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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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.
Retired IAM Distric 6 Directing Business Representative Joe Ironside was inducted into the Iowa Labor Hall of Fame recently at the Iowa AFL-CIO Convention held in Altoona, IA at Prairie Meadows.
IAM District 9, Lodge 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.
The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans honored Alliance President Emeritus George J. Kourpias with a tribute recently. Kourpias, who is from Iowa, led the Alliance at its launch and built it into a 3.5 million member organization.
The fourteenth Annual Guide Dogs of America Minnesota Chapter "John Massetti Memorial" Charity Golf Tournament was held recently at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, MN. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Machinists.
This year celebrates our 6th year for the “Spirit of the Midwest Rides for Guides,” which included a Classic Car Show and Motorcycle Ride to benefit Guide Dogs of America.
Hearing that the Illinois State Council of Machinists and IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger would be in Springfield, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn sent out an invitation to IP Buffenbarger offering to host a breakfast at the Governor’s mansion with the opportunity to discuss issues important to our members.
Unions representing 500,000 members in Chicago and Cook County Illinois rallied on Saturday, September 5, 2014 in East Dundee, IL to support the Automobile Mechanics Local 701 members on strike at Piemonte Chevrolet.
A resolution by the Missouri House of Representatives honoring our departed friend and brother IAM Local 778 activist Don Long was presented to Don's wife and son at the Missouri State Council of Machinists conference in August.
Mechanics Local 701 and the IAM Midwest Territory took on AutoNation when the anti-union company fired Union activist and mechanic Jose Huerta. The IAM sought justice through the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB decision reinstates Huerta and made him whole for all losses including three years back pay with interest compounded daily.
Mechanics Local 701 members at Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee, IL have voted to go on strike. Our new members have been in negotiations bargaining for a first contract since the end of May.
Jason Capra, who is a member of IAM Local 778 in Kansas City, MO, won the IAM 2016 Convention raffle for a John Deere Gator voucher worth $14,999.
IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber is proud to announce that Geny Ulloa has been appointed to the position of Speical Representative effective June 1, 2014. Geny is from District 165, Local 623 in St. Cloud, MN.
IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux and IAM HPWO Grand Lodge Representative Jim Reid recently toured an innovative career technical education program that is giving high school students on Chicago’s West Side the training they need to get manufacturing jobs upon graduation.
The Fort Wayne, IN city council voted 7-2 to approve an ordiance that will eliminate collective bargaining for non-pubic safety unions. IAM District 90, Local 2569 represents 150 civil city and utility employees in Fort Wayne.
Two members of IAM Local 660 in East Alton, IL were injured in what is being described as an explosion in the casting facility at Olin Brass. One members was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Another member was transported by helicopter to a St. Louis hospital and is in serious condition.
IAM District 9, Local 777 is proud to announce an organizing win at the Fort Zumwalt School District in O'Fallon, Missouri. The Facility Maintenance Department workers voted to join the IAM bringing 26 new members to Local 777.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana City Council is trying balance their budget problems on the backs of the cities non-public saftey and public safety workers. The IAM represents 150 civil city and utility employees in Fort Wayne.
It is with deep sadness that District No. 10 must inform our members that Business Representative Donald Griffin passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Fighting the high out of pocket cost of health insurance and the stagnant wages at Superior Carriers in Markham, IL, the 13 members of IAM Local 701 working there said, "enough is enough" and voted 100% to strike on April 8, 2014.
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