• Ohio IAM Family Braves Cold, Raises Money to Combat Heart Disease

    IAM member Josh Gilkison and his wife, Golda, were joined by over 50 friends and family who braved frigid Ohio temperatures to participate in the Cincinnati Heart Mini Marathon and Walk recently as Team Heart Healthy Famous. The Gilkison’s team raised nearly $7,500, putting them in the top 5 fundraisers for non-company sponsored community teams and 25th overall for the event.

    The Gilkison’s are very passionate about heart disease. Shortly after giving birth to their third child, Golda was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare condition that prevents the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the body properly.

    Golda received a defibrillator in 2015 and her condition is being treated with medication. Since then, the Gilkisons have made it their mission to bring awareness to the heart condition and raise money to help find a cure.

    “Everyone has been more than generous with the fundraising,” said Gilkison. “It’s great to be a part of this union family.”

    IAM Local 912 President Eric Kratzer was one of Gilkison’s union brothers who made it out to support their team.

    “It was great to come out and take part in the Heart Mini and raise money on behalf of Josh and Golda,” said Kratzer. “They’re a great family whose strength and determination inspires everyone who meets them.”

    The fundraising event benefited local chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. It includes running and walking events of different distances, so people of all skill levels and ages could participate.

    You can follow the Gilkison’s journey to raise awareness on the Heart Failure Famous Facebook page.

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  • IAM Midwest Territory Mourns Passing of Retired GLR Don Stella

    Donald “Don” Stella

    The IAM Midwest Territory announces the passing of retired Grand Lodge Representative Donald “Don” Stella. Don, a 51-year Machinist, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home in Pleasant Hill, MO. He was 77 years old.

    “The IAM has lost a devoted and true trade unionist,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Don will not only be missed and remembered for his devotion to the labor movement, but also as a respected journeyman. On behalf of the members he served and the entire Midwest Territory, I want to extend my sincere condolences to the Stella family and friends.”

    Don initiated into former IAM Local 314 in December 1963 in Kansas City, MO. He worked as a machinist for Bendix Corporation, a non-nuclear plant now operated by Honeywell. In January 1982, Don became a Business Representative for former IAM District 71, Kansas City. In 1986, he was appointed to the position of Special Representative for the IAM Midwest Territory. He then became a Grand Lodge Representative in 1988. Don served under four General Vice Presidents during his time working for the IAM Midwest Territory. He retired as an IAM Grand Lodge Representative in 2001.

    Don is survived by his wife Sharon; two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer (Jeff); three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. with visitation at 12:00 p.m. at Cullen Funeral Home, located at 612 West Foxwood Drive, in Raymore, MO. He will be laid to rest at the Mount Moriah Cemetery, located at 10507 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO.

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  • Indiana Local 153 Members Ratify Silgan White Cap Contract

    Members of IAM Local 153, District 90, recently voted in favor of a new three-year contract with Silgan White Cap, a lid-maker for food and beverage containers, in Evansville, IN.

    Members of IAM Local 153, District 90, recently voted in favor of a new three-year contract with Silgan White Cap, a lid-maker for food and beverage containers, in Evansville, IN.

    IAM District 90 Trustee David Gault, alongside the IAM Local 153 Bargaining Committee, outlines the provisions of a proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement with Silgan White Cap company in Evansville, IN.

    The new agreement includes wage increases, no changes to the IAM National Pension Plan, and improved health care at a lower cost. The average wage increase for the more than 180 members, including lower health care, will be $0.90 per hour.  

    “Congratulations to the members and entire bargaining committee of IAM Local 153 on ratifying a new three-year agreement,” said IAM District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham. “Improvements in wages, insurance, working conditions and the ability to maintain the IAM pension are the benefits of having a union.

    “I would like to thank Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber for providing the assistance of Grand Lodge Representative Marty St. Peters and District 90 Trustee David Gault for their hard work and leadership in assisting the committee during negotiations.”

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Local 153,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “And congratulations to the entire Local 153 Bargaining Committee, IAM District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham, IAM Grand Lodge Representative Marty St. Peters and District 90 Trustee David Gault on a job well done. This is how the IAM improves the lives of our members and the communities they live in.”

    The contract became effective February 26, 2017.

     

     

     

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