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Blacks,The Struggle, Their Contribution To Our Labor Movement

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Frederick Douglass…. “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”.

Human Rights

Honoring Black History Month courtesy
  • We honor and celebrate Black Americans as they have played a powerful role in our country and have many achievements that need to be recognized.

  • Among major race and ethnicity groups, black workers had a higher union membership rate in 2014 (13.2 percent) than workers who were white (10.8 percent), Asian (10.4 percent), or Hispanic (9.2 percent).


Reflecting Back on North Carolina’s History of Racism and Worker Exploitation

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Workers at Moncure Plywood ON  STRIKE! July of 2008 thru March of 2009

Union workers at Moncure Plywood in Chatham County are on strike. The wood workers are members of IAMAW Local Lodge W369. Lewis Cameron, the local president, has worked at the plant for 35 years.

“They treat us like dogs,” Cameron said of Wood Resources, the company that bought the plant, which produces hardwood plywood used in upholstered furniture, from Weyerhaeuser in December 2004. Management’s relationship with the union and working conditions in the plant have since deteriorated.

“They have stripped us of our dignity,”

Picketing outside the plant began on Sunday at 9 p.m., and 90 percent of the 206 workers in the bargaining unit have refused to cross picket lines.

The strike came after the union rejected the company’s last take-it-or-leave-it offer. Workers are protesting hikes in their insurance premiums, the company’s hiring of temporary workers, the elimination of seniority rights, and – unbelievably – a mandatory 60-hour work week.

The plant is located at 306 Corinth Rd, Moncure, NC in Chatham County – about a 30 minute drive southwest from Raleigh.

The 110 members of International Association of Machinists Local W369 have been walking the picket line 24 hours a day for eight months since the company refused to negotiate with the union last July.

Local W369 is a 40-year-old union, and this is its first strike. The racial composition of the local reflects the demographics of the area–largely African American, with some Latinos and whites. Many of the workers on strike have been at the plant 20 or 30 years.

For the first time in eight months, machinists at Moncure Plywood will dress for work Monday morning.

The plant’s 109 union workers approved a new three-year contract Monday night that will end their strike against Atlas Holdings, the owner of the Chatham County plywood factory. Many of the employees had worked at the plant for decades before striking over company demands for a seven-day workweek and 200 percent increases in health insurance premiums.

The new contract keeps wages and work schedules essentially as they were. But provisions giving workers a share of the plant’s financial success, new safety initiatives and shared decision-making are improvements. There is a slight increase in insurance costs, according to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The union and the company approved a tentative agreement late last week during a meeting arranged by a federal mediator. The members endorsed the contract by a vote of 59 to 24.

“Everyone is very relieved,” said Melvin Montford of IAM and the A. Philip Randolph Institute, which had supported the workers during the strike. “If this hadn’t been settled, it was feared that the plant would just shut down and move away.”

Spotlight On Black History This Month of February

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Black History Month 2018 begins Thursday, February 1, 2018 and ends Wednesday, February 28, 2018

All Americans contributed to the success of a great nation such as the United States of America. Some were laborers and craftsman, some were architects and builders and yes some were slaves. Out of the American evolution came men and women who dedicated their lives to economic and social justice. We salute all who played a part. This month we will explore the contributions from those of African descent. Keep in mind that not every journey was the same.

Here is the path that one of those pioneers took….

A. Philip Randolph was born Asa Philip Randolph on April 15, 1889, in Crescent City, Florida. He would eventually attend the Cookman Institute (Bethune-Cookman College), one of the first institutions of higher education for blacks in the country.

After graduating from Cookman, Randolph moved to Harlem with some contemplation about becoming an actor. During this time, he studied English literature and sociology at City College; held a variety of jobs, including as an elevator operator, a porter, and a waiter; and developed his rhetorical skills. In 1912, Randolph and Chandler Owen founded an employment agency called the Brotherhood of Labor focusing on organizing black workers. In 1917, during World War I, Randolph and Owen founded a political magazine, The Messenger. They began publishing articles calling for the inclusion of more blacks in the armed forces and war industry and demanding higher wages.

In 1925, Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Serving as its president, he focused on gaining the union’s official inclusion in the American Federation of Labor, the affiliates of which, at that time, did not extend membership to African-Americans. The organization was met with resistance primarily from the Pullman Company, Randolph eventually gained membership in 1937 making the BSCP the first African-American union in the United States.

In the 1940s, Randolph focused his attention on the federal government. Randolph planned the first March on Washington to protest discrimination in the war industry workforce. Randolph called off the march after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that banned racial discrimination. Because of Randolph’s protest, the first Fair Employment Practices Committee was established. After World War II, Randolph again took on the federal government by organizing the League for Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Against Military Segregation. That group’s actions eventually led President Harry S. Truman to issue a 1948 executive order banning racial segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

In 1995, Randolph became a vice president of the newly merged entity AFL-CIO. Because of his passion for social justice and racial equality Randolph would continue to protest the systemic racial prejudice he found in the organization by creating Negro American Labor Council in 1959. During this time Randolph devoted some of his time to the larger civil rights movement. In 1957, he organized a prayer pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the delay of school desegregation being implemented in the south. He also organized the Youth Marches for Integrated Schools. In 1963, Randolph organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he would speak to an integrated crowd of nearly 250,000 supporters.

In 1964, Randolph was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson for his work. Soon after, he founded the A. Philip Randolph Institute, an organization aimed at studying the causes of poverty and co-founded by Randolph’s mentee Bayard Rustin.

Asa Philip Randolph died in bed at his New York City home on May 16, 1979, at age 90. He was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the A. Philip Randolph Institute in Washington, D.C.

“Justice is never given; it is exacted, and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship”. – A. Philip Randolph

“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.”. – A. Philip Randolph


Pullman porters were men hired to work on the railroads as porters on sleeping cars. Starting shortly after the American Civil War, George Pullman sought out former slaves to work on his sleeper cars. Pullman porters served American railroads for 100 years from the late 1860s until late in the 20th Century.

Until the 1960s, Pullman porters were exclusively black, and have been widely credited with contributing to the development of the black middle class in America.

Under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Pullman porters formed the first all-black union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925. Formation of the union was instrumental in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement.


The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) was, in 1925, the first labor organization led by African Americans to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor (AFL). It merged in 1978 with the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks (BRAC), now known as the Transportation Communications International Union.

The leaders of the BSCP—including A. Philip Randolph, its founder and first president, and C. L. Dellums, its vice president and second president—became leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and continued to play a significant role in it after it focused on the eradication of segregation in the Southern United States. BSCP members such as E. D. Nixon were among the leadership of local civil rights movements by virtue of their organizing experience, constant movement between communities and freedom from economic dependence on local authorities.



The Shutdown And You!

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May God Keep Us Strong

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With nearly 700,000 active and retired members, the IAM is one of the largest and most diverse labor unions in North America. From Boeing and Lockheed Martin to United Airlines and Harley-Davidson, you will find IAM members across all walks of life. IAM members demand respect and dignity in the workplace. Together, we have been able to bargain for increased job security, higher wages and improved benefits.

The IAM is here to help you. We have an experienced and motivated staff of organizing and servicing representatives to lead you through your campaign. We work very hard to maintain our winning record.

As an IAM member, you’ll have a collective bargaining agreement – a legal document that spells out your workplace conditions and how you are treated on the job.

For more than 120 years, unions have fought for workers’ rights and the benefits so often taken for granted. Benefits like sick pay, leaves of absence, bereavement leave, holidays, vacations, retirement security and healthcare.

Regardless of your specific needs, the union is here to help. Union members:

  • Earn wages, on average, 27 percent higher than non-union workers.
  • Are 54 percent more likely to have pensions provided by their employer.
  • Are more likely to have employer-provided health insurance benefits.
  • Have greater access to apprenticeships and training opportunities.


New Growth Strategies

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Machinists Unveil Bold New Strategy to 
Grow Union






The Dream Lives On

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Throughout his life Dr. King emphasized the rights of working men and women. He emphasized them as a vital part of the Civil Rights movement, teaching us that “all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be taken with painstaking excellence”.

Happy New Year!

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It has been a pleasure to inform and enlighten you the members and friends of IAM Local Lodge 2297 during 2017. No one can deny that 2017 was a most unusual year compared to the previous decade. There will be many challenges ahead in 2018 and you can be sure that your communications team will be there to keep you knowledgeable about things regarding your federal employment and things going on in the Machinist Union. Thanks for your support in the past and we wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2018. The WebSteward 

Despite All Efforts By The Citizen Majority The Republican Tax Bill Heads To Trump For Signing

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The Latest: GOP tax bill clears Congress, heads to Trump

12 Republican congressmen and women who voted against the bill on 19 December 2017:

  • Dan Donovan, New York
  • John Faso, New York
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
  • Darrell Issa, California
  • Walter B. Jones Jr., North Carolina
  • Peter T. King, New York
  • Leonard Lance, New Jersey
  • Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
  • Dana Rohrabacher, California
  • Chris Smith, New Jersey
  • Elise Stefanik, New York
  • Lee Zeldin, New York

Walter Beaman Jones Jr. (born February 10, 1943)….is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Behold the President’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board

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What's Disgusting
Union Busting!


The Trump administration is engaged in a full-fledged legal assault on unions that’s poised to wreak havoc on collective bargaining.




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