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The IAM is a large and diverse organization, representing 720,000 members across North America. Each member makes a significant contribution to the success of the union. The mission of the IAM Headquarters is to help individual members realize that potential. The departments of the IAM mirror the diversity of the members that form the union.
Since 1976, February has been designated as National African American History Month in order to commend the accomplishments of African Americans, who have vastly enriched the history of this country. While the Labor movement often celebrates African American history month within the scope of leaders who have fought for equality and justice, success stories reach far beyond.
We will use this month to highlight a variety of talented leaders from the African American community. Some names you will recognize, others might not be as familiar. As we celebrate African American History Month, let’s take pride in the rich diversity of our country.
Today we honor:
NFL Football: The National Football League spans over 50 years throughout American History. In honor of African American History Month and the National Football League’s Super Bowl 50, that was held yesterday Sunday, February 7, we present African American Honors in the NFL.
- In 1988, Super Bowl XXII, the Washington Redskins won 42 to 10 against the Denver Broncos. Making Doug Williams the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and also the first African American to receive the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award.
- Indiana Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy became the first African American Coach to win a Super Bowl.
- Fritz Pollard was the First African American Head Coach in NFL history. He became the Head Coach to the Akron Pros in the APFA before the league became the National Football League.
- Emlen Tunnell is was the first African American to play for the New York Giants and the first African American to be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
- Marlin Briscoe was the first African American to play quarterback in the American Football League when he lead the Broncos to victory against the Boston Patriots. A week following, he also became the first African American starting quarterback in a game.
- Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is only the sixth African American to start in a Super Bowl in 50 years.
Last October, the IAM held a Women, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference where we pledged to “Change the World.” Difficult conversations sparked collective ideas to propel the equality movement forward. If you want to lend your voice and ideas to progressive change, register now for our Women’s Training Course or Human Rights Training Course. It will be held at the IAM Winpisinger Center, June 5-10, 2016. For the call letter and registration forms, follow the links below:
Working together we can, “Change the World.”
Do you know what is responsible for the death of 1 out of 4 women every year?
Hint: It’s the number one killer of women; 80% of the time it is preventable and 90% of women today have one or more risk factors.
Answer: Heart Disease.
Heart disease comes in many varieties and symptoms are often ignored. Older women, Hispanic women and African-American women are at higher risk.
The IAM immediately responded to the Obama administration’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand this week. The deal remains deeply flawed and bad for workers around the world, IAM International President Bob Martinez said in a statement.
The IAM Automotive Department added another 22 members to their ranks when warehouse workers in Laredo, TX voted nearly 4 to 1 for IAM representation. This marks another victory for Automotive, which is among the fastest growing departments in the IAM.
It took boots-on-the-ground efforts, like those of IAM members across the state, to secure Hillary Clinton’s hard-fought victory in the Iowa Caucuses.
IAM members and the general public should be aware that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus a public health emergency. The Zika virus is believed to be especially harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children. There is no vaccine yet available for the virus.