Local 1584 Sends Members to the 2014
Young Machinists and Emerging Leaders
Conference in San Antonio, TX
Over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, two members of Local 1584 traveled to San Antonio, Texas joining 100 other Young Machinists to attend the IAM’s 2014 Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference. This inaugural conference focused on workshops providing emerging leaders with the tools to build on the future of our union, as well as create a venue where young members could meet, share their experiences and reflect on ways of becoming more involved. In addition to the workshops, the conference also included a joint-action with participating AFL-CIO unions and a community service component where conference participants assisted Habitat for Humanity with framing four houses that will assist families in need.
Abraham Rubio and Patrick Aung, both active members of 1584’s organizing committee and employees at Geo. Martin Company in Emeryville, CA mentioned that this was extremely positive experience. Rubio, a 1584 Executive Board member, stated that “they really planted some seeds in us.”
They both expressed great gratitude in being part of the weekend’s events and training workshops.
Patrick Aung, 1584’s Shop Steward of the Year for 2013, said that the conference gave them “ideas and strategies to make the union better.” Along with what they learned, he “enjoyed meeting other brothers and sisters from around the country and hear about their experiences.” Overall, the conference left Aung just “wanting to help the community more and become more involved.”
Both echoed that they are looking forward to the next meeting of the Young Machinists and would encourage anyone that is interested to attend. Local 1584 is proud of its young members and the hard work they put into making this conference a great experience and everything they do for the Local Lodge.