Monthly Archives: June 2017

It’s Not Over Yet

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Working Families All Over the U.S. Mobilize Against the Senate Republican Health Care Bill

While the Senate Republican leaders announced they were going to postpone their vote on their version of a health care bill that actually takes away care from 22 million people, working people from across the country took to the streets to express their opposition to this cruel piece of legislation. We still need to hold strong and beat back this bill. Call your senators today: 888-865-8089

Disgusting…No Other Way To Put It

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GOP-Controlled Congress Targets Wages at U.S. Military Bases 

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering proposals to remove the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act from the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Eliminating the protections would scrap important wage, safety and health standards for working people on federal contracts.

IAM PRESIDENT MARTINEZ Pens letter to Legislators NDAA Senate 2018

The Service Contract Act of 1965 Overview:

McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) The Service Contract Act (SCA) of 1965 was passed to provide labor standards for service employees of contractors and subcontractors providing services to federal agencies for contracts in excess of $2,500.00.

41 U.S.C. 351 Required contract provisions; minimum wages (a) Every contract (and any bid specification therefor) entered into by the United States or the District of Columbia in excess of $ 2,500, except as provided in section 7 of this Act, whether negotiated or advertised, the principal purpose of which is to furnish services in the United States through the use of service employees, shall contain the following:

(1) A provision specifying the minimum monetary wages to be paid the various classes of service employees in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, as determined by the Secretary, or his authorized representative, in accordance with prevailing rates for such employees in the locality, or, where a collective-bargaining agreement covers any such service employees, in accordance with the rates for such employees provided for in such agreement, including prospective wage increases provided for in such agreement as a result of arm’s-length negotiations. In no case shall such wages be lower than the minimum specified in subsection (b).

(2) A provision specifying the fringe benefits to be furnished the various classes of service employees, engaged in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder, as determined by the Secretary or his authorized representative to be prevailing for such employees in the locality, or, where a collective-bargaining agreement covers any such service employees, to be provided for in such agreement, including prospective fringe benefit increases provided for in such agreement as a result of arm’s-length negotiations. Such fringe benefits shall include medical or hospital care, pensions on retirement or death, compensation for injuries or illness resulting from occupational activity, or insurance to provide any of the foregoing, unemployment benefits, life insurance, disability and sickness insurance, accident insurance, vacation and holiday pay, costs of apprenticeship or other similar programs and other bona fide fringe benefits not otherwise required by Federal, State, or local law to be provided by the contractor or subcontractor. The obligation under this subparagraph may be discharged by furnishing any equivalent combinations of fringe benefits or by making equivalent or differential payments in cash under rules and regulations established by the Secretary.

(3) A provision that no part of the services covered by this Act will be performed in buildings or surroundings or under working conditions, provided by or under the control or supervision of the contractor or any subcontractor, which are unsanitary or hazardous or dangerous to the health or safety of service employees engaged to furnish the services.

(4) A provision that on the date a service employee commences work on a contract to which this Act applies, the contractor or subcontractor will deliver to the employee a notice of the compensation required under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, on a form prepared by the Federal agency, or will post a notice of the required compensation in a prominent place at the worksite.

(5) A statement of the rates that would be paid by the Federal agency to the various classes of service employees if section 5341 or section 5332 of title 5, United States Code, were applicable to them The Secretary shall give due consideration to such rates in making the wage and fringe benefit determinations specified in this section.

(b)(1) No contractor who enters into any contract with the Federal Government the principal purpose of which is to furnish services through the use of service employees and no subcontractor thereunder shall pay any of his employees engaged in performing work on such contracts less than the minimum wage specified under section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (52 Stat. 1060; 29 U.S.C. 201, et seq.).

(2) The provisions of sections 3, 4, and 5 of this Act shall be applicable to violations of this subsection.


A Call To Action

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Senate Reveals Bill to Replace Health Care Law with Tax Cuts

Calls to Senator Burr and Senator Tillis at 1-888-865-8089 needed urgently!

This week, Senate Republicans finally made public their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. You can find the full text of the Senate bill here. AFL-CIO’s Government Affairs team will continue to offer analysis of the bill, but here is what we know now:

Millions of Americans will lose their health insurance coverage over the next decade. This loss of coverage for millions of Americans will pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

The bill maintains the so-called Cadillac tax, punishing union members who have quality, affordable employer-based health insurance plans.

The bill includes an age tax, allowing insurers to charge older Americans as much as five times what they charge younger Americans.

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion will be phased out from 2020 to 2024. Cuts to Medicaid are designed to grow larger every year. In the second decade – beyond what the CBO will score – this bill will gut Medicaid as we know it.

Proposed Deal Announced…

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Lockheed Martin $40 Billion F-35 Deal Means IAM Jobs

Lockheed Martin is nearing a deal worth between $35 billion and $40 billion to supply 440 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets to the United States and 10 allied nations over the next several years.

Spotlight On North Carolina Labor Leader

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MaryBe McMillan is the current Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO. With her initial election to this position in 2005, she became the first female officer in the history of the organization. She is currently serving her third term as Secretary-Treasurer. 

Prior to working for the NC State AFL-CIO, she worked for the National AFL-CIO’s “Union Community Fund”, as Research Director for the Common Sense Foundation, and as State Policy Analyst for the Rural School & Community Trust. 

MaryBe grew up in Hickory, North Carolina. She became involved with union organizing as a student at NC State University. She is passionate about organizing workers in the South and frequently speaks to groups around the country about the importance of building a strong labor movement in the South. 

In 2016, MaryBe was one of 32 statewide leaders chosen to participate in Duke University’s NC Leadership Forum which brought together leaders from across the political spectrum to talk about wages and economic fairness. MaryBe is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 465 in Durham, North Carolina.

She also serves on the National AFL-CIO’s State Federation/Central Labor Council Advisory Committee. Local Lodge 2297 is proud to be affiliated with the NC AFL-CIO and has the upmost respect for the organization and its leadership including MaryBe. Watch the video below as MaryBe explains the challenges and successes in 2016;

North Carolina State AFL-CIO Condemns White Supremacy

Statement by Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan:

The North Carolina State AFL-CIO condemns white supremacy. It is a tool used by those who want to divide and conquer people who would otherwise work together to secure their freedom and their fair share, which is why the labor movement is committed to addressing racism and bigotry within our own ranks and in our larger society. All of us including President Trump have a moral obligation to speak out against not only racist, fascist violence but also the racist, fascist ideology behind such violence—an ideology which thrives on silence and inaction, particularly that of white people like me. We cannot expect our black and brown brothers and sisters to both bear the burden of white supremacy and do the work of dismantling it because this is our fight too, and together we can triumph over hatred. Lest we forget, when Adolf Hitler was consolidating his power, Nazis specifically came after union members because they feared the inclusiveness and collective strength of a united labor movement. By building a broad, inclusive movement, we can overcome the forces trying to divide us, and that is what we intend to do.

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Solidarity Forever!

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Members in attendance at the June 19th 2017 regularly scheduled monthly meeting stand while posing for a group photo outside the District Lodge 110 Business Office in Havelock, North Carolina.

In conjunction with the regular order of business a motion was made and passed to suspend the regular order of business so that the lodge could recognize its’ “Dues Paying Members” and retirees in attendance.

The lodge has set aside a day in a month of the calendar year for the past several years that they have called “Member Appreciation Day”.

The members were treated to hotdogs and hamburgers with all the fixings and potato salad, baked beans and a delicious cake.

In past years the members have been served rib eye steaks and mashed potatoes and green beans but this year the local will be celebrating the fiftieth year as a chartered IAM lodge so steak money will help provide a delicious meal on September 29th at the birthday dinner provided by the Flame restaurant in New Bern, North Carolina.

The lodge President spoke to the members in attendance in a way that caused everyone there to take pride in being a union member. He inspired us all and reminded us that we are all special. We choose to be union members even though it is not mandated that employees of the federal government pay dues to get the protection of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Brother Woods challenged everyone in the room to go out and recruit new members. What he really said was…

if they’re not in the union, put them in the union

I left that meeting hall inspired, fired up and ready to leap into action. Thanks to all the members of local 2297.

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Anti-Worker War Waged in State Capitols across US

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A longtime Machinist legislative advocate is spreading the word about a corporate political campaign aimed at crushing unions at the state level.

Federal Workers… “Under Attack”

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Tell Congress to Oppose the Attack on Federal Workers

PHONE_NOW Tell your Representative to…. Vote “NO” on H.R. 1461

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

This bill could go to the House Floor the week of June 5th



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