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  • Kansas City Members at Harley Standing Up to Company

    IAM Local 176 members in Kansas City, Mo. are asking questions of how their employer, Harley-Davidson, decided to shutter its facility there by early 2019. The closure affects 572 Machinists Union members at Harley and Syncreon

    Members recently sat down with the Kansas City Business Journal to talk about how to deal with Harley-Davidson plans to shut down its Kansas City plant and express their disappointment with how Harley-Davidson handled the closure announcement.

    READ: Union: Harley is treating KC workers poorly and damaging its brand

    The company hasn’t shared any details about how the shutdown will be handled, said Joe Capra, directing business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

    “All we know is there will be layoffs in phases, but it tears a family up not knowing how that will happen,” said Capra. “We’re demanding those answers now so we can let our people know and they can plan their lives.”

    IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens urging him to organize meetings with other elected officials, local labor leaders, business interests, community groups and Harley-Davidson to discuss the many issues surrounding this closure announcement.

    “Since 1993, hard-working Machinists Union members have devoted their lives to making high quality motorcycles for this company,” said Martinez. “Their loyalty, skills, and dedication to excellence have helped make Harley-Davidson the successful, trusted brand that it is today. It is a disgrace that Harley-Davidson could not show these workers the same loyalty they have shown the company over the years.”

    Martinez and the IAM are employing every resource necessary to assist the Kansas City membership.

    READ: Machinists Union Statement on Harley-Davidson Kansas City Plant Closure

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  • IAM Florida Sugar Workers Visit Capitol Hill

    IAM Florida Sugar Workers made a visit to Capitol Hill this week to highlight the importance of sugarcane farming to the nation’s economy.

    IAM Florida Sugar Workers jobs include every part of the sugarcane farming, milling and refining processes on American soil, including many positions requiring skilled trades, such as machinists and welders.

    “Meeting the different representatives and being able to talk to them and understand their point of view and explaining why you’re fighting for something is important,” said William Bland.

    There are nearly 122,000 workers throughout the U.S. and the majority of them are in a labor union. Sugarcane farming supports 12,500 jobs in Florida.

    “We did a lot of walking, but for a good cause,” said Eddie Garcia. “Putting a face to an issue is important.”

    IAM Florida Sugar Workers will continue to advocate for agricultural policies and the use of precision agriculture to continue growing the Florida sugar industry, which accounts for more than a quarter of all U.S.-produced sugar.

    “Walking the extra mile to protect our jobs is what we’re doing,” said Mark Thompson. “We learned how uninformed these members of Congress are about our issue. You should never be afraid to speak about something that’s important to you.”


    “No land, no future, no job, no home,” said Cornelius Fowler. “They like to put a face to a cause!”

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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:


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

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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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