The regular meeting of District Lodge 90 is held bi-monthly on the even numbered months of the year on the second Thursday at 7:00 P.M. IAM District Lodge 90 is located at 2346 S Lynhurst Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241, USA in Suite D 201.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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IAM Local 2777 Chief Steward/Grievance Committee Charles Pate, Steward Rich Swindon, Steward/Grievance Committee Regina Ullrich-Holmes, District 75 Business Representative Brad Smith, Steward J.D. Baker, and Steward/Grievance Committee Wayne Mason.
In a perfect example of why an IAM contract is so valuable, more than 200 workers for L3 Communications at Whiting Field Naval Air Station near Pensacola, FL won a grievance settlement that will result in an average payout of over $11,500 for each member.
Thanks to language negotiated into the agreement with L3, any cost savings in health and welfare contributions by the company must be passed on to the employees. In 2013 and 2014 no money was paid out, so Local 2777 Chief Steward and Grievance Committee Member Charles Pate filed a policy grievance on behalf of the members. Due to the complexity of the formulas in the agreement, they realized they would need help.
With valuable assistance from IAM economists in the Strategic Resources Department, the department’s Assistant Director David White and District 75 Business Representative Brad Smith, Pate pored over the mass of information.
Among the list of considerations were employer contributions towards group health insurance, life insurances, short-term disability insurance and a variety of other contributions. Working together, the team was able to determine the actual costs of such fringe benefits and submitted a grievance settlement for the two years in question.
“There were 210 employees in 2013 and 214 in 2014,” said Smith. “Whoever worked there under the IAM contract during those years got a payout, even people who had quit or retired were paid for the time they were there.”
The result was a payment of $2,503,118.32.
“This could only happen with a union contract,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “Usually when a company promises a dollar amount, but finds ways to save, they pocket the money. This time the money goes to the members, who earned it. I commend the fantastic job that Chief Steward Pate, Business Representative Smith and David White did for our members. I’m sure no one under this contract will ever say it costs to be in the union.”
IAM Local 2777 members work under a service contract agreement at Whiting Field on the Navy’s TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopter. The Local has nine other bargaining units representing aircraft maintenance workers at NAS Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola.
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It had only happened 12 times in the IAM’s 127-year history, but this week it happened one more time. Tom Buffenbarger officially handed over the title of IAM International President to Bob Martinez, Jr., a 35-year IAM member who has held leadership positions up and down the ranks of the Machinists Union.
WATCH: A Legacy Continues
At a ceremony at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD, Martinez took his oath of office and delivered remarks to IAM members and staff.
“Our fight and our work is noble and it is good,” said Martinez, a Texas native and U.S. Navy veteran. “Securing workplace fairness, dignity and justice – so it shall continue.”
Watch the entire ceremony – which includes remarks from Buffenbarger, new Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – by clicking here.
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Washington, D.C., November 22, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. will succeed current International President Tom Buffenbarger, who steps down on Jan.1, 2016 after a 45-year career that spans service as a local IAM Shop Steward to more than 18 years as the IAM’s top elected official.
The announcement follows a vote by the union’s 11-member Executive Council, in accordance with the IAM Constitutional requirement for senior elected officials to leave office at age 65. Martinez, a 35-year IAM veteran will serve the remainder of Buffenbarger’s current 4-year term, which concludes July 1, 2017.
“There have been 13 International Presidents since the Machinists Union was founded in 1888,” said Buffenbarger. “The strength of this union has always been its ability to cultivate leaders who respect and reflect the values and goals of our membership. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of that heritage and I have full confidence that Bob Martinez is the right person to carry on that proud tradition.”
A native of Texas, Martinez served in the U.S. Navy before joining the IAM in 1980 as an aircraft assembler at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Ft. Worth, TX. Rising through the ranks, Martinez held numerous positions at the local and district level before assuming the office of Southern Territory Vice President in July 2003. In addition to his current position as Vice President in charge of IAM Headquarters, Martinez serves as a Trustee of the IAM National Pension Fund, and is Vice President on the National Executive Board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Buffenbarger’s tenure as International President was marked by a commitment to organizing, financial stability and a recognition that diversity in local and senior leadership is a key to remaining relevant in the modern workplace. The current IAM Executive Council is now among the most diverse in the labor movement, including men and women of African American, Hispanic, Native American and European heritage.
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This edited expert is what is happening in multiple states, not just Missouri. We, as a nation, need to stand together and fight for what is the right while battling globalized companies.
‘In Missouri, the pre-filing of bills started today in [Missouris]’s capitol. And once again, workers are under attack. Today, two so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills were filed by both [Missouri] Representatives White and Burlison (HB1407 and HB1462). ‘Right-to-work’ states have lower wages on average, higher poverty rates, higher infant mortality rates, invest less in education, and have higher workplace fatalities. Today, Representative White also filed a bill that would cut [Missouri]’s prevailing wage law (HB1406). Studies have shown that workers who are paid the prevailing wage are more productive, and higher productivity can lower construction costs without lowering wages. Prevailing wage laws benefit blue-collar workers and their communities by:
-Lowering the rate of injuries
-Promoting health care coverage
-Minimizing disruption to local labor markets
-Ensuring that minority and female workers receive prevailing wages
-Encouraging their participation in apprenticeship programs
These attacks on workers are simply wrong. Missouri needs to invest their time and energy creating quality jobs for all Missourians.
-President Mike Louis
Indiana is faced with this currently. The way our current state government is heading is straight toward what we, as blue collared individuals, do not want. How can we stop our state and nation from continuing this path? VOTE!! Indiana was the worst turn out for registered voters in the NATION!
If every union member from all unions in Indiana would have voted in our state, the election would have been drastically different in 2014. If other states were the same way, quite possibly our nation. If you really want change, if you really want what you believe in, VOTE! Vote for someone who YOU want to represent your town, county, school, state, or nation because it matters from the ground up. Don’t let your family or friends sway your beliefs due to arguments, because Thomas Jefferson himself said, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
If you truly believe, vote for it.
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Nearly two weeks ago, the full text and information was revealed to the public about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. What surprised many of us, even our representatives, was that it was horrendously worse than what we anticipated.
With Fast Track barely getting voted in, the TPP is now riding the rails for 90 days while Congress studies, deliberates, and debates the deal. Even with all this going on with Congress, there can be absolutely no amendments made due to the Fast Track language.
The following video from Democracy Now has Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch talking about how unhealthy food, job loss, wage loss, and a rise in medication costs are knocking on America’s front door.
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More than 120 fueling agents at Swissport in Phoenix won IAM collective bargaining rights after an election was held this week. Workers, who reached out to the IAM with concerns over substandard wages, unsafe working conditions and job security, are responsible for fueling cargo planes and passenger aircraft at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
This is the second time the Phoenix fueling agents have attempted to organize with the IAM. Despite a fierce anti-union campaign on both occasions, the agents voted 91-2 in favor of IAM representation.
“This is a huge victory for workers at Swissport who desperately need the protection of a union contract,” said IAM Organizer Fabian Liendo. “It also shows the IAM keeps its promises. We said we’d come back and we kept our word.”
While the effort was headed up by the IAM’s Headquarters Organizing Department, the Transportation and Western Territories, as well as the IAM Legal Department and Airline District 142, all played a critical role in securing the win.
“This was a prime example of what can be done when we work together across territories and departments,” said IAM Headquarters General Vice President Bob Martinez. “Everyone who participated should be extremely proud of this victory.”
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