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We Can Do Better!

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A messenger is in our midst. Even if you don’t necessary like the messenger you can’t deny the substance of the message. We Can Do Better Than This. We Must Be Better Than This. No One Should Have To Tell You When Things Are Wrong. You Have A Moral Responsibility To Fight To Make Things Right. Every Person Born In America Should Enjoy The Right To Life….Liberty…. & The Pursuit of Happiness. Something Has Gone Wrong And Someone Has To Repair This Breach.


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Government FEDS Could Suffer Again!

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What Federal Employees Should Know About a Possible Government Shutdown

The federal government could shut down Friday, December 8, 2017 if Congress can’t work out a solution to its spending dispute. This means that the lives of federal employees would once again be affected by Congress’ failure to do its job. In order to assist you with local preparations, the IAM has gathered guidance to assist you…. 

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We Will Never Forget!! December 7th 1941

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On December 7, 1941, a foreign force launched a surprise attack that killed 2,403 American Servicemembers. The event effectively etched into the American psyche because it was not only an attack on Pearl Harbor, it was an attack on the decency and on the soul of the American people.

Americans were stunned by the attack, and suddenly all opposition to our active involvement in World War II was ended. Americans resolved to avenge what the Tokyo Trials would eventually call a war crime.

Seventy-six (76) years later we still remember the event with the moniker “We Will Never Forget.” Four generations after the attack, school children gather in remembrance, news outlets run feature stories on the survivors who are still with us, Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen don dress uniforms and attend ceremonies from Pearl Harbor to Washington D.C., and the world takes just a moment to commemorate “the date which will live in infamy.”

Following the attack, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto feared it awakened a sleeping giant, referring to the resolve of the American people. We may have our differences, our conflicts with one another, and our opinions on the direction of the country, but when attacked by an outsider we pull together as one powerful and steadfast opponent.

We remember Pearl Harbor because it was an attack on our heart; it was an assault on our national soul.

We remember because to forget is to dishonor the memory of those who gave their lives that day and those who would eventually give their lives in the defense of liberty and freedom.

We remember because our unity stands as a staunch reminder to potential foes that an attack on the American people will be avenged. That our resolve is our strength.

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Its Not Just A Bill Call Now!!

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Eight Reasons Why the Republican Tax Bill is BAD!!! for Working People

The House GOP have released a bad and unpopular plan to slash taxes for the rich by cutting services and tax breaks for working families. IAM and the rest of the labor movement will fight every attempt to make working people for tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires.


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The Year Again A Success At GDA Fundraising

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Las Vegas Hosts Guide Dogs of America

IAM members came together in Las Vegas for four fundraising events, including the 37th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet, where volunteers, donors and allies raised nearly $2 million for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).



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Thanksgiving, Just One Of The Stories

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Thanksgiving 2017 Thursday, November 23

History of the Thanksgiving Day

Though there are different stories regarding first Thanksgiving Day feast, some researchers show that the first autumn of the pilgrim which gives the first crop to them was the 28th September, and some say that was in between September to November.

When the day was considered to be the National Holiday that was the second Thursday of the November, later on, it was changed to 4th Thursday, due to some reasons. The families can buy things when they got salaries at the end of the month. On the second Thursday, there are lesser hopes to save the entire salary, so the 4th Thursday was the ideal way to put a national holiday.

There were some pilgrims who were in search for a place to live according to their religious beliefs and thoughts and in England they were finding some hurdles to obey the religious beliefs. They took a ship from England Plymouth Rock.

There were 4 masted ships, the width of the ship was 25 feet and length was about 90-110 feet, weight about 180 gross tons. There were 3 decks of the ship, the upper deck for cooking facilities, the lower deck for Crew sleeping beds and quarters and cargo deck for supply.

The Mayflower ship was built to supply goods and other supplies not for the people.

But, on September 6, 1620, the number of 102 passengers and 26 crew members left the Plymouth England in search for the new world to obey the holy customs and rules of the religion.

In that 102 number, there were 51 men, 21 boys, and 20 women and 10 girls. The oldest passenger was 64 years old and one baby also born on the board.

The passengers were originally headed for the Hudson River near Plymouth.

They were headed for the Hudson River, today’s New York City, there were storms in the way, and frequent storms made their journey difficult and their ship dropped the anchor on November 11.

This journey took 66 days and 2750 miles were distanced, and they spend the first winder on their ship and while they built their homes there.

Later on, the pilgrims settled in Plymouth Harbor, only 53 passengers out 102 and 12 crew out of 26 survive the first winter. When the weather was improved and they established the Plymouth to a beautiful colony. On April 1621 the Mayflower sailed back to England.

They grew to 3000 people in just some years and now the millions of the people are the resident of that society.

The pilgrim then sews the sands and when the crop was near to harvest, the invited local to enjoy the feast that feast continues to 3 days. In the remembrance of those Pilgrims, that day is called as Thanksgiving Day.

Though there is plenty of misinformation regarding Thanksgiving Day. Like, there is all false story, the day in starting, when Washington declared it as a national Holiday, there was nothing about pilgrims and the feast with Wampanoag Indians. That was declared as a national holiday to Thanks, those who made this Nation world’ leading nation, and for cheering up with family to sit together and enjoy. The meaning of the day was to gather the entire nation at one place when there are religious thoughts, Christian would love to Celebrate Christmas, and Muslims will Eid and Sikhs with their beliefs and Hindus with their own beliefs. To put the entire nation on one platform there should have been one thing that can make them one nation. The idea was good, but later on, the false story becomes the real and connected to the Wampanoag Indian feast with the pilgrims who migrated from England to New York in search of the New World.

There is one head of the story; the other head the majority of the people believe is what we know about that.

So, whatever the story, this day gather the entire family to sit around a table to enjoy the family meal, to enjoy the best foods and delicious dishes. I myself find this occasion one of the best occasion of my childhood memories, like the impact of sitting the entire family always put a great on a child.

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Forward Together Not One Step Back

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The Fighting Machinists

The Beginning………..

A couple of members of Local Lodge 1859, a Local chartered in 1947 comprised primarily of the machinist trades, contacted the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers and asked for someone to be sent to Cherry Point, North Carolina to try an organize employees working at the then Naval Air Rework Facility, the Navy Supply and other workers aboard the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina.

J. Smith was sent from Texas to begin the organizing efforts. In late 1967 an election was held between the International Association of Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

The IAMAW won by a 4 – 1 margin. The History………… The Lodge was chartered in November of 1967 and the first contract was signed on April 8, 1968.

Cecil E. Sizer was the first President of the Local. He was followed by Bobby Game, Joe Nolan, Bobby Lane, James Williams, Grover Ruppe and Theodore “Teddy” McNeal.

In January of 2015 Wilbert K. Woods took the oath of office and became the newly elected leader of the Lodge.

Present Day………..

Nominations for new officers for years 2018-2021 were held in September of 2017 with elections occurring on October 25, 2017. Although President Wilbert Woods was challenged by another member for his Presidential position he defeated his challenger and will begin a second three year term beginning in January of 2018.

Local Lodge 2297 continues their journey today making positive  advancements and despite the continuous threat of reductions in official time and lessening of employee benefits for their members, the lodge is still strong with a diverse membership.

The Local also has a number of it’s members serving in various leadership positions in their affiliated organizations and continues to be well respected by the Employers with whom they have existing Collective Bargaining Agreements.


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Don’t Forget To Thank A VET!

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November 11, 2017 is slowly approaching. I just want to remind you of the gratitude we have for those who have fought to secure the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. I ask that you simply say thanks to all our nations veterans whether currently active are those who had former service. Their courage will never be forgotten.

A Brief History of Veterans Day Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.


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IAMJournal Hot off the PRESS!

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IAMJournal – Winter 2017-2018

I hope you and your family enjoy this edition of the 1AM Journal. If you aren’t involved in your union already, I hope it inspires you to join the resurgence of our mighty Machinists Union. With your help, we will turn this rigged economy around and bring respect and dignity to every working man and woman.


Bob Martinez

International President 



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