IAM to Honor Gulf Coast Survivor Spirit

January 12, 2006 – The IAM will hold a reception on January 13, 2005, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Picayune, MS, to honor the hundreds of IAM members in Mississippi and Louisiana who are rebuilding lives and communities in the wake of the recent hurricanes.

The event will feature remarks from local and national IAM leaders who coordinated hurricane relief efforts, provided food, tools and supplies in addition to distributing nearly $300,000 in donations from IAM members across North America.

“We want to honor the sacrifice and celebrate the spirit of our members in these communities,” said IAM Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez, Jr. “The hurricanes did incredible damage, but they also exposed the most resilient and resourceful citizens that any community could hope to have. Their determination to rebuild and reclaim their lives is stronger than any natural disaster.”

More than 1,150 union members from Florida to Texas received assistance from the IAM’s Community Services Department after the hurricanes hit.  Among those attending the reception will be members of IAM Local 2249, who work at Stennis Space Center and members from Local 1133 employed at Northrup Grumman in Pascagoula, MS. Also attending will be IAM-represented Woodworkers from Local W-50 and W-443, and members from Local 37 in New Orleans and District 161 in Lake Charles, LA.