• 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.”

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

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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 Midwest Territory Cornhole Tournament Raises $4.8k for Guide Dogs of America

    First, Second and Third place winners (left to right) of the 2018 IAM Midwest Territory Cornhole Tournament pose with General Vice President Philip J. Gruber (left), GDA recipient Susie Halverson and her guide dog, Mickey (center), and Chief of Staff Steve Galloway (right).

    The IAM Midwest Territory’s 2018 Cornhole Tournament raised $4.8k for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

    Over a hundred people, including 30 teams, from across the Midwest Territory and Chicagoland area took part in the event.

    See photos from the IAM Midwest Territory GDA Cornhole Tournament.

    Check out special drone footage taken outside the tournament courtesy of IAM Local 126 President Bernie Jiricek.

    Over a hundred people, including 30 teams, from across the Midwest Territory and Chicagoland area took part in the IAM Midwest Territory’s 2018 Cornhole Tournament.

    “Thank you to all the IAM Districts and Locals and Chicagoland residents who took part in this great event,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “This was the Midwest Territory’s second time hosting our GDA Cornhole Tournament. I’m proud to say we raised more money than last year.

    “A special thank you to IAM Grand Lodge Representative Marty St. Peters who coordinated the event along with help from our staff. Thank you to our many sponsors including Employee Benefit Systems President Jeff Grimm. And, last but certainly not least, a very special thank you to GDA recipient Susie Halverson and her guide dog, Mickey, who were gracious enough to join us at this year’s event and talk with participants about the importance and impact of the GDA organization.”

    GDA is a non-profit organization supported by the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations in its mission to provide guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired individuals in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit their website at www.GuideDogsofAmerica.org.

    For more information about this and other IAM Midwest Territory events to benefit Guide Dogs of America, visit www.SpiritoftheMidwest.org.

    See photos from the IAM Midwest Territory GDA Cornhole Tournament.

     

     

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  • Show Your Love the Union Way

    Yes, Valentine’s Day has snuck up on us once again. If you’re like most people, you haven’t bought that special someone the one gift that shows them how much you really care about them every day of the year.

    Have no fear, we are here to save the day with union-made products.

    The Activate L!ve crew highlights a few options in this video, including downloadable Valentine’s Day cards from Build-Buy-USA.

    Union Plus provides you with a list of union-made candies.

    Union members receive a 20 percent discount on all Teleflora flowers and GiftTree gift baskets when they browse arrangements and order online at UnionPlus.org/Flowers or call 1-888-667-7779.

    Lastly, what better way to show appreciation to your significant other than to cook them a fresh Maine lobster dinner right in your own home. Lobster 207 will deliver fresh, live, Maine lobster overnight, right to your door. The lobster is union from the ocean floor to your door.

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