• Enroll in the IAM Young Machinists Training Program

    Millennials are our future and research shows they are the driving force in advocating workplace change. The IAM embraces the ever-increasing influence young workers have on public policy and social consciousness.

    The IAM will host the first of two young worker training programs May 6–11, 2018 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    Click here for the official call letter and enrollment information.

    Enrollment forms must be submitted by March 5, 2018 for the May program.

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  • Roman Mayfield, A True Trade Unionist

    Below is an article provided by IAM District 751 and was originally posted in 2009. We are reissuing it today in honor of Black History Month.

    The IAM lost a true hero and friend when brother Roman Mayfield passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 after a prolonged illness. Roman was truly adored by the masses and one of the few people that never had a cross word said about him. A remarkable feat considering he was 81 years old.

    This genuine goodwill ambassador truly knew no stranger. If Roman saw a new face at a Union meeting or in the shop, he was the first to embrace and welcome the person and offer to “show them the ropes.” His beaming smile, coupled with his hearty laugh and distinctive voice, could light up any room. His energy and strength were only surpassed by his generosity.

    Roman meant so much to this union and to the company he loved. There was never a conversation with Roman that he did not want to talk about work, the union or his co-workers.

    Brother Mayfield gave his life to this union, being one of just a handful to participate in all five of our strikes. In each strike, he did far more than just walk the picket line, but took an active role — distributing strike checks, coordinating food to the picket lines, counseling others, and helping anywhere there was work to be done. Helping others was truly a way of life for this very compassionate individual.

    Yet his story of union service is even more impressive when you know his history. When Roman hired into Boeing in 1946, minorities were not allowed to join the Union. Roman still attended all union meetings, but could not participate. The union finally recognized minorities and Roman joined in 1950. Roman was an icon at the Grand Lodge Convention in San Francisco in 2000, when a resolution was passed in his honor for the time when the IAM didn’t allow African Americans to belong to the union. Times have changed — in part thanks to Roman’s hard work over the years.

    Roman and his wife of 58 years, Albertha, both gave everything they could to their community. They regularly volunteered to care for crack babies at Swedish Hospital, for church events, helped with BEGNF and ECF and so many other activities. Whenever someone needed a hand, Roman was there. Over the years, his desire to help others led him to serve in various capacities from Union Steward to Union counselor to a BEGNF trustee and United Way loaned executive. In addition, he attended leadership school, was a delegate to two grand lodge conventions, was a marshal at the WTO rally, and served as a District Council delegate for two terms, as well as holding a number of other local lodge officer positions.

    Roman was a giving soul who cared about others and wanted to make sure everyone was doing okay. His compassion for others shined through as bright as his smile and the friendly laugh that became his trademark. He helped so many, was a friend to countless people and loved by all. Few people can impact so many lives and leave such a lasting impression. One thing is sure — all of our lives are better because of Roman.

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  • Deadline Extended for Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program

    The Machinists Union will conduct a Federal Employees Collective Bargaining program April 29–May 4, 2018 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The enrollment deadline has been extended until March 9, 2018.

    The program will be useful to stewards and officers who negotiate in the federal sector. Training will focus on areas including negotiating ground rules, contract bargaining, mid-term bargaining, collective bargaining and the Federal Labor Relations Act and more.

    Click here for the official call letter, details and all enrollment requirements.

    Space is limited and enrollment forms must be received by March 9, 2018. For questions concerning this program, please contact Jim Price, Director of the Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753.

     

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  • Black Labor History on this Week’s Activate L!VE

    Charlie Micallef, retired Director of the IAM Retirees, Community Service and EAP Departments, joined this week’s program to talk about past struggles to bring black workers into the established union movement.

    As the Machinists’ unofficial historian, Micallef explained how hard it was for African Americans to break the color barrier in unions, including within the IAM.

    In case you missed yesterday’s show, you can watch it anytime on:

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    Activate L!ve webcasts live each Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST.

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