• St. Paul Auto Techs Ink New 3-Year Deal with Auto Dealers

    Nearly 600 auto mechanics, parts persons and service support personnel of IAM Local 737/District 77 have ratified a tentative agreement with the St. Paul Auto Dealers Association in Minnesota.

    After five weeks of negotiations, the Local 737 Bargaining Committee unanimously recommended ratification of the new three-year agreement, which includes across the board two percent general wage increases each year, an increased employer contribution to the IAM National Pension Fund, an increased employer contribution to the Joint Health Care Trust, and an increase in the journeyperson light duty rate.

    The proposal passed with a majority vote.

    “There was give and take on both sides,” said IAM District 77 Assistant Directing Business Representative Rick Ryan. “But in the end, we believed this was a good agreement and unanimously recommended its ratification. I want to thank the entire Bargaining Committee, District 77 staff and most importantly the members of the bargaining unit.”

    “Congratulations to IAM Local 737 members, IAM District 77 and the entire Bargaining Committee on a job well done,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Our members stood strong and won improvements they can be proud of. We’re proud of the work they’ve done and their solidarity in improving the lives of their co-workers and families.”


  • Sullivan, Sizemore Join Eastern Territory Staff

    Dave Sullivan
    Doug Sizemore

    IAM District 4 Directing Business Representative Dave Sullivan and former Eastern Territory Education Representative Doug Sizemore have been appointed Special Representatives in the IAM’s Eastern Territory.

    Sullivan, a 28-year IAM member, initially joined the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA) when he began working as a shipbuilder at Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME in 1986. After the IUMSWA merged with the IAM in 1988, Sullivan served as a Shop Steward, Local Lodge Officer and on many committees at IAM Local S6 before joining the District 4 staff as a Business Representative representing Region 1 in New England. He would become the Assistant Directing Business Representative of District 4 before becoming Directing Business Representative in April 2014.

    “Brother Sullivan is bringing a tremendous amount of experience with him to his new assignment,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. “District 4 is arguably the most diverse district in the IAM. From Bath Iron Works where he began his IAM career, to the legal professionals, lobstermen, aerospace, and service contract members, right down to Air Force One, he has gained a unique perspective servicing our membership.”

    Sizemore, a 31-year IAM member, initiated into IAM Local 912 in 1985 while employed by GE Aircraft Engines in Evendale, OH. He served as a Steward, Chief Steward, Trustee and Delegate to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO. He was appointed to District 34 Organizer in 1998 and went on to serve as Business Representative, Directing Business Representative and Ohio State Council of Machinists Delegate. GVP Tucker appointed Sizemore to Eastern Territory Education Representative in 2003 and he was elected to serve as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council in 2006. He was appointed to serve on the General Board of the National AFL-CIO in January 2010. Sizemore has been assigned the responsibility for handling NLRB duties for the Eastern Territory and will work out of the regional office in Cincinnati.

    “Doug returns to our staff having not only gained more experience within the labor movement, he continued to serve, and represent IAM members while at the Cincinnati Labor Council,” said Tucker. “During that time he built alliances, and relationships in the region, across Ohio, including the entire Tri-State area. Alliances that help to build the strength of working families, as well as IAM members, and it is with great pleasure to welcome him back to our staff.”


  • Tuesday's Victories Move Clinton Closer to Nomination

    IAM members had a chance to meet with former President Bill Clinton while he was campaigning for his wife before the Connecticut primary. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), District 26 Business Representative Pat Buzzee, Connecticut State Council of Machinists (CSCM) Treasurer Kirby Boyce, CSCM President John Harrity, Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-CT), District 26 Directing Business Representative Everett Corey, Local 1746 President Nancy Flagg and Local 1746 activist Norm Jones. Back right: Local 1746 activist Reagan Toomey (left) and Local 1871 President Jim Underhill (right).

    Union members in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic helped propel Hillary Clinton to victories in four out of five primary contests held Tuesday, moving the IAM-endorsed candidate within arm’s length of the Democratic nomination for president.

    Connecticut State Council of Machinists Treasurer Kirby Boyce with former President Bill Clinton.

    “I know there are still too many barriers holding too many Americans back,” Clinton told a crowd in Philadelphia Tuesday night. “But despite what other candidates say, we believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation.”

    Union members joined community activists to deliver Clinton decisive wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a victory in Rhode Island.

    “Whether you support Sen. Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us,” said Clinton. “We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high. That Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street. And we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it.”

    The IAM was the first major industrial trade union to endorse Secretary Clinton for president.

    READ: Clinton Talks Jobs, Exports at IAM District 751

    READ: Only One Presidential Candidate is Standing Up for IAM Jobs, Ex-Im Bank

    READ: Why Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for U.S. Manufacturing Workers


  • Enroll Now for Federal Employees Advanced Program

    The IAM will hold the 2016 Federal Employees Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 17-22, 2016. The registration deadline for this class is May 9, 2016.

    In order to attend this program you must have first completed the Basic Federal Program.

    Helpful for stewards, officers and business representatives, the Advanced Program involves training in areas specific to the federal sector such as Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) and grievance handling, preparations for arbitration and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), collective bargaining including negotiability appeals, mediation and impasse procedures and a more in-depth look at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    Click here for a Submitter Authorization Form that must be completed by your Local Lodge President, Business Representative or General Chairperson. Members cannot submit class enrollments for themselves.

    Click here to download the official Advanced Program call letter and registration form.

    For further information, contact IAM Government Employees Director Jim Price at 301-967-4753.