• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Last Chance to Sign Up for a Fun-Filled Guide Dogs of America Vegas Weekend

    10_27_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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  • IAM Condemns GKN’s Plan to Ship 300 St. Louis Jobs to Alabama

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    In a move taken right out of the Corporate America playbook, GKN Aerospace has recently informed IAM District 837 that it will be laying off more than 300 union workers at its St. Louis facility and shipping their jobs to a right-to-work state.

    GKN has confirmed that the company plans to shut down its St. Louis Composites Department and move the bonding mechanic work to its facility in Tallassee, AL – a right-to-work state.

    “GKN gathered its employees, some of the highest-skilled aerospace workers in the country, and informed them that the company planned to kick its more than 300 bonding mechanics to the curb and ship their jobs to plants where workers are paid nearly half their wages,” said IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Stephen McDerman. “In true corporate fashion, GKN has decided to turn its back on middle-class workers in an attempt to turn a few extra bucks on the backs of other workers who don’t have a union and a means to demand fair wages and a safe work environment. When you ask who is destroying American manufacturing? It’s companies like GKN and the likes, whose collective actions are impoverishing our entire country as we speak.”

    IAM workers at GKN build precision composite parts for U.S. military fighter jets that help keep our nation’s military pilots safe in combat – a job that requires high skills.

    McDerman says that as of right now, there are roughly 314 bonding mechanics actively working in the St. Louis plant and 18 still on layoff from February 2015.

    GKN has not confirmed the exact date of the closure.

    The IAM is actively working to gather more information.

    “Our first priority is protecting our members’ jobs,” said McDerman in a memo to IAM members at GKN. “It is important that we stay united and focused in our purpose.”

    Visit IAM837.org for more information.

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  • Toledo Glass Workers Vote to Accept New Contract, End Strike

    IAM District 54 members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH were on strike for two weeks before accepting a new, improved contract.

    IAM District 54 members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH were on strike for two weeks before accepting a new, improved contract.

    Nearly 115 IAM members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH, who went on strike after overwhelmingly rejecting a so-called “last, best and final offer” (LBFO) from the company, have voted to accept a new contract that holds the line on many membership concerns.

    The IAM Local 105 (District 54) members were joined on the picket lines by Glass Molders and Pottery Workers (GMP) Local 59 at midnight, October 12, when their contract extension expired. IAM members, however, didn’t return to the plant, instead honoring the picket line of GMP members, who rejected the revised offer from Libbey Glass.

    Sticking points in the dispute were working conditions, wage increases, mandatory overtime and a draconian attendance policy. IAM Negotiators remained at the bargaining table to negotiate with management at Libbey Glass, and brought the most recent offer that improved or removed the company proposals from the agreement to a ratification vote. Just as important, with an aging workforce, company-paid health care benefits will be reinstated retroactively to the date the work stoppage began.

    “These members proved that we have the power to speak out, demand the elimination of mandatory overtime, fair scheduling, a safe work environment, decent wage increases and good benefits for their families, said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “Three unions exercised their legal rights, and voices in solidarity; I am so proud of the local community, and the local unions of the AFL-CIO for their support during our fight for the working families of Ohio.”

    IAM members returned to work on their assigned shifts on Wednesday, October 26.

    “Congratulations to the membership, officers, negotiating committee and shop stewards,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “Together they demonstrated true labor solidarity—walking out for their fair share and then honoring the picket line of their union brothers and sisters. My thanks go out to Dean Wright, Business Representative Nick Kent and the entire District 54 staff for their leadership during a difficult negotiation.”

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  • Philippine Airline Workers Make Gains, Ratify Contract

    Members of the IAM Negotiating Committee meet with Philippine Airline representatives in San Francisco to sign the newly ratified agreement.

    Members of the IAM Negotiating Committee meet with Philippine Airline representatives in San Francisco to sign the newly ratified agreement.

    IAM District 141 members at Philippine Airlines unanimously voted this week to ratify an agreement with the carrier. The contract creates wage increases for the Passenger Service, Office and Clerical workers at Philippine Airlines through 2019, and retro payments back to July 2016.

    Other highlights of the new agreement include a signing bonus for all members, an increase in pension and no increase in medical premiums, adding additional value to the contract.

    “I congratulate District 141 President Mike Klemm and his negotiating team on reaching an agreement with Philippine Airlines that will not only benefit our members now, but also lays the foundation for future successful contracts,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja.

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  • La IAM Lamenta la Pérdida de Al Granado

    10_27_2016_algranadoLa IAM lamenta la noticia de, el miembro de la IAM por 37 años, Alfredo “Al” Granado, un organizador prolífico de la  unión y defensor del trabajador, ha fallecido. Granado tenía 61 años de edad.

    “Al era verdaderamente un hermano para mí”, dijo el Presidente Internacional de la IAM Bob Martínez. “Llegamos a la IAM juntos y nos mantuvimos cerca hasta el día que falleció. A el le importaba mucho el trabajo que hacía, y se notaba. Al será extrañado a todo nivel de nuestra unión, y yo envío mi más sentido pésame a su familia.”

    Granado se desempeñó como Representante de la Gran Logia en el Departamento de Organizar en la IAM desde el año 2002. En el momento de su muerte granado estaba dirigiendo el esfuerzo para organizar a los trabajadores de Airbus en Mobile, Alabama. Era un trabajo muy duro, pero como Granado dijo a un reportero, “nadie nos ha dicho que nos fueramos a volar una cometa hasta el momento.”

    Granado fue miembro fundador del Grupo de Liderazgo en Español de la IAM (SLWG), y un catalizador para el desarrollo de las clases del idioma español en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger de la IAM.

    Granado fue iniciado a la IAM, en el local 776-A, en 1979 cuando fue contratado por Lockheed Martin en Fort Worth, TX. Sirvió como Vicepresidente de su local y como Presidente del Comités de Auditoría, Fiduciario, Journeyman Maquinista y Liga Política No Partidista (MNPL). También se desempeñó como Vicepresidente del Consejo de Maquinistas Estado de Texas Región III y como Delegado al Concilio Laboral Central del condado de Tarrant (TX).

    Uno de sus momentos de mayor orgullo fue cuando iba en la caravana con el presidente Bill Clinton durante su visita a Fort Worth en 1996.

    El rosario de Al Granado será el domingo 30 de octubre a las 6 de la tarde en la funeraria Greenwood, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107. El funeral será el lunes, 31 de octubre a las 11 am en la iglesia católica Holy Family, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

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  • IAM Mourns Passing of Al Granado

    10_27_2016_algranadoThe IAM is saddened to report that 37-year IAM member Alfredo “Al” Granado, a prolific union organizer and champion for working people, has passed away. Granado was 61 years old.

    “Al was truly a brother to me,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We came through the IAM together and remained close until the day he passed. He cared deeply about the work he did, and it showed. Al will be truly missed at all levels of our union, and I send my deepest condolences to his family.”   

    Granado had served as a Grand Lodge Representative in the IAM’s Organizing Department since 2002. At the time of his death, Granado was leading the effort to organize workers at Airbus in Mobile, AL. It was tough work, but as Granado told one reporter, “no one has told us to go fly a kite.”

    Granado was a founding member of the IAM’s Spanish Leadership Working Group, and a catalyst for the development of Spanish-language classes at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

    Granado initiated into IAM Local 776-A in 1979 when he was hired at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. He served as his Local’s Vice President and Chairman of the Audit, Trustee, Journeyman and Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL) Committees. He also served as Vice President of the Texas State Council of Machinists Region III and as a Delegate to the Tarrant (TX) County Central Labor Council.

    One of his proudest moments was riding in the motorcade with President Bill Clinton when he visited Fort Worth in 1996.

    Granado’s rosary will be on Sunday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107. The funeral will be Monday, October 31 at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

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