Wichita Hits a Hole-In-One for GDA

There was no seven-year itch between the Machinists of District 70 and the Guide Dogs of America as the two recently hosted the 7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, KS. 10_04_2018_1_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser 10_04_2018_2_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser 10_04_2018_3_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser “Each and every year our Machinist Brothers and Sisters...

Boeing Urged by Bipartisan House Coalition to Respect South Carolina Workers

A bipartisan group of 177 members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA), sent a bipartisan letter urging Boeing Co. to respect the decision of Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina who voted to join the Machinists Union. In August, 23 U.S. Senators urged Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers. Boeing has refused to negotiate with 178 workers at its North Charleston, S.C. manufacturing facility who...

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...

We Won with Dignity

It was the perfect stage at the Aerospace Conference for IAM’s Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin to recognize the hard work of a few leaders from District 70 in Wichita, KS. After weeks of diligent work, Business Representative Tyson Kelly and ADBR Gerald Hill are proud to say that the strike at Garnett Auto Supply Inc./Jobbers Automotive Warehouse Inc. is over! To a rousing round of applause, Blondin was thrilled to...

Union Until I Die

“I will be Union until the day that I die,” Larry Keel says without pause. This sentiment is one of many reasons that the organized labor community in Alabama presented him with the 2018 Labor Person of the Year Award. “When they told me, I said ‘Oh My God, I would be honored.’ It was such a humble feeling,” says Keel remembering when he found out the news. “Honesty, integrity and loyalty are the three words...

Cleared for Takeoff

Retiree Lois Williams who helped with the vote. Dan Dohner who drove in from Salt Lake City, Utah. You may have never seen one or even spoken to one face to face. But if you’ve ever taken a flight, you can thank an air traffic controller or ATC for your safe arrival and departure. From the busiest airports in the country like Chicago O’Hare to their less known counterparts like Barkley Regional in Paducah, Kentucky, it’s the...

Nothing but Takeaways

The Machinist members at the bargaining table couldn’t believe their ears. “The only thing they offered was a 5 cent increase per hour for the first year. Everything else was a takeaway,” said Cornell Beard, IAM District 70 Directing Business Representative, incredulously. “Shock was on the face of every Machinist in that room. One of the ladies at the table couldn’t stop herself from turning to the president of the company and asking ‘Is...

Machinists Helping NASA Touch the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – AUGUST 12: In this handout provided by NASA, The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket is seen in this long exposure photograph as it launches NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 12, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Parker Solar Probe is humanity’s first-ever mission into a part of the Suns atmosphere called the corona. The...

The Devil Is in the Details

IAM Local Lodge 2902 Negotiating Committee (L to R) Porter Timmons, Rigo Contreras and Vince Hernandez Before a pilot can hit the skies, he or she needs to practice and ends up logging a lot hours on flight simulators before ever leaving the ground.  These training machines have become invaluable tools for pilots.  And taking care of these simulators is a very important task that the members of the IAMAW have been doing proudly...