IAM International President Martinez Announces Retirement of GVP Philip J. Gruber

IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced the retirement of IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, effective December 31, 2018. “Our great union will forever be grateful for the contributions of Phil Gruber,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For more than four-and-a-half decades, Brother Gruber has served our membership with dignity, passion and skill. From the strike line to the negotiating table and everywhere in between, Phil has been the...

House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill, Senate Votes Next

The House yesterday passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that will renew the agency’s funding for another five years. The bill will provide long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation.   “This bill has provisions that help protect IAM members and the traveling public,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “It will also ensure...

Solidarity Changes the Game

“This is what happens when we stand together in solidarity,” said IAM General Vice President Mark A. Blondin happily as he looked over the details of the latest contract coming out of the Machinists’ Southern Territory. When the Remote Pilot Operators or RPOs working for CNI Federal Services at the FAA Center in Oklahoma approached the table, things didn’t go as planned. “The company’s first offer was all takeaways; a decrease in wages, no...

Machinists on Ground to Help with Florence Recovery

Residents of North Carolina and the surrounding states are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The massive storm was responsible for more than 30 lives and catastrophic damage from historic flooding. Machinists Union members in the path of the storm are in need of help in the recovery process. The IAM Southern Territory, along with IAM District 110 and the IAM Disaster Relief Fund are on the ground in North Carolina to...

House to Vote on FAA Bill This Week

The House and the Senate Saturday reached consensus on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018. The approximately $17 billion, five-year FAA bill will make its way to the House floor this week and could be voted on as early as Wednesday.   Airline labor highlights of the bill include protection for customer service agents from physical abuse that requires airlines to implement an assault prevention and response plan within 90 days as...

Guide Dogs of America Graduate Finds Serenity

For nearly 70 years Guide Dogs of America has brought independence to blind and visually impaired individuals from across the United States and Canada. New stories of companionship, confidence and empowerment emerge from each graduating class of guide dog teams. One such inspiring story is that of blind surfer Derek Rabelo and his guide dog Serenity. Read their story here. Do you know someone who can benefit from a GDA guide dog? Guide Dogs...

Kendall Appointed to Assistant Secretary

International President Bob Martinez and General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes announce the appointment of Paul Kendall to the office of Assistant Secretary. The appointment fills the vacancy from the recent reassignments of General Vice Presidents and is effective October 1, 2018. “Brother Kendall brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “He is a true journeyman who attacks every task and assignment with professionalism and poise. I look...

Are You Registered for this November’s Elections?

Today is Voter Registration Day. Have you registered? Don’t wait, November’s elections will be here before you know it. Register today Our right to vote gives us the power to make a difference. We have the freedom and the responsibility to choose our leaders and get involved with the issues that we care about. Change truly begins at the ballot box. If you know someone who recently turned 18, or who has not voted...

Connecticut Local 62A on Strike for Fairness at UTC

About 200 members of IAM Local 62A(District 26) at United Technologies Corp., in Cheshire, CT are striking for a fair contract. Pay at the plant is among the lowest for UTC aerospace plants, said IAM Local 62A President Mary White. The company also failed to budge on its proposal to raise health insurance costs.  Read: Pay, health insurance costs driving UTC aerospace strike Hartford (CT) Business Journal Members have been receiving support from the Connecticut State Council...

Support GDA with a Charity Banquet Program Ad

Guide Dogs of America’s annual Las Vegas charity weekend is on the horizon and arrives November 15-17, 2018. Purchase an ad in the official William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet program for your organization, district or local lodge today. The deadline for program ads is October 31, 2018, so don’t delay. It is a great way to have your group recognized and support GDA at the same time. Register early to guarantee space for you and your...