A group of 31 mine workers employed by Feldspar Corporation in Edgar, FL, the state’s oldest continually operated mine, voted recently to join the IAM. “The biggest issue was respect and a voice on the job,” said District 112 Directing Business Representative Steve Hernandez. “Wages and benefits are very important, but people want fair treatment.” The group will join other surface mine contracts with the IAM in Local Lodge 1098.
District 75 also won a recent vote at Ft. Rucker, AL for 12 Flight Simulator Operators with L-3 Communications. The Technicians join over 3,000 IAM members already at Ft. Rucker.
Rounding out the trio of organizing victories, District 110 recently organized 5 Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Technicians at Cherry Point, NC. The new members there work for Dyncorp.
“I’m happy to welcome our newest members,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez. “Congratulations to these Districts and Locals who put in the hard work necessary to bring these new members into the Machinists family.”