Midwest

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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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Minnesota Machinist Wins Big Arbitration

Thu. May 21, 2015

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.

IAM Midwest Territory hosts IL student for job shadowing day

Thu. May 14, 2015

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.

District 9 IL Local wins $13,299 arbitration overtime award

Fri. May 08, 2015

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.

District 9 IL Local wins $50,233 in back pay for member

Fri. May 08, 2015

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.

Missouri Local 1745 supports Veterans Memorial

Mon. March 30, 2015

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.

Illinois Local 126 Executive Board Seminar Huge Success

Mon. March 30, 2015

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.

Wisconsin Local recognizes 50 year members

Mon. March 30, 2015

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.

Wisconsin Workers file law suit to stop right--to-work

Wed. March 11, 2015

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.

Wisconsin Senate and Assembly pass right-to-work-for-less

Fri. March 06, 2015

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 welcomed at Minnesota State Council

Tue. March 03, 2015

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.

Missouri New Machinists picket with Local 701 strikers

Sun. March 01, 2015

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.

Wisconsin in Crosshairs of Right-to-Work Sneak Attack

Tue. February 24, 2015

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 voices loud and clear NO Right-to-Work Law

Tue. February 24, 2015

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.

Wisconsin rallies against Right-to-Work law scheduled

Sun. February 22, 2015

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.

Minnesota Machinists testify at field hearing on TPP

Thu. February 19, 2015

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.

Wisconsin GOP to call Right-to-Work special sessions

Thu. February 19, 2015

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 Gov. Rauner Looking to Gut Public Employee Unions

Tue. February 10, 2015

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wasted no time joining a growing gang of right-wing governors who attack the rights of workers.

Iowa Machinist inducted into Labor Hall of Fame

Thu. February 05, 2015

Ron Koppes was honored as one of three new inductees into the Dubuque, IA Area Labor Hall of Fame on February 7, 2015.

Wisconsin Machinists donate cold weather gear to those in need

Mon. February 02, 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.

Punk Band to Anti-Union Governor: ‘We Literally Hate You!!!’

Thu. January 29, 2015

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.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks at Joint Dakotas State Council

Wed. January 28, 2015

The Joint Dakotas State Council of Machinsts was held in Fargo, ND and prominent guest speakers included U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Caterpillar may move Joliet IL production lines to Mexico

Mon. January 19, 2015

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.

Hough Appointed Midwest Territory Special Representative

Thu. December 11, 2014

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.

Machinist Union Members Win New Contract at Schneider Electric, Strike Ends

Tue. October 21, 2014

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.

Illinois Machinists Host Rally with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Thu. October 16, 2014

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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