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 Midwest Territory ‘Rides for Guides’ Raises $14k for Guide Dogs of America

Drivers taking part in the IAM Midwest Territory’s 10th Annual “Rides for Guides” Motorcycle Charity Ride took off during the early morning hours to ride through the scenic, beautiful rolling hills of Dubuque, Iowa.

The IAM Midwest Territory’s 10th Annual “Rides for Guides” Motorcycle Charity Ride raised nearly $14k to benefit Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

The event, held this year in the scenic, beautiful rolling hills of Dubuque, Iowa, drew more than 50 participants from across the Midwest Territory.

See photos of the IAM Midwest Territory’s 10th Annual “Rides for Guides” Motorcycle Charity Ride in Dubuque, Iowa .

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“Thank you to all the participants, Midwest Territory Districts, Locals, residents, businesses and sponsors for your continued support of the ‘Rides for Guides’ Motorcycle Charity Ride,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We’re proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this event. The annual bike run continues to be one of the Territory’s largest fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America. None of this would be possible without you.”

This year’s ride comes on the heels of a recent GDA event in which the charity organization honored the IAM Midwest Territory for the membership’s continued support of the organization’s mission of providing the blind and visually-impaired with the gift of sight.

Read Guide Dogs of America Honors IAM Midwest Territory and IAM District 837

GDA provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

Awards were given to the poker hand winners, the individual who brought in the most pledges, and the individual who drove the farthest distance to attend the event. Click here for a list of winners and photos from the bike run .

Other activities included raffle ticket and basket giveaways.

For more information on these and other IAM Midwest Territory events to benefit Guide Dogs of America, visit the Spirit of the Midwest website at www.SpiritoftheMidwest.org .

For more information on Guide Dogs of America, visit www.GuideDogsofAmerica.com .

 

 

 

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Machinists Call Out Harley’s Outsourcing Blame Game

Harley-Davidson is blaming newly-imposed European Union tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles for the company’s most recent plans to offshore production. Harley-Davidson already has plants in Brazil and India, and plans to open another this year in Thailand.

“Harley workers are left wondering if Harley is still committed to manufacturing in America,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Isn’t Harley afraid that replacing ‘Made in America’ with ‘Made in Thailand’ will destroy their iconic brand? If the EU rescinds its tariffs, will Harley drop its plans to offshore more production? This is looking like just another excuse by Harley to justify moving more American jobs offshore.”

On January 30, shortly after receiving a massive corporate tax break, Harley-Davidson announced that its Kansas City, MO facility would close and 600 IAM members would lose their jobs. Machinists Union members work at Harley manufacturing facilities in Kansas City; York, PA; and Milwaukee.

“Kansas City is suffering the consequences of Harley-Davidson’s continued neglect of its North American workforce and ridership,” Martinez said at the time .

In March, the Machinists called on President Trump to question Harley’s decision. Members of the Missouri congressional delegation sent a letter to Harley’s CEO urging him to “reconsider the decision to close the plant.”

Harley as recently as February stood by its decision to close down its plant in Kansas City while opening operations in Thailand.

 

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