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.


Legislative ALERTS - Action Needed Now! Follow the link and then click on each item to send a message to your Congressmen and Senators.

Retired District 6 Rep receives 50 year service award in Illinois

Wed. July 15, 2015

Rene Dinnewith, retired District 6 Business Representative, recently received his 50 year IAM service award and pin at Local 1191 in Moline, IL.

Illinois Mechanics stand strong after 1 year on strike

Thu. July 09, 2015

Today, July 9, 2015 marks one year since our members at Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee, IL walked out on strike making this the longest strike in Mechanics's Local 701's 84 year history. Our 9 members at Piemonte voted unanimously to walk out last year after their employer violated their rights and contract bargaining was going nowhere.

John Deere Machinists ratify new contract in Wisconsin

Tue. June 30, 2015

IAM District 10, Local 873 at John Deere Horicon Works in Wisconsin ratified a new labor agreement recently that provides benefits for both the union and the company.

Illinois Mechanics organize 19 new members

Tue. June 30, 2015

IAM Mechanics Local 701 organized 19 new members at Rush Truck Centers in Carol Stream, IL recently.

Illinois Mechanics organize McGrath Downtown Auto

Thu. June 25, 2015

IAM Mechanics Local 701 in Carol Stream, IL brought 12 new members into the IAM by winning an organizing drive at McGrath Downtown Auto in Chicago, IL.

Illinois Mechanics win major NLRB complaint at Al Piemonte Chevrolet

Mon. June 08, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board Region 13 issued a significant complaint against the Al Piemonte Chevrolet dealership in East Dundee, IL on May 29, 2015. Nine Local 701 members have been on strike at this location for over 325 days and have been locked out by the employer since February of 2015 over issues related to obtaining a first contract and Unfair Labor Practices committed by the dealership.

Missouri Machinist wins wrongful discharge case

Mon. June 08, 2015

In September of 2013, Local 387 member Frank Dupske was unjustly terminated from GKN Aerospace in Hazelwood, MO after 26 years on the job. District 837 immediately fought the discharge and won. He recently was made whole for all losses totaling over $130,000 in wages, overtime, benefits.

Local 701 sponsors Automotive Service Tech at SkillsUSA Illinois

Thu. May 28, 2015

IAM Mechanics Local 701 in Carol Stream, IL sponsors the Automotive Service Technology Competition at the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships in Springfield. Sixty students competed in Automotive Service Technology, as they rotated through 20 work stations, testing their skills.

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.

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