Kathy Petersen wins Organizing Grant

Kathy Petersen Wins Organizing Grant

PetersenThe Berger-Marks Foundation, whose mission is to help organize women into unions, provides both financial support and camaraderie to people and organizations doing that work has awarded an organizing grant to IAM Sister Kathy Petersen, LL 839 VP, for her tireless organizing efforts.  Petersen aims to sign up more union members among the 6200 manufacturing  workers at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita Kansas, represented by Local Lodge 839 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers .

Since Kansas is a “right to work” state, each member has to sign up individually, and just over a majority have done so. As the July contract opener approaches, building the membership will strengthen the union’s negotiating power. Petersen’s goal is to contact all non-members. She’s worked on previous in-plant organizing campaigns, and over the past year, more than 770 new members have joined the union.