IAM District 9 Fights for Justice, Wins Back Pay

IAM Local 660 member Jacob Harmon, left, holds his $50,233.60 back pay check alongside IAM District 9 Business Representative Joe Eccardt.

Jacob Harmon, a member of IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, IL, has his job back and more than $50,000 in back pay after an arbitrator found the company, Global Brass, did not have just cause for his termination.

IAM Local 660 members won $13,299.32 in back pay from Global Brass. Front row, from left: Dave Mann, Tim Elledge and Craig Neuhaus. Back row: John Stephens, Dave Felkel, Dossier Roberson and carpenter Jim Nixon. Not available for photo: Tim Brown, Darrell Mann, Mike Bernard, Dan Drew, Ron Kirksey, Steve Heiens, Aaron Cunningham, Gregg Stram, Roger Porter, John Lee and carpenter Scott Vogelpohl.

Harmon, who works in the utility classification at the casting plant, expressed his appreciation for the hard work and dedication of District 9 staff and Local 660 leadership.

A separate ruling found Local 660 members at Global Brass were entitled to more than $13,000 in overtime back pay after Global Brass handed out overtime to the wrong classification. IAM District 9 Business Representative Joe Eccardt presented the case for the IAM and the Carpenters Union, which took home nearly $6,000 for its members.

“We would like to congratulate Directing Business Representative Tony Rippeto and the District 9 staff on their continued success and commitment to justice in the workplace,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip Gruber.