• Indiana Local 153 Ratifies Two-Year Contract with Grote Industries

    Prior to entering negotiations with Grote Industries, members of IAM Local Lodge 153 Bargaining Committee received negotiation preparation training at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

    Members of IAM Local Lodge 153 recently approved a new two-year contract with Grote Industries, an LED light and lighting company located in Madison, IN.

    The committee fought a hard battle to keep harmful changes from being implemented in the contract. They were faced with topics ranging from job combinations, to the company having the ability to bring in temporary workers while members are on layoff status.

    Although successful in maintaining seniority rights and the assurance that no temporary worker will replace members on layoff, the company managed to keep job combinations on the table.

    At first vote, the membership voted to strike, said IAM District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham.

    “The committee and membership stood together and rejected the company’s initial offer and followed the rejection with an overwhelming strike vote,” said Wickersham. “But with the voices of the people being heard, the company and union came back to the table in order to try and resolve the more contentious issues affecting the membership. After more discussion, a package was accepted and taken to the membership. The contract was accepted by a large majority, without having to force a work stoppage.”

    The two-year contract includes a three-percent raise for the operator and material handler classifications, a new classification was created at a higher rate, and skill trades received a significant increase in wages in order to attract more hires. The deal also includes a new adjustment to layoff language that would enhance seniority, an improved streamlined grievance procedure, very minimal increases to insurance rates, and more bereavement time.

    “I would like to acknowledge the IAM Local 153 Bargaining Committee and the commitment they put into the negotiation process,” said Wickersham. “I believe the knowledge they gained at the William W. Winpisinger Center really helped them to focus and communicate with the membership. It seems communication was key to our efforts in knowing what the people truly wanted. This would not have been the case if not for the committee and the Midwest Territory. The stand made by the membership will be remembered and will set the tone in future negotiations.”

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Local 153,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “I know this was a long, hard-fought battle. You should be very proud of the solidarity and strength you showed, both at the bargaining table and each time it came to time make your voices heard through your vote. Thank you for all your hard work and for continuing to fight the good fight on behalf of union families.”

    The Local 153 bargaining unit is composed of approximately 200 members who manufacture LED lights and lighting products for heavy duty trucks, trailers, vocational and passenger vehicles.

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  • IAM Joins with Thousands to Protest Government’s Anti-Worker Labor Reforms in Puerto Rico

    IAM Local 2725 Business Rep. Jose Rodriguez Baez, pictured being interviewed by a Puerto Rican news crew, was among the several thousand union members who marched in protest to express their opposition to recent government-led measures to reform labor laws.

    A vocal group of more than 5,000 union members marched through parts of San Juan, PR to protest outside a meeting of the Puerto Rico Industrialists Association (AIPR).

    Protest participants included IAM members, and members of more than a dozen other unions. Workers marched to express their opposition to recent government-led measures to reform labor laws, as well as the intervention by the federal government to control the public finances of Puerto Rico.

    “Union members need to have their voices heard – both inside the workplace and on the streets when it’s needed,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “IAM members know the power of standing in solidarity when it comes to stopping those who want to take away from workers.”

    Inside the closed AIPR meeting, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares gave a presentation on the measures being taken to confront the island’s economic crisis. One action involves reductions in coverage on the employees’ “health card,” the government health insurance plan.

    On a portable stage located 200 yards from the hotel where AIPR met, union leaders attacked the government’s attempt to pay off the Puerto Rico’s estimated $70 billion debt on the backs of island workers while giving massive tax cuts to businesses. Protestors wanted their voices to be heard that they are opposed to workers suffering the cost of fixing the debt caused by poor government administration. Thanks to a large presence of press and television reporters at the protest, workers voices were heard.

    IAM Local 2725 Business Rep. Jose Rodriguez-Baez gave interviews to local news agencies and Univision news.

    “In Puerto Rico, the government, big business, and the Fiscal Control Board, appointed by Congress, are conspiring to approve laws that eliminate labor rights, with especially strong negative effects for young workers, retirees, and other less protected sectors,” said Rodriguez-Baez. “Workers and their unions are united in the struggle to defend these rights and combat the government austerity program which is impoverishing our people in order to pay the debt owed to bondholders.”

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  • IAM Objects to Voice Calls on Airplanes

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) submitted comments regarding the DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the “protection of passengers from being unwillingly exposed to inflight voice calls.” The DOT seeks comment on whether to prohibit airlines from allowing passengers to make voice calls from wireless mobile devices on domestic and/or international flights and its proposal to require the sellers of air transportation to provide adequate advance notice to passengers if the carrier operating the flight allows voice calls on wireless mobile devices.

    “Flight attendants already have the great responsibility of securing the safety of the flying public,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They are the last line of security onboard an aircraft, making their jobs harder is dangerous and wrongheaded.”

    The IAM asked the DOT to consider the stress and distractions flight attendants would undoubtedly encounter by permitting inflight voice calls. It’s inevitable that flight attendants will have to neutralize cabin situations caused by hostility between passengers stemming from inflight voice calls. The use of inflight cell phones may also pose additional security risks. Potentially, terrorists aboard a single or multiple aircrafts could use this new capability to communicate with each other about the movement and vulnerability of crewmembers or to even initiate a coordinated attack.

    Click here to read

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  • Veterans are Feeling Brunt of Federal Hiring Freeze

    The haphazard federal hiring freeze is not only deteriorating the government’s efficiency, but it’s especially ominous for America’s veterans, who are among the group’s most harmed by the policy.

    Former service members make up 32.5 percent—nearly one-third—of all newly hired veterans. In the Department of Defense, approximately 31 percent of its 690,000 employees are veterans.

    “Positions that would normally be filled by veterans—doctors and nurses at veteran’s hospitals; welders, mechanics, electricians at Army depots and Naval centers across the country—will go unfilled,” said IAM Government Employees Director Jim Price. “This freeze will impact not only our retiring veterans, but could also affect our military readiness and our active military men and women in the performance of their duties.”

    The freeze won’t just affect veterans in Washington, DC. More than 85 percent of the federal workforce is outside the DC area.

    “It is clear that the freeze prohibits subcontracting,” said Price. “However, agencies may seek variances from this order to subcontract as the only way to achieve their mission, which would eliminate these jobs completely. This ill-advised policy should be reversed as soon as possible.”

    The IAM and its sister union, the National Federation of Federal Employees, NFFE-IAM, represent more than 100,000 federal workers at agencies across the United States.                

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  • Puzder Hearing Thursday: Tell Your Senator to Say No to the Anti-Labor Secretary

    After multiple delays due to his ethics review, labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing is set for Thursday, February 16.

    Click here to call or dial 1-866-829-3298 to tell your senator to oppose Andrew Puzder.

    The fast food CEO has a long history of being no friend of labor:

    • He’s railed against increasing the minimum wage and expanding overtime.
    • He’s shortchanged workers at his Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants and even refused to pay managers overtime they earned.
    • He’s talked about replacing working people with machines.
    • He’s admitted to hiring an undocumented immigrant to work as a housekeeper while avoiding paying taxes to the IRS and the state of California on the workers behalf.

    Read IAM shipbuilder’s op-ed urging Maine Senators to vote against a Puzder confirmation.

    The Department of Labor directly touches the lives of all working people. It impacts our paychecks, safety in the workplace and our ability to exercise our legal rights on the job. With so much on the line, it’s vitally important that we make our voices heard.

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  • South Carolina Boeing Workers Vote Wednesday

    After weeks of Boeing management scare tactics, intimidation and television and radio propaganda ads, 3,000 workers at the South Carolina 787 assembly plants will have their chance to join the IAM on Wednesday. A “Vote Yes” rally was held yesterday to give supporters a chance to come together and get factual answers to the lies Boeing management has been spreading.

    A dozen U.S. Senators weighed in today with a joint statement of support IAM representation for the South Carolina workers.

    READ: Brown Leads Statement in Support of Boeing Workers.

    Watch yesterday’s Boeing SC Vote Yes Rally

    Not only are the workers in the plant tired of Boeing’s anti-union television and radio ads, so are North Charleston residents. Read what they’ve had to say on social media.

    Voice your support on the Boeing Workers at South Carolina – BSC Facebook page.

    The workers’ effort to join the IAM has garnered national attention. Read what is being said around the country:

    Go to the Boeing Workers at South Carolina Facebook page and let them know you support them in their fight for union representation.

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  • El Tiempo Ha Llegado Para Inscribirse a Liderazgo en Español

    Los próximos cuatro años serán un gran desafío para el movimiento obrero y para los trabajadores en general. Hoy es el momento de mantenerse fuertes y enviar el mensaje de la diversidad y la inclusión a los líderes de nuestra nación, las comunidades y dentro de nuestra propia unión, y la clave de ese mensaje es la educación.

    El tiempo para inscribirse para la clase de Liderazgo I en Español ha llegado. Como se describe en el Anuncio Oficial a todas las logias locales y de distrito, con fecha 21 de septiembre de 2016, se recomienda a todos las logias que inscriban a sus miembros lo antes posible para asegurarse de que se aprueben las inscripciones de los miembros y los formularios sean recibidos antes del plazo de inscripción.

    La primera clase, Liderazgo en Español I, tendrá lugar del 26 al 31 de marzo en el Centro de Winpisinger. Este programa capacita a la siguiente generación de líderes y organizadores dentro de nuestra Unión que continúan la lucha por los derechos de los trabajadores y encienden el  movimiento laboral. Las clases para 2017 son las siguientes:

    26 al 31 de marzo      LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL I

    02 al 07 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 sep.           LIDERAZGO EN ESPAÑOL II

    24 al 29 de sep.           LIDERAZGO AVANZADO EN ESPAÑOL

    08 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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  • Now is the Time to Enroll in Spanish Leadership

    The next four years promises to be a challenging time for the labor movement and workers in general. Now is the time to stand strong and send the message of diversity and inclusion to our nation’s leaders, communities, and within our own union, and the key to that message is education.

    The time to enroll for the Spanish Leadership I class is upon us. As described in the official Call Letter to all Local and District lodges dated September 21st, 2016, all lodges are advised to enroll their members as soon as possible to ensure that member enrollments are approved and forms received prior to the enrollment deadline.

    The first class, Spanish Leadership I, will take place March 26th-31st at the Winpisinger Center. This program trains the next generation of leaders and organizers within our union who continue the struggle for workers’ rights and fan the flames of the labor movement.

    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 Spanish classes for 2017 are as follows:

    March 26-31             SPANISH LEADERSHIP I

    April    02-07            COLLECTIVE BARGAINING in SPANISH

    April 30 to May 5    ORGANIZING I PROGRAM in SPANISH

    May 14-19                 SPANISH LEADERSHIP II

    Aug 20-25                 SPANISH TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

    Sep 10-15                  SPANISH LEADERSHIP II

    Sep 24-29                  SPANISH ADVANCED LEADERSHIP

    Oct 08-13                  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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  • Be the Process: Come to the IAM Legislative Conference

    Join hundreds of IAM members May 8-10, 2017 in Washington, DC to lobby for policies that actually benefit the workers in our country and not the corporations. As part of the 2017 IAM Legislative Conference, Fighting Machinists from across the United States will be hitting Capitol Hill to remind their elected representatives of who they are supposed to represent.

    Download the call letter, hotel reservation form and other important information.

    Be a part of the power IAM members will bring to DC. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

    Attendees will lobby members of Congress on the issues that affect IAM members most – trade, defense funding, retirement security, health care costs and much more. Delegates will also hear from allies in Congress and attend a congressional reception hosted by the IAM.

    Get registered today.

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  • Spread the Word: IAM Communications Conference Coming Soon

    If you are a District or Local Lodge Communicator, or a member who would like to improve the way our union connects with each other and the public, the IAM Communications Conference is the place for you.

    Join the Communications Department May 21-24, 2017 in Austin, TX for a fresh take on the best ways of communicating with our Sisters and Brothers. The conference will feature guest speakers, workshops and hands-on training in an effort to best get our union message to our members and the public.

    Register now and ensure a special room rate at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

    InformationOfficial Call (EN)Official Call (FR)

    The 2017 IAM Communications Conference is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704.

    A special room rate has been arranged at the Hyatt Regency Austin for $209 for a single or double room. Reservations can be made by calling 888-421-1442. An online reservation may be made at http://iam4.me/17CommConf. Ask for the IAMAW group rate. The cutoff date for the special rate is Monday April 24, 2017.

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