In the wake of last year’s successful campaign to organize workers at IKEA’s U.S. facilities, the IAM is launching another international campaign, this time to extend the benefits of IAM membership to employees at the Jeld-Wen JW Corporation. JW is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of doors and windows with operations in 21 countries and every IAM Territory.Key issues in the campaign include unsafe working conditions, abusive and unresponsive management, hostility and surveillance of union supporters and widespread use of temporary workers. It is no surprise JW workers are anxious to improve their working conditions with an IAM contract.IAM organizers and JW employees recently launched a Facebook page titled ‘Jeld-Wen Justice’ to provide campaign updates as well as information about JW employees’ right to organize without intimidation, discrimination or harassment by company officials.So, what can YOU do to help?IAM members can give this important organizing campaign a vital early boost by visiting the Jeld-Wen Justice Facebook page and clicking on the “LIKE” and “SHARE” tabs. If hundreds and then thousands take this simple step, the entire campaign will have the visibility, transparency and benefits that only a strong social media presence can provide.Unheard of less than a decade ago, communication via Facebook is fast becoming an indispensable component of any multi-state organizing campaign. Open and accessible to all, the Jeld-Wen Justice Facebook page will be closely followed throughout the campaign by JW employees and their supporters, as well as supervisors, managers and senior executives of the international conglomerate.The Jeld-Wen Justice page will also provide a public forum to urge Jeld-Wen’s Toronto, Canada-based parent company, Onex Corp., to honor U.S. labor law and the International Labor Organization’s Core Labor Standards. For more information, please contact William Street, at the IAM Woodworkers Dept. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Jim Bagwell will be remembered as an outstanding labor leader and friend to all workers,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber.
Bagwell, a 61-year IAM member, was elected Directing Business Representative of IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO and served on the prestigious IAM Law Committee. He was chairman of that committee at the 1992 IAM Grand Lodge Convention. Bagwell became a full-time organizer at District 9 in 1967, rose to the position of Business Representative and then was promoted to Assistant Director in 1985. He began his career at Chrome Craft in St. Louis.
Bagwell served in many other union positions and offices over the years. He was a delegate to IAM District 9 and a District 9 Executive Board member, a delegate to the Illinois State Council of Machinists, Vice President of the Missouri State Council of Machinists and Midwest States Conference of Machinists. In addition, Bagwell was a Trustee and member of the Constitution Committee for the Greater St. Louis Labor Council. He was also a Missouri State AFL-CIO Executive Board member.