Young Machinists Hold Fundraiser for Storm Victims

District 110 DBR Ron Shafer presents Local 2297 member Jim Herriven and his wife Barbara with a check to help rebuild after a tornado destroyed their home.

Members of the newly-formed Young Machinists group at IAM Headquarters joined forces recently with the IAM Retirees/Community and Membership Services Department to raise nearly $1,600 on behalf of IAM members affected by recent tornadoes.

Dozens of Machinists Union members lost homes, vehicles and belongings during the outbreak of killer tornadoes that tore a path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Jim Herriven, an IAM Shop Steward and member of Local 2297 in Havelock, NC, was attending his daughter’s softball game when a tornado struck their home. “The house was a total loss. It’s tough to look at – we lost everything,” said Herriven. “The assistance from the IAM has really come in very handy. The union has always been there for me, and I appreciate the help a great deal.”

Members of the Young Machinists raised nearly $1,600 at a recent cookout to support the IAM Disaster Relief Fund.

The IAM began distributing disaster relief funds to members as soon as storm damage could be assessed. Among those receiving aid are 12 members of District 75 in Northern Alabama, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the EF5 tornado that also obliterated the towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg, AL.