New Steward Openings: 1/27/23

Brothers and Sisters,

We have three open steward positions. Please find the related information/postings below:


(1) 1st Shift Bath/EBMF W12

(1) 1st Shift Hardings M04

(1) 2nd Shift Bath/EBMF Maintenance


Shop Steward nominations for the above classification(s), shift and facility are now open. 

Petitions may be picked up beginning on Monday, January 30, 2023.

 You must be a member in good standing for one (1) year to run for Shop Steward and the petition must be signed by ten percent (10%) of the members in the classification(s) affected.

 All petitions must be returned to the Recording Secretary (Ryan Ryder) no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2023.


CLICK HERE: Steward Postings 1_27_23: CLICK HERE


In Solidarity,

Local S6 Leadership

Winpisinger Center Training Helps IAM Respond to Workplace Incidents

IAM members recently participated in Critical Incident Response Training, (CIRT) at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center. Brother Daniel Wicklem of IAM Local 737 gives his report on the importance of this training. The main goal of the CIRT program is to train participants on how to best help members cope with the effects of a traumatic event, or critical incidents, such as accidents or death on the job.

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Machinists Union Urges Alcoa to Stop Planned Demolition of Washington State Intalco Aluminum Smelter

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is urging Alcoa’s CEO  to halt the planned demolition of the Intalco aluminum smelter in Ferndale, Wash., the last such remaining facility west of the Mississippi River.

Nearly three years ago, 700 union members at IAM Local 2379 (District 160) were laid off at the Ferndale Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter production plant as the plant entered curtailment. From the moment the facility was shuttered, the IAM has been working with all willing partners and stakeholders to reopen the smelter and restore these high-quality union jobs. The project, if not demolished, could restore aluminum manufacturing jobs in Washington state, reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and increase energy efficiency if reopened.

The United States now produces only 1 percent of the world’s aluminum, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report . China ranks first with approximately 57 percent of global aluminum production. Russia ranks third. 

Click here for the full letter  from IAMAW International President Robert Martinez Jr. to Alcoa CEO Roy Harvey.

“Since the curtailment of the Intalco smelter more than two years ago, the IAMAW has worked to assemble a coalition of supporters who understand the importance of preserving a domestic aluminum industry in the United States and the critical role the Intalco Works smelter in Ferndale, Washington plays,” said Martinez. “Thanks in large part to the IAMAW’s advocacy and coalition building, Congress included critical support for domestic aluminum producers in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). These aluminum industry-focused provisions in the IRA have created a path forward for this facility to reopen and once again start producing strategically important domestic aluminum and put more than 700 IAMAW members back to work in Ferndale. 

READ: Washington Congressional Delegation Urges Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to Negotiate in Good Faith to Restore Intalco Aluminum Plant

“With the passage of the IRA, the IAMAW assembled a management, investment, and advocacy team that came very close to achieving our goal of restarting the smelter under new ownership/management,” said Martinez. “Unfortunately, with electricity prices recently spiking in the Northwest the lead investor involved in the restart of Intalco Works concluded they could not proceed with the project. Undeterred, the IAMAW and other supporters of the project went to work to find a new lead investor. That work is currently ongoing, and real progress is being made, but the IAMAW needs more time for new investor to perform their due diligence. On behalf of the IAMAW, the workforce at Intalco Works, the Ferndale community, and the nation at large; we urge you to pause the proposed demolition of the Intalco Works.” 

READ: IAM Asks For Washington State Funding to Restore Aluminum Smelter Jobs

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IAM CORE Kicks Off Historic Negotiations With Apple Management

The IAM’s Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (IAM CORE), the first Apple workers to join a union, kicked off formal negotiations last week with Apple management.

The negotiations come on the heels of the historic organizing victory for the retail store employees, by voting to form the first union at the tech giants’ Towson, MD location, last June.

“This is a historic moment for these workers,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Winning the right to a seat at the table through collective bargaining is the only equalizer working men and women have to better their working lives. They bring to the table with them the backing of every tool at the IAM’s disposal.”

“It is exciting to see these workers empowered,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “The courage these new members have shown in joining together to take that first step to organize is inspiring.”

“These new members are ready and have invested a lot of their own time for these negotiations,” said IAM District 4 Directing Business Representative Jay Wadleigh. “The Negotiating Committee also spent a week at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center preparing for negotiations with the tools to get the job done.”

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