Steward Training Enlightens Membership

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Joe Gruber, Midwest Territory Education Representative, came to Evansville, Indiana on Saturday to host a steward training class.  All the members, new and seasoned, left with a better understanding of their roles as a steward and how to properly enforce their contract to better their work place.

JoeGruber, using his passion and vast knowledge, kept everyone attentive throughout the whole class, making it a fun experience that everyone enjoyed. 

 

Joe said it was a great time and he loved meeting all the people.  He looks forward to coming back and doing more classes with everyone.

Shop Stewards Training

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This Saturday, July 15, from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Brother Joe Gruber will be coming down to Local Lodge 153 to conduct steward training for the southern part of the state.

Joe Gruber

For those attending, try to bring a copy of your CBA.  If this is not possible, one will be provided for you. Brother Gruber feels that getting familiar with your own contract language is crucial.

For more information, please contact your local lodge or business representatives.

 

Local 2069 Preparing for New Contract

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The Negotiating Committee for Peru, IN, Local 2069, along with District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center, in Hollywood, MD.

The local represents employees at Schneider Electric, who manufacture and assemble electrical power distribution panelboards.

With having new members on the negotiating team, the Committee strategized to map a different direction from previous years by developing a new strategy for the negotiating process.

“The week at the Winpisinger Center was a great way to help introduce some of the new committee members to the process of negotiations while developing changes for the senior members,” said Wickersham. “The committee is also developing a communications network that will keep the members informed for a united front.

“I know, with the new approach and better communications with the membership, the committee is preparing themselves a well-planned strategy for a successful negotiations.”

The current contract with Schneider Electric expires September 17, 2017.

The Peru, IN, Local 2069 Negotiating Committee for Schneider Electric completed the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, Md. Front row from left: Christopher Holland, Vice President/Committee Chairman; Eli Ireland, Steward/Committee Member; Tony Wickersham, District 90 Directing Business Representative. Back row from left: Brock White, Committee Member; Joshua Packard, Committee Member; Timothy Hight, Committee Member.

Indy Fuel holding Made in America Night

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While hockey’s roots may come from that country up north, the Fuel are saluting the

Stars and Stripes on Made In America Night.

Meet Daredevil Robbie Knievel, along with other special guests!

Union Brothers and Sisters get a discounted rate for not only this Saturdays game, but Friday, April 8th as well, which is the Fuel’s season finale.

Ticket Prices range from $11-$33

Simply click on the link below and select your price level, leave a comment on seating preference (on an aisle, towards the middle, a specific section, etc.).  Once the order is received, the tickets will be selected with your preference in mind and a confirmation email with the seat location, as well as directions on how to pick up your tickets will be sent to you.  All tickets will be left at Will Call the night of the game.

Get your tickets here:

https://fuel.isportstix.com/order/group/EOSD17/

Indiana Farmers Coliseum 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Questions? Contact Jake Friedman (317) 608-2693

What is ALEC?

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ALEC is not a lobby group; it is not a front group.

It is much more powerful than that.

Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state lawmakers the legislative language that directly benefits their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills.

Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the nation—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.
ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. They are unmatched in enriching their corporate underwriters at the expense of everyone else.
Join us in calling on all Indiana lawmakers to #DumpALEC and end their membership with ALEC!
We’re rallying on Wednesday, July 27 at 3:30 pm EST at the statehouse in Indianapolis. RSVP here to join us for 2016 Indianapolis ALEC protest: https://www.facebook.com/events/1045848722172515/.

Machinists Union Applauds Congress for Acting to Stop NAI Scheme

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Washington D.C., April 28, 2016 — IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding Congress’ action to halt Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) entry into the U.S. aviation market:

“The Machinists Union applauds Congress for acting to stop the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) ill-conceived decision to pave the way for NAI’s entry into the US aviation market. Any airline that registers its aircraft in foreign countries with lax safety and security standards and ‘rents’ its cabin crews from countries with no labor laws to lower costs shouldn’t be welcome in the United States.

IAM members thank Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) for sponsoring H.R. 5090 and standing up for US airline workers.

Make no mistake: NAI’s scheme to gain entry into the US aviation market will unleash downward pressure on the wages, benefits and working conditions of airline workers here in the United States and cause airline workers to lose their jobs. That is unacceptable.

It’s time for Washington D.C. politicians to stand up for US airline workers and H.R. 5090 is a good start. I call on all IAM members to contact their U.S. Representatives and demand they support H.R. 5090.”

The IAM is the largest transportation union in the world, and among the largest labor unions representing approximately 620,000 members.

Wisconsin Judge Agrees with IAM, Rules Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

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IAM members in Wisconsin joined thousands of others at rallies protesting the state’s proposed “right-to-work” law in 2015. The bill was signed into law by anti-worker Gov. Scott Walker, but a circuit judge recently ruled the law to be against the state’s constitution.

A Wisconsin judge has sided with the Machinists Union in a case challenging the state’s private sector “right-to-work” law. IAM District 10 in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha, WI argued the law was an unlawful seizure of property because it required private-sector unions to extend benefits to workers who don’t pay dues.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s GOP legislature pushed the law through in February 2015 amidst massive protests. Workers in right-to-work states have significantly lower wages and fewer benefits.

“Judge Faust’s ruling is a victory for Machinist Union members and all of Wisconsin’s working families,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “Walker and his cronies have continued to push a policy of state economic growth through the elimination of workers’ rights. We always knew this policy was foolish and destined to fail, now we know it was illegal.”

Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust cited the state constitution’s provision that “the property of no person shall be taken for public use without just compensation.” The impact of the law “over time is threatening to the unions’ very economic viability,” wrote Foust.

Wisconsin’s Republican Attorney General promised to appeal the decision to the state’s conservative majority Supreme Court, but some labor lawyers say the case could be a crack in right-to-work’s armor.

“For unions, the silver lining is that the ‘takings’ argument may acquire traction in other states or in federal court,” writes Brian Mahoney for Politico. “The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has a ‘takings’ clause, and so do some other state constitutions.”

Paul Secunda, a Marquette University labor lawyer, told the American Prospect that unions may have success using the ‘takings’ argument to challenge West Virginia’s new right-to-work law, which would ultimately be brought before a more liberal federal circuit court. The case could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, where a potential future liberal majority could overturn all states’ right-to-work laws.

“The courts put a needed check on Scott Walker’s attacks on working families by ruling that Wisconsin’s ‘right-to-work’ law is in violation of our state constitution,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, an IAM member and president of Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “‘Right-to-work’ goes against the Wisconsin principles of fairness and democracy and hurts all of Wisconsin by eroding the strength of our middle class. ‘Right-to-work’ has always been unjust, now it’s proven unconstitutional.”

“Congratulations to IAM District 10, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers District 2 and working families throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Over the last three to four years, Wisconsin has seen the largest decline in middle-class households than any other state. It’s anti-union policies like these that are to blame. I applaud the courts for helping turn the state in the right direction.”

Machinists Union Disputes DOL Claims in Pension Fund Dispute

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Washington, D.C., February 8, 2016 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today raised serious questions over allegations contained in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) against the IAM National Pension Fund.

The well-funded IAM National Pension Fund is among the nation’s most stable and best managed multi-employer plans, and is in full compliance with all DOL rules and regulations. The complaint makes no allegations that relate to the stability of the Fund or its assurance that its 90,000 beneficiaries will have a secure retirement because of the Plan.

The IAM, which is not named in the lawsuit, believes the DOL complaint should be withdrawn quickly to prevent further harm to the Fund’s reputation, and to prevent needless and costly litigation over issues previously addressed and properly resolved.

The civil complaint, filed by the DOL on Jan. 24, 2016, alleges that in the past, improper procedures were followed in the selection of certain service providers to the fund, and that the Fund incurred improper expenditures between 2008 to 2012 in connection with Fund-related activities.

The DOL complaint fails to note that all questionable expenditures were fully reimbursed and new policies put in place to ensure strict compliance with DOL rules.

The IAM believes it is a disservice to the Plan and its beneficiaries for the DOL to revive allegations over issues that have been previously addressed and resolved.

The IAM is one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing more than 600,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries.