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:


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


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.

IAM Headquarters Saving Lives Through Blood Drive

A phlebotomist for INOVA Blood Donor Services prepares to take a red blood cell donation during the IAM Headquarters Blood Drive. The drive was in honor of the victims of June’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

Employees and staff at IAM Headquarters recently participated in a blood drive to honor the victims of June’s tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL. They donated enough blood to save 84 lives.

“All of the IAM family was affected by the tragedy in Orlando, we all felt the pain,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “We wanted to do something that wouldn’t only be symbolic, but also helpful. Donating life does just that.”

The blood drive, organized by GST Staff Secretaries Jaime Colburn and Kelly Peterson, gave an option to those wanting to help, but were unsure how to do so.

Two IAM members were directly affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting. Southwest Airlines Customer Service Representative (CSR) Angelique Caro was shot and wounded. United Airlines CSR Angel Mendez lost his son, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez.

IAM Organizers Chart New Course for Growth

The IAM took part in a march to memorialize the one-year anniversary of a shooting that killed nine people at Charleston, SC’s Emanuel AME Church. Boeing workers in Charleston are looking to organize with the IAM. From left: IAM Apprentice Organizer Gabrielle Rogano, Charleston Central Labor Council President April Lott, IAM Special Representative Mike Evans and South Carolina AFL-CIO President Erin McKee.

More than 30 IAM organizers from across the United States and Canada met at the William W. Winpisinger Center last week to have a frank discussion about the IAM’s current organizing practices. It was the second such meeting this year and part of a broader effort to modernize the IAM’s current organizing model.

Numerous Charleston, SC community leaders have signed on to support Boeing workers in their effort to organize for fair wages and benefits.

“If we’re going to organize and grow, it’s imperative that we look at what’s been working and what’s not working,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “If we are able to combine these best practices with all of the fresh, innovative ideas that are bubbling to the surface within our union, I believe we will see unprecedented organizing success in the coming years.”

Topics discussed at the meeting included picking strategic organizing targets, diversifying organizing tactics and combining the need for personal contact with new technologies.

“We have the best organizers in the labor movement,” said IAM Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure they have the tools and resources needed to succeed.”