Notice of Election for IAM International President,
General Secretary-Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents

Dear Sister/Brother:

In accordance with the provisions of Article III of the IAM Constitution, the IAM will conduct elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents for terms ending on June 30, 2017. Voting for these Grand Lodge officers will be held at the first or only meeting of your local lodge in the month of April 2014 at the date, time and location set forth below. The nominees receiving the highest number of votes of all members voting shall be declared elected.

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 the Massachusetts State Council of Machinists held an annual meeting/breakfast. This year’s event took place at IAMAW Local 1726 Meeting Hall in East Boston Massachusetts. Guest speakers at this year’s meeting included Attorney General Martha Coakley and State Treasurer Steve Grossman, both candidates for Governor of Massachusetts. Guest speakers also included Attorney General Candidates Warren Tolman and Maura Healy. The highlight of the day’s event included a guest speaker appearance from International President Tom Buffenbarger as well as the General Secretary Treasurer Robert Roach Jr and General Vice-President Diane Babineaux. Once again the leadership of the MSCM: President, Jim Mastandrea, Vice President, Craig Hughs, Secretary, Jeb Mastandrea & Legislative/MNLP Director, Mike Varbedian put together an incredible event. We would thank all the guest speakers and more importantly all the members who took the time to attend this year’s meeting.

Click here to view picture from this years MSCM Meeting.

~~Why an Aging Population Won’t Make America Poor

by DEAN BAKER

Virtually the entire economics profession failed to recognize the housing bubble and the devastating impact that its collapse would have on the economy. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe are suffering as a result of this failure. The economics profession has responded with a limited dose of soul searching and a promise to do better.

Six years later there is little evidence that it is meeting this commitment. Most obviously, the fact that the economies of all the wealthy countries are still operating well below potential GDP is compelling evidence of continuing failure of economists to produce an agreed upon solution to the crisis.

In accordance with the provisions of Article III of the IAM Constitution, the IAM will conduct elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents for terms ending on June 30, 2017. In Canada, elections will be conducted for the offices of International President and General Secretary-Treasurer only.

Voting for these Grand Lodge officers will be held at the first or only meeting of local lodges in the month of April 2014.  In March 2014, all members will be mailed to their last known address a Notice of the date, time, and location of voting in their local lodge, and an absentee ballot request form. A list of the dates, times and locations of all IAM local lodge election meetings will be posted on “Grand Lodge Officers Election Notice” page on www.goiam.org no later than March 24, 2014.

Only members in good standing of the local lodge will be permitted to vote in the elections of Grand Lodge officers. All eligible members who arrive at the polls before closing will be permitted to cast their ballots. Polls will remain open for this purpose, if necessary.

Members who (1) reside more than 25 miles from the designated balloting place for their local lodge,* or (2) are confined because of verified illness, or (3) are on leave qualifying under U.S. or Canadian family leave law, or (4) are on vacation,** or (5) are on official IAM business, or (6) are unable to vote during polling hours due to employer assignment or shift, or (7) are on military leave, may vote by absentee ballot, upon request.

Eligible members wishing to receive an absentee ballot must complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form or a letter including the same information, and should deliver it in person or mail it no later than 10 days before the voting date of your local lodge to your local lodge recording secretary or, in the absence of the recording secretary, to the local lodge secretary-treasurer. For assistance and additional information about how to contact your recording secretary to obtain an absentee ballot, ask your shop steward, or call the IAM Membership Department at (301) 967-4525. For a copy of the Absentee Ballot Request Form, click here.

Your local lodge recording secretary will confirm your eligibility to vote by absentee ballot and mail you a ballot and instructions within 48 hours after receipt of your request. Members found not eligible to vote by absentee ballot will be so notified by mail within 48 hours after receipt of the request.

Absentee ballots must be received by your local lodge via mail in the designated P.O. Box on or before the time and date stated in the absentee ballot instructions included with the absentee ballot. Absentee ballots received after the time and date included in the absentee ballot instructions will not be counted.

Protest Procedures

As these elections are being supervised by the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), all protests concerning the IAM elections process shall be filed in writing with DOL as soon as possible but no later than May 23, 2014, and should be addressed to Geneva Ferrando, DOL Election Supervisor, 800 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20002, telephone (202) 513-7309, fax (202) 513-7301, email: olmselectionsupervisor@dol.govThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*Distance is determined by the closest internet driving distance.

**Vacation is only a valid reason for active employees; it is not a valid reason for retirees to receive an absentee ballot.

On February 8, 2014, the IAM conducted runoff elections to resolve contested nominations for IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents. Under the IAM Constitution, local lodge members first nominate incumbents and/or challengers for open positions, followed by runoff votes if needed to determine local lodge endorsements. If challengers are endorsed at 25 or more local lodges, a union-wide general election is held. While the incumbent office holders received endorsements from more than 90 percent of local lodges reporting results, preliminary results indicate a mix of challengers received endorsements from more than 25 local lodges, exceeding the threshold for a general election. The election will take place in accordance with the IAM Constitution. The IAM is one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America and one of the few where local members directly choose the union’s top officers.

Auto Dealership's Social Media Policy Violates Federal Labor Law, NLRB ALJ Finds

Boch Imports Inc., NLRB ALJ, No. 1-CA-83551, 1/13/14

Jan. 27 — Although an automobile dealership agreed to amend its social media policy after consultation with National Labor Relations Board staff, the company still must take affirmative steps to ensure its employees are aware of the new policy, an NLRB administrative law judge found Jan. 13 (Boch Imports Inc., NLRB ALJ, No. 1-CA-83551, 1/13/14).

The case began when an International Association of Machinists local alleged that Boch Imports Inc. of Norwood, Mass., issued overly restrictive rules in its employee handbook, according to the opinion by ALJ Joel P. Biblowitz. Among those restrictive terms was a social media policy.

The policy prohibited employees on social media platforms from sharing any information about customers, engaging in activities that “could have a negative effect” on the company, using any company logos and posting any videos or photos taken in the workplace.

Boch Imports argued that the allegations regarding the social media policy were moot after the employee handbook was updated in May 2013.

Citing Passavant Memorial Area Hospital, 237 N.L.R.B. 138, 98 LRRM 1492 (1978), the ALJ found that NLRB rulings hold that disavowal of earlier unlawful statements do not always remove the need for remedial action, particularly if there are no assurances made that the employer will not interfere with employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act in the future.

“It requires little discussion to find” that many of the employer's social media policies clearly violate the NLRA “as employees would reasonably construe these provisions as preventing them from discussing their conditions of employment with their fellow employees, radio and television stations,” the ALJ found, citing Karl Knauz Motors Inc., 358 N.L.R.B. 164, 194 LRRM 1041 (2012) (191 DLR A-5, 10/2/12).

The ALJ ordered Boch Imports to post a notice explaining that the employer handbook was updated and to refrain from issuing or enforcing any overly broad rules that violate Section 7 of the NLRA. Section 7, 29 U.S.C. § 157, protects both union activities and the right of nonunion employees “to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”

NLRB attorneys Daniel Fein and Karen Hickey in Boston represented the agency. Thomas J. McAndrew, of Thomas J. McAndrew & Assocs., in Providence, R.I., represented Boch Imports.

While working the line at Harley-Davidson’s factory in York, Pa., Mark Dettinger noticed a small problem. The plastic piece that held electrical parts to the front of a motorcycle, a piece about the size of a hardcover book, wasn’t fitting correctly. Every time a new bike came down the line, it took a few extra shoves to push it into place. In fact, it took an extra 1.2 seconds. But Dettinger, who had spent some 20 years at the York plant, knew that every second counted. With 400 motorcycles built each shift, on two shifts a day, an extra 1.2 seconds per bike added up to 2,200 lost bikes annually. Millions could be lost in revenue. Maybe it wasn’t such a small problem.

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As Congress inches toward proposing legislation that would arguably enable the most significant changes to private pension law in decades, opposition from organized labor is slowly mounting. In addition to the Machinists, the first union to come out strongly against the proposal, the Teamsters, Steelworkers and Boilermakers are now raising concerns. The wave of rebelling unions marks the most significant opposition that the proposal, which enjoys bipartisan support among the most influential members of the House Education and Workforce Committee, has yet to encounter.

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