The delegates of the IAM New Mexico State Council met in Santa Fe, N.M. from February 1-3 for their annual winter meeting.
During the meeting, delegates heard from Rep. Christine Chandler, lead House sponsor for New Mexico’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act, legislation which was the focus of delegates’ lobbying efforts and meetings during their visit to New Mexico’s capitol, the Roundhouse. While in the capitol, Council delegates also met with New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, and spoke about our union’s work in the defense, aerospace, and other New Mexico-based industries.
Additionally, the New Mexico State Council hosted Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen, Western Territory Chief of Staff Robert Martinez, and IAM Legislative Representative Ty Richardson. During the meeting, the New Mexico State Council presented a “Council Champion” award to GVP Allen for his advocacy and support of the Council and the members across New Mexico.
“I am humbled and honored to have received this award from the New Mexico State Council of Machinists,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “The work of this Council has a profound impact on working families in New Mexico and I am extremely grateful for their effort and dedication.”
Delegates finished the Council meeting by re-electing officers for the next term of office, including, John Dyrcz (Local 794) as President, Tina Davis (Local 794) as Secretary-Treasurer, Virgil Thompson (Local 794) 2nd Vice President, and Trustee Ron Moore (Local 2515). Newly elected officers include Art Pardo (Local 2515) as 1st Vice President, and Lynelle Jimenez (Local 1635) and James Robles (Local 2515) as Trustees. GVP Allen presided over the swearing-in of the new and returning officers.
“I am honored to be re-elected to lead the State Council for the next term,” said New Mexico State Council President John Dyrcz. “Our Council delegates have truly stepped up to envision, create, and enact the Council they want to see in our state. As we continue to advocate for policies that help labor and working people, I will always do my best to deliver for Machinists in New Mexico.”