• 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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  • Need Proof That Unions Work in the South? Here It Is

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator instructors and technicians ratify a first contract less than three months of joining the IAM.

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator instructors and technicians ratify a first contract less than three months of joining the IAM.

    A group of newly organized IAM members at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA are the latest example of what many union members already know—when you are part of a union, you make higher wages and better benefits. The nearly 70 highly skilled simulator instructors and technicians overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first contract with this week, just a few short months after voting to join the IAM.

    The District 131 members, who work for CSRA, provide Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator training and support of armored and infantry troops.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of what this group has accomplished—from the vote to join the IAM all the way through negotiations and ratification,” said District 131 Directing Business Representative Billy Barnwell. “Thanks goes out to the entire group, including the Negotiating Committee of Art Murphy, Jerry Ricketts and Samantha Walker.”

    The agreement provides wage increases totaling almost 10 percent over three years, and an almost 30 percent increase in fringe dollars over that same span. The bargaining unit gained a grievance procedure, seniority protections and many other benefits.

    “This is a prime example of how much workers benefit by joining a union,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “When you bargain collectively, there is no limit to what can be achieved. We are very proud of what District 131 and this group has done in such a short time frame.”

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  • Wisconsin Metalcraft Ordered to Pay IAM Local 2053 $100K in Union Dues

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint alleging Wisconsin metal fabrication company, Metalcraft, is responsible for paying IAM Local 2053 of Iron Ridge, WI, more than $100,000 in back dues –and counting.

    The NLRB recently charged that Metalcraft broke federal law by canceling IAM Local 2053 members’ voluntary dues “checkoff” – the system whereby an employer regularly deducts a portion of an employee’s wages to pay union dues or initiation fees.

    Metalcraft suspended members’ checkoff on June 4, 2016 under their interpretation of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which went into effect in 2015.

    IAM District 10 immediately filed charges with the NLRB.

    The Board recently issued an official complaint alleging Metalcraft is in direct violation of federal labor laws which allow voluntary dues checkoff for collective bargaining employees.

    The Board’s complaint states that Metalcraft must pay all union dues it refused to collect dating back to June 4 – plus any and all costs associated with pursuing the complaint.

    “It’s not complicated,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra.  “Metalcraft’s unilateral decision to cancel dues checkoff takes a page out of Scott Walker and his cronies’ playbook for hurting Wisconsin workers. The company hid behind an intentionally misleading right-to-work law, whose dues deduction provisions are preempted by federal law.  Wisconsin families have paid dearly for Walker’s arrogance, now Metalcraft can pay for their union busting tactics. Management’s plan was destined to fail from the start. Instead of destroying us, our proud members are stronger than ever.”

    Metalcraft has chosen to fight the complaint. A formal hearing has been set for December 5, 2016.

    In the meantime, and until a final decision has been issued in the case, the meter keeps running. To date, IAM District 10 estimates the company is behind more than $100,000 in back dues – not including the union’s legal fees.

    Metalcraft employs approximately 370 IAM members who make lawn mower decks for Scag Power Equipment and John Deere.

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Local 2053 and District 10,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “This case is a perfect example of why we, the labor movement, must continue to fight against the right’s efforts to create national right-to-work legislation.

    “It’s been a long, up-hill battle against right-to-work in the great state of Wisconsin, but our members refuse to back down. They’re in the fight to protect unions and working families for the long haul. And they’re not done.”

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  • Help Protect Pennsylvania App-Based Drivers

    Elected officials are deciding the rules for Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania, and the Independent Drivers Guild is working to make sure the new rules work for drivers.

    About 15,000 families in Pennsylvania rely on ride share platforms as a part of, or for their entire household income. Working drivers of Pennsylvania, whether they work for UberBLACK, UberX or Lyft—and their passengers—need to be protected, safe, and have a fair pay to provide for their families.

    We’re calling on Gov. Tom Wolf, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Majority Leader Dave Reed, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Rep. John Taylor, Rep. Robert Godshall, Rep. Peter Daley, Sen. Jake Corman, and Sen. Vincent Hughes to support working drivers with these fundamental protections:

    • A framework to regulate take-home pay and ensure there is enough work for PA drivers;
    • Create a workers compensation, healthcare, and education fund;
    • Allow drivers to buy their own ride share insurance, so they don’t have to purchase it through a “booking fee.”

    Click here to help Pennsylvania drivers get the protection they deserve.

    The Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of IAM District 15, represents more than 35,000 Uber drivers in New York City.

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  • 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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