Let’s Help Raise a GDA Guide Dog

The Guide Dogs of America (GDA) 2018 Doggone Fun Summer Auction is almost here and there are hundreds of items you can bid on to help GDA continue providing the best guide dogs to blind and visually impaired men and women across North America.

The online GDA Bidding for Good event runs from June 1st through June 11th. It will include exciting bidding opportunities including summer entertainment, travel, sporting events and a few surprise items.

You can also contribute items to this year’s event. By donating an item or service directly online, you’ll be providing mobility and independence to visually impaired men and women from across the United States and Canada.

Give a little and get a lot in return.

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Pennsylvania Machinists Ratify New Contract

Nearly 300 IAM Local 1842 members recently voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract with modular and manufactured home builder Commodore and Colony Homes.

The new five-year agreement includes wage increases, pension increases and continued health care coverage with cost containment measures. The contract also has increases in life and accidental death insurance and sickness and accident benefits.

“We were able to put to use all the tools available to us as IAM members for this negotiations,” said District 98 Assistant Directing Business Representative Tim Buck. “We conducted a bargaining survey, attended negotiations prep class, printed a negotiations handbook for the membership and made solidarity t-shirts. Each of these were beneficial to a successful negotiations.”

“A huge thank you to the membership, the bargaining committee and all those who had a hand in helping with these negotiations,” said District 98 Directing Business Representative Robert Miller. “From the member activism on the shop floor to the readiness of the bargaining committee, this group was determined to get a good contract, and they did. Special thanks to ADBR Buck for preparing everyone for the round of bargaining.”

“We are very proud of the solidarity that was shown by these Sisters and Brothers,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “Unions work best when all members are involved at every level. Wearing their union shirts on a certain day sent a clear message of solidarity to the company. Without a doubt, these actions helped the bargaining committee at the table.”

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