IAM members, leadership and staff are arriving in Chicago putting the final touches on preparations for the 39th Grand Lodge Convention. Union electricians, riggers and stage hands are busy turning the Chicago Hilton into the IAM’s home for its quadrennial gathering.
More than 1,200 delegates will be in attendance on Sunday, September 4, when International President Bob Martinez drops the gavel and tasks delegates with charting the IAM’s course for the next four years.
“The IAM’s elected delegates have what might be the greatest duty one can have in this union,” said Martinez. “They’ll be making the decisions necessary to grow our union while making sure we maintain and expand the level of service our members have come to expect from the IAM.”
The 2016 convention opens at a critical time for the IAM and working people everywhere. Anti-worker trade pacts threaten good jobs, right-to-work (for less) laws continue to spread across the United States and a critical presidential election will take place in November. It’s all happening as the IAM looks to usher in a new era of organizing prowess.
“In these challenging times, when working people seem to be under attack from every side, it’s critical that we come together like never before,” said Martinez. “Our convention theme, ‘Forward Together,’ exemplifies the united spirit we’ll need to survive and thrive. This entire Executive Council looks forward to a productive and historic week with the most dedicated Brothers and Sisters the labor movement has to offer.”
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If you’re a delegate, be sure to download the official Convention Travel Guide for information on airport shuttles, hotel arrangements, nearby restaurants and more.