Notice of Completion of Grand Lodge Nominations

In accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the IAM Constitution, please be advised that Machinists Union members have completed the nomination process for the election of Grand Lodge Officers and elected officials for a new four-year term. The required number of IAM Local Lodges nominated each of the following candidates: Robert Martinez, Jr., as International President; Dora Cervantes as General Secretary-Treasurer; Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark A. Blondin, James Conigliaro,…

‘A Dream’ Comes True: IAM Maine Lobstermen Buy Wholesale Lobster Business, Form Co-Op

Members of the IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) will soon be able to net more of the profits they help create. In a groundbreaking move, last week members voted to purchase a wholesaling operation, a move which gives the fishermen a real voice in the industry while being able to track how the system works. The purchase of the wholesale side of Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that holds up to 180,000…

More than 700 NFFE-IAM Jobs Saved at Red River Army Depot

Local 2189 NFFE-IAM members at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana TX, celebrated a recent victory in saving more than 700 jobs and preventing future layoffs due to the federal hiring freeze. NFFE-IAM Members who maintain and overhaul armored vehicles and equipment at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texarkana, TX have successfully fought for an exemption from the White House’s recent federal hiring freeze. Thanks to a decision by Defense Secretary James…

New IAM Members in California Rally Against Company Refusing to Negotiate

Newly organized IAM workers at K&N Industries in Riverside, CA held a rally to demand that the company follow a National Labor Relations Board ruling to negotiate with the union. U.S. Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), pictured, called on the company to bargain in good faith. Newly organized IAM members employed at K&N Manufacturing in Riverside, CA held a rally to demand management sit down with the IAM to negotiate a fair contract. More than 600…

IAM Midwest Territory Mourns Passing of Labor Leader Ed Garvey

Ed Garvey Ed Garvey – longtime Machinists friend and icon among Wisconsin progressives – died Wednesday morning. He was 76. Garvey, a nationally-known labor attorney, was a personal friend to former IAM International President William W. Winpisinger. “He played an instrumental role in Winpisinger buying the land for Placid Harbor,” says former Wisconsin IAM District 121 and retired Grand Lodge Representative Daniel L. Vande Kolk. “He also counseled District 121 during the 80s and early…

Kevin Murch Appointed to Midwest Territory Special Representative

Kevin Murch IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of IAM Midwest Territory Educator Kevin Murch to the position of Midwest Territory Special Representative. “On behalf of the IAM, I would like to congratulate Kevin on his advancement,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Kevin’s 23 years of experience as an IAM member, Directing Business Representative and Educator for the territory has been a huge asset for IAM members…

IAM Members Had Hand in a Groundbreaking Planet Discovery

The universe wouldn’t know about a newly-discovered solar system full of Earthlike planets, all of which could have liquid water, without the ingenuity and skill of Machinists Union members. Astronomers announced Wednesday that a telescope orbiting Earth had detected seven warm, rocky planets orbiting a star just 39 light-years away. It’s the most terrestrial planets orbiting a single star that scientists have ever found, and it could be the best place in the galaxy to…

House Hearing Targets Federal Unions

A House hearing on the federal government’s tracking and use of union “official time” is the latest hit in a growing list of attacks on the federal workforce. Federal employees are permitted by law dating back 40 years to address concerns of collective bargaining unit members. The law explicitly prohibits union activities while on official time, including any internal union business, solicitation of new members, election of union officers and any partisan political issues.  Some…

IAM Mourns Death of Retired Grand Lodge Representative Steve Williams

Former IAM Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Steve E. Williams, right, passed away recently at the age of 97. From left: Southern Territory Chief of Staff Jeff Smith, Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin, retired Southern Territory General Vice President Ed House, retired Administrative Assistant to the International President Dean Girardot, and Williams. Steve E. Williams, a 71-year IAM member who served as a Grand Lodge Representative in the IAM’s Southern Territory for 30…

Showcase Your Work in the IAM Newsletter and Website Contest

So you write news stories or build websites for the union. Why not get recognition for your hard work? The entry deadline is May 5, 2017. InformationOfficial Call The IAM Newsletter and Website Contest is open to all local and district lodges in good standing with publications that are regularly distributed or mailed to members and/or regularly-updated IAM websites. Newsletter awards include General Excellence, Best Layout and Design and Best Feature. Website awards include General…