Southern

southmappics.jpgThe Southern Territory has nearly 100,000 IAM members in 21 District Lodges and more than 200 Local Lodges. Fourteen states make up the territory; Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The South is the birthplace of the IAM. It was formed in a railroad pit in Atlanta, Georgia in 1888. The Southern Territory carries on the proud tradition of our founders, joining together to make life better for working families everywhere.


Territory Notches Big Organizing Win in Texas

Thu. April 03, 2014

The Southern Territory announced an important organizing victory for 450 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX.

Don Barker Named Aerospace Coordinator

Tue. January 07, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Don Barker to the position of Aerospace Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014.

Parker, Almazan Named to Key Southern Territory Posts

Thu. December 12, 2013

The IAM Southern Territory has announced the appointment of Southern Territory Education Representative James Parker and District 166 Organizer Javier Almazan, Sr., to serve as Grand Lodge Special Representatives for the Southern Territory, effective December 1, 2013.

Guide Dogs Visits Corpus Christi Bike Fest

Tue. November 05, 2013

In a new video produced by the Machinists News Network, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) roars into the Corpus Christi Bike Fest in Corpus Christi, TX.

Sign Up to Keep Chinese-Processed Chicken Out of U.S.

Tue. October 22, 2013

The next chicken you eat could take a detour to China before ending up at your local grocery store—unless you help Roger Simmermaker, president of IAM Local 610 of Cape Canaveral, FL, stop a bad idea in its tracks.

‘Two-Tier’ Voting Looks to Further Disenfranchise Citizens

Thu. October 10, 2013

Officials in Arizona and Kansas are planning to implement a two-tier voting system as a way to comply with federal voting laws while keeping their strict state proof of citizenship laws in place.

WWW Welcomes First IAM Members from U.S. Virgin Islands

Tue. October 08, 2013

Two IAM Local 340 members have made history by becoming the first IAM members from the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend classes at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

IAM Retiree Receives 70-Year Veteran Pin

Thu. October 03, 2013

Retired Grand Lodge Auditor Theron Black has received the Machinists Union’s 70-year Veteran award for his many years of service as an IAM member.

Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’ On Any Proposal to Cut U.S. Pensions

Tue. September 24, 2013

America’s pensions are under attack. And it could be getting worse.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Click here to tell your Senators and Representative to vote “NO” on any proposal that cuts America’s pensions.

Southern States Conference Focuses on Growth

Tue. September 24, 2013

The third Southern States Conference of Machinists convened in Myrtle Beach, SC with newly-appointed Southern Territory GVP Mark Blondin acknowledging those who led the way.

Southern Territory Organizes Rehab Center

Thu. September 12, 2013

IAM District 166 organized 15 employees at Tropical Wellness Center, a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility near the shores of Palm Bay, FL.

Southern Territory Organizes Rehab Center

Tue. September 10, 2013

District Lodge #166 recently organized 15 employees at Tropical Wellness Center, a certified Drug & Alcohol rehabilitation facility located near the shores of Palm Bay, FL.

Fort Worth Machinists Raise Over $15,000 for Guide Dogs

Thu. September 05, 2013

IAM District Lodge 776 in Fort Worth, TX hit the links recently to raise over $15,000 for the Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

Winpisinger Center Class Preps Okeelanta Corp. Employees for Negotiations

Tue. August 20, 2013

The Negotiating Committee for over 550 IAM Local Lodge 2152 members at South Bay, FL-based sugar manufacturer Okeelanta Corp. met at the William W. Winpisinger Center recently to develop a multi-faceted strategic plan for their upcoming talks with the company. The current contract expires October 31, 2013.

Southern Territory Supports TX AFL-CIO President Moeller on Perry Veto

Thu. August 08, 2013

After an Aug. 6th report in the Houston Chronicle that Macy’s, Kroger’s and other grocery stores secretly lobbied Gov. Rick Perry to veto the Equal Pay Law (a.k.a. the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), some in the progressive community have called for a boycott of those stores.

IAM Contract Improves Pensions in Puerto Rico

Thu. July 25, 2013

Twenty-nine members of Local Lodge 2725 in San Juan, Puerto Rico unanimously ratified a new contract with Air Express International, which vastly improved members’ pension benefits.

Machinists Prevail in Negotiations with City of Memphis

Wed. July 17, 2013

Members of IAM Local 3 were able to erase deep cuts suffered two years ago in long, hard-fought negotiations in Memphis, TN.

Southern Territory Welcomes GVP Mark Blondin

Wed. July 10, 2013

On July 1, 2013, Machinists Union International President Tom Buffenbarger re-assigned Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez to IAM Headquarters to fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of former GVP Rich Mchalski, and assigned newly-elected GVP Mark Blondin to take the helm as General Vice President of the Southern Territory.

Pat Lehman Receives Humanitarian Award

Tue. June 18, 2013

Political activist and retired 41-year IAM member Pat Lehman of Wichita, KS is the recipient of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Lehman, a former Grand Lodge Representative who retired in 2007, was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, June 14 in Charleston, WV.

Pat Lehman Receives Humanitarian Award

Tue. June 18, 2013

Political activist and retired 41-year IAM member Pat Lehman of Wichita, KS is the recipient of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Lehman, a former Grand Lodge Representative who retired in 2007, was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, June 14 in Charleston, WV.

IAM Organizing Grows in Caribbean

Thu. June 13, 2013

The IAM Southern Territory is continuing its organizing success in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In two separate elections in a 32-day period, Local Lodge 340 has added all the bargaining unit employees at Waste Management on the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Johns.

IAM Local Lodge 850 members Hit by Oklahoma Tornado

Thu. May 23, 2013

On May 20th, Oklahomans knew the danger was high for large tornados that could be on the ground for a long time. Their worst fears were realized, as an F5 monster formed west of Moore and started moving into heavily-populated areas. The National Weather Service issued a rare “Tornado Emergency” which meant a large tornado was on the ground and endangering a large area.

During the hour the tornado was on the ground, 13,000 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 22,000 people were suddenly homeless. Local Lodge 850 of the Machinists Union calls the OKC metroplex home, representing over 500 members under several contracts. IAM members are among the families affected.

Southern Territory Scores Virgin Island Win

Thu. May 16, 2013

The IAM presence on the U.S. Virgin Islands continues to grow, as Local Lodge 340 overwhelmingly won an election for 95 workers at Waste Management Authority on the three islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Johns.

IAM Joins Farmworker Protest at Reynolds American

Tue. May 14, 2013

Members of the IAM joined with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in a 125-person march on Reynolds American’s shareholder meeting in Winston-Salem, NC, to demand justice for tobacco farm workers.

Texas Machinists and LCLAA Salute Cesar Chavez Legacy

Tue. April 16, 2013

Texas Machinists and the Tarrant County Chapter of LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) once again joined the annual Cesar Chavez March for Education, honoring the life and work of Chavez. About 200 marchers marched through downtown Fort Worth, TX, to the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College

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