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  • Spanish Leadership I Coming Up In March

    With today’s political environment the Spanish Leadership classes are more important than ever before. We need to educate our members so that they can become more active in their locals and communities throughout the IAM and the labor movement. 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 go out and educate the Spanish speaking population within our communities.

    The enrollment deadline is fast approaching. Talk to your membership, lodge leaders, at the local and district and all levels, about the importance of these Spanish classes. Let’s identify participants and encourage them to participate and send these Spanish speaking members to the upcoming Spanish Leadership class at the Winpisinger Center.

    The first class, Spanish Leadership I, will take place March 26th-31st. This program trains the next generation of leaders and organizers within our union. 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 2-7            Collective Bargaining In Spanish

    April 30-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 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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  • Se Aproxima la Clase de Liderazgo en Español I

    Con el entorno político actual las clases en español son más importantes que nunca. Necesitamos educar a nuestros miembros para que puedan ser más activos en sus logias y comunidades en toda la IAM y el movimiento laboral. Las clases de liderazgo en español en W3 proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que los activistas promuevan y protejan al movimiento obrero, ellos son la siguiente generación de líderes que saldrán y educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades.

    El plazo de inscripción se acerca rápidamente. Hable con su membresía, los líderes de la logia, a nivel local y de distrito y todo nivel, sobre la importancia de estas clases en español. Identifiquemos a los participantes y animémoslos a participar y enviar a estos miembros que hablan español a la próxima clase de Liderazgo en Español del Centro Winpisinger.

    La primera clase, Liderazgo en Español I, tendrá lugar del 26 al 31 de marzo. Este programa capacita a la siguiente generación de líderes y organizadores dentro de nuestra Unión. Hay varios otros programas en español que se dirigen a los diferentes niveles de educación de liderazgo sindical incluyendo Negociación Colectiva y Organización I, ambos ofrecidos en español.

    Las clases para 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 sep.           Liderazgo En Español II

    24 al 29 de sep.           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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  • A Win for Workers as New Hampshire Rejects ‘Right-to-Work’

    New Hampshire workers are the real winners today as state legislators not only voted down “right-to-work” for the state, but also banned consideration of the anti-worker law for the rest of the two-year session. New Hampshire would have been the first New England state to go “right-to-work.”

    New Hampshire was all set to become the 29th state to pass the measure. States with “right-to-work” laws have lower wages and income than other states.

    “Right-to-work does nothing but drive down wages and widen income inequality. These corporations will not stop until they have completely erased the middle class,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “We are going to move on to Ohio now and take on House Bill 53, and continue to fight for working families everywhere. I would like to thank all of the Eastern Territory staff and members who worked hard to keep New Hampshire from going “right-to-work” for less.”

    Many expected the vote to be close, but figured it would pass as Republicans hold a majority in the house and senate. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu had said that making New Hampshire a “right-to-work” state was a priority.

    “I couldn’t be more proud of those who worked to make sure the citizens of the New Hampshire come before corporate interests,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Right-to-work-for-less shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It brings down wages and has a negative effect on all workers in the state, regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat.”

    The battle to protect workers’ rights rages on in other states. Just this week “right-to-work” legislation was introduced in Ohio. In already “right-to-work” Iowa, state lawmakers are working on legislation to restrict public employees’ bargaining rights.

    National “right-to-work” legislation has been introduced, but is very unlikely to pass through Congress.

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  • Puzder Out: Collective Action Leads to Victory for Workers

    Pressure applied to the Senate from workers across the U.S paid off yesterday, when Andrew Puzder withdrew as the labor secretary nominee. Ultimately, it was the advocacy of union workers, including many IAM members, calling and writing their elected that kept the fast food CEO from being confirmed.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter urging senators to vote no on Puzder’s confirmation prior to his withdrawal.

    “Unfortunately, few nominees have been so unqualified and had so little regard for workers as Mr. Puzder,” said Martinez. “Labor Department data shows wage violations in approximately 60 percent of his restaurants, and sexual harrassment of women in his restaurants runs significantly higher than the industry average.

    “While Mr. Puzder has stated that workers have ‘too many protections,’ these regulations can have life and death consequences. OSHA, an agency that comes under the Labor Secretary’s purview, has reported that 4,836 workers died on the job in 2015. Given Mr. Puzder’s statements, we are very concerned that the number of workplace fatalities would only go up if he were confirmed as Labor Secretary.”

    Read the entire letter IAM International President sent to members of the U.S. Senate.

    It seems the White House has taken notice of the dissent and today announced former National Labor Relations Board member Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee.

    “Working people changed the game on this nomination,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta’s nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we’ve gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it.”

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  • Independent Drivers’ Guild Solidarity Results In Uber CEO Ditching Trump Panel

    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from President Trump’s economic advisory council after a petition started by the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) that represents Uber drivers garnered huge support.

    The growing pressure from customers and employees led to an email from Kalanick explaining to employees he had advised the president that due to the “immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” he would be unable to serve on the committee.

    “This is an important show of solidarity with the immigrant drivers who helped build Uber and number over 40,000 in New York City alone,” said IDG Founder and IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Jim Conigliaro, Jr. “We are heartened that Uber has listened to the drivers and the community on this important issue that is so integral to the promise of the American dream.”

    “As a company whose success is built on a foundation of hard work by immigrant workers, Uber can and should do better to stand up for immigrants and their workers,” added Conigliaro in a recent New York Times article.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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