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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

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Martinez, Gruber Visit IAM Members at Boeing in St. Louis

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IAM International President Bob Martinez recently joined IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber in a visit with IAM Local 837A and 837B members who work at the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems facility in Hazelwood, MO. The visit was a part of a three city, three-day tour of the Midwest Territory. The International President and General Vice President toured the Boeing facility where more than 2,200 IAM members make F-15 and F-18 fighter planes, tooling, and perform commercial work on the Boeing 777X. As they walked the shop floor, they met and talked with IAM members and stewards. […]

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Boeing’s selection of St. Louis to build new T-X jets could support 1,800 jobs

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Machinists District 837 members at the company built two prototypes of the plane By SHERI GASSAWAY Correspondent Boeing’s selection of its St. Louis plant to build its new T-X training jets could support 1,800 local jobs, if the company is awarded the contract by the U.S. Air Force. The recent announcement was great news for members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District 837 at Boeing who built two prototypes of the jet. Test flights of both aircraft took place in December and again last month. “We’re hopeful Boeing will be awarded the contract,” said Stephen […]

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IAM Condemns GKN’s Plan to Ship 300 St. Louis Jobs to Alabama

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In a move taken right out of the Corporate America playbook, GKN Aerospace has recently informed IAM District 837 that it will be laying off more than 300 union workers at its St. Louis facility and shipping their jobs to a right-to-work state. GKN has confirmed that the company plans to shut down its St. Louis Composites Department and move the bonding mechanic work to its facility in Tallassee, AL – a right-to-work state. “GKN gathered its employees, some of the highest-skilled aerospace workers in the country, and informed them that the company planned to kick its more than 300 […]