Illinois Machinist Wins Wrongful Discharge Case – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

From left, IAM Local 126 Directing Business Representative Joe Pijanowski presents Local 126 member Tom Symmes with signed settlement documents, alongside Local 126 Steward Juan Fuentes. Symmes recently returned to work after being wrongfully discharged from LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL.

Here’s another great example of why it pays to have a union contract. IAM Local 126 member Tom Symmes is back at work after being wrongfully discharged. Symmes was terminated when his employer, LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL, unilaterally changed the attendance policy without notification or bargaining. He was involved in an ongoing first contract effort at the company.After filing charges against LPB Manufacturing, Symmes secured a non-board settlement which put him back to work, provided over $19,000 in back pay, and restored seniority and benefits.Symmes is an active and strong supporter of IAM Local 126. He returned to work Wednesday October 9th and continues to proudly wear his IAM t-shirt.

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Introducing the New IAM Mobile 3.0 App – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

The IAM App is embarking on its third year with the launch of IAM Mobile 3.0, a new cutting-edge tool that lets IAM members stay up-to-date with their union like never before.The new IAM Mobile 3.0, available for download on your smartphone or tablet at, combines all of the IAM’s popular online functions including the IAM Journal, Machinists News Network videos, the IAM webpage, iMail, IAM photo galleries, IAM Facebook and Twitter pages, IAM Territory pages, the TCU/IAM page and lots more, all in one easy-to-access app. Click here to watch a Machinists News Network video explaining all the new functions of IAM Mobile 3.0.“IAM Mobile 3.0 offers more features and more functions to get and share information about our union and the important issues we face,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “I invite you to take full advantage of the opportunities of the new IAM Mobile 3.0.”IAM Mobile 3.0 is not just tailored to smartphone and tablet users, anyone with a traditional computer can log on to to access many of the app’s features.The new IAM Mobile 3.0 is available now in the Google Play store for Android devices, the Apple store for iPhones and iPads and will be in the Amazon store for Kindles shortly. Until it is available in all stores, a stand-alone web app will allow IAM Mobile 3.0 to work on any smartphone or tablet device.

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The Strong Arm of the Law – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

With more than 5,000 contracts covering workers in dozens of major industries, the IAM is recognized as one of the most diversified labor unions in North America. But a recent contract negotiated for paralegals and office personnel in Maine brings that diversity into sharp relief.The agreement negotiated by IAM District 4 covers legal professionals at McTeague, Higbee, Case, Cohen, Whitney & Toker, a highly-regarded firm that has represented organized labor in Maine for decades, specializing in labor law, worker’s compensation and related cases.While the Topsham, ME-based law firm has enjoyed a long relationship with the Maine AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions, the relationship proved to be a challenge when the employees decided to organize.“Our situation was complex,” said Paralegal and bargaining committee member Carol Sanborn. “Because of the existing relationships, we were asking a client to take on its own lawyers on our behalf. As a result, we needed representation tough enough to see this through to the end without compromising our position, and with integrity beyond reproach. We were confident the IAM and District 4 fit this description.”The new three-year accord features wage increases of 3.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of the next two years. The contract also includes the IAM Benefit Trust Healthcare plan, the IAM Pension Plan, grievance procedure and arbitration, seniority provisions for classification and layoff/recall as well as improved paid time off.“We wanted skilled, strong and intelligent leadership,” said Paralegal and bargaining committee member Ellen Campbell. “Working with Directing Business Representative DBR Joe Flanders, Assistant Directing Business Representative David Sullivan and Business Representative George Edwards more than met our expectations. Although negotiations were long and at times arduous, the end result greatly improved our wages, benefits and work life.”The tentative agreement was fittingly completed by Labor Day and overwhelmingly ratified in early September.“This is yet another great example of looking at non-traditional workers and workplaces for organizing opportunities,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. “Congratulations go to our new members and District DBR Joe Flanders and his entire staff. They aren’t strangers to going out of the traditional comfort zone to help all workers achieve fairness, equality and justice on the job.”

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