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  • Liberals make good on election promise with Bill C-4 in Canada

    True to their word, the Liberal Government in Canada, led my Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has eliminated anti-union legislation with the passing of Bill C-4.

    Two old pieces of legislation, both created by the Harper Conservatives through private members bills from backbenchers, were a sore point with the IAM and other unions. Bill C-377 required labour organizations to make a series of public financial disclosures including all transactions of more than $5,000.00. Bill C-525 replaced the card-check system with a forced secret ballot vote for any decision to certify or decertify a union. The newly passed Bill C-4 repeals both pieces of legislation.

    “I wish to thank the IAM for its efforts in trying to make changes for the working people of Canada,” said federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu. “We made a commitment to improve our relationship with organized labour by reversing this legislation and the proof is in our actions. We’re working on a decent work agenda to modernize Canada’s Labour Code.”

    The Liberal government took another step in the right direction on Wednesday June 14, 2017 when it ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98. The convention reinforces the right to collective bargaining and protects all workers from anti-union discrimination, including being forced to give up union membership in order to get a job, or job termination for participating in union activities.

    “This is a very significant step because successive Canadian governments since 1949 have refused to sign this agreement,” said IAM Canadian Chief of Staff Gord Falconer.

    “By ratifying Convention 98, Canada is committing not just to respect collective bargaining rights, but to promote and uphold them abroad and at home,” explained Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff. “By signing this convention, Canada is finally recognizing the crucial role that strong unions and collective bargaining rights play in reducing inequality and building stronger, fair and inclusive economies.”

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  • Oregon IAM Member Working to Help Fellow Veterans

    IAM member and Army Veteran Scott Lacey believes most people have the desire to support our nation’s military, but don’t always know how. He made it his goal to give members of his local an avenue to do just that.

    Lacey approached IAM Local 63 leadership with an idea to have T-shirts made with the proceeds going to Northwest Battle Buddies, a charitable foundation that provides U.S. combat veterans with professionally trained service dogs who help with PTSD at no charge. Following membership approval, the shirts were made and quickly became a hit, especially the “Remember Everyone Deployed” version.

    “We had nearly 100 shirts sold in the first eight hours,” said Lacey. “It’s awesome to see people’s reaction to the shirts, everybody loves them. I see a lot of people wearing red on Fridays, and not just the shirts we sold. That tells me that they made a conscious decision to remember our military when they got dressed.”

    Lacey, a Boeing employee, has also put together a packet to help veterans navigate the process of signing up for benefits through the Veteran Affairs Department.

    “I became frustrated when I went to sign up at the V.A.,” said Lacey. “There was no real guide and you just had to figure things out on your own. So I wanted make it easier for others to get through the process, they have enough things to worry about without having to stress about signing up for the benefits they earned.”

    That experience inspired Lacey to get more involved and that’s when he came up with the idea of having T-shirts printed by the local.

    “The benefits are two-fold,” said Lacey. “We support veterans by raising money for a great cause, and we also raise awareness by all these people wearing the shirts around town.”

    “Brother Scott’s work is a shining example of what it means to be a Fighting Machinist,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “I’m moved by the work he is doing, and I am proud of Local 63’s service to veterans and the community.”

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  • St. Paul, MN Service and Parts Techs Complete WWW Negotiation Prep

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    Members of the St. Paul, MN District 77/Local 737 Bargaining Committee (back row, left to right) Journeyman Mechanic/Steward Grant Ross, Light Duty Technician Ashton Bruder, Local 737 Secretary-Treasure/ Journeyman Mechanic Ross Olson, Journeyman Mechanic/Steward Eric Jorgensen, Local 737 President Charles O’Keefe, Journeyman Mechanic R J Habben, and IAM District 77 Assistant Directing Business Representative Rick Ryan take part in a bargaining simulation with (front row, left to right) WWW Education Representatives Edmundo Osorio and Rhonda Rogers, both playing the role of the company.

    Members of the St. Paul, MN District 77/Local 737 Auto Dealers Bargaining Committee were among the latest groups to complete the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The week-long class is designed to help bargaining committees develop a constructive and unified approach to negotiations. The bargaining committee works together to produce tools and plans necessary for the specific negotiation they are preparing for through customized training modules. Training topics include how to draft contract language, present proposals, analyze the company’s strengths and weaknesses, mobilize and communicate with members and more. The week culminates in a bargaining simulation – ” the highlight of the program” – designed to give the bargaining committee a taste of the frequently-intense atmosphere at the bargaining table.

    “The Negotiation Preparation program was a great opportunity for our bargaining committee to receive training, tips and insight from experienced IAM negotiators,” said IAM District 77 Assistant Directing Business Representative Rick Ryan. “In working with WWW educators and departmental staff from the IAM Grand Lodge and Midwest Territory, our committee walked away with a better understanding of the negotiation process and with a strategic plan in hand.”

    The Local 737 bargaining unit is composed of approximately 580 members who work at auto dealerships across the St. Paul area. A recent survey of the membership indicated wages, job security, pension, sick leave and health insurance as the membership’s top five priorities. The current contract expires April 30, 2016.

    “The negotiating committee would like to send a huge thank you to the Stewards of the St. Paul Auto Dealers for distributing the contract surveys. We received a 91 percent response rate” –  the highest we’ve ever seen,” said IAM Local 737 President Charles O’Keefe. “Our members showed us that they are engaged and ready for this upcoming negotiation. And so is our committee. Thank you to all the instructors and IAM staff who helped in the preparation for our upcoming negotiations. The Negotiation Preparation class is indeed one of the best member resources made available by our union.”

    For frequently asked questions about the negotiation process, visit the IAM Local 737 Negotiating Survival Handbook.

    For updates on the negotiations, visit www.iam737.org or follow the IAM District 77 Facebook page.

    For instant updates, text “IAMAuto” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (standard message and data rates may apply).

  • Indiana Local 1227 Members Attend Negotiation Prep at WWW

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    IAM Local 1227/District 90 Bargaining Committee members completed the Negotiation Prep class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, prior to entering contract talks with Regal-Beloit. Front row from left: William (Joey) Jessen and Gary Howard. Back row from left: IAM District 90 Directing Business Rep. Tony Wickersham, Scott Jessen and Joe Pancek.

    Local 1227 Negotiating Committee members from Regal-Beloit in Valparaiso, IN recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The week-long Negotiating Preparation class included training in drafting contract language, presenting proposals, analyzing the company’s strengths and weaknesses and identifying a broad array of potential tactics.

    “Negotiating prep is the type of training that is needed for our negotiating committees,” said District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham. “Points such as structured communications with our members, company analysis, proposal writing and negotiating simulations are instrumental in order for the committee to understand all aspects of the negotiation process.”

    “Negotiation preparation is a must have for future contracts,” said Local 1227 President and Committee member Joey Jessen. The demanding schedule of the class made it “well worth the long days and nights to learn how to successfully run negotiations.”

    “I want to thank the instructors at the Winpisinger Center along with the other departments within the IAM that helped in our preparations,” said Wickersham. “The work the committee has done in this class will set the stage for what we hope to be a productive negotiation for our members.”

    The Local 1227 members in Valparaiso manufacture and service bearings, couplings, gearing, drive components, and conveyer systems. The current contract expires July 2, 2016.