• Ready, Set, Hike! It’s Time to Score Big for Guide Dogs of America!

    Guide Dogs of America’s 37th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet is November 18 and the deadline to score your tickets at the reduced rate is October 31.

     So huddle up all you playmakers, get your tickets now, and let’s score big for GDA together!  

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    And don’t forget to wear your football jersey to the banquet!

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  • Machinist Inducted into Georgia Labor Hall of Fame

    As a 42-year member of the Machinists Union, Stephen A. Hernandez has definitely left his mark on the IAM.  But that’s not the only place where his labor legacy lives.  Recently, Hernandez was inducted into the Georgia Labor Hall of Fame to honor his achievements for working people, especially for those who reside in the Peach State.

    “You know, everyone in this room could be up here receiving this award,” said Hernandez to a packed room of labor leaders at the Sea Palms Resort located on St. Simons Island, GA.  “I am just so honored and blessed you choose to give it to me.”

    In 1975, Hernandez began his journey as a Maintenance Millwright for the Gilman Paper Company in St. Mary’s, GA.  That same year he was initiated into the Machinists Union at Local Lodge 1128.  Throughout his more than four decades of service, Hernandez held almost every union position available. He retired after 18 years as President and Directing Business Representative of IAM District 112. But even retirement couldn’t keep him from helping the working men and women of this country.

    “The old adage is true. You can retire from your job but never from your Union,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin as he introduced Hernandez onto the stage to accept his award. “But those words ring with truth when talking about Stephen. Not even a month into his retirement, he was back on the job as the Secretary Treasurer at Kings Bay Local Lodge 2772.  That’s a true unionist in my book.”

    Along with his wife, mother and extended family, Hernandez was surrounded by his Machinist brothers and sisters from the IAM Southern Territory throughout the evening’s celebration. Smiling from ear to ear most of the night, he was sure to let everyone know he still has a ‘few good years’ of helping working people in front of him.

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  • The New IAM Journal is Here

    We’re proud to unveil the Winter 2017-2018 IAM Journal, our flagship magazine showcasing the talent, diversity and drive of Machinists Union members.

    In this issue:

    • A Las Vegas Local is growing in a right-to-work state, thanks to an emphasis on supporting a veteran-heavy workforce;
    • How the IAM’s Independent Drivers Guild is organizing for-hire drivers and shaping the future of work;
    • Two Machinists Union families and the importance of union health care during a family crisis;
    • And much more!

    Learn more about this edition of the IAM Journal on our weekly show, Activate LIVE!

    The IAM Journal is mailed to every Machinists Union member in the United States. You can also view it online here:

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  • Extremists in Congress Target Homemade Defense Products

    Machinists Union International President Bob Martinez sent a letter to Congress calling on House and Senate Armed Services leaders to abandon efforts to scrap domestic sourcing requirements, known as Buy American measures, for defense acquisitions.

    Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators and Representative to support Buy American measures for Navy ships and other American-made defense products.

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    The IAM is also urging members of Congress to sign on to a bipartisan letter from U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci and Mark Pocan calling for the preservation of the American shipbuilding industry.

    The law currently has “Buy American” procurement requirements for certain defense components for Navy ships and other defense programs. The elimination of these

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  • IAM Representatives Participate in Inaugural Aviation Career Day

    On Saturday, IAM members from Districts 141 and 142 took part in the first-ever Aviation Career Day and Airport Open House event held just outside of Chicago, at Whiteside County Airport. The purpose of the event was to inspire the next generation of aviation industry professionals, ranging from flight attendants and pilots to ramp, customer service agents, mechanics and engineers.

    “The IAM takes great pride in working with communities to help today’s youth become tomorrow’s aviation leaders,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja. “I thank our representatives for helping make this event a success for all.”

    The free event featured exhibitors from area aviation businesses, corporate flight departments, aircraft charter, regional airlines, air traffic control facilities, community colleges and more.

    “We had a great day with our IAM brothers and sisters showing the community the amazing things the union has done for airline workers,” said ExpressJet Flight Attendant Cori Horowitz. “Everyone who represented the IAM was fantastic. We could not have had a better team.”

    Several aircraft were flown into the event so people could get an up close and personal view, including ExpressJet Airlines which flew in an ERJ145 and gave tours on it throughout the day.

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  • IAM Midwest Territory ‘Rides for Guides’ Car Show Raises Over $5k for Guide Dogs

    The IAM Midwest Territory’s 2017 “Rides for Guides” Classic Auto Show brought an impressive lineup of wheels and engines to IAM District 837 in Hazelwood, MO.

    The IAM Midwest Territory’s 2017 Spirit of Midwest “Rides for Guides” Classic Auto Show raised over $5k to benefit Guide Dogs of America.

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

    The event, held at IAM District 837 in Hazelwood, MO this year, drew nearly 50 participants from greater St. Louis and the entire midwest.

    Click here for photos and a complete list of winners.

    “Thank you to all the Midwest Territory Districts, Locals, residents, businesses and sponsors for your continued support of the ‘Rides for Guides’ Car Show,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Your participation goes further than our love of cars. Your participation allows visually-impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada to ‘see’ through the guided eyes of a new canine friend – providing them a freedom, a new lease on life many of them have never had before. For that, your generosity is immeasurable. Thank you for helping make this event a success.”

    The annual Classic Car Show brought an impressive lineup of wheels and engines. The 17 classes included stock cars from as far back as the 1950s, trucks, muscle cars, corvettes and street rods. Trophies were given to the top three cars in each class, Best of Show and People’s Choice. Click here for a complete list of winners and photos from the car show.

    For more information on these and other IAM Midwest Territory events to benefit Guide Dogs of America, visit the Spirit of the Midwest website at www.SpiritoftheMidwest.org.

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  • A Daughter’s Heartwarming Letter to Her IAM Father

    When IAM Midwest Territory Grand Lodge Representative Rick Mickschl, a second generation 37-year IAM member, sat down to check his inbox last September, he was moved by what he found.

    It was an email from his 22-year-old daughter, Aly, in California.

    But this wasn’t just any email. It was an email Rick says he will never forget.

    Check out this moving message from one daughter to her union father.

    Hey Dad,

    I’m at work, but I wanted to send you this message while I still had it on my mind.

    Yesterday, I saw a group of protesters outside Mossy Nissan, as we were told they had been in the past. It reminded me of the times where you and I would go out and hold picket signs, even if it was freezing or snowy outside. We did it because it was important. So many people today don’t understand that they are capable of inciting change.

    This group was made up of about 50 people, some holding signs, and others there for support. There was even someone with a bullhorn that was shouting creative phrases: “Mossy Nissan is no good!” and “Unfair treatment!” Me, and a number of other drivers that were passing by showed our support by honking our horns, or yelling in agreement outside of our car windows.

    Growing up in a union family, this occurrence was important to me. It solidified everything that I was raised upon. I heard these things at the union meetings I attended with you every week, at the Labor Day celebrations as you pulled me along in our little red wagon, all the territory conventions all around the United States (and Canada) that I had the privilege of attending with you.

    Because of my union upbringing, I have had the chance to be a part of remarkable things- events and organizations that are committed towards moving the world forward. Guide Dogs of America, Trane Company, Crown Cork & Seal, Northern Engraving, Ingersoll Rand; the list goes on and on. I am a better person today because of THOSE experiences, which I will not take for granted.

    My family is – and always will be a union family, and I am proud to support my brothers and sisters in solidarity.

    -Aly

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  • What the Future of App-Based Employment Looks Like

    Jim Conigliaro Jr., president and founder of the Machinists Union-affiliated Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), was featured in a recent interview on Blue Collar Buzz, a weekly feature from Labor Press, a media outlet for unions and workers.

    IDG launched in 2016 as a response to for-hire vehicle drivers, and their quest to eke out a living while the heads of those companies got richer.

    Conigliaro discusses the future of app-based employment, and the surprising amount of people finding work through apps like Uber.

    “Within five years, you’re going to have somewhere around 200,000 workers in New York getting work through platforms whether that’s cleaning houses or doing plumbing or painting or picking up somebody’s groceries,” said Conigliaro Jr.

    New York City has one of the more regulated for-hire vehicle industries, however it is an industry where, for the most part, there are a couple of companies that have control of the entire industry and dictate the terms on how workers make a living; how much money they bring home; and how many hours they work.

    “I want to commend everyone at IDG,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “President Conigliaro, Jr., Director Ryan Price, staff and volunteers have put together a tremendous effort to ensure these drivers have a real voice at the table for the first time. Independent workers deserve the same benefits as anyone who works—access to affordable health care, retirement security, disability insurance, education and improved labor rights. The IDG has and continues to make that a reality.”

    “Blue Collar Buzz” airs every Sunday from 9 to 10 p.m. on AM970 The Answer. Listen online at LaborPress.org, or check out the library of past episodes at am970theanswer.com.

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  • California Members Strike for Workplace Safety, Justice and Respect

    More than 80 IAM production workers at Henkel Aerospace Bay Point in Pittsburgh, CA and more than 40 workers at Solvay Industries in Santa Fe Springs, CA have taken to the strike lines as the two employers refuse to address worker safety and shop floor concerns.

    In Pittsburgh, workers joined East San Francisco Bay Local 1584 after a military veteran temporary employee was pulled to his death while working a chemical mixing machine. They’ve since negotiated a first contract but it been marked by safety issues continuing to be ignored by Henkel, resulting in a list of OSHA violations that the company is challenging to this day. Within the past 6 months, several severe live steam burns have occurred, due lack of scheduled maintenance recommended by the current safety committees. One injury caused third degree burns over 30 percent of an IAM Brother’s body.

    “Human loss and suffering are immeasurable,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Our Brothers and Sisters have chosen to strike for the virtuous cause of enhanced safety standards. We value their sacrifice for one another. They are defining who we are and what we stand for as a union.”

    The Machinists have filed numerous Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) claims and Cal-OSHA has cited and penalized the company. The current ULP’s are for violating grievance timelines, violation of status quo by mandating a five 12-hour day schedule and by training nonunion employees to perform IAM work while the union was still in negotiations. Several other ULP’s are to be filed later this week.

    In Southern California, IAM members decided they had enough after waiting nearly 18 months for Solvay Industries to respect them and their union. After joining the IAM in early 2016 and beginning negotiations in August of that year, the workers have faced continuous disrespect and insults at the bargaining table. In December 2016 the company walked away from the bargaining table.

    Since then, many requests for information and ULP charges have been filed by the IAM with the NLRB. With management’s refusal to return to the bargaining table, the members voted overwhelmingly to go out on a ULP strike. The group stayed out four days and their action forced the company to return to the negotiations in April, but progress has been difficult.

    “The strength of these members is impressive,” said Allen. “They have fought hard to get into the IAM and are not going to let this company disrespect them. We will be standing with them until they get the justice they have earned.”

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  • Machinists Making Waves at AFL-CIO Convention

    Join Together. Fight Together. Win Together. This is the theme of this year’s AFL-CIO Convention in St. Louis and the IAM and TCU/IAM delegations are well represented.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez participated in Day One of the AFL-CIO Convention with the introduction of resolutions on expanding Buy American and protecting manufacturing jobs.

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    And convention delegates unanimously re-elected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice-President Tefere Gebre to four-year terms.

    Read: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Wins A Third 4-Year Term

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    Highlights from Day One of the AFL-CIO Convention

    Highlights from Day Two of the AFL-CIO Convention

    Follow #AFLCIO17 for live updates from the AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis.

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