• Toledo Glass Workers Vote to Accept New Contract, End Strike

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    IAM District 54 members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH were on strike for two weeks before accepting a new, improved contract.

    IAM District 54 members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH were on strike for two weeks before accepting a new, improved contract.

    Nearly 115 IAM members at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH, who went on strike after overwhelmingly rejecting a so-called “last, best and final offer” (LBFO) from the company, have voted to accept a new contract that holds the line on many membership concerns.

    The IAM Local 105 (District 54) members were joined on the picket lines by Glass Molders and Pottery Workers (GMP) Local 59 at midnight, October 12, when their contract extension expired. IAM members, however, didn’t return to the plant, instead honoring the picket line of GMP members, who rejected the revised offer from Libbey Glass.

    Sticking points in the dispute were working conditions, wage increases, mandatory overtime and a draconian attendance policy. IAM Negotiators remained at the bargaining table to negotiate with management at Libbey Glass, and brought the most recent offer that improved or removed the company proposals from the agreement to a ratification vote. Just as important, with an aging workforce, company-paid health care benefits will be reinstated retroactively to the date the work stoppage began.

    “These members proved that we have the power to speak out, demand the elimination of mandatory overtime, fair scheduling, a safe work environment, decent wage increases and good benefits for their families, said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “Three unions exercised their legal rights, and voices in solidarity; I am so proud of the local community, and the local unions of the AFL-CIO for their support during our fight for the working families of Ohio.”

    IAM members returned to work on their assigned shifts on Wednesday, October 26.

    “Congratulations to the membership, officers, negotiating committee and shop stewards,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “Together they demonstrated true labor solidarity—walking out for their fair share and then honoring the picket line of their union brothers and sisters. My thanks go out to Dean Wright, Business Representative Nick Kent and the entire District 54 staff for their leadership during a difficult negotiation.”

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  • Philippine Airline Workers Make Gains, Ratify Contract

    Members of the IAM Negotiating Committee meet with Philippine Airline representatives in San Francisco to sign the newly ratified agreement.

    Members of the IAM Negotiating Committee meet with Philippine Airline representatives in San Francisco to sign the newly ratified agreement.

    IAM District 141 members at Philippine Airlines unanimously voted this week to ratify an agreement with the carrier. The contract creates wage increases for the Passenger Service, Office and Clerical workers at Philippine Airlines through 2019, and retro payments back to July 2016.

    Other highlights of the new agreement include a signing bonus for all members, an increase in pension and no increase in medical premiums, adding additional value to the contract.

    “I congratulate District 141 President Mike Klemm and his negotiating team on reaching an agreement with Philippine Airlines that will not only benefit our members now, but also lays the foundation for future successful contracts,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja.

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  • La IAM Lamenta la PĂ©rdida de Al Granado

    10_27_2016_algranadoLa IAM lamenta la noticia de, el miembro de la IAM por 37 años, Alfredo “Al” Granado, un organizador prolífico de la  unión y defensor del trabajador, ha fallecido. Granado tenía 61 años de edad.

    “Al era verdaderamente un hermano para mí”, dijo el Presidente Internacional de la IAM Bob Martínez. “Llegamos a la IAM juntos y nos mantuvimos cerca hasta el día que falleció. A el le importaba mucho el trabajo que hacía, y se notaba. Al será extrañado a todo nivel de nuestra unión, y yo envío mi más sentido pésame a su familia.”

    Granado se desempeñó como Representante de la Gran Logia en el Departamento de Organizar en la IAM desde el año 2002. En el momento de su muerte granado estaba dirigiendo el esfuerzo para organizar a los trabajadores de Airbus en Mobile, Alabama. Era un trabajo muy duro, pero como Granado dijo a un reportero, “nadie nos ha dicho que nos fueramos a volar una cometa hasta el momento.”

    Granado fue miembro fundador del Grupo de Liderazgo en Español de la IAM (SLWG), y un catalizador para el desarrollo de las clases del idioma español en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger de la IAM.

    Granado fue iniciado a la IAM, en el local 776-A, en 1979 cuando fue contratado por Lockheed Martin en Fort Worth, TX. Sirvió como Vicepresidente de su local y como Presidente del Comités de Auditoría, Fiduciario, Journeyman Maquinista y Liga Política No Partidista (MNPL). También se desempeñó como Vicepresidente del Consejo de Maquinistas Estado de Texas Región III y como Delegado al Concilio Laboral Central del condado de Tarrant (TX).

    Uno de sus momentos de mayor orgullo fue cuando iba en la caravana con el presidente Bill Clinton durante su visita a Fort Worth en 1996.

    El rosario de Al Granado será el domingo 30 de octubre a las 6 de la tarde en la funeraria Greenwood, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107. El funeral será el lunes, 31 de octubre a las 11 am en la iglesia católica Holy Family, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

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  • IAM Mourns Passing of Al Granado

    10_27_2016_algranadoThe IAM is saddened to report that 37-year IAM member Alfredo “Al” Granado, a prolific union organizer and champion for working people, has passed away. Granado was 61 years old.

    “Al was truly a brother to me,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We came through the IAM together and remained close until the day he passed. He cared deeply about the work he did, and it showed. Al will be truly missed at all levels of our union, and I send my deepest condolences to his family.”   Â

    Granado had served as a Grand Lodge Representative in the IAM’s Organizing Department since 2002. At the time of his death, Granado was leading the effort to organize workers at Airbus in Mobile, AL. It was tough work, but as Granado told one reporter, “no one has told us to go fly a kite.”

    Granado was a founding member of the IAM’s Spanish Leadership Working Group, and a catalyst for the development of Spanish-language classes at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

    Granado initiated into IAM Local 776-A in 1979 when he was hired at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. He served as his Local’s Vice President and Chairman of the Audit, Trustee, Journeyman and Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL) Committees. He also served as Vice President of the Texas State Council of Machinists Region III and as a Delegate to the Tarrant (TX) County Central Labor Council.

    One of his proudest moments was riding in the motorcade with President Bill Clinton when he visited Fort Worth in 1996.

    Granado’s rosary will be on Sunday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107. The funeral will be Monday, October 31 at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 6150 Pershing Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

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  • Need Proof That Unions Work in the South? Here It Is

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator instructors and technicians ratify a first contract less than three months of joining the IAM.

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator instructors and technicians ratify a first contract less than three months of joining the IAM.

    A group of newly organized IAM members at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA are the latest example of what many union members already know—when you are part of a union, you make higher wages and better benefits. The nearly 70 highly skilled simulator instructors and technicians overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first contract with this week, just a few short months after voting to join the IAM.

    The District 131 members, who work for CSRA, provide Bradley Fighting Vehicle and HMMV simulator training and support of armored and infantry troops.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of what this group has accomplished—from the vote to join the IAM all the way through negotiations and ratification,” said District 131 Directing Business Representative Billy Barnwell. “Thanks goes out to the entire group, including the Negotiating Committee of Art Murphy, Jerry Ricketts and Samantha Walker.”

    The agreement provides wage increases totaling almost 10 percent over three years, and an almost 30 percent increase in fringe dollars over that same span. The bargaining unit gained a grievance procedure, seniority protections and many other benefits.

    “This is a prime example of how much workers benefit by joining a union,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “When you bargain collectively, there is no limit to what can be achieved. We are very proud of what District 131 and this group has done in such a short time frame.”

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  • Wisconsin Metalcraft Ordered to Pay IAM Local 2053 $100K in Union Dues

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint alleging Wisconsin metal fabrication company, Metalcraft, is responsible for paying IAM Local 2053 of Iron Ridge, WI, more than $100,000 in back dues –and counting.

    The NLRB recently charged that Metalcraft broke federal law by canceling IAM Local 2053 members’ voluntary dues “checkoff” – the system whereby an employer regularly deducts a portion of an employee’s wages to pay union dues or initiation fees.

    Metalcraft suspended members’ checkoff on June 4, 2016 under their interpretation of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which went into effect in 2015.

    IAM District 10 immediately filed charges with the NLRB.

    The Board recently issued an official complaint alleging Metalcraft is in direct violation of federal labor laws which allow voluntary dues checkoff for collective bargaining employees.

    The Board’s complaint states that Metalcraft must pay all union dues it refused to collect dating back to June 4 – plus any and all costs associated with pursuing the complaint.

    “It’s not complicated,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra.  “Metalcraft’s unilateral decision to cancel dues checkoff takes a page out of Scott Walker and his cronies’ playbook for hurting Wisconsin workers. The company hid behind an intentionally misleading right-to-work law, whose dues deduction provisions are preempted by federal law.  Wisconsin families have paid dearly for Walker’s arrogance, now Metalcraft can pay for their union busting tactics. Management’s plan was destined to fail from the start. Instead of destroying us, our proud members are stronger than ever.”

    Metalcraft has chosen to fight the complaint. A formal hearing has been set for December 5, 2016.

    In the meantime, and until a final decision has been issued in the case, the meter keeps running. To date, IAM District 10 estimates the company is behind more than $100,000 in back dues – not including the union’s legal fees.

    Metalcraft employs approximately 370 IAM members who make lawn mower decks for Scag Power Equipment and John Deere.

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Local 2053 and District 10,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “This case is a perfect example of why we, the labor movement, must continue to fight against the right’s efforts to create national right-to-work legislation.

    “It’s been a long, up-hill battle against right-to-work in the great state of Wisconsin, but our members refuse to back down. They’re in the fight to protect unions and working families for the long haul. And they’re not done.”

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  • Help Protect Pennsylvania App-Based Drivers

    Elected officials are deciding the rules for Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania, and the Independent Drivers Guild is working to make sure the new rules work for drivers. Â

    About 15,000 families in Pennsylvania rely on ride share platforms as a part of, or for their entire household income. Working drivers of Pennsylvania, whether they work for UberBLACK, UberX or Lyft—and their passengers—need to be protected, safe, and have a fair pay to provide for their families.

    We’re calling on Gov. Tom Wolf, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Majority Leader Dave Reed, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Rep. John Taylor, Rep. Robert Godshall, Rep. Peter Daley, Sen. Jake Corman, and Sen. Vincent Hughes to support working drivers with these fundamental protections:

    • A framework to regulate take-home pay and ensure there is enough work for PA drivers;
    • Create a workers compensation, healthcare, and education fund;
    • Allow drivers to buy their own ride share insurance, so they don’t have to purchase it through a “booking fee.”

    Click here to help Pennsylvania drivers get the protection they deserve.

    The Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of IAM District 15, represents more than 35,000 Uber drivers in New York City.

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Adam Smith for CongressÂ

    Rep. Adam Smith, middle in black, joins IAM members from the Washington State Alliance of Retired Americans. From left, Pam Harris (IAM), Gwen Rench (Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, RPEC), T.J. Seibert (IAM), Carl Schwartz (IAM), Claude Burfect (RPEC), Jim Hutchins (IAM), Rep. Smith, Ron McGaha (IAM), Jackie Boschok (IAM and Washington Alliance President), Don Bennett (Letter Carriers) and Kathy Wallentine (Washington Education Association).

    Rep. Adam Smith, middle in black, joins IAM members from the Washington State Alliance of Retired Americans. From left, Pam Harris (IAM), Gwen Rench (Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, RPEC), T.J. Seibert (IAM), Carl Schwartz (IAM), Claude Burfect (RPEC), Jim Hutchins (IAM), Rep. Smith, Ron McGaha (IAM), Jackie Boschok (IAM and Washington Alliance President), Don Bennett (Letter Carriers) and Kathy Wallentine (Washington Education Association).

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) has earned re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, say IAM and other union members in the Alliance for Retired Americans.

    Six retired Washington State Machinists recently had a conversation with Smith about the important issues facing working people and retirees.

    “He really listened and shares my concerns for future retirees,” said retired IAM District 751 member and former Boeing employee Pam Harris, who told Smith about problems young people like her daughter face in saving for retirement.  Â

    Smith has a 91 percent lifetime voting rating from the Alliance, which advocates and mobilizes for retirees on Capitol Hill. He has consistently voted to preserve Social Security and Medicare, reign in health care costs and strengthen retirement and pension security.

    Smith is a co-sponsor of the Strengthening Social Act (H.R. 5952), which would gradually eliminate the Social Security cap on taxed income and correct the way cost-of-living is calculated for seniors.

    Where do your members of Congress stand on retiree issues? Check the Alliance’s Voting Record Database.

    The Alliance for Retired Americans represents more than 4.3 million retirees, older Americans and community activists in our country, including 83,059 members in Washington state.Â

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  • District 70 Bob Martinez Guide Dogs Golf Tournament is Big Success

    IAM District 70 members in Wichita, KS raised more than $70,000 for Guide Dogs of America during the fifth annual Robert Martinez, Jr. Golf Tournament, the most successful GDA fundraiser to date for the District.

    “This means the world to me,” said Martinez, the IAM’s International President and the tournament’s namesake. “District 70 and the Wichita community always know how to come together for a great cause. Thank you for all you do for the blind and visually impaired.”

    The tournament, which was held at Hidden Lakes Golf Course in Derby, KS, was kicked off by a rendition of “God Bless America” by Teresa Blevins, who had her guide dog Asia by her side. Seventeen teams took part in the tournament.

    District 70 does multiple fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America throughout the year. In June, more than 100 members showed up for “Bowling for Doggies,” raising approximately $8,000.

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instructions in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women of the United States and Canada. It costs $42,000 to raise and train a puppy and place them with a partner.

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  • IAM Members Making a Difference in 2016 Election

    IAM members aren’t the kind of folks to sit back and wait for things to come to them. They get out, put in the work and get the results they’re looking for.

    That’s why IAM members are volunteering all across the country to get labor-friendly candidates elected. By phone-banking, door knocking, attending debate watch parties or rallies, and participating in labor walks, they are talking to undecided voters and letting them know which candidates really support middle-class workers. Here are a few examples of Machinists working to make a difference…

    More than 200 union members from the IAM and over three dozen unions attended the rally hosted by Illinois Steamfitters Local 439 at the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Field in Sauget, IL:

    IAM members were a force at the Democratic National Convention:

    Ohio union members turned out for a debate watch party at IAM District 54 in Columbus, OH:

    Machinists go door-to-door in Pennsylvania:

    Volunteers at IAM Headquarters hit the phones to call members in battleground states.

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