Discounted NASCAR 'Tribute to Labor' Race Day Ticket Sales Begin June 1

The Machinist Union has reserved grouped seating for the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2016 in Joliet, IL.

To purchase tickets within the IAM block, call (815) 722-5500 beginning June 1, 2016 at 9:00 am CST. Let them know you are an IAM member, then give them the code “CLSUNION16” and your local lodge number. PLEASE NOTE: IAM group tickets cannot by purchased online.

Supplies are limited — so act fast! Union ticket sales end June 30.

Once you have ordered tickets, please contact your District/Local coordinator as listed here and provide them your T-shirt size(s). One T-shirt per ticket purchased.

Join the IAM and dozens of other labor unions in participating in this one-day event, held each year in honor of labor unions as 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.

IAM members interested in attending will receive a premium race ticket for the discounted price of $64 (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.

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.

“The Chicagoland Speedway is one of the most thrilling racetracks on the entire NASCAR circuit,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We’re proud to, once again, 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 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.”

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.

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 .

Watch: IAM Legislative Conference Shakes Up Washington

Delegates to the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference took part in a rally outside the White House to deny Norwegian Air International its bid to access the U.S. aviation market.

Hundreds of IAM activists converged on Washington, DC for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference to strategize and lobby Congress on matters key to the security of IAM and other American jobs.

WATCH: IAM Legislative Conference

“This is your opportunity to actively participate in the legislative process and promote our union’s legislative agenda,” IAM International President Bob Martinez told delegates.

Delegates canvassed Capitol Hill and lobbied elected officials on matters vital to working Americans, such as workers’ rights, retirement security, healthcare and trade.

With the November election rapidly approaching, delegates mapped out a plan to get out the vote like never before. Guest speakers included several legislators who have proven to be friends of labor. Among them was Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) who reminded the group of an old adage.

“Change doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington,” said Booker.

The delegates also canvassed Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress on issues vital to working men and women. The IAM joined with hundreds of other activists in a rally outside the White House to deny Norwegian Air International access to the U.S. aviation market. The Department of Transportation proposal will allow the foreign carrier to steal U.S. jobs .

Stay up-to-date with IAM legislative news and urgent alerts by downloading the “IAMAW Legislative” app in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store .

Enroll Now for Federal Employees Advanced Program

The IAM will hold the 2016 Federal Employees Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 17-22, 2016. The registration deadline for this class has been extended to June 8, 2016.

In order to attend this program you must have first completed the Basic Federal Program.

Helpful for stewards, officers and business representatives, the Advanced Program involves training in areas specific to the federal sector such as Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) and grievance handling, preparations for arbitration and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), collective bargaining including negotiability appeals, mediation and impasse procedures and a more in-depth look at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

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.

Click here to download the official Advanced Program call letter and registration form.

For further information, contact IAM Government Employees Director Jim Price at 301-967-4753.