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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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  • Enroll Now for the 2017 Federal Employees Programs

    11_01_2016_fedEnrollment is now open for the 2017 Federal Employee Programs at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. These programs will be very helpful to stewards, officers and business representatives who serve members in the Federal Sector.

    Basic Program

    The Federal Employees Basic Program will be held February 5-10, 2017 and involves training in areas specific to the Federal Sector. Among the topics are collective bargaining, the Hatch Act, legislative action, prohibited personnel practices, unfair labor practices, grievance handling, arbitration and an overview of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    The registration deadline is December 5, 2016.

    Click here for the Basic Program call letter and registration forms.

    Advanced Program

    The Federal Employee Advanced Program will be held February 19-24, 2017 and involves training in areas specific to the federal sector such as Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) and grievance handling, preparations for arbitration and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), collective bargaining including negotiability appeals, mediation and impasse procedures and a more in-depth look at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    The registration deadline is December 12, 2017.

    Click here for the Advanced Program call letter and registration forms.

    Because space is limited to 30 participants per class, only those who have not previously attended each individual program will be enrolled. Participants are chosen on a first come basis, therefore it is extremely important that the enrollment forms for each authorized lodge participant be completed and returned as soon as possible.

    If you have questions, please contact the Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753.

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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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  • Machinists Making Headway in Election’s Homestretch

    11_01_2016_voteWith just a week before Election Day, IAM members are kicking their efforts to elect labor-friendly candidates into overdrive.

    And the hard work appears to be paying off. The latest polls show union member support for Donald Trump plummeting in the key battleground states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    Trump has said our wages are too high, refuses to bargain with his own hotel workers and buys and makes his products overseas.

    IAM-endorsed candidate Hillary Clinton, an honorary IAM Sister, understands the value of collective bargaining, says ‘no’ to bad trade deals like the TPP and will fight for equal pay and programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    Besides the presidential election, there’s many important down-ballot races. 

    If you haven’t registered to vote, aren’t sure where to vote or have any other questions about how to vote, visit RockTheVote.com.

    Here’s a look at just some of the many IAM members giving their time and energy this election season:

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  • PBS Features IAM’s Boeing South Carolina Campaigning

    11_01_2016_mikeevansA recent PBS NewsHour Weekend video story highlights the IAM’s effort to bring respect on the job to Boeing workers in North Charleston, SC.

    Support for IAM representation, like workers have at Boeing facilities in Washington State, is growing at North Charleston’s 787 production plant. PBS points out one reason why—the drastic pay difference between a union worker in Washington State and a non-union worker in South Carolina.

    An IAM-represented Boeing Assembler Mechanic makes $38.61 an hour after six years on the job. In South Carolina, non-union Boeing workers building the same plane make only $22.62 an hour.

    “The wages and benefits [in Washington State] are much better than what they’re experiencing here in South Carolina,” said Mike Evans, an IAM Special Representative and the campaign’s lead organizer.

    Without an IAM contract, Boeing workers in North Charleston frequently see their work being done by part-time, temporary contract workers. This jeopardizes the full-time workforce, and raises safety and productivity concerns.

    But with an IAM contract, “our Everett plant doesn’t allow temporary workers on the production line,” said Evans.

    Learn more about the Boeing South Carolina campaign at BoeingWorkers.com.

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  • District 1 Honors Members for Prolific MNPL Fundraising

    From left: District 1 Office Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Wendy Santora, Legislative Director Hasan Solomon, District 1 Business Representative Brian Mulhern, Eastern Territory Chief of Staff James Smith, District 1 Directing Business Representative Tony Armideo, International President Bob Martinez, Eastern Territory General Vice President James Conigliaro, District 1 Assistant Directing Business Representative Bill McIntosh, General Vice President Diane Babineaux, Local 321 Chief Steward James Myers and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace.

    From left: District 1 Office Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Wendy Santora, Legislative Director Hasan Solomon, District 1 Business Representative Brian Mulhern, Eastern Territory Chief of Staff James Smith, District 1 Directing Business Representative Tony Armideo, International President Bob Martinez, Eastern Territory General Vice President James Conigliaro, District 1 Assistant Directing Business Representative Bill McIntosh, General Vice President Diane Babineaux, Local 321 Chief Steward James Myers and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace.

    IAM District 1 has won the Cents-Per-Member MNPL Award nine years running, and are attempting to make it 10. The district held their 25th annual Stewards and Officers Appreciation Dinner recently at the Genetti Manor Banquet and Convention Center in Dickson City, PA. They raised over $60,000 for the Machinist Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL).

    In addition to being a fundraiser, the dinner is also way for the district to thank Stewards and Officers for their hard work and dedication to their union. The district also picks a deserving person from the ranks of stewards and local offices to receive the District Man of the Year Award. This year’s honoree was the Local 321 member James Myers, the Chief Steward from Bowhead at Letterkenney Army Depot.

    “I’m very proud of the commitment the brothers and sisters at District 1 have to MNPL, and working to ensure labor-friendly politicians get elected,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Nine years in a row is an amazing accomplishment.”

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  • Metalcraft Machinists Give Thumbs Up to New Field Negotiation Prep Program

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    Clockwise, from Winpisinger Center Director Chis Wagoner (top, in tie): Committee Chair Sandy Fischer, Committee Member Nicole Becker, District 10 Business Representative Scott Parr, Committee Member Rick Worden and Committee Member Doris Koenigs. Not pictured: Committee Member Jon Breselow.

    IAM Local 2053 members who work at Metalcraft in Mayville, WI are some of the latest members to benefit from the IAM’s new Field Negotiation Prep Program.

    “With the flood of information available to our committee, we knew it would be an intense week and it was,” said Sandy Fischer, chair of the bargaining committee. “We found the Negotiation Preparation class to be educational, inspirational and motivational. With all these resources, there really is strength in numbers.”

    One of the primary aims of the Field Negotiation Prep Program is to strengthen the critical role stewards play in the bargaining process and their vital link between membership and the negotiating committee. The Field Negotiation Prep program is available to groups unable to travel to the Winpisinger Center and offers a flexible format for negotiating committees, stewards and members.

    It’s already been met with rave reviews from two IAM Locals in Connecticut.

    “While never able to replace the full Negotiation Preparation program at the Winpisinger Center, this field module came as close as you can get,” said District 10 Business Representative Scott Parr. “To add this as one more tool to our arsenal is priceless.”

    Learn more about the IAM’s Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program.

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