Striking Oklahoma Machinists Showing Solidarity

IAM Local 850 members, family and community supporters entered the second week of a strike against Alutiiq Commercial Enterprises at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City to save their pensions.

Now into the second week of a strike at Tinker Air Force Base, IAM Local 850 civil engineering workers are standing strong in their fight to maintain the pension that’s been in their contract for the past 16 years.

Now into the second week of a strike at Tinker Air Force Base, IAM Local 850 civil engineering workers are standing strong in their fight to maintain the pension that’s been in their contract for the past 16 years.

More than 240 members are walking the picket line against Alutiiq Commercial Enterprises, a new contractor at the Oklahoma City base.

“The new company has come in and doesn’t want to participate in our pension anymore,” said striking Local 850 member Josh Brookshire . “The pension is a big part for us. We feel like we’ve earned it. We do a good job for them and all we ask them to do is honor the commitment that the other companies have.”

“Everything we do out here is mission critical. Everything they do inside, we provide the maintenance for,” said striking Local 850 member Suzanne Cusack . “But our families are mission critical too. These members that are out here standing on this line today are fighting for their pension. The pension that this company no longer wants to contribute to.”

Alutiiq, based in Anchorage, AK, took over the service contract from the base’s previous contractor on August 1, but has failed to implement the pension contributions negotiated in the existing collective bargaining agreement with the IAM.

“The morale on the strike line is very high,” said District 171 Directing Business Representative Tony Bennett . “We appreciate the support from brothers and sisters from other units and with your help we’ll stay strong.”

Local 850 civil engineering workers are responsible for maintaining the base’s electrical, plumbing, wastewater treatment and carpentry operations.

Keep up to date at Local 850’s Facebook page .

IAM Communicators Shine in Newsletter, Website Contest

The results of the IAM 2015 Newsletter and Website Contest are in! An independent panel of writers, editors and web designers judged entries by local and district lodges across North America.

“Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s contest for their great work,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The IAM is very fortunate to have such talented and effective editors, communicators and web stewards working to get our message out.”

First place winners for each category are:

Newsletters

First Place, General Excellence

Badger Lodge News, Local 66, Milwaukee

Aero Mechanic, District 751, Seattle

First Place, Best Layout and Design

The 125 Post, Federal Local 125, Ogden, UT

142 Observer, District 142, Kansas City, MO

First Place, Best Feature

“The Most Dangerous Woman in America,” Badger Local News, Local 66, Milwaukee

“Suicide Awareness and Prevention: EAP Can Help,” 142 Observer, District 142, Kansas City, MO

Websites

First Place, General Excellence

Local 811, Houston, Local811Houston.org

District 142, Kansas City, MO, IAMDL142.org

First Place, Best Layout and Design

Local 2297, Havelock, NC, LocalLodge2297.org

District 19, Denver, DistrictLodge19.com

First Place, Special Performance

Local 66, Milwaukee, Facebook.com/United-Lodge-66-793718930726922

District 751, Seattle, Twitter.com/IAM751

Click here for a complete list of contest winners.