District 77 “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” Event Supports Minnesota Food Pantry

IAM District 77 members, along with their families, gathered at Minnesota’s Community Emergency Services (CES) Food Shelf facility in Minneapolis to help the nonprofit get their building back in shape. The community service event was held as a part of the IAM Midwest Territory’s “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” program.

IAM District 77 members, along with their families, recently gave back to an organization that helps feed thousands of Minnesota residents throughout the year.

More than 20 IAM volunteers gathered at Minnesota’s Community Emergency Services (CES) Food Shelf facility in Minneapolis to help the nonprofit get their building back in shape.

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The effort was a part of the IAM Midwest Territory’s “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” program. IAM H.E.L.P.S. stands for Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing and Servicing. The initiative is a part of the Territory’s continued efforts to provide essential support to residents in need.

Minnesota IAM District 77 members support the CES Food Shelf by performing demolition work to the building’s interior, plumbing and gardening. They also helped repair a damaged fence and window awning, refaced and painted the building’s front sign, cleaned out the facility’s refrigerators and freezers, and stocked shelves.

District 77 members performed demolition work to the building’s interior, plumbing, gardening, helped repair a damaged fence and window awning, refaced and painted the building’s front sign, cleaned out the facility’s refrigerators and freezers, and stocked shelves.

CES has the largest Meals on Wheels program in Minneapolis. Meals are delivered mostly by volunteers to seniors and people with disabilities that may not be able to prepare their own.

“We moved about a half million pounds of groceries through this building last year,” said CES Operations Manager Mike Krachmer. “We served about 90,000 Meals on Wheels. It takes a lot of hands and a lot of people. We get a lot of volunteers here, but we don’t get a lot of skilled volunteers. So it’s great to have guys who can get out the tools and do the work. It’s long overdue.”

“IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community was put together as a program to bring all of our IAM forces together in a concentrated way,” said IAM Midwest Territory Grand Lodge Representative and Human Rights Coordinator Luther Williams. “We go into a community to provide a service. Those communities will know that the union was there to help them at no cost to the community.”

“It gives us a face other than in the work place,” said IAM District 77 Directing Business Representative John Steigauf. “Too often we don’t put a shirt on like this and get out in the community and do that sort of thing.”

“It’s a feel good project knowing you’re really helping out an organization that really needs the help and does such wonderful things for the community,” said IAM District 77 Secretary-Treasurer and event coordinator Ross Olson. “And then to see all your brothers and sisters just come in droves to help out. We had a big crew and got a lot done.”

“Congratulations to IAM District 77 members on another successful IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community event,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “IAM H.E.L.P.S. is dedicated to improving communities throughout the Midwest. Being able to give back to organizations that help strengthen others is the ultimate gift. Thank you to our Minnesota Machinists for all that you do.”

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IAM Families Awarded 2018 Union Plus Scholarships

The Union Plus Scholarship Program announced its 2018 winners totaling $150,000 in scholarships. The list includes members of two IAM families who were recognized for their academic achievement and exhibition of union values.

Betta Lyon-Delsordo of Missoula, MT, daughter of  NFFE-IAM Local 60 member David Delsordo, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship. Julia Pelletier of Blair, OK, daughter of IAM Local 135 member David Pelletier, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

Betta Lyon-Delsordo of Missoula, MT has been awarded a $4,000 Union Plus scholarship.

Lyon-Delsordo is a 2018 graduate of Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana and plans to major in computer science in the Honors College at the University of Montana. She will begin as a sophomore after earning college credits through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Lyon-Delsordo began teaching other girls computer programming as a junior in high school and aspires to help other women thrive in computing occupations.

Julia Pelletier of Blair, OK has been awarded a $2,000 Union Plus scholarship.

Pelletier is a music and chemistry major in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and a National Merit Scholar. She plans to attend the OU Health Sciences Center after completing her bachelor’s degree and aspires to a career in medicine or dentistry. Pelletier graduated valedictorian from Navajo High School in Altus, OK, where she was an Oklahoma Academic All-State Scholar and a United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award recipient. She is an accomplished musician who has won sundry music awards.

Founded by the AFL-CIO and now in its 27th year, the Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need, and commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation and has awarded more than $4.3 million in educational funding since 1991.

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Martin Appointed Southern Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of Craig Martin to serve as Southern Territory Special Representative effective August 1, 2018.

“As Directing Business Representative of District 161 for the past decade, he’s made it clear to all, that the labor movement isn’t a job for Craig,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “He fights for workers because it’s ingrained in his DNA. That’s what makes him a perfect fit in the Southern Territory.”

Martin attended the Industrial Machine Shop Program at Sowela Technical Community College and began his career at PPG Industries in Lake Charles, LA as a machinist apprentice. He got involved right away and worked his way from Shop Steward at Local Lodge 470 to eventually taking on the position of Directing Business Representative of District 161 in August, 2008. 

Martin held almost every union position available during his career including Local Lodge Communicator, President, District 161 Financial Secretary, President of Louisiana State Council of Machinist, Executive Board Member of the Southwest Louisiana Central Trades and Labor Council Executive Board Member of the Louisiana AFL-CIO from 2006 to the present.

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