Monthly Archives: July 2017

Your Rights Denied, Shameful!

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Lawmakers Advance Bills Regarding Official Time Via Government Executive July 26, 2017

A Senate panel advanced legislation Wednesday requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress on the use of official time by federal employees.

The bill (H.R.1293),H.R.1293 approved by the House in May, requires OPM to detail the total amount of official time granted to employees, the average amount of official time used per employee, as well as the types of activities for which official time was granted.

Official time is the practice where federal employee union representatives are paid to conduct activities related to their representational duties—things like establishing workforce rules and supporting employees facing disciplinary action—rather than their normal job function. The bill approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week is one of a number of proposals from Republicans targeting the practice.

Although the bill was recommended favorably to the Senate floor by a voice vote, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said she wanted to formalize her vote in opposition, arguing that the bill seeks to “chip away” at a valuable practice for improving working conditions at agencies as well as promoting greater productivity.

“I saw that first hand at a naval shipyard when I was governor of New Hampshire,” she said. “Labor representatives, through their use of official time, brought creative thoughts from the men and women on the front lines of repairing nuclear submarines to improve processes. We regularly were under budget and ahead of schedules and we trained others in it, and that was a direct result of a good labor-management relationship and the practice of official time.”


South Carolina Detachment FRCE

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FRC East’s primary facility is centrally located on the eastern seaboard, accessible by air, rail, highway, waterway, and deep-water port facilities. The command also has permanent sites at Marine Corps Air Stations New River, N.C., and Beaufort, S.C.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The main facility includes 123 structures with a total of 2 million square feet – 1.65 million of production space. It is spread across 147 acres, and it’s estimated it would cost about $1.2 billion to replace its buildings and equipment. In summary, FRC East’s primary goals in supporting the warfighter are taking care of the customer, its people, and the business.

During the week of July 17-21 the President, Vice President and the Lodge Educator traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina to meet with bargaining Unit Employees and Lodge members located on MCAS Beaufort, S.C.

A couple of years ago these workers were merged into the FRC East as a requirement of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decisions.

As a result of that (BRAC) order a small detachment of FRC East employees work diligently incorporating AC changes and modification to F18s for their military customers.

The other reason for traveling to the Beaufort location was to provide training to the Chief Steward and his Alternate Chief Steward who have the responsibility of enforcing the Negotiated Agreement between FRC East and IAM Local 2297.

Pictured on the left are the Stewards at the Beaufort, South Carolina location.



Unionist Learn From The Best!!

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This year again the North Carolina State AFL-CIO is conducting their Labor School in Wilmington, N.C. Members of locals affiliated with District 110 IAM & AW have attended such classes in past years and they all return speaking nothing but praise about that experience.

Last year local 2297’s Vice President, Rory Brown attended and this year the lodge Secretary-Treasurer, Billy Chapman is attending beginning July 9th and continuing for about six days.

More about the Labor School and a few pictures appear below;

Enroll Now for Carolina Labor School Class of 2017 

Carolina Labor School will return Sunday, July 9 for 6 days of labor education, skill building, and solidarity bonding at UNC Wilmington. Registration is open to members of any NC State AFL-CIO affiliate.

Instructors from the Labor Education Program at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock will give practical leadership training for your local union officers and shop stewards. Our General Counsel, Mike Okun and his friends Mr. and Ms. Pee Wee, will give participants with an understanding of the most important and useful aspects of state labor law. We will also have an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer to explain its most important components.






More Pictures of the 2017 Carolina Labor School on Flicker............

Happy Birthday America!

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE..Locallodge2297 and/or this site’s administrator does not always necessarily agree or adopt the content or opinion of any other website or author linked from, or identified in or on this site.Details of events surrounding America’s independence are well recorded and may be told from various perspectives. The contents of this post is just one of them.


The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on 4th of July, 1776 – now known as Independence Day-and every year Americans’ honors the birthday of the United States of America.

History of American Independence via

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

Lee’s words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on immediately. On June 11, consideration of the resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining. However, a Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence. Members of the Committee included John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The task of drafting the actual document fell on Jefferson.

On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock’s signed his name “with a great flourish” so England’s “King George can read that without spectacles!”

Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.

Farm Workers..The Least Protected

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Farm Labor Organizing Committee




30 June 2017

Earlier this week, NC State Rep. David Lewis, a tobacco farmer in Eastern NC, was pushing Senate Bill 375, which would make it harder for farm workers on his own farm to organize for better wages and working conditions. Not having the votes to pass the bill, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, a farmer from Warsaw, NC snuck it in as an amendment to Farm Bill, S615, which was passed yesterday without opportunity for full discussion. These farmers are abusing their power as legislators to pass self-serving laws to stop their own workers from unionizing.

Because of the purposeful exclusion of farm workers from many labor laws and protections, farm workers have historically been one of the least protected groups of workers. This all changed when farm workers began organizing, building power, and winning! Through the efforts of FLOC, farm workers have won union contracts that include wage increases, job security, and improved working conditions. Just in the past year, members of FLOC won numerous significant lawsuits for wage and other violations, including a lawsuit on the farm of Senator Jackson who sponsored the bill.

The bill has already passed the NC House and Senate, and now we are calling on Governor Cooper to veto the bill.

17 July 2017 UPDATE: Only a few weeks ago during meetings with worker and immigrant rights organizations, NC Governor Roy Cooper committed to support workers and veto anti-immigrant bills. His promise was put to the test when the NC Legislature passed S615, a bill sponsored by farmers elected to the NC General Assembly that aims to stop FLOC from continuing our efforts to improve wages and working conditions for farmworkers.

“Gov. Cooper chose to be on the wrong side of history, supporting the continuation of racist Jim Crow-era laws aimed at keeping immigrant farmworkers from achieving equal rights and ending abuses in the fields.

It is a shame that this Democrat and others refuse to stand on the side of the most marginalized working poor and the immigrant workers that keep this state’s economy afloat.”

President Baldemar Velasquez



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