• Iowa Machinists at American Ordnance Strike to Keep Health Care, Pensions & Fair Wages

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    IAM Local 1010 members employed at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, IA, walked off the job Tuesday as they continue negotiations with American Ordnance for a fair contract.

    In a move to save their health care, wages and pensions, more than 230 IAM Local 1010 members employed at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant walked off the job Tuesday as they continue negotiations with American Ordnance for a fair contract.

    The production workers, who have been in contract negotiations with American Ordnance in Middletown, IA for five weeks, went on strike after standing in solidarity and overwhelmingly voting down the company’s so-called “last, best and final offer.”

    “At issue is the company’s proposal to increase health care premiums, provide minimal wage increases and freeze workers’ pensions,” said IAM District 6 Assistant Directing Business Representative Randy Krewson. “Our take on the company’s proposal was loud and clear. We struck them at midnight.”

    American Ordnance returned to the table with IAM Local 1010 negotiators Tuesday morning.

    Other IAM sticking points include several language issues regarding overtime, line assignments and hazard pay.

    “Our member’s are responsible for producing live munitions for the U.S. military,” said IAM District 6 Directing Business Representative John Herrig. “They handle hazardous and dangerous materials everyday — for that they should be compensated with affordable health care, a fair wage and an opportunity to retire someday with dignity. We’re standing together to ensure a secure future for our members and their families.”

    “IAM members at American Ordnance are among some of the most highly-skilled, talented workers in the country,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “They don’t take what they do lightly — and neither should the company. The IAM will not stand for another round of oneâ€Â�sided negotiations. I urge American Ordnance to bargain in good faith and come to the table with an agreement that’s equitable and fair.”

    Members of two other unions — 19 Operating Engineers Local 150 and 18 Teamsters Local 238 — also voted to go on strike Tuesday, bringing the total number of striking union members to 274.

  • Connecticut Machinists Raise $75K for Guide Dogs

    Guide Dogs of America Director of Training Dan Rollings at IAM Local 743’s annual GDA golf tournament with Enzo, a fully trained guide dog.

    A packed field of 156 golfers turned out for the 15th annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) golf tournament at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Agawam, MA. More than $75,000 was raised for the charity.

    The GDA golf tournament is sponsored each year by IAM Local 743, UTC Aerospace Systems, United Way and the GDA New England Chapter of GDA.

    The Local 743 Guide Dog Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and money to this event, including the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and puppy partners.

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the U.S. and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

  • 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 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.

  • Donations Needed as Floods, Wildfires Wreak Havoc

    Two communities on opposite ends of the country are each being devastated—one by flood and the other by wildfire—leaving behind a trail of devastation of a magnitude rarely seen.

    You can help IAM members in these communities by donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund.

    What’s being called the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, the flood in Baton Rouge, LA has claimed at least 13 lives and damaged over 40,000 homes. NFFE-IAM, Transportation and Southern Territory members are among those affected.

    Out West, the wildfire in San Bernardino County, CA has driven over 80,000 people from their homes. The fire is spreading at a furious pace and our union and their communities are being affected.

    Please consider helping out by making a secure donation to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund.

    Donations can also be mailed to:
    International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
    Attn: Disaster Relief Services, Room 117A
    9000 Machinists Place
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

    The IAM Disaster Relief Fund provides help in situations where our members and their families endure hardships due to natural disasters. All donations made to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund are tax deductible.

    If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact General Vice President Diane Babineaux’s office at 301-967-4505.