Union Pride on Display as 1,000 Attend Local 1943 Picnic

Ace and Addison Royster, children of IAM member Lionel Royster and wife Jessie, at the annual Local 1943 union picnic at King’s Island Amusement Park in Mason, OH.

Nearly 1,000 IAM members and their families donned their Machinists shirts and braved the heat to ascend on King’s Island Amusement Park for their ninth annual IAM Local 1943 summer picnic.

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IAM Local 1943 President Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas (right), passes out door prize tickets at the annual summer picnic attended by members and families of the Middletown, OH local.

“It’s amazing to see this many of our members out here together enjoying time with their families and displaying their union pride,” said IAM Local 1943 President Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas.

The picnic is not only a great time for the members and their families to come together and enjoy each other’s company, but with 1000 Machinist Union shirts roaming around the park, it’s great advertising.

“All day long we have people coming up to us asking us about our union shirts and what we are about,” continued Douglas. “So, of course, we tell them and give them cards. It’s a great organizing tool.”

The event included admission to the amusement park, a catered picnic lunch, ice cream, door prizes and face painting and airbrushing for the kids.

The Middletown, OH local represents 1,850 workers at AK Steel, Pilot Chemical, RMB and Cummins Bridgeway.