Monday, December 6, 2010

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday December 7th

Monthly Membership Meeting for LL2061. Meeting starts at 4:30PM for members, with a Steward meeting directly after the membership meeting ends.
When Tue Dec 7 4:30pm
Where 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Last Financial Seminar

The final in a series of financial seminars will be held Monday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the IAM Hall, 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Financial Seminar Cancelled

The financial seminar scheduled for this afternoon has been cancelled. See you on December 6th.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Financial Seminar

Monday, November 28
4:30 p.m.
271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral
Open to ALL Brevard IAM members
Representatives from VALIC Financial Services

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Financial Seminars Opportunity

Representatives of VALIC Financial Services will be at the hall Monday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m. VALIC is experienced in dealing with Union members and presently advises ten of thousands of members on their financial needs. The VALIC team includes Linda Higgins, daughter of Doug Higgins of the ISC Carpenter shop. The team offers valuable advice on pension planning, 401K rules and taxation law. This is one of the final seminars to be offered to our membership.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Final Financial Seminar

The third and final seminar presented by associates of Raymond James will be Monday, October 18th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the hall in Cape Canaveral. Learn how you can maximize your pension disbursement and 401K investments at no cost to you.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Financial Seminar-Monday

Representatives from the Massey-Romans Wealth Management Team of Raymond James and Associates will present an informational seminar Monday, October 11th beginning at 4:30 pm at the IAM Hall in Cape Canaveral. Learn asset management of your 401K and ways to maximize your pension monies. The team will be scheduling home visits to review your present financial situation and advise how to set a course for a secure financial future. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity. Questions? Call Lew 446-7092,

Monday, October 4, 2010

Regular Membership Meeting October 5th 2010

Regular Membership Meeting at the District Hall, Tuesday October 5th 2010.
Meeting starts at 4:30PM.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Joe Lucas Passes Away

Brother Joe Lucas passed away Saturday evening. Services for Joe will be held Wednesday, September 29th at Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island, 65 Needle Boulevard. Viewing from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm with services beginning at 3:30. There will be a Celebration of Life BBQ at Kiwanis Park on Kiwanis Island beginning at 5:00 pm. Our prayers go out to Donna and the family.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Volunteers Needed

We need members who are willing to travel to Tampa this Saturday. We are rallying to support IAM&AW members at MacDill Air Force Base. The company is attempting to strip seniority from a custodial group the IAM represents at the base. The District will provide transportation to the rally. Call Lew (321 446-7092) or Johnny Walker (321 783-2431) if you're willing to support our sisters and brothers in Tampa.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Space Coast AFL-CIO Labor 2010

Phone Banking
Every Tuesday and Thursday
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Space Coast AFL-CIO Office
1122 Lake Drive, Cocoa

Door to Door Walk for Endorsed Candidates
Saturday, September 25th
10:30 AM
830 N. Wickham Road Suite 9, Melbourne

We need members and family to volunteer time for candidates who have committed to helping working families.
Call 321 631-0110

Sunday, August 29, 2010

USA Machinists Ratify Contract

IAM&AW Local Lodge 2061 members employed by United Space Alliance ratified a three year contract, Saturday.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Graves/Reid Family Benefit

Parking lot between the Catfish Cabin & Louis's Bar-B-Que Shack, Mims
Saturday, August 28th
8am to 2pm
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, lemonade & sweet tea
Bake sale and Raffle
This family lost its' home and an 18 month old child in a fire
Contact: George Newman 321 863-9183

Thursday, August 26, 2010

IAM / USA Contract Ratification Vote

Saturday, August 28th
Moose Lodge, Merritt Island
SR 3 near the Barge Canal
Start at 9:00 am
Please arrive early so we can be signed in and seated by 9:00

IAM / USA Negotiations / Thursday

The Union and company met again today with discussion focusing on economic proposals. We have made no progress on those issues you told us were important to you. Barring some discovery of conscience by the company, the Union's committee does not anticipate any movement on the key issues. It's quite likely we will be voting on the most regressive, concessionary contract ever offered by any company in the history of KSC. Lest you think it's just Union members that this company is abandoning- be aware-this company is imposing these same unconscionable economics on all their employees. So much for loyalty.

Undoubtably, the issue that has aroused the most concern among our members is the termination of the pension plan. We have heard rumors ranging from payout of pennies on the dollar to no payout at all. We are told that our pension monies are reasonably protected. Payout will be determined by actuarial reviews done on the plan's benefit worth conducted by an independent firm. If necessary, the Union has the right to challenge those findings. It is our understanding that the annuity option typically results in benefits paid close to the level that would have been paid had the plan not terminated. The lump sum payout is less certain but we understand there is not a great loss with this option, either. There are no guarantees but this is the best estimation at this time.

The negotiating committee recognizes how difficult this period has been for our members. We assure you, we will endeavor to improve the company's final offer.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Negotiations Continue

The Union and company negotiating committees met again today and continued to work through economic proposals. There has been absolutely no movement from the company on the issues most important to our members. The company's proposals related to Retirement Plan termination, employee health care contributions, levels of health care coverage, sick leave policy, no raise in the first year and reduction of holidays remain unchanged. They have shown no willingness to bargain these proposals. Wednesday's adjournment left the two sides very far apart. We will meet again Thursday morning.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

IAM / USA Negotiations

The parties met today, continuing discussion of economic proposals. We are still far apart on most significant issues. We will meet again tomorrow morning as we work toward the scheduled Friday conclusion.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bob Hibdon Passes Away

Brother Bob Hibdon, long time member of Local Lodge 2061 passed away today. Bob was a Machinist in the LES prior to his retirement. Our prayers are with Jimmy and all the Hibdon family.

IAM / USA Exchange Economic Proposals

The Union and company exchanged economic proposals today. Your negotiating committee submitted a wide-ranging package which we felt was a basis to begin reasonable discussion and best reflected the needs you had expressed in the contract surveys. The company responded with the most regressive, concessionary contract proposal ever in this Union's history at KSC. We felt you should have some idea of what was proposed by the company. The following is not all of the company's demands but is representative of their economic proposal;
No raise in the first year
No participation in EIP Plan
Termination of the Retirement Plan (choice of annuity or lump sum payout option)
Termination of the IAM National Pension Fund 401K Plan
Termination of company participation in the IAM Dental Plan
Reduction in the basic life insurance
Elimination of $105.00 per week short term disability Basic Core Plan
Dramatic increases in employee contribution to health care plan (USASO levels)
Decreases in level of coverage in medical care plan (USASO levels)
Reduction in annual holidays (elimination of Christmas Break)
Reduction in annual sick days (USASO levels)
No recall rights for those requesting a voluntary layoff
Consolidation of Machinist, Sheet Metal and Welder classifications

Your negotiating committee will continue to review the company's proposals and determine an appropriate response.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Conclusion of First Week of Negotiations

The IAM & USA negotiating teams concluded the first week of talks with both sides having some non-economic issues still to be resolved. The parties will meet again Monday morning and move into the economic portion of the contract. The Union is committed to finalizing an agreement to bring for a vote of the membership on Saturday, August 28th. Enjoy your weekend.

Your Negotiating Team

Thursday, August 19, 2010

IAM / USA Contract Ratification Vote

The contract ratification vote for members working for USA is scheduled for Saturday, August 28th. It will be held at the Merritt Island Moose Lodge located on North Courtney Parkway (SR3) near the Barge Canal. The contract presentation will begin at 9:00 am. Please plan on arriving early so everyone can get signed in and seated by 9:00.

IAM / USA Negotiations Day 4

Local Lodge 2061 and USA negotiators met again today. Significant progress was made on non-economic issues. The two sides will continue to negotiate as we work toward a scheduled conclusion of negotiations on Friday, August 27th.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

IAM / USA Negotiations Day 3

Representatives of Local Lodge 2061 and United Space Alliance met for the third consecutive day. The two sides continue to progress through non-economic proposals as they work toward a scheduled Friday conclusion to non-economic issues. They will reconvene Thursday morning.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

IAM / USA Negotiations Day 2

Representatives from Local Lodge 2061 and USA met again today. Discussion continued on non-economic proposals. The two sides will meet again Wednesday.

Monday, August 16, 2010

IAM/USA Begin Contract Negotiations

Representatives from the IAM&AW and United Space Alliance opened contract negotiations today. The Union and Company established the ground rules for talks and exchanged initial non-economic proposals. The two sides will resume discussions on Tuesday.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Brother Rick Thompson Passes

Ricky Thompson passed away Saturday afternoon. Our prayers are with Sue and the Family. Details will be posted when they become available.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

USA-IAM Member Strike Sanction Vote Results

Today the membership has shown strong solidarity for the Negotiating Comittee's goal of securing a fair and equitable contact. The Negotiating Committee would like to thank the membership for their overwhelming support during the sanction vote. Negotiations are scheduled to start August 16th, more information will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday August 3rd.

Regular membership meeting tonight at 4:30PM at the District Hall. Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 2, 2010

USA-IAM Member Strike Sanction Vote

The strike sanction vote for members employed by United Space Alliance will be conducted Tuesday, August 3 at the hall. This vote is required by the IAM Constitution prior to commencement of negotiations. The polls will be open from 8am until 6pm.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Phone Banking For The 2010 Labor Campaign

Brother Robert Livingston is asking for assistance from the membership with working a phone bank at the Space Coast CLC.
The first phone bank will be held on July 28th at the Space Coast CLC, 1122 Lake drive, Cocoa, FL. They will also be holding phone bank sessions every Wednesday and Thursday thru late August. If you can help, please contact Robert Livingston .

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Memorial Service For Brother Robert Hemric

Brother Rob Hemric passed away last night after a long illness. Rob worked as a Mechanic on the Crawler Transporter Crew at Kennedy Space Center. There is a memorial service being held for him on Saturday, at the Elks Lodge in Titusville. Address is 2955 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, FL.

Service starts at 2:00 PM.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Space Coast AFL-CIO Labor Kick Off

With election season in full swing, the Space Coast AFL-CIO is prepared to do it's part in fighting off the corporate assault on workers and their jobs.

The Space Coast AFL-CIO will be having their Labor 2010 Kick Off Training on July 15th, the same night as the normal CLC meeting (CLC meets at normal time). Starts at 5PM at the Space Coast AFL-CIO hall, located at 1122 Lake Drive Cocoa, Florida.

The training will focus on the AFL-CIO jobs campaign, the state political plan, election laws, and mobilization tactics. The meeting is for both leaders, local union coordinators, and regular union members that are interested in being a part of Labor's political plan.

Please RSVP with either Claudie Pouncey or Robert Livingston

Monday, May 3, 2010

Local 2061 to Honor Tom McLeod

Local Lodge 2061 will honor our former President, Tom McLeod at the May 4th meeting. Tom will be honored with a plaque to be added to the "Wall of Fame" at the Machinists hall in Cape Canaveral. Membership meeting starts at 4:30 pm. The Executive Board meets at 2:20 pm.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Houston We Have A Message

HOUSTON, April 25, 2010 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) held a rally today at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and urged hundreds of supporters of the U.S. manned space program to send a message that could be heard all the way back in Washington, D.C.

“It’s time to let Congress know that American astronauts deserve better than a heavily outsourced space program that relies on Russian, Japanese and even Chinese contractors to provide transportation to the International Space Station (ISS),” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “If NASA and the Obama administration have their way, American astronauts will be reduced to hitchhiking to the ISS.”

Speaker after speaker called on President Obama to reconsider his plans to terminate the Constellation program and commercialize the shuttle program. More than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs in Texas, Florida and other states are associated with the two programs.

While the president’s space budget allocates an extra $6 billion for NASA over the next six years, thousands of highly-skilled jobs would be eliminated as the agency turned to private contractors to develop launch rockets and crew capsules.

“Do we really want to risk our astronauts’ safety on equipment and technology developed by for-profit companies with unproven track records in safety and reliability?” asked Buffenbarger. “The manned space program in the United States has been the pride of the nation and the envy of the world for more than 50 years. It has more than earned our continued support."

Sunday, April 25, 2010


"Vison4Space brings not only space workers across the nation together, but those who share the dream of JFK, who know we must continue our destiny in space. We want to build a groundswell of support that will be heard in the Halls of Congress. We want to save our proud American space program. Join our Facebook group, follow us on twitter and help our Vison4Space grow."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Save Space Community Rally

We still need volunteers to work the rally. No one will be stuck outside during the rally. Once the rally begins we will all move inside. Call me if you can help. (321 446-7092).


Friday, April 9, 2010

Kosmas added to 'Save Space' rally

As per :

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas has been added to the roster of speakers for Sunday's "Save Space" community rally at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center.

The rally is designed to emphasize that human space exploration should be the critical aspect of NASA policy.

Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher, who is the primary organizer of the free event, said both NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex have expressed support for the community rally, and will be providing educational displays.

Kosmas will join U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, Florida Sen. Mike Haridopolos, Brevard County School Board member Robert Jordan, Fisher and astronauts Jon McBride, Winston Scott and Bob Springer as speakers.

BBC Report on the End of Shuttle

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Could Not Say It Better

Friday, March 19, 2010


Local Lodge 2061 is a sponsor for a rally to be held April, 11th at Cocoa Expo. Many community organizations, businesses, faith based groups, unions, Florida Today and Brevard County are sponsoring, as well. Congressman Bill Posey has confirmed as a speaker. We have requested Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and retired astronauts to speak also. The gates are tentatively scheduled to open at 3:00 pm with the program starting at 4:00 pm. There will be music and attractions for the children. Once again, I am asking those members interested in saving their jobs to volunteer as marshals and other logistical duties. We are hopeful we can build on the momentum of the February 27th rally and gain congressional support for the continuation of human space flight at Kennedy Space Center. Please, call me if you are interested in helping.

321 446-7092

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tell Congress To Support The Continuation of NASA's Manned Space Program

President Barack Obama's proposed budget promises to send thousands of U.S. space workers to a new frontier: the unemployment line.

The president is proposing to shut down NASA's Constellation program and contract the work to private companies. Constellation's mission is to return man to the Moon, and ultimately Mars. The budget provision, if passed, could mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs across the country and an end to our nation's role as the leader in space technology and exploration.

Tell Congress to vote yes for the continuation of NASA's manned space program and to protect American jobs.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Faces of the Space Coast

NASA Workers Rally for Jobs

Nearly 2,000 Space Coast workers, family members and community activists gathered near the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida, to hear labor leaders call for an end to government plans to outsource critical NASA programs, including include lunar landers, moon bases and the manned shuttle program.

Concern is widespread that President Obama’s proposal to pull the plug on funding for the Constellation and Shuttle programs could cost an estimated 9,000 space jobs. Another 20,000 jobs could be affected as the ripple effect moved across Brevard County, where unemployment is already at 12.1 percent.

“Ending these programs will shatter many vibrant communities here in Florida and across America,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez (pictured at right). “Thirty thousand or more jobs are at risk – these people are the greatest in the world at what they do – what a loss this would be for our nation.”

“This is no time to tear out the foundation of this community,” declared AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. “At a time when so many Florida breadwinners are out of work or working part-time, when over half a million in Florida have lost their homes, does it really make sense to pile on more misery?”

Calling the Shuttle shutdown and the Constellation cancellation an "economic meltdown of epic proportions," a state union leader warned that the effects would be felt across Florida. “The ripples from this thing are going to hit everybody,” said Rich Templin, AFL-CIO state spokesman.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Regular Membership Meeting

Tue, March 2, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-3025

Monthly Membership Meeting for LL2061. Meeting starts at 4:30PM for members with a Steward meeting directly after the membership meeting ends.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rally for Space "Jobs Worth Fighting For"

Tomorrow is the day. The rally site is ready and the rally will go on rain or shine. The speakers are in town. Bring your chairs and tents. The event begins at 3 pm. We still need a portable generator and tents. Call if you have one available. See you tomorrow.


Rally Volunteers Meeting

Rally Volunteers are asked to meet at 12:00PM tomorrow for instructions and task assignments. The meeting will take place at the stage, that is setup for the rally behind BCC in the Chain of Lakes Park. If you have not volunteered, you still can do so by contacting Lew and/or show up at 12:00PM for the meeting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rally Flyer

Making Rally flyer available to download for anyone who wishes to print and post them. We ask you to use color printing if possible for copies.


If you can not open/view the file, please visit Microsoft at for a free Microsoft Word Viewer (requires approx 25MB download and then program installation)

Monday, February 22, 2010

T-4 to launch of SOS Rally

There are just four days to the rally which some are predicting could be the largest one day rally in the history of Brevard County. We have been joined by hundreds of businesses and community groups throughout Brevard in forming a formidable group of community activists. Our message is clear-maintain America's presence and leadership in human space flight. We protest against no one. Our purpose is to persuade Congress to return sufficient funding to the 2010 NASA budget enabling America to continue to have a full time human presence in space. We need your help. Every member of the Machinists Union has a stake in the success of this rally. An effort of this magnitude requires not just your participation but your help, as well. We are still in need of volunteers to serve as marshals and in other supporting roles. I ask you again; please call and volunteer to help. Your job may well depend on it.

321 446-7092

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NASA Budget Cuts Could Cost 7,000 Florida Jobs

Rather then return to the moon, NASA could be forced to send 7,000 workers at the Kennedy Space Center to the unemployment line.

President Obama’s proposed budget calls for an end to NASA’s Constellation program, which involves the development of a new manned space vehicle and a return to the moon by 2020. Instead, the White House is proposing hiring private companies to develop and build the spacecraft.

The Washington Post wants to gauge the public’s reaction to the president’s proposed plans with a poll entitled “Should Obama cut NASA funding for manned lunar missions?” Click here to show your support for workers at the Kennedy Space Center.

In a letter to President Obama, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger warned of significant domestic job losses, potential security breaches and the loss of important new technologies if the administration moves forward with its plan to have NASA rely on the private sector to develop and operate the nation’s manned space program.

“The push to privatize space travel is similar to efforts to privatize other critical government services,” said Buffenbarger. “These efforts are based on anti-government ideology and are promoted by companies that want to profit from government outsourcing.”


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Time for Action

The date, time and venue for the rally have been set (Saturday, February 27th at BCC North Campus, Titusville, 3:00 p.m.). National AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, presidents of national and international unions, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, elected officials and perhaps some celebrity guests will speak. However, this is not a union rally. This is a community event intended to protect local business, our schools and the quality of life we presently enjoy. Concerned citizens from across the state and country have already committed to join us. Now it's up to us to make the rally a resounding success. The future of manned space flight and our jobs depend on our ability to convince the administration and Congress that the budget, as proposed, is a grave mistake and threatens our world leadership in technological advancement while posing a risk to out national security. I will be needing seventy five volunteers the day of the rally to assist in parking control and aiding rally attendees. Additionally, we need help in leafletting Brevard merchants. We will be asking merchants to post flyers in their facility and publicize the rally on their marquees. This is a tremendous undertaking. A great deal of time and resources have been spent in making this event possible. Space supporters around the county have called and asked how they might help. Now it's your turn to step up and offer assistance. Call me if your willing to help in making this rally a success. Your job depends on it.


Thursday, February 11, 2010


We will be having extensive details of this rally coming as soon as we can. Unions from across the United States are being called apon to help us save America's Human Space Flight Program. This is not going to be strictly a Union event, this event is for all working men and women who are concerned about their jobs! Plan to attend this event, tell your friends and family to come as we are in this as a community. The Space Coast will not be the same without Human Space Flight and the jobs in which it brings.

All the citizens of Brevard County have a chance to show their support for NASA's Human Space Flight program and demand that it be continued!

This is an electronic communication from the Florida AFL-CIO, sent out today:

On February 27th AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Executive Council will hold a rally in Titusville to kick-off the labor movement’s national grass roots mobilization to get America working again.

President Barack Obama has recommended a budget to Congress that all but eliminates human spaceflight by NASA and instead encourages the privatization of space exploration. After leading the world in boldly going where no man has gone before, the President now seems content to let the Russians and Chinese dominate the human conquest of space. If NASA’s human space flight operations are suspended, the results would be catastrophic for Florida’s working families.
· Thousands of high skill, high wage, jobs will be eliminated in Florida.
· Communities along the space coast and other regions will be decimated leading to an unprecedented loss of jobs for our teachers, public sector workers, service industry workers and anyone else who calls these communities home.
· This will have a ripple effect across the entire state. In 2004 space, aeronautics and aviation industries accounted for nearly 148,000 jobs and nearly $7.6 billion in wages.
Florida’s labor movement must act quickly and decisively to ensure that this economic Armageddon does not happen. We owe it to our movement and to future generations of Florida’s working families to keep NASA’s human spaceflight operations in Florida and to stop the privatization of our nation’s exploration of the cosmos. Details of this campaign to save NASA and Florida’s economy are forthcoming.

What: Statewide rally to kickoff national jobs campaign
Who: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, General Presidents of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, Members of Congress
Where: Titusville on the Space Coast, specific location TBA
When: Saturday, February 27th, 3:00 PM

Monday, February 8, 2010

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International President Buffenbarger's Letter to the White House

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

LL2061 is Preparing for a Fight!

DBR Walker informed the members at the February meeting that the International was forming a letter writing campaign. Once it is ready, the details will be posted here. Also there will be national publication, so that our Brothers and Sisters across the United States, can help us in our efforts to convince Congress to save the Constellation program.

We are also formulating information (FAQ) to assist members who have questions about multiple pending issues, related to the end of the program.

As hard as it is to do, we all must stay on target with the upcoming Shuttle Missions. We must show Congress why they should keep Constellation and the workforce that would support it.

Video from a Space Center Employee.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

USA Negotiating Committee

Nominations and Elections were held last night at the regular membership meeting for the USA Contract Negotiating Committee. Your elected Committe members are:
Lew Jamieson
Jay Blair
Michael May
Carson Yates
Mike Saltsman
Lynn Beattie

Friday, January 29, 2010

Regular Membership Meeting Tuesday February 2nd 2010.

Regular Membership Meeting starts at 4:30PM at the District Hall on February 2nd.

Address for the District Hall:
271 Taylor Avenue
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-3025