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2000 IAM GL Convention A Wrong Made Right!

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The first order of business at the 2000 IAM Convention was to restore full seniority to Mayfield and any other IAM member who did not accrue IAM membership between the time they were hired and when membership restrictions were removed in 1948.

ROMAN_mayfield“Despite the early barriers, Roman Mayfield worked hard for his fellow brothers and sisters every day,” said International President Tom Buffenbarger. “His legacy is one of compassion and caring that we can all admire and cherish.”





The IAM lost a true hero and friend when Brother Roman Mayfield passed away on Tuesday, September 10th 2002 after a prolonged illness. Roman was truly adored by the masses and one of the few people that never had a cross word said about him. A remarkable feat considering he was 81 years old.

This genuine goodwill ambassador truly knew no stranger. If Roman saw a new face at a Union meeting or in the shop, he was the first to embrace and welcome the person and offer to “show them the ropes.” His beaming smile, coupled with his hearty laugh and distinctive voice, could light up any room. His energy and strength were only surpassed by his generosity.

Roman meant so much to this Union and to the Company he loved. There was never a conversation with Roman that he did not want to talk about work, the Union or his co-workers.

Brother Mayfield gave his life to this Union being one of just a handful to participate in all five of our strikes. In each strike, he did far more than just walk the picket line, but took an active role — distributing strike checks, coordinating food to the picket lines, counseling others, and helping anywhere there was work to be done.

Helping others was truly a way of life for this very compassionate individual. Yet his story of Union service is even more impressive when you know his history.

When Roman hired into Boeing in 1946, minorities were not allowed to join the Union. Roman still attended all Union meetings, but could not participate. The Union finally recognized minorities and Roman joined in 1950.

Roman was an icon at the Grand Lodge Convention in San Francisco in 2000 when a resolution was passed in his honor for the time when the IAM didn’t allow African Americans to belong to the Union.

Times have changed — in part thanks to Roman’s hard work over the years. Roman and his wife of 58 years, Albertha, both gave everything they could to their community. They regularly volunteered to care for crack babies at Swedish Hospital, for church events, helped with BEGNF and ECF and so many other activities. Whenever someone needed a hand, Roman was there.

Over the years, his desire to help others led him to serve in various capacities from Union Steward to Union counselor to a BEGNF trustee and United Way Loaned Executive.

In addition, he attended leadership school, was a delegate to two Grand Lodge Conventions, was a marshal at the WTO rally, and served as a District Council delegate for two terms, as well as holding a number of other local lodge officer positions.

Roman was a giving soul who cared about others and wanted to make sure everyone was doing okay. His compassion for others shined through as bright as his smile and the friendly laugh that became his trademark. He helped so many, was a friend to countless people and loved by all.

Few people can impact so many lives and leave such a lasting impression. One thing is sure — all of our lives are better because of Roman.

The Tradition Continues

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ROBERT IAM International President Bob Martinez was unanimously elected to the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council at the labor federation’s meetings in San Diego. Martinez, a 36-year IAM member, succeeds former IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger on the council.






2016 Moral March “H.K.ON J” in Raleigh

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via NC AFL-CIO webpage author JEREMY 19 February 2016

When the Moral March and 10th Annual H.K. on J. came to Raleigh last weekend, the sky was clear and the air cold and windy, but the union solidarity with the Forward Together Moral Movement on display, fired up and ready-to-go, all marching down Fayetteville Street up to the edge of the Old State Capitol grounds, was a sight to behold! Moral March 2016


Photos from the Moral March February 13, 2016
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Tribute to Black Americans during Black History Month

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CHARLES YOUNG… Buffalo Soldier….Charles Young graduated from West Point in 1889. Young would later serve in the 7th, 9th and 10th Cavalry, command Fort Huachuca, and retire as a Colonel. He is a member of the MI Hall of Fame.

FORT HUACHUCA. ARIZ. (July 9, 2014) — More than 10,000 black men served in the regiments honorably called the Buffalo Soldiers. Some of these men, such as Henry O. Flipper and Benjamin O. Davis, are historically prominent and fairly well-known to students of American history. However, a great number remain unknown or their accomplishments buried as footnotes to history. One such man with a significant link to Fort Huachuca and military intelligence is Colonel Charles D. Young.

Charles Young was born in May’s Lick, Kentucky, in 1864. In 1889, he became the third African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. He was immediately assigned to the 10th Cavalry, stationed at that time in Nebraska. Over the course of the next 28 years, Young was assigned to the black regiments of the 9th Cavalry and the 25th Infantry, as well as the 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish American War.

Young’s military career introduced him to a variety of responsibilities. He spent nearly four years as a Professor of Military Science at Wilberforce University, Ohio, and in 1903, he served as the acting superintendent of parks at Sequoia and General Grant (now Kings Canyon) National Parks in California.

One highlight of Young’s career and for which he is perhaps most renowned occurred during the Punitive Expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa who had murdered American citizens in Columbus, New Mexico. On April 1, 1916, Major Young led his troops in a successful cavalry pistol charge against Villista forces at Aguas Calientes, Mexico, driving back approximately 150 enemy troops with no losses to Young’s squadron.

Two weeks later, at the Hacienda Santa Cruz de la Villegas, Young again rode with his troops to relieve a severely wounded Major Frank Tompkins and his 13th U.S. Cavalry pinned down by Mexican government troops. Young’s reinforcement of Major Tompkins at a critical time is credited by many historians as preventing a larger war between the United States and Mexico.

For Young’s brilliant and aggressive operations in Mexico, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the 10th Cavalry in 1916. A year later, he was promoted to colonel and served briefly as Fort Huachuca’s commander.

In addition to his brave service with the cavalry, Young’s lesser known accomplishments took place in the field of military intelligence, particularly as a military attaché. Young was the first African American appointed to serve in that capacity since the birth of the attaché system in 1889. He was an accomplished linguist fluent in Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, and German.

From 1904 to 1907, Young served in Port Au Prince, Haiti, where he made an extended military reconnaissance of the country and the neighboring Republic of Santo Domingo and produced maps of much of the terrain. In 1912, he was selected for attaché duty in Liberia, where he advised the Liberian constabulary and supervised the construction of new roads to provide military lines of communication.

For his services there, the NAACP awarded Young the Springarn Medal, an annual award recognizing outstanding achievement by an African American. Young remains the only member of the U.S. military services to receive this award since its inception in 1915. For his attaché service, Young was also inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame in 1999.

Much to his dismay and despite an exceptional career, Colonel Young was medically retired in 1917 for high blood pressure and Bright’s disease purportedly incurred during his attaché service in Liberia. He was, at this time, the highest ranking African American in the U.S. Army, and one of only three black commissioned officers. Anxious to command black troops in France in World War I, the 53-year-old colonel rode on horseback from his home in Ohio to the War Department in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate his fitness for duty. Nevertheless, Charles Young’s quest to serve during World War I was denied, a decision described by some historians as a product of prejudice on the part of senior leaders in the military and Presidency. Young, however, was recalled to active duty in 1919 to serve again as military attaché in Liberia. He died on January 8, 1922, in that post. At the time he was on a research expedition in Lagos, Nigeria. Although initially buried in Nigeria, his body was returned to the U.S. and interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. in 1923.

On a personal note, Charles Young married Ada Barr in 1903 and had two children, Charles Noel, born in 1907 and Marie, born in 1909. He counted among his friends the founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. DuBois, and Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. He was not only a fine soldier and leader, but also a poet, playwright, composer, and musician. He was known for his generosity, politeness even in the face of harsh racial discrimination, and dedication to his country and his race.

Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt marveled at the man who “by sheer force of character…overcame prejudices which would have discouraged many a lesser man….He approached life with the single purpose of seeing what he could do for this nation….What he has done will remain with us in the country as a constant inspiration and guide of the generations to come.”


NC Voting Rights Fight

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NC Voting Rights Fight Moves From the Courtroom to the Streets


(Photo: Kaitlyn Barlow via NC NAACP)

The crowd during the 2015 Moral March on Raleigh, North Carolina.

By Sue Sturgis…As the federal trial over North Carolina’s restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its ID requirements — was getting ready to shift its fight for voting rights from the courtroom to the streets. The civil rights group serves as the lead organizer of the annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh, which takes place this year on Saturday, Feb. 13 and involves over 150 supporting organizations. In its 10th year now, the march will kick off at Shaw University — the historically black school where the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was formed in 1960 — and wind through downtown before ending near the state capitol. It’s expected to draw thousands of people to rally for a 14-point legislative agenda calling for well-funded public schools, living wages and health care for all. This year’s march will have a special focus on voting rights with the theme, “This Is Our Selma, This Is Our Time, This Is Our Vote,” recalling the historic 1965 voting rights movement marches in Alabama. The lineup of speakers will feature ordinary North Carolinians who’ve been affected by restrictive new voting rules the state adopted after the U.S. Supreme Court hobbled the Voting Rights Act in 2013. And the march’s ambassadors will include David Goodman, brother of voting rights activist Andrew Goodman, who along with fellow activists James Cheney and Michael Schwerner was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi in 1964………read more about this………



2297 Workforce Part of Historical Movement Celebrating Black History Month

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Since 1918, women have answered the call to serve proudly in the United States Marines and the role of women in the Marines has evolved and expanded. All Women Marines can look forward to the future proudly, while never forgetting the women who made this future possible.

In 1918, the Secretary of Navy allowed women to enroll for clerical duty in the Marine Corps. Officially, Opha Mae Johnson is credited as the first woman Marine. Johnson enrolled for service on August 13, 1918; during that year some 300 women first entered the Marine Corps to take over stateside clerical duties from battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas.

The Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was established in February 1943. June 12th, 1948, Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act and made women a permanent part of the regular Marine Corps.

In 1950, the Women Reserves were mobilized for the Korean War and 2,787 women served proudly.

By the height of the Vietnam War, there were about 2,700 women Marines served both stateside and overseas. By 1975, the Corps approved the assignment of women to all occupational fields except infantry, artillery, armor and pilot/air crew. Over 1,000 women Marines were deployed in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991.

According to the 2012 demographic report women make up 7.11% of the Marine Corps. They are integrated into nearly all Military Occupational Specialties with the exception of offensive combat. They serve globally and proudly carry on the traditions of those first trailblazers as they continue to open doors for future Marines to follow.


1 October 1997: The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.


In celebration of Black History Month, the African-American Pipelines Advisory Team highlights retired Marine Col. Gilda G. Jackson.


Col. (Ret.) Gilda A. Jackson became the first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps in 1995. She was the first African-American and female to command Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.

After serving as commanding officer of FRC East from 2000-2001 (executive officer 1998-2000), Jackson joined Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the F-35 Sustainment, Logistics Operations director, a position she has held since 2012. In her previous positions at Lockheed Martin, she oversaw the design, development, planning and execution of the F-35 Lightning II Training System.

Currently, Jackson has many interests and accomplishments. She served on the Penn State Material and Manufacturing Board, on the Ohio.


Earlier Article….Columbus Native Inducted into OFIC Hall of Fame

Retired Colonel Gilda Jackson Receives Recognition for Life Achievements

April 15, 2002

An Ohio Dominican alumna and decorated Marine Corps veteran was honored as one of the most outstanding alumni of Ohio independent colleges and universities for paving the way for women and minorities in the U.S. Armed Forces. Retired Colonel Gilda A. Jackson was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Fame on April 10, 2002 in Columbus, OH. The Evening of Excellence featured the induction of outstanding alumni from various Ohio Independent Colleges who were nominated on an annual basis because of their accomplishments.

In 1997, Col. Jackson, of the U.S. Marine Corps, became the first African-American woman ever to achieve the position of colonel in the Marine Corps as well as the first female commanding officer in the 56-year history of the Cherry Point Naval Aviation Depot.

Now retired, Col. Jackson has decided to enter the political world, as a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Other recipients of the OFIC Evening of Excellence include: Wilmer Albert Cooper, Founding Dean of the Earlham School of Religion; Professor Emeritus, ESR; Karen Weaver Spero, Chairman, Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc.; and Brian L. Stafford, Director of the U.S. Secret Service.

Col. Jackson is a 1968 graduate of Bishop Hartley and a 1975 graduate of Ohio Dominican College where she received her B.A. in Economics. Her mother, Cathagenia Jackson, still resides in Columbus. She currently resides in Emerald Isle, NC. “Being selected for this award is an honor. My accomplishments are shared with many fine and outstanding people,” said Jackson. “I would not be who I am today without the support and help I have received from family, friends, mentors, co-workers and people I have met throughout life. I am truly grateful for their help and support.”


Black History Month – Marines in Southeastern, North Carolina

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Montford Point Marines (1942-1949)

With the beginning of World War II African Americans would get their chance to be in “the toughest outfit going,” the previously all-white Marine Corps. The first recruits reported to Montford Point, a small section of land on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on August 26, 1942.

By October only 600 recruits had begun training although the call was for 1,000 for combat in the 51st and 52nd Composite Defense Battalions. Initially the recruits were trained by white officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) but citing a desire to have blacks train blacks, the Marines quickly singled out several exceptional black recruits to serve as NCO drill instructors.

In January 1943, Edgar R. Huff became the first black NCO as a private first class. In February Gilbert “Hashmark” Johnson, a 19-year veteran of the Army and Navy, became the first Drill Sergeant. By May 1943 all training at Montford Point was done by black sergeants and drill instructors (DIs), with Johnson as chief DI. Both Johnson and Huff would be renowned throughout the entire Marine Corps for their demanding training and exceptional leadership abilities.

The men of the 51st soon distinguished themselves as the finest artillery gunners in the Marine Corps, breaking almost every accuracy record in training. Unfortunately, discrimination towards African American fighting abilities still existed and when shipped to the Pacific, the 51st and 52nd were posted to outlying islands away from the primary action. The only Montfort Marines to see action, and record casualties, were the Ammunition and Depot Companies in Saipan, Guam, and Peleliu.

Private Kenneth Tibbs was the first black Marine to lose his life on June 15, 1944. The Montford Point Marine training facility was abolished in 1949 after President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 which desegregated the U.S. Armed Forces.

Machinists Union President Responds to TPP Signing

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Washington, D.C., February 3, 2016 

International President Robert Martinez, Jr., of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued the following statement on the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by the Obama Administration.

We are deeply disappointed by the announcement of today’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which by all accounts will increase the U.S. trade deficit and lead to the export of more family wage American jobs. Eight years ago, then candidate Barack Obama campaigned for President on a platform that called for a “new day in trade” that would break the job killing NAFTA model. Unfortunately, the TPP continues that same corporate driven model and, now, nearly a decade later we are still waiting for a trade agreement that benefits American working families.

The TPP fails to deal with the rampant currency manipulation by our competitors in Asia. This market distorting trade practice leaves U.S. businesses and workers at a severe disadvantage and will continue the hemorrhaging of American manufacturing jobs, particularly to countries lacking fundamental labor rights, such as, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Mexico.

Despite USTR’s repeated rhetoric that this agreement reflects internationally labor standards, the TPP labor chapter contains the same ineffectual provisions as in other U.S. trade agreements. The TPP fails to include the International Labor Organization Conventions which explicitly define basic labor rights. We are dismayed that a country like Malaysia that has been cited for slavery would be permitted to be a signatory to the TPP.

Additionally, the Rules of Origin for autos are even weaker than the NAFTA standards that led to the exodus of parts production from the U.S. As a result, autos produced in Japan could be assembled with the majority of the parts coming from China and imported to the U.S. market tariff free. We have no reason to believe that the Rules of Origin standards are any better for other manufactured goods.

American working families continue to struggle with stagnate income growth while those at the top garner more of our Nation’s wealth. For average Americans the TPP is just another example of a rigged economic system that makes daily life harder and harder and their children’s future more tenuous and uncertain. Our corporate driven trade policy must be changed to benefit working families and we call upon Congress to begin that process by rejecting the TPP.

The IAM is one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing more than 600,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries.

RELATED STORY…Taken from the TIME magazine-video

Both Democratic presidential candidates oppose the deal


President Barack Obama speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, in Windsor Mill, Maryland on Feb. 3, 2016.

President Obama released a statement Wednesday evening championing the major Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership shortly after the trade deal was signed in New Zealand by officials from the 12 member nations.

President Obama Urges Swift Passage of TPP Trade Deal

Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP

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Posted by Jeremy | January 29, 2016…

National Trade Lobby Day is Feb. 10th 2016
Fight to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership heats up


As our fight to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues, the national AFL-CIO is calling state and local labor leaders and affiliates to Washington, DC for a lobbying blitz on February 10th – and for everyone else to flood Congress with phone calls against the TPP. • What: National Trade Lobby Day to defeat the TPP • When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • Where: In person in Washington, DC and by phone from across the country 




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