• Last Chance to Enter the IAM Newsletter, Website Contest

    Time’s running out to enter your newsletter or website in the annual IAM Newsletter and Website Contest. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 4, 2016.

    The Newsletter and Website Contest is open to all good-standing local and district lodges who regularly distribute official newsletters and/or maintain regularly-updated websites. A panel of independent judges will consider newsletters published during the 2015 calendar year and websites operating online during the judging period.

    Click here for complete contest rules, entry forms, the official call and other pertinent information.

    For further information, call the IAM Communications Department at 301-967-4520.

  • IAM Research Economist Taz Hurst Appointed to DOL ERISA Advisory Council

    IAM Senior Research Economist Taz Hurst has been appointed to a three-year term on the ERISA Advisory Council. Hurst, on right, was sworn in by Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi.

    IAM Strategic Resources Senior Research Economist Taz Hurst has been appointed to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Advisory Council.

    “Taz Hurst is a great choice to represent the concerns of workers on the ERISA Advisory Council,” said IAM Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “As one of our senior economists, he’s a valuable asset to the IAM and we are proud of this recognition of his dedication and skills.”

    The council focuses on key issues important to the administration of ERISA. It schedules meetings, hears testimony from a wide range of experts, deliberates and submits its recommendations to the DOL.

    Hurst is one of three representatives from employee organizations who will serve on the 15-member council. Other members come from employers, a broad range of investment fields and the general public. Hurst begins his three-year term on February 26, 2016.

  • Wisconsin G.E. Workers Complete WWW Negotiation Prep Program

    IAM Local 1406 negotiation committee members completed the negotiation preparation program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Front: Committee Chairperson Ross Hansen. Second row from left: Committee Members Ray Eller and Brent Sletten. Back Row from left: Local 1406 President and Committee Member Jeffery Chambers, District 10 Business Representative Joe Terlisner.

    The negotiation committee for IAM Local 1406 in Dane, WI and District 10 staff completed the Negotiation 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.

    Recognizing that negotiations may be difficult for this contract, the committee strategized to learn from bargaining history with G.E. and map a new direction for relations with the company. The negotiators will put better language in the contract and increase efforts to build solidarity in the bargaining unit.

    “The week at the Winpisinger Center did a good job of preparing the bargaining committee for negotiations.  Communications during bargaining, membership survey results, history of bargaining and an understanding of the bargaining process highlight a few of the topics discussed,” said District 10 Business Representative Joe Terlisner. “The committee is committed to negotiating a fair contract that demonstrates appreciation and respect, both now and in the future, for our hardworking membership.”

    Local 1406 represents employees at G.E. Healthcare in Madison, WI who produce world-class healthcare equipment. The current contract expires June 15, 2016.

  • Carlson Named Transportation Assistant Airline Coordinator

    International President Bob Martinez has appointed Transportation Department Communications Representative James Carlson to the position of Transportation Department Assistant Airline Coordinator, effective March 1, 2016.

    A 24-year IAM member and former Ramp Serviceman at United Airlines, Carlson initiated into Air Transport Lodge 1322 in New York City in 1992. Carlson’s record of union experience ranges from Shop Steward, Ramp Committeeman, Grievance Committee Chairman, Local Lodge President, Vice President and Trustee. Carlson also served as a District 141 Educator.

    “James has a diverse skill set, which includes an impressive academic record, as well as a background in multiple nationwide organizing drives, working with local and national media and experience representing IAM members under the unique terms of the Railway Labor Act,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Brother Carlson is dedicated to improving the lives of IAM members and will be a great asset in his new role.”

    A second-generation IAM member, Carlson joined the Transportation Department staff as the Communications Representative in 2012. James carries a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University.