IAM Community Services Participates in 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Darryl Holloway, the assistant building facilitator at IAM Headquarters, loads of boxes of food to be donated as part of the National Association of Letters Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The IAM Community Services Department at Headquarters, along with thousands of IAM members across the country, worked in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) by taking part in the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive .

The drive is an annual nationwide effort to help feed the hungry in communities across the country.

IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department Administrative Secretary Anna Georgallas organized the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive at IAM Headquarters.

The IAM Community Services Department kicked off the event at Headquarters on April 25. Food donations were collected and boxed up in advance of the pickup on May 13. A continuous supply of food came in daily for weeks as IAM Sisters and Brothers generously donated and stockpiled 22 boxes of non-perishable items.

All food donations were picked up by the U.S. Postal Service and taken to their local distribution center where they were routed and distributed to local community food banks, food pantries and shelters.

“Thanks to all of those here at Headquarters and around the country for continuing in the IAM traditional spirit of selfless generosity,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux.

“I have to thank and commend our department Administrative Secretary, Anna Georgallas, for her dedication and coordinating another most worthy event and making it a great success,” said IAM Retiree and Community Services Director Edward Manhart. “We look forward to doing our part again next year to ‘stamp out hunger.'”

Southern Territory Promotes Two, Adds Barnwell to Staff

Bob “Woody” Wood
James “Stretch” Litle
Robert Barnwell

Southern Territory representatives Bob “Woody” Wood and James “Stretch” Little have been promoted and District 131 Directing Business Representative Robert Barnwell is joining the Southern Territory staff. All three will be classified as Special Representatives.

Wood, the Southern Territory Communications Representative since September 1999, has been promoted to Special Representative. Wood initiated into the IAM in 1979 as a tool-and-die maker since Cessna Aircraft, a member of Wichita, KS Local 744. Wood has been in the territory longer than anyone currently on the territory staff.

Little joined the IAM in 2002 while working on the F-16, F-22 and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programs at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. He held positions of Shop Steward, President of Shop Stewards and Negotiating Committeeman. Little also served as a delegate to the Texas State Council of Machinists and was active on fundraising committees. Little is a second generation unionist, following in the steps of his father, a Local Chairman for the United Transportation Union in the railroad industry. Little was appointed Educator for the Southern Territory in October 2014.

Barnwell joined South Florida Millwrights Local 1026 in 1986 as an apprentice and became a journeyman millwright in 1990. He joined IAM Local 1034 in 1995 when he hired on at Graphic Packaging International as a Millwright/Maintenance Mechanic. He was elected Steward in 1996, Vice President in 1997 and President in 2000. Barnwell served as Trustee to District 131 from 1997 to 2006, elected as Vice President and Organizer for District 131 in 2006, and was elected as President and Directing Business Representative in 2014. Barnwell served as President of the Central Georgia Federation of Trades and Labor Council from 2010 to 2014 and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Machinists Southern Pulp and Paper Conference from 2008 to 2015.

“Woody is one of the most experienced field reps in Communications in the IAM,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “He’s been involved on the ground in some of the biggest battles of our territory for years, and is capable of handling any situation. Since Stretch joined our staff as Educator, he quickly became an integral part of our team, handling any challenge we’ve thrown at him with leadership and skill. DBR Robert Barnwell in a short time has proven his ability to wake up and shake up a District Lodge with growth through organizing, expert negotiating and servicing his contracts, and his work with the pulp and paper industry. He will fill an important area of the territory, and I want to welcome Robert to our staff.

“I want to congratulate all three reps for their well-earned promotions,” continued Blondin. “With the changes in the territory, I believe we are positioned to move forward with our continuing efforts in organizing new members, negotiating good contracts and servicing our members’ needs throughout the Southern Territory.”

IAM Members Invited to Attend Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kick-off Race

Join the IAM and dozens of other labor unions in participating in the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL on September 18, 2016.

The one-day event, held each year in honor of labor unions, will be a part of the kick-off race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Like the city of its namesake, the Chicagoland Speedway was built by the hands of union members. The $130 million facility is 100 percent union made — that’s more union labor than nearly any other track in America.

“It’s an honor to participate, once again, in the Chicagoland Speedway ‘Tribute to Labor’ race day,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “IAM members turned out in record number last year with more than 344 participants — the most of any other labor union. This year we hope to exceed that number.

“The Chicagoland Speedway is one of the most thrilling racetracks on the entire NASCAR circuit. We’re proud to be a part of this extraordinary event in recognition of labor’s contributions to the sport. And especially excited to be able to share in this event with our membership.”

IAM members interested in attending will receive a premium race ticket for the discounted price of $64 (that’s a savings of $136!). The labor package includes a free fan zone pit pass (valued at $55) and free parking. Fans will also get to enjoy a live concert — performer to be announced.

Union ticket purchases will begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Stay tuned for further details on how to purchase tickets.

Individual Locals that sell the most tickets will receive special recognition on the pre-race stage. IAM Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 of Carol Stream, IL won second place last year. Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli says they are trying for first place this year.

“Last year was an awesome experience,” said Cicinelli. “Local 701 members, their families and friends came out in huge numbers. We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. So we’re in the process of planning an even bigger ticket drive.”

An estimated 70,000 fans are expected to attend this year’s race, which will be telecast to millions via a national broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, as well as internationally.

And, don’t forget to bring the kids! This year’s race will be sponsored by Nickelodeon and will feature unprecedented family-friendly activities and entertainment, including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.

For more information on the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL on September 18, 2016, click here . Questions? Contact your designated District/Local coordinator listed here .