February 19-24, 2017 and involves training in areas specific to the federal sector such as Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) and grievance handling, preparations for arbitration and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), collective bargaining including negotiability appeals, mediation and impasse procedures and a more in-depth look at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    The registration deadline is December 12, 2017.

    Click here for the Advanced Program call letter and registration forms.

    Because space is limited to 30 participants per class, only those who have not previously attended each individual program will be enrolled. Participants are chosen on a first come basis, therefore it is extremely important that the enrollment forms for each authorized lodge participant be completed and returned as soon as possible.

    If you have questions, please contact the Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753.

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  • Iowa Machinists Chip in to Sponsor IAM Race Car

    11_01_2016_racecarFinding new and unique ways to promote the IAM at times can seem difficult, but leaders of District 6 and Local 1293 have found a fast track to exposure by sponsoring a southern Iowa race car.

    The district and the local both chipped in for the sponsorship, which provides the car with new sheet metal and graphics for the upcoming racing season. The race car, owned and driven by Jeremy Whitlock, will be able to be seen most weekends at International Motor Contest Association-sanctioned races throughout southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

    11_01_21016_racecar3Whitlock was an IAM member employed at Performance Pipe for over 15 years before recently leaving for an advancement opportunity with another employer. The 37-year old has been racing in some form or fashion his entire adult life, including several top-five and top-10 finishes.

    Whitlock attends car shows and plans to bring the car to as many local or district union events as he can.

    “I’m going to make sure we get them as much exposure as possible,” said Whitlock.

    “When he approached us, we thought it would be a great way to get the IAM logo out there to promote our union and also support a long-standing member,” said IAM District 6 Directing Business Representative John Herrig. “We get our name and logo on the race car for thousands to see, and we get to help a long standing member do something that he loves in the process. It’s a checker flag win for everyone.”

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  • Machinists Making Headway in Election’s Homestretch

    11_01_2016_voteWith just a week before Election Day, IAM members are kicking their efforts to elect labor-friendly candidates into overdrive.

    And the hard work appears to be paying off. The latest polls show union member support for Donald Trump plummeting in the key battleground states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    Trump has said our wages are too high, refuses to bargain with his own hotel workers and buys and makes his products overseas.

    IAM-endorsed candidate Hillary Clinton, an honorary IAM Sister, understands the value of collective bargaining, says ‘no’ to bad trade deals like the TPP and will fight for equal pay and programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    Besides the presidential election, there’s many important down-ballot races.  

    If you haven’t registered to vote, aren’t sure where to vote or have any other questions about how to vote, visit RockTheVote.com.

    Here’s a look at just some of the many IAM members giving their time and energy this election season:

     

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  • PBS Features IAM’s Boeing South Carolina Campaigning

    11_01_2016_mikeevansA recent PBS NewsHour Weekend video story highlights the IAM’s effort to bring respect on the job to Boeing workers in North Charleston, SC.

    Support for IAM representation, like workers have at Boeing facilities in Washington State, is growing at North Charleston’s 787 production plant. PBS points out one reason why—the drastic pay difference between a union worker in Washington State and a non-union worker in South Carolina.

    An IAM-represented Boeing Assembler Mechanic makes $38.61 an hour after six years on the job. In South Carolina, non-union Boeing workers building the same plane make only $22.62 an hour.

    “The wages and benefits [in Washington State] are much better than what they’re experiencing here in South Carolina,” said Mike Evans, an IAM Special Representative and the campaign’s lead organizer.

    Without an IAM contract, Boeing workers in North Charleston frequently see their work being done by part-time, temporary contract workers. This jeopardizes the full-time workforce, and raises safety and productivity concerns.

    But with an IAM contract, “our Everett plant doesn’t allow temporary workers on the production line,” said Evans.

    Learn more about the Boeing South Carolina campaign at BoeingWorkers.com.

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  • District 1 Honors Members for Prolific MNPL Fundraising

    From left: District 1 Office Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Wendy Santora, Legislative Director Hasan Solomon, District 1 Business Representative Brian Mulhern, Eastern Territory Chief of Staff James Smith, District 1 Directing Business Representative Tony Armideo, International President Bob Martinez, Eastern Territory General Vice President James Conigliaro, District 1 Assistant Directing Business Representative Bill McIntosh, General Vice President Diane Babineaux, Local 321 Chief Steward James Myers and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace.

    From left: District 1 Office Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Wendy Santora, Legislative Director Hasan Solomon, District 1 Business Representative Brian Mulhern, Eastern Territory Chief of Staff James Smith, District 1 Directing Business Representative Tony Armideo, International President Bob Martinez, Eastern Territory General Vice President James Conigliaro, District 1 Assistant Directing Business Representative Bill McIntosh, General Vice President Diane Babineaux, Local 321 Chief Steward James Myers and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace.

    IAM District 1 has won the Cents-Per-Member MNPL Award nine years running, and are attempting to make it 10. The district held their 25th annual Stewards and Officers Appreciation Dinner recently at the Genetti Manor Banquet and Convention Center in Dickson City, PA. They raised over $60,000 for the Machinist Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL).

    In addition to being a fundraiser, the dinner is also way for the district to thank Stewards and Officers for their hard work and dedication to their union. The district also picks a deserving person from the ranks of stewards and local offices to receive the District Man of the Year Award. This year’s honoree was the Local 321 member James Myers, the Chief Steward from Bowhead at Letterkenney Army Depot.

    “I’m very proud of the commitment the brothers and sisters at District 1 have to MNPL, and working to ensure labor-friendly politicians get elected,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Nine years in a row is an amazing accomplishment.”

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  • Metalcraft Machinists Give Thumbs Up to New Field Negotiation Prep Program

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    Clockwise, from Winpisinger Center Director Chis Wagoner (top, in tie): Committee Chair Sandy Fischer, Committee Member Nicole Becker, District 10 Business Representative Scott Parr, Committee Member Rick Worden and Committee Member Doris Koenigs. Not pictured: Committee Member Jon Breselow.

    IAM Local 2053 members who work at Metalcraft in Mayville, WI are some of the latest members to benefit from the IAM’s new Field Negotiation Prep Program.

    “With the flood of information available to our committee, we knew it would be an intense week and it was,” said Sandy Fischer, chair of the bargaining committee. “We found the Negotiation Preparation class to be educational, inspirational and motivational. With all these resources, there really is strength in numbers.”

    One of the primary aims of the Field Negotiation Prep Program is to strengthen the critical role stewards play in the bargaining process and their vital link between membership and the negotiating committee. The Field Negotiation Prep program is available to groups unable to travel to the Winpisinger Center and offers a flexible format for negotiating committees, stewards and members.

    It’s already been met with rave reviews from two IAM Locals in Connecticut.

    “While never able to replace the full Negotiation Preparation program at the Winpisinger Center, this field module came as close as you can get,” said District 10 Business Representative Scott Parr. “To add this as one more tool to our arsenal is priceless.”

    Learn more about the IAM’s Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program.

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