• Senator Blumenthal Announces Act Aimed at Combating Toxic Cabin Air

    On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air.

    Academic research indicates that approximately 20,000 toxic fume events have occurred during the past 10 years – an average of five each day.

    “The IAM commends Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein and Markey for introducing legislation that will help ensure the safety of the passengers and crew from the dangers of toxic air,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja.

    District 142 President Dave Supplee, an FAA-licensed Airframe and Powerplant technician, met with Senator Blumenthal’s staff to provide technical help as they drafted the bill.

    The Cabin Safety Act aims to make the cabin air on airplanes safer through multiple steps such as:
    Training: Mandating pilot and flight attendant training regarding toxic fumes on aircraft.

    Reporting: Requiring FAA to record and monitor reports of fume events through a standardized form and public database.

    Investigating: Ensuring that thorough investigations occur after fume events occur.

    Monitoring: Ensuring that aircraft have carbon monoxide sensors that are set to alarm based on national air quality standards.

    IAM members can express support for the Bill and urge their Senators to vote for it by sending an IAM action alert by clicking here.

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  • Seattle Area Machinists Ride to Benefit Guide Dogs of America

    IAM District 751 held its 15th annual All Breed Puppy Putt motorcycle ride and show to raise money for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

    Among the day’s motorcycle riding events were a poker run, slow ride, jousting and bowling. A motorcycle show followed with awards for best custom, touring, metric and best of show.

    “It was a really good day raising money for a great cause,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “Thanks to all the riders, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success.”

    A Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C was raffled off as a grand prize. Participants also took part in a 50/50 drawing, dined on delicious barbeque and enjoyed live music, all to support the IAM’s no. 1 charity.

    “I am moved by the hard work and generosity of everyone involved in making this event a success. Lives will be changed forever with the money that was raised,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen.

    The event has brought in more than $5,000 so far, but donations are continuing to come in. Volunteers from area local lodges businesses all helped to make the day a success.

    Check out photos on District 751’s Facebook page.

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  • Stop the Senate from Taking Away Health Care

    Corporate politicians in the Senate are attempting to shove a terrible health care bill down the throats of hard working Americans. This bill would take away health benefits from millions of people, eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and allow insurance companies to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions.Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Take action now by calling your Senator.

    Call 1-888-865-8089 to tell your Senator to oppose efforts to take away health care from millions of people.

    Here’s a sample script you can use for you call:

    Hi, my name is ______, and I’m a constituent of Sen. _________. I’m calling to tell Sen. _______ to oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut our health care.  Repealing the ACA would be a disaster for working people like me. The bill in its current form would eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, take away health care from tens of millions of people, raise health care costs for millions more, decimate Medicaid and give a huge tax break to the super-rich and corporate CEOs, while taxing workplace health benefits.  This so-called health care plan should be scrapped entirely. We need a health care plan that expands coverage for everyone, not one that cuts it.

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

    IAM International President Bob Martinez and IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber visit with IAM Local 837A and 837B members who work at the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems facility in Hazelwood, MO.

    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.

    See photos from the Boeing tour

    President Martinez posted about his experience on his personal Twitter account.

    “Thank you to the leadership and members of IAM Locals 837A and 837B and District 837 for your hospitality,” said Gruber. “When it comes to aerospace, no other workforce comes close to the Machinists. Our members continue to deliver a quality product – year after year – making the Boeing Company the largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense systems in the world. It was a pleasure meeting our members and touring the St. Louis facility.”

    “It was an honor to escort International President Martinez and General Vice President Gruber through two of the buildings within the Boeing Company here in St. Louis,” said IAM District 837 Directing Business Representative Steve McDerman, who noted the trip was especially significant given Missouri’s current fight against right to work and other anti-working family initiatives. “It’s important our members get to know their leadership and who’s fighting on their behalf.”

    The two previous legs of Martinez and Gruber’s tour included IAM Local 873 members at John Deere in Horicon, WI and IAM Local 1947 members at Mercury Marine in Fon du Lac, WI. Read Martinez, Gruber Visit IAM Members at John Deere and Mercury Marine.

     

     

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