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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. […]