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  • Guide Dogs of America Offers Unique Gift Ideas this Holiday Season

    Instead of struggling to decide what to buy for someone you love this year, why not make a contribution to Guide Dogs of America in their honor?

    Check out the Guide Dogs of America’s holiday Fund-A-Need campaign and learn how you can show you care by supporting the IAM’s number one charity this holiday season.

    There are dozens of items and ways for you to help, and you can benefit from the 2016 tax deduction too.

    The Fund-A-Need Wish List includes needed donated items such as whelping pads, dog beds, training tools and Puppy-Go-Home-Kits. All items and services are needed to insure GDA can continue to provide service dogs to those in need.

    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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  • Calling All IAM Veterans: We Have Resources to Help

    The IAM has great respect for the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. In a move to support those in our own ranks, the delegates at the 39th IAM Grand Lodge Convention passed a resolution to implement the IAM Veteran Services Program.

    The mission of the IAM Veteran Services Program is to provide assistance, guidance, and pertinent information to the membership for the betterment of IAM military veterans.

    Visit the GoIAM Veterans Services page for information and updates on the progress of the implementation of the Veteran Services Program.

    “The IAM is very proud to have a great number of military veterans as members, and many members in jobs that directly support our military,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux. “We are excited to see what the future holds for the Veteran Services Program and the great benefit that it will have for our veterans.”

    Anyone interested in the Veteran Service Program should contact GVP Diane Babineaux’s office at 301-967-4505. Feel free to pass along information and pictures of events pertaining to veteran IAM members to dbabineaux@iamaw.org.

    If you are an IAM military service veteran and haven’t filled out a contact information sheet, please do so.

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  • Federal Employees Advanced Program Registration Deadline Approaches

    The registration deadline for the 2017 Federal Employee Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD is December 12, 2016.

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

    This valuable program for federal employees 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).

    Do not delay if you would like to attend. The deadline is December 12, 2017.

    Because space is limited to 30 participants per class, only those who have not previously attended the 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.

    Click here for the call letter and registration forms.

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

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  • Buffett-Owned Plant Accepts Workers’ Right to Unionize

    A Kent, WA aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law.

    Click here to read the IAM District 751 blog.

    As part of the settlement, the general manager of Protective Coatings Inc. (ProCoat) will read aloud a letter to his employees promising to recognize their rights under federal law to form a union, and promising that his managers won’t do things to interfere with them exercising that right — including threatening them with taking their jobs away for supporting a union.

    “Workers have a right under federal law to form a union, free from bullying and threats,” said District 751President Jon Holden. “We’ve been telling the workers that for months. Now they’re going to hear it from their employer as well.”

    The company is a subsidiary of Portland-based Precision Castparts, which Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. acquired in a $37.2 billion deal that closed early this year.

    There are roughly 235 hourly workers at ProCoat’s plant in Kent, who are specialists in plating, coating, anodizing and polishing aircraft parts used by the Boeing Co. and other airplane and helicopter manufacturers.

    “This is an important victory for the company’s workers,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “The NLRB has made it clear that they have the right to decide if they want a union without having to endure anti-union tactics and intimidation by their managers.”

    Buffett has made public statements that Berkshire Hathaway is not an anti-union employer and he’s been an outspoken advocate for reducing income inequality. So union officers were surprised when his company launched an aggressive anti-union campaign, which included the adoption of a personal conduct policy that allowed ProCoat managers to fire or discipline workers for taking part in union activities, even if they did it away from work and on their own time.

    “Warren Buffett has said more than once that ‘people at the bottom should be doing better,’” Holden said. “Well, the people at ProCoat should be doing better. It’s my hope Mr. Buffett will do his part by allowing them to vote on union representation free of intimidation or coercion.”

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  • Council FIRE Fights for Native American Rights and Equality

    More than five million Native Americans call the United States home, but they are often overlooked. Council FIRE, founded by an IAM member, is an advocacy group conceived to change that.

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    “Every union in here has Native Americans that are members,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative and founder of Council FIRE Kevin Cummings. “It’s just not something we talk about.”

    Cummings recently spoke to a gathering of labor constituency groups at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. to bring awareness of inequalities faced by Native Americans across the country to union sisters and brothers.

    “We’re not calling that Council FIRE should move ahead of anyone. There’s no hierarchy in oppression,” said Cummings. “It’s going on and we are all called to do something about it.”

    Council FIRE, the Council for First Inhabitants Rights and Equality, was created and is resolved to bring dignity, economic and political justice, and a decent standard of living to Native Americans and all oppressed people. The organization works to unite tribal members and leaders with labor, religious, and community groups.

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  • Donna Georgallas to Retire After Storied IAM Career

    IAM Assistant Communications Director Donna Georgallas will retire on January 1, 2017, following 46 years of dedicated service to the IAM and its membership. Communications Specialist Jonathan Battaglia will become the department’s next assistant director, announced IAM International President Bob Martinez.

    In 1970, five years after emigrating from her native Cyprus, Georgallas came to work at the IAM’s former headquarters in Washington, DC. She began her career as a senior stenographer in the Education Department, before taking on roles of growing scope in Organizing, the International President’s Office and finally Communications.

    Georgallas worked under some of the IAM’s most influential leaders, including General Vice Presidents George Poulin and Larry Downing, as well as International Presidents William W. Winpisinger, George Kourpias and Tom Buffenbarger.

    “Donna is a veritable encyclopedia of our union’s history and operations,” said Martinez. “Her good spirit, kindness and tireless work ethic will be missed at all levels of the IAM. At so many of our union’s most important moments, it was Donna working behind the scenes who made things go off without a hitch. We wish her and her family all the best as she enters into a well-deserved retirement.”

    Battaglia initiated into the IAM in March 2013 as a Communications Representative. He is involved in an array of the department’s functions, including helping to manage the IAM’s award-winning e-newsletter, iMail, and social media accounts. Battaglia is an executive vice president of the International Labor Communications Association and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

    “I’m happy to welcome Jonathan onto the communication’s leadership team,” said Martinez. “Alongside the first-rate talent in our communication’s department, he will help the IAM continue its commitment to inspiring and informing our membership, and all working people, in new and innovative ways.”

    Based at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD, the IAM Communications Department publishes the IAM Journal, the bi-weekly iMail newswire and provides content for the union’s website, goIAM.org. The Communications Department also conducts classes at the Winpisinger Center and is the source for Machinists News Network videos.

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  • Register Now for the IAM Midwest Territory GDA Cornhole Charity Tournament

    Join the IAMAW Midwest Territory for the territory’s first-ever Cornhole Tournament to benefit Guide Dogs of America on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Joliet, IL.

    Registration begins at 12 noon. Bags fly at 1:00 pm.

    The double-elimination tournament includes prizes and raffle tickets.

    Register by mailing the tournament entry form to IAMAW Midwest Territory, Attn: Marty St. Peters, 113 Republic Avenue, Suite 100, Joliet, IL 60435 by Friday, January 20, 2017. You can also sign up the day of the tournament. The cost is $40 per team.

    Tournament will be limited to the first 50 paid teams.

    All proceeds will be donated to Guide Dogs of America.

    “In our efforts to raise money and awareness for Guide Dogs of America, we are always looking for fun and unique ways to keep our communities and families involved,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We believe this tournament will be an entertaining and fun event for everyone.”

    Guide Dogs of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually-impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence. All contributions are tax deductible.

    For more information on the event, visit the IAM Midwest Territory’s Spirit of the Midwest website at www.spiritofthemidwest.org.

    Click here for registration and sponsorship forms.

    Click here to share the IAM Midwest Territory GDA Cornhole Charity Tournament event with your friends of Facebook.

    For any questions, please contact Grand Lodge Representative Marty St. Peters at (618) 477-3555.

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  • Enter the Union Plus American Dream Sweepstakes

    Being a union member has plenty of benefits and for Union Plus credit card holders, winning the American Dream Sweepstakes could be one of them.

    Click here to get the sweepstakes details.

    As part of celebrating the 30th anniversary of Union Plus, more than $100,000 in prizes are being given away through the end of the year. Twelve winners every week will receive $500 gift cards and one $30,000 grand prize will be awarded.

    Don’t have a Union Plus credit card? Click here to learn more.

    Check out the other ways it pays to be a union member by visiting Union Plus.

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  • Major Pay Hikes for IAM Members at United

    united_newsThe IAM today announced that approximately 28,000 IAM members at United Airlines will receive major and much deserved pay increases. Base wage rates will increase by an average of 19 percent and will escalate by an average of 32 percent by 2021. Since 2014, IAM members at United have ratified 14 separate contracts that have increased wages for the vast majority of workers by approximately 40 percent, and by 2021 by about 55 percent.

    “IAM members at United earned this raise because they are a major reason why the airline is again profitable and successful,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I commend our members at United for their resilience over the years and their solidarity in achieving the recent major gains in pay, pension benefits and job security.”

    In April, the IAM and United concluded five months of limited issue, expedited negotiations. IAM members from six different collective bargaining agreements covering over 28,000 workers in multiple classifications at the carrier ratified new contracts. In addition to major wage increases, the new accords provide for a 25 percent increase to IAM members’ industry-best IAM National Pension Plan and unprecedented improvements to members’ job security.

    “I am proud of District 141 for providing the representation that our hardworking IAM members at United deserve,” said Pantoja.

    The IAM-United limited issue, expedited negotiations was one of the steps in a multi-airline strategy by the IAM to take advantage of favorable industry conditions to increase members’ wages, benefits and job security. An American Airlines interim wage agreement in July increased pay to industry-leading levels before negotiations are concluded. Negotiated contract language at Southwest Airlines provided $120 million in additional wages and lump sum payments mid-contract for IAM members at the airline.

    The IAM represents approximately 28,000 Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Reservations, Stockroom, Central Load Planner, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor, Emergency Procedures Instructor and Security Officer workers at United Airlines and is the world’s largest airline union.

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  • Ohio Local Honors Veterans

    Middletown, OH Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas honored the service and sacrifice of Ohio veterans and active duty service members at a Veterans Day ceremony held at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. The annual event is the result of a joint effort of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) Post 3809, American Legion Post 218, and the Middletown Veterans Memorial Committee (MVMC) Veterans Day Memorial.

    Douglas, a veteran and Chairman of the  MVMC, and lifetime member of the VFW, represents IAM members employed at AK Steel, Pilot Chemical, RMB Transportation and Cummins Bridgeway.

    “My service taught me what honor, sacrifice, and duty really mean, and my duty to the military men, women, and their families didn’t end just because my service did,” said Douglas. “I felt the bonds made and lessons I learned should be brought back to my union, community and the company I work for. Passing on these lessons is not enough. We must also give back to those that instilled these lessons, many making the ultimate sacrifice.”

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    Middletown, OH IAM Local 1943 members raised $30,000 to build the Veterans Memorial at Woodside Cemetery, where it honored military veterans during a joint annual Veterans Day ceremony. Pictured is a monument with an American eagle perched upon a globe that was donated by the local.

    Each year, Douglas and Local 1943 staff and members also play an important role in the annual Veterans Memorial Scholarship golf event, which helps area veterans and their families further their education.

    Local 1943 has a long history of supporting veterans that stretches back to 1914 when workers in Middletown volunteered to form the Armco Ambulance Corps, a detachment of workers supporting front line troops in World War I. Current IAM members of Local 1943 support veterans and active duty personnel with payroll donations and by raising $30,000 to build the Veterans Memorial at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown.

    “On Veterans Day, we honor, and admire our Veterans,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “The freedoms we enjoy are because of what they do keeping us safe each and every day as we go to dinner, school plays and other family functions. The IAM has many veterans in our ranks, as well as in the shops we represent, and today we say thank you to each of them.”

    International President Bob Martinez issued a Veterans Day statement thanking the men and women of the U.S. and Canada who have served their countries through military service.

    The IAM Veterans Services Department has valuable resources available to vets. Anyone interested in the Veteran Service Program please contact General Vice President Diane Babineaux’s office at 301-967-4505. Feel free to pass along information and pictures of events pertaining to veteran IAM members to dbabineaux@iamaw.org. If you are an IAM military service veteran and haven’t filled out a contact information sheet, please do so.

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