GDA Holding 2020 Virtual Vegas Fundraiser

This time of year Guide Dogs of America (GDA) is normally preparing for their biggest event – the Las Vegas Charity Weekend. GDA will miss seeing you this November, but there are some positive ways to make light of the situation. Think about all of the money you’ll save by not going to Vegas!

  *   No unforeseen checked baggage fee

  *   You won’t be stuck holding an outrageous bar tab

  *   That darn dealer won’t take you in blackjack this year

They can’t replace the fun you typically have at Las Vegas weekend (few can), but they can still capture the giving spirit. At GDA’s Virtual Vegas Fundraiser , everybody wins. Instead of burning money in the casino, you can donate to the fundraiser and provide guide and service dogs free of charge to those who need them most.

Each one of GDA’s puppies is raised by a loving volunteer and then professionally trained with the hopes of becoming a guide or service dog. Their dogs transform the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, veterans with PTSD, and children with autism.

Click here to donate your normal banquet ticket and other expenditures you’ll be avoiding this year!

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Broken Promise: Dresser-Rand in New York

In February 2018, Siemens announced they were selling the Dresser-Rand government business and services portfolio and closing the historic Wellsville, NY plant, ultimately putting nearly 250 IAM Local 1580 members out of work. The plant has been operating for over 100 years and the IAM has represented workers there since 1942.

Dresser-Rand in Wellsville is one of dozens of IAM-represented facilities that have closed during the Trump administration.

“We’ve been here for over a hundred years at this location producing stream turbines this entire time,” said IAM Local 1580 Vice President and 31-year employee Bryan Fanton. “We’ve made money here at Wellsville pretty much year in and year out, and we’re down now to about 140ish bargaining unit employees. And they’re all good machinists and they’re all going to lose their job here in the next five to 6 months.”

“It makes me feel angry that a company like Siemens can purchase something like us that has some pretty important duties when it comes to our government work, and just tear it apart and shut it down,” said Local 1580 member and 31-year employee Jim Lewis.

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“Shameful actions like what Siemens did to these members in Wellsville should be denounced by our elected officials, not encouraged and rewarded,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The members who lost their jobs all have bills to pay. That doesn’t go away when your job does. The 250 families affected by this plant closing aren’t numbers on a balance sheet, they are human beings who should be treated with dignity.”  

“The jobs at this plant, along with a good union contract, has supported these workers and their community for generations, and now it has all been ripped away from them,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They deserve better from Siemens and their government. They deserve an administration that will fight to protect their jobs from being outsourced when companies like Siemens turns abandons its workers and their communities.”

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Broken Promise: United Technologies in California

In July of 2018, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) informed IAM Local 755 they were going to lay off approximately 300 members from their Chula Vista, CA facility. IAM members have been making aerospace components at that location since 1941.

“They’ll go to the cheapest corner of the world to make a profit,” said Juan Villalobos, IAM Local 755 member and 20-year employee who is laid off.

UTC has been steadily outsourcing the work performed at the plant to facilities in Mexico. UTC in Chula Vista is one of dozens of IAM-represented facilities that have closed during the Trump administration.

“When I was there they were getting 118 pesos, which was less than $10, a day,” said Villalobos. “Not an hour, a day.”

“When is it going to be important for us to have U.S.A made stuff,’” said Local 755 member and 22-year employee Kimberly Lepper. “I thought Trump was going to save my job, and I wish he would’ve.” 

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“Unfortunately we live in a time where corporate greed knows no boundaries and hard-working American families are the ones who suffer,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We need elected officials who will hold these companies accountable for offshoring jobs, not reward them with tax breaks like the current administration does. This employer and all others shipping our jobs to Mexico and elsewhere should be ashamed of themselves, putting corporate profits over American jobs”

“It makes my blood boil every time another U.S. based corporation sends our work across the border or overseas, these corporations are guilty of economic treason against the United States,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “We need leaders in Washington that will hold corporations accountable and penalize these companies for the economic devastation caused by outsourcing and off-shoring good paying union jobs. My heart goes out to our members who fall victim to the greed of this country’s elite – it’s time to fight back at the ballot box!”

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Machinists Union: Reported U.S.-Brazil ‘Mini’ Trade Deal is Another Example of Trump’s Broken Promises

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 — Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. released the following statement regarding a reported “mini” U.S.-Brazil trade deal:

“If recent reports are true, the Trump administration is working on a trade deal that will send more U.S. jobs out of our country, this time to Brazil. As reported today , in announcing the new pact, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ‘urged U.S. companies to learn more about the incentives that Brazil is offering to attract more foreign investment from the U.S.’”

“Despite all of his promises and all of his boasts, this deal is yet another example of Trump’s broken promises to U.S. workers. Dozens of Machinists Union-represented facilities have closed since Trump took office.

“We are still waiting for all of our jobs to come back from Mexico and China, as Trump promised they would. Instead, U.S. jobs continue to flow to Mexico and China unabated. As recently reported, Carlisle Companies is shutting down its assembly plant in Kent, Wash. and throwing nearly 600 people out on the street. Guess where they are moving the work? Mexico and China, where wage rates and labor standards are low, and in some cases, non-existent.

“U.S. workers are tired of an administration that says one thing and then does another. Americans cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.”

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 the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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Machinists Union Strikes for Fair Contract at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wis.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2020 – Eighty-nine Machinists Union (IAM) Local 1855 members at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wis. began striking for a fair contract today at 7 a.m. CT.

The striking IAM members at AstenJohnson, who produce specialty fabric for the paper industry, are seeking reasonable healthcare expenses and cost sharing.

IAM Local 1855 members rejected company contract proposals on Oct. 14 and Sept. 30. Despite mediator assistance, the company refused to budge off its concessionary proposals.

“The reasonable offer put forward by our negotiating committee would have benefited our members, the Teamsters and non-union employees at the facility, and the company as a whole,” said IAM District 10 Business Representative Jeremy Terlisner. “I am proud of our Local 1855 membership and the negotiating committee for standing strong for what they deserve—a fair contract.”

“Because of the pandemic, affordable healthcare is now more critical than ever,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “These increases in cost put our members, their families and public health as a whole at risk. I stand shoulder to shoulder with the skilled workers at AstenJohnson in their fight and I call on management to come back to the table and negotiate a fair contract.” 

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 the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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Broken Promise: Prince Hydraulics in Iowa

Shortly before 2 p.m. on an otherwise normal day on January 18, 2019, Prince Hydraulics corporate executives called IAM Local 1426 (District 6) members into a breakroom.

Management read a brief statement informing employees that the plant, which had roots in Sioux City, IA since 1941, would be closing.

“Pack your stuff and get out,” Kurt Lambing, a 30-year employee and IAM Local 1426 member, remembers the company saying.

By 2:30, the locks had been changed at the plant.

“That place is like family down there, and they took that all away,” said Rick Pickens, a 31-year employee and IAM Local 1426 member.

Prince Hydraulics in Sioux City, which made hydraulic cylinders, valves and pumps, is one of dozens of IAM-represented facilities that have closed during the Trump administration.

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“President Trump told our members that he would stand up to companies that slash our jobs in search of even greater corporate profits,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Time and time again, that promise has been broken and working families and their communities have suffered the consequences.”

“Working families have paid a heavy price for Trump’s broken promises,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “Sadly, the hemorrhaging of jobs and the closing of U.S. plants has not stopped. More than 53 Machinists Union plants have not been saved, as promised. Thousands of IAM brothers and sisters, and their families, have been destroyed. Our country will continue to see this decline as long as the Trump corporate tax cuts and other anti-worker policies are still on the books. What union members need in the White House is a candidate who will put workers before corporations.”

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“It’s been almost a year now since I had to find employment again,” said Lambing. “The wages aren’t what they were with the union, that’s for sure. I miss the union. I miss being a part of that.”

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