Last Chance to Enter the 2016 IAM Photo Contest

Last year’s first place award went to Joel Woods of IAM Maine Lobstering Union Local 207 in Rockport, ME for his photo of member Tyrone Brown titled “Getting Ready for the Season.”

Don’t miss your last opportunity to show your talent and feature your Brothers and Sisters at work by entering the 2016 IAM Photo Contest.

The contest is open to all IAM members in good standing. Entries should catch IAM members at work in unposed photos. Winning entries will win a cash prize and appear in the 2017 IAM Calendar.

By participating, you will also be helping the IAM’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America . Two dollars from each calendar sale is donated to GDA.

There is no fee for participating in the contest. Please send in all submissions by June 24, 2016. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2016.

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Labor Ready as Missouri Republicans Latest to Target Voter Rights

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the entire labor family are rallying to protect voting rights and fighting new efforts to disenfranchise minority voters.

Extremists in the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature recently voted to add a new constitutional amendment option to the ballot this November that would make it easier for lawmakers to impose new voting requirements.

If Missouri’s amendment passes, nearly 220,000 registered voters without government issued photo ID could be affected. It would cost the state an estimated $17 million to enforce.

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis railed against the plan in an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Voter fraud in the United States is virtually nonexistent. An individual is more likely to be struck by lightning than impersonate a voter at the polls,” write Trumka and Louis. “So without a problem to fix, these laws are being adopted to prevent legitimate votes.”

With more Republican-controlled state legislatures enacting or attempting to push similar laws, the importance of protecting voters’ rights is paramount. With the help of the IAM and AFL-CIO unions, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is actively pushing back against voting restrictions.

In 2015, Democrats introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) to compel states with well-documented histories of recent voting discrimination to clear all voting changes with the federal government.

“Throughout 2016, the labor movement will empower working people with up-to-date information on voting laws. We will encourage our leaders and allies to sign up as poll workers and monitors to help protect the ballot,” said Trumka and Louis. “At the AFL-CIO, we are committed to championing democracy — in the workplace and at the ballot box. We have and will continue to hold every politician accountable for his or her record on voting rights. We are going to forcefully advocate for common-sense reforms to expand voter registration and protection. And we will do everything in our power to defeat voter ID in Missouri.”

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IAM Fight to Protect Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Jobs Moves to Senate

IAM members visit the Canadian Parliament to speak out against a bill that would make it easier to outsource Canadian aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul work.

The IAM is continuing to offer common-sense alternatives to a bill moving through the Canadian Parliament that threatens the job security of highly-skilled aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) technicians.

“As it stands, the act endangers the livelihood of the Canadian MRO industry,” said Fred Hospes, IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson.

Bill C-10, the Air Canada Public Participation Act, would allow Air Canada to conduct as much, or as little, aircraft maintenance in Canada as it wants.

“Our suggested amendments force Air Canada to back up its vague promises of future jobs while protecting the current industry and securing future employment,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

More than 16 IAM delegates met with a Senate committee Monday to propose amendments requiring Air Canada to maintain minimum levels of work in Canada. The IAM also proposed establishing “centers of excellence” in Quebec and Manitoba which will generate nearly 1,200 new jobs within the next 15 years.

The Senate did not adopt the IAM’s changes, but the bill will receive a third reading.

“We hope that the chamber of sober second thought will amend the bill to preserve good jobs and secure the Canadian MRO industry,” said Hospes.

In May, the House ignored IAM recommendations and passed the bill without change.

The IAM is the largest union in Canada’s air transport sector and the largest union at Air Canada, representing 8,000 workers.