Building a strong union family through shop stewards is exactly what occurred at Local Lodge 811 2nd Annual Shop Steward Appreciation.
On January 25th at Local Lodge 811 union hall over 60 stewards attended from both IAMAW Local Lodges 811 and 2198, which represents over 5000 members combined. The shop stewards were addressed by Assistant General Chairman Jorge Bonilla along with 811 Grievance Chairman Victor Hernandez and 811 Committeeman Gary Welch.
In attendance was 2198 grievance committee Tony Colina, Maria Tusa, Local lodge 2198 eboard, President Norma Ramirez, Vice President and District 141 Special Rep Robert Jessel, Secretary Treasurer Israel Valdivia and Trustee 2198 Maria Caban. They all thanked shop stewards for the relentless good job they have done from standing up for fellow union brothers and sisters, representing and filing countless grievances.
Stewards are the first line of defense on the floor for enforcing and protecting the language of contract.
Any member interested in becoming a steward please contact the grievance committee.
On Wednesday November 2nd members of Local Lodge 811 gathered for their monthly lodge meeting. The members participated and had input in the business of the lodge. Reports were given by various committees, such as greviance committee, safety committee and community service committee. Delegates gave reports of their experience in attending 67th District 141 Convention. Local lodge 811 conducts monthly meetings the 1st Wednesday of every month. All members are encouraged to attend to stay involved.
Members of IAM Local 811 organized an entire day of events that combined family fun, the true spirit of unionism and giving at last week’s 4th annual Picnic and Food Drive in Houston. The event was attended by nearly 700 members and family, who in turn donated hundreds of canned and boxed goods and cash for the Houston food bank.
The local Executive Board, along with the Women’s and Community Services committees coordinated the successful event, which not only provided food and entertainment for members, but also helped the community.
Local 811’s Women’s Committee held a 5K walk for breast cancer awareness, which included a pink balloon ceremony to memorialize those who succumbed to the disease and a prayer for all those still fighting to survive.
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In 2009, President Obama nominated Tammy Duckworth to be an Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she headed the department’s effort to end Veteran homelessness and was a leader in initiatives for female Veterans. She also implemented innovative efforts such as creating the Office of Social Media and Online Communications and the Office for Tribal Government Relations.
Congresswoman Duckworth was a featured speaker at the recent IAM Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago, Illinois. In the clip below, Representative Duckworth explains why she felt it was important to speak to IAM members.
On September 4th the 39th International Asscoiation Of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 39th Convention was called to order in Chicago Illinois.
Eleven delegates from Local Lodge 811 Houston Texas were in attendance to represent our lodge. Over the next 5 days various speakers spoke on the past and future struggles of Labor Movement such as Mayor of the city of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and President of AFL CIO Richard Trumka. Proposed changes to the constitution were presented by various committees which can only be changed once every four years at this convention.
Delegates had the opportunity to cast voted on these proposed changes. Local Lodge former web communicator Eric Price accepted the award on behalf of local for FIRST PLACE in GENERAL EXCELLENCE for lodge website. Reports will be given by delegates of their experience at next local lodge meeting October 5th 3:30 pm
All members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings, which will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at the local lodge office. The local lodge is located at 15355 Vantage Parkway West, Atrium 2, suite 175.
Shop Steward meeting at Local 811
THANK YOU to District 141 Education Director, Mac McGovern, and FMLA guru Greg Giles for helping with the July Shop Steward meeting. Instructor Warren Glenn was also present to help explain new provisions of the contract.
The Grievance Committee (Victor Denis Hernandez Jimenez, Greg Hall and Gary Welch) are concerned about the prospect of having only one bid a year, and that fewer GSAPs are being filed, resulting in less safety reporting from IAH workers. In the previous 12 months, there has not been one single discipline-related termination at IAH. Gary Welch asked that shop stewards do more work to educate members about their rights, and encourage their coworkers to file GSAPs when appropriate. Victor Hernandez wanted stewards to know that upcoming EtA changes will allow agents to pick up hours during their vacation. These changes should happen in the next few months.
Due to a recent injury involving a jetway, Victor Hernandez asked for agents to stop giving an "all clear" instruction to jetway operators on jetways that do not have safety cameras in favor of guiding the jetway all the way to it's correct position. The incident was reported to OSHA, and OSHA has asked that a notification re: this incident be publicized, and the Committee has responded by placing the OSHA announcement in bulletin boards and on the Local 811 website.
Shop Stewards Albert Williams, Ron Delgadillo, Luis Fernandez, Scot McClung, "Paul" Pauljose Guerrero and others shared issues from the ramp, including vacation questions, training, safety and staffing concerns. Paul Guerrero discussed the need for agents to be allowed to bid any available work area, and the need for expanded wide body certification.
Local 811 Shop Steward Meetings are great opportunities for stewards to network, form friendships with one another and share ideas. They are organized each month by Shop Steward Coordinator, David Towe.
Local 811, The Women's Committee and The Human Right's Committee are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Scholarship Program. These exemplary students will receive $1000 each to help them advance their educational opportunities.
The Local Lodge 811 Human Rights Committee and Women's Committee scholarship recipients for 2016 are:
Alina Fuentes, daughter of LL 811 Member Edgar Fuentes
Aaliyah Thompson, daughter of LL 811 Member Ali Thompson
Whitney Welch, daughter of LL 811 Member Gary Welch
Katie Mc Clung, daughter of LL 811 Member Scot Mc Clung
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS
Each applicant met the requirements of having 3.0 GPA or higher, and wrote essays of 1500 words or more on the topics provided by each committee.
Jackie Golphin, Chairperson of the Local 811 Women's Committee, congratulated this year's scholarship winners, saying, "It is truly an exciting and gratifying experience seeing my local give back to memebers and their dependants who are pursuing their education."
Greg Hall, from the Human Rights Committee, told the winners that, "Hard work pays off and these recepients should be very proud of their accomplishments."
The 2016 Scholarship Program is available for members in good standing and their dependents who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are enrolled in a secondary education program. The program is funded entirely by the generous support of the Local 811 membership, and is approved each year at the Local 811 Business Meetings.
Over the past two weeks, Local 811 has sworn in 27 new shop stewards as part of a program that is intended to create the largest and most highly trained steward group of any local in the nation. The new focus on recruitment is being coordinated by David Towe, who is also planning unprecedented levels of training for the shop stewards going forward. The program is being directed by Grievance Committee Chairman, Victor Hernandez.
The new stewards represent every segment of the IAH ramp; with online runners, leads, rampers and other fleet service CSEs all joining the revitalized steward program.
The new stewards will be joining the ranks at IAH just as a new contract is going into effect, a contract that is being called the best in the history of the airline in terms of job security and wages. Despite the success of the contract negotiations, District 141 President Mike Klemm has made it clear that activists within the IAM should not let down their guard; he is certain that individuals within United Airlines management will begin violating the new agreement almost immediately. Many managers and directors mistakenly think that it's their job to try and sabotage the work of United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, who appears to be sincere in his efforts to repair the relationship between workers and management that was shattered during the era of former CEO, Jeff Smisek. The new stewards will help enforce the new contract from these rouge managers, and will also work hard to protect the rights and dignity of Local 811 members.
In order to be as prepared for these challenges as possible, Coordinator David Towe has scheduled steward meetings to discuss the new contract, and how it will impact the members of Local 811. The informational sessions are scheduled for May 11th, (Wednesday). There will be three meetings; in the morning from 9-11 am, then again from12-2 pm, and the afternoon meeting will be held from 4-6 pm at the Local Lodge. (The Local Lodge offices are located at 15355 Vantage Parkway West, Atrium 2, suite 175, Houston, Texas 77032.) All shop stewards are welcome to attend.
David Towe has scheduled future shop steward meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. These monthly gatherings will allow shop stewards to build camaraderie, hone their skills and share war stories on a regular basis.