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We Can Do Better!

SOME THINGS ARE JUST MORALLY WRONG 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 H

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Government FEDS Could Suffer Again!

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 em

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We Will Never Forget!! December 7th 1941

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 dece

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Its Not Just A Bill Call Now!!

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 m

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The Year Again A Success At GDA Fundraising

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 Gui

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Thanksgiving, Just One Of The Stories

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

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Forward Together Not One Step Back

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

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Don’t Forget To Thank A VET!

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

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IAMJournal Hot off the PRESS!

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,

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Million $$$ Baby…The Union Difference

HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA The benefits your Union negotiates on your behalf are priceless. This is just one of many stories shared by grateful members. Via Machinist News Network

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Spotlight On America’s Unions

THERE'S POWER IN A UNION! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2017 AFL-CIO CONVENTION THE AFFILIATED UNIONS IAM IN THE HOUSE!       Both Machinists Union resolutions to the National AFL-CIO Convention have been adopted. Fighting together for manuf

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Exposing Workplace Violence

IAM CREST Workplace Violence Survey Assessment Workplace violence is an assault or other violent act that entails a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm. In an effort to identify patterns of violence and preventative solutions for

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Your Rights…Sometimes You have to Ask

WEINGARTEN RIGHTS EMPLOYEE'S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION “Weingarten Rights” The right of employees to have union representation at investigatory interviews was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Wein

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NAFTA…Progress Report

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Tribute To A Great NC Labor Leader

We Are Aware of Your Significance Brother Andrews The Brothers And Sisters of District Lodge 110 In honor of his 69th birthday, we present this video tribute to President Emeritus James Andrews. May the sun always shine and the fish always

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America Works!

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MaryBe McMillan, Another First

North Carolina’s Labor Federation Elects First Woman President McMillan has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the federation since 2005. She has spearheaded the cause of getting national and international unions to invest in and organize t

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Want To Help?

Hurricane Irma targets Florida after leaving devastation in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands DONATE DONATE DONATE IAM members in Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other affected areas are facing a long and trying road to

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N.C. Labor Leader Speaks Up For Workers

Whether you have this Monday off or are putting in a few hours at the office, be sure to make time to listen to our recent interview with MaryBe McMillan of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO lunch-listen-state-work-wages-labor-day

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Labor Day 2017

LABOR DAY 2017 Monday, September 4 All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence Martin Luther King, Jr.   Don’t Forget To Make This Labor Day UNION MADE With Labor Da

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Harvey’s Impact…How YOU! Can Help

HURRICANE HARVEY Via goiam.org/imail…These are dark times for all those experiencing the rising waters on the Texas coast and in the Houston area. Many IAM members live and work in this area. The horrific flooding isn’t going to rec

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Relationships Matter

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. North Carolina Congressman continues to support t

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Efforts of Unions in Missouri Prove Beneficial

Machinists Union: Missouri’s Stand for Workplace Freedom is a ‘Game-Changing Rebuke of a Rigged Economy’ The International Associations of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North Am

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Here We Go Again!!

IAM Statement on DOL-Supervised Rerun of Election The IAM has agreed to a DOL-supervised rerun of the 2017 Grand Lodge elections for International Union officer positions, including International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and s

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Vietnam Vets Honored

In Memory Program honors Vietnam Veterans for their sacrifice Volunteers sought for reading of the names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “The In Memory ceremony is really a healing ceremony for Veteran’s families. Our Veterans gave so

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Your Rights Denied, Shameful!

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

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South Carolina Detachment FRCE

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., a

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Unionist Learn From The Best!!

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

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Happy Birthday America!

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 surroundin

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Farm Workers..The Least Protected

Farm Labor Organizing Committee FLOC (AFL-CIO)     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

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It’s Not Over Yet

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

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Disgusting…No Other Way To Put It

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. Elimina

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A Call To Action

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),

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Proposed Deal Announced…

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 n

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Spotlight On North Carolina Labor Leader

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

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Solidarity Forever!

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 busine

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Anti-Worker War Waged in State Capitols across US

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

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Federal Workers… “Under Attack”

Tell Congress to Oppose the Attack on Federal Workers 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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Don’t forget To Check Out Imail

IAM International President Bob Martinez sends letter urging members of Congress to support C-130J airlift program        GVP Babineaux Honored By Coalition Of Black Trade Unionists   IAM General Vice President Diane Ba

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We Will Never Forget

A REPOST OF LAST YEAR'S MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE NEVER FORGETTING THOSE WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE INSIGHT AND REMEMBRANCE MEMORIAL DAY 2016 Machinists Union Photos Facebook Includes Photo Related To... MEMORIAL DAY 2017

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White House Budget Would Gut Federal Workers’ Retirement

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) strongly condemned the White House’s first budget proposal. This budget would affect the retirement security of 2.1 million federal employees. NFFE National President Randy Erwin says th

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Breaking…Highest Court Rules

May 22, 2017 Breaking News Supreme Court strikes down NC districts as illegally based on race U.S. Supreme Court agrees NC lawmakers created illegal congressional district maps in 2011 Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina congressional

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Machinist Union & Pension Protection

Machinists Union to Join Sen. Sanders in Introducing Pension Protection Bill

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They Just Won’t Give Up

“Right to Work” Constitutional Amendment About Politics, Not People Call 919-733-4111 to tell your state representative and state senator to vote AGAINST putting a so-called RTW, free rider amendment on the ballot in November 2018. &nb

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Worker’s Memorial Day 2017

Safe jobs are the right of every worker! Safety First! Safety Now!       Remember the Dead on Workers Memorial Day 2017 (4/28)   FROM A DIFFERENT VIEW….. Each year on April 28, we remember our fallen brothers and s

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Martinez Calls on Congress to Fund F-35

IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter urging members of Congress to show support for the F-35 program. Martinez Calls on Congress to Fund F-35 Program “Since its inception, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been proudly b

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North Carolina’s Chief Executive

NORTH CAROLINA'S GOVERNOR THE HONORABLE ROY COOPER ISSUES….Price tag of North Carolina’s LGBT law March 27, 2017 via AP Exclusive  As North Carolina marks the first anniversary of House Bill 2…the cost to suppress wages, loca

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Important Message Via IAM Government Employees Director Price

Inside the Sinister Attack on Federal ‘Official Time’ Two bills (H.R. 1293 and H.R. 1364) charging through Congress would greatly hamper federal employees’ right to fair union representation. The “Official Time Reform Act” (H.R. 1

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Bad News “Official Time Reform Act”

Stop Congress from Attacking Federal ‘Official Time House Republicans are attempting to force unnecessary changes to the law and undercut federal employees’ rights in the workplace. For more than 40 years, official time has been an impo

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International Women’s Day

Women's Day 2017...Wednesday, March 8 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Below Information Courtesy of the N.C. State AFL-CIO..Jeremy International Women’s Day on Wednesday will be the start of something BIG for working people in North Carolina,

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Martinez Tells North American Companies to Bring Jobs Home

LATEST VIA IMAIL Martinez Tells North American Companies to Bring Jobs Home “We believe that the time is long overdue for policy makers to stand up to corporations who are all too willing to move jobs to Mexico, China or anywhere else in

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Bad Trade Agreements No More!

REPLACE NAFTA REPLACE NAFTA REPLACE NAFTA WHAT IS NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement was negotiated behind closed doors with hundreds of corporate advisors. Its key provisions promote job offshoring and empower corporations to s

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Black History Month Final Segment

PAULI MURRAY A CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE..A BLACK FEMINIST WOMAN..A LGBTQ Few women – indeed, few persons – have left a legacy that continues to benefit millions.

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SC Boeing Workers Vote No!!

Boeing Workers in South Carolina Opt Against Union Representation North Charleston, S.C., February 15, 2017 – Hourly production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina operations have voted not to join the International Association of Machin

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Unions Attend Labor Legislative Conference

Governor Roy Cooper entering the conference hall in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday February 8, 2017 to address Union Members and other invited guest at the 2017 Labor Legislative Conference (LLC). Cooper has received the endorsement of the Nort

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Black History Month-Military Contributions

BACKGROUND In February 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” launched the celebration of “Negro History Week,” which would become known as Black History Month. This Post will provide a variety of

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The Right To Form And Join A Union

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WORKERS WHO FOLLOW YOU! Executive Order 10988 is a United States presidential executive order issued by President John F. Kennedy on January 17, 1962 that recognized the right of federal employees to collectiv

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The Trump Freeze…Fed’s Worry!

Government Issues Clarification on Hiring Freeze The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), along with a coalition of federal employee unions, have won an important clarification after the president’s across-the-

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Will Labor Have Any Real Influence?

Machinists Union Responds to Trade Deal Announcements IAM International President Bob Martinez made the following statement about the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the reopening of the North American Free Trade Agr

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Machinist Honor MLK’s Legacy

January 17, 2017 — From coast to coast, IAM members marched in solidarity, celebrated and gave back to their communities this weekend to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King More…. @goiam.org…  

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Tell Your Rep: Hands Off Federal Workers’ Rights, Say No to The Page Act

ATTACKS CONTINUE. WILL THIS EVER CEASE? Article appearing on goiam.org/imail 12 Jan 2017 Federal workers, just like the rest of us, deserve basic protections on the job. But a bill being circulated by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) seeks to u

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Don’t Let The Dream Die!!

Martin Luther King Jr. and The Labor Movement 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

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Celebrating The Past And Looking Forward To Our Future With Hope

WE ARE THE “FIGHTING MACHINIST” THE FIGHT CONTINUES THE PRIZE IS JUSTICE IN THE WORKPLACE FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING YOUR SUPPORT LOCAL LODGE 2297 IAM&AW Happy New Year From The Executive Board  

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The 44th President of the United States

The Presidency of Barack Obama The presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Obama, a Democrat, was a United States Senator from Illinois at the time of his

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Lodge Members Part of Historic Recovery Effort

2297 Members Participate In Past Noteworthy Achievement A cold and dangerous place that is.... D-59 Members of Local Lodge 2297 and other depot employees pictured above  were part of a team of artisans and engineers, supervised by a depot

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An Important Tradition Continues….

WE SALUTE “TOYS FOR TOTS” Pictured above are officers and members of Local 2297 along with the Commanding Officer, Vincent E. Clark of the FRC East and the local marine “Toy for Tots” coordinator, SSGT Rykhus as the Lodge Pr

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IAM Salutes Retiring NFFE National President

William “Bill” Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) retires. His last day on the job was December 15, 2016. We. the members of Local Lodge 2297 along with others throughout the IAM who ha

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Happy Holidays!!!

SEASONS GREETINGS!  

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Obama Speaks “One Last Time” to America’s Federal Workforce

All articles appearing via federaltimes.com The Commander and Chief acknowledges the importance of federal employees in this nation and takes a few moments to express his gratitude before leaving office… The Impact of Obama’s Pr

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Union Members “R” Dancing in the Street

We’re not sad to announce the unexpected but greatly appreciated death of the…TPP Labor Union for the 21st Century – goiam.org  Hundreds of union members rallied in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the legislative death of t

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A True Act of Terror

WE REMEMBER DECEMBER 7, 1941 “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy” On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was comp

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IAM GVP Babineaux to Retire Soon

Diane Babineaux Diane Babineaux, a longtime Machinists Union advocate for civil, human and women’s rights, will retire as a General Vice President of the IAM. Her retirement is effective June 30, 2017.       General-Vice-Pr

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Giving Thanks in All We Do

Thanksgiving A Brief Synopsis In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days o

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America Under A Trump Administration?

DONALD J. TRUMP CLAIMS ASTOUNDING VICTORY AS THE 45TH PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES/DEFYING ALL ODDS TRUMP PREVAILS/REPUBLICANS NOW CONTROL BOTH THE U.S. HOUSE AND THE U.S. SENATE   JUST HOW GREAT WILL AMERICA BE? Washington, D.

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Thank You For Your Service

History of Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However

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U.S. Department of Labor News

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION SEPTEMBER 2016 LATEST LABOR RELATED DATA AND STATISTICS http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20161006-2    

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New NFFE National President

Erwin Elected NFFE-IAM National President Today, delegates to the 50th NFFE National Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. elected Randy Erwin as National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees with 86% of the total vote.

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A Disturbing Fact About Wage Disparity

The Racial Wage Gap Between Black And White Workers Is Getting Worse Appearing on Machinist Facebook Page 9-20-16 via HuffingtonPost.Com Black men and women earn significantly less than white counterparts largely due to job market discrimin

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Disaster Victims…Need Help?

Assistance is Available To Union Members Affected by Louisiana Flooding Friday, August 19, 2016 (National Federation of Federal Employees) Recent and devastating floods in central and southern Louisiana have damaged over 40,000 homes, displ

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Clinton Takes Strong Stand Against TPP

GOIAM.ORG Washington, D.C., August 11, 2016… Machinists Applauds Hillary Clinton’s Strong Stand Against TPP The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today commended the unequivocal opposition to th

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TCU-IAM Association Reach Interim Agreement With American Airlines

TWU-IAM Association Wins Wage Hikes for 30,000 at American Airlines     Article appearing on goiam.org Washington, D.C., August 5, 2016 The TWU-IAM Association today announced it has reached an interim agreement with American Airl

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Proclaiming Worker’s Day is Everyday

Department of Labor “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions

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Declaration of Readiness

US Air Force declares F-35A fighter jet ‘combat ready’   Article appearing on msn.com 8/3/16 The US Air Force on Tuesday declared an initial squadron of F-35A stealth fighters as ready for combat, a major milestone for the

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Today’s Spotlight

IAM BAND UNIONATION The IAM’s unioNation Band gathered at the Winpisinger Center to write, practice and perform 21 original labor songs. From left: David Riggs, Local 457; Billy Broughton, Local 1553; Mack McKinney, Local 2210; Jeffrey Ja

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Obama Pens Open Letter To Law Enforcement Community

AS A NATION STRUGGLES TO UNDERSTAND. THE PRESIDENT VOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCERS.        

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Martinez Announces New GVP Assignments

Article appearing on iMail – July 18, 2016  In a move designed to take better advantage of the skills and experience in today’s IAM Executive Council, IAM International President Bob Martinez announced today… MARTINEZ ANNOUNC

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Fort McMurray – We Will Rebuild!!!

ALBERTA WILDFIRES Canada's costliest-ever natural disaster By Catherine Ngai CALGARY, July 7 (Reuters) – Insured losses from the May wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are expected to total C$3.58 billion ($2.76 billion), making it

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Juno Built and Successfully Launched Thanks to IAM Members

Juno We Built That? Tuesday July 05, 2016 IAM members built and launched Juno, which reached its destination after a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile journey to our solar system’s largest planet. Juno was built by Local 44 members at Lockheed

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Russ Gittlen to Succeed Dale Hartford

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced this week that IAM District 15 New England Area Director and Local 447 Assistant Business Manager Russ Gittlen has been appointed Director of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) effective January 1

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An Objective View of Independence Day

JULY 4TH BACKGROUND THE FOURTH OF JULY The following information is taken from primarily History.Com Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tr

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Message…International President Bob Martinez

Flags fly at half-staff at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.     Orlando: A Message from IP Martinez 21st Century Labor Union IAMAW    

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Hillary Clinton’s Historic Nomination

 A CLEAR CHOICE Article appearing on goiam.org “The historical importance of nominating Hillary Clinton is not just political. It is significant for women at every level of American society,” said IAM International President Bob Martin

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NFFE-IAM Members Storm Capitol Hill

Every year, federal employees are forced to endure increasingly anti-worker legislation that cuts into the bottom line of their family’s budget. Legislative Conference is a yearly coordinated effort to speak up for America’s ded

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Insight & Remembrance Memorial Day 2016

MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs….Office of Public Affairs Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — establish

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Racial-Backlash-Against-the-President…Truth or Fiction?

Washingtonpost.Com This interesting segment appeared in a post on Facebook around 18 May 2016. The contents of the information presented and the opinions expressed in this posting does not necessarily reflect the views of the Union locallod

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Obama/Perez Historic Rule Change on Overtime

Overtime Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Final Rule: Overtime Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act On May 18, 2016, Presiden

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With Great Sadness

IAM Mourns Retired GVP Bob Thayer Fri. May 13, 2016 “Bob Thayer will be long remembered and greatly missed by his many friends in the IAM,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Bob was a close personal friend and a true men

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The Latest Court Battle Over Obamacare

Federal judge strikes down Obamacare payments Article via USA TODAY...Republicans win Round 1 in latest court battle over Obamacare Richard Wolf, Gregory Korte and Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY 3:34 p.m. EDT May 12, 2016 Republicans won

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2016 IAM Legislative Conference “Machinist On The Hill”

Machinists Hit Capitol Hill To Talk Working Family Issues IAM President Bob Martinez delivers the keynote address at the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Hundreds of IAM members are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying Congr

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Breaking News NC HB2 The Debate!

Justice Department Files Complaint Against the State of North Carolina McCrory’s Return Salvo To The Fed’s Attack On NC’s Bathroom Law   Montel Williams Joins Megyn Kelly To Respond To Gov. Pat McCrory’s Lies About

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Happy Birthday IAM..128 Years

IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement commemorating the 128th anniversary of the IAM’s founding: “May 5 marks the 128th anniversary since 19 Machinists met in secret to create the organization known tod

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Say it Ain’t So…My,My,My!!!

North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: DOJ Article appearing on www.aol.com May 4th 2016 5:24PM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TOLD NORTH CAROLINA’S GOVERNOR ON WEDNESDAY THE STATES TRANSGENDER BATHROOM LAW VIOLATES AMER

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For More Than 40 Years, Prince Was A Union Member

The world lost a musical icon yesterday (4-22-16) You’ll read about his impact as a musician and an entertainer elsewhere, but let’s take a second to look at Prince’s career-spanning fights on behalf of working people. Pri

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Observing Workers Memorial Day April 28, 2016

A National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents…… History…..Workers’ Memorial Day was started

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U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members

 Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members Article appearing on goiam.org Imail 14 April 2016 On layoff? Looking for a change of scenery but still want a union job? The U.S Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) are currently aggress

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Just Breaking…Finally Some Good News For Unions

BREAKING: The Biggest Legal Attack On Unions In Decades Is Dead by Ian Millhiser Article appearing on ThinkProgress.Org Mar 29, 2016 10:23 am When the Supreme Court met last January to hear an aggressive attempt to defund public sector unio

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Another Stunning Move By NC Republican Led Lawmakers

This article via the NC Justice Center website. March 24, 2016 Statement from Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center: Discriminatory HB2 is a shameful, restrictive mark on North Carolina’s history that will hurt our sta

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THANKS FROM LOCALLODGE2297.ORG/ WE ARE PROUD TO BE UNION    

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“Historic IAM Journey”

Martinez Announces Beginning of ‘Historic Journey’ to Grow, Unite IAM Tuesday March 22, 2016 The IAM is making structural changes to refocus resources toward organizing and membership services while working to foster a more united cultu

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Push to Close Export-Import Bank

Machinists Union Concerned about Sanders’s Continued Push to Close Export-Import Bank Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016 – Following Sen. Bernie Sanders’s trip to Washington State, IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the fol

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It’s That Time of the Year Again!!!!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IN 2016 The time change idea first came from Benjamin Franklin, who published “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” as an essay after realizing the waste it was to burn candles at night, and sle

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Machinists Union Applauds Clinton’s Support of Ex-Im Bank

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2016 — Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over the role of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank during their March 6 debate in Flint, MI. IAM International President

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Wishing for the Luck of the Irish

THE HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,00

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Blue Angels return to Cherry Point Air Show in 2016

  Article Taken From HAVELOCK NEWS The Blue Angels will return to Cherry Point for Cherry Point Air Show in 2016         Havelock …Cherry Point has announced that the Blue Angels will return to headline the 2016 C

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2000 IAM GL Convention A Wrong Made Right!

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 19

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The Tradition Continues

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 Buffenb

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

A SIGHT TO BEHOLD 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 To

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Tribute to Black Americans during Black History Month

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 H

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NC Voting Rights Fight

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 rest

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2297 Workforce Part of Historical Movement Celebrating Black History Month

HISTORY OF THE WOMEN MARINES 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, whi

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Black History Month – Marines in Southeastern, North Carolina

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

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Machinists Union President Responds to TPP Signing

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Saluting Black History & The Labor Movement

In 1867, Chicago industrialist George Pullman revolutionized rail travel with his famous Pullman Cars. When a Pullman Car was leased to a railroad, it came “equipped” with highly-trained porters to serve the travelers. The cars

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AFL-CIO NC Committee on Political Education (COPE)

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TALKING FROM THE HEART. A LEADER DEPARTS

In his final video interview as IAM International President, Tom Buffenbarger talked about his years of service as the union’s top leader, its pressures and what he sees for the future. “What I’m going to miss the most are the great p

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A NEW ERA BEGINS

It had only happened 12 times in the IAM’s 127-year history, but this week it happened one more time. Tom Buffenbarger officially handed over the title of IAM International President to Bob Martinez, Jr., a 35-year IAM member who has held

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