Machinists Union Statement on IAM Local 66 Member Killed in Milwaukee Shooting

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2020 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) releases the following statement on the death of IAM Local 66 member Dana Walk, 57, killed in the February 26, 2020 shooting at Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee.

“The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) was saddened to hear the news of the horrific shooting at Molson Coors in Milwaukee Wednesday. We were especially heartbroken upon receiving news we lost one of our own, Dana Walk. Dana was a nearly 16-year member of Machinists Local 66 in Milwaukee. An avid fisherman, he was a devout Journeyman and a devoted father and husband. We extend our deepest condolences to the Walk family. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the other four victims. And we continue to keep the members of IAM Local 66, IAM Local 510, our fellow union brothers and sisters, and all those impacted by this senseless act in our prayers.”

A special gathering for Dana Walk has been scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, located at W280 N2101 Prospect Avenue, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Funeral service will begin Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m., also at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church. For more information, click here .

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. For more information, visit goIAM.or g .

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Machinists Union Statement on Milwaukee Molson Coors Shooting

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2020 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) releases the following statement on the shooting at Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee. The IAM represents approximately 50 mechanics and machine repair workers at the brewery. They are represented by IAM Locals 66 and 510 in Milwaukee.

“The Machinists Union is deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred Wednesday at the Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee. We want to express our deepest condolences to the victims’ families, the members of IAM Locals 66 and 510, and all our union sisters and brothers affected by this senseless act of violence. We are working closely with the company and fellow unions and are in the process of deploying resources and counselors from the IAM Employee Assistance Program, as we know many workers will need support in dealing with this tragedy.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in manufacturing, aerospace, defense, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. For more information, visit goIAM.or g .

 

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IAM Calls for Manufacturing Strategy to Address Job, Technology Loss to China

Owen Herrnstadt, IAM Chief of Staff and Director of Trade and Globalization, testified  before the House Ways and Means Committee asking Congress and the Administration to adopt a comprehensive manufacturing strategy that disincentives outsourcing and ensures U.S. competitiveness with China.

“The IAM has been sounding the alarm over forced technology and production to China as well as subsidies, currency manipulation, violations of fundamental human rights and other unfair market distortions for many years, so it should come as no surprise that they are now competing head on with the U.S.,” said Herrnstadt.

Click here to read Herrnstadt’s complete testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee .

Herrnstadt offered a number of suggestions that would contribute to U.S. competitiveness with China.

“The U.S cannot solely tariff our way into competitiveness with China,” said Herrnstadt.

Herrnstadt also warned of the threat of more job losses when parts and components are single sourced, citing disruptions to the supply chain.

“This threat could not be greater these days when our friends can quickly become our enemies, the forces of nature overtake us or other unexpected developments occur, like COVID-19(Coronavirus),” said Herrnstadt.

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ICYMI: Labor History Preservation & Outdoor Heritage Conservation on Activate L!VE

In case you missed it, this Wednesday’s edition of the IAM’s live webcast featured guests: Lisa Vallen who explains what labor history items Georgia State University collects, how to donate materials to its archive and how to access the collections. Walt Ingram who discusses the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and its mission to unite the union community through conservation.

Activate L!VE streams every Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST.

If you can’t join us live, watch it or previous shows anytime on:

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2020 IAM Presidential Endorsement Registration Deadline is Wednesday

Tomorrow is the last day for IAM members in the United States to register to vote in IAM’s 2020 U.S. presidential endorsement election.

The registration for the membership vote will close tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET / 8:59 p.m. PT.

Don’t miss the opportunity to help choose who the IAM should endorse for the U.S. president. 

The endorsement election will take place from Wednesday, March 4 at 8 a.m. ET until Friday, March 6 at 8 a.m. ET.

At that time, each registered member in good standing will be emailed an online ballot and can choose a candidate on either the Republican or Democratic ticket.

Register today and be a part of this important decision.

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr., explains the new endorsement process here.

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