Louisiana VA Medical Professionals Vote to Join IAM

Despite COVID-19 and logistics associated with the pandemic, the IAM Organizing Department has won a campaign for 47 medical professionals at the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Monroe, LA.

The group includes doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, physical therapists, lab technicians, social workers, and dieticians, who now look forward to the benefits and security of a union contract. They help to serve veterans in 15 Louisiana parishes.

“I want to welcome our new Sisters and Brothers to the IAM and let them know how proud we are that they are members of our union family,” said IAM General Vice President Brian Bryant. “Our union has a long history of supporting our servicemen and women, especially at VA facilities across the country.”

The campaign relied on a mostly virtual strategy that included a mail-ballot election. Grand Lodge Representative Juan Eldridge led the effort, with help from Apprentice Organizer Chris Casteel.

“I am incredibly proud of this group of new members and our team in the Organizing Department who made this happen,” said IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo. “They overcame great odds during a difficult time to bring a voice on the job to these deserving men and women at the Monroe VA.”

The outpatient clinic is the second of a three-part organizing strategy of the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, which serves more than 37,000 veterans per year.

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