IAM Committee on the Future.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, is holding in person talks in 30 cities across the United States and Canada, with rank and file members about our union. Brother Frank Maniaci, Leo Jones, Sister Veronica Randal and Joshua Arnold attended the St. Louis event to speak with the committee at the District 9 building on St. Charles Rock road. The discussion was attended by delegations from across the St. Louis area. Our goal was and is to build and grow our union in a way that serves our members and supports the broader International Labor movement. Employers will […]

LMI Aerospace Workers in St. Louis File for Election to Join Machinists Union

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to represent approximately 50 LMI Aerospace employees in St. Louis.LMI Aerospace supplies structural assemblies, kits, and components for aircraft. They provide design engineering services to the commercial, business, regional, and defense aerospace markets, supporting aircraft product lifecycles from design to fleet support.READ: St. Charles LMI Aerospace workers to hold union election St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Aerospace workers see the value in having a stronger voice in their workplace,” said IAM District 837 Business Representative and Organizer Dan Forbes. “They are machinists and […]

Reps. Bush, Cleaver Seek Answers to Stop GKN Aerospace Plant Closure

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2022 – U.S. Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) are asking GKN Aerospace CEO David Paja and GKN President of Defense Shawn Black for answers and requesting their support and assistance in saving approximately 1,000 family-sustaining jobs at GKN Aerospace in Hazelwood, Mo. “The recent announcement that the facility would close next year came as a surprise for our local community, particularly given the risk of losing hundreds of good-paying jobs in the process,” write Reps. Bush and Cleaver in a letter to GKN leadership. “Given the impact, this would have on families and our economy, our top priority is to see […]

Today, the IAM Celebrates 134 Years of Fighting for Working Families

Sisters and Brothers, Today, we celebrate the 134th anniversary of our great union. In 1888, 19 Machinists met secretly in a locomotive pit in Atlanta declaring themselves “The Order of United Machinist and Mechanical Engineers.” A year later, 40 local lodges were established, and in 1889, the first Machinists Union Convention was held at the state capital in Atlanta, with 34 locals represented. Our 40th Grand Lodge Convention will be represented by more than 800 locals this October. Our founders would be proud of how our union has grown, both in size and diversity, as Machinists Union members now work in […]

GKN Tentative Effects Bargaining Agreement

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The Union and Company have finished Effects Bargaining negotiations and have a Tentative Effects Bargaining Agreement subject to ratification. • Copies of the Agreement will be released on the floor beginning of 3rd shift on Sunday, March 27, 2022, continuing to 1st and 2nd shifts. Copies will be available from your Union Stewards. There will be no early release of the proposal.• We will present the Agreement for a membership vote over three (3) separate meetings.• Only full dues-paying Union members in good standing will be allowed to attend these meetings. Please bring your identification or […]

A Girl, A Scholarship And A Dream

As Rachel Steele prepares to earn her doctorate in 2022, she looks back on how much an IAM scholarship meant to her back in 2003. Her father, Thomas Steele, was working for Boeing that year and she was featured in the IAM Journal as one of several scholarship winners.  The younger Steele feels the timing of her PhD candidacy, her dad’s retirement and the current call for scholarship applicants is special. She says her father ”worked tirelessly when we were growing up. He had to travel a lot, so he wasn’t always home and now as an adult, I realize […]

GKN Speed Facts

Dear GKN Brothers and Sisters, The Union recently made a request of GKN Aerospace to allow those of our members wishing to leave work early on December 23, 2021, to waive the charging of attendance points on this day.  The Company responded to the Union’s request with a firm “no”, they would not be able to meet the Union’s request at this time. It is disappointing to the Union that the Company refused to accommodate this modest request during the holiday season as you have diligently reported to work throughout the ongoing pandemic. District offices will be closed December 24, […]

Boeing Speed Facts

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Company has agreed to allow employees to leave early from work on Thursday,  December 23, 2021, without any charge to your attendance; provided you arrive at work on time and remain at work for at least four (4) hours.  All other absences will be counted as usual under the Attendance Policy. District offices will be closed December 24, 2021, through January 3, 2022, returning to business as usual, Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Enjoy you Union negotiated holiday break with family and friends and please be safe. On behalf of your Business Representatives, Plant Chairmen, and […]

Boeing Speed Fact

Dear Brothers and Sisters:                                                                                            November 15, 2021      The Union and Company met again on Friday 11/12/2021 to discuss the vaccine mandate and the effects it will have on our membership. As I have said all along this is a fluid situation and changes/updates are continuously being made by the administration and the Company. We feel some of the changes made are a positive step to keep our membership employed and safe while we work through this process. We are hearing of members who received their accommodations and are hopeful everyone who has requested an accommodation is approved. We […]

Boeing SpeedFact

Dear Brothers and Sisters:                                          November 01, 2021      These have certainly been some of the toughest times for our members, as we have all been impacted by the COVID pandemic. First and foremost, we are continuing to engage in effects bargaining with The Boeing Company. We are not close to reaching an agreement and will continue to schedule meetings in the future. It is important for us to communicate today, as we understand the anxiety and stress this vaccine mandate has caused for our members. We want to encourage members that are considering submission of a medical or religious exemption […]

Boeing SpeedFact

Boeing Brothers and Sisters, The Union was notified by Boeing over the weekend of a flier circulating on the shop floor regarding a possible work stoppage that would take place this week by some of our members in protest of the recent vaccine mandate.  I want to be very clear in my message, the Union strongly encourages the membership Not to Participate in this activity.  By interception of this flier, the Company has been made aware of the intent of those who participate.  Article 20 Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement states: A. There shall be no slowdowns, picketing, […]

Boeing Speed Fact

Brothers and Sisters, We were officially notified yesterday (October 12, 2021) that Boeing would be moving forward with a vaccine mandate in line with Executive Order 14042 and President’s Biden’s COVID-19 action plan. The Company announced they will require all U.S. based Boeing employees to either show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved reasonable accommodation (based on a medical or religious belief) in place by Dec. 8, 2021. This morning we demanded to bargain the effects of this decision. The Executive Order includes the ability to request religious and medical exemptions for those unable or […]

District Picnic

District 837 Picnic Saturday, September 18, 2021 11am – 5pm Aerospace District Lodge (212 Utz Lane) Beverages served from 11am to 5pm (For Beer – must be 21, must have ID)   (Will CARD!!!) Food served from 12pm till 3pm (NO carry outs) Horseshoes available Snow Cones – Popcorn  Dunking Booth Kids Activities include: Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Arm Painting, Clowns, Bag Toss and Balloon Twister, ,                                Tournament: Coed Washers & Bag Toss *Attendance Prizes Will Be Drawn Throughout the Day*    Dunking Booth Proceeds to benefit “Guide Dogs of America” District 837 Local Lodge members and Retirees: Bring […]

IAM Free College Program Expands

In October 2017, the IAM started offering a free college program as a Machinist benefit, allowing IAM members and their families to earn an associate’s degree from Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College in various educational tracks. Now, the IAM has grown its free college program also to include Franklin University. To learn more about Franklin University’s Bachelor Completion Program, please click here.                                        The IAM’s free college program covers the costs of tuition, fees, books and any amount not covered by federal or employer education grants. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or a GED equivalent […]

Boeing Contact Update as of August 3, 2021

Recently, your Negotiating Committee completed their week-long Bargaining class in preparation for the Boeing contract negotiations that will happen next year. A major takeaway from this training is the importance of the role you, the membership, will play throughout the coming year. Your negotiating committee can only be as effective at the table as the membership’s solidarity is on the shop floor. We know that a majority of the membership have never been through a Boeing contact negotiation in St. Louis and therefore many may not know how the bargaining process is accomplished. Over the next year, your negotiating committee, […]

April GDA Gun Raffle Winners

FIREARM PRICE TICKET # WINNER RUGER AR-556 833.46 138 Peggy Flinn RUGER 10/22 CARBINE 392.21 037 Rick Stanfill SAVAGE 212 TURKEY 12GA 686.38 205 Dustin Goe RUGER SECURITY 9 343.18 276 Chris Myrick HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER 147.07 278 Dan Forbes BROWNING X-BOLT 784.43 368 Steve Bruce SAVAGE 110 TACTICAL 539.29 005 Joe Gruber WINCHESTER SXP HYBRID TURKEY 12GA 372.60 331 Joshua Geisler HENRY LEVER ACTION .22 343.18 264 Jim Marshall WINCHESTER SXP NWTF 12GA 441.24 369 Dan Bruce S&W M&P Sheild 372.60 165 Dennis Delmain Ruger Wrangler 196.10 203 Owen Moore Winchester SXP Defender 372.60 017 Larry Young Stoeger P3000 […]

GKN SpeedFacts

I.A.M.A.W. DISTRICT 837212 UTZ LANEHAZELWOOD, MO 63042(314) 731-0603 January 19, 2021 Sisters and Brothers,Your IAM Local 387 bargaining committee has been working hard to secure a contract offer from GKN Aerospace that meets the demands of our members. On Friday, the Company was not prepared to provide a final offer and requested more time to address the union’s proposals. Both parties agreed to a contract extension until midnight February 21, 2021 in order to continue working toward a successful agreement. If there is continued progress from the Company, your bargaining committee believes it’s better to bargain at the table rather […]

GKN SpeedFacts

I.A.M.A.W. DISTRICT 837212 UTZ LANEHAZELWOOD, MO 63042(314) 731-0603 January 08, 2021 SIGN UP FOR STRIKE DUTIES Dear Brothers and Sisters, The expiration of the current contract is rapidly approaching. Your Bargaining Committee has been formulating our Union proposals and negotiations are underway. Thank you for your continued support. The Bargaining Committee fully recognizes the fact that it is the solidarity and support from each of you that enables a successful completion to the negotiating process. Must return by Friday, January 15, 2021. If not returned by 01/15/21, you will be assigned appropriately. Name___________________________________ Building # _ Clock Number _Address________________________________ City […]

St. Louis Local 387 Opens GKN Negotiations

Unity and focus are critical when contract negotiations open, especially while coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s formal opening of negotiations between IAM Local 387 and GKN Aerospace showed how the union is adapting to the challenge head-on, with two members of the Executive Council in attendance. Local 387 is part of District 837 in the Midwest Territory and represents hundreds of workers at GKN Aerospace in St. Louis, MO. Skilled members craft, design and build some of the most advanced composite, metal parts and assemblies in the aerospace industry. At the main table, IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President […]

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

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 […]

Boeing Speed Facts

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 […]

GKN Speed Facts

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 […]

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

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 […]

AeroFacts Correction

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.

(GKN)Safety First

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 […]

Union-Busting Cases Against Boeing in South Carolina Move Forward

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 […]

Budgeting Amid COVID-19

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.

GKN St. Louis Covid-19 Update

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 […]

Emotions Run High

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]


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: […]

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

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 […]

Leave A Springtime Legacy: Get Kids Involved In Turkey Hunting

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) […]

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

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 […]

IAM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

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 […]

Machinists Union Membership Votes to Endorse Joe Biden

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 – […]

IAM Scores Major Legislative Victories

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.  […]

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

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 […]

Machinists Support UAW Members on Strike at GM Facilities

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Brother Ken Kellogg Returns to Work After Unjust Termination From Boeing

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 […]

District 837 Picnic Saturday September 7th

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!

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Follow IAM Addiction Services on Facebook

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 […]

Vote Now to Pick the Cutest IAM Dog

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 […]

Derek Rabelo’s GDA Story

“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 […]

Luther Williams Appointed IAM Midwest Territory Chief of Staff

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 […]

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

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 […]

Boeing Urged by Bipartisan House Coalition to Respect South Carolina Workers

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 […]

Union Appreciation Day

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 […]

Missouri Families Win as RTW is Defeated

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 […]

Keep Yourself and Coworkers Safe from the Effects of Heat

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. […]

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

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. […]

Happy 4th of July!

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

An Old Clock with a Timeless Story

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 […]

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

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 […]

Machinists Taking a Stand for Freedom at Boeing South Carolina

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 […]

Celebrate a Union-Made Fourth of July

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.

Get your #VoteNoOnPropA Bumper Stickers and Yard Signs TODAY!

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 […]

Machinists Call Out Harley’s Outsourcing Blame Game

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

  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 […]

Machinists Honor U.S. Army on 243rd Birthday

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 […]

Machinists, Sen. Murphy Call for 100% Buy America Defense Products

The Machinists are joining U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) in a push to increase Buy America provisions for defense products made for the military to 100 percent. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would bolster economic and national security and create good, middle-class jobs. TAKE ACTION: Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and ask that they support Sen. Murphy’s 100 percent Buy America amendment. “The Machinists Union applauds Sen. Murphy for taking this step to ensure that our tax dollars used on defense are spent as they should be—on products manufactured with 100 percent domestic content produced […]

Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians Join Machinists Union

Bob Martinez, Machinists Union International President: “The South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians at Boeing have spoken loud and clear. They want to be a part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. I commend them for the courage and integrity they have demonstrated through this contentious process. I am asking Boeing to respect their freedom to choose and not retaliate against them for expressing their rights. The historic votes cast by the 176 Flight Readiness Technicians are not a collective vote against Boeing; it was a vote for the return of American prosperity. Unions are the best mechanism for protecting […]

The New IAM Journal is Here

The Summer 2018 edition of the IAM Journal is online and will be at the doorstep of IAM members soon if it isn’t already. This issue includes a celebration of the Machinists Union 130th anniversary, as well as stories of our members. Learn how a Boston area local lodge worked with the community and elected officials to prevent the privatization of their jobs. See how a Texas IAM member and U.S. Army veteran honors fallen heroes and fellow veterans. There’s plenty more good reading for you and your entire family.