Category: Vote No On Prop A

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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50 Years Later, Machinists March in Footsteps of Dr. King – IAMAW

 

 

Marching among thousands in Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death was Teddy McNeal, an African-American man and 37-year Machinists Union member who grew up on the unpaved end of a segregated street in the rural South.

“Marching in the footsteps of Dr. King gives me a tremendous sense of pride,” said McNeal, 65, who is now president of the North Carolina State Council of Machinists. “I really truly believe that it was one of the highlights of my life.”

McNeal, along with hundreds of IAM members and thousands more in the labor movement, assembled here to recall King’s legacy and revive his struggle for economic and social justice.

In the days before his April 4, 1968 death, King marched with striking AFSCME sanitation workers to demand dignity after two workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed and killed by a malfunctioning truck. The striking workers carried signs declaring, “I AM A MAN.”

Speakers at the I AM 2018 rally outside AFSCME Local 1733 remembered the civil rights icon and called for solidarity in the face of today’s attacks on working people.

“It is up to all of us to continue the sacred march toward justice, equality and dignity for all,” IAM International President Bob Martinez told the crowd. “We cannot, we must not, and we will not tolerate anything less!”

WATCH: Martinez honors Dr. King in Memphis

After the rally, IAM members, wearing shirts reading “Ask Me About My Machinists Union Dream,” marched a mile-and-a-half to the Mason Temple, where King famously delivered his “Mountaintop” speech the night before his death.

PHOTOS: Machinists at IAM 2018

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#VoteNoOnPropA

The future of Missouri’s economy is at risk.

In 2018, Missouri voters will have a chance to vote on Proposition A, a statewide ballot referendum that will drive down wages, fail to create jobs and undermine Missouri’s economy.

No on Prop A is a broad coalition of Missouri citizens dedicated to putting Missouri’s working families first by defeating Proposition A. It’s clear that if Prop A passes, out-of-touch politicians and greedy CEOs will benefit, while everyday Missouri families will see their wages go down.

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TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Missouri State Legislators to Stop Right-to-Work

With new GOP Governor Eric Greitens promising to sign any Right-to-Work legislation, the time to act is now!
Right-to-Work threatens wages and benefits of all workers in the state of Missouri. Take action now by contacting your state legislators. Tell them RTW is wrong for Missouri.

Click here to find your new Missouri State Legislators.

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