Become a Workplace Hero at the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference

As IAM members know all too well, our jobs can be dangerous.

Whether you’re building the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, ensuring airline passengers’ bags get to their destinations, battling wildfires, or any of the thousands of jobs Machinists Union members do, safety is a top concern. It’s ultimately up to us, IAM Brothers and Sisters, to make sure we go home safe every day.

Become a workplace hero — sign up now to attend the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference .

We’ll gather August 14-19, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Return all forms by Monday, June 6 to reserve your spot.

The conference will tackle safety and health issues affecting IAM members today — Zika and Ebola virus prevention, distracted driving, opioid addiction, conflict resolution and more. We’ll share best practices on how to set up and run a safety and health committee at your own local and offer certifications for CPR training. Click here for more topics we’ll cover .

Don’t delay! Click here for the forms you’ll need to sign up for the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference .

IAM Organizers Chart Path for Future of Union Growth

IAM International President Bob Martinez speaks to a group of organizers at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center in Hollywood, MD to map out a plan to grow the IAM’s membership.

More than 50 IAM organizers from across North America, including International President Bob Martinez, came together recently at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD to plan how the union will organize new members today and in the future.

WATCH: Paving a Path for Union Growth

Thanks to special interest groups and their endless attacks unions, organizing new members has proven to be a challenge across the labor movement, but the IAM has seen success in certain sectors. To build on those successes, and learn from failed campaigns, the Machinists Union is taking a new approach in organizing that includes using new technology like never before.

“We’re really looking at all phases of social media as well as electronic signatures for electronic authorization cards,” said IAM Organizing Director Don Barker. “We currently have 34 different campaigns going on in the U.S. where we’re using electronic authorizations, which we feel are just another tool to put in our tool box to move forward.”

New tools and technology will not replace personal contact and relationship building however, which are crucial to recruiting new IAM members. The organizing summit is the first of several planned at the Winpisinger Center to develop a cutting-edge organizing philosophy and a plan of action for the future.

“The people who came before us built this union and it’s up to us to continue to grow,” said Barker.

Alabama Machinist Key to Passing Bill Protecting Guide Dogs

IAM Local 2003 member Adam Beasley (in red), along with Local 2003 leadership, members and other bill supporters including “Peppy” attend the signing of a new Alabama service dog protection law.

Thanks to IAM Local 2003 member and Guide Dog of America (GDA) volunteer Adam Beasley, Alabama now has a law specifically protecting service dogs from assault for the first time in the state’s history.

The bill makes it a crime for anyone to harass, injure or cause the death of a service dog. Harassment would be any conduct directed toward a service dog or handler that is likely to impede or interfere with the performance of the service dog including taunting, teasing or striking.

Beasley, an aircraft mechanic at Fort Rucker Army Base, has volunteered with GDA for the past 15 years. He approached state Sen. Jimmy Holley to ask if he would be interested in sponsoring a bill to protect service dogs.

Once Holley was on board, Beasley spent nearly a year researching other states’ service dog laws to make sure Alabama would have one of the best.

“I would like to thank Sen. Holley and his staff for all their work with this bill, ” said Beasley. “This is a giant step for the service dog community in the state of Alabama, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

If your state doesn’t have a service dog protection law in place and you would like some help, please contact Adam Beasley at adam.beasley@iam2003.org.

Guide Dogs of America was founded by a blind IAM member and provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to those who are blind and visually impaired.