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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Taking Care of the Machinists at Boeing

In 1936, the IAMAW signed its first contract with Boeing in Seattle. Little did anyone know this relationship would last for nearly a century.

“The Machinists Union and Boeing have become synonymous with a defining product that has changed the industry across the U.S. We are proud of that relationship and the work our members at this company turn out each and every day,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin who is a perfect example of this partnership.  He spent nearly half of his forty years as an IAM member on the Boeing shop floor before joining the Machinists’ team full-time and has seen what can be accomplished when we work together.

So it only makes sense that the men and women who work for Boeing on the T-38C Avionics Component Integration Program are Machinist members, who just recently negotiated another strong IAM contract.

Aerospace Coordinator Mark Johnson who works with Boeing facilities across North America explained the new contract needed to reflect the expertise found amongst these workers.

“Spread across six locations, these hard-working Machinist members are Material Coordinators and Field Service Technicians and experts in their field,” explained Johnson. “Through their work, they have shown time and time again what it means to be the best at what they do. And this contract helps to take care of them and their families as they have taken care of the Boeing program over the years.”

After voting ‘yes’ to this agreement, workers will now enjoy a 3 percent wage increase and a $1,000 bonus in the first year with additional wage increases over the next two years. The negotiating team was also able to secure an increase for second shift workers which is a new addition to the contract. Covered in this agreement are workers from Boeing sites in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Maryland. 

“I am very proud of this negotiating committee. Even though the Machinists Union has had a relationship with Boeing for decades, that in no way means bargaining will be an easy feat. This committee stood together, against a major corporation, and always kept in mind they were there on behalf of the membership. Never did they lose sight that it’s the working men and women on the shop floor who deserve a strong contract,” said Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Tony Wirth.

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Here’s How the Machinists Celebrated Freedom

Before the 4th of July, we put out a call for IAM members to share photos of how they celebrate our nation’s independence.

 Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Posted by William LePinske on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Posted by Adam Beasley on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Posted by Wendy Osborne on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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