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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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.
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.
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