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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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  • Missouri District Honors its Veterans

     IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber showed his appreciation to more than 100 retired and active military IAM members from Missouri and Illinois during the annual Veterans Appreciation Brunch hosted by IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO.

    IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber showed his appreciation to more than 100 retired and active military IAM members from Missouri and Illinois during the annual Veterans Appreciation Brunch hosted by IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO.

    IAM District 9 gave back to the their district’s military veterans by holding its annual Veterans Appreciation Brunch in their honor on Veterans Day weekend. More than 100 retired and active members from Missouri and Illinois attended the event at the District 9 office in Bridgeton, MO.

    Now in its fifth year, the event features a free brunch, guest speakers, recognition of service and a gift for each veteran and spouse.

    “Without these brave men and women, we simply would not have the rights we enjoy today – the right to fight for a better life, the right to organize and the right to speak out against injustice,” said Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber speaking to the room of District 9 veterans. “This Union will forever be indebted to you because of the sacrifices you’ve made for all of us.”

    The historic IAM district in the heart of the Midwest is rich with veteran pride. Brothers and Sisters representing every branch of service and every U.S. war and conflict dating back to World War II were in attendance. Their military service dates stretched from 1941 to 2010.

    “It’s hard to believe this marks the fifth year of the District 9 Veterans Appreciation Brunch,” said District 9 Directing Business Representative Mark Conner. “The event has grown each year and is a small token of our appreciation to say thank you to our Brothers and Sisters who served in the armed forces protecting the freedom we enjoy each and every day. On behalf of District 9 and the members, I want to say thank you to all the veterans who were in attendance as well as the ones unable to attend. A huge thank you to Jason Tetidrick and the Veterans Committee for all their hard work for putting on such a successful event.”

    “It’s an honor to help put on an event to recognize our veterans and thank them for their sacrifice and service to our country,” said event coordinator and District 9 Business Representative Jason Tetidrick. “It’s very rewarding to see the number of attendees continuing to grow every year. It shows us they appreciate it, and that’s why we do it.”

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  • New Federal Strategy Equals More Canadian Transport Jobs at Risk

    By planning legislation to allow foreign companies to own up to 49 percent of an airline in Canada, the Canadian government is risking thousands of IAM jobs, and those of other transport workers. (Air Canada jet pushback)

    By planning legislation to allow foreign companies to own up to 49 percent of an airline in Canada, the Canadian government is risking thousands of IAM jobs, and those of other transport workers. (Air Canada jet pushback)

    Speaking to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce last week, Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau laid out the government’s new 2030 Transportation strategy and it is not good news for the 18,000 IAM members in Canada’s air transport sector.

    “Once again the federal transport minister has sent the wrong signals to air transport workers in this country,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “This will create a huge negative impact on workers.”

    Garneau stated that the government intends to introduce legislation that would raise the limit of international ownership of Canadian air carriers to 49 percent from the current 25 percent. The strategy opens the door for more corporate access, and less-regulated private investment in the already-troubled air transport industry.

    The plan was developed based upon the Canada Transportation Act Review Report, which was launched in Spring 2016 to engage and include input from stakeholders throughout the country. The IAM, the largest union in Canada’s air transport sector, was not consulted for the report, however. Neither were other affected unions. The report ignored the impact of its recommendations on workers, their incomes, terms and conditions of employment, and the quality of work.

    “As a result, this report leaves a void by not taking into account the voice of air transport sector workers,” said Pickthall. “Changing the foreign ownership rules to allow more competition and more bargain-basement airlines to flourish in Canada will set the path to a new cycle of uncertainty and even more precarious working conditions for our members.”

    Click here to read the IAM’s response to the government’s report.

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  • Explore the IAM’s Rich History from Your Computer

    1888journalDid you know IAM publications going back over 128 years are available online? Through a partnership between the IAM and Georgia State University Library you can search over 2,500 IAM local and district periodicals dating back to the beginning of our union.

    In addition to publications, you’ll also find history of the IAM, manuscripts and oral histories. This is a great resource for anyone looking to research and learn more about IAM history.

    If you are interested in IAM history, you may want to consider attending the Lodge History Project Program held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center June 11-16, 2017. Mark the date on your calendar and look for an announcement on class registration in the future.

    Search the entire IAM archives here.     

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  • Trailblazing IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux to Retire

    BabineauxDiane Babineaux, a longtime Machinists Union advocate for civil, human and women’s rights, will retire as a General Vice President of the IAM. Her retirement is effective June 30, 2017.

    Babineaux, a General Vice President since July 2013, has served in a variety of positions within the IAM since coming on board at IAM Headquarters. She was the first African-American woman to serve as a General Vice President of the IAM.

    “Diane has always fought for what the IAM represents: fairness, equality and dignity for all people,” said International President Bob Martinez. “She has never been afraid to confront injustice, no matter where it shows up. Thousands of IAM members have benefited from her leadership and tenacious resolve. We wish Diane and her family nothing but the best as she enters a well-deserved retirement.”

    Babineaux was instrumental in launching and managing the IAM’s Human Rights and Women’s Departments, IAM Veteran’s Department, as well as the Young Machinists program. Her work resulted in the first-ever IAM Human Rights Conference and the first Young Machinists Symposium.

    She is a trustee for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, a board member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and A. Philip Randolph Institute, and a member of the IAM’s board for Guide Dogs of America (GDA). She counts GDA’s Las Vegas “Hawgs for Dogs” motorcycle ride as her favorite charitable event. Diane is also Co-Chair of National Coalition on Black Civil Participation, a member of the Black Women’s Roundtable, AFL-CIO Race Commission advisor, AFL-CIO Women’s Committee and board member of Asian Pacific American Leadership Advancement.

    See Babineaux’s bio for a full list of her memberships and recognitions.

    Babineaux began her career in the MNPL/Political Department and moved to the Research Department. She became Special Assistant to the International President, then was later appointed Executive Assistant. Before becoming a General Vice President, she served as Chief of Staff to the International President since 2000.

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  • Chicago Local 701 Auto Mechanics Strike to Protect Pensions

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics, along with volunteers, strike to protect their pensions at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL. Photo courtesy of Ryan Kelly of IAM Local 126.

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics, along with volunteers, strike to protect their pensions at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL. Photo courtesy of Ryan Kelly of IAM Local 126.

    IAM Local 701 auto mechanics working at Roesch Ford and Roesch Ford Trucking Center in Bensenville, IL walked out on strike Thursday, November 10, 2016 when the employees voted not to accept the owner, Dan Roesch’s, offer of a 14-month “extension contract” providing the same terms as the contract which expired July 31st.

    “It wasn’t just the offer that had the employees upset,” said IAM Local 701 Business Representative Bill LePinske. “It was the statements made by the owner at the bargaining table that he intended to pull out of the Local 701 Defined Benefit Pension Plan upon the expiration of the 14-month contract.”

    There is some history of Roesch coming after his mechanics’ contract, says LePinske. Prior to this last agreement, the dealership was covered under the industry standard contract, the Standard Automotive Agreement (SAA). Roesch purchased what was then Elmhurst Ford. During the purchase Roesch had the right to negotiate a new bargaining agreement and he took advantage of the economic downturn and high unemployment to gut the workers’ agreement.

    “Among the worse provisions of the previous agreement was a move to ‘seniority by productivity,’ a change which effectively cost the workers their seniority, as work flow and productivity can easily be manipulated by management,” said LePinske. “Seniority provisions are intended to protect workers who have been with an employer from lay-off based on their date of hire. Naturally as mechanics age, their productivity tends to go down. In a ‘seniority by productivity’ situation, the employer could lay off the employee who has been in service the longest as they slow due to the effects of aging.

    In addition to the pension problem and the seniority language, high health insurance premium co-pays were other issues the IAM brought to the table that the employer was unwilling to discuss.

    “We are not going to allow Roesch to further gut our contract or let him set the table to take away our pensions in 14 months,” said bargaining unit member Brian Ilic. “My brothers and I will continue to strike until Roesch comes to his senses.”

    With the expiration of the SAA on the horizon in August 2017, Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli and the rest of the business representatives are not interested in moving local membership backwards.

    “The Standard Automotive Agreement covers nearly 1,200 of our members at hundreds of other Local 701 represented dealerships and we are not going to allow a substandard contract at Roesch Ford to lower the bar for the rest of our membership,” said Cicinelli. “In the words of our new International President Robert Martinez Jr., we’re going to put the fight back into the Fighting Machinists!”

    “IAM members at Roesch Ford and the Roesch Ford Trucking Center are among the most highly-skilled and talented mechanics in the auto industry, said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We cannot let one-sided negotiations aimed at gutting our members’ rights to retire with dignity continue. We have to fight. As Local 701 members walk the picket line today, we want them to know that we’re standing with them in solidarity. We are with them in their fight for a secure future.”

    It should be noted that the Mechanics at Roesch Volkswagen are not on strike – only the mechanics at Roesch Ford and the Roesch Ford Truck Center are on strike. Members and supporters are encouraged to stop by the strike line to show their solidarity. Roesch Ford is located at 333 W. Grand Ave. in Bensenville, IL.

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  • Registration Deadline for 2017 EAP I Class Approaches

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, please don’t forget to submit your registration form for the February 2017 IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) I class by the December 12, 2016 deadline.

    Click for the call letter and registration forms in: English ǀ French

    The first IAM EAP I session will be conducted February 19-24, 2017 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The EAP program equips assistance coordinators with the skills and resources to assist members who are seeking help for problems involving addictions and other psychosocial issues. The program takes participants from an introduction into the field to prospective certification. The curriculum equips our EAP representatives with vital resources that help members and their families when they need us most.

    This valuable program is fully certified and accredited at the college level, within the workplace, in the employee assistance community and throughout the IAM. The IAM encourages all eligible Machinists to consider becoming involved, supporting and participating in this incredibly valuable program.

    For more information contact the Retirees & Employee Assistance Programs office at 301-967-4717.

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  • Tuition Can Be a Burden – Apply for an IAM Scholarship to Help

    The 2017 IAM Scholarship Competition is now accepting applications. The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017.

    Click here to see the eligibility rules and download applications.

    The IAM awards scholarships to:

    • Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for college
    • Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for vocational or technical school
    • IAM members applying for college

    Since its implementation in 1960, the Scholarship Competition has continued to grow. This past year, 2015-2016, the IAM received 294 applications for scholarships. The 16 scholarships awarded were valued at $72,000.

    By convention resolution, IAM delegates determined that voluntary contributions to finance the scholarship fund be set at 50 cents per member, per year. To date, 224 of the IAM’s approximately 960 locals have contributed. If your lodge has not adopted this resolution or has not contributed for this year, please give it serious consideration at your next lodge meeting.

    You may call the IAM Safety and Health Department, which administers the scholarship competition, at 301-967-4708 to request an application packet to be mailed. Application packets have been sent to local and district lodges.

    Click here for details on the 2017 IAM Scholarship Competition.

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  • Iowa Machinists Chip in to Sponsor IAM Race Car

    11_01_2016_racecarFinding new and unique ways to promote the IAM at times can seem difficult, but leaders of District 6 and Local 1293 have found a fast track to exposure by sponsoring a southern Iowa race car.

    The district and the local both chipped in for the sponsorship, which provides the car with new sheet metal and graphics for the upcoming racing season. The race car, owned and driven by Jeremy Whitlock, will be able to be seen most weekends at International Motor Contest Association-sanctioned races throughout southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

    11_01_21016_racecar3Whitlock was an IAM member employed at Performance Pipe for over 15 years before recently leaving for an advancement opportunity with another employer. The 37-year old has been racing in some form or fashion his entire adult life, including several top-five and top-10 finishes.

    Whitlock attends car shows and plans to bring the car to as many local or district union events as he can.

    “I’m going to make sure we get them as much exposure as possible,” said Whitlock.

    “When he approached us, we thought it would be a great way to get the IAM logo out there to promote our union and also support a long-standing member,” said IAM District 6 Directing Business Representative John Herrig. “We get our name and logo on the race car for thousands to see, and we get to help a long standing member do something that he loves in the process. It’s a checker flag win for everyone.”

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