Make a Giving Tuesday Donation to Guide Dogs of America

This Giving Tuesday, you can help provide the gift of mobility and freedom with a donation to Guide Dogs of America. Today kicks off the Fund-A-Need Campaign which allows you to donate needed items that will benefit the nursery, puppy, veterinary, kennel, training and student services departments. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving has grown into a global movement of contributing to non-profits, so please consider donating to GDA, the IAM’s favorite charity. The Fund-A-Need Wish List…

Vancouver Airport Workers Reach New Agreement, Avert Strike

Following nearly eight months of contentious bargaining, IAM Local 16 members avoided a strike at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) by agreeing to a contract late Saturday night. They were scheduled to strike the same day if an agreement was not reached. The agreement with Swissport Canada, a YVR airport contractor, covers 855 members—with the exception of wages for Baggage Service Operations workers, and will proceed to binding arbitration. The new three-year deal merges the collective…

IAM’s Independent Drivers Guild is Giving ‘Deactivated’ Uber Drivers a Chance

Uber, the app-based ride hailing company, calls it “deactivation,” but for the drivers, it really means they’ve been fired. When a driver’s rating falls low enough on its five-star grading system, Uber can unilaterally fire drivers. That would’ve been the end of their Uber driving careers, until now—at least in New York City. Thanks to the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), an affiliate of IAM District 15, Uber drivers now have a real chance of getting…

Texas Rulings Block Overtime Changes, Favor Union Busting Tactics

In two separate decisions, federal judges in Texas undermined Department of Labor (DOL) efforts to add long-overdue protections for workers. On November 22, with just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a U.S. District blocked an Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to more than four million Americans. The DOL overhaul to the overtime rule required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40…

Steve Galloway Appointed Midwest Territory Chief of Staff

IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced that IAM Midwest Territory Grand Lodge Representative Steve Galloway will take over as Midwest Territory Chief of Staff. Galloway takes the reins as the second in command to IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, effective December 1, 2016. “Steve Galloway is one of the IAM’s best kept secrets,” said Gruber. “While his leadership and talents stretch back to his time while serving in IAM District…

Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet

Machinists Union members were in full force in Las Vegas for the 36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet, where volunteers, donors and allies raised nearly $1.5-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America, which provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired men and women in the United States and Canada. With the help of the IAMAW, the school was founded in 1948 after a blind Machinists Union member was rejected for…

Oklahoma IAM Members at Tinker AFB Ratify Contract, End 112-Day Strike

After nearly three months on strike over health care benefits and their pension, members of IAM Local 850 at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma are returning to work following the ratification of a new three-year deal with Alutiiq. Federal Mediators brought both sides together in late October, and after several long days of negotiations, members voted on November 20 to accept the proposal. The contract provides two percent raises each year, and vastly improved health insurance.…

GDA Honors GVP Allen and Fundraisers at Las Vegas Banquet

Guide Dogs of America held its 36th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet this past weekend. Pictured from left are International President Bob Martinez, 2016 “Gift of Sight” honoree Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen and Guide Dogs of America Director Dale Hartford. Guide Dogs of America (GDA) held an array of fundraising events in Las Vegas last weekend, including the 36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet, which honored its fundraisers. The charity’s…

Robert Wood Named to Direct IAM Communications Department

Bob Wood IAM International President Bob Martinez today announced that on January 1, 2017, Southern Territory Special Representative Robert “Bob” Wood will take over as director of the IAM’s award-winning Communications Department. The appointment takes effect upon the retirement of current IAM Communications Department Director Frank Larkin. “The IAM is very fortunate to be able to draw from a deep well of talent and experience when vacancies such as this occur,” said Martinez. “Bob has…