Steward’s Meeting & General Meeting

The Local 778 Steward’s Meeting and General Meeting are held on the second Saturday of each month. Next meeting: Saturday,  May 12th, 2018.

The Steward’s Meeting will be held at 9:00 am and the General Meeting will follow at 9:30 am

The meeting will be held at the Lodge 778 Union Hall.

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Has Your Mailing Address Changed?

If your mailing address has changed, please contact IAM Local 778 Secretary-Treasurer Cory Wallace at cwallace778@aol.com or call (816) 363-7070.

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BLOOD DONATION

IAM 778 CREDIT

Brother Kert Maul has made it possible for our local to go to a Community Blood Bank and donate blood. http://www.savealifenow.org

The code you would need to give them to make it count for our local lodge is EF7W.  Any one union member, friends and family can use this code and donate for this great cause. You must give them the code before donating, and it has to be done at a center.  It cannot be credited if it is done at a remote donation site.

If you have any questions, please contact Kert Maul @ 913-402-8984.

 

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MLK 50th Celebration March

 

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Memphis and attend the I AM 2018 rally.  It was one of the most memorable moments in my life, particularly because I was able to be part of history.  As you know, 50 years ago MLK gave his historic Mountaintop speech at the Mason Temple before he was assassinated the next day.

But also I learned about the sanitation workers strike, the turmoil those 1,300 african american men endured and their plight to be treated simply as a human being.  In a time when when Jim Crow law was strictly enforced, those brave men stood up and demanded the right to be recognized by the city as MEN.  It made me proud to part of the labor movement and to be reaping the benefits that organized labor has fought so hard for over the years.

 

The following day I went to the unveiling of the I AM A MAN sculpture at the I AM A MAN Plaza which sits beside the Clayborn Temple where the sanitation workers led one of their marches and also the starting point of the silent march led by Coretta Scott king on March 8th, days after MLK was assassinated.

 

Not far from the Clayborn temple was the civil rights museum.  I toured the museum and was also able to go inside the Lorraine Motel where MLK took his last breath on the balcony.  I learned about his journey on the path to equality for all people, NOT just African Americans but for everyone. To read about his accomplishments, hear his speeches and see how far he has brought us gave me motivation to make a difference, anywhere I can.

 

Labor runs deep throughout Memphis and I am thankful that I was given the chance to experience it all

 

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April 14, 2018 Lodge Meeting

 

Brother Landon Miner and Trustee Brad Kreisel enjoying the meeting

Recording Secretary Brian Simmons and President Kevin Kellogg conducting lodge business.

Members during the Proceedings.

Trustee Angelo Caproitti and Trustee Jerry Bracken signing in and selling raffle tickets before the meeting.

DBR Joe Capra giving report during Stewards Meeting.

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Installation of New Officers

Today April 14, 2018  Brother Brian Simmons and  Brother Brad Kreisel  were sworn into office as Recording Secretary and Trustee respectively.

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Machinists Union Pledges $1 Million to Fight Right to Work inMissouri – IAMAW

 

 

The IAM pledged $1 million to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million dollar effort to repeal Right to Work in the state of Missouri. The Machinists presented Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis, third from left, with a check for $250,000 back in February. IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, left, presented Louis with another $250,000 Monday. The remaining half-million-dollars will be used to cover boots on the ground.

 

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have announced a $1 million pledge to support “Vote No on Prop A” – a multi-million dollar effort, headed by the Missouri AFL-CIO, to repeal Proposition A, a Right to Work law in the state of Missouri.

“From now until Election Day, whether it’s on the August ballot or the November ballot, our focus as a labor movement will be on educating the public in this state on what Proposition A really means,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber to more than 200 union members from various labor unions gathered in Missouri’s state capital for the 2018 Missouri State Council of Machinists/Joint Legislative Conference. “This fight in Missouri is going to cost somewhere in the area of about $20 million. Think about that… $20 million.”

“Well, the Fighting Machinists never back away from a fight,” continued Gruber. “On behalf of IAM International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, the entire IAM Executive Council, IAM Midwest Territory, and the members of the IAMAW, I am proud to announce today that the Machinists Union is committed to providing $1 million to the ‘Vote No on Prop A’ effort.”

The Machinists presented Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis with a check for $250,000 back in February. Gruber presented Louis with a check for another $250,000 Monday.

The remaining half-million-dollars will be used to cover boots on the ground – dedicated IAM members and staff teaching and educating the public, said Gruber.

“The truth is in what they’re not telling Missouri voters (and by ‘they’ I mean right-wing politicians and their corporate friends),” said Gruber. “They won’t tell them that the nine poorest states in the country all have one thing in common – Right to Work. They won’t tell them that wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called ‘Right to Work’ states than in other states. They won’t tell them that the negative impact of Right to Work laws translates to about $1,600 less a year in earnings for a typical full-time worker. They won’t tell them that. It’s up to us to control the narrative. It’s up to us to educate working families in Missouri on the truth.”

A vote “No” on Proposition A would repeal the state’s Right to Work law, suspended in 2017 after Missouri labor unions collected 310,567 signatures to halt the legislation and push it to a vote by Missouri residents. The measure is scheduled to be voted on November 6, 2018, unless state legislators vote to set an earlier election date.

See photos from the 2018 Missouri State Council of Machinists/Joint Legislative Conference.

See photos from the Missouri “Vote No on Prop A” rally.

 

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