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Please join this labor-sponsored event benefiting Labor's Community Service Agency and Sunrise for Children. The goal for 2015 is to raise $15,000. 100% of the proceeds will go to the charities involved. Last year's first annual event raised nearly $4300, with proceeds split evenly between the two charities. Please see below for information on both worthwhile causes, as well as how to participate.
iMail, February 10, 2015
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s anti-union crusade is becoming increasingly at odds with her obligation to uphold labor law, says IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider.
The National Labor Relations Act, the law that governs labor relations at most private companies, makes it the policy of the United States to “encourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.” The law, enacted in 1935, guarantees the right to organize into trade unions, engage in collective bargaining and protects workers from being discriminated against because of their union membership.
Haley has taken every opportunity she’s had to trash labor unions.
She has said she wears heels to “kick those unions out” and actively discourages companies with union-represented workforces from coming to South Carolina “because we don’t want to taint the water.” She discouraged Boeing workers in North Charleston, SC from organizing with the IAM in both her State of the State address and in radio ads.
“I don’t know how you compare that to what her legal obligations are to uphold the law,” said Schneider. “It’s hard to put those two together.”
Schneider also addresses Haley’s frequent and misguided claim that the IAM tried to shut down Boeing’s South Carolina production line. The National Labor Relations Board, defending federally-protected union activity of IAM members in Washington State, sued Boeing in 2011 for illegally moving work.
“It’s not a case of the Machinists Union suing Boeing,” said Schneider. “The United States sued Boeing because it was unlawful.”
Haley’s characterization of the IAM as outsiders to South Carolina could not be further from the truth, says Schneider.
“South Carolina Boeing workers came to the Machinists Union, not the other way around,” said Schneider.
The Machinists Union has been in South Carolina much longer than Haley – the IAM’s founder, Tom Talbot, is a native South Carolinian and is buried in Florence – and will remain there long after her governorship.
“Regardless of what the governor says, the IAM will be in South Carolina as long as someone, anyone, wants a union,” said Schneider.
iMail, February 3, 2015
With the holidays on the minds of IAM members at the California Redwood Company (CRC) in Korbel, CA in early December 2014, the company issued a notice informing employees of the plant’s impending closure. The company is transitioning to Douglas fir lumber after more than 100 years of harvesting Redwood.
In response, a Trade Adjustment Assistance petition (TAA) was filed on behalf of 93 IAM workers at the California Redwood Company.
The IAM and the Seattle-based Green Diamond Resource Company, CRC’s parent company, are currently working out the details of severance and retraining programs for the displaced workers.
The California Redwood Company, according to a Green Diamond press release, will continue to process its remaining redwood log inventory and supply customers from existing redwood lumber inventories over the next few months while exiting the business.
“Despite our best efforts, CRC has not been able to achieve positive results for redwood lumber manufacturing and sales over the last several years,” said Company President Douglas Reed.
iMail, January 8, 2015
The IAM mourns the death of District W24 member Justin Simons, 31, who died in December 2014 after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery at a Weyerhaeuser sawmill facility in Cottage Grove, OR.
Simons died at the scene after employees and first responders were unsuccessful in reviving him, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) said.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon OSHA are investigating the incident.
Simons, a millwright apprentice, had worked at the facility for seven years.
A fundraising site has been set up to support Simons’ wife and three children, ages 6, 4 and 3.
“Justin was a hard-working man, who in his free time loved hunting, camping, the coast and spending time with his family,” the site reads.
Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal, February 12, 2014
Machinists International President Tom Buffenbarger thought members of Seattle-based District Lodge 751 would not approve the recent contract extension with Boeing, when they voted Jan. 3.
He also said he was convinced that at the time of the vote, Washington state was not on Boeing's final list of sites for the 777X.
Buffenbarger, 63, had several other surprising things to say in a unexpected interview Wednesday including that the tiny grassroots “Give us a voice” movement may have tipped the election, and that the company might have moved Air Force tanker production from Everett to Long Beach, Calif., had the union contract extension been nixed.
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Ever since Bradken Engineered Products in Chehalis voted to join District W24, the parent company has stalled negotiations and appears to be unwilling to bargain in good faith with the employees' representative union, the IAM. We will attempt to keep links updated to information regarding negotiations, events and other support from the community at large on this page and Facebook.
The vote taken on July 1st had a good turnout with almost every member present. The NLRB presiding agent has impounded the votes while they make determinations on pending charges. In the meantime, the current contract is still in place, with all of the benefits and protections that it provides. See the flyer below for more information.
Bradken Workers - Vote July 1 to Keep Your Voice!
The first contract now in place guarantees job security, a clear wage structure, seniority language and more. See the flyers below for more information and GO IAM on July 1st!
Contract and Steward Information 5/4/14
Contract Vote April 27th!
In the News
Tania Finlayson, her husband (an IAM District 751 member), son and other family members and supporters traveled the 300 mile distance from Seattle to Portland in an effort to raise money for Guide Dogs of America. Finlayson began her journey by wheelchair at the District 751 "Flight for Sight" event on June 8, ending at the District W24 union hall at 4:00 pm June 12. Her goal is to raise $40,000 and fundraising efforts are still ongoing. Her story is available online in the "Aero Mechanic" newsletter here.
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