• Entrenar-al-entrenador en español debuta en el Centro Winpisinger

    Quince miembros de la IAM hicieron historia la semana pasada, en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología Winpisinger, completando el primer programa de Entrenar-al-entrenador en español. Es parte de un esfuerzo cada vez mayor para ampliar las oportunidades de aprendizaje a los miembros de habla hispana de la IAM.

    “Estoy increíblemente orgulloso de los miembros que completaron este programa histórico, de los miembros del Grupo de Liderazgo en Español que prepararon y entregaron el plan de estudios, y a la IAM en general por hacer disponibles estas oportunidades educativas a todos nuestros miembros”, dijo el presidente internacional Bob Martínez. “Hace poco asistí a la Convención de LCLAA- y puedo decir sin duda o reserva de que no existe otra unión en Norte América, que proporciona a sus miembros de habla hispana con oportunidades educativas, tan amplias y profundas, que lo que están disponibles a nuestros miembros en el Centro Winpisinger. Una vez más, la unión de Maquinistas lidera el camino”.

    El hermano Daniel Galarza, representante de área en la Local 2725, asistió al programa de Entrenar-al-entrenador en español inaugural, que enseña a los activistas de cómo transformar a nuestros afiliados en activistas por sí mismos.

    “Hay dos uniones donde trabajo y todo el mundo sabe los Maquinistas son los mejor entrenados y la envidia en los lugares del trabajo”, dijo Galarza, que viajó al centro educativo en el sur de Maryland desde su casa en Levittown, Puerto Rico. “Programas como estos son los que ponen a nuestra unión por encima del resto.”

    Auxiliar de vuelo Mónica Pasillas, de la local 2339O, dice que el programa enriquece y fortalece a la IAM.

    “Tan importante como lo es saber de dónde venimos, es aún más importante saber a dónde vamos”, dijo Pasillas, auxiliar de vuelo con ExpressJet basada en O’Hare. “Este recurso va a hacer precisamente eso. Nos permitirá comunicarnos y entrenar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas de habla hispana.”

    El aumento de énfasis que la IAM le pone a programas en español refleja los muchos lugares de trabajo y el crecimiento de los latinos, la minoría étnica más grande en los Estados Unidos.

    “Me he convertido en un mejor unionista, y persona, cada vez que completó un programa de Liderazgo en el Centro Winpisinger. Esta fue la última pieza que faltaba de todo el programa,” dijo Tony Colina, un Representante de área de Tombal, TX Local 2198. “Es importante saber que nuestra unión invierte en sus miembros de habla hispana.”

    El Grupo de Liderazgo en Español (siglas en inglés SLWG) también han estado muy ocupados las últimas dos semanas en W3. En primer lugar, fue sede de 24 participantes del Liderazgo en Español I, una de las mayores proyecciones en la historia del programa. Luego fue sede del Programa Piloto Entrenar-al-entrenador español. El siguiente programa de liderazgo en español será Liderazgo II, que se llevara a cabo el 4-9 de diciembre del 2016.

    “El Programa de Liderazgo en español de la IAM me ha equipado con las habilidades y el valor para luchar por los hombres y mujeres en el trabajo,” dijo Inés García-Keim, Representante de área y directora Legislativa de Hoboken, Nueva Jersey Local 914 “Vamos a crecer esta gran unión y la comunidad latina beneficiará especialmente del compromiso que la IAM ha hecho para ofrecer oportunidades educativas a sus miembros de habla hispana. Sí se puede!”

    Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción en español o en inglés directamente desde el sitio web del Centro de Winpisinger. La matrícula en cualquiera de los programas de liderazgo en español no cuenta con las asignaciones escolares regulares de liderazgo en su logia local.

    La IAM da gracias a los miembros del Grupo de Liderazgo en español por hacer el trabajo pesado y preparar los cursos de lengua española en el Centro Winpisinger posible.

    Los programas de liderazgo español no quitan las asignaciones escolares del Liderazgo en inglés de su logia local. Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción, ya sea en español o inglés directamente desde la página web del Centro de Winpisinger.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo español ó necesita cualquier información adicional, por favor póngase en contacto con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o a través de correo electrónico a: eosorio@iamaw.org.


  • Spanish Train-the-Trainer Program Debuts at Winpisinger Center

    Fifteen IAM members made history last week by completing the first ever Spanish Train-the-Trainer Program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. It’s part of a growing effort to expand learning opportunities to Spanish-speaking IAM members.

    “I am incredibly proud of the members who completed this historic program, the members of Spanish Leadership Working Group who prepared and delivered the curriculum, and the IAM as a whole for making educational opportunities available to all our members,” said International President Bob Martinez. “I recently attended the LCLAA Convention — and I can say without hesitation or reservation that there are no other unions in North America providing its Spanish-speaking members with educational opportunities as broad and deep as what is available to our members at the Winpisinger Center. Once again, the Machinists Union leads the way.”

    Local 2725 Steward Daniel Galarza attended the inaugural Spanish train-the-trainer program, which teaches activists how to turn fellow members into activists themselves.

    “There are two unions where I work and everyone knows the Machinists are the best trained and the envy of the workplace,” said Galarza, who traveled to the Southern Maryland training center from his home in Levittown, Puerto Rico. “Programs like these are what put our union above the rest.”

    Local 2339O Flight Attendant Monica Pasillas says the program enriches and strengthens the IAM.

    “As important as it is to know where we come from, it is that much more important to know where we’re going,” said Pasillas, an O’Hare-based ExpressJet Flight Attendant. “This resource will do just that. It will enable us to communicate and train our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters.”

    The IAM’s increased emphasis on Spanish-language programs mirrors many workplace’s increase of Latinos, the largest ethnic minority in the United States.

    “I have become a better unionist, and person, every time I complete a Leadership Program at the Winpisinger Center. This was the final missing piece of the whole program,” said Tony Colina, a Steward from Tombal, TX Local 2198. “It’s important to know that our union invests in its Spanish-speaking members.”

    The Spanish Leadership Working Group (SLWG) has also been very busy the last two weeks at W3. First, it hosted 24 participants in Spanish Leadership I, one of the largest showings in the program’s history. Then it hosted the Spanish Train-the-Trainer Pilot Program (click here for participants). The next Spanish Leadership Program will be Leadership II, to be held December 4-9, 2016.

    “The IAM’s Spanish Leadership Program has equipped me with the skills and courage to fight for working men and women,” said Ines Garcia-Keim, a Steward and Legislative Director for Hoboken, NJ Local 914. “We will grow this great union and the Latino community will especially benefit from the commitment the IAM has made to providing educational opportunities for its Spanish speaking members. Si se puede!”

    Click here to download enrollment forms in either Spanish or English directly from the Winpisinger Center’s website. Enrollments in any of the Spanish Leadership programs do not count against a Lodge’s regular Leadership school allotments.

    The IAM thanks the members of the Spanish Leadership Working Group for doing the heavy lifting to make Spanish-language courses at the Winpisinger Center possible.

    If you have any questions about the Spanish Leadership Programs or need any additional information, please contact W3 Center Education Representative Edmundo Osorio at 301-373-8814 or eosorio@iamaw.org.


  • Alabama Members Will Launch Next NASA Mars Mission

    IAM Local 44 members from Decatur, AL employed by United Launch Alliance will build the massive Atlas V launch vehicle for the Mars 2020 mission. (Photo: United Launch Alliance)

    NASA has selected IAM members at United Launch Alliance (ULA) to build and launch the reliable Atlas V rocket to carry its next robotic science rover to Mars. The mission is known as Mars 2020.

    ULA’s successful track record, and its experienced Decatur, AL IAM Local 44 employees, helped win the production contract with NASA over competing contractors.

    “For decades, our members at Local 44 have been building rockets for Mars missions,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “NASA’s decision keeps production of the Mars 2020 launch vehicle where it should be.”

    The Mars 2020 mission is scheduled to launch in summer 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover mission is part of NASA’s ongoing Mars exploration program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The program seeks out important scientific information, including the potential for life on Mars.


  • Chicago IAM Local 701 Training Center Presents Apprenticeship Blueprint at FMCS Conference

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    IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, right to left, IAM Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli, IAM Safety and Health and Apprenticeship Program Director Jim Reid, IAM Local 701 Education and Training Center Director/Lead Instructor Louie Longhi, and apprentice Symon Krolak, host an FMCS panel on how FMCS funding was used to help create Local 701’s state-of-the-art Education and Training Center.

    IAM Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 has found the formula to combating our nation’s skills gap problem, rebuilding America’s middle class, and realizing the “American Dream,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber during the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s (FMCS) recent Future at Work Conference in Chicago.

    And it is the IAM Local 701’s Education and Training Center.

    The fruit of a unique partnership between FMCS, the IAM and employers, the Local 701 Training Center was the main focus of a panel on how FMCS funding was used to help create the state-of-the-art automotive apprenticeship training program, located in Carol Stream, IL. FMCS is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation.

    Gruber was joined on the panel by IAM Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli, IAM Safety and Health and Apprenticeship Program Director Jim Reid, IAM Local 701 Education and Training Center Director/Lead Instructor Louie Longhi, and apprentice Symon Krolak.

    Watch the full panel here.

    “The truth is: the middle class is shrinking,” said Gruber. “I think it’s safe to say that everyone in this room knows that. The idea of the ‘American Dream’ is increasingly becoming just that — a dream.”

    “Part of the problem is a lack of good-paying jobs,” continued Gruber. “Yes, we live in an era where employers would much rather pay a worker $2 an hour to make their product in Mexico or China, than to support workers here in their home country.

    “But the other part of the problem is — skills. Or, a lack thereof. For years, we’ve been telling our children that to make it in life you have to finish high school and get a four-year degree. In hindsight, what we have learned is, that was a huge mistake to our future workforce and to our country. The truth is jobs that require a four-year degree today make up less than half of the job market.”

    Seeing the problem early on in the automotive field, Cicinelli said he started pushing for an IAM-owned automotive training center. One that could train apprentices of today — and tomorrow.

    “The greatest challenge in creating the school was the funding mechanism,” said Cicinelli, who after years of negotiations was able to secure a “nickel fund” in which participating employers donated 5 cents for every hour worked. “That’s when Gruber put us in contact with Reid, who assisted us in securing an $80k grant from FMCS. That catapulted us into opening up the program one year sooner.”

    The school has experienced great success — participating employers have tripled, nearly 400 courses have been taught, and the program is still in its growing stages with plans for expansion.

    “When we wrote the grant in 2011, there were 60 employers donating to the fund out of over 500,” said Reid, who gave tips on how to write a successful FMCS grant application. “When we just did a recent grant application, there were 310. So within five years, it’s grown by 500 percent of the number of employers participating.”

    Community colleges and for-profit trade schools are just not enough, said Longhi.

    And plus, there are some key differences when comparing those programs to Local 701.

    “A lot of the other schools’ programs are for about 13 months — their students are usually rushed,” said Longhi. “I actually have graduates coming from those schools asking and applying to come our school. And I ask them why? They found out they didn’t learn enough.”

    “At the IAM Local 701 Education and Training Center,” continued Longhi, “we have smaller class sizes and our program lasts for about three years for automotive and four years for auto and diesel. Also, our students do not pay tuition and we put our apprentices to work after their first class.”

    “It’s a great opportunity,” said Krolak, who is currently a third-year apprentice at Chicago Northside Toyota. “There’s two other automotive schools here in Chicago. They’re $45k. I have a mortgage. There’s no way I could afford to put my family in $45k worth of debt. At Local 701, I’ve gotten a lifetime’s worth of experience for basically promising that I will be an IAM member. And I will — for the rest of my life.”

    International studies suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.

    FMCS grants are available to labor-management partnerships aimed at defining and confronting workplace problems and developing long-term solutions. Stay tuned for 2017 application information here.

    Watch the full panel here.

    See photos of the training center here.