With a unanimous vote of “yes,” 38 full- and part-time custodial maintenance employees working for Creative Management Technology, Inc. at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH decided to join District Lodge 54 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

Congratulations, and welcome to the IAM family to these new members,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They recognized the key to improving their daily work lives starts with a good union-negotiated contract. My thanks to PDBR Dean Wright, and his staff for their dedication to organizing and their continued success under the Service Contract Act.”

The newly organized members fall under the Service Contract Act (SCA) guidelines, which allows for wages, benefits and working conditions to be set by union bargaining under Section 4(c) and replaces previously established wages and benefits under Area Wage Determination (AWD).

District Lodge 54 has several SCA contracts, and the IAM represents more SCA employees than any other North American union.

“I want to personally congratulate and commend our new Brothers and Sisters. By joining the Machinists Union, they have empowered themselves,” said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “We look forward to negotiating a strong first contract and bettering their wages and benefits. I’d also like to thank District Lodge 54 staff, Local Lodge 439 volunteers, and the regional office for their support and assistance with this victory.”

“I am proud to welcome these new brothers and sisters into the IAM family,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Their decision to become a part of IAM District 54, is the first step in improving their lives. I am confident they will be successful at the bargaining table.”

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