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  • Ontario Hotel Workers Join IAM, Make Gains

    Tired of scheduling problems and favoritism, 29 hospitality employees at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario have voted to join the IAM.

    “Scheduling, respect for seniority and continual favoritism by management were the key issues in this organizing drive,” explained IAM District 78 Organizer Roy Bhansingh. “These workers saw the improvements the IAM has won for workers at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brampton and it had an impact on their decision to join us.”

    The 29 members, consisting of kitchen staff, bistro servers, housekeeping room attendants and laundry attendants received a 2 percent wage increase or lump sum wage increases in each year of their first collective agreement. The three-year deal also provides improvements to benefits and the number of sick days.

    “The new members are very happy with their first agreement,” explained District 78 Business Representative Kim Valliere. “We have already seen a number of issues resolved and improvements to working conditions.”

    The IAM represents workers at hotels in Toronto, Orleans, Hamilton, Oakville, London, Brampton and Mississauga.

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  • Star Ratings Don’t Pay Bills: Tell Uber to Include In-App Tipping

    The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering a rule to require a tipping option for all apps used to arrange and pay for For-Hire-Vehicle rides.

    Uber has been stubbornly unwilling to give our riders an easy option to tip. As a result, New York’s working drivers are losing thousands of dollars they need for vehicle upkeep and supporting their families in one of the most expensive cities in America. Uber makes the problem worse by misleading riders by telling them that “tips are not expected.”

    To make this clear: tips are not included in the fare.

    It’s clear to that passengers and drivers alike must mobilize to win this basic right for service economy workers–and get Uber to add an easy tipping option.

    Sign the petition telling Uber management to include an in-app tipping option. Star ratings don’t pay bills.

    IAM District 15 and the Independent Drivers Guild represent more than 45,000 For-Hire Vehicle drivers in New York City.

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  • IAM Members Speak Out to Save Florida Sugar Industry

    Florida lawmakers are considering a job-killing proposal to buy up and flood thousands of acres of south Florida farmland. Senate Bill 10 would result in yet another sugarcane mill closure and devastation to the local neighborhoods where IAM members live and work.

    The communities around Lake Okeechobee have already been hit hard by closures and job losses, and this new politically charged push has IAM Local 2152 member William Bland especially concerned.

    WATCH: Saving South Florida Sugar Workers

    “I have been able to put my daughter through school by way of the sugar industry,” said Bland. “I have a granddaughter who is school right now. I’m helping raise her. Without this income, I don’t know if I can be able to do it.”

    The plan proposed by Florida Senate President Joe Negron has residents, workers and their union leaders, like IAM District 166 Business Representative Robert Miller, questioning its justification when other viable options exist.

    “To date, 120,000 acres of farmland south of the lake have been taken out of production and dedicated to restoration,” Miller wrote in a Palm Beach Post op-ed. “Yet, we were surprised and angered to learn that the state isn’t even using all this land yet. Why buy more when there’s plenty of state-owned land to put to use?”

    “The sugar industry is the only way of life here,” said Bland. “It impacts me directly, I might not have a job and I might not have a way to provide for my family.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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


    Share these images on social media to support International Women’s Day.

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