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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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.

Joe Ironside Inducted into the Iowa Labor Hall of Fame

Thu. October 02, 2014

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.

Illinois Machinists host rally with AFL-CIO Richard Trumka

Thu. October 02, 2014

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.

Alliance President Emeritus George Kourpias is Honored in Iowa

Tue. September 23, 2014

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.

14th Annual "John Massetti Memorial" Charity Golf Tournament

Sun. September 21, 2014

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.

6th Annual "Spirit of the Midwest" Rides for Guides

Sun. September 21, 2014

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.

IL Governor Pat Quinn invites IAM to Governor’s mansion

Tue. September 16, 2014

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.

Chicagoland Unions Rally in Support of Striking IAM Mechanics

Tue. September 09, 2014

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.

Missouri House honors Local 778 activist Don Long

Tue. September 09, 2014

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.

NLRB Backs Illinois Mechanics in AutoNation Decision

Sun. July 20, 2014

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.

Illinois Mechanics on Strike at Al Piemonte Chevrolet

Wed. July 09, 2014

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.

Missouri Machinist wins $14,999 John Deere Gator raffle

Thu. June 26, 2014

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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