Texas Mental Health Professionals Hold the Line, Vote to Join IAM

The IAM’s national Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) campaign is pleased to announce its first victory of 2020. Twenty more military mental health counselors at Fort Bliss Texas voted on February 20 to join the nationwide MFLC movement.

The Fort Bliss campaign got a boost last summer when the IAM Organizing Department added another Associate Organizer, Beatriz Guerrero, to the campaign. Working with the Western Territory and the IAM Healthcare Department, Guerrero took the lead and brought the unit to a successful vote. IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo has deployed two fulltime organizers to this national effort.

JCS, the company in charge of the MFLC’s at Bliss ran a revolting anti-union campaign that intensified as the election loomed closer. In a last ditch effort, the company threatened the mental health professionals, telling them neither JCS or any future contractor would hire them if they voted for the union.

Thanks to the work by Guerrero and her inoculation of the unit, the empty threats produced no fear in the MFLC’s. Instead, the MFLC’s were ready and the threats served only to strengthen the group due to Guerrero forewarning them of the exact threats and tactics the company would roll out.

“The IAM is honored and proud to be a part of the MFLC movement,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “The crucial and honorable work these military therapists deliver to our service people and their families is the essence of humanity and compassion. Congratulations to the new MFLC’s and all the IAM staff that worked on this grueling campaign.” 

“As always, patients are the No. 1 priority,” said IAM Healthcare Director Marti Garza. “As of now, over 300 MFLC’s are IAM members. These new members are on their way to ensure their patients are the first priority, not the company’s profits. Great job to all the MFLC’s involved in the organizing campaign and the entire MFLC organizing team, including IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo, Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward, and Associate Organizers Beatriz Guerrero and Jason Roe.”

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IAM Workers’ Memorial Day Set for April 28

The IAM will remember members who have died on the job during a ceremony April 28 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year.

The names of IAM members who have died on the job will be memorialized with their name, lodge and date of death. To provide this information, members are encouraged to submit this form to the IAM Safety and Health department.

CLICK HERE to submit information to memoralize fallen IAM member

Members and lodges can also be a part of this annual event by purchasing a 4 x 8 personalized brick. The brick can have two lines of lettering with up to 20 characters per line (including spaces on each line) without the logo for $100.  There’s also the option to purchase a brick with three lines of lettering with up to 15 characters per line, along with the IAM logo for $125.

There’s also the option to purchase a larger brick: an 8×8 can be purchased for $200.  This option comes with four lines of lettering with up to 20 characters per line without a logo, or with two lines of lettering with up to 15 characters per line, along with your own preferred logo or the IAM logo.

CLICK HERE to order persionalized brick

The IAM Workers Memorial was completed in 2001. It was dedicated to the remembrance of those who lost their lives while on the job. The bricks surrounding the Memorial bear the names of fallen members along with bricks donated from lodges and proud members of the IAMAW.

On April 28 each year a ceremony is conducted to remember those who lost their lives and rededicate ourselves to the prevention of on the job injury and death to workers.

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Deadline Extended for Intermediate Web Development Class

There is still time to register for the Intermediate Web Development Class held April 19-24, 2020 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The extended deadline is Friday, March 6.

The intermediate-level class is for local and district lodges that already have a website with WordPress. Participants will learn the ins and outs of WordPress including content, plug-ins, templates, back-end management, hosting management and much more.

Please review the official call letter (English (IWD)  | French (IWD) ) for the special requirements for this class as all participants must meet these requirements.

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TCU-IAM Members, Lawmakers to Rally Against Outsourcing of Amtrak Call-Center Jobs

U.S. House lawmakers will join TCU-IAM members in Philadelphia on Friday to call action against ongoing outsourcing of Amtrak’s local call center jobs there.

Reps. Brendan F. Boyle (D-Pa.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) will join TCU-IAM members in front of Amtrak’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station to protest the nation’s passenger rail corporation’s unjust removal of good, union-protected jobs, organizers said. The lawmakers will also be joined by Jim Mathews, President of the Rail Passengers Association

The 3:30 p.m. rally will mark the latest action against Amtrak, which has been steadily shifting services and displacing jobs under the leadership of Richard Anderson, the former chief executive of Delta Air Lines.

One of the common criticisms from the elected officials is Amtrak’s contracting with a third-party, non-union, low-wage outsourcers in Florida and Ohio.

In December 2018, members of California’s congressional delegation joined TCU-IAM members in demanding Amtrak keep its Riverside (Calif.) call center open , and 500 TCU-IAM members employed. That facility was shuttered and some of those workers relocated to jobs at Amtrak’s Philadelphia call-center.

Jack Dinsdale, National Vice President for the Transportation Communications Union (TCU-IAM), testified before a House panel in November  about how Amtrak is “engaged in a systematic campaign of union busting and union avoidance maneuvers: outsourcing good, skilled jobs of dedicated career employees to low-wage contractors with little to no experience.”

Boyle and Fitzpatrick on Friday will also be joined by staff from the office of Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.).

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Enroll Now for the 2020 IAM Human Rights Class

The IAM believes that the powerless deserve to be treated with dignity and respect on the job regardless of a worker’s sex, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, age and/or gender.

As a commitment to forward progress and our human rights program, the IAM’s Women’s and Human Rights Department will host the 2020 Human Rights Training Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD April 26 to May 1, 2020.

Participants will learn techniques to assist them in identifying and affecting change within their communities and workplaces.

Download the call letter and return the completed registration form to the Women’s and Human Rights Department no later than March 2, 2020.

Please contact IAM Women’s and Human Rights Director Rhonda Rogers at 301-967-4747 with any questions.  

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