• Furman Joins IAM Communications Staff

    International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of Michelle Furman as a Communications Representative at Headquarters, effective March 1, 2018. Furman takes over for former graphic designer Mike Mancini, who retired after five years on staff and 19 years as an IAM member.

    Furman joins the IAM with 18 years of prior experience working as a designer, production manager and communications director. Working for the American Federation of Teachers and the Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center, Furman produced books, magazines, advertisements, journals and social media campaigns. She most recently served as communications director for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

    Furman holds bachelor’s degrees in graphic design and political science from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University.

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  • Apply Now for Labor-Management Committee Grants

    IAM Districts and Locals with labor-management committees have until May 31 to apply for grants from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

    Click here for grant application material and webinars on how to apply.

    Grants are awarded by the agency to promote best practices in labor-management cooperation as a way of improving collective bargaining and proactively mitigating labor-management disputes.

    The grant program supports the establishment and operation of joint labor-management committees at the company level, on a community or area-wide basis, within a particular industry, and for public sector employees.

    Many IAM locals and districts have used FMCS grants to develop joint labor-management programs. If you have questions, please contact the IAM Safety and Health Department at 301-967-4704.

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  • Join the IAM at Rolling Thunder 2018

    Machinists Union members will ride as a union in Washington, DC’s annual 2018 Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom,” the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event. It is believed to be the first time a national or international union will ride together in Rolling Thunder.

    The Memorial Day Weekend ride, which dates back to 1988, gives tribute to POW/MIA families while embracing the service of veterans and active duty military.

    Rolling Thunder events begin on Friday, May 25 and conclude on Monday, May 28.

    To participate, please email Carlos San Miguel, Director of General Secretary-Treasurer Services, at csanmiguel@iamaw.org. Please provide the following information:

    • First and last name of the rider and passenger
    • Address
    • Cell phone number
    • Date of arrival

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  • Machinists to Remember Fallen Workers on April 30

    On Monday, April 30, the IAM will gather at the Winpisinger Center to observe Workers’ Memorial Day and remember those who have suffered and died on the job. We will also commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future.

    We will toll a bell in honor of each of our lost members whose lives were ended due to occupational injuries or illnesses and give special recognition to those who have advocated for our members.

    In remembrance of those who lost their lives, we will hold a short service at the Lighthouse Monument in the Winpisinger Center’s Workers’ Memorial Park. The program will begin promptly at 11 a.m. on April 30.

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  • Ohio Local 1943 Ratifies Two-Year Contract with AK Steel

    Members of Middletown, Ohio Local 1943 recently ratified a two-year agreement with their employer AK Steel. The previous contract was set to expire March 15, 2018.

    The membership voted overwhelmingly to accept the tentative agreement, which included a lump sum payment, wage increase, upped funding for future retiree medical benefits, an increase to pension contributions and many other contract improvements. The negotiations took longer than expected, but the parties were able to agree on the two-year deal.

    “While­­­ we weren’t able to get everything we wanted at the bargaining table, we were able to secure a quality agreement ­­­­­­that was ratified by ­our members,” said IAM Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas. “We will continue to work diligently over the next two years and be ready to get back to the table in an effort to build upon the agreement we just signed.”

    “Hats off to the membership of Local 1943 for supporting and standing behind their negotiating committee, giving them the bargaining power needed at the table,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “Because of that solidarity, the committee was able to get an agreement their members could be proud of.”

    The new agreement expires March 15, 2020

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  • Machinists Urge Pension Committee to Embrace Butch Lewis Act

    The Machinists Union is aggressively advocating that the joint congressional committee look to the recently introduced Butch Lewis Act as the best solution to fund insolvent multiemployer pension plans and avert a looming retirement crisis for millions of Americans.

    “We will urge members of the committee to adopt the principles of the Butch Lewis Act in their legislation,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The government did not hesitate to bail out Wall Street, and now it is time to help Main Street. We are resolute in protecting the earned pension benefits of union workers, retirees and all Americans.”

    The Butch Lewis Act (S. 2147), introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), would offer federally subsidized loans to multiemployer plans in danger of becoming insolvent. It would also maintain the health of well-funded multi-employer plans and adequately fund the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), without making any cuts to the earned benefits of current or future retirees. Plans would invest the money from these loans and use the investment earnings to pay retiree benefits and improve the plan’s financial health.

    The companion House legislation is the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

    Read the IAM’s letter to Congress supporting pension reform.

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  • Register for Basic Communicator Class by March 23

    Registration is open until Friday, March 23 for the May 6-11 Basic Communicator Class held by the IAM’s Communication Department. The last Communicator Class filled up quickly, so get registered now in order to secure your spot!

    This basic course geared toward lodge Communicators to upgrade their skills and take lodge communications to the next level. Instruction will be provided in messaging, news writing, internet research, desktop publishing, photography, video and social media practices.

    Because the course is designed for the entry-level Communicator, priority will be given to participants who have not attended previous Communications Department courses at the Winpisinger Center.

    Official Call – English | French
    Registration Form – English | French

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  • Washington Machinists Fight for Workers at State Council Meeting

    Nearly 50 delegates to the Washington Machinists Council hit the state capitol in Olympia last week to be the voice of working families across the state.

    Prior to their lobbying efforts, Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and State Sen. Karen Keiser addressed the delegates during the Legislation and Education Session. The labor-friendly politicians shared what legislative issues were coming up in the state and how they can help fight for working families in their state.

    Washington Machinists Council Political Director Larry Brown (right) with Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib.

    The delegates also received a political report from IAM Political Director Rick de la Fuente. Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Matt McKinnon gave the delegates a report highlighting the success in organizing across the Territory.

    “The delegates to the Washington Machinists Council really make a difference here in our state,” said District 160 Directing Business Representative and Washington Machinists Council President Dan Morgan. “They stay educated on the issues and legislation that affect working families and march right to the Capitol to hold their politicians accountable.”

    “I’m very proud of the work of the Washington Machinists Council delegates and their leadership,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “These Sisters and Brothers stay on top of legislative issues that not only affect union members, but all working families and their communities. I also want to congratulate Council President Dan Morgan on his upcoming retirement. Brother Morgan has served our membership well and I wish him nothing but health and happiness in his future endeavors.”

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  • Ohio Machinists at Gradall Strike to Defend Working Families

    A company attack on healthcare is being met by a strike of nearly 200 IAM Local 1285 (District 54) members at Gradall Industries in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

    The excavator manufacturing company wants the ability to arbitrarily change employee healthcare benefits and contributions. In 2016, the company used similar language to yank coverage from spouses of employees covered by another employer-provided plan.

    “Our Brothers and Sisters chose to stand and fight for quality healthcare for their families,” said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright Jr. “The members of Local 1285 have the full support of IAM District 54, the Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. and the entire Eastern Territory staff as long as it takes to get a fair and equitable contract.”

    The IAM and the Negotiating Committee notified the company that they remain ready, willing and able to return to the bargaining table when the company is prepared to seriously address the concerns of the members. Gradall says it will meet with the IAM on Wednesday, March 14.

    “The resolve of our members is unwavering,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They will not be deterred by this company’s heavy-handed tactics. Their fight for decent, affordable healthcare isn’t just for their families, but for all working families in this community.”

    “I’m very proud of our Sisters and Brothers at Gradall for taking a stand for not just their families, but for all working people,” said International President Bob Martinez. “We will never back down from any company that chooses corporate greed over hard-working, dedicated working men and women. This union stands fully beside the members of Local 1285 and the Eastern Territory leadership team fighting alongside them.”

    Picket lines went up at midnight on Monday, March 12.

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  • The Machinist Brothers and Sisters of Lockheed Martin

    Contract Negotiations is a lot like a game of chess.

    It’s an ever-changing, well-planned, strategic environment where both sides have to look into the future in order to make smart moves in the present. What separates that for us at the Union Level is that at the core of our Machinist Contracts, it’s about our Brothers and Sisters.

    This is Mo and he is part of the Palmdale Group in California.

    And this is Kim, Kevin and Randy who are also from the Golden State but work in Sunnyvale, CA.

    This is Bill Egan is home in Marietta, GA.

    These are just a few of the IAM Members representing the thousands back at home who were part of Lockheed Martin Negotiations taking place in San Antonio, TX recently.

    “We can never forget that Negotiations are not solely about wages and benefits, but about the Brothers and Sisters we speak for back home,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “When we sit at these tables, we change lives. That’s a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. There are thousands of Machinist Members and their families spread across the country counting on the IAM to make sure their future is secure. Your Negotiating Team always makes sure that no one forgets what’s at stake.”

    “The men and women that makeup Lockheed Martin are not faceless,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “They are voices in their communities; Boy Scout and Brownie Leaders, Little League Coaches, Ministers and Religious Pastors. A fair contract from Lockheed Martin means sustainability for their families and the communities in which they call home.”

    As of last week, the agreement was ratified by Machinist Members in shops across the United States. And there were gains in areas like wages and retirement security, but no one case their vote lightly with so much at stake. Not just for these workers and their families but for workers around the globe. Because the success of one worker is the future for the next.

    “I am very proud of the work that was done by the Negotiating Committee in San Antonio. With long hours, and heightened emotions, your Team made sure to work together and put the concerns of the workers they represent at the forefront of these talks,” said IAM’s Aerospace Coordinator and Lead Negotiator Jody Bennett. “And they were successful in bringing home a contract that represents the Voice of the Membership on Lockheed Shop Floors across the U.S.A. We saw that with each vote that was cast and counted.”

    To see the final ratification, you can log onto www.iamlockheed.com.

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