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District 190 Delegate Election Update

Nomination & Election of District Lodge 190 Delegates

Important Note: There has not been a quorum for the last few local lodge meetings so the dates originally scheduled had to be changed. The new dates are as follows:

Nominations: Thursday,March 16, 2017 at the Regular Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at 436 McCormick Street, San Leandro, CA.
Election: The elections shall be conducted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at your Union Hall, after which time the tellers shall count the ballots and post the results.

From the District Lodge 190 Bylaws:

In accordance with Article II, Sections 1,2,3,4 and 5 of of the District Lodge 190 Bylaws, you are hereby notified that at its first meeting in November, 2016 each Local Lodge shall nominate candidates for District Lodge Delegates.

At its first meeting in December, 2016, each Local Lodge shall elect the number of delegates that they are entitled to by a secret ballot vote of its members in good standing.

Subject to qualifications and eligibility as required by applicable civil law or as specified in the IAM Constitution, every member in “good standing” in a Local Lodge affiliated with this District shall be eligible for nomination and election as a District Lodge delegate from his or her Local Lodge provided that the nominee has been a “good standing” member of his or her Local Lodge for at least one (1) year prior to the date of nominations and is working at the trade as defined in the IAM Constitution. The candidates who receive the highest vote at a secret ballot election for delegate within their respective Local Lodges shall be declared elected.

Those candidates with the next highest number of votes may be alternate delegates. Members are required to attend 50% or more of their regular Local Lodge meetings held during the 12-month period ending the date of close of nominations in order to qualify as delegates.

Absentee ballots: See rules for eligibility. You must send your written request to the Recording Secretary of your Local Lodge 30 days before the Local’s first meeting in December.

Your ballot must be received prior to the close of the election at that meeting.

The term of office shall be a period of four (4) years.

Executive Paywatch: Your CEO Makes 335 Times More Than You

It takes the average S&P 500 CEO just over a day to make what production and non-supervisory workers earn, on average, in an entire year, according to the AFL-CIO’s newly-released Executive PayWatch.

CEO’s took home, on average, $12.4 million in 2015, according to the AFL-CIO’s analysis. In contrast, the average worker earned only $36,900 in 2015—a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 335 to 1. [READ MORE]

Machinist Union President Responds to TPP

October 05, 2015


The following is a statement from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) International President Tom Buffenbarger regarding terms of the secretly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“As a labor union whose members build products that are exported all over the world, the IAM has always taken a strong interest in the development and growth of international trade. We know firsthand that trade done right will improve living standards and strengthen our economy to the benefit of all Americans. Unfortunately, the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) represents a new low in corporate dominance of our nation’s trade agenda. Despite the rhetoric, this deal represents a step backward in efforts to achieve effective labor standards and human rights.

Negotiated in secret by and for multinational corporations that have no allegiance to any flag or country, the TPP will facilitate the export of American jobs to countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Mexico which lack fundamental labor rights, some of which even engage in slave labor. Reports of a secret side agreement with Vietnam are especially offensive to anyone who takes internationally recognized labor standards seriously.

Earlier this year, Congress passed Fast Track legislation that laid out an ambitious set of negotiating goals that we, and others, warned were completely unenforceable. Reports indicate that we were correct in our assumption about the congressional negotiating goals; the U.S. Trade Representative simply ignored them. Although the agreement has not been made public yet, these reports indicate that, substandard labor standards remain weak and ineffective, currency manipulation has not been effectively addressed, rules of origin for autos are greatly weakened, access to affordable medicines is reduced, post Great Recession financial regulations were made less effective, and secret non-governmental tribunals will interpret and enforce the agreement.

As job and income growth continue to stagnate, Americans know that the economic system is rigged against them and the TPP is just the latest example. Congress must put the American people first and reject this deeply flawed trade agreement.”

Five Takeaways From #IAMRight15

October 13, 2015


IAM members from varying generations and backgrounds took part in a panel explaining what drove them to become activists. From left: Retiree Mike Edwards, Local 2339O Recording Secretary Monica Pasillas, Local 2323 Vice President Dan Janssen, Retiree Carline Lang-Smith, and Grand Lodge Auditor Porfirio “Josh” Diaz.

We came to change the world. We did.

More than 450 IAM activists – hailing from all corners of the U.S. and Canada and representing a diverse array of industries, viewpoints and demographic groups – came together in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference, dubbed #IAMRight15 on social media.

Click here to watch conference videos.

Click here to view the conference photo gallery.

Click here to learn about the #IAMRight15 app, which live streamed video during the week.

Here’s five takeaways from an inspiring gathering of some of the IAM’s best and brightest leaders:

 Your rights affect my rights.

We don’t live in a vacuum. If someone is being mistreated at your workplace – or across the globe – because of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, it affects all of us. Check out and join worker constituency groups like the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Pride at Work, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Council FIRE, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

We’re more diverse than ever. That’s a good thing.

Times are changing – and the IAM is changing with it. Conferences like this, which touched on issues from transgender rights to mass incarceration to immigration reform, simply didn’t happen in the labor movement as recently as 10 years ago. We must continue to expand our movement if the IAM wants to thrive for another 127 years.

This is an international movement. We need to think globally.

Multi-national corporations spread their nets far and wide to exploit and divide the world’s workers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is living proof. It’s up to us to unite together for a global economic system that works for all of us, not just the richest and most powerful 1 percent.

The IAM has young workers ready to lead.

Young workers took center stage, literally, at #IAMRight15. From a young worker leading the charge for a $15 minimum wage at Toronto’s Pearson Airport to young organizers helping to run some of the IAM’s largest and most important campaigns, the future is now for the next generation of IAM activists.

We can change the world. Really.

We already have. Our mere presence represents a new wave of activism ready to fight for a more fair and just world. Let’s continue making history.


TPP = NAFTA on steroids

Republicans in Congress want to work with the Obama administration to fast-track the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is the largest—and worst—trade deal you’ve never heard of, having been devised in secret by representatives of some of the world’s largest corporations.

It’s so big and has the potential to do so much damage, it’s been likened to “NAFTA on steroids.”


When Bad Gripes Happen to Good Stewards

January 02, 2015 / Ellen David Friedman

This article is excerpted from The Steward’s Toolbox, available here.

Excerpted from The Steward’s Toolbox: Skills and Strategies for Winning at Work.

Healthy unions should welcome workplace discontent. Stewards can turn discontent into campaigns that build workplace power.

Sometimes, though, too much unproductive discontent is floating around. Maybe there’s a culture that supports bitching but no action; maybe there are tensions among co-workers that prevent cooperation. [Continue Reading]

California Governor Signs Bill to Protect Temp Workers

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill holding the state’s employers legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by their subcontractors and temp agencies.

With the new law, California will have some of the country’s farthest-reaching protections for temporary workers, among the fastest growing and most vulnerable segments of the workforce.

The legislation was introduced this year after a series of stories by ProPublica documented abuses and dangers faced by legions of blue-collar temp workers, California labor officials said. It was overwhelmingly supported by lawmakers.

The growing reliance on temp work in recent years has led to complaints from workers nationwide who say they’ve been cheated on wages or ordered to work in unsafe situations. But their complaints had little impact as temp agencies blamed the companies that hired them and those companies, in turn, faulted the agencies [Continue Reading]

A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense

The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain


  Key Provisions of the Executive Order   

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order will govern new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000, providing information on companies’ compliance with federal labor laws for agencies.  We expect the Executive Order to be implemented on new contracts in stages, on a prioritized basis, during 2016.  The Department of Labor estimates that there are roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing about 28 million workers.

1. Hold Corporations Accountable: Under the terms of the Executive Order, agencies will require prospective contractors to disclose labor law violations from the past three years before they can get a contract.  The 14 covered Federal statutes and equivalent state laws include those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.  Agencies will also require contractors to collect similar information from many of their subcontractors.

2. Crack Down on Repeat Violators: Contracting officers will take into account only the most egregious violations, and each agency will designate a senior official as a Labor Compliance Advisor to provide consistent guidance on whether contractors’ actions rise to the level of a lack of integrity or business ethics.  This advisor will support individual contracting officers in reviewing disclosures and consult with the Department of Labor.  The Executive Order will ensure that the worst actors, who repeatedly violate the rights of their workers and put them in danger, don’t get contracts and thus can’t delay important projects and waste taxpayer money.

3. Promote Efficient Federal Contracting: Federal agencies risk poor performance by awarding contracts to companies with a history of labor law violations.  In 2010, the Government Accountability Office issued a report finding that almost two-thirds of the 50 largest wage-and-hour violations and almost 40 percent of the 50 largest workplace health-and-safety penalties issued between FY 2005 and FY 2009 were at companies that went on to receive new government contracts.  Last year, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin issued a report revealing that dozens of contractors with significant health, safety, and wage and hour violations were continuing to be awarded federal contacts.  Another study detailed that 28 of the companies with the top workplace violations from FY 2005 to FY 2009 subsequently received federal contracts, and a quarter of those companies eventually had significant performance problems as well—suggesting a strong relationship between contractors with a history of labor law violations and those that cannot deliver adequate performance for the taxpayer dollars they receive.  Because the companies with workplace violations are more likely to encounter performance problems, today’s action will also improve the efficiency of federal contracting and result in greater returns on federal tax dollars.

4. Protect Responsible Contractors: The vast majority of federal contractors have clean records.  The Department of Labor estimates that the overwhelming majority of companies with federal contracts have no federal workplace violations in the past three years.  Contractors who invest in their workers’ safety and maintain a fair and equitable workplace shouldn’t have to compete with contractors who offer low-ball bids—based on savings from skirting the law—and then ultimately deliver poorer performance to taxpayers.  The Executive Order builds on the existing procurement system, so it will be familiar to contractors and will fit into established contracting practices. Responsible businesses will check a single box on a bid form indicating that they don’t have a history of labor law violations.  The Federal contracting community and other interested parties will be invited to participate in listening sessions with OMB, DOL, and senior White House officials to share views on how to ensure implementing policies and practices are both fair and effective.  DOL and other enforcement agencies along with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council will consider this input as they draft regulations and guidance, which will be published for public comment before being finalized.

5. Focus on Helping Companies Improve: The goal of the process created by the Executive Order is to help more contractors come into compliance with workplace protections, not to deny contracts to contractors.  Companies with labor law violations will be offered the opportunity to receive early guidance on whether those violations are potentially problematic and remedy any problems.  Contracting officers will take these steps into account before awarding a contract and ensure the contractor is living up to the terms of its agreement.

6. Give Employees a Day in Court: The Executive Order directs companies with federal contracts of $1  million or more not to require their employees to enter into predispute arbitration agreements for disputes arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or from torts related to sexual assault or harassment (except when valid contracts already exist).  This builds on a policy already passed by Congress and successfully implemented at the Department of Defense, the largest federal contracting agency, and will help improve contractors’ compliance with labor laws.

7. Give Employees Information About their Paychecks: As a normal part of doing business, most employers give their workers a pay stub with basic information about their hours and wages.  To be sure that all workers get this basic information, the Executive Order requires contractors to give their employees information concerning their hours worked, overtime hours, pay, and any additions to or deductions made from their pay, so workers can be sure they’re getting paid what they’re owed.

8. Streamline Implementation and Overall Contractor Reporting: The Executive Order directs the General Services Administration to develop a single website for contractors to meet their reporting requirements—for this order and for other contractor reporting.  Contractors will only have to provide information to one location, even if they hold multiple contracts across different agencies.  The desire to “report once in one place” is a key theme in the feedback received from current and potential contractors.  This step is one in a series of actions to make the federal marketplace more attractive to the best contractors, more accessible to small businesses and other new entrants, and more affordable to taxpayers.

For more information on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces check out:
FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

IAM Retiree Revisits Normandy for 70th Anniversary of D-Day

The 70th anniversary of D-Day saw hundreds of aging D-Day vets return to Normandy France to honor the sacrifices they and their brothers made as the “Greatest Generation” launched the invasion of Hitler’s Europe that resulted in the defeat of Nazi Germany less than a year later.

IAM Retiree Coordinator Joe Reilly jumped into France with the 101st airborne a few hours before the landing boats hit the beaches. The paratroopers were tasked with securing strategic objectives behind German lines.

NBC’s Brian Williams interviews Reilly and three other D-Day vets for a fascinating account of their experiences during the invasion and their trip back to Normandy for the anniversary. Some, including Joe, were returning to Normandy for the very first time. Many others have been back before. First time back or not, nearly all acknowledge the likelihood that it would probably be their last.

NBC News - Journey to Normandy