Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Regular Membership meeting tonight December 2nd 2008

Regular membership meeting tonight at the District Hall in Cape Canaveral. Meeting starts at 4:30PM.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

JBOSC Reserve Sick Leave

The grievance relative to the JBOSC Reserve Sick Leave disposition has been processed and the Union and the company are engaged in selecting an arbitrator. The Union will provide updates once the arbitration has been scheduled.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday November 11th.

Sorry folks, I goofed up and forgot the date was changed for this months regular membership meeting. Same place and time but on NEXT Tuesday the 11th.

Don't forget to go vote tomorrow.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Machinists Approve New Boeing Contract by 74%


"The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced today that its members voted to ratify a new 4-year contract with the Boeing Company by 74 percent.
The new agreement covers 27,000 IAM members at Boeing facilities in Washington, Oregon, Kansas and California, and ends a strike that began on September 6, 2008.
Machinists will begin returning to work as early as November 2 (for third shift employees) and November 3 for first and second shift employees. Per the Settlement Agreement, members have until the beginning of their shift on Monday, November 10 to return to work.
"Our Union has delivered what few Americans have - economic certainty and quality benefits for the next four years. Each of you stood up and did your part to win this battle," said District 751 President Tom Wroblewski. "Your solidarity brought Boeing back to the table and made this Company address your issues. After 57 days of striking, we have gained important and substantial improvements over the Company's offer that was rejected on September 3. I am proud to be a member of the Machinists Union and want to thank our members for their solidarity and commitment."
"This contract gives the workers at Boeing an opportunity to share in the extraordinary success this Company has achieved over the past several years," said Aerospace Coordinator Mark Blondin. "It also recognizes the need to act with foresight to protect the next generation of aerospace jobs. These members helped make Boeing the company it is today, and they have every right to be a part of its future."
Among the many job security gains, the Union reasserted its jurisdiction over the scope of work of bargaining unit represented jobs that was lost in the 2002 contract. The Union members' share of medical costs will remain unchanged from 2002 through 2012. In addition to the many monetary gains achieved in the new contract, the takeaway language that was riddled throughout the Company's 9/3/08 proposal was withdrawn - retiree medical is preserved, survivor benefits are returned, reinstatement of seniority lost due to layoff is returned, promotional rights restored and the list goes on.
As part of the Settlement Agreement, the Union negotiated insurance and benefits will be considered continuous for all returning employees and their dependents. The Company will return all insurance premiums that were paid during the strike and all valid insurance claims will be paid."

Good Job on the contract!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Senator Joe Biden in Melbourne

Senator Joe Biden, Democratic Party nominee for Vice President will make an appearance on Tuesday, October 28 in Melbourne. The event will be at Wickham Park. Gates open at 4:00pm .

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rick Thompson Cook Out

There will be a cook out for Rick Thompson this Saturday, 10/25 at Our Place Saloon (across from TICO Airport off US1 on River Road) beginning at 12 Noon. This is not a benefit, just a cook out for a good friend. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and a happy face. Burgers and dogs will be the menu.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rick Thompson Benifit Lunch Postponed

Susan wrote to let us all know the luncheon will not take place as planned Tuesday. Will update if and when the lunch is rescheduled. Please keep brother Rick in your thoughts.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lunchtime benefit for Brother Rick Thompson on Tuesday, October 14 at M7-555

Was sent this information from Susan Ross (Stites).

Although it's short notice, we need to get the word out. There will be a lunchtime benefit for Brother Rick Thompson on Tuesday, October 14 at M7-555. This is in the Industrial Area, otherwise known as The Water and Waste Shop. Please, come help us support Rick. A covered dish would be appreciated, but is not necessary to attend. Bring your appetite and wallet. It will be a grab and go lunch. so dont worry about parking. Every one attending will be helping Rick, as he has helped so many before him. We appreciate everyone in advance, and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Stop by and support Brother Rick Thompson on Tuesday, your stomach will reap the rewards.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday October 7th.

Regular meeting starts at 4:30PM at the hall. Address is; 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Hope to see everyone there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Update to Boeing Strike Mailing Address for Support.

Hi there,

Our mailing address is 9125 15th Place South, Seattle, Wa. 98108. Attention Susan A. Palmer, Secretary-Treasurer.
Please make checks out to the District 751 Hardship Fund. We appreciate any help you can give. We’re all in this fight together!

In Solidarity,

Susan A. Palmer
District Lodge 751, IAM&AW

Machinists Union On Strike Against Boeing

I have sent an email asking for a mailing address so that any members who wish to send them a strike support donation, will have the information. They are in their 19th day on the line and as we know, the more support they receive the better they will stand. As soon as I get the information for donations I will post it here. Their website is very informative on the current strike events. Here is the link:


A video from one of the striking members posted on Youtube, reminded me of many of the sights and sounds we experienced last year. Here is the video:

Obama Calls on Senate and House Leadership to Renew America's Commitment to NASA

Since the IAM announced their Endorsement of Barack Obama on September 9th, the District Lodge felt the members of the Local Lodges would be interested in this press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barack Obama today sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling to renew our country's commitment to NASA and to provide a budget with sufficient resources for success in its critical missions - space exploration and human spaceflight, science and aeronautics research.
The text of the letter is below:

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Madam Speaker Pelosi:

This Administration's lack of leadership for our nation's space program has left Americans without access to space or the ability to support its astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) without paying Russia for transportation. The ISS is a world-class research facility, built with approximately $100 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money. With the planned retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2010, the U.S. will be paying Russia for rides to and from the ISS, and for emergency lifeboat services, using their Soyuz spacecraft. Furthermore, at the end of 2011, NASA will no longer even have the legal authority to continue paying Russia for Soyuz flights, so unless we act immediately, the U.S. will abandon its role in supporting, and benefiting from, missions to this amazing facility, leaving it to our international partners.

The Bush administration's plan to have astronauts explore beyond low-earth orbit, returning to the Moon and then on to Mars, has never been funded adequately. In order to pay for this program, all other NASA programs have been short-changed ─ from our important earth and space science missions to investment in critical aeronautics programs. The very engine of innovation for our nation, investment in research and technology, has been all but eliminated at NASA. America needs to renew its commitment to NASA and to provide sustained, stable direction with an honest budget and sufficient resources for success across all of its critical missions: Human Spaceflight, Science, and Aeronautics Research.

As Dr. Michael Griffin, the NASA administrator, said recently, "In a rational world, (NASA) would have been allowed to pick a Shuttle retirement date to be consistent with Ares/Orion availability, (NASA) would have been asked to deploy Ares/Orion as early as possible (rather than "not later than 2014") and we would have been provided the necessary budget to make it so" [NASA e-mail, 8/18/08]. Regrettably, the current administration has not behaved rationally and, with the Russian invasion of Georgia, NASA is now left with more limited options, all of them much worse than if the administration and their Republican allies in Congress had thought through the strategic consequences of these decisions five years ago.

Because of this failure of leadership, America is now faced with three less-than-optimal options:
∙ Ask Congress to renew the existing waiver for the Iran-North Korea-Syria Non-proliferation Act (INKSNA) and rely on Russia to launch and retrieve our own astronauts on the Space Station between the imminent retirement of the Space Shuttle and the first launch of an operational replacement for the Shuttle.

∙ Do nothing and abandon American commitments to the International Space Station between 2012 and 2015, relinquishing our $100 billion dollar investment to the Russians and our other international partners.

∙ Increase NASA's funding significantly to extend our use of the Space Shuttle beyond 2010 as partial mitigation for the gap in American access to low-earth orbit and for our dependence on Soyuz, while also providing a smoother transition of NASA's Shuttle workforce, infrastructure, and capabilities to new systems.

Administrator Griffin has initiated an analysis of the third option to determine its feasibility, cost, and schedule implications. The results should be available in the November timeframe so that the President-elect's transition team can prepare appropriate action along with appropriate FY2010 budgeting. NASA's appropriators, however, should be prepared to consider increasing NASA's budget to extend safe Shuttle operations beyond 2010 and to accelerate government and private-sector efforts to provide human access to low-earth orbit. Any effort to extend the Shuttle program must receive adequate funding, ensuring that progress on developing new vehicles is not further delayed by diverting funds to the Shuttle.

In the meantime, while we await the results of NASA's Shuttle study, there are three concrete steps that Congress should take immediately. I urge you to:

∙ Extend NASA's waiver of INKSNA so we keep that option open for allowing U.S. astronauts to utilize the ISS beyond 2011.

∙ Demand that NASA take no further action that would make it more difficult or expensive to fly the Shuttle beyond 2010.

∙ Provide additional funding in FY2009 above that contemplated in the pending appropriations bills to support the single extra Shuttle flight already approved overwhelmingly by both House and Senate authorizers earlier this year.

NASA should be funded appropriately to carry out its important goals. In 1961, President Kennedy inspired America to explore the heavens. He set difficult goals for NASA but, importantly, he and a Democratic Congress provided NASA with the resources necessary for success. And succeed they did. NASA helped America win the Cold War without firing a single shot by dazzling the world with our technological and moral leadership. It is time to dazzle them again.

Barack Obama United States Senator

For more information on Barack Obama, visit http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

Hurricane Ike Relief Appeal

As Hurricane Ike roared toward the Texas coast, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger established a task force to assist Machinists Union members impacted by the storm.

Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez, Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr., and Community Services Director Maria Cordone are coordinating the efforts of IAM Grand Lodge Representatives on the ground and staff from several affected District Lodges.

First job for the task force is to account for IAM members in the storm-ravaged areas and help provide access to much-needed resources. As many as 5,000 IAM members in South Texas may have been affected.

“We have a far larger density of IAM members in the South Texas area than we’ve had in past disasters, and we’re working hard to find out the extent of our members’ losses,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez. “The scale of our task is far larger than Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma combined. We are counting on the generosity of our IAM family to help in this time of need.”Any member who has been impacted by the storm, or has information about other impacted members is asked to contact the Machinists Union at ike@iamaw.org.

Contributions of non-perishable food, clothing can be sent to: District 161, 330 Belden Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 433-2000. Monetary donations can be sent directly to the “IAM Disaster Relief Fund” in care of the Community Services Department, 9000 Machinists Place, Upper Marlboro, 20772.

“As quickly as these funds are received, they will be distributed directly to IAM families on the basis of need,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger and GST Warren Mart in a letter being mailed to locals and districts. “Fellow members of our union need our help. They need it now. We are confident you will join us in responding to that need.”

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Support the Employee Free Choice Act.

The online "card" can be found at : http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/efca_card_support

With your help, our unions will present the new president and Congress with 1 million signatures urging them to enact the Employee Free Choice Act.
Add your name today.

The Employee Free Choice Act will:
1. Strengthen penalties against companies that coerce or intimidate employees trying to form unions and bargain;
2. Establish mediation and binding arbitration when the employer and workers cannot agree on a first contract; and
3. Enable employees to form unions when a majority signs authorization cards.

Sign the Online Card to help us reach our goal: 1 million signatures urging the new president and Congress to enact the Employee Free Choice Act.

This is also called the "Card Check" which will allow employees to form a collective unit without being harassed by an employer. At this time the process involves card signatures and then the NLRB will schedule an election normally several months after the initial drive has been completed. During the time lapse, employers harass the employees into rejecting the union through illegal practices and normally the use of outside "Union Busting" consultants. The Employee Free Choice Act will stop the bottom feeding consultants from tampering with the process of forming a collective barganing unit. That said, it is no wonder they have fought to keep this bill from becoming law.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Party For Joe Tidwell, KARS Park This Friday.

Brother Joe Tidwell has been feeling a little down due to illness. His brothers and sisters from the LES-A&R shops are tossing him a party at KARS Park on Friday August 8th starting at 3:30PM. There will be food and drinks and they are asking for a $5 donation to cover the costs of the food. Please stop by the party and give Joe some words of encouragement!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Still Need Help With Your Resume?

For those having difficulties submitting their EG&G/Yang resumes we want to help. The Local will have fellow members at the Union Hall (271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral) to assist you on Saturday, July 26th beginning at 8am. Come see us.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Steward Training Class Reminder

There will be a Steward Training class Saturday, July26th beginning at 9am at the Union hall located at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral. Brother James Parker, IAM Southern Territory Educator will conduct the class. All members of Local Lodge 2061 are invited to attend.

Discussions with EG&G continue

District Lodge 166 Directing Business Representative Johnny Walker met today with EG&G Manager of Labor Relations Lester Jordan. The two engaged in wide-ranging discussions relative to ISC workforce requirements and the process for current JBOSC employees transitioning to ISC. DBR Walker characterized the talks as constructive and encouraging. Manpower requirements are uncertain at this time. This Union will continue to meet with ISC contractor representatives and assist them in any way possible. Please alert your friends and co-workers to this site as it remains the best means of communicating with our membership. As we learn more we will post the information on this site.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Need Help With Your Resume?

We understand some current JBOSC employees don't have access to a computer or are experiencing problems submitting their electronic resumes to EG&G/Yang. We are here to help.
We will have folks at the Union Hall this Sunday (7/20) beginning at 2pm to assist you. All we ask is you bring a written resume (to the best of your ability) and we will set up an e-mail address for you and assist you in submitting your resume. We will use the computers at the Hall. The Union Hall is located at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral immediately East of the Cape Canaveral recreation complex. See you at 2pm.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Current JBOSC Employees

Following further discussions with ISC transition representatives they have requested we take additional steps in the resume process. They are asking we submit resumes to EG&G and Yang. They tell us once your on-line resume is submitted they will generate an on-line application to your e-mail address to be completed by you and returned via e-mail. I have attached the links to the resume sights. The requisition number is EGG30165. If you are unable to submit a resume on-line for any reason, please contact Lew Jamieson (321-446-7092) or Murray Caldwell (321-794-5993) and we will assist you in submitting your resume. .I know this process has been confusing to us all and appears as though the companies and the Union can't decide how this process should work. We can only request you recognize the companies are very busy with the transition and are working with this Union to affect an orderly transition. I can assure you Johnny Walker, Murray Caldwell and myself are in daily contact with the transition team and providing the companies with any assistance they request.

Here are the links;



Sunday, July 13, 2008

ISC Open House Reminder

The EG&G Open House is Tuesday, July 15 5-8pm at the "Radisson at the Port", Cape Canaveral. Members who are currently employed by JBOSC employers who will be transitioning to ISC are urged to attend.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Meeting with Indyne/IOMS

Local 2061 representatives met today with Indyne, Inc. Director Kyle "Booee" Kuhn and associate Roger Morton. The meeting was productive and shed some light on the transition process. All affected members must submit an application to Indyne. Applications are available at http://www.indyneinc.com/ Scroll down under the IOMS heading to "IOMS Recruiting Website". Select your job classification, click on "My Application" complete the application, register and submit. The Local has hard copy applications on hand for those unable to complete the on-line application. The hiring process will occur in late July or early August. Indyne has committed to interview all incumbent employees. Indyne will hold an open house Monday, July 7th at Comfort Inn & Suites Resort Hotel, Cocoa Beach in the Ocean Ballroom. Three one hour sessions will be offered; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. All members are urged to attend. Enjoy your Independence Day holiday.


Meeting with EG&G/ISC

Local 2061 representatives met with EG&G Program Manager Kirt Bush and EG&G associate Herman Garrett today. The discussions were positive and shed some light on the transition process for current JBOSC employees. EG&G will begin accepting brief resumes (no more than one page) beginning July 7th. Resumes should contain the following:
Contact phone number
Current employer
Job Classification per the collective bargaining agreement
Brief description of current duties
Current manager's name
These resumes may be hand delivered to the Headquarters Building, Room 1404 beginning next week on a non-interference basis.
Applications will be made available later this month. The application process likely will be conducted by EG&G personnel at the Union Hall. EG&G will be holding an open house July 15th at the Radisson at the Port, Cape Canaveral from 5-8pm. Members are encouraged to attend. The EG&G transition team will be present along with the CEO of parent corporation URS. More information will be available following EG&G's first transition meeting with NASA on July 9th. General information on the ISC contract can be found at www.egginc.com/isc Click on the FAQ header. Enjoy your Independence Day holiday.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July Grand Lodge Raffle Drawing Results

Ryan Keichle, USA Crawlers was winner of the IAM Convention Knife

Meri Beth Chewuk, CHS Enviromental was the winner of the month long 50/50.

A total of $780 towards Grand Lodge convention costs were raised by the raffles.

There is another month long 50/50 being done again this month and will be drawn at the August meeting, see your steward for tickets. $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, Murray Caldwell is the contact person on this event.

There are two Gift Baskets valued at over $250 being raffled off for the August meeting, see your steward for tickets. $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, Karen Houston is contact person on this event.

Both drawings you do NOT have to be present at the meeting to win, winner will be contacted to arrange prize drop-off. The prizes will be given out at the regular membership meeting, if the winners are present to receive them.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday July 1st

Don't forget the regular membership meeting is Tuesday at 4:30PM at the district hall. See you all there.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Brother Mark Plenge Passes

Good Friend and Brother Mark Plenge passed away Thursday, June 26th. Mark was a longtime elevator technician for USA. Mark was a dedicated Union man and our Local will miss him. Services will be Sunday, June, 29 at Settle-Wilder Funeral Home, 406 South Orange Street, New Smyrna Beach. Visitation will begin at 2pm followed by services and burial at 3pm. Mark was a brother-in-law to Local 2061 member Roger Thomas of the USA HVAC shop.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Link To Launch

The website for Link to Launch is : http://www.linktolaunch.org/

The website contains maps and information to the rally on Monday.

Senator Bill Nelson is to address the rally participants prior to the Senate Subcommittee being seated.

It is very important to have a strong showing from everyone at KSC and anyone who cares about Space Exploration. If you are planning on attending, please wear a Union shirt and feel free to make a tasteful sign!

If you cannot attend, please ask your family to attend. Also bring anyone with you as the more in attendance the better.

Hope to see alot of Union tshirts in the crowd!

Services for Gary Kenny

Gary B. Kenney, 50, of Merritt Island, devoted husband, father, and son, died suddenly on Monday evening, June 16, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sharon, a daughter, Amanda; sons, Darryl and Joshua; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John Kenney Jr., of Merritt Island; his brothers, Craig, John and Ronald, and his sister, Denise. Visitation at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home Friday June 20th, 6 - 8 p.m., with a memorial serv ice at Wylie-Baxley Chapel on Saturday, June 21st at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send dontatons to Garys nephew, Jason Kenney, who is a missionary to Chile, c/o Macedonia World Baptist Missions, Inc., PO Box 519, Braselton, GA 30517.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

NASA Awards Kennedy Space Center Institutional Services Contract

From Nasa's website ; http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/jun/HQ_C08039_KSC_Installation.html

WASHINGTON -- .NASA has selected EG&G Technical Services Inc, of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide institutional services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The contract begins Oct. 1, 2008, with a five-year base period, followed by five one-year options. It is a cost-plus-award-fee contract. The maximum potential value of the contract is approximately $1.5 billion.

EG&G Technical Services will perform facilities operations, maintenance and engineering; propellants and life support operations; logistics; transportation; and laboratory management for Kennedy.

Selected services also will be provided at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The company will furnish resources, including management, personnel, equipment and supplies to support Kennedy's work at those locations.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

American Jobs are important and our Government is starting to wake up to the fact.

"In a blow to Northrop Grumman Corp's hopes of building a new aerial refueling tanker for the Air Force under a $35 billion contract, the General Accountability Office Wednesday said Boeing Co. -- the competitor for the deal -- deserves another chance to bid on the project.

The Northrop Grumman contract would add jobs on Long Island and elsewhere in New York State, but the GAO said the Air Force made "a number of significant errors that could have affected the outcome of what was a close competition" between the two companies."


This only happened because people across the country complained about our jobs being sent overseas. The fight is not over yet but atleast there will be a chance to keep our defense and jobs in the USA.

Thank You to all the members who have taken the time to email our reps and ask for a review of the contract award. It's all of us collectively who have made a difference. Our children depend on what we do now to secure a good life in the future. It's nice to know Americans still have the guts to say NO to shipping our manufacturing away.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Brothers and Sisters;

Come join Union members from all over the state in a rally prior to and during the U.S. Senate Committee hearings on the future of OUR JOBS at KSC (see prior blog post). The rally will begin at 8:00am, Monday June 23rd at the Canaveral Port Authority building (formerly the Premier Cruise Line headquarters) at Port Canaveral. Parking will be at Lot 1 (PortFest parking area) at the port. Follow the signs. Shuttle will be provided. Also, water and portable restrooms will be on site. Bring your signs and noisemakers (NO fireworks) and wear your Union tee shirt. Senator Nelson will address the rally prior to the hearing. Let's show the U.S. Senate and the rest of the country how important our jobs are to our families, our community and our country. Our jobs are worth investing four hours of personal leave. Come join us. If you have any questions, call me at 321-446-7092.


Rest in Peace Brother Gary Kenney

Gary, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your brothers and sisters from LL2061 are deeply saddened by the terrible news of your passing. You will be missed by all of us.

U.S. Senate Hearings on Shuttle Workforce at Port

Sub-Committee Chairman Bill Nelson (D,FL) will conduct a hearing of the U.S. Senate sub-committee on Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences (a sub-committee of the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee) to examine issues surrounding the retirement of the Space Shuttle and the transition to the Orion/Ares system. This hearing will focus on workforce related challenges at Kennedy Space Center and analyze potential solutions to mitigate the transition's effects on the community. The hearing will be Monday, June 23rd at the Canaveral Port Authority Commission Room, Port Canaveral Maritime Offices, 445 Challenger Road, Port Canaveral beginning at 9:00 am.


Michael Griffin, Administrator, NASA

William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA

Doug Cooke, Deputy Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA

Steve Kohler, President, Space Florida

Randy Berridge, President, Florida High Tech Corridor Council

Lisa Rice, President, Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

Sub-Committee Members;

Bill Nelson, Chair

David Vitter, Ranking Member

John Kerry

John Sununu

Byron Dorgan

Roger Wicker

Mark Pryor

Ted Stevens

Daniel Inouye

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Limited Edition Knife Raffle

See your steward for tickets, drawing to be held at the July 1st membership meeting. Also, you can email iamwebsteward@gmail.com if you would like to get tickets. You do not have to be present to win the knife, the tickets require a name and phone number to contact the winner.

Your ISC Negotiating Committee

Last night there were nominations and then an election to set the representatives for the ISC contract negotiations. The meeting was a little hot due to a vehicle accident taking power out at the hall, which led to some members leaving before the vote results were known. So without further delay, your elected committee is as follows;

Murray Caldwell
Phil McPherson
Linda Donahoe
Steve Ching
Meri-Beth Chewuk

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday June 3rd with Dues presentation

Regular monthly membership meeting will be held at the district hall on June 3rd at 4:30PM.
During the meeting there will be a presentation on the new dues structure the International is proposing. We urge members who have questions and concerns about the proposed changes to attend the meeting. We will have a voice in the matter during the Grand Lodge Convention, this coming September.

On May 6th, the membership held an election to set 9 delegates who will represent the Local Lodge at the upcoming convention. The delegates will need to hear our concerns so they can present them during the convention. There will be time to ask questions after the presentation. Please try to carpool if possible to save on parking spaces.

The address for the hall is: 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Fired Waste Pro workers to get labor hearing

"Four former Waste Pro employees in Daytona Beach who cried foul for being fired will appear in a hearing before an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board in June.
Led by Keith Massey, the employees attempted to become part of a union because of perceived contract violations.
But it wasn't long before they were fired for their efforts, according to Massey, Kevin Brown, Tyrod Williams and Tremale Morgan."

Full story can be found at this link from the Daytona Beach News-Journal :


Apparently we can expect more of this from big business.

A story in the Las Vegas Sun states "Businesses scurry to build defenses for possible unionizing onslaught"

"Big business is taking steps to fend off an expected flood of unionizing drives if Congress approves legislation making it easier for workers to organize.
In a trend being followed closely in Las Vegas and other strong union communities, businesses across the country are moving to improve relations with workers in anticipation of the Democrat-supported Employee Free Choice Act. It would for the first time in 60 years allow workers to organize without putting the issue to a secret-ballot vote."


In the article there are statments from law firms involved in lobbying to prevent the Employee Free Choice Act.
One states: "Unionization drives generally emerge from issues of dignity and respect, lawyer Mark Ross said. “Unions don’t organize employers,” he said. “Bad supervisors organize employers.”"

He also states:
"If the legislation is passed, “employers are headed for a big hurt,” Smith said.
Employers, he said, should mobilize the business community. “Tell them how awful life could be if this thing gets written into law,” Smith said."

I have a hard time understanding the hurt employers will feel, other than providing employees what they deserve with fair wages, good benefits, and equally fair treatment. Companies would rather pay Lawyers, Lobbyists, and Political Action Committiees, than pay fair wages to employees.
Certainly if the Employee Free Choice Act were to pass and be signed into law by the next President, it would not mean every employer would instantly have a Union. Some employers would not have Unions because they pay well and offer good benefits. The only employers who should worry about the act are the ones who have been taking advantage of employees and treating them poorly.

Remember to support candidates that support our needs the next time you vote. Seems our elected officials only understand the public, when we show them by ballot, how we feel.

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday May 6th

Regular meeting tomorrow night at the District Hall at 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.
Don't forget the election will be taking place all day for selection of the delegates to be sent to the Grand Lodge Convention.

Polls will be open from 8:00AM and will close at 6:00PM.

Hope to see everyone there.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Grand Lodge Delegate Election Notice.

Nominations for the 2008 Grand Lodge Convention took place at the Regular Membership meeting on April 1st, 2008.

This list of Nominees are:

Johnny Walker

Lew Jamieson

Murray Caldwell

Karen Houston

Murray Hill

Mike May

Steve Ching

Jay Blair

Lynn Beattie

Linda Donahoe

Tim Cooper

Chris Cassidy

Ryan Kiechle

Bill Farina

Robert Livingston

Dave Lovell

The Election to choose the 9 Delegates to represent our Local Lodge will be held on May 6, 2008 at the regular meeting place located at 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Polls will be open from 8:00AM and will close at 6:00PM.

Those requiring an absentee ballot are required to return the request to the Recording Secretary, Karen Houston no later than April 26th, 2008.

Ballots were mailed out via postal mail and you should have it or receive it shortly.

There are conditions for absentee ballots:

Live more than 25 miles from polling place

Confined because of verified illness

Away on vacation or official IAM business

On company travel assignment

On reserve military leave

If you meet any of the conditions, please forward your request to Karen Houston in person or by mail to the local lodge.


Local Lodge 2061 c/o

Recording Secretary

Karen Houston

P.O. Box 3603

Cocoa, FL 32924-3603

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Nominations for Grand Lodge Convention

Nominations for Grand Lodge Convention Delegates will be made at the Tuesday, April 1 meeting. The convention will be in September in Orlando. Delegates will be elected at the membership meeting in May.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Boeing Tanker Battle Continues

"The fight to reverse the $40 billion tanker decision enters its third week with union members contacting lawmakers and demanding hearings on the process that allowed Europe’s Airbus and its U.S. front company, Northrop Grumman, to walk away with one of the largest U.S. defense contracts in history."
Now we can support out Brothers and Sisters employed by Boeing. The MNPL (The Machinists Non-Partisan Political League) has setup a webpage that makes it easy for us to contact our representation in Congress and let them know how we feel about sending jobs to other countries. The airframe of these planes will be built overseas and that means the United States will depend on a foreign company to supply us with our military aircraft. Our Government has run amok outsourcing our jobs but for OUR Government to outsource military hardware is mind-numbing.
When will it end, if we the people don't demand our representatives stop this?
We have a voice in our votes and it's time we speak out.
Contact your local Congressmen through this link: http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=11106876
It only takes a minute to let them know we will not stand by while our jobs and security are shipped away. Tell your friends and family they can use the same link, where ever in the country they may be.
Our kids are depending on us to protect their future.................we cannot not let them down.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday April 1st.

Regular Membership meeting starts at 4:30PM on 4-1-2008 at the District Hall.


271 Taylor Ave.
Cape Canaveral , Florida

Saturday, March 15, 2008

John Thomas Benefit March 22nd, 2008

Brother John Thomas's shop is having a benefit auction and dinner to help him in his time of need.

Lunch will be served from 11:00AM till 1:00PM and will feature Chicken Cacciatore.

They are asking for a donation of $5.00 for the meal. They are also having an auction starting at 1:00PM and are asking for donated items for the auction.

The Lunch and Auction will be at Eagles M.I. #4257 at Shore Lanes, located at 600 North Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island. Google Map:


If you need more information, contact Kenny Bays at Wiltech 1-2486.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Congratulations to Tony Sasso !

Supporting candidates like Tony Sasso is what our country needs. It's nice to see an election we can all feel as winners over. Mr. Sasso will soon enough need our support again, since this was a special election to replace Bob Allen.

Remember, we can make a difference!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Union member Tony Sasso in Florida HD 32

The Special Election in Florida House District 32 is Tuesday, February 26th. Machinist Union members have the opportunity to help send a fellow union member to Tallahassee. Tony Sasso is a member of the ITF (International Transport Workers Federation). Tony understands the issues and concerns of Machinist Union members and is committed to serving working families in House District 32. Tony's opponent is a man who owns and operates a day labor business. COULD THE CHOICE BE ANY CLEARER? The polls are open 7am to 7pm.

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday March 4th

Regular Membership meeting starts at 4:30PM on 3-4-2008 at the District Hall.


271 Taylor Ave.Cape Canaveral , Florida 32920

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

IAM Photo Contest 2008

Winning photos will be featured in the 2009 IAM calander.
In 2006 Brother Ed Griffith placed third with this photo of Robert Hemric, during the rollout of Space Shuttle Discovery.

You can download a form for submissions from this link:
(Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for viewing).
With the interesting jobs we have, certainly a member of this local can get featured again!
Get those cameras snapping!

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday February 5th

Regular Membership meeting starts at 4:30PM on 2-5-2008 at the District Hall.

It is extremely important for all USA Stewards to attend this meeting, for information that will be handed out.


271 Taylor Ave.Cape Canaveral , Florida 32920

Hope to see you there!

Our Skills, Our Kids. Video from BCC Rally.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Special Thanks from the SGS Plumbers.

"We wanted to extend a Heart-felt THANK YOU to all those that participated in Thursday's Tom Heath Benefit, by stopping by for a "Grab and Go" lunch. The outpouring of all of our shops, and the span of different contractors, was nothing short of amazing. After the food was gone, the trucks still came by, and instead of picking up lunch, they extended their support, dropped off money, and left. The shop's that couldn't make it for the food made time to take up a collection, and sent that down.

It was awe inspiring. We can't tell you all how much we appreciate your support in this difficult time. You all did an outstanding job!

In Solidarity,

Tom's Shop"

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Benefit Lunch on Thursday January 31st for Tom Heath

The SGS Plumbers are having a benefit lunch this Thursday from 11:00AM until 1:00PM at the South End Plumbing Shop M7-555. Brother Tom Heath (AKA Spanky) is going through a very hard time and his shop is doing a lunch to help him, in his time of need.

The Lunch Menu will consist of Hot Dogs, Hamburger,sides, and soda . They are setting it up as a "Grab & Go" for a $5 donation.

If you can make it over, please do, the crew will appreciate it! Pass the word to your shops about the event .

Incase you are not familiar with the location :

"Most people know it as the South End or Industrial Area Plumbing Shop;Tom King's shop, directly West of the Nasa Prototype Shop, on 2nd St, which is the first road BEHIND the O&C, third shop up from the East. Also known as Blackies Old Shop. It's directly behind the L.E.T.F., which is next to the Boeing Machine Shop."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger to Speak at BCC This Weekend

President Buffenbarger will be at Brevard Community College on Saturday the 26th to kick off the IAM's new SKILLS Initiative called America's Edge .


The Goals of America's Edge are :

Re-emphasizing technical and vocational classes in America’s high schools;
Expanding the availability of industrial technology and information technology courses in America’s community colleges; and
Creating High Tech Institutes in each state that focus on 21st Century manufacturing technologies and materials.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. on the Brevard Community College Cocoa Campus, in the auditorium of Vocational Building 14.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Regular Meeting February 5th

The regular Membership Meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of February , the 5th .

During the prior meeting in January it was revealed there would be results from the Trials that have and are being held at the Local Lodge , at the February Membership Meeting .
Some of the Committee members presiding over the trials will be out of the area for launch support . Therefore , results and recommendations of the Committee will be delayed until the March Membership Meeting .

Writers and Producers start informal talks.

"On Wednesday, January 23, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will begin informal discussions to determine if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations. Both the AMPTP and the WGA have agreed to make no public comments about the informal discussions until those discussions have concluded.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. For more information about the Writers Guild of America, West, please visit www.wga.org. For more information about the Writers Guild of America, East, please visit: www.wgaeast.org. "

With hope , this is good news for the Writers .

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Flag Flown At Haulover

During the Membership meeting on the 8th, the flag that was flown over the Haulover picket line was dedicated to the membership . Brothers Dave Lovell and Bill Mann were in attendance to present the flag .

The plaque on the base of the frame reads :

"This Flag flew over the Haulover Canal picket site during the 147 day strike against United Space Alliance 2007 "

The flag will be on display at the District 166 hall , in Cape Canaveral .

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

State Senator Tony Hill to Talk in Brevard About Property Tax Amendment

State Senator Tony Hill of Jacksonville ,will be in Brevard County on Monday January 14th, to speak about the proposed constitutional amendment on property tax relief.

The meeting will be held at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 166 Hall , starting at 7PM.

The IAM&AW District 166 hall is located at 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral , Florida .

Senator Hill is the Democratic Minority Lead Whip and has been in the State Senate since 2002. Among his honors, Senator Hill was the youngest inductee and 1st African American elected to the Florida Labor Hall of Fame.

The appearance is being sponsored by the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee. For additional information, contact Democratic Executive Committee Secretary Kevin Sharkey at 452-2930 or access the Democratic County website: www.BrevardDemocrats.org.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Our Condolences to Brother Kevin Propst

Brother Kevin Propst lost his Mother on Saturday , January 5 .

We wish the Propst Family our most sincere condolences and will be praying for them , in this time of loss .

Calling hours are Thursday January 10th from 6-8 P.M. at North Brevard Funeral Home .

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Flag Dedication at January Regular Membership Meeting

The flag that flew over the Haulover Canal picket site during the strike will be dedicated at the membership meeting on January 8th.

Meeting starts at 4:30 PM

271 Taylor Ave.
Cape Canaveral , Florida 32920


Remember if Mike Huckabee asks for your vote , reply "Hmmm. Oh."

"Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who has actively sought union support during his campaign, crossed WGA picket lines outside NBC studios in Burbank Wednesday in order to appear on the Tonight Show, all while offering several (often lame) excuses for his actions.

Before heading to LA for his appearance yesterday, according to the AP, Huckabee told reporters traveling with him that he wouldn't be crossing any picket lines because the WGA had made interim deals to allow all latenight shows back on TV.

However, when the reporters told Huckabee he was incorrect and the WGA had only made a separate deal with David Letterman's company - and not the Tonight Show - Huckabee pled ignorance: "But my understanding is there's a sort of dispensation given to the late-night shows, is that right?"

And when the reporters tried yet again to tell Huckabee he was flat out wrong? His response: "Hmmm. Oh."



This is what we need to remember , if he is willing to walk all over our Brothers and Sisters , he certainly will not be any good for us . Candidates that pander to our interests and then flip-flop to serve their own , do not deserve our support .