Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs Launches Campaign

August 18, 2014 | From Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs Broad Based Coalition to Defeat Repeal of Casino Gaming       The Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs today officially launched its campaign to  fight the repeal Read more

16 yr old Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians

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Local 264 Endorses Steve Grossman for Governor

At the June member meeting there was a motion made at the recommendation of the Local 264 Legislative Committee to endorse current MA Treasurer Steve Grossman for Governor. The Legislative Committee looked at his Read more

Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs Launches Campaign

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Broad Based Coalition to Defeat Repeal of Casino Gaming

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The Committee to Protect Massachusetts Jobs today officially launched its campaign to  fight the repeal of Governor Deval Patrick’s casino gaming law. Members of the coalition include groups and individuals from all walks of life – businesses, labor unions, elected officials, individuals, and resort casino companies. All of them share the concern that a repeal of casino gaming will rob Massachusetts of a new industry and much needed jobs and economic development opportunities.

“Gaming is already here for Massachusetts residents. They’re just doing it out of state,” said Jeff Ciuffreda, Executive Director of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve been spending almost $1 billion a year on average in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine casinos. We need to bring home some of this money and make sure we get the jobs and the revenue, not the other states.”

In 2011, Massachusetts passed a law to create three resort casinos and one slots casino, and in doing so, the Commonwealth will join 39 other states that have some type of gaming. In the process, Massachusetts will create 6,500 construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs, with solid wages and real benefits.

Residents in Plainville, Springfield, Revere, and Everett looked at the opportunity and voted to support a gaming facility to their community and the jobs and economic opportunity that come with it. Each of these towns has more residents out of work than most of the rest of the state. In Springfield, unemployment hovers near 9 percent.

In Plainville, where the slots license has been granted, hundreds of construction workers are already at work building the new facility. The town will earn approximately $1.5 million annually in property taxes and approximately $2-3 million each year in gaming profits when the facility opens.

“For our community, this means we can afford to do things like build a new public safety complex and a new town hall without taxpayers having to pay for it,” said Plainville Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes. “Not to mention the 125 jobs that will be preserved at the horse racing track, 500 new jobs and substantial opportunities for local businesses – new and old. It is not fair to try to take that away from us.”

The Committee is concentrating much of its efforts on building grassroots support across the state. After just three weeks of organizing, more than 250 groups and individuals have already joined the effort and the campaign plans to execute an extensive ground effort throughout the fall.

“Between now and Election Day of November 4, we will be engaging voters across the Commonwealth about the benefits that gaming will bring to Massachusetts,” said Wooten Johnson, Campaign Manager for Vote No on Question 3. “There are many benefits to highlight, and a fair amount of misinformation we need to combat.”

Chief among the benefits that Johnson’s campaign team will stress with voters are:

  • Creating 10,000 new jobs and 6,500 construction jobs. These jobs will have an average compensation of around $45,000 in salary and benefits. Contrast that with jobs in the retail sector where average wages are in the $26,000 range and those jobs often don’t include health care and other benefits. These new jobs could provide an opportunity for many to achieve a career path in a new industry. At a time when many are struggling to find jobs that provide both stability and an opportunity for growth, the gaming industry can provide a gateway for both.
  • Ensuring that the communities that already voted to host a casino can get the jobs, business, and revenue they voted for.
  • Putting an end to shipping our residents’ hard-earned money and tax dollars out of state to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. Our state is the region’s single largest contributor to gaming revenues and tax dollars, even though we have no casino. We ship it all out of state. In fact, our dollars totaled about one third of Connecticut’s New England gaming tax receipts over the past decade and nearly half Rhode Island’s haul.

For additional information, or to join the Coalition, go to www.protectmassjobs.com.

If we all join together in a statewide coalition, we can defeat Question 3 and give Massachusetts the chance to create 10,000 permanent jobs and 6,500 construction jobs. And, we’ll gain over $400 million annually in tax revenues, much of which is currently leaving our state – dollars that can help our state and cities and towns to fund important public services like education, and make critical infrastructure improvements.

If you’d like to help us put a stop to Question 3, join our coalition by clicking here. There are so many ways to help – put a bumper sticker on your car, a sign on your lawn, or write a letter to the editor of your local paper.

16 yr old Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians

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With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it’s pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of which particular set of lobbyists is trying to milk more cash out of health care, fossil fuels, and other very important issues from one week to the next.

But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” The plugin aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.” It sounds like a bit of a lofty aim for an app, but it’s actually pretty simple and effective—it provides a breakdown of a politician’s campaign contributions when that politician’s name comes up in an article. It is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and is completely free. As you can imagine, reading about how your member of Congress voted in a recent health bill becomes all the more enlightening if you know how much money the health industry showered him in at the last election.

It uses the data from the last full election cycle which was 2012. This is simply because it’s just the most complete set of data that we have. But the browser does provide access to the most up to date 2014 information by just clicking the name of the politician on the top of the window or the OpenSecrets.org link in the popup. So the 2014 data is just one click away.

It works by highlighting the name of any member of Congress on any website, and when you hover over these names a little box appears that shows detailed contribution information with amounts and where those amounts have come from. It’s basically a list of the top-ten industries from which they receive their money. My goal was to create something that promotes transparency. It would be great if people used it on sites where they’re reading about politics every day. For example, if you’re reading a piece on Congress votes for energy policy, you might see that a sponsor has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry. Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story.

What is Greenhouse?


  • Key data with a mouse hover

    Highlights members of Congress on any webpage. Hover over name and popup will open. It contains total contributions, small donations of ≤ $200, and industry breakdown from the last full election cycle. For small donations, highlights percentages as follows: ≤5%5-10% ≥10% and provides rank #__ for the top 50 members of Congress.


  • Easy links to more info

    Click on the name in the popup to get the latest 2014 contribution data on opensecrets.org. Click on or to see which campaign finance reform bills each member of Congress supports on reform.to. Click on the small donor percentage for a ranked list of all members of Congress.


  • Simple drop down list

    Currently for Safari only, Greenhouse installs a $ button in the toolbar. Simply press the button and type a name or scroll to find any member of Congress. Hover over a name and popup will open. Provides access to the data whenever you need it.

Local 264 Endorses Steve Grossman for Governor

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At the June member meeting there was a motion made at the recommendation of the Local 264 Legislative Committee to endorse current MA Treasurer Steve Grossman for Governor. The Legislative Committee looked at his track record and looked at what he has  done as a leader of the Democratic Party, State Treasurer and Small Business owner as well as his vision for MA and after the review they believe Steve is the best candidate for working families, women, education, veterans and all communities across MA so after a vote, they made the recommendation to endorse Steve.

After a spirited debate by members both against any endorsement at this time, and members who wanted to show support for Steve a vote was taken. The motion to endorse Steve Grossman for Governor was approved by a large majority of the members at the meeting.

Steve has long shown that he is a true friend of labor and most recently walked the walk by picketing at Logan  Airport in support of our sisters and brothers from Machinists Union Local 1726 who are in a contract dispute with American Airlines.

Massachusetts Treasurer and candidate for governor Steve Grossman (5th from the right 2nd row) joined the IAM 1726  picket line at Boston's Logan Airport on March 27th.

Massachusetts Treasurer and candidate for governor Steve Grossman (5th from the right 2nd row) joined the IAM 1726 picket line at Boston’s Logan Airport on March 27th.

Where Steve Stands on The Issues

From SteveGrossman.com

Jobs & Economic Growth

Steve believes that the fundamental challenge facing middle class families across Massachusetts is job security and economic inequality. Having spent decades creating opportunities for hard-working families and growing small businesses, Steve will bring a lifetime of experience to the governor’s office to usher in a new era of economic security and growth.

Steve is committed to creating 50,000 new manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts over the next five years by encouraging businesses to make their products here. He’ll do this by promoting access to innovative technology, enhancing workforce training, and lowering transportation costs.

Steve will also work to ensure greater collaboration between the business community, our vocational-technical schools, and our community colleges.

When Steve became treasurer, he found that 60 percent of the state’s reserve funds were deposited in banks in Europe, Australia, and Asia. Steve worked to bring that money back so the taxpayers’ money, now in Massachusetts banks, could be loaned to credit-worthy small businesses to create jobs for the people of Massachusetts. The Small Business Banking Partnership has moved more than $327 million into 52 community banks. Those banks have in turn made more than 6,000 loans with a value of more than $1 billion, focusing heavily on job creation in our gateway communities. To level the playing field, banks have made loans with a principal focus on women-owned, minority-owned, immigrant-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.

Steve understands the importance of providing employees with outstanding benefits, including earned sick time, and raising the minimum wage. That’s why many employees at Grossman Marketing have stayed on their jobs for more than 30 years.

Earned Sick Time

Steve believes it’s morally wrong and economically unwise to force our citizens to choose between job security and physical or emotional well-being. That’s why Steve provided earned sick time to his own employees, and that’s why in 2006, he was the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time. Steve has supported earned sick time long before anyone else began polling the issue, let alone vigorously supporting it.

Veterans

Massachusetts provides some of the most comprehensive veterans services in the nation, and as governor, Steve will build on that foundation. Among the true heroes of our society are those who have worn the uniform of our country and defended our common freedom and values. Steve will continue to be an unwavering advocate for veterans and their families.

Recently, Steve announced that as governor, he would file legislation elevating the Secretary of Veterans’ Services to a full cabinet position reporting directly to the governor. He proposed the change because he believes it would help the Secretary of Veterans’ Services best manage the wide range of issues affecting veterans, including healthcare, housing, economic development, and educational training.

As part of his effort to level the playing field for veterans and encourage entrepreneurship, when Steve created the Small Business Banking Partnership, he emphasized and promoted access to capital for veteran-owned businesses.

As Treasurer, Steve accelerated the Welcome Home Bonus Program, ensuring that veterans now have access to the financial support they deserve. Since 2006, Treasury has issued 26,000 bonuses, and in the last fiscal year Treasury nearly tripled the number of Vietnam War bonuses awarded. And the state’s Unclaimed Property Division, which Steve oversees, returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to veterans who were the rightful owners. Next spring, in coordination with the leadership of the Massachusetts National Guard and Veterans’ Services, Treasury will co-host the first ever military and veterans money conference.

Empowering Women

As a small business owner, grassroots activist, community leader, and now as state treasurer, Steve has been a prominent advocate for empowering and creating economic opportunity for women. As he has been throughout his career, Steve will continue to be a champion for women’s rights and economic opportunity as governor.

As Governor, Steve Will:

  • Continue to support a woman’s right to choose and ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, resources, and services they need and deserve.
  • Ensure that all women have access to health care clinics.
  • Advocate for legislation mandating that comprehensive sex education programs be taught in all public schools across Massachusetts.
  • Build on his track record of challenging and demanding that corporate America play a leadership role in advancing the career growth of women.

As Treasurer, Steve Has:

  • Hired women to fill the roles of deputy treasurer, chief of staff, executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, and executive director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.
  • Revised the proxy voting guidelines at the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which he chairs. Treasury has zero tolerance for zero diversity, meaning it votes against corporate boards of directors without women or people of color 100 percent of the time.
  • Created the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that has helped generate more than $1 billion in loans to small businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants, and veterans.
  • Created new procurement guidelines making it easier for women-owned businesses to secure business opportunities with the Commonwealth.

As a Small Business Owner, Steve Has:

  • Been proud to have equal pay for equal work at his fourth-generation family owned company, and finds it unacceptable that even in 2014, women across the country still earn just 77 cents for each dollar men make.
  • Provided paid family leave to his own colleagues for more than 25 years. That’s why in 2006, he was proud to be the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time.

Democratic Covention selects candidates For primary election

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WORCESTER — The results are in for the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention:

Treasurer

Deb Goldberg 38.9%
Tom Conroy 33.9%
Barry Finegold 27.1%

Attorney General

Warren Tolman 51.8%
Maura Healey 48.1%

Lieutenant Governor

Steve Kerrigan 37.6 %
Mike Lake 35.4%
Leland Cheung 16.2%
James DeRosa 10.6%

Governor

Steve Grossman 1547 35.2%
Martha Coakley 1024 23.3%
Donald Berwick 972 22.1%
Juliette Kayyem 535 12.1%
Joe Avellone 311 7.0%

Candidates listed in bold have qualified for the September primary ballot.

BY GARRETT QUINN For MASSLIVE.COM

WORCESTER — State Treasurer Steve Grossman topped a five-person field to win the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s endorsement for governor at their state convention on Saturday.

Grossman, the widely favored candidate heading into the convention this weekend, won easily with 35.2 percent of the vote from convention delegates. Attorney General Martha Coakley, the current front-runner in most polls of Democratic primary voters, finished in second with 23.3 percent of the vote, just 1.2 percent ahead of the third-place finisher, former Medicare and Medicaid administrator Don Berwick.

Former Boston Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem and former health care executive Joe Avellone failed to cross the required 15 percent threshold when they received 12.1 and 7.0 percent, respectively.

Grossman called it a “wonderful victory.”

“We were thrilled with the result. Look, when the second place finisher, frankly, is rejected by 75 percent of the convention delegates, that’s also noteworthy. She chose to not go to a second ballot, we won the endorsement by acclamation,” said Grossman, noting that Coakley declined to participate in the second round of voting, after which the party issues a formal endorsement.

Orange-clad supporters for Grossman packed the arena waving orange rally towels while whipping votes for him on the floor for much of the convention.

Grossman acknowledged that he trails Coakley by a wide margin, but expressed confidence that he will make up the difference by hitting the campaign trail.

 

“I believe this ultimately going to come down to a choice between me and Martha Coakley. I will say to the people of Massachusetts: If you want a progressive job creator. I am your guy. If you want a proven prosecutor, a career prosecutor, support somebody else,” said Grossman.

Grossman praised Avellone and Kayyem for bringing power and energy to the race for governor.

Coakley downplayed her second-place finish while meeting with reporters shortly before the official votes were announced. Coakley has led in all polls of primary voters before the convention, but the opposite was true of informal polls of convention delegates. Coakley said that the stark difference in support is because of the process, not her popularity.

“I think they’re totally different processes. They have different focuses, there have been 4,000-6,000 people focused on this race through caucuses. It’s a very different dynamic and we’ve known that all along,” said Coakley.

Coakley dismissed a question from a reporter that suggested her second-place showing was tied to dissatisfaction among the Democratic Party faithful with her due to her 2010 loss to Scott Brown in a special election for U.S. Senate.

“We’re really happy with our results today,” said Coakley.

Coakley explained to reporters early in the day her reasoning for addressing her failed 2010 run in her convention speech.

Third-place finisher Don Berwick said he was thrilled but not surprised with his finish.

“This is to me just the realization of what we’ve been feeling all along for several months, this incredible momentum, great receptivity to the progressive agenda we’re bringing forward,” said Berwick.

Berwick, once a virtual unknown in Democratic circles, has steadily gained support from the party’s liberal activist base for his stances on single-payer health care and opposition to resort-style casinos.

“We need to refocus on justice as a core for public policy and I make no apologies for that,” said Berwick.

Berwick has polled in single digits throughout the early stage of the campaign.

Members vote to Endorse Warren Tolman & Tom Conroy

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At the May member meeting held at the Old Dorchester Post. A recommendation to endorse Warren Tolman for MA Attorney General and State Rep. Tom Conroy for MA Treasurer was made by the Local 264 Legislative Committee. They had recieved letters from both candidates and reviewed and debated the records of  both when it comes to working families and the issues that affect Local 264 members as well as all workers across the state.

A motion was made and seconded by the members and was voted upon at the meeting. The members unanimously voted to endorse both candidates and Local 264 will do what we can to support these two great candidates.

Warren Tolman served as State Senator and State Representative in the Massachusetts Legislature from 1991 to 1999 where he fought the tobacco industry, led the fight for clean elections laws, championed environmental protection, and stood up for working families. The 7th of 8 children, Tolman was the first member of his family to graduate from college earning a degree in economics from Amherst College and a law degree from Boston College.

In 1998, Tolman was the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor in the closest governor’s race in the country. And in 2002 he ran for the Democratic Nomination for Governor. He made Massachusetts’s history by running as the first “clean elections” candidate under public financing in the Commonwealth. He has spent the last decade as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Holland and Knight and has also taught at Boston College Law School and Northeastern University School of Law.

Warren has been a consistent advocate for working families. As a legislator, responding to years of federal inaction, he pushed to increase the state’s minimum wage. Warren was an early supporter of legislation to ensure that part-time and temporary workers receive fair pay and benefits, and backed the use of project-labor agreements in publicly funded building projects. He also attended the 2014 MA State Council of Machinist breakfast to meet with and speak to Machinists from across MA.

He spoke about enforcing the state’s minimum wage law and will work to hold businesses responsible for failing to pay workers and exploiting children by neglecting the Commonwealth’s child labor laws. Warren will ensure that all workers are protected and that no business gets an unfair advantage by skirting the rules.

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Tom Conroy has served as the state representative for the 13th Middlesex District, representing his hometown of Wayland, Sudbury and parts of Framingham and Marlborough. He is currently the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development previously served as the Vice Chair of the Health Care Financing Joint Committee.  In 2009 he was appointed to Governor Patrick’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science Advisory Council.

Throughout his career, Tom has been focused on public service and problem solving.  After graduating from Yale, he worked for two U.S. Senators, Gary Hart and Barbara Mikulski, ultimately serving as her foreign policy and national security assistant.

As a state representative and legislative leader, Tom authored critical new laws that have helped improve Massachusetts’ credit rating to AA+ (one of the highest available), saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over the past four years by lowering borrowing costs. He has led the way in the Legislature to improve the Commonwealth’s fiscal health and protect critical services by directing funds toward trusts and savings.  In addition, he authored a law that helps cities and towns reduce their pension liabilities by granting access to the state’s investment management expertise.

Tom was one of the few state reps to speak out against the H59 bill at the committee hearing last fall. He came to Local 264 April member meeting and spoke to the membership about the focus on providing access to education, job training, and capital for every single resident—and particularly for those too-often excluded from economic recovery, such as working families, minorities, and women.  With sound management skills, creative and strategic thinking, and a core belief that everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed, we can restore the fundamental promise of our Commonwealth: if you are willing to work hard and play by the rules, you can climb the ladder to the American Dream.

There will be opportunities in the coming months to volunteer to assist with fellow members to hold signs, do phone banks, or door knocking for these two great candidates and people. The Legislative committees will keep members posted of up coming events. If you are interested in helping out email us at iam264boston@gmail.com

We hope all the members will come out and be involved to help people that help working families in MA get elected.

 

Machinists in D.C. at the 2014 Legislative Conference

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Hundreds of IAM delegates traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the union’s annual legislative conference. Machinists successfully scheduled hundreds meetings with top lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and heard motivating speeches by members of congress and government administrators.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez addresses the Machinists.

MA Senator Elizabeth Warren addresses the Machinists.

Machinist Union Members Elect Top Leadership by Wide Margin

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IAM members have elected the top leadership of their union by a more than a two-to-one margin. The preliminary results were announced today following a tabulation of ballots from IAM Local Lodges across the United States and Canada. The vote count was performed at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD under the direct supervision of Department of Labor representatives.

Click here for the preliminary results which are subject to final certification by the Department of Labor.

“IAM members made their collective voice heard and elected a diverse leadership team with the experience and capabilities to lead one of the greatest unions in North America,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Our members have spoken and we thank them for their support. They overwhelmingly rejected an effort to move this union backwards and we now turn our full attention to moving the IAM forward.”

IAM members in the U.S. and Canada elected incumbent officers R. Thomas Buffenbarger for International President and Robert Roach, Jr. for General Secretary-Treasurer. In voting in the United States, IAM members elected eight incumbent General Vice Presidents including Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Robert Martinez, Jr., Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark Blondin, Diane Babineaux and Dora Cervantes.

“This election required a tremendous effort by individuals at all levels of our union,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. “We thank everyone involved for their hard work and professionalism which made it possible for our members to exercise their right to vote. All of you did an incredible job.”

Turnout was low; only about 6 percent of about 550,000 eligible members and retired members voted.  Local 2634 had 377 members vote out of just over 600 active and eligible members, overall it was a good turnout percentage wise, but more members should have taken the time to cast a vote.

The reform candidates, led by Jay Cronk, vowed to dispute the election results and lodge a protest with the U.S. Department of Labor. They allege, among a number of charges, that the incumbents illegally threatened union leaders that they could lose their jobs or control over their lodges if they failed to campaign and vote for the incumbents.

“We believed that it was going to be a fair and democratic election and we do not believe that ultimately it was,” Cronk said.

IAM spokesman Frank Larkin disputed their claims and said the union leaders reject allegations of any improper campaigning. He said the results were decisive and IAM leaders are confident the outcome will stand.

Machinists Union’s 126th birthday is May 5th

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03-07-200804;03;50PMThomas Talbot, a machinist in one of Atlanta’s railway yards, gathered 18 of his fellow machinists together on May 5, 1888. Believing that machinists needed a union to cope with problems particular to their craft, they formed the Order of United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers. The Order remained secret for several years since it was formed during a time when employers were often hostile to organized labor. Despite the Order being secret it spread beyond Georgia, partially thanks to the “boomers.” (Boomers were men who traveled the railway lines for work wherever they went. They would establish locals in these areas if there was not one already present.) Within one year, there were 40 lodges; by 1891, there were 189.

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The First Convention of the Order was held on May 6, 1889 in the Georgia Senate Chamber in Atlanta. Talbot was elected Master Machinist, and the organization’s name was changed to the National Association of Machinists (NAM). A Constitution was drawn up at this same Convention and it was agreed that a monthly journal should be published consisting of “no less than 16 pages.”

1890 and 1891 were important years for the N.A.M. Its first Canadian Local was founded in Stratford, Ontario, and locals were formed in Mexico as well. Hence, the name of the union was changed at the 1891 convention in Pittsburgh to the International Association of Machinists. I.A.M. headquarters were moved to Richmond, Virginia around this time. By 1895, the I.A.M. was on the move again as headquarters were moved to Chicago, Illinois. The Machinists became affiliated with the American Federation of Labor in the same year. Shortly thereafter, the Machinists won one of their first big victories in 1898 when they successfully struck and earned a nine-hour work day. By 1915, they would win an eight-hour day.

In 1899 the Machinists moved East again and set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, I.A.M. President James O’Connell signed an agreement with the National Metal Trades Association (a group representing company owners’ / employers’ interests). Known as the Murray Hill Agreement, it would begin 35 years of labor-management antagonism when the N.M.T.A. would refuse to pay workers the same pay for fewer hours per week one year after the agreement was signed.

In 1911, the I.A.M. began allowing some new types of workers into its ranks. Since its beginnings, the I.A.M. had been primarily for skilled, white, male railroad workers. In that year, they changed the Constitution to allow unskilled machinists as well as women workers. “Colored” people would be allowed to become full members in 1948. Both colored and female workers, however, had been members of the I.A.M. well before the constitution was changed to officially allow either of these groups to enter the union.

Soon, some of the local lodges began printing their own newsletters. President Brown, possibly fearing undermining of the International by the local lodges, decided to supplement the Journal with a weekly I.A.M. paper, the Machinist, in 1946. Eventually, the Journal ‘s production was cut back to twice a year, and then it was voted out of existence. The Machinist was turned into a “monthly tabloid” three decades later, and then it too was closed down in 1994. It was replaced with a quarterly magazine, the I.A.M. Journal, which is still in publication today.

During the post-World War I era, I.A.M. membership slowly dropped off as war production began to end. During WWI, the Machinists’ membership had reached 300,000, making it the largest union in the nation in 1918. By 1923, membership had plummeted to 80,000. The situation worsened during the Great Depression. By 1933, membership was at 50,000, and 23,000 of those workers were unemployed. The 1930s and 1940s did see new laws passed to help get the unemployed back to work, mostly under F.D.R’s New Deal and with industrial production for World War II. The jobs, however, decreased again with the end of the war and returning anti-union sentiment. In 1947, Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act, which affected the rights of organized labor and laid the foundation for several states to pass “right to work” laws. Despite these reverses, the railroad machinists, however, did manage to win a 40-hour work week in 1949.

Beginning in 1935, the Machinists started organizing within the airline industry, and won several victories there, such as the 1948 strike by Lodge 751 in Seattle by Boeing workers. In 1951, the IAM re-affiliated with the American Federation of labor. The shift had changed the composition of the organization from skilled craftsmen into essentially an industrial union. The bulk of the membership had moved from the railroads to the metal fabrication industry with aircraft inudstry workers composing the largest component of the workers. From new worksites and plants in California down to Cape Canaveral (later Cape Kennedy) in Florida, aerospace workers began joining the I.A.M. By 1954, the I.A.M. changed its name one more time to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The newly named union was able to shut down most of the airline industry two years later by striking against six of the largest airlines in the business. These included Eastern, National, Trans World, and United Airlines.

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One of the community service projects supported by the I.A.M.A.W, Guide Dogs of America under International Guiding Eyes, was launched in 1948 by retired Machinist member Joseph Jones, Sr. Jones requested aid from the Machinists executive council to research the need for guide dogs nation wide after he had been rejected from all other guide dog services due to his age. Finding a need for guide dogs, International Guiding Eyes was founded. Today Guide Dogs of America serves visually impaired persons in the United States and Canada.

After 1970, several new departments were added to headquarters to meet members needs. These included the departments of Civil Rights (1976), Organizing (1976, 1987), Older Workers and Retired Members (1981), and Women (1996). At the 1984 Convention in Seattle, Washington delegates voted to fund the Placid Harbor Education center to train and educate members of the union. This center was renamed the Winpisinger Education and Technology center in 1998 to honor the late International President.

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The only way to keep up with change is with education. The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is the IAM’s most visible sign of our commitment to provide a world class educational facility to train future IAM leaders.

The Winpisinger Center teaches what it is to be a trade unionist. By studying labor history and the role unions play in our society, students learn that unions are more than service organizations. We are part of a larger movement toward economic and social justice with dignity on the job.

In addition, the Winpisinger Center is a place where our members learn how to be good leaders. Whether it’s a member, shop steward, local or district officer, or grand lodge representative, everyone who attends this facility goes home better prepared and more motivated to do a good job for our members.

We should all be proud of the Winpisinger Center. No other union can match its record of enrolling more than 59,774 students since opening in 1981. That kind of commitment to membership training is an important reason why the IAM will meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is named after the man whose dream and efforts made this facility a reality. Because of his vision, thousands of future IAM leaders are trained every year.

CT Gov. Malloy Addresses New England State Council Machinists

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“The only way to reverse the downward trend of the American middle class is through an economic boost in U.S. manufacturing, job creation and skills training” said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to IAM leaders and members at the New England State Council of Machinists Annual Conference in Groton, CT.

“Two things are going on,” said Malloy. “Number one, unions built the middle class in America. Number two, the middle class is under attack.”

The governor talked about his recent efforts to increase the availability of manufacturing training at Connecticut community colleges, raise the state’s minimum wage and allow more workers to organize.

IAM members and leaders welcomed his remarks, applauding the administration’s recent $400 million tax package to United Technologies Corp. in exchange for a number of benefits to the state’s workforce and local economy, including a new Pratt & Whitney headquarters in East Hartford. The bill is still pending legislative approval.

“If employers don’t have access to quality employees, work goes elsewhere,” said IAM District 26 Directing Business Representative Everett Corey.

“I think Gov. Malloy has been from day one a strong advocate of manufacturers and manufacturing workers in the state,” said Connecticut State Council of Machinists President John Harrity.

Election Day for IAM International officers 4/24/14

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A letter from Local 264 President Jim Mastandrea

Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow April 24 starting at 9 am, the polls at the Old Dorchester Post open for the IAM Election for International President, General Secretary Treasurer, and 8 General Vice Presidents. The polls are open until 8:30pm.

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IAM members in more than 800 local lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded nominations and runoff votes where necessary to determine lodge endorsements for the IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

Click or tap here for a complete tabulation of local lodge endorsements.

As a result of the local lodge endorsements and in accordance with the IAM Constitution, the election of Grand Lodge officers will be conducted at local lodge meetings in the month of April, 2014.

Local 264, through the membership has endorsed the current slate consisting of;

International President,
Tom Buffenbarger, Local Lodge 912

General Secretary Treasurer,
Robert Roach, Local Lodge 1445

8 General Vice Presidents,

Mark Blondin, Local Lodge 751C
Gary R. Allen, Local Lodge 794
Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Local Lodge 2312
Robert Martinez, Jr., Local Lodge 776A
Dora Cervantes, Local Lodge 2198
Sito Pantoja, Local Lodge 949
Philip J. Gruber, Local Lodge 688
Diane Babineaux, Grand Lodge
These are the proven leaders that our great union needs
I urge you to get to the polls, exercise your right to vote.

Remember, this great locals mission is to elevate the standards of working men and women not just here but throughout this great country.

Be sure to attend tomorrow evenings meeting with guest speakers, Gubernatorial Candidate & current State Treasurer Steve Grossman and Candidate for State Treasurer Tom Conroy.

Meeting starts at 7 pm at Old Dorchester Post.  I hope to see you there.