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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Corpus Christ, TX Local Prepares for DynCorp Negotiations

Negotiating Committee for IAM Local 2916 from Corpus Christi, TX, along with staff members from District 776, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committee’s program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. The Locals represent employees at DynCorp International, which perform aircraft maintenance.

The current contract with DynCorp International expires September 30, 2018. Recognizing that this promises to be a difficult round of negotiations, the Committee strategized to change bargaining history, map a new direction for relations with the company, put better language in the contract, and to build solidarity in the bargaining unit.

“The week at the Winpisinger Center­­—though it was a bit like drinking from a fire hose—gave us the opportunity to assemble and develop a detailed plan to secure the best contract possible,” said District 776 Business Representative Joe Alviar. “The Committee worked hard, and they leave the center better prepared to advance the needs of the Local Lodge Union members.”

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