Amarillo IAM Local Helps Food Bank Create 14,000 Meals

With many families in the Texas Panhandle having to make choices between paying utilities and buying food each month, and with recent natural disasters, Amarillo IAM Local 1255 Pantex members and families have stepped up to help.

The team took part in the High Plains Food Bank ’s (HPFB) most recent relief effort. By giving a few hours of their time, volunteers were able to assemble 14,000 meals for families in need.

“One thing you can always count on is a Pantexan’s willingness to give back,” said Local 1255 member and conductor Sentinel Ignacio Arevalo. “We’ve always been able to help this great organization out and they’ve helped us out in our hard times.”

During a strike at Pantex two years ago, Metal Trades Council members, of which the IAM has membership in, benefitted from the food bank donations. Today, Local 1255 members volunteer their time on a regular basis to support its cause.

Founded in 1982, the HPFB mission is to alleviate hunger in the Texas Panhandle and supplies food to 180 food

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Volunteer for National Wreaths Across America Day

As a way to give back to those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom, the IAM Veterans Department is asking you to join us by volunteering to place remembrance wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery this year.

The cemetery’s 624-acre landscape is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within its hallowed grounds. It is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. 

The wreath-laying event will take place on December 16, 2017 from 8 to 11a.m. and is open to the general public.

If you would like to participate, the deadline to sign up is December 6, 2017. Please contact IAM Veterans Services Director Carlos San Miguel at 301-967-4521 for more information.

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Y-E-S to the IAM

New Machinists Members from L-3 Technologies Vertex Aerospace from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas

It’s been a busy few months in the IAM’s Southern Territory, but busy means good things for working people.

“When you think Texas, you may not think union right away, but the Machinists are changing that, especially in Aerospace,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “When a military base lands a great contract that takes care of workers, their families and the local community, word spreads. And that’s what we are seeing in the South. This lends solidarity to our efforts of making sure all workers are respected, safe and have a voice on the job. That’s why we are labor.  It’s why we pay our union dues and proudly say to the world ‘We are Machinists.’”

Summer was good to IAM District 776 in terms of organizing.  A group of workers at L-3 Technologies Vertex Aerospace at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio voted to have the Machinists in their corner.

These are the working men and women who support the training mission of the T-1A Jayhawk aircraft on the base by supplying parts, managing the supply chain of assets and tending to the daily missions.

But 776 had more to organize in Texas. With a 100 percent vote for the IAM at the end of the summer, the mechanics at PAE in San Angelo, TX already have a first contract, ratified mid-September. Helicopters are the expertise of this group, like the Cessna 210, the AS350 and the Citation C-550, which are used to patrol our borders. 

Machinist Mechanics at PAE in San Angelo, TX voted 100 percent for the IAM

Smiles abound as the agreement gives workers substantial wage increases, a reduction in health care costs, increases to their 401(k) retirement plans and more vacation time.

“The Machinist Union is strong in Texas. One contract leads to another on bases all over the Lone Star State and beyond,” said McCrory. “The men and women supporting our U.S. Military across the United States and around the globe know the IAM name. And when they see a group of workers with one of our agreements, a good Machinist contract, they want to know where they too can sign up.”

Word is spreading to other military bases across the U.S.A., even in states with the toughest anti-worker laws. The Machinists Union came to the attention of a group of men working for Louis Berger Services at Fort Knox Army Base in Kentucky who said IAM Yes.

This five-man crew is responsible for all the aviation fuel distribution on the base, which is vital to the success of the

U.S. Army. These aren’t just working men and women who maintain these bases across the country; they are patriots who deserve a strong IAM contract.

New Machinists Members from L-3 Technologies Vertex Aerospace from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas

Tim Wright, Special Representative to the IAM’s Southern Territory agrees.

“I am proud of this group and the work they do in the defense and security of our country,” said Wright. “I look forward to working with Directing Business Representative Billy Stivers and our newest members at Louis Berger to negotiate a contract that will bring justice on the job while improving their wages, benefits and working conditions.”

Because in the end, that’s why we are union.

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