Texas NFFE-IAM Local 2189 Honored for Organizing Win


IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin, center in suit, presents members of NFFE-IAM Local 2189 with a crystal appreciation award for their successful efforts to organize more than 1,000 URS workers at Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, TX.

IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin presented NFFE-IAM Local 2189 a crystal appreciation award for their help and support of the organizing effort for Service Contract employees working for URS at Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, TX.

IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin, left, presents an organizing award to Chris Casteel, Vice President of NFFE-IAM Local 2189.

Over 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel at the base voted 61 percent for IAM representation in October 2014.

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“This local came to us and told us about a thousand workers needed a union,” said Blondin, who made the presentation during a meeting with Local 2189 leadership and stewards. “They were instrumental in helping us organize this unit. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Workers at URS recently attended negotiations preparation training at the William W. Winpisinger Center late last year and are currently in negotiations with the company for a first contract. Organizing efforts for hundreds more workers at other companies are ongoing at Red River.

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is an IAM-affiliated national union representing approximately 110,000 blue and white collar government workers across the United States.