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Missouri Labor-endorsed candidates for local and statewide offices in Aug. 4 primary

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Following are the Missouri AFL-CIO and St. Louis Labor Council  COPE endorsements for Aug. 4, 2020 Missouri primary election, based on recommendations from Missouri Labor Clubs. Information provided by the Labor Council and Missouri AFL-CIO. An asterisk (*) denotes a friendly incumbent. STATEWIDEYes on Amendment 2Governor  Nicole Galloway (D)Lt. Governor  OpenSecretary of State   Yinka Faleti (D)Treasurer  Vicki Englund (D)Attorney General  Open U.S. CONGRESSCD1 Lacy Clay (D)*CD2 Jill Schupp (D)CD3 OpenCD4 Lindsey Simmons (D) STATE SENATE PRIMARY District 1Republican  No endorsementDemocrat  Doug Beck District 3Republican Elaine Gannon District 5Republican  No endorsementDemocrat  OPEN District 13Democrat  OPENLibertarian  No endorsement District 15Republican  No endorsementDemocrat  Deb Lavender District 23Republican  No endorsementDemocrat  Richard Orr STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PRIMARY District 42Republican No endorsementDemocrat  N/A District 63Republican  Dale SchaperDemocrat  N/A District […]

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Boeing Speed Facts

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Most Essential Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, As our communities and our states begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Boeing decided to make the wearing of face masks in the workplace a requirement across the enterprise beginning, June 15, 2020. I encourage all members to adhere to this policy and use common sense, social distancing practices. Please address any safety concerns you may have with your manager and union representative. For over two months IAM 837 members have continued to come to work as designated “essential workers”, making a profit for the Boeing Company during […]

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GKN Speed Facts

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Back To Business Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week during a (3) hour conference call with GKN leadership, the Union discussed many topics. One was the continued efforts to keep employees safe despite political decisions to open up our state for business. We encouraged continual cleaning practices, access to sufficient safety supplies, and improved communication about COVID-19 related incidences in the shop. We discussed current grievances and the need to select arbitrators on multiple grievances where we are unable to reach an agreement. As a result of the pandemic, all arbitrations have been postponed until it […]

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GKN Upcoming Negotiations

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, COVID-19 pandemic has changed our workplace forever. While GKN has made strides in keeping IAM members safe, the implementation of safety practices, supplies, and policies has been chaotic. Frankly, we have elements of management who still can’t even adhere to the most basic contract language, much less treat IAM members with the respect they deserve. In only 6 months, we will begin negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the company. The experience of a worldwide pandemic has revealed many more contract issues that will need to be addressed. Now is the time all of […]

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June Golf Tournament Canceled

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The Guide Dogs of America Golf Scramble that was scheduled for June 20th at Incline Village has been canceled due to Covid-19 issues. It will be rescheduled for a later date when it can be safely conducted. As of right now we hope to still have our GDA golf tournament in October. Thank you!

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Boeing Safety, Seniority and Charity

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The company has introduced numerous additional safety guidelines around the requirements to wear a mask while at work. I have urged the company to use common sense in its enforcement. Managers must involve your union representative over issues arising due to the mask-wearing policy. At this time, there is no end date for this requirement. Another safety requirement implemented at the guidance of St. Louis County Health, is the requirement that all employees check their temperature before arriving at work. Since this action is  considered work-related, I have secured an agreement with […]

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Essential Worker SpeedFact

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         Dear “Essential” Machinist Member, As you have witnessed, the Worldwide Pandemic we have endured the last 2 months has changed our workplace safety practices.  We now live in a very different world that requires each one of us to adopt new safety measures as we move forward.  While some of these changes may seem challenging, a safe work environment is what we are expecting from the company.   Being designated as “essential employees” during this pandemic I have continually pressed the Company to recognize the dangers of exposure to my members.   I continue to appeal for hazard pay, appreciation […]

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IAM Members, Families Can Complete Bachelor’s Degree for Free This Summer

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Because of the current economic and public health uncertainty, IAM members and families who enroll in the IAM’s Low-Cost Degree Program by Monday, May 18, 2020 can complete a bachelor’s degree with no out-of-pocket costs. Get started by calling 888-897-9671 or enrolling online at FreeCollege.goIAM.org. Your union is making it possible for all students who enroll through the IAM Low-Cost Degree Program at Central State University this summer to complete their degree with no out-of-pocket costs. IAM members and family who enroll in the term beginning May 18 can do so under the same terms as the IAM Free College Program. All new […]

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AeroFacts Correction

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In the April 2020 print edition of AeroFacts there was an error on the absentee request form for the Grand Lodge Delegate Election. The form used in print was not up to date with current constitution language. Below are downloadable and printable copies of the updated form for each local lodge.

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(GKN)Safety First

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Dear “Essential” Machinist Member, We continue to see progress being made with regard to the company providing adequate safety supplies, however, your union continues to press for more improvements. I am frustrated by the company’s refusal to relax attendance and LOA guidelines and its practice of forcing employees to quarantine without pay or forced to use available PTO. Common sense dictates that employees should not have to choose between potentially exposing coworkers and getting a paycheck. It ‘s already stressful enough to be forced to be working in a potentially unsafe environment because of strict attendance and LOA rules. The […]

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Union-Busting Cases Against Boeing in South Carolina Move Forward

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A federal complaint has been issued against the Boeing Co. for unlawfully firing and disciplining IAM supporters at the company’s North Charleston, SC plant. The National Labor Relations Board is moving forward with charges that Boeing wrongly fired five flight line employees and disciplined union supporters more harshly than other workers. The complaint comes eight months after an NLRB regional director had found merit in the IAM’s cases. A group of 176 Flight Line Inspectors and Technicians voted nearly 2-to-1 in May 2018 to join the IAM and had to deal with threats due to their union support. Claims that Boeing SC […]

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Budgeting Amid COVID-19

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Budgeting Amid COVID-19 – IAMAW The IAM is working to make sure you have the resources you need for long-term planning. You can download a PDF of this presentation on our home page. Just click on Coronavirus Resource Center.

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GKN St. Louis Covid-19 Update

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Dear Team, As you may be aware, we recently discovered an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee’s last workday on-site was Wednesday, April 8th. During work hours, this employee wore a mask and gloves, and we believe that in an effort for self-protection, he also helped to protect others. This employee will remain home under quarantine for at least the next two weeks and until cleared by a health official before returning to work. I would first like to express my support for the employee and ask you join me is wishing them and their family a full […]

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Emotions Run High

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, With every day that goes by it seems the world changes before our eyes. Right in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, District 837 members must still go to work. On one hand we still have the opportunity to earn a paycheck, while on the other is the need to be safe and the fear of contracting a potentially fatal virus. Never before have we faced such a stressful dilemma. This pandemic has raised known and unknown issues of safety and company policy that need to be addressed and/or negotiated. While both companies portray an image […]

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St. Louis Machinists Union Members to Produce COVID-19 Face Shields

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St. Louis, Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Members of Machinist Union (IAM) District 837 employed at Boeing in St. Louis are volunteering to work overtime in order to help build face shields needed by health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The more than 2,000 workers – who build F15 and F18 fighter jets and other defense equipment – will be using eight hours of volunteer overtime each week to assemble medical-grade face shields, which will then be packaged and shipped directly to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Boeing announced it is activating its additive […]

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Machinists Call for Worker Protections, Use of Shuttered Factories to Fight COVID-19

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The IAM is urging President Trump to join the union’s call for employers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to all working people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to the president, IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. also offers the IAM’s cooperation in identifying out-of-work IAM members and shuttered manufacturing facilities to produce medical supplies. Thousands of IAM members, especially in the aerospace, manufacturing, defense, transportation and healthcare industries, remain on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In fair, far too many situations our members are being put in harm’s way because they do not […]

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Washington State Lawmakers Urge Boeing to Accept Relief, Protect Aerospace Jobs

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Members of the Washington state congressional delegation sent a letter to Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, urging the aerospace giant to accept relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The letter expresses hope that the Boeing Company will consider making full use of the CARES Act’s economic relief provisions to support tens of thousands of aviation and aerospace machinists, engineers, electricians, technicians and other frontline workers in the U.S. aviation and aerospace industry. The IAM represents more than 30,000 members at Boeing and thousands more at Boeing suppliers. The pandemic has forced Boeing and many […]

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UPDATED Covid-19 FAQ

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Our members have many questions during this Covid-19 pandemic. Things have changed rapidly at each company, sometimes hourly. We will do our best to answer questions as soon as we have information available. Check back often. This page will be updated. Q: What is the Company doing to clean my work area? A: There has been increased cleaning of high traffic areas such as door handles and walk ways. If you feel your area needs to be cleaned better ask your manager. Q: What if I need to take time off work because my kids are home from school? A: […]

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Governor Parson Announces April 7 Municipal Elections Postponed Until June 2 in Response to COVID-19

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Jefferson City — Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson today signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020. The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.  “Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and […]

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Leave A Springtime Legacy: Get Kids Involved In Turkey Hunting

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By Dr. Brooks Tiller Gobbles boom like thunder, budding blooms fill the air with a fresh aroma and green sprouts break through the forest floor as springtime gives newness to the woods. Turkey season is an invigorating breath of fresh air. It also provides a great opportunity to get kids involved in the outdoors. To help you get youngsters interested in hunting and the outdoors, we offer the following advice from a trio of parents who’ve gotten their young guns off to a great start. KEEP IT FUN In 2019, I took my son, Thor, (age 3 at the time) […]

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Union Leaders Push For COVID-19 Safety Measures At ‘Essential’ Manufacturing Plants

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Workers at the General Motors Wentzville assembly plant (pictured above) are on furlough. But other manufacturing workers considered essential must still report to work, though many fear for their health.FILE PHOTO | CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO By CORINNE RUFF St.LouisPublicRadio Updated 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 27, with comments from Olin’s Winchester division. The coronavirus outbreak is changing the way many people work — and whether some report to their jobs at all.  Local governments in the St. Louis region recently restricted gatherings to 10 people or fewer, and many have ordered residents to stay at home in an effort to stop […]

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IAM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

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IAM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center – IAMAW Note: Information on this website may change as the situation, recommendations and resources evolve. Please check back frequently. Updates March 20 Update: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act March 20 Update: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act March 19 Update: A Message from IP Martinez on the Coronavirus Crisis March 19 Update: IAM Issues Guidelines for Bargaining with Employers Regarding COVID-19 March 19 Update: Union Plus Offering Hardship Assistance March 19 Update: IAM EAP and Addiction Services Program Remains Available to Membership March 17 Update: Machinists Urge U.S. Senate to Pass Coronavirus Response […]

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Machinists Union Membership Votes to Endorse Joe Biden

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The IAM, utilizing an unprecedented democratic process that included a general membership vote open to all U.S. members in good standing, has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States. The IAM’s endorsement is the majority will of the IAM’s membership and its state councils, who voted online through an independent third party in early March. More about the IAM’s endorsement process is available at iam2020.org. Cumulative General Membership Vote (March 4-6, 2020) Democrats (66%) 1. Joe Biden – 36%  2. Bernie Sanders – 26%  3. Elizabeth Warren – 2% 4. Michael Bloomberg – 1% 5. Tulsi Gabbard – […]

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IAM Scores Major Legislative Victories

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The IAM scored major legislative victories at the end of 2019. These victories included the repeal of the 40 percent Cadillac health care tax, the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the signing of the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).   ‘Cadillac Tax’ Repeal Vital legislation repealing the Cadillac Tax, a 40 percent health benefits tax on employer-sponsored healthcare, was included in the end-of-year appropriations and tax bill. “The Machinists Union has been fighting for years to end the 40 percent Cadillac Tax on working peoples’ health care plans,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr.  […]

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IAM District 837 H.E.L.P.S. Greater St. Marks Church in Ferguson, Missouri

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IAM District 837 recently helped a local church in need of a facelift in the St. Louis area. Nearly 20 volunteers traveled from all over the District for the district’s first “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” event. The event took place at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson, MO. Union members did a range of work including power washing the church’s exterior, debris removal, weed and plant removal, laying weed barrier, mulching, planting, and painting the exterior handrails. “The facility is 49 years old,” said IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Earl Schuessler. “The congregation purchased the building […]

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Machinists Support UAW Members on Strike at GM Facilities

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The Machinists Union stands with the thousands of UAW-represented General Motors’ workers who are walking the picket lines. The IAM supports the union’s pressure to ink a collective bargaining agreement that provides these GM workers with good pay and benefits. IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has voiced his support for the picketers.   Myself and 600,000 Fighting @MachinistsUnion members are proud to stand with @UAW members on strike fighting for fair wages, affordable health care and job security. Stop your corporate greed and do the right thing, @GM. #UnionStrong #StandWithUS pic.twitter.com/ofc1Z02OKX — Robert Martinez Jr. (@IAMBobMartinez) September 20, 2019 […]

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Join the Petition to Support IAM Members at Boeing South Carolina

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Let’s keep the pressure on Boeing Co. to reinstate our fellow IAM members who were unjustly fired at the company’s campus in North Charleston, S.C. Please sign the petition urging Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to immediately allow the workers to return to work. As you may know, a National Labor Relations Board region recently found merit in the IAM’s complaint that Boeing leaders violated federal labor laws when they fired workers for their support of the union. Our correspondence to Muilenburg also urges company officials to start negotiating a first contract for the Flight Line workers who last year won […]

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Let’s keep the pressure on Boeing Co. to reinstate our fellow IAM members who were unjustly fired at the company’s campus in North Charleston, S.C.

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The IAM scored a major win in its complaint that Boeing Co. unjustly fired workers at its North Charleston, S.C. campus for support of the union. A National Labor Relations Board regional director recently concluded there’s merit to the IAM’s charges that Boeing South Carolina officials violated federal labor law when they fired the workers shortly after the union won a representation election there. The director’s finding advances the cases to trial in front of an administrative law judge.   BIG NEWS: @Boeing has been found GUILTY of firing workers for their support of the IAM in South Carolina. #BeBetterBoeing […]

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Have You Registered for the IAM’s 2020 Presidential Endorsement Election?

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Who should the IAM endorse for the U.S. president? Don’t miss the opportunity to register to have your voice heard! As you may have heard, there’s a new process that gives the IAM members the opportunity to vote online for a candidate of their choice. To do so, you must register to vote in our endorsement process at iam2020.org. “When presidential candidates call me and ask for our endorsement I tell them all the same thing: If you want the IAM’s endorsement, don’t talk to me—talk to our members,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Go visit them, and listen to them, […]

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Brother Ken Kellogg Returns to Work After Unjust Termination From Boeing

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Brother Ken Kellogg was unjustly terminated from Boeing in August 2017. Through the unrelenting efforts of his Union, Brother Kellogg returned to work in May 2019 after the union won his grievance in arbitration. He has also been made whole with settlement of $150,000. This is a great example of the “never give up, never surrender” attitude that makes our union so great. After battling against the company for a year and nine months, we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS TO BROTHER KELLOGG AND ALL OF THOSE THAT WORKED TIRELESSLY ON HIS BEHALF! We are still working hard on other […]

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District 837 Picnic Saturday September 7th

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Can believe summer is almost over. Fall is coming which means bonfires, deer hunting, and the District 837 Picnic. This year the picnic will be held September 7th at the 837 Union Hall (212 Utz Lane). Join us from 11-5pm for food and drinks. Plenty of activities for the family. Horseshoes, dunking booth, snow cones, pony rides, clowns, face painting, balloon twister, and much more. Also don’t forget to sign up for washers and bag toss tournament! Dunking booth proceeds go to the Guide Dogs of America!

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Chicago IAM Local 48 Member to be Featured on USA’s ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

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Machinist Michael Wojciechowski this week heads to the wide-open spaces of Wyoming for his first-ever pronghorn hunt on an episode of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) “Brotherhood Outdoors” television series. The episodes air on the Sportsman Channel starting Tuesday, July 30. Wojciechowski, a member of IAM’s Local 48 in Chicago, has been a machine maintenance worker at PSW Industries and later for the Chicago Transit Authority. Wojciechowski is a six-year Navy veteran who also spent 17 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. He credits his military experiences with instilling in him a sense of discipline and fostering the ability […]

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Addressing a Growing Problem – Help is Just a Phone Call Away

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The Summer 2019 IAM Journal will be hitting the doorsteps on IAM members by late May. Here’s a first look at one of several articles in this edition. The opioid epidemic is sweeping across the United States. It’s affecting young and old, men and women, rich and poor. It doesn’t discriminate or care about your race, gender, income or upbringing. Chances are you know someone affected by opioid addiction. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 130 people […]

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You Now Have a Voice in the IAM’s U.S. Presidential Endorsement

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Sisters and Brothers, Shortly after I was sworn in as your International President, a member asked me, “When are we going to have a say in who the IAM endorses for president?” It was a good question, and one I’ve been thinking about a lot now that it’s election season. The answer is that your Executive Council hears you. It’s time for a change. I am proud to announce that for the first time in the history of the IAM, during the 2020 primaries, members will be given the opportunity to vote online, through an independent firm, for a candidate […]

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U.S. Senator Calls on Boeing to Respect South Carolina Workers, Recognize IAM

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A recent New York Times report on safety concerns in the 787 Dreamliner production line prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) to write a letter urging Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to reconsider the company’s approach to quality control and safety lapses. Brown’s letter also called on Boeing to adopt card check neutrality for all workers at the South Carolina plant as part of their response to the Dreamliners’ safety concerns. READ: Ohio senator calls for union as solution to alleged Boeing SC production issues Charleston (SC) Post and Courier An alarming report from The Daily: Boeing pushed its workforce to quickly […]

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Gun Winners as of 4/25/2019

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Thank you to everyone that participated in Guide Dogs of America Spring Gun Raffle.   Brad Demond        Stoeger M3500 Cody Davis             Heritage Rough Rider Steven Schultz       Ruger LCP Seth Flamm           Ruger SR22 Kevin Kline            Browning Cynergy Sixto Limiac          Sig Sauer P320 Larry Kunza          Ruger 10/22 Travis Litteken     Savage 110 Joe Gruber            Savage Axis II Scott Edger           Savage Mark […]

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Martinez, Galloway Visit IAM Local 41 Members at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis

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IAM International President Bob Martinez recently joined IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway in a visit with IAM Local 41 members who work at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis. Pictured, left to right: IAM Local 41 Chief Shop Steward Chris Steinkuhler, IAM District 9 Business Representative Joe Eccardt, IAM Midwest Territory Grand Lodge Representative Larry Young, Galloway, Martinez, IAM Local 41 members Greg Harmon and Ken Heimos, and IAM Local 41 Committee member Cliff Rushton   IAM International President Bob Martinez recently joined IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway in a visit with IAM Local […]

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It’s Time for Equal Pay

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This year, Equal Pay Day is on April 2, 2019. Equal Pay Day represents on average how far into the year a woman must work to earn what a man earned in 2018. The wage gap is even greater for women of color. The gender pay gap hurts working families and our economy “Wage disparity between men and women is an issue that we must all fight to eliminate,” said Machinists Union International President Bob Martinez. “The best way to fight wage discrimination is to join in union. The IAM is committed to raise awareness and help close the gender […]

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Follow IAM Addiction Services on Facebook

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Earlier this year, the IAM launched the Addition Services Program to help find help for members and their families who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. With the launch of their Facebook page, the program now has a social media presence.   Please give the IAM Addiction Services Facebook page a like and share it with your friends to spread the word about this useful benefit for Machinists Union members. IAM Addiction Services include assessment, placement into a treatment facility, follow up and aftercare. These services are available to all dues-paying IAM members and their eligible family members. Assistant […]

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NASCAR Tribute To Labor

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Join Us at the fifth annual Chicagoland Speedway Tribute To Labor! PACKAGE INCLUDES: •   A Premium Race Ticket in Section D to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 on June 30, 2019 •   A Sunday Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass, with access to the Drivers’ Red Carpet Walk, pit road, track and infield lawn access before the race and up-close access to the pre-race concert featuring Lee Brice! ($55 Value) •   Carnival in Champions Park June 28-30 – Family-Friendly Rides – All you can ride $20 wristbands – Youth Attractions & Games •   Pit Bike National – […]

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Vote Now to Pick the Cutest IAM Dog

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This March, IAM is hosting our first ever Puppy March Madness fundraiser to benefit our favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America. With a $1 donation, our members can cast a vote for the cutest Machinist pup! Dogs will move to the next round by getting the most votes in this March Madness-style bracket competition. Vote now to help select the cutest dog in the IAM family. Your donation will help support the thousands of families with guide dogs around the country. Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired men and women across the U.S. and […]

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IAM Members Continue Fight to End Government Shutdown

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IAM members all across the nation are engaged in the battle to end the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. IAM members several other unions recently held a rally  at the Nationals Park in Washington, DC where Senate Republicans were gathered for a retreat instead of voting on a House bill to reopen the government. Members gathered at the rally demanding  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately call a Senate vote to end the shutdown. “Tell Mitch McConnell that enough is enough,” NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 President/Directing Business Representative Randy Erwin told the crowd. “Every member of the […]

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Derek Rabelo’s GDA Story

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“I just want to show everyone what we can do when we have faith.” – Derek Rabelo, Guide Dogs of America Graduate Class #405 by Zachary Gittlen GDA graduate Derek Rabelo has always been close with his father. “I may make fun of his big belly now, but we are best friends. He’s my hero and he has always encouraged me to do anything.” Before Derek was even born, his father had dreams of his son becoming a pro surfer. He even named his son after champion surfer Derek Ho. However, due to congenital glaucoma, Derek was born blind. It […]

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Luther Williams Appointed IAM Midwest Territory Chief of Staff

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IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Luther Williams to Chief of Staff of the IAM Midwest Territory, effective January 1, 2019. “I know Luther will continue his excellent service to our membership in his new role as Chief of Staff in the Midwest Territory,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We are blessed to have such a dedicated trade unionist looking out for the interests of IAM families. The Midwest Territory will be well-served by Luther’s expertise and decades of experience.” Williams initiated into the IAM in 1986 as a Nuclear Marine Machinist […]

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IAM Midwest Territory ‘Rides for Guides’ Car Show Raises Over $8.5k for Guide Dogs

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The IAM Midwest Territory’s 2018 Spirit of Midwest “Rides for Guides” Classic Auto Show raised over $8.5k to benefit Guide Dogs of America. Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada. The event, held at IAM District 837 in Hazelwood, MO this year, drew over a hundred participants. Click here for photos and a complete list of winners. “What a fantastic event this year,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “The passion exhibited by all those involved, year after year, goes further than […]

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Boeing Urged by Bipartisan House Coalition to Respect South Carolina Workers

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A bipartisan group of 177 members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA), sent a bipartisan letter urging Boeing Co. to respect the decision of Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina who voted to join the Machinists Union. In August, 23 U.S. Senators urged Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers. Boeing has refused to negotiate with 178 workers at its North Charleston, S.C. manufacturing facility who chose by a 2-1 margin to join the IAM on May 31, 2018. The National Labor Relations Board in May struck down Boeing’s legal argument and ruled […]

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New Local 837A T-Shirts Avalable

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Need a new T-Shirt for #UnionShirtThursday or Red Shirt Friday? Get a new Local 837A shirt at your next local lodge metting Saturday September 8th at 10am. Only $15 union made in the great USA!

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Union Appreciation Day

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Start your Labor Day celebration a day early! Union Appreciation Day at Busch Stadium is Sunday, September 2nd when the Cardinals host the Reds. Fans who purchase a special Union Appreciation Day Theme Ticket will receive a specially designed Cardinals Union Proud T-Shirt. Tickets start at just $20! Please note: The Union t-shirt is available ONLY with the purchase of a special Theme Ticket. All Theme Ticket purchases that include giveaway items will come with a game ticket and a separate voucher. The voucher can be redeemed during the game’s distribution window for that event’s giveaway item. You will not be able to receive […]

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Missouri Families Win as RTW is Defeated

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Missourians sent a clear message to their state lawmakers Tuesday by overwhelmingly voting to overturn the anti-worker right-to-work law by a 2-1 margin. Union supporters in the state worked extremely hard the past year educating voters on the negative impact right-to-work will have on everyone in the state, not just union workers. Watch the Live Celebration “Working Families across Missouri and this nation won tonight,” said International President Bob Martinez. “I want to especially thank all of the dedicated IAM members who gave their time and talent to this winning effort. The Machinists Union is proud of their efforts to […]

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Keep Yourself and Coworkers Safe from the Effects of Heat

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Heat remains the leading weather-related killer in the United States, even though most heat-related deaths are preventable. Shield yourself and those around you from heat illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its OSHA FactSheet to help protect workers from the effects of heat. Various occupational factors may contribute to illnesses like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. High temperatures and humidity immediately come to mind as potential causes. Other factors such as limited air movement in the work area, low fluid consumption, wearing bulky protective clothing and physical exertion can also be killers. […]

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Union Night at St. Louis FC soccer game Aug. 4 to support $5 for the Fight, encourage visitors to Vote NO on Prop A

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BY TIM ROWDEN Editor Join St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White and other working men and women for a night dedicated to unions at the St Louis FC soccer game on Aug. 4, the Saturday before our big Election Day on Aug. 7 when we will Vote NO on Prop A to defeat “right-to-work.” A portion of each ticket sold will go to support the Labor Council’s $5 for the Fight fund to help union members and their families in times of financial hardship. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. in Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park (formally St. […]

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Happy 4th of July!

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We know hard Machinists go on the #4thofJuly. BBQ and fireworks? Water balloon fights and parades? Of course. So let’s see it! Post your July 4th selfies with #IAMerica and let’s show everybody how to do the 4th of July right. https://t.co/snhEOnIO90

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An Old Clock with a Timeless Story

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On the wall, just outside classroom A at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, is the new home of a clock with an important past. Forty years ago the clock was used by John “Jack” Henrion Jr. and other union members in Missouri to soundly defeat proposed so-called right-to-work legislation in the state. John Henrion, a good friend of IAM Grand Lodge Auditor Bryan Pinette, came across the clock when he was cleaning out his late father’s basement. Discovering it brought back fond memories of how important the fight was to his father and his family. John knew […]

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Boeing Super Hornet Appears To Be The New ‘Top Gun’ — Not Lockheed F-35

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GILLIAN RICH 5/31/2018 Boeing (BA) may have just received a huge publicity boost for its upgraded F/A-18 Super Hornet, after Tom Cruise tweeted a photo from the set of the “Top Gun” sequel. The photo shows Cruise, who played Maverick in the first “Top Gun” movie, in front of what appears to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, instead of the Navy version of Lockheed Martin‘s (LMT) F-35. Boeing didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The Navy told CNN that it provided Paramount Pictures access to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., for the filming of “Top Gun: Maverick.” David Evans, with […]

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Machinists Taking a Stand for Freedom at Boeing South Carolina

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New Machinists Union members at Boeing South Carolina are standing strong despite the company’s attempt to silence their voice. The Boeing Co. on Tuesday issued an appeal with the NLRB challenging the decision of Boeing Flightline Workers in North Charleston to join the IAM. The Flightline workers voted nearly two-to-one for the IAM. IAM International President Bob Martinez wrote a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journaladvocating for the South Carolina Flightline workers’ right to join the IAM. “The Boeing Co. should respect the workers’ freedom to choose their own union at Boeing in South Carolina and support efforts […]

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Celebrate a Union-Made Fourth of July

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Make this year’s Independence Day celebration one that supports union workers by shopping Made in America. You can also text: MADE to 235246 on your mobile device to fill your cookout list with products made by union brothers and sisters. If you will be taking a trip or want to find fun activities nearby, the Union Plus Travel Center can help you locate deals too. Find union represented hotels and airlines, get car rental discounts and save money at more than 50 theme parks, sporting events, movies, restaurants and more with Union Plus Travel.

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Get your #VoteNoOnPropA Bumper Stickers and Yard Signs TODAY!

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Stop by the hall and get your bumper stickers and yard signs at the 837 District office. Come in today, the stickers and signs are going fast! While you are there sign a pledge to vote no on prop A on August 7th 2018. A reminder card will be sent to you before the August 7th vote.   Brothers and Sisters, I am very proud of our members! We have seen a robust involvement in the Vote No On Prop A campaign. As of today our members have placed over 1000 yard signs. We are getting the message out in […]

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Machinists Call Out Harley’s Outsourcing Blame Game

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Harley-Davidson is blaming newly-imposed European Union tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles for the company’s most recent plans to offshore production. Harley-Davidson already has plants in Brazil and India, and plans to open another this year in Thailand. “Harley workers are left wondering if Harley is still committed to manufacturing in America,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Isn’t Harley afraid that replacing ‘Made in America’ with ‘Made in Thailand’ will destroy their iconic brand? If the EU rescinds its tariffs, will Harley drop its plans to offshore more production? This is looking like just another excuse by Harley to justify moving more […]

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Machinists Statement on Harley-Davidson’s Planned Further Offshoring of U.S. Production

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2018 – Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, released the following statement after Harley-Davidson’s announcement that it will move more production out of the United States. “Harley-Davidson’s announcement today is the latest slap in the face to the loyal, highly-skilled workforce that made Harley an iconic American brand. Harley pounced on news released Friday regarding EU tariffs on Harley motorcycles and the company will be implementing plans to offshore more production. “Even before the EU’s announcement, Harley made the decision to close its plant in Kansas City and has manufacturing […]

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Guide Dogs of America Honors IAM Midwest Territory and IAM District 837

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  Guide Dogs of America (GDA) honored the IAM Midwest Territory and members of St. Louis IAM District 837 for their 2017 contributions to the organization’s mission of providing the blind and visually-impaired with the gift of sight. Pictured from left to right: Chief of Staff Steve Galloway, General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Steve McDerman, and IAM District 837 Secretary-Treasurer Dewitt Darity. Guide Dogs of America (GDA) recently honored IAM General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, the IAM Midwest Territory, and members of St. Louis IAM District 837 for their 2017 contributions to […]

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Machinists Honor U.S. Army on 243rd Birthday

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On National Flag Day, the Machinists Union is proud to congratulate the U.S. Army, as celebrates another year in its distinguished history. “On this day 243 years ago, one of the world’s most respected organizations was born,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For nearly a quarter century, the men and women of the U.S. Army have bravely served and made our nation like no other in history. Today I speak for all Machinists when I say happy birthday to the U.S. Army.” The IAM represents thousands of members currently serving in the Army or who are veterans. The IAM […]