Deadline Extended for Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program

You can still register for the June 26-July 1, 2016 Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program at the IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center . The deadline for the class has been extended until Friday, May 13.

The program will involve training in areas specific to the federal sector such as collective bargaining, the Hatch Act and legislative action, Prohibited Personnel Practices, Unfair Labor Practice and grievance handling, arbitration and an overview of the Federal Labor Relations Act (FLRA).

This program will be helpful to stewards, officers and business representatives who serve members in the federal sector.

Download the official Collective Bargaining class call letter and registration form .

Click here for a Submitter Authorization Form that must be completed by your Local Lodge President, Business Representative or General Chairperson. Members cannot submit class enrollments for themselves.

For further information, contact the IAM Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753.

Sullivan, Sizemore Join Eastern Territory Staff

Dave Sullivan
Doug Sizemore

IAM District 4 Directing Business Representative Dave Sullivan and former Eastern Territory Education Representative Doug Sizemore have been appointed Special Representatives in the IAM’s Eastern Territory.

Sullivan, a 28-year IAM member, initially joined the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA) when he began working as a shipbuilder at Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME in 1986. After the IUMSWA merged with the IAM in 1988, Sullivan served as a Shop Steward, Local Lodge Officer and on many committees at IAM Local S6 before joining the District 4 staff as a Business Representative representing Region 1 in New England. He would become the Assistant Directing Business Representative of District 4 before becoming Directing Business Representative in April 2014.

“Brother Sullivan is bringing a tremendous amount of experience with him to his new assignment,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. “District 4 is arguably the most diverse district in the IAM. From Bath Iron Works where he began his IAM career, to the legal professionals, lobstermen, aerospace, and service contract members, right down to Air Force One, he has gained a unique perspective servicing our membership.”

Sizemore, a 31-year IAM member, initiated into IAM Local 912 in 1985 while employed by GE Aircraft Engines in Evendale, OH. He served as a Steward, Chief Steward, Trustee and Delegate to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO. He was appointed to District 34 Organizer in 1998 and went on to serve as Business Representative, Directing Business Representative and Ohio State Council of Machinists Delegate. GVP Tucker appointed Sizemore to Eastern Territory Education Representative in 2003 and he was elected to serve as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council in 2006. He was appointed to serve on the General Board of the National AFL-CIO in January 2010. Sizemore has been assigned the responsibility for handling NLRB duties for the Eastern Territory and will work out of the regional office in Cincinnati.

“Doug returns to our staff having not only gained more experience within the labor movement, he continued to serve, and represent IAM members while at the Cincinnati Labor Council,” said Tucker. “During that time he built alliances, and relationships in the region, across Ohio, including the entire Tri-State area. Alliances that help to build the strength of working families, as well as IAM members, and it is with great pleasure to welcome him back to our staff.”

Tuesday's Victories Move Clinton Closer to Nomination

IAM members had a chance to meet with former President Bill Clinton while he was campaigning for his wife before the Connecticut primary. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), District 26 Business Representative Pat Buzzee, Connecticut State Council of Machinists (CSCM) Treasurer Kirby Boyce, CSCM President John Harrity, Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-CT), District 26 Directing Business Representative Everett Corey, Local 1746 President Nancy Flagg and Local 1746 activist Norm Jones. Back right: Local 1746 activist Reagan Toomey (left) and Local 1871 President Jim Underhill (right).

Union members in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic helped propel Hillary Clinton to victories in four out of five primary contests held Tuesday, moving the IAM-endorsed candidate within arm’s length of the Democratic nomination for president.

Connecticut State Council of Machinists Treasurer Kirby Boyce with former President Bill Clinton.

“I know there are still too many barriers holding too many Americans back,” Clinton told a crowd in Philadelphia Tuesday night. “But despite what other candidates say, we believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation.”

Union members joined community activists to deliver Clinton decisive wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a victory in Rhode Island.

“Whether you support Sen. Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us,” said Clinton. “We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high. That Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street. And we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it.”

The IAM was the first major industrial trade union to endorse Secretary Clinton for president.

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