Monday, December 17, 2012

Congratulations to Jacobs Technology

Florida Today is reporting that Jacobs Technology has been awarded the TOSC contract. Stay tuned for updates and information.

Jacobs Technology's Homepage

And from NASA:


NASA Awards Test And Operations Support Contract

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has awarded its Test and Operations Support Contract, or TOSC, to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. Jacobs will provide overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, and the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs.

The contract begins March 1, 2013, following a two-month phase-in period beginning Jan. 2. The contract has a one-year, seven-month base period and options to extend the work through Sept. 30, 2022. The maximum potential value for the nine-year, seven-month cost-plus-award-fee contract is $1.37 billion if NASA exercises all options.

Jacobs will provide services to meet NASA requirements, including support to the agency's programs, commercial entities and other government agencies. These services include launch vehicle, spacecraft and payload integration and processing; operations and development of associated processes and ground systems to support integration, processing and launch; servicing and testing of flight hardware; and launch of development and operational flights at Kennedy.

Subcontractors working with Jacobs on the contract include Engineering Research and Consulting Inc., or ERC, of Huntsville, Ala. and Aerodyne Industries LLC, of Oldsmar, Fla.

With the award of this contract, Kennedy is positioning itself for the next era of space exploration. Kennedy is transitioning to a 21st-century launch facility with multiple users, both private and government. A dynamic infrastructure is taking shape, designed to host many kinds of spacecraft and rockets sending people on America's next voyages in space.

For more information about Kennedy, visit:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Elections Completed

Elections are complete and the Executive Board for the next three years are as follows;

President:  Murray Caldwell
Vice President:  Steve Ching
Secretary / Treasurer :  Linda Donahoe
Recording Secretary :  MeriBeth Chewuk
Conductor Sentinel:  Carson Yates
Trustee:  Jay Shaw
Trustee:  Ed Cox
Trustee:  Mike Saltsman

Monday, November 5, 2012

Machinists Rally for President Obama

Northeast corner of US Highway 1 and SR 520 at 4:00 p.m. Wear your T'shirts.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nominations for Local Lodge 2061 Officers

Nominations for IAM&AW Local lodge 2061 officers and delegates will be conducted at the regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday, November 6, at the IAM&AW hall in Cape Canaveral. You must be present to be nominated. If you wish to accept a nomination and cannot be present, you must (prior to nominations) send a letter to Recording Secretary Karen Houston stating you will accept the nomination for the applicable office. Positions to be nominated are as follows;

Vice President
Financial Secretary
Recording Secretary
Conductor Sentinel
Trustee (3)
Auditor (3)
District 166 Delegate (12)
Central Labor Council Delegate

Make sure you vote in the national elections before you come to the Union meeting. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Executive Board begins at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cracking Down on China.

There has been much said from the candidates over the past months but one quote from Mitt Romney floats to the top. In this video Romney (during a Republican Primary Debate) talks of China and how we have to get tough. He has said he will "crack down on China" in the past few weeks.

 Most of us would agree with the statement except Romney is saying one thing and doing another.


 Bainport is the name of the protest site across the street from Bain Capital's company Sensata in Freeport, Illinois. Romney is still in ownership of  Bain Capital yet he has remained quiet over these workers jobs being shipped, along with the manufacturing equipment to China. He talks of getting tough on China but has the chance to do it now,  instead he is choosing profits over Americans.

 Fox News even has a story on their website:
Sensata (sen-SAH'-tuh) Technologies is owned by Bain Capital and in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China. That'll cost Freeport 170 jobs.

Read more: Sensata
Romney has flip-flopped on many issues but on this one he is flat out lying. Romney can't say he is getting tough on China while profiting from outsourcing American jobs to China. Truly if he was to do the things he says, in regards to trade with China, Bain would not be shipping more production jobs to China as certainly their profits would fall. If Romney is elected, and "cracks down" on China, Bain Capital stands to lose a lot of money. If Bain Capital loses money, Romney loses money. If Romney was unconcerned with losing money, he would move his hundreds of millions of dollars he has stashed in offshore accounts back to the US, and pay taxes on them.

Romney's defense is his funds are in a blind trust.

Yes, his position on Blind Trusts has flip-flopped also.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Joni Howkins Services

Longtime LL 2061 member Jim "JJ" Howkins lost his wife, Joni last week after a long battle with cancer. Joni was an employee with USA. Many IAMAW/USA members were well acquainted with Joni in her role as USA GSS/GO Key Coordinator and Shop Scheduler. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to JJ and his family during this time. Services for Joni will be held Monday morning, October 15, 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 5135 US Highway 1, Port St. John.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Local Lodge 2061 Meeting & BR Nominations

Nominations for IAM&AW District 166 Business Representative will be conducted at the regularly scheduled Local Lodge 2061 monthly meeting Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at the IAM&AW hall in Cape Canaveral.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nomination and Election of IAM&AW Local Lodge 2061 Officers and District Lodge 166 Business Representatives

Nominations for IAM&AW District 166 Business Representative will be conducted at the regularly scheduled Local Lodge 2061 meeting of October 2, 2012.

Nominations for Local Lodge 2061 Officers will be conducted at the regularly scheduled Local Lodge 2061 meeting of November 6, 2012.

The election of District Lodge 166 Business Representatives will be conducted December 4, 2012.

The election of Local Lodge 2061 Officers will be conducted December 4, 2012.

Nominations and elections will be held at IAMAW District Lodge 166 Hall located at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Local Lodge 2061 meetings begin at 4:30 p.m.

Polls will be open for the December 4th election from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Absentee ballots will be made available for those members who qualify.

Local Lodge 2061 offices to be contested in the December elections;

Vice President
Recording Secretary
Secretary Treasurer
Conductor Sentinel
Trustees (3)
Auditors (3)
District Lodge 166 Delegates
Space Coast AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Delegates

Monday, August 6, 2012

Regular Membership Meeting August 7th 2012.

Monthly Membership Meeting for LL2061. Meeting starts at 4:30PM for members with a Steward meeting directly after the membership meeting ends. Tue Aug 7 4:30pm – 5:30pm Eastern Time 271 Taylor Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-3025

Friday, June 1, 2012

Grand Lodge Convention Delegates Elected

The members elected to represent Local Lodge 2061 at the IAM&AW Grand Lodge Convention are as follows;

Murray Caldwell
Steve Ching
Jeff Estes
Lew Jamieson

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Delegate Election Meeting

The election of Grand Lodge Convention delegates will be conducted Thursday, May 31. The polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. at the IAM&AW hall located at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral. All IAM&AW current dues paying members and retirees are eligible to vote.


MeriBeth Chewuk
Michelle Seeley
Lynn Beattie
Steve Ching
Murray Caldwell
Linda Donahoe
Jeff Estes
Lew Jamieson
Karen Houston

Teller Committee

Gary Canup
Matt Reasoner
Gary Steele

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Grand Lodge Convention Delegate Election


THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
POLLS OPEN 8:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.



We will elect four (4) delegates.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

IHA Negotiations Update

The Union met with the Company Friday, April 6. The Company presented their last, best and final proposal. We will present the proposal to the membership on Tuesday, April 10th for ratification.
The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Union Hall at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral. The Union has secured improvements in wages and benefits with a cost containment on insurance. Please attend this important meeting, as it affects you and your family's future.

Your Negotiating Committee

Sunday, April 1, 2012

60 Minutes "A Hard Landing"

Saturday, March 31, 2012

ISC Contract Ratification

The URS, Yang and Serria Lobo ratification vote was held today at the Merritt Island Moose Club. The membership voted to accept the companies last, best and final contract offer. The BRs and the committee would like to thank the membership for their support during these difficult negotiations. We would also like to thank you for your solidarity you showed on the shop floor.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

SC Jones, Indyne and GCR /CMT voted at the union hall and accepted their companies last,best and finals. Again the committes and Reps thank you for your support and solidarity you showed during these negotiations.

Friday, March 30, 2012

ISC Negotiations

Brothers and Sisters, in an effort to dispell the rumors, the committee would like to inform the
membership that we have secured the pension, general wage increases and an insurance policy equal to industry standards. There are other issues involving vacations, sick leave and non-economic changes.

The committee is prepared to make a recommendation to the membership on Saturday. Please make every effort to attend this meeting as it is important to you and your family. Please stay focussed and work safely. We know our members are concerned about their future and security
and we will get through these tough times.

The meeting will be held at the Moose Lodge
3150 North Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island

Doors open 9:15 AM
Presentation 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Vote 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Vote tally and announcement of results after tabulation.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Thursday, March 29, 2012

IHA Contract Negotiations

For our members of the IHA/MESC contract... Due to Company/NASA contractual issues we have postponed negotiations with the company until next week. We will extend the current CBA to stay in place for 2 weeks. We will pick up with the economic portion of negotiations next Thursday, 4-5-12. We will set up Ratification for the following week of April 9th, time and date TBD.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Negotiations Update 3/28/12

Your Negotiating Committee met again with the company over remaining issues to try and come up with a agreement we can present to you. After several rounds, passing back and forth proposals, we hammered out an agreement we will present to you on Saturday. We will continue to work preparing for our presentation over the next two days. We hope you will attend the presentation and ratification vote as this is important to you AND your family.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Negotiations Update 3/27/12

Your Negotiations Committee met again with the company and exchanged another round of Economic Proposals. We discussed health insurance and several other items within the current economic proposals. We will meet again tomorrow to deliver our final economic proposal. Once we recieve the companies best and final offer we will review it and be ready to make a unanimous recommendation.

The ratification vote will be held this saturday March 31,2012 at the Moose Lodge in Merritt Island located at 3150 N. Courteney Parkway. Doors open at 9:15 am . Members who wish to review the proposed changes will be able to prior to the presentation at 10 am. Voting will be from 11 am til noon. Results will be announced immediately after the votes are counted.

In solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Monday, March 26, 2012

IHA Contract Negotiations

Your Negotiating Committee and DBR Walker met with the Company today and discussed and exchanged economic proposals.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

ISC Negotiations

Your negotiating committee met with DBR Walker and Strategic Resources Rp. Loren Almeroth
to prepare our next economic proposal. We will meet tomorrow with the company to continue

We will have a contract ratification vote next Saturday, March 31st, at the Moose Lodge at
3150 N. Courtenay Parkway ( Sate Road 3) at 10:00 A.M.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

IHA Negotiations

Your Negotiating Committee met with the Company today and completed the Non-Economic portion of the contract and opened the Economic portion of the negotiation. Your Committee will meet again with the Company tomorrow. Negotiations are progressing.
In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ISC Negotiations

Your committee met today with DBR Walker and a representative from the Internationals
Strategic Resources Department. We have been costing out the current company economic
proposals in relation to our economic proposals. DBR Walker will be in negotiations with IHA tomorrow.
BR Mrjenovich will also be negotiating with CMT/GCR.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Thursday, March 15, 2012

IHA Contract Negotiations

Your committee met with the company today and exchanged non-economic proposals. We will be meeting next week to continue negotiations to include the economic proposals.
In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

ISC Negotiations

Your committee held no meetings with the company this week. The contracts for IHA, Indyne,
CMT/GCR and S C Jones are currently underway. Johnny and Nick are working all these these contracts simultaneously. The committee will be meeting with the company the week after next to conclude our contract talks so we can present the companies best and final offer on March 31.
In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Negotiations Update 3/8/12

Your Negotiating Committee met again with the company for another difficult round of economic proposals. Major attacks on our insurance, pension, sick leave and changes in our holiday schedule are huge issues confronting your Negotiating Committee. We remain unshaken in our solidarity for a FAIR contract. After all, We did just help the company achieve the highest award fee ever.
We believe this company should reward us with a FAIR contract. We are not asking for the moon, rather we just want to share in the prosperity WE helped them achieve.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Negotiations Update 3/7/12

Your Negotiating Committee met again with the company. We moved through the day on Economic proposals. Some progress was made. We will be meeting again tomorrow and report on the status of our issues. Additional surveys will be distributed friday by your stewards. Please take the time to fill one out and return it by Monday.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Regular Membership Meeting 3-6-12 @ 4:30 PM

Regular membership meeting tonight at the District Hall, located in Cape Canaveral. Meeting starts at 4:30 PM. Hope to see all the members there.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Negotiations Update 3/1/12

Your Negotiating Committee exchanged Economic proposals today with the company. Our Economic proposal was based upon your survey results from January. A 2nd survey will be distributed by your steward in the next few days. Please take the time (and make sure ALL your fellow employees do too) to participate in this survey so that we know exactly the importance of each individual issue. We will carefully evaluate the companies economic proposals over the next few days. We are tentatively scheduled to meet again next Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Negotiations Update 2/29/12

Your Negotiating Committee met again today with the company. After several passes on Non-Economic proposals we have reached tentative agreement on a majority of issues. We plan on meeting again tomorrow to exchange Economic proposals and discuss remaining Non-Economic issues. We will continue to update the membership on our progress.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Negotiations Update 2/28/12

Your Committee met with the Company today for our first pass of Non-Economic proposals. Progress was made in many areas. We are still working some unresolved issues. We are scheduled to meet again tomorrow.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Strike sanction vote

The strike sanction vote for CMT/GCR, InDyne and S C Jones will be held Tuesday March 6, 2012 from Noon til 6pm at the union hall 271 Taylor Ave Cape Canaveral FL.

In solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee

ISC Negotiations

Your Negotiations Committee met today to finalize our Non-Economic Proposals. We are tentatively scheduled to meet with the company tomorrow Tuesday February 28, 2012.

In solidarity,
Your Negotiations Committee

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ISC Negotiations Informational Meeting

Notice for IAM Local Lodge 2061 Dues Paying Members
URS, Sierra Lobo, Yang and IHA
Pre-Negotiations Informational Meeting to be held February 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel located at 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, Florida (I-95 & Highway 520)

* IAM Constitution required Strike Sanction Vote will be taken after the meeting

* 2nd and 3rd shift meeting time is 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. February 9, 2012 at the IAM Union hall located at 271 Taylor Avenue, Cape Canaveral

Monday, January 9, 2012

Brevard Awake The State

"Join us as we Awake The State on the opening day of the Florida legislative session and fight back against Gov. Scott and his extremist allies in the Legislature. If you've had enough of the extreme attacks on our middle class, our public schools, health care, our land and water, voting rights, and our civil rights, it's time to Awake The State!"

Tue, Jan 10, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Event Location

Brevard County School District Building

2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Melbourne, FL 32940

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Regular Membership Meeting January 3rd 2012

Regular meeting starts 4:30PM, at the district hall.