• Ammunition Supply Workers, Mechanics at Wisconsin Accent Controls Vote to Join IAM

    The IAM Midwest Territory welcomes employees of Accent Controls in Fort McCoy, WI, the latest group to vote “IAM Yes” in an organizing campaign to bring workers better pay and benefits on the job.

    The 37 new ammunition supply workers and mechanics voted to join the IAM on February 15. They ratified a pre-negotiated contract two days later.

    Thanks to, both, their new IAM membership and new IAM contract, the members will see as much as a 25 percent pay increase over their current wage rate, plus a difference of 75 cents more per hour for health and welfare. They now also have an IAM pension.

    Prior to becoming union members, the group had not received a pay increase in eight years.

    “This is a textbook example of what a union can do for the working class,” said IAM District 66 Directing Business Representative (DBR) Neil Kamrowski. “When people vote to join the IAM, we fight for better lives for them as members – and, in turn, their families.”

    Kamrowski thanked IAM Grand Lodge Representative Bob Anderson for his continuous hard work and help with organizing.

    “As a lone business representative for District 66, I could not have done the work of organizing without Bob,” said Kamrowski. “He should be commended for his efforts in helping out the district over the past two years.”

    The new District 66 members are joining three other groups of IAM members under the newly ratified contract.

    Current members who were previously part of the collective bargaining agreement also received negotiated pay increases, on top of the wage rates they received on January 1. The contract also includes significant raises for new positions not previously part of the agreement.

    The newly ratified contract will take effect April 1.

    “Congratulations and welcome to the newest members of IAM District 66,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “The decision to take control of your future, your pay, benefits and workplace standards by joining a union is one of the most powerful and best decisions you could ever make for yourself and your family. Your IAM contract will go a long way toward bringing you economic security. We welcome you to the IAM family and hope you will actively join us in spreading the word and educating others about the benefits of IAM membership.”

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  • Explore and Record Your Local Lodge History

    The IAM is conducting the Local Lodge History Project at the William W. Winpisinger Center this year during the week of June 11-16, 2017. This is an opportunity to be part of archiving the rich history of your lodge.

    In an effort to ensure a successful Local Lodge History Project, some criteria that must be met for the program:

    • Three people from a Local must attend (one active, two retired);
    • The active and retired members must be willing to work together to explore the history of their Lodge;
    • Members must be able to develop a project that will illustrate a historical aspect of their Lodge;
    • Members must be able to develop a list of retired members whom they wish to interview.

    Attendees will document your lodge history and the role it played in the labor movement. Members attending from across the U.S. and Canada will share the rich history of the IAM, along with the successes and struggles of their lodges in the labor movement.

    Download the Local Lodge History Project Call Letter: English ǀ French

    There will be distinguished guests affiliated with labor history to facilitate the archiving of your lodge’s history. Past instructors in the program include: Archivist Traci Drummond, the IAM’s official archivist at the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University; Rachel Bernstein, historian and archivist of the Wagner Library at New York University; and Dr. Charles Micallef, historian, labor educator and retired IAM Director.

    “Many of our members do not know the story of their locals and districts,” said Micallef. “Knowing where we have been often shines a light on future paths. The objectives of this program is teaching teams from locals or districts to research their history, disseminate their history, make connections with the archives and preserve their history. We know a great deal of the history at the International level and little of history at the local level.”

    You are encourage to enroll early as the class is filled on a first come, first serve basis and usually fills up fast. Please take this opportunity to preserve the historical accomplishments of your lodge. For further information please contact the Retirees and EAP Department at 301-967-4717

    Click here to see a full list of 2017 Retirees and EAP department classes.

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  • Apply Now for Labor-Management Committee Grants

    IAM Districts and Locals with labor-management committees have until May 31 to apply for grants from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

    Click here for grant application material and webinars on how to apply.

    This year, FMCS is especially encouraging applications to address the shortage of skilled workers for U.S. manufacturing jobs and in other vital economic sectors.

    Grants are awarded by the agency to promote best practices in labor-management cooperation as a way of improving collective bargaining and proactively mitigating labor-management disputes. The grant program supports the establishment and operation of joint labor-management committees at the company level, on a community or area-wide basis, within a particular industry, and for public sector employees.

    Many IAM locals and districts have used FMCS grants to develop joint labor-management programs. If you have questions, please contact the IAM Safety and Health Department at 301-967-4704.

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  • On Deck: Spanish Leadership I & Spanish Collective Bargaining

    The William W. Winpisinger Center will host its first Spanish program of the year March 26-31, when it welcomes members to Spanish Leadership I. Identifying and educating these Spanish speaking brothers and sisters in the ranks has become very important to the IAM in its efforts to reach out to our diverse membership.

    Bilingual Machinist members are the bridge to the non-English speakers within our union and the communities and play a vital role in organizing. The Spanish Leadership classes at W3 provide the tools necessary for grassroots activists to promote and protect the labor movement. These are the next generation of leaders who will educate the Spanish speaking population within our communities.

    Collective Bargaining in Spanish is scheduled from April 2-7. There are several other Spanish programs that target the various levels of union leadership education as well as Staff classes including Collective Bargaining and Organizing I, both offered in Spanish.

    The complete lists of Spanish classes for 2017 are as follows:

    March 26-31              Spanish Leadership I

    April 2-7                     Collective Bargaining in Spanish

    April 30-May 5          Organizing I Program in Spanish

    May 14-19                  Spanish Leadership II

    August 20-25            Spanish Train-The-Trainer

    September 10-15     Spanish Leadership II

    September 24-29    Spanish Advanced Leadership

    October 8-13            Spanish Leadership I

    Please note that enrollments in any of the Spanish Leadership programs do not count against your Lodge’s regular Leadership school allotments.

    Click here to download enrollment forms in either Spanish or English directly from the Winpisinger Center’s website.

    If you have any questions about the Spanish Leadership Programs or need any additional information, please contact Edmundo Osorio at 301-373-8814 or eosorio@iamaw.org.

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  • Western Territory Welcomes Grand Lodge Representative Ward

    The Western Territory is proud to welcome Eastern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward. Ward will be serving in Denver, where he is responsible for servicing all of Colorado and areas of Wyoming and New Mexico.

    “Mark brings a wide array of skills and talent to the territory,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Brother Ward has proven himself as a strong leader and a tremendous representative in his time in the Eastern Territory. We are excited to see the great things that are sure to come from his new assignment in the West.”

    By trade, Mark was a Ford Motor Co. Professional Automotive Technician and Service Operations Director for nearly 22 years where he earned three Ford master’s program certifications. He also earned his ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) master certifications in both the automotive and also in the medium/heavy duty truck fields. He also earned his certification in machine tool technology and industrial maintenance and worked as a tool and die maker.

    After having previously served as Chief Steward within his local, Ward was elected to serve as Business Representative in 2006 and later went on to be elected as the Director and President of District 60 in Detroit, where he managed all of the Michigan and northwestern Ohio locals and staff. He also served as the Co-Chairmen/Trustee of the Motor City Health-Welfare and Pension Funds. Additionally, he also held the position of Executive Board Member of the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.

    In 2007, was appointed Special Representative for the Eastern Territory and served as the Automotive Coordinator. He later was promoted to Grand Lodge Representative in 2008 and serves in that capacity today where he is responsible for Organizing, NLRB hearings, board charges, contract negotiations, arbitrations, website and mobile app design and administration, and support for the Western Territory regional office.

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  • Próximamente: Liderazgo en español I y negociación colectivas en español

    El Centro Winpisinger recibirá su primer programa en español para 2017 el próximo 26 al 31 de marzo, cuando da la bienvenida a los miembros del Liderazgo en Español I. Identificar y educar a estos hermanos y hermanas de habla español se ha vuelto muy importante para la IAM en sus esfuerzos por alcanzar a nuestra diversa membresía.

    Los miembros bilingües de Maquinistas son el puente hacia los hablantes no ingleses dentro de nuestro sindicato y las comunidades que juegan un papel vital en la organización. Las clases de liderazgo en español en W3 proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que estos activistas promuevan y protejan al movimiento obrero. Esta es la siguiente generación de líderes que educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades.

    La siguiente clase, negociación colectiva en español, está programada del 2 al 7 de abril. Existen varios programas en español que se dirigen a los diferentes niveles de educación de liderazgo sindical, así como clases de Personal incluyendo Negociación Colectiva y Organización I, ambos ofrecidos en español.

    Las listas completas de clases de español para el año 2017 son las siguientes:

    26 al 31 de marzo                  Liderazgo en Español I

    2 al 7 abril                              Negociaciones Colectivas En Español

    30 abril a 5 de mayo           Organizar en Español I

    14 al 19 de mayo                   Liderazgo en Español II

    20 al 25 agosto                      Entrenar-Al-Entrenador En Español

    10 al 15 de septiembre       Liderazgo en Español II

    24 al 29 de septiembre      Liderazgo Avanzado En Español

    8 al 13 de octubre                Liderazgo en Español I

    Los programas de liderazgo español no quitan las asignaciones escolares del Liderazgo en inglés de su logia local. Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción, ya sea en español o inglés directamente desde la página web del Centro de Winpisinger

    Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo español o necesita cualquier información adicional, por favor póngase en contacto con Edmundo Osorio al 301-373-8814 o por correo electrónico a: eosorio@iamaw.org.

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  • Stop Congress from Attacking Federal ‘Official Time’

    The “Official Time Reform Act” (H.R. 1364), introduced by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), is a direct attack on federal unions and their ability to represent workers.

    The bill will limit the use of official time and would exclude it from counting towards an employee’s retirement and pension eligibility. The proposed law targets the financial security of individual union members and their families, and it is below the dignity of the United States Congress.

    Call the Capitol Switchboard today at 202-224-3121 and tell the operator you want to speak to your Representative. Tell them to immediately to stop this unfair attack on federal workers and their families.

    House Republicans are attempting to force unnecessary changes to the law and undercut federal employees’ rights in the workplace. For more than 40 years, official time has been an important tool for management and workers to address workplace concerns. Current law explicitly prohibits union activities while on official time, including any internal union business, solicitation of new members, election of union officers and any partisan political issues.

    IAM government employees and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members currently use official time across the country, as prescribed by specific departments and agencies. Qualifying activity is restricted to government business and is regulated by management, which decides how much official time is reasonable, necessary and valuable to their operations.

    No federal employee management or executive organizations support any further restriction on Official Time use.

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  • Affordable Care Act Repeal Would Make America Sick Again

    The newly-released plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be a disaster for working people, women and elderly Americans.

    The “repeal and replace” bill would slash or eliminate health benefits for tens of millions of people while granting tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

    House Republicans are pushing the bills through committee without receiving coverage loss or cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. More than 15 million Americans could lose coverage, according to a health expert at the Brookings Institution.

    Instead of a mandate to purchase health insurance, people who let their insurance coverage lapse would be subject to a 30 percent surcharge. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to full-time employees would be eliminated.

    The bill attacks Medicare solvency by slashing the payroll tax for high earners. People in their 50s and 60s could see premiums rise by $2,000 to $3,000 per year, according to the AARP.

    Medicaid funding would be slashed by $560 billion over 10 years.

    To seniors and low-income Americans, “the GOP’s message is ‘sorry, you’re out of luck,’” said Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta.

    Two House committees plan to vote on the bill this week.

    Tell your Representative to oppose this attack on our health care. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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  • IAM’s Martinez, Gruber and Conigliaro Visit York, PA Harley-Davidson Members

    IAM International President Bob Martinez, joined by Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber and Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, receives a signed gas tank from IAM Local 175 President Brian Zarilla on behalf of members in York, PA.

    International President Bob Martinez, Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber and Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro recently joined IAM members for a roundtable discussion and factory tour of the York, PA Harley-Davidson motorcycle factory.

    “This is my first opportunity to visit our members at York and see firsthand the great motorcycles they build. I am glad GVPs Gruber and Conigliaro were able to be here with me,” said Martinez. “Talking with local leaders and members from all three of our Harley locations has given us a much better understanding of their concerns.”

    The meeting was prompted by an invitation from York Local 175 President Brian Zarilla, who welcomed the opportunity for members to talk candidly with IAM Leadership.

    “We appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with members and leaders from the shop floor,” said Zarilla. “It was valuable for everyone here to have President Martinez sit down to discuss their issues in the plant.”

    The visit was an opportunity for Martinez to get feedback from members and local leaders about the state of the partnership agreement between workers and the company. It included members, local presidents and business representatives from all three IAM represented Harley-Davidson locations: York, Milwaukee and Kansas City, MO.

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  • Machinists Look Forward to Mark International Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day will be globally celebrated on Wednesday, March 8, recognizing the contribution women make in the world and calling for gender equality. Recognition of International Women’s Day dates back to the early 1900’s.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the percentage of women in the workforce has risen sharply in the past 60 years, from 33 percent in 1948 to 57 percent in 2016. While women make up nearly 46 percent of the workforce, there is still a broad gap in wages. On average, women make over 21 percent less than their male counterparts.

    “We are proud to support International Women’s Day because while women in the U.S. suffer, there are women around the world who are treated a great deal worse,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “Unfortunately in the U.S., it’s only through a union’s collective action that women achieve equality at work. I’m proud to be a part of that great equalizer for inequality in the workplace.”

    Women’s issues have been brought into the forefront recently. Women’s marches across the world brought out millions of people to advocate for equality, immigration reform, and all issues affecting women.

    “It’s inspiring to see so many groups of people getting involved and joining the movement,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux. “It’s not just about women fighting for their rights anymore. Everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion or age understand the importance of women’s equality.”

    Organizers are also calling for an international day of action on Wednesday to coincide with International Women’s Day. The goal of “A Day Without a Woman” is to highlight the economic power and significance women have on U.S. and global economies. People are encouraged to participate by refraining from shopping – unless it is at women owned businesses – and wearing red in solidarity.

    Watch: AFL-CIO’s Economic Agenda for Working Women and Their Families

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