Welcome to the IAM’s Midwest Territory. Led by GVP Philip J. Gruber, the Midwest Territory represents more than 117,000 active and retired members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
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Bill Maruk was terminated for insubordination in December 2012 from Boise Paper located in International Falls, MN. He is a 41 year member of IAM Local Lodge 760. The Union filed a grievance and after many attempts to resolve, ultimately ended in arbitration. The Arbitrator ruled that Bill Maruk was unjustly terminated and reinstated him to his former job with 52 weeks of compensation under a buyout program that Maruk would have been eligible for had he not been terminated.
Jared Podgorny, from Manhattan, IL, worked closely with Grand Lodge Represenative Rick Mickschl taking part in a Job Shadowing Day at the IAM Midwest Territory office. He learned about the Machinists Union, took part in an organizing briefing with staff and observed other daily activities of the office.
IAM District 9 and Local 660 went to bat for our members in East Alton, IL and won again to the tune of $13.299.32 in overtime backpay.
IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, ILwas successful in winning an arbitration case at Global Brass that resulted in Jacob Harmon being made whole for all losses including $50,233.60 in back pay.
IAM District 9, Local 1745 in Warrenton, MO recently became one of the veterans and social organizations to support the “Tribute to Veterans Memorial” in Warren County.
On Saturday, March 28 2015, Midwest Territory Education Representative Ed Manhart provided Executive Board Training for Local Lodge 126 E-Board members at District 8 in Burr Ridge, IL. The majority of the E-Board attended so they could learn the proper individual roles and procedures for the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Secretary Treasurer and Trustees. In addtion, the entire group of attendees learned about all the roles and procedures for the E-Board.
Tri City Lodge 1260 in New Holstein, WI recently held a banquet to recognize members of the union who have achieved the 50 year status. Members receiving the 50 year status have been in good standing with the union and received an award, gold card and a 50 year pin.
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists District 10, Machinists Local 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2 filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Scott Walker’s Right to Work law.
Right-to-Work has nothing to do with paying union dues, workplace freedom and all the other crap politicians shovel our way. It's about trying to limit Union's power. So that is what Republicans did in Wisconsin. They attacked union members and our families.
Congressman Keith Ellison has been a friend of the Machinists Union and organized labor for some time. He is the co-chair of the Congressional Progessive Caucus and has been a leader against the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the fast track of that trade agreement.
This past weekend IAM District 837 "New Machinists" traveled from St. Louis, MO to picket all day with Mechanics Local 701. Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee, IL has now locked members of Mechanics Local 701 that have been on strike for 8 months.
After saying in his re-election bid that he wouldn’t push for so-called right-to-work legislation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) now says he will sign a bill being railroaded through the state’s General Assembly to make Wisconsin the country’s 25th right-to-work state.
Wisconsin Machinists are rallying agianst the Republican "fast track" of the so called Right-to-Work law at the state capitol in Madison, WI and are testifing at hearings that are expected to last all day and into the night.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and others have scheduled rallies in Wisconsin this week. The rallies are in opposition to the so called "Right-to-Work" legislation being fast tracked by Republicans.
IAM representatives testified at a Field hearing on TPP/Fast track in Richfield, MN. Witnesses testified about the anticipated impact of the TPP as far as we can tell considering the secrecy involved.
Republican leaders in Wisconsin are saying they will call special sessions to push so called right-to-work legislation over the objections of Governor Scott Walker while he pursues the presidency outside of Wisconsin.
Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wasted no time joining a growing gang of right-wing governors who attack the rights of workers.
Ron Koppes was honored as one of three new inductees into the Dubuque, IA Area Labor Hall of Fame on February 7, 2015.
Members of District 66, Local 21 and Local 1115 teamed up with their employers, WKBT and the local food pantry called WAFER (West Avenue Food Emergency Resource) to distribute more than 250 hats, 350 pairs of mittens, and almost 50 scarves and blankets to those standing in line waiting for assistance during the cold weather months in La Crosse, WI.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is going to need a new entrance song.
The anti-union governor, best known for stripping collective bargaining rights for most Wisconsin public employees, played the Dropkick Murphys’ hit song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” as he bounced onto an Iowa stage to deliver remarks this past weekend.
The Joint Dakotas State Council of Machinsts was held in Fargo, ND and prominent guest speakers included U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Caterpillar announced that it will decide by March of 2015 whether they will move two production lines from Joliet, IL to Monterrey, Mexico. The job cutting plan will affect 230 members of IAM Local 851 in Channahon, IL.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Indianapolis District 90 Directing Business Representative Tim Hough to the position of Midwest Territory Special Representative, effective January 1, 2015.
Members of IAM Local 2069 voted to accept an improved offer from Schneider Electric and end a two-week strike by more than 300 IAM members in Schneider’s Square D facility in Peru, IN.
IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, IL, hosted AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a rally of members from the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor, Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, and the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades.
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