Local S6 Shop Steward Election

Below is a listing for the upcoming W12, 1st shift election for Bath/EBMF on Thursday, August 12, 2021.  In the event the election cannot be held on the stated date, the alternate date will be the 1st workday after the cancellation (or the Shipyard re-opens) at the same time and places listed below.

Bath:  North Gate, West Gate and South Gate 6:30 a.m. – 6:55 a.m.

MSC Lunchroom 11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

EBMF Toolcrib 5:48 a.m. – 6:13 a.m.

Candidates are listed alphabetically:

Raymond Orff

Ken Wright

*Vote for 1 Steward*

IAM Local 811 Makes Donations to Houston Women’s Group

The IAM Local 811 Women’s Committee recently donated toiletries and hygiene products, as well as a check of $500 from IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes to The Women’s Home in Houston.

The Women’s Home was established in 1957 to help women during an economic hardship. The group’s mission is to building communities that strengthen women and support families as they reclaim their stability.

The Women’s Home thanked members of the IAM Transportation local in a recent newsletter, adding that “We are so grateful. What wonderful support.”

“The Machinists Union is about bringing dignity and respect to all workers and their families. Homelessness and housing insecurity takes a toll on mental health and physical wellbeing, and when you compound that with the loss of access to basic hygiene supplies, people can feel completely excluded by society,” said Director of the IAM Women’s and Human Rights Department Carla Siegel. “No one should have to sacrifice their dignity and self-respect because of their housing situation, and efforts like this one by Local Lodge 811 empower women and their families to reclaim that dignity.”

“It’s a great honor to support such a great cause like The Women’s Home, which is so important to the community it serves,” Cervantes said. “As a Houston native, I always take great pride in participating in the work of the Local 811 Women’s Committee for my fellow Houstonians who need our support. Our work with The Women’s Home was part of a full day centered around IAM women’s recognition. I’m always encouraging our IAM members to get involved in the community, and spending the day with our sisters of Local 811 was so rewarding as we helped strengthen our community and the women who are so important to its vitality.”

“I am so proud of the women’s committee at Local Lodge 811 who answered the call to support those in their community who need their help,” said Richard Johnsen, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President. “We are very fortunate to have so many caring members and volunteers, and this contribution to the Women’s Home is just the latest example of that.”


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IAM Applauds Panel Approval of Rep. Golden’s Multi-year Procurement Amendment for U.S. Navy DDG-51 Destroyers

The IAM recently sent a letter to the House Armed Services Committee strongly supporting U.S. Rep. Jared Golden’s (D-ME) amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract for Flight III DDG-51 destroyers.

This week, the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee approved the Golden amendment that will allow the Secretary of the U.S. Navy to “enter into one or more multi-year contracts, beginning in the fiscal year 2023, for the procurement of up to 15 Arleigh Burke class Flight III guided missile destroyers.”

The amendment will impact thousands of IAM members who proudly work at Bath Iron Works and in the shipbuilding industry across the United States.

A new contract for DDG-51 destroyers is essential to protect our nation’s military advantage at sea, bolster our domestic industrial base, and maintain the high-quality jobs and skill level of the U.S. defense shipbuilding workforce.

“DDG-51 destroyers are proudly built by thousands of Machinists Union members at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “With the current MYP contract expiring in FY22, there is no scheduled ship procurement plan to ensure enduring workforce stability and skill retention. A new MYP contract is needed to ensure consistent funding for the DDG-51 program to equip our U.S. Navy properly and to promote the health of the U.S. shipbuilding industry, our domestic industrial base, and the highly skilled workforce on which it relies.”  

“The multi-year procurement is paramount to the future of the shipyard and industrial base, focusing on workforce stability, in which LS6 has collaborated with BIW by supporting investments in recruiting, training, and efficiencies,” said IAM Local S6 President Chris Wiers. “We are committed to this effort to prepare the next generation of shipbuilders and protecting job security for thousands of our members for years to come.”

“This Multi-year Procurement contract will deliver DDG-51 Flight III ships to the Navy over the next five years, ensuring that we have the large surface combatant fleet that we need to remain competitive in the short term,” said Rep. Golden. “And this multi-year contract will act as a bridge to the DDG-X that the Navy will need in the long term, by providing the stability and predictability needed to maintain the shipbuilding workforce. The preservation of this workforce is a matter of national security, and we just can’t afford to lose these skilled shipbuilders.”

The Machinists Union will be urging the full House Armed Services Committee to approve the measure when it’s considered on Sept. 1.

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Machinists Celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, an annual celebration honoring the contributions of whistleblowers around the world who have bravely stepped forward to expose waste, fraud, and abuse, will be recognized on Friday, July 30, 2021.

In commemoration of the event, the U.S. Department of Labor participates in the National Whistleblower Center’s all-day virtual event, featuring speeches from whistleblowers, policymakers, advocates, and a series of panels on whistleblower issues.

The registration cutoff is Friday, July 30. If you’d like to attend, please register here.

“We want our brothers & sisters to know their rights and understand the protections in place under the law to ensure they are not retaliated against for addressing safety hazards in the workplace,” said Michael Oathout, Director of Safety and Health.

This year marks the 243rd anniversary of America’s first whistleblower law, passed unanimously on July 30, 1778, during the height of the American Revolution. The law passed after ten whistleblowers reported wrongdoing and abuses committed by a superior officer in the Continental Navy.

Since 2013, the United States Senate has unanimously recognized July 30 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day in honor of this rich history and the important contributions whistleblowers have made in preserving American democracy and the rule of law.

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IAM Transportation Department Participates in Aviation Labor Recovery Roundtable

Chief of Staff to the International President Richard Johnsen, along with a coalition of aviation labor leaders, recently participated in an Aviation Labor Recovery Roundtable call with Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson and U.S. Transportation Department Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg.

The main topics discussed were airline workforce shortages that result in flight cancelations, delays, and passenger frustrations.

“There needs to be a sense of urgency from the airlines to staff their workforce at every position properly,” said Johnsen. “The airlines were granted billions of dollars in federal relief from this administration to address these problems, and they must act now.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wrote a letter to each airline demanding answers to the workforce shortages.

“I thank Sen. Cantwell for demanding answers from the airlines and this administration for setting up and participating in this call to address this serious issue,” added Johnsen. “Too many airline employees are overworked and fatigued and there have also been too many instances where they have been the victims of violent behavior from unruly passengers. The IAM will continue to lead the fight for the safety and well-being of all airline employees.”

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