• Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Adam Smith for Congress 

    Rep. Adam Smith, middle in black, joins IAM members from the Washington State Alliance of Retired Americans. From left, Pam Harris (IAM), Gwen Rench (Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, RPEC), T.J. Seibert (IAM), Carl Schwartz (IAM), Claude Burfect (RPEC), Jim Hutchins (IAM), Rep. Smith, Ron McGaha (IAM), Jackie Boschok (IAM and Washington Alliance President), Don Bennett (Letter Carriers) and Kathy Wallentine (Washington Education Association).

    Rep. Adam Smith, middle in black, joins IAM members from the Washington State Alliance of Retired Americans. From left, Pam Harris (IAM), Gwen Rench (Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, RPEC), T.J. Seibert (IAM), Carl Schwartz (IAM), Claude Burfect (RPEC), Jim Hutchins (IAM), Rep. Smith, Ron McGaha (IAM), Jackie Boschok (IAM and Washington Alliance President), Don Bennett (Letter Carriers) and Kathy Wallentine (Washington Education Association).

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) has earned re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, say IAM and other union members in the Alliance for Retired Americans.

    Six retired Washington State Machinists recently had a conversation with Smith about the important issues facing working people and retirees.

    “He really listened and shares my concerns for future retirees,” said retired IAM District 751 member and former Boeing employee Pam Harris, who told Smith about problems young people like her daughter face in saving for retirement.   

    Smith has a 91 percent lifetime voting rating from the Alliance, which advocates and mobilizes for retirees on Capitol Hill. He has consistently voted to preserve Social Security and Medicare, reign in health care costs and strengthen retirement and pension security.

    Smith is a co-sponsor of the Strengthening Social Act (H.R. 5952), which would gradually eliminate the Social Security cap on taxed income and correct the way cost-of-living is calculated for seniors.

    Where do your members of Congress stand on retiree issues? Check the Alliance’s Voting Record Database.

    The Alliance for Retired Americans represents more than 4.3 million retirees, older Americans and community activists in our country, including 83,059 members in Washington state.

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  • District 70 Bob Martinez Guide Dogs Golf Tournament is Big Success

    IAM District 70 members in Wichita, KS raised more than $70,000 for Guide Dogs of America during the fifth annual Robert Martinez, Jr. Golf Tournament, the most successful GDA fundraiser to date for the District.

    “This means the world to me,” said Martinez, the IAM’s International President and the tournament’s namesake. “District 70 and the Wichita community always know how to come together for a great cause. Thank you for all you do for the blind and visually impaired.”

    The tournament, which was held at Hidden Lakes Golf Course in Derby, KS, was kicked off by a rendition of “God Bless America” by Teresa Blevins, who had her guide dog Asia by her side. Seventeen teams took part in the tournament.

    District 70 does multiple fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America throughout the year. In June, more than 100 members showed up for “Bowling for Doggies,” raising approximately $8,000.

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instructions in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women of the United States and Canada. It costs $42,000 to raise and train a puppy and place them with a partner.

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  • IAM Members Making a Difference in 2016 Election

    IAM members aren’t the kind of folks to sit back and wait for things to come to them. They get out, put in the work and get the results they’re looking for.

    That’s why IAM members are volunteering all across the country to get labor-friendly candidates elected. By phone-banking, door knocking, attending debate watch parties or rallies, and participating in labor walks, they are talking to undecided voters and letting them know which candidates really support middle-class workers. Here are a few examples of Machinists working to make a difference…

    More than 200 union members from the IAM and over three dozen unions attended the rally hosted by Illinois Steamfitters Local 439 at the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Field in Sauget, IL:

    IAM members were a force at the Democratic National Convention:

    Ohio union members turned out for a debate watch party at IAM District 54 in Columbus, OH:

    Machinists go door-to-door in Pennsylvania:

    Volunteers at IAM Headquarters hit the phones to call members in battleground states.

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    Grand Lodge Representative Javier Almazan speaks to union members in Palm Beach, FL about the importance of electing labor-friendly candidates.

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  • District 751 Candy Drive to Make Halloween Sweeter

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    IAM District 751 Business Representative Rich McCabe, left, and Everett, WA Steward Paul Richards with some of the roughly 550 pounds of candy collected by IAM members.

    Seattle District 751 once again teamed up with the Salvation Army to make Halloween sweeter for the children of nearby White Center, WA.

    Union members have collected 550 pounds of candy for the Salvation Army’s annual Halloween party in White Center, which provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for children in that community.

    Donations of unopened, individually wrapped candy can still be dropped through Friday, October 28, at any District 751 union hall in Puget Sound, including the Seattle Union Hall at 9125 15th Place S., in South Park.

    For a list of union-made Halloween candy, click here.

    “Lots of kids and families benefited from your organization’s generosity,” said Maj. Raymond Erickson-King, who was formerly the Salvation Army’s senior officer in White Center.

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  • Hardwick Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

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    Jason Hardwick, formerly the IAM Western Territory Communications Representative, is now a Special Representative in the territory. The appointment was effective October 1, 2016.

    Hardwick will take on a larger role, including expanded negotiating, organizing and servicing responsibilities.

    “Jason has been made a tremendous impact on our membership in the Western Territory, and we’re happy to welcome him into this new role,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Our members benefit when the best and brightest are out fighting for them every day.”  

    Before being appointed a Communications Representative in August 2014, Hardwick had served as a District 947 Business Representative, where he represented public employees for the City of Long Beach, CA. He previously served on a District 947 task force to combat union raids in Southern California.

    Hardwick initiated into Los Angeles Local 311 in June 2006 at the Hostess Dolly Madison facility. He became a Shop Steward in 2009 and in 2011 attended the Young Machinists Symposium in Toronto.

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  • Don’t Miss These Guide Dogs of America Banquet Deadlines

    10_25_2016_gdaTwo important deadlines for the 36th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at Las Vegas’ Paris Hotel and Casino on Saturday, November 19, 2016 are fast approaching. Monday, October 31 is the last day to RSVP for the banquet and place an ad in the banquet tribute book.

    The Vegas weekend provides nearly 20 percent of GDA’s annual operating budget. Consider helping the IAM’s favorite charity by attending the event or placing an ad in the tribute book.

    For more information about placing a tribute book ad, contact Robin Hartford at 818-833-6422 or email rehartford@guidedogsofamerica.org.

    The banquet isn’t the only event you can attend that weekend. There will be a charity motorcycle ride, sporting clay shoot and a golf tournament. Visit GDA’s Banquet and Golf Tournament webpage for banquet details, or go to their events calendar for more information.

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired men and women in the U.S. and Canada. It costs approximately $42,000 to train a guide dog and provide instruction for its user.

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  • District 15 Again Wins Grant for Auto Mechanic Apprenticeships

    10_25_2016_d15apprenticeshipsIAM District 15’s Youth Transition to Work program will again receive funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor.

    The program engages graduating high school students in automotive and diesel mechanic apprenticeships. Ira Stern, who runs the program, works with employers, schools and community colleges to help young people get a job, serve an apprenticeship and begin a career without taking on debt for education.

    Earlier this year the first cadre enrolled in this program graduated from their apprenticeships. Currently over 50 young people are in the apprenticeship program and employed at IAM-represented employers.

    “This program is very successful and is a shining example of how labor and management can work together to solve our skills needs,” said IAM Apprenticeships Director Jim Reid. “District 15 DBR Juan Negron, District staff and Ira Stern are to be congratulated on the continuing success of Youth Transition to Work.”

    Learn more and apply for the program at IAMDistrict15.org/Apprentice-Program.

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  • Meet the 2016 IAM Photo Contest Winners

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    The winners of the 2016 IAM Photo Contest have been named and the 2017 Calendar, featuring the winning photos, is now available for order.

    Top photo awards go to Dave Lehive of Local 1776 in Essington, PA, who won first place for his photo, “Machinists at Work in Philadelphia;” James T. Barnhart Jr. of Local 1529 in Sidney, NY, who won second place for his photo, “Precious Metal Inspection;” and Robert Lessmann of Local 701 in Carol Stream, IL; who won third place for his photo, “Serviced Before Serving.”

    Honorable Mention winners include Booker Curtis, Local 1484; Darci McLaren, Local 2339N; Larry Wilson, Local 774; Ken Dinsmore, Local FL251; William LePinske, Local 701; Charles Bennett, Local 470; David Wilburn, Local 470; Kelly Hough, Local 31; and Mark Patach, Local 31.

    Winning photos are featured in the 2017 IAM Calendar. Samples of the 2017 calendar are being mailed to Local and District Lodges. To order the 2017 IAM Calendar, download an individual order form or bulk order form for Lodges that want to order large quantities of calendars. Calendars are $7 for individual orders and $5 per calendar for orders of 100 or more. Two dollars from each calendar sold are donated to the IAM’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America.

    “Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 IAM Photo Contest and a special thanks to all who participated,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Each year our members submit these amazing photos displaying the proud work IAM members do across the U.S. and Canada, inspiring and recharging us in our fight for workers. I encourage everyone to take a look at the winning photos and consider buying a calendar for yourself and one to share, spreading the work that IAM members do, and helping a great cause in Guide Dogs of America.”

    View the winning photos and download individual or bulk 2017 IAM Calendar order forms.

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