The IAM has been awarded three Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) grants totaling nearly $400,000.
FMCS grants are available to labor-management partnerships aimed at defining and confronting workplace problems and developing long-term solutions. The three grants were awarded to IAM District 190, IAM District 15, and IAM Local 701.
IAM District 190’s grant ($119,718) will help women, returning veterans, high school students, at-risk disconnected youth, and formerly incarcerated individuals. The grant dollars will be used to help grow IAM District 190’s Automotive and Machinist Apprenticeship Training Program.
IAM District 15’s grant ($111,541) will train women, returning veterans, and at-risk disconnected youth participate in the Tractor Trailer Driver Training gaining jobs with New England Motor Freight. This will help our partnership with New England Motor Freight.
IAM Local 701’s grant ($135,871) will provide OSHA safety training to new apprentices, increase apprenticeship numbers and develop a pre-apprenticeship program for high school students. This grant will support the state-of-the-art automotive apprenticeship training program at Local 701.
“These grants help IAM Districts and Locals address the shortage of skilled workers in different sectors where the IAM represents working people,” said IAM Director of Apprenticeships Jim Reid. “These grants make it possible for the IAM to provide comprehensive training programs and grow our membership through these joint labor-management partnerships.”