• Eliminate Waivers in ‘Buy American’ Laws

    IAM International President Bob Martinez wrote a Letter to the Editor to the New York Times in response to Ana Swanson’s piece titled “Why ‘Made in America’ Is Stitched Into the Law, but Not the Uniforms.”

    In the last decade, the Defense Department has spent more than $200 billion in taxpayer money on manufactured goods from other countries. The IAM represents many men and women in  the U.S. defense and aerospace industry that could be producing military parts and equipment for the Department of Defense.

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  • Protect Our Pensions

    IAM International President Bob Martinez recently sent letters supporting legislation that would help save the financially-troubled multiemployer pension system while fully protecting the earned and vested benefits of current and future retirees.

    The Butch Lewis Act of 2017 (S. 2147), sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) and the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2017 (H.R. 4444), sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), both offer real, proactive solutions that rehabilitate failing plans, bolster the PBGC, and protect the earned benefits of millions of retirees, workers and their families.

    This innovative legislation creates a Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the Treasury Department which would provide low-cost loans to qualified underfunded multiemployer pension plans. Under the legislation, troubled plans would have up to 30 years to prudently invest the loaned funds and would use the investment earnings to pay retiree benefits, improve the plan’s financial position, and pay interest on the loan to the Treasury.

    At the end of the 30-year period, the plan would pay back the loan in full. In order to be eligible for the loan, the plan would have to demonstrate that the loan would enable the plan to remain solvent, pay all retiree benefits and loan interest, and repay the loan principle when due. During the loan period, contributing employers would have to maintain their contribution levels and the plan would not be allowed to make any increases to retiree benefits.

    Read President Martinez’s letters to the House and Senate in support of both plans.   

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  • Maine Machinists Help School Meet Goal to Assist Children

    Topsham, ME IAM Local S89 recently participated in a drive to collect food, winter clothing and backpacks for children in need attending Lewiston Middle School. The local includes the paralegals of the law firm McTeague-Higbee and government employees of Bath, Harspwell, Topsham and Wiscassest, ME.

    Local S89 members spent two weeks collecting food items that are easily opened, winter clothing, and backpacks. Donations were delivered by S-89 Representatives to the Athletic Director of Lewiston Middle School, Dale Forrest.

    “Nothing can match the feeling when we arrived to deliver the donations” said Local S89 President Elect ­­­­­­­­­Carol Sanborn. “The smiling, and eager kids who greeted us and helped with unloading the goods made the small effort it took to collect them well worth it. And knowing we are making life just a little bit better for some of these children really warms your heart.”

    “Many thanks to the members of Local S89 for these donations to such a worthy cause,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “Assisting kids during the holidays is much more than just the spirit of giving. By donating these items they are literally giving these children the tools they need to succeed not only in school, but also in life. Making a difference in a child’s life is one of the most rewarding things union members can do in our communities.”

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  • Utah and Idaho Locals Team Up for Guide Dogs of America

    Salt Lake City, UT IAM Local 568 teamed up with Blackfoot, ID Local 2006 recently and held their 9th annual car show raising $10,500 for Guide Dogs of America. More than 70 cars came out to Stansbury Park, Utah to show their support at the Stansbury Days Guide Dogs of America Car Show.

    “This is the best show yet as far as raising money for the GDA,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Mike Wardle.  “Many thanks to Local 568 President, Andy Allen, for his hard work and support, along with all of the volunteers from Local 568, and all of the Car Guys/Gals that pitched in to help make this event a success.”

    “I would like to thank Mike and Glenna Wardle for their continued hard work to make this car show a success year after year,” said Western General Territory Vice President Gary Allen. “The generosity of Local 568, 2006 and the local community is astounding.”

    Thirty-three awards were presented along with raffle prize and auction items provided through tremendous support from the community.

    Guide Dogs of America, located in Sylmar, CA, provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada.

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