• Local 568 Car Show Raises Big Bucks for Guide Dogs

    The annual Stansbury Days Car Show has become a staple fundraiser for Salt Lake City Local 568. This year’s show raised $6,500 for the IAM’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America.

    Local Lodge 568 recently held its 8th annual Stansbury Days Car Show in support of Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

    Over 80 cars participated and various awards were handed out at the Stansbury Park, UT show.

    Through the efforts of the many volunteers of Local 568, Grand Lodge Representative Mike Wardle is pleased to report that the show raised $6,500.

    “I cannot speak highly enough of the work that Local Lodge 568 President Andy Allen, his wife Leslie, and all of the volunteers have done to make our car show a continued success,” said Wardle.

    Local 568, located in Salt Lake City, UT, represents over 600 members in a variety of industries and has continued to build on the success of their annual car show.

    Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen thanked GLR Mike Wardle, his wife Glenna, and the Local 568 leadership for “doing all they can to help the visually impaired gain independence through their hard work and generosity.”

  • IAM Salutes Retiring Controller David Cramer

    David Cramer

    After a 26-year IAM career, David Cramer, the union’s top accountant, will leave the Machinists Union to enter into a well-earned retirement. The move is effective September 1, 2016.

    “The last few months have been particularly rewarding for me as I had the opportunity to work with a budget committee that analyzed the expenditures of the IAM. The committee identified several areas of large savings that will ultimately benefit the membership of this great organization,” said Cramer. “I wish nothing but the best for the IAM, including the leadership, the employees and the membership. It has been truly a pleasure to work for this great organization and I wish everyone nothing but the best.”

    Cramer joined the IAM as a staff accountant in 1990 before becoming Controller in 2002. His hallmark contribution to the IAM has been the automation and customization of the union’s accounting system.

    “Dave leaves the IAM well positioned to grow and prosper into the future,” said International President Bob Martinez. “We’re eternally grateful for the contributions he’s made, and wish him and his family success in their future endeavors.”

    Cramer will join a Washington, DC consulting practice upon leaving the IAM.

    “The IAM and its membership have been well-served by Dave’s dedication and expertise,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “On behalf of hundreds of thousands of IAM members who have benefitted from his work, we thank him for doing a journeyman’s job.”

  • Enroll Now for Basic Newsletter, Communicator Classes

    Registration is now open for the Basic Newsletter Development Class and Communicator Class, both offered by the IAM Communications Department. Get signed up today for an opportunity to help your local or district improve communications with your brothers and sisters.

    The Basic Newsletter Development Class will be held November 13-18, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. The class teaches new editors how to start and publish a newsletter. New to this year’s class is an emphasis on the tools local and district leaders need to dialogue with members in the smartphone age. The class will also cover some social media best practices, and how to effectively manage your limited time to communicate most effectively.

    Download the Official Call: English | French

    Applications for the Basic Newsletter Development Class must be received by the Communications Department no later than Friday, September 9, 2016.

    The IAM’s Communicator Class will be held December 4-9, 2016. This a basic course geared toward lodge Communicators to upgrade their skills and take the lodge communications to the next level. Instruction will be provided in news writing, internet research, desktop publishing and social media practices.

    Because the course is designed for the entry-level Communicator, priority will be given to participants who have not attended previous Communications Department courses at the Winpisinger Center.

    Download the Official Call: English | French

    Registration forms for the Communicator Class must be received by the Communications Department no later than September 30, 2016.

  • Final Preparations Underway for Grand Lodge Convention

    IAM members, leadership and staff are arriving in Chicago putting the final touches on preparations for the 39th Grand Lodge Convention. Union electricians, riggers and stage hands are busy turning the Chicago Hilton into the IAM’s home for its quadrennial gathering.

    More than 1,200 delegates will be in attendance on Sunday, September 4, when International President Bob Martinez drops the gavel and tasks delegates with charting the IAM’s course for the next four years.

    “The IAM’s elected delegates have what might be the greatest duty one can have in this union,” said Martinez. “They’ll be making the decisions necessary to grow our union while making sure we maintain and expand the level of service our members have come to expect from the IAM.”

    The 2016 convention opens at a critical time for the IAM and working people everywhere. Anti-worker trade pacts threaten good jobs, right-to-work (for less) laws continue to spread across the United States and a critical presidential election will take place in November. It’s all happening as the IAM looks to usher in a new era of organizing prowess.

    “In these challenging times, when working people seem to be under attack from every side, it’s critical that we come together like never before,” said Martinez. “Our convention theme, ‘Forward Together,’ exemplifies the united spirit we’ll need to survive and thrive. This entire Executive Council looks forward to a productive and historic week with the most dedicated Brothers and Sisters the labor movement has to offer.”

    Here’s how you can follow Convention live:

    • Download the free 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention app from the Apple or Android app stores;
    • Bookmark Convention.GoIAM.org for daily updates;
    • Follow the IAM’s Facebook and Twitter accounts;
    • Use the #IAM2016 hashtag to join and follow the conversation on social media. 

    If you’re a delegate, be sure to download the official Convention Travel Guide for information on airport shuttles, hotel arrangements, nearby restaurants and more.