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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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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: Right now… Not enough. The company has not done enough to protect our members at this time. Keep pressing company management to provide proper cleaning supplies. Please continue to wash your hands regularly and use best practices while at work and at home. Q: What if I […]

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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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2019 Classic Auto Show | St. Louis, MO

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Join us at the 2019 Spirit of the Midwest “Rides for Guides” Classic Auto Show to benefit Guide Dogs of America on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in St. Louis, MO Click here for registration and sponsorship forms

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians Join Machinists Union

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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 […]

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The New IAM Journal is Here

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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.

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Boeing SC Flight Techs to Vote on IAM Representation

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A group of 178 Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians have the right to vote on IAM representation, the NLRB ruled Monday. The board has set an election date of Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Flight Technicians are standing strong in the face of the company’s anti-union campaign, even after Boeing lost its legal battle to block their voice at work. SIGN THE PETITION: Tell working people at Boeing that we have their backs “Boeing has done everything in its power to take away freedom at work for its South Carolina teammates. Today the National Labor Relations Board spoke loud […]

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Proposed ‘right to work’ constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate

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Proposed ‘right to work’ constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate Protestors line the street outside the abandoned Amelex warehouse in Springfield, Mo. where Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens held a ceremonial signing of “right-to-work” legislation on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The governor and other backers of right to work say it will bring business to the state and give workers the choice not to pay into a union if they don’t want to join. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP) By SKy Chadde St. Louis Post-Dispatch JEFFERSON CITY • A proposed constitutional amendment to make Missouri a “right to work” state is […]

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Machinists Stand Up for Worker Freedom

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Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. joined the Senate and House sponsors of the Workplace Democracy Act at a Capitol Hill press conference.  U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) and introduced the Workplace Democracy Act legislation, a bill that would strengthen the middle class by restoring workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. The Workplace Democracy Act will restore the right of every American to join together in union—whether you live in Vermont, Wisconsin, North Carolina or Texas,” said Machinists Union President Robert Martinez, Jr. “Unions strengthen democracy. Unions mean freedom […]

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Volunteers needed for Day of Action May 12 to defeat RTW (Prop. A)

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Canvassers will focus on education about Prop. A, voter registration to union members By TIM ROWDEN Editor The Missouri AFL-CIO is holding a Statewide Day of Action on Saturday, May 12, knocking on union members’ doors to talk about Proposition A (“right-to-work”) and help members make sure all their family members are registered to Vote NO on Prop. A. “To beat Prop A and the so-called ‘right-to-work,’ we need to make sure we are talking to our family members about the dangers of ‘right-to-work’ and that all of our family members are registered and ready to Vote NO on Prop A,” said Merri […]

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A tale of two golf courses: one bad in St. Peters, one good in High Ridge

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DON’T DUFF YOUR COURSE CHOICE when you’re golfing this summer. Sugar Creek Golf Course in High Ridge (left) is the ace choice, offering special low rates for union members, retirees, first responders and active duty and retired military. St. Peters Golf Course and Banquet Center (right) is not recommended, as work there is being done by a non-union electrical contractor. Golfers, union tournament planners, please take note By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher If you’re a golfer, there are two courses you need to be aware of: • The St. Peters Golf Course has turned its back on unions, despite the fact the course […]

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Machinists Take Over Capitol Hill

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IAM members from across the country are joining together in Washington, DC this week to meet legislators and advocate for working people. “Our message for every elected official is simple: represent the people who make this country move,” IAM International President Bob Martinez said as a part of his opening remarks for the 2018 Legislative Conference. “The most important part of this Legislative Conference will be the conversations our members have on Capitol Hill. We have to let every elected official know that the Machinists will fight for our families, our union and all working people.” Martinez discussed trade, strengthening […]

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IAM Machinists On Strike Against ULA

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Strike Line Cape Canaveral, FL The first day of a strike always garners a lot of attention; from the media, the community and even union members. But it’s the second day that separates the real heroes. Day two makes it clear who is willing to talk about change and who is willing to fight for it. Strike Line Decatur, AL     “Our members have delivered the reliability and experience that has helped United Launch Alliance create a world-class U.S. space program,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The Machinists Union members at ULA connect the world with our […]

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Top Boeing executives in St. Louis to introduce first Super Hornet jets to get upgrades

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By Brian Feldt St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 4, 2018 Boeing executives, including president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg, welcomed on Friday the first of potentially hundreds of well-used Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets that will return to the company’s north St. Louis County campus for upgrades designed to extend the life of the Navy’s workhorse aircraft. The fighter jet, with just under 6,000 flight hours under its belt, is one of four Block II Super Hornets that will be delivered to Boeing this year to undergo an 18-month Service Life Modification (SLM) program meant to extend the flight hours of the aircraft […]

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IAM Celebrates 130 Years!

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The International Association of Machinists is celebrating its 130th birthday. Founded in a railroad pit in Georgia, the union would become one of the backbones of the American manufacturing sector by producing things like military jets, trains and steel.

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Show solidarity on #UnionShirtThursday

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Wear your union shirts for #UnionShirtThursday every Thursday. Post your picture using the hashtag #UnionShirtThursday on twitter. If you are interested in t-shirts from your local lodge please talk with a plant chairman or attend a local lodge meeting. Follow District 837 @iam837.

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Machinists Honor the Fallen on Workers’ Memorial Day

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More than 100 IAM members, family and friends gathered Monday to mourn and honor working people who have been killed, injured or sickened on the job this past year. The IAM Safety and Health Department hosted the annual Workers’ Memorial Ceremony at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Watch the live stream of the Ceremony General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes spoke about the IAM’s commitment to preventing workplace tragedies that take the lives of loved ones each year. “The greatest honor we can bestow upon these men and women, the greatest tribute to their memories, is […]

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Frightened anti-worker legislators vote to move RTW (Proposition A) to the August ballot

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Frightened anti-worker legislators vote to move RTW (Proposition A) to the August ballot APRIL 24, 2018 by ADMIN in LABOR NEWS FROM OUR REGION MISSOURI WORKERS gathered at the State Capitol in Jefferson City March 28 to meet with their legislators and voice their opposition to Proposition A (RTW) and other anti-worker legislation. On Tuesday, April 24, a Missouri House committee voted to move the vote on Proposition A and whether Missouri should become a RTW state to the August primary election, when traditionally fewer voters go to the polls. – Labor Tribune photo Jefferson City – An anti-worker effort […]

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National Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday

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National Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday The IAM Employee Assistance Program urges you to turn in your unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal this Saturday, April 28. The Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Find a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day location.

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Give the Gift of Sight on International Guide Dog Day

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Wednesday, April 25 is International Guide Dog Day. There is no better way to celebrate than a donation to the IAM’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America. Give today! Since its founding through donations by the Machinists Union in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has helped visually impaired men and women in the U.S. and Canada recover their ability to move freely and regain independence through partnership with these remarkable animals. Watch Guide Dogs Chief (in training) and Jasper make their Activate L!VE debut. GDA is funded by donations only, it does not receive any federal, state or local government support. […]

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IAM Mourns with Humboldt

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IAM members attending the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center last week gathered to send a message of support to the Canadian hockey community, the town of Humboldt and all Canadians following the horrific accident that took the lives of 16 young people aboard a junior hockey league team bus. The bus carrying the junior league Humboldt Broncos team members, support staff and sportscasters was involved in a crash near Nipawin, Saskatchewan on April 6 while on the way to a playoff game. IAM members attending Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, Social Media for Organizing and TCU Local Chair classes all […]

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Super Hornet upgrades add another boost at Boeing’s North County plant

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By Jacob Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch Apr 14, 2018 The first F/A-18 Super Hornet delivered to Boeing for upgrades that will expand its flight capacity, as seen on April 5, 2018. Boeing recently won a contract to increase the Super Hornet’s lifespan from 6,000 flight hours to 9,000 flight hours, a job that will extend the life of its north St. Louis County Super Hornet assembly lines as the Navy looks to upgrade hundreds of the fighters and could add a couple hundred jobs over several years. Photo by Jacob Barker On a Thursday morning this month, one of the […]

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50 Years Later, Machinists March in Footsteps of Dr. King

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iMail April 5, 2018 Marching among thousands in Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death was Teddy McNeal, an African-American man and 37-year Machinists Union member who grew up on the unpaved end of a segregated street in the rural South. “Marching in the footsteps of Dr. King gives me a tremendous sense of pride,” said McNeal, 65, who is now president of the North Carolina State Council of Machinists. “I really truly believe that it was one of the highlights of my life.” McNeal, along with hundreds of IAM members and thousands more in […]

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Machinists Union Pledges $1 Million to Fight Right to Work in Missouri

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The IAM pledged $1 million to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million dollar effort to repeal Right to Work in the state of Missouri. The Machinists presented Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis, third from left, with a check for $250,000 back in February. IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, left, presented Louis with another $250,000 Monday. The remaining half-million-dollars will be used to cover boots on the ground.   The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have announced a $1 million pledge to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million […]

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Join the Union Sportsmen Alliance Today!

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Click Here to join NOW! The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a one-of-a-kind hunting, fishing and conservation organization dedicated to Union members, retirees and their families. Whether it’s fins, feathers or fur that get your heart pumping, the USA will make your outdoor experience more enjoyable with exclusive discounts on outdoor gear, the latest hunting and fishing news and tips, chances to win fantastic prizes and trips, the opportunity to participate in shooting events and conservation projects and a wide range of outdoor services.   USA MEMBER BENEFITS: Digital subscription to The Union Sportsmen’s Journal 10% discount on World Trophy Adventures […]

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Fearful of RTW defeat, Republican lawmakers threaten to move referendum vote to August primary

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By TIM ROWDEN Editor Jefferson City – Republican lawmakers who giddily passed the phony anti-worker, anti-union “right-to-work” (RTW) legislation last year only to have working Missourians turn in 310,567 petition signatures to halt its implementation and force a public vote, have now introduced legislation that would move the statewide referendum on Proposition A (RTW) from the November general election to the August primary, when statistically fewer people turn out to vote. In the House, Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), the sponsor of the House version of last year’s RTW legislation, has introduced a bill to move the vote from November to […]

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PDBR McDerman Throws Out First Pitch for Labor

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IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Steve McDerman had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Busch Stadium and representing labor before the St. Louis Cardinals game earlier this week. McDerman was honored by Boeing and the Cardinals prior to the first pitch. Video courtesy of Matt McDerman