Con Broche de Oro Cierra Liderazgo en Español en el Centro Winpisinger

El programa final de español para 2019 concluyó la semana pasada en el centro educativo de IAM, el Centro Winpisinger , ya que el centro dio la bienvenida a participantes de Estados Unidos, Canadá y el Territorio de Puerto Rico para el liderazgo español I del 20 al 25 de octubre. La semana comenzó y terminó con entusiasmo, el programa fue la segunda participación más alta en las clases de Liderazgo de español, este año, con veinticinco miembros inscritos, ocho provenientes del recién afiliado IAM/Carpinteros LL 2252C.

El programa también marcó el tercero en una serie de capacitación este año para la Unión de Carpinteros (UCPR) de Puerto Rico LL 2252C. Rafael Rodríguez Pagán, un delegado de IAM/Carpinteros LL 2252C, dijo sobre el programa: “Lo que más disfruté fue compartir mis experiencias con otros miembros del sindicato de tantos lugares e industrias diferentes, tanto conocimiento y experiencia; fue realmente revelador ver que pertenecemos a una organización tan grande y diversa”.

Los programas en español son coordinados, desarrollados y entregados por una mezcla de personal del Centro Winpisinger y el Grupo de Español (SLWG). Los temas abarcan desde la historia laboral hasta el procedimiento parlamentario y la administración de la logia, el rol del delegado hasta los derechos humanos, por qué organizar importa al gobierno y la política. Miguel “Mickey” Álvarez, presidente de IAM/Carpinteros LL 2252C en Puerto Rico, dijo sobre el ejercicio de la reunión simulada de Administración de Logia “Me sorprendió la simplicidad de cómo las simulaciones prácticas pueden enseñar las formas adecuadas de organizar una reunión de manera eficiente y efectiva, definitivamente usaré lo que aprendí en escenarios de la vida real “.

Con respecto a la clase de Historia Laboral, Katherine Ramos Fernandes, LL 2339N de Newark, Nueva Jersey, dijo: “Nunca podemos olvidar cómo muchos de nosotros estamos luchando contra las injusticias, tantas historias de batallas aún por ganar. Cada persona se toma el tiempo para hacer la diferencia”. Su declaración es un fiel reflejo de la pasión y dedicación que tienen los instructores de habla hispana.

Los próximos dos años prometen ser un desafío para el movimiento laboral y organizar a los trabajadores en el sector de habla hispana será significativo en la lucha por todos los derechos de los trabajadores. Ahora es el momento de mantenerse firmes y enviar el mensaje de diversidad e inclusión a los líderes de nuestra nación, las comunidades y dentro de nuestro propio sindicato, y la clave de ese mensaje es la educación. “Tener la oportunidad de aprender y compartir experiencias y conocimientos no tiene precio. Me siento privilegiada de estar aquí “, dijo Jennifer Esquivel del distrito 947 en Long Beach, California.

Los programas en español en el Centro W3 incluyen Liderazgo I, Liderazgo II, Liderazgo Avanzado y Capacitación del Entrenador. Hay varios otros programas en español que se dirigen a los diversos niveles de educación de liderazgo sindical, así como clases de personal, incluyendo la negociación colectiva y la organización I, ambas ofrecidas en español. Comuníquese con los funcionarios locales de su logia, el representante o el presidente general para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse.

Las clases de español para 2020 son las siguientes:

15 al 20 de marzo                  LIDERAZGO ESPAÑOL I

17 al 22 de mayo                    ORGANIZACIÓN I PROGRAMA – ESPAÑOL

12 al 17 de julio                     LIDERAZGO ESPAÑOL II

14 al 19 de junio                    LIDERAZGO AVANZADO ESPAÑOL

16 al 21 de agosto                  LIDERAZGO ESPAÑOL I

23 al 28 de agosto                  ENTRENANDO al ENTRENADOR ESPAÑOL

15 al 20 de noviembre           NEGOCIACIÓN COLECTIVA

Tenga en cuenta que las inscripciones en cualquiera de los programas de Liderazgo en español no cuentan contra las asignaciones regulares de la escuela de Liderazgo de su Logia.

Descargue los formularios de inscripción de liderazgo en español en español o inglés .

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los programas de Liderazgo español o necesita información adicional, comuníquese con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o eosorio@iamaw.org

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Illinois IAM Local 313 Members Strike Laura Buick GMC to Protect Pension

Illinois IAM Local 313 Members Strike Laura Buick GMC to Protect Pension

In a trend seen across the nation, more than 50 mechanics and service advisors of IAM Local 313 walked off the job at the Laura Buick GMC auto dealership in Collinsville, IL Saturday after a 100 percent rejection of the company’s final offer and a 100 percent vote to go on strike.

In a trend seen across the nation, more than 50 mechanics and service advisors of IAM Local 313 walked off the job at the Laura Buick GMC auto dealership in Collinsville, IL Saturday after a 100 percent rejection of the company’s final offer and a 100 percent vote to go on strike.

See photos of the IAM Local 313 strike here

The unanimous vote came despite a recent uptick in new hires – a number of members are still on probation. Another 56 percent have been with the company for less than five years.

Laura Buick GMC is one of the largest GMC dealership in the U.S.

“I could not be more proud of the membership and their tremendous show of solidarity,” said IAM District 9 Business Representative Roy Collins. “They’re taking on the fight – not only here at Laura Buick GMC – but they’re taking on the fight for all working men and women across this country.” Watch Collins’ full remarks here .

At issue is the company’s attempt to take away the members’ defined benefit pension plan and replace it with a 401(k).

“We’re out here to protect our defined benefit pension,” said Collins. “The company refused to include that in their final offer. So we’re out here taking a stand and doing what’s right for America.”

“I am very proud that this group of new and senior union members are standing together so strong. The pension fight is an important one for all,” said IAM District 9 Directing Business Representative Dave Weaver.

“Workers across America are tired of not receiving their fair share,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway, referring to a recent CNBC article and Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing the number of striking workers ballooned to nearly 500,000 in 2018, up from about 25,000 in 2017. “And they’re becoming more confident when given the opportunity to stand up for better benefits, wages and working conditions.”

“The IAM stands proud with members of Local 313,” continued Galloway. “Your fight – like so many fights across this country right now – is about what’s right for American workers. Enough is enough. Solidarity, brothers and sisters.”

As an additional show of solidarity, members of Teamsters Local 50 who also work at the dealership are honoring the IAM strike. Teamsters Local 50 members work in the Laura Buick GMC parts and clean-up departments.

See photos of the IAM Local 313 strike here

 

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IAM Urges House Passage of Bill to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

The Machinists Union is urging passage of the United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 (H.R. 4863), which would sustain U.S. manufacturing and other strategic industries and improve the balance of trade between the U.S. and high export nations by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank for the next 10 years.

The Ex-Im Bank is one of the few U.S. trade policies that actually supports U.S. exports and jobs by providing vital loan guarantees for the sale of U.S. goods and services to international markets. The bank’s mission is “to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services,” enabling “large and small companies to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.”  

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr., recently sent a letter to House lawmakers, urging support of the legislation. 

“American jobs depend upon a fully functioning Ex-Im Bank with a fully staffed board of directors to provide vital financing for the export of U.S. made products,” wrote Martinez. 

The House Financial Services Committee was scheduled to consider the bill on the afternoon of Oct. 29.

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Donating Life

Donating Life

It was 4 a.m. when Michael Bukta rose from a deep sleep with a voice telling him to go see his friend Chuck.

“He’s not going to say ‘no’ today, just go see Chuckie,” the voice said.

Having never experienced anything like this, the IAM Transportation Department member of Pittsburgh Local 1044 knew he had to act.

“I’m a God-fearing man,” said Mike. “I’ve heard of it happening to other people, but not me.”

Although his friend had adamantly refused in the past, Bukta knew this time would be different.

 

Mike and Chuck

Mike’s friend Chuck Davis was not doing well. His kidney function was nearly nonexistent and he had been on dialysis for nearly two years. It was taking an exhausting toll on his mental and physical health.

“Being on dialysis is a very rough process,” said Chuck. “You have no life. You have no energy. It’s a struggle just to do any normal task, so it’s very rough physically and emotionally.”

The two men have known each other since grade school. After graduation, Mike moved to Virginia to take a job
with United Airlines at Dulles International Airport.

They were friends through school, but it wasn’t until Mike transferred back home to Pittsburgh that the two became close.

“His girlfriend and my wife were best friends, so we ended up hanging out a lot and got to be closer friends,” said Chuck.

Living with Type 1 diabetes since age 6 has left Chuck with a long list of health issues. He is partially blind, and has previously undergone a pancreas and kidney transplant.

The kidney he received from a family member 14 years ago began to fail, forcing him to start dialysis again. Chuck decided he didn’t want any friends or family tested to be possible donors. He would wait for a cadaver kidney.

Chuck’s wife Teresa was concerned his body wouldn’t wait that long.

“I watched him get weaker and weaker,” said Teresa. “The longer you’re on dialysis, the weaker you get, your heart and other organs weaken and you have a chance of your organs shutting down.”

A person with kidney failure can sustain on dialysis for only a set amount of time; it’s not a permanent solution.

“He’s a very proud guy,” said Mike. “Chuck would tell me he was feeling fine, but I could tell he was struggling.”

Mike’s girlfriend, Dianne Hall, endured the highs and lows along with Teresa. At their annual Memorial Day cookout, she remembers consoling her distraught best friend.

“I just let her know that it’s going to be okay, not knowing how,” said Dianne. “My faith was so steadfast, I just knew it was all going to work out.”

Davis would spend three days a week, traveling an hour each way, to receive his four-to five-hour treatments, leaving him exhausted for the following day.

“I could see his health steadily decline,” said Teresa. “I didn’t know if I was going to have him for much longer.”

“I just didn’t want to put anyone in harm’s way,” said Chuck. “God forbid something happen during or after surgery. My life is not any more important than his.”

Nearly 20 years’ experience as a union committee person and shop steward prepared Mike for the ultra-personal negotiation session with his friend.

“When Chuck reluctantly half-opened the door that morning, he wasn’t going to buy what I was selling,” said Mike. “Little did he know, I had someone else on my side.

“Being a steward helped me understand people better and see their needs, even when they didn’t want me to.

That negotiation was probably the most important of my whole life.”

The emotional two-hour conversation helped crack Chuck’s hardened shell. After a few weeks of pondering his health and future, Chuck and Teresa went to visit Mike and Dianne.

All four sat down at the table, Chuck reached out, grabbed Mike’s hands and looked him in the eyes.

“Let’s do this, brother,” said Chuck. “Let’s do this.”

This began the stressful and emotional roller coaster ride for both families.

The process of donating an organ is very extensive. Donors must be a total match to the recipient plus their organ and body must be healthy enough for surgery and continue to be healthy in the future.

“I underwent two full days of rigorous testing,” said Mike. “I prayed a lot and worked hard to make sure I passed the physical and stress test. They really put me through the ringer, but I made it through.”

The final part of the testing process is to mix the blood of both parties to ensure the organ will survive in the recipient. Unfortunately, Mike’s blood did not respond well due to the antigens in Davis’ system from his previous transplants.

Chuck would not be able to receive Mike’s kidney.

“You feel a sense of failure and sadness,” said Mike. “It didn’t last long. Our phenomenal surgeon told me I had the option of joining the national donor registry. If I agreed to give my kidney to someone else, it would assure that Chuckie would get one.

“I agreed. And it was the best decision I have ever made.”

Within a few weeks, a donor was found.

“I got the call they found a match,” said Mike. “They call me first to make sure I’m still in, because without me they wouldn’t give a kidney to Chuckie.”

The surgery was scheduled. It was going to be an eight-person kidney swap with people from all across the country.

But the next call was a letdown. One of the donors was not able to follow through. All eight surgeries were off.

 

Lenny and Emily

More than 500 miles away, Lenny Zwig and his son were about to leave for the Milwaukee Brewers’ opening day game when his wife, Becky, asked him to take off his Brewers’ shirt and wear one she ordered for him. It was a “Share Your Spare” shirt with Zwig’s blood type and contact information.

While at the game, the shirt was put on the jumbotron and shared on social media. The posts went viral, garnering a lot of media attention, and before long, Zwig was contacted by 24-year-old school teacher Emily Nowak. Moved by his story, she wanted to be his kidney donor.

Nowak endured the testing process and was a perfect match. She would be Zwig’s provider for a new lease on life. As the surgery date neared, transplant doctors called off the procedure due to fears of her kidney being too small for a man of Zwig’s 6-foot-4-inch, 235 pound stature.

Not one to give up, Nowak volunteered to go on the National Kidney Registry and give her kidney to anyone for Zwig to get one in return.
Similar to Mike’s donor situation, Nowak had no idea who would receive her kidney.


The Stars Align

Three days after the last cancellation, Mike received yet another call. They had found a perfect donor match for Chuck, and needed to know that he was still willing to donate his kidney to a stranger.

“Of course I was in,” said Mike. “I was excited, but we all were afraid of being let down again.”

Unbeknownst to them at the time, the match for Chuck was Emily Nowak.

“They had a match for Chuckie, but they have to find someone for me,” said Butka. “Because part of the deal
was I had to donate mine in order for him to get one.”

It didn’t take long to find a match for Mike. His match was the now-famous Brewer-fan-in-need-of-a-kidney, Lenny Zwig.

“You have two people in Milwaukee who want to help each other, but can’t because of the size, and me and Chuckie in Pittsburgh who can’t, but in the end we all match up,” said Mike. “I’m a God-fearing man, and this is how He does business.”

On November 2, 2018, four surgeries were performed. Two kidney removals in the morning — one in Milwaukee, one in Pittsburgh. They crossed in the sky on their way to their new owners.
That afternoon, Chuck and Zwig were recipients of new kidneys, which will hopefully provide years of good health.


Family

Today everyone is recovering, getting healthy and doing well.

“I’m doing great now,” said Chuck. “I have energy to do things that were impossible when I was on dialysis, like going kayaking, camping and fishing.”

“I can watch him do things he couldn’t do for years now,” said Teresa. “And smile while doing it.”

“He’s back to the same Chuckie,” said Mike. “Except now when I ask him how he feels and he tells me ‘great’ — I know it’s an honest answer.”

Mike stays in constant contact with Zwig, who is enjoying his newfound health.

“Lenny is healthy and vibrant,” said Mike. “He’s working on his farm and enjoying his family. To see the look on his wife’s face and his children’s faces, it’s just priceless.”

All four have formed an unbreakable bond. Once strangers, the crew from Wisconsin are now family to Mike and Chuck. They have been able to meet up individually but have yet to all be in the same place at the same time.

“We just long for the day where all four of us can get together,” said Mike.

For obvious reasons, Bukta has become an advocate for living organ donation.

“I just wanted to help a friend, but the journey has led to so much more than that,” said Mike. “I was not only able to get my friend a kidney, but was able to save someone else’s life.”

Those sentiments are backed-up by his life-long friend.

“Anybody that is willing to donate and save a life has to be a special person,” said Chuck. “I encourage anyone considering it to talk to a person who has received an organ and is still living because of it.
“I am here today because Michael stepped up to the plate and donated his kidney to save my life.”

“If I can do it, anybody can do it,” said Mike.

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Ohio Local Raises $6K for Guide Dogs

The 21st Annual IAM Local Lodge 912 Golf Tournament was held on October 8, 2019 at the Mill Golf Course in Cincinnati, OH. More than $6,300 was raised for the Guide Dogs of America.

This year’s event was the most attended in the two decades since its inception, with 140 golfers on 35 teams competing for prizes including top team, a skins game, closest-to-pin contest, and a longest drive competition.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported us,” said Local 912 Secretary-Treasurer Scott Huentelman. “This continues to be a fun event for a great cause, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Among those joining this year were special guests IAM Headquarters General Vice President Brian Bryant, Director of Collective Bargaining Craig Norman, Aerospace Coordinator Rod Hoffman and District 34 Directing Business Representative Scott Rich.

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