Together, we made 2015 one of the most eventful in the history of Local 811. This year saw reinvigorated committees, new local officers, a new union hall, and new outreach and activism strategies that will absolutely make Local 811 a leader nationwide.
You should be proud to represent Houston IAH at Local 811. The IAH Ramp connects over 40 MILLION passengers a year with more than 600 flights every day. (And we make it look easy.) Nobody can match IAH in terms of professionalism, energy, ideas and activism. Your collective bargaining efforts helped to achieve higher wages, which allowed Local 811 activists to pump an extra $15 million into our local economy in 2015. Uncompromising attitudes towards safety and job security have helped to keep those paychecks coming in for thousands of IAH workers... week after week, month after month.
Everything that Local 811 accomplished in 2015 was possible thanks entirely to support from members like you. When you ask a question in the IAH RAMP Virtual Union Board Facebook Group, when you help edit our website at Local811Houston.org, when you fill out a GSAP to fix a safety issue, when you stay informed and engaged at local Business Meetings… you make your local union lodge better educated and more active.
Thank you for all that you do,
-Leroy Taylor, President Local 811
District 141, International Association of Machinists
- In 2015, we opened a new, more modern and more accessible Union Hall
- We furnished and equipped union offices with updated tools, including printers, fax machines and Wi-Fi. This will allow us to present a competent and professional presence as we work to advance our rights together
- The Grievance Committee was able to prevent almost all attempted terminations throughout the summer. Attendance terminations were prevented in all but two cases.
- Cases of supervisors doing our work has been radically reduced, which prevents the company from taking work away from our members and giving it to management
- New Programs and outreach strategies that empower workers to direct maintenance repairs and initiate work order requests through the Local811Houston.org website, GSAP reporting and more
- The creation of a planned OJI Committee to help guide injured workers who have been hurt on the job
- Successful audit of monies and assets was conducted by auditors, trustees and few members of EBoard
- Opened Emergency Saving Account for lodge that currently has $75 000 in standby revenue
- New strategies and practices that are designed to reduce operating costs for dues paying members.
- 15 members have attended training at the Winpisinger Training Facility
- 8 Delegates from Local 811 attended the Transportation Conference in Hollywood, Florida
- 9 Delegates representing IAH attended the 141 District Convention Phoenix Arizona
- In October, Chairperson Jackie Golphin, Financial Secretary Sarah Monderoy Garcia, and Grievance Committee member Greg Hall represented Local 811 at Young Members, Women’s and Human Rights Conference in San Juan Puerto Rico
- 22 members participated in the March Caribbean Breast Cancer Walk presented by the Women’s Committee
- Members from the Women’s Committee held donation drives for coworkers in need, raising hundreds of dollars
- The Human Rights Committee launched an ongoing collaborative photography project with Houston Activist networks
- The Safety Committee has begun coordinating various continuing safety programs, such as the Safety Action Team and Safety Committees
- In June, the Human Rights Committee presented the son of member Ali Thompson with a $500 Scholarship
- In September, the Women’s Committee held 1st Annual Memorial Cancer Walk in memory of friends, coworkers and family who have battled Cancer at Alexander Deussen Park
- A new program to help retirees has been initiated
- In August, the Women’s Committee donated over 12 boxes of clothing and shoes from a clothing drive to Covenant House Homeless shelter for teens
- Our social networking strategy has been rebooted, allowing member-level communication with officers and hundreds of other members.
- Our email lists have been updated and greatly expanded, allowing Local 811 officers to message many hundreds of members directly and quickly, with no printing costs to burden dues payers
- Our website, Local811Houston.org, has been launched. This website allows the clearest overview of our Local activities. It also provides a useful toolbox to members that need to report safety issues, keep an eye on their attendance, start new projects and more. The new strategies will reduce the need for outside training and consultations, providing quality outreach at minimal cost.