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.”

Going to the Grand Lodge Convention? There's an App for That.

The 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention App is now available for download. Get your all-access pass to the IAM’s 39th Grand Lodge Convention, taking place September 4-10 in Chicago.

Bringing family or friends? Download the app for information on theatres, parks, museums and shopping—all within walking distance of the hotel.

Flying? The app allows you to book an airport shuttle reservation with Go Airport Express at a 15 percent discount. Go Airport Express is the premier ground transportation provider for Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. It departs every 10-15 minutes to Chicago-area hotels.

Driving? The Host Committee has negotiated a discounted parking rate at the Chicago Hilton of $30 a day with in and out privileges.

Search “IAM 2016” and download the app from the Apple or Android app store.

Key features include the agenda, speakers, convention documents, social media, alerts, maps and more. It’s a must have if you are attending the convention or just want to stay up to date from home.