• Government Issues Clarification on Hiring Freeze

    The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), along with a coalition of federal employee unions, have won an important clarification after the president’s across-the-board federal hiring freeze.

    Workers who were offered a job on or before January 22 and are scheduled to begin work on or before February 22 will still be allowed to begin their new jobs, according a guidance memo from Office of Management and Budget acting director Mark Sandy.

    Agency heads will determine whether employees with a start date after February 22 will begin work.

    The memo also says departments and agencies “are permitted to make reallocations to meet the highest priority needs, ensure that essential services are not interrupted and ensure that national security is not affected.”

    “We’re glad the government has taken a first step in clearing up what a hiring freeze means for federal workers and their families,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The hard-working men and women who keep our country safe and our government operating efficiently deserve nothing less.”

    The IAM and its sister union, NFFE-IAM, represent more than 100,000 federal employees in agencies across the country.

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  • 600 Californians Win Right to be IAM’ers

    After an eight month battle, more than 600 workers at K&N Engineering in Riverside, CA received word last week that the National Labor Relations Board certified the IAM as their exclusive collective bargaining representative.

    The new members of IAM District 725 originally voted in favor of the IAM in May of 2016, but the company challenged the results of the election citing the inclusion of a group of employees that were not petitioned for.  Ultimately the company’s challenge was unsuccessful.

    “I commend this group of workers for standing strong and staying united throughout this long and arduous process,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “They endured a heavy anti-union campaign and did not back down in the fight for justice.”

    The group was led by Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Joseph Solis, with committed support from District Lodge 725 President/Directing Business Representative Larry Olinger, along with District 725 staff and rank and file members. K&N employees endured a lengthy anti-union campaign, including an NLRB challenge, but are now gearing up for first contract negotiations.

    District Lodge 725 is at the forefront of organizing and represents over 5,500 members in the aerospace, defense, and manufacturing industries throughout California.

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  • Round One Goes to Working People in Ohio Township RTW Fight

    Union members across southwest Ohio flooded the city hall in West Chester Township Tuesday evening to protest a proposal to institute a so-called “right-to-work” (for less) designation for the township. Fighting Machinists stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other local unions in victory as the trustees withdrew the proposal citing the legality of the issue.

    Two of the trustees had proclaimed the anti-worker law a priority for the township in 2017 and worked with legal counsel to draft a resolution. Citing a recent federal appeals court opinion that opened RTWFL status to cities and limited home rule townships, the trustees introduced the resolution two weeks ago in a meeting that also saw union members and residents attending in force to speak out against the issue.

    Tuesday’s meeting swelled drastically from the previous meeting, with a capacity crowd making the chamber standing room only, forcing the overflow crowd into every available space in the hall. Chairs were added to the lobby, side rooms, and many still were left outside the doors on the sidewalks.

    Within the opening minutes, trustees proposed and approved removal of the resolution, citing a pending ruling on a motion to reconsider the previous ruling from the federal court of appeals.

    “This isn’t about the freedom to choose, this is an attempt to cut wages, lower benefits and eviscerate worker protections,” said IAM Local 912 President Eric Kratzer. “Ironically today is the 65th Anniversary of Local 912 being chartered in 1952. It’s all the more fitting that our retirees mobilized by the dozens to stand against this attack on our brothers and sisters in this community.”

    “IAM members and working union families aren’t going to idly standby while big special interest groups attack their well-being with bad ideas – schemes to rob them of wages, benefits, and a better way of life,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “I’d like to thank all of the IAM members, retirees, Eastern Territory staff and the other unions who came out in support of working families, not just in Ohio, but all across the country. This is a very real threat, and sadly it isn’t likely to end here.”

    Even with the withdrawal, residents, business owners, and property owners took time to address the board. Comments were respectful, yet pointed regarding the proposed rule change for their community. Several noted that the term of office for board president Mark Welch, a publicly staunch supporter of right-to-work, is up for reelection this year.

    At least one Trustee, Lee Wong, has made his dissent from the board on the issue, not only public, but as a matter of record during the meeting, calling it a “state issue.”

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  • IAM, St. Louis Labor Joins District 9 Strike Rally at American Pulverizer

    Nearly a hundred Machinists, labor union brothers and sisters, and community supporters converged upon St. Louis, directly in front of anti-union manufacturer American Pulverizer headquarters, to stand in solidarity with IAM Local 41 and 313 members on strike there.

    IAM leadership – International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, Midwest General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace – stood proudly among the ranks.

    See photos from the IAM rally at American Pulverizer.

    “If American Pulverizer wants a fight on their hands… brothers and sisters, I think it’s safe to say they sure got one!” said Gruber. “When you have a company that has been stripping away benefits throughout the last two contracts – and now they’re coming back for more – at some point, brothers and sisters, you have to say enough is enough. IAM members have helped build this company since 1948 – that’s almost 70 years! It’s time they showed us some respect.”

    “Every IAM member across the United States and Canada supports you!” said Martinez. “You work hard for them! Put out a tremendous product. Make them money – $30 million last year to be exact. I want to remind you, American Pulverizer, who’s putting food on the table for you. Who makes all this possible? It’s my brothers and sisters on this strike line!”

    American Pulverizer forced the workers to go out on strike 12 weeks ago when negotiations failed over the company’s proposal to roll 87 percent of health care costs onto the members, offer minimal and inconsistent wage increases, take away premium pay for overtime, and not guarantee holidays off. The company also wants workers to use their vacation time for things like medical leave, FMLA, and time off due to workers’ compensation. In addition, American Pulverizer wants to strip away workers’ rights to take part in union activity and change the “management rights clause” to give the company the ability to arbitrarily change work rules as it sees fit.

    These recent egregious proposed changes come after contract talks in previous years where the company stripped workers of their IAM health and welfare and IAM pension plans.

    Contract talks, which reconvened in recent days, failed again this week.

    IAM District 9 has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, (NLRB).

    “They think they can join their right to work (for-less) buddies and go after us. They think it’s open season,” said Martinez in reference to the Missouri GOP’s proposed right to work law in which a final vote is expected today. “Well I have a message for American Pulverizer, owners Chris and Paul Griesedieck, and anyone else who wants to attack IAM members or working people – not on my watch! American Pulverizer: Stop surface bargaining. Negotiate a fair contract. We aren’t asking for much. We’re asking for what we’ve earned.”

    Hundreds of St. Louis labor unions and folks from the community have shown their support throughout the strike, including members of Gas Workers Local 11-6 and Teamsters Local 688 who have been bringing by food and firewood. Local businesses like the Humane Society and Boyer Fire Protection have let the striking workers use their facilities for storage and personal matters.

    U.S. Rep William Lacy Clay (D-MO) issued the following statement: “I stand in solidarity with the striking IAM workers at the American Pulverizer Company in their fight to restore dignity and fairness in their workplace. For 12 long weeks these valiant workers have steadfastly resisted the short-sighted and misguided attempts by a profitable company to impose drastic cuts in health care and other vital benefits. When labor and management work together we succeed as a nation. Now is the time for the company to sit down and bargain seriously in good faith with the workers and their union.”

    See Rep. Clay’s full statement.

    See photos from the IAM rally at American Pulverizer.

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  • Calling All Women Fighting Machinists

    Wanting to build up our IAM sisters while sharpening your leadership skills? Consider joining other active IAM women from across the U.S. and Canada and participating in the 2017 Women’s Basic Program June 11-16, 2017 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The curriculum empowers participants to look for resolutions to working women and family issues, through education and solidarity. It is an excellent learning experience for members building women’s committees or just interested in the issues.

    Space is limited and the class fills quickly, so get registered now.

    Download the call letter and return the completed registration form to the Women’s and Human Rights Department no later than March 31, 2017.

    Please contact the Women’s and Human Rights Department at 301-967-4747 with any questions.    

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  • St. Louis IAM District 9 to Hold Solidarity Rally for Striking Members at American Pulverizer

    IAM Local 41 and 313 workers in St. Louis have been on strike more than 12 weeks after contract talks with American Pulverizer failed over the company’s attempt to severely strip workers of their labor rights and benefits.

    IAM District 9 will be holding a “Solidarity Rally” on Wednesday, January 25 in support of IAM Local 41 and 313 members on strike at American Pulverizer in St. Louis.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez and Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber will be joining IAM members on the picket line for the rally.

    See IAM District 9’s “Solidarity Rally” flyer.

    The workers went out on strike 12 weeks ago when negotiations failed over the company’s proposal to roll 87 percent of health care costs onto the members, offer minimal and inconsistent wage increases, take away premium pay for overtime, and not guarantee holidays off. The company also wants workers to use their vacation time for things like medical leave, FMLA, and time off due to workers’ compensation. In addition, American Pulverizer wants to strip away workers’ rights to take part in union activity and change the “management rights clause” to give the company the ability to arbitrarily change work rules as it sees fit.

    Contract talks, which reconvened in recent days, have failed again, says IAM District 9 Directing Business Representative Mark Conner.

    “Contract talks with American Pulverizer failed yesterday because the company is not bargaining in good faith,” said Conner. “American Pulverizer is turning its back on the very IAM members who, since 1948, have helped build and create the company into one of the largest and well-known manufacturers it is today. A company that manufactures the most dependable rock and coal crushing equipment in America.”

    These recent egregious proposed changes come after contract talks in previous years where the company stripped workers of their IAM health and welfare and IAM pension plans.

    “Throughout the last two contracts the company has been stripping benefits away from our members,” said District 9 Business Representative Joe Eccardt. “Our members finally said ‘enough is enough’ and hit the picket line, fighting to protect what they have left.”

    District 9 has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

    As the strike continues, IAM District 9 says those on the picket line have been grateful to brother and sister union members who have shown support, including members of Gas Workers Local 11-6 and Teamsters Local 688, who have been bringing food and firewood.

    The District says members of the community have also shown their support. The Humane Society has been allowing strikers to use their facilities when needed. And Boyer Fire Protection, located next door to American Pulverizer, has been allowing strikers to use their facilities for storage and personal matters.

    “Thank you to all our union brothers and sisters and the community for your support,” said Conner, “but it’s not over. We still need you. Come out and help us send a message of solidarity for IAM Local 41 and 313 members fighting the fight for all of us and our families.”

    The rally will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 1-3 pm in front of American Pulverizer, located at 1319 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO.

    See IAM District 9’s “Solidarity Rally” flyer.

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  • IAM Retiree Testifies Against Healthcare Attacks

    Washington, DC area IAM Retiree Diane Fleming gave testimony on Capitol Hill about the importance of having Medicare and the Affordable Care Act in her fight against thyroid cancer.

    In the midst of Congress’ debate over the nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) hosted a forum that included testimony from IAM retiree Diane Fleming, who has benefitted from Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.

    Fleming and four other women were invited to deliver testimony in an effort to include outside witnesses who could speak to the consequences of Price’s policy views should he be confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary.

    Click here to watch Fleming’s testimony.

    “Five years ago, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since then I have had four surgeries and radioactive iodine treatment twice. The cancer has reoccurred and I will need to have surgery again,” said Fleming. “I don’t know how I would have been able to have these treatments and tests done without Medicare.”

    The panel of witnesses spoke about each of their stories and then answered questions from the 12 senators in attendance.

    Click here watch the entire forum.

    The IAM and more than 80 organizations strongly oppose Price’s nomination. There is still time to tell your senators to vote “no.”

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  • Federal Hiring Freeze Hurts Everyone

    When many people heard the phrase “drain the swamp,” they believed it to mean cleaning Washington D.C. of corrupt politicians and lobbyists. President Trump may have been referring to the workers who keep all facets of our government programs running smoothly.

    He signed an Executive Order yesterday that prohibits any additional new hires in the federal government, barring some national security positions.

    “Freezing hiring in the federal government is a bad idea,” said National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) National President Randy Erwin. “It will not achieve savings and it will certainly disrupt the ability of federal agencies to carry out the business of the American people. It is a false belief that a hiring freeze shrinks government because the work is simply outsourced to contractors at greater cost to the American people.” 

    A hiring freeze affects a vast majority of federal agencies, worsening the struggle to keep up with vacancies due to retirements and other departures.  The hiring ban will make it impossible for most agencies to hire needed experts, and it will cripple employment opportunities, particularly for women, veterans, minorities and the disabled.

    Unions representing federal workers across the country are speaking out against the hiring freeze.

    “A hiring freeze will be harmful and counterproductive, increasing backlogs, decreasing service quality and causing more frustration for Americans seeking help from their government,” said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. “Our government depends upon highly-trained and experienced federal workers being able to carry on with their important work. This puts up a substantial roadblock for agencies.”

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  • IAM Members Join March for Women

    In a show of solidarity, IAM members joined millions of others across the U.S. and Canada to march in Saturday’s historic Women’s March.

    Watch: Women’s March on Washington

    “I’m here because it’s the right thing to do. I’m a stand up, speak out kind of woman. I’m not just gonna sit here.” – IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux

    “I have to support our women, I have to support labor issues and the rights of all women to have free choice, protect our jobs and not the rhetoric that we’re hearing but just to make sure that it gets done and done right.” – NFFE-IAM National Business Representative Roosevelt Littlejohn, Jr.

    NFFE-IAM member Amanda Booher came all the way from Seattle to march in Washington DC
    “It’s very important to me because I’m outraged about what’s going on in the country right now as I think everyone should be, and I wanted to make my voice heard.”

    IAM District 751 took part in the Women’s March in Seattle.

    Check out the District 751 Women’s March – Seattle photo album
    Young Machinist Dan Janssen and his family attended the Women’s March in Toronto.

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  • South Carolina Boeing Workers to Vote on IAM Representation

    Boeing workers who build the 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, SC will have the chance to vote to join the IAM.

    The IAM filed a petition on January 20, with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a secret-ballot union election for approximately 2,850 production employees at the Boeing Co. in North Charleston, S.C.

    “Boeing workers just want to be treated with the respect they deserve,” said IAM Boeing SC Lead Organizer Mike Evans. “Why should they be subject to a different set of standards and rules than folks building the exact same plane in Seattle?”

    Watch the IAM’s announcement from the Longshoremen’s Hall.

    Read about the Machinists’ campaign in the Post and Courier and the Seattle Times.

    The NLRB is expected to issue election dates and locations in the coming weeks. The IAM is committed to ensuring Boeing workers have the opportunity to make their voice heard in an atmosphere free of intimidation and harassment.

    The IAM is the U.S.’s largest aerospace union, representing approximately 600,000 members at the likes of Lockheed Martin, General Electric and United Technologies. The IAM represents more than 35,000 Boeing employees at 24 locations nationwide.

    For more information about the campaign visit BoeingWorkers.com.

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