Maryland Machinists Who Care for Veterans Ratify First Contract

Congratulations to new IAM Local 4 members at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home (HMR of Maryland) who came together to ratify their first agreement.

IAM Local 4 members fought hard to get an agreement. Members braved the cold weather to protest previous substandard offers from the company. The members stood in solidarity during this long process and got a contract with generous increases in wages and benefits. This contract will allow members to continue to provide the best care possible for America’s veterans.

“This is a great victory for the IAM, the Territory, and District, Local 4,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “My congratulations to IAM Directing Business Representative Joseph Compher, IAM District 4 Business Representative Mark Duval, and a huge welcome to our members at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.”

“I am very proud of the Negotiations Committee who worked so hard and sat beside me for 10 months through some of the toughest negotiations I have ever been involved with,” said IAM District 4 Business Representative Mark Duval. “The committee knew what they wanted and would settle for nothing less. The committee refused to accept or recommend the company’s last and best offer, and with the help of many of the Local Lodges in District 4 stood out in the cold, on the front lawn of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and demanded a fair contract.”

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How to Get Your Veterans ID Card

VA has announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov , click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card ” on the bottom left of the page sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

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Help for IAM Veterans Affected by Harvey

The IAM has compiled a list of resources for members affected by hurricane Harvey. There is additional help available for members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The DAV in Houston is providing financial aid for food, clothing and lodging in the amounts of $250 – $500. Texas Veterans can contact their DAV local in Houston at 713-383-2715.

The VFW is also providing financial aid for food, clothing and lodging in same amounts. Veterans will have to call the Texas Department VFW headquarters to submit applications at 512-834-8535.

IAM Veterans can also receive help from these resources:

The IAM Harvey Help Manual includes sections on FEMA, returning home, legal services, unemployment benefits, replacing lost documents, health care and prescriptions, housing challenges, and more.

If you are an IAM member affected by Harvey, you can apply for assistance from the IAM Disaster Relief Fund here .

If you are a Texas union member affected by Harvey, you can apply for assistance from the Texas AFL-CIO Workers Relief Fund .

If you are an IAM member who participates in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program .

All IAM members can receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program . Our services include, but are not limited to, addictions, mental health, stress, depression and financial hardship. You can reach the confidential IAM Assistance Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing iameap@iamaw.org.

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