Brothers and Sisters:
Please distribute this flyer and encourage all union members to attend their Local Lodge meeting this Saturday at 10:00 am. and to ask any questions regarding health insurance.
We hired Gallagher Insurance Consulting Group who will be at this month’s local lodge meeting Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. to answer questions and give assistance for this year’s upcoming open enrollment which begins October 30th - November 13, 2014. It is very important for you to choose the insurance coverage that is right for you and your families. If you are unable to attend Saturday’s meeting and would like to meet with a Gallagher Group Representative, look for additional meeting schedules on http://d70iam.org/
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We need good qualified Machinists.
We have exhausted our Out of Work List for Local Lodge 65 in Muscle Shoals, AL.
We need qualified Maintenance Mechanic Machinists for work at the TVA facilities.
The work would require travel throughout the Tennessee Valley. The individual could be performing a wide range of duties ranging from power house maintenance in coal, hydro, or nuclear plants. He/she could be called for turbine work on combustion turbine or combined cycle gas plants, coal plants, hydro plants, or nuclear plants.
Shop Machinists and Machinist Welders are needed as well. They must be able to read mics and calipers. Air Craft Mechanics are a good fit for the CT and CC work.
The pay scale ranges from $29.55 an hour to $34.77 an hour. The IAM pension is at $1.50 an hour and the IAM Benefit Trust insurance is $6.56 an hour.
Please note that these are not permanent jobs. They are seasonal for the fall and spring outage seasons.
Forrest Keith McFarland
ADBR District Lodge 711
Wichita Machinists at Textron Aviation Vote to Accept Joint Contract
Wichita, Kansas, October 17, 2014 – Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 70 at Textron Aviation have voted 73 to 27 percent to unify under a single six-year collective bargaining agreement that commits to growing aerospace jobs in Wichita, preserves member seniority and increases pay.
The new agreement covers roughly 4,100 workers at Cessna Aircraft Co. and Beechcraft Corp., now under the umbrella of Textron Aviation.
“Our members today made a decision that will positively impact the aerospace industry and our community for years to come,” said IAM District 70 Directing Business Representative Frank Molina. “I’d like to especially thank our IAM negotiating committee for their hard work combining these two contracts. We look forward to a prosperous future for aerospace in Wichita.”
The new agreement, which runs into 2020, includes a 9.5 percent pay raise through wage increases and lump sum payments, annual cost-of-living adjustments and performance bonuses, and a bump in earned time off.
For more information on the new agreement, visit www.d70iam.org.
Founded in 1888, the IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 600,000 active and retired members in aerospace, transportation, woodworking, shipbuilding and manufacturing sectors. For more information on the IAM, visit www.goiam.org.
Contract Votes are in and the Contract has PASSED
The company has issued a final offer to the International Association of Machinists (IAM), and we are pleased to report that its negotiating committee has endorsed it. The local IAM membership will come together for a vote on Friday, Oct. 17.
View a joint letter from the IAM&AW and from Textron Aviation
View a summary of the contract proposal
November's Monthly Meeting will be held Saturday November 1st, 2014. E-Board meets at 8:30am. Regular meeting starts at 10:00am. View the flyer
NOMINATIONS WILL BE HELD AT THIS MEETING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:
(1) VICE PRESIDENT
(1) RECORDING SECRETARY
(1) SECRETARY / TREASURER
(1) CONDUCTOR SENTINAL
(6) DISTRICT DELEGATES
(6) WICHITA/ HUTCHINSON LABOR FEDERATION DELEGATES
(3) KANSAS STATE COUNCIL, AFL-CIO/C.O.P.E. DELEGATES
(13) WICHITA UNION LABEL DELEGATES
ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE DECEMBER MEETING.
Elections will be held at the December Meeting.
Election of tellers will be held at November meeting for the Election at the December Meeting.
(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – With reports of Ebola in the United States, and a rising concern worldwide about the spread of the virus, Sedgwick County has teamed up with United Way of the Plains to make information about Ebola available by calling 2-1-1, United Way’s information line available to people across Kansas.
Sedgwick County has no cases of Ebola, but county officials are encouraging people to educate themselves about Ebola, which is only spread through direct contact, for example by contact through broken skin with the blood or bodily fluids of a person infected with Ebola.
More information about Ebola is available at www.sedgwickcounty.org or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Be qualified for careers in aviation. View the flyer for a list of training courses, start dates and contact info if you or you know someone who is interested in furthering your education or wanting to get into the field of aviation.
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
FamilyWize is a prescription discount card that can reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who are uninsured or underinsured. You can even use it if you have health insurance. Simply present the card to your pharmacist when you pay for your prescription. The card can help lower the cost of prescription drugs during deductible or waiting periods before you are eligible for an insurance plan, and for medications not covered by your insurance plan. Customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine 80% of the time.
Print the card.
There are no forms to fill out, waiting period, registration or costs to obtain the card. Print your card.
Who can use the FamilyWize card?
These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.
Where can I use the FamilyWize card?
The card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit FamilyWize and select "Pharmacy Lookup" to find a participating pharmacy in your community.
How much will I save?
You can save an average of 35%. The FamilyWize card cannot lower the co-pay for medicine covered by insurance. To price a specific drug, visit FamilyWize and select "Drug Price Lookup".
What if I have more questions?
Visit FamilyWize FAQ or dial 2-1-1.
United Way of the Plains expanding free book program for preschoolers in all of Sedgwick County
Any child under five years old in Sedgwick County is now eligible for a free age-appropriate book once a month. United Way of the Plains has expanded a program to all of Sedgwick County that it previously offered in a few areas of Wichita. Since 2011, United Way has been locally funding the program called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and has distributed over 52,000 books to children.
"We want every child to experience the joy of books even if their families cannot afford them," said Patrick J. Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains. "We know if children get exposed to reading early, they will learn more quickly and every aspect of their lives will benefit."
In addition to Sedgwick County, United Way provides books in Sumner County, Andover and Augusta. Parents can register these ways:
- sign up online at United Way Imagination Library
- call 2-1-1 (United Way's 24-hour information line)
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a national program started by Dolly Parton to inspire children to learn to read. The experiences of thousands of families, as well as research in child development, affirm the benefits of early learning experiences for children. Research shows that activities such as reading regularly with children, beginning in infancy, can produce a significant growth in I.Q., which lasts a child’s lifetime.
Anyone interested in helping fund the program can send a donation to: United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202. If by check, make it out to "United Way of the Plains" with "Imagination Library" in the memo line.
District 70 held it's 2nd annual Bowling Tournament Benefiting Guide Dogs of America at North Rock Lanes on June 21st, 2014.
Everyone had a good time bowling, winning prizes and eating while raising money for Guide Dogs.
View a Slide Show taken during the tournament.
Secretary-Treasurers from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions across the nation received a front row seat to the IAM’s premiere showing of “Pensions 101: Surviving Bankruptcy,” an introductory video to a new program the IAM is building to teach unions and union representatives how to better protect their members at companies facing corporate bankruptcy.
One of the people interviewed for this video is Kelly Cleaton a plant chair for Local Lodge 733 at Beechcraft.
District 70 Communicator Larry Wilson, second from right, won the Robert J. Kalaski Award for his dedicated service as a communicator at both the local and district levels. From left, Southern Territory GVP Mark Blondin, General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., International President Tom Buffenbarger, Wilson, and Southern Territory Communications Representative Bob Wood.
IAM District 70 Communicator/Local 733 Communicator and Recording Secretary Larry Wilson received the 2014 Robert J. Kalaski Special Performance Award for his “distinguished and effective communication efforts promoting the mission of the labor movement.”
Larry Wilson also won several other awards at the 2014 Communicators Conference.
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Local Lodge 733
First Place for Layout and Design - Websites
Third Place for General Excellence - Websites
View the video that was produced by the communication department from International during this year's conference
MAPP, or rather the Machinist Advantage Partnership Program, is charting a new course in Kansas. The brainchild of District 70 in Wichita, this discount program is making big strides to save money for the nearly 13,000 machinists that call this community home.
DISTRICT LODGE #70
I bet many of you didn’t know that we have a Retirees group that meets at District 70! Well, we do! This is a club that has been in existence for many years. We get together once a month, eat some great food that has been brought by our members and then have our meeting where we do our monthly business. But, one of the best parts is meeting new people and even running into some old friends.
This is a group where you can get involved, stay informed on topics that are important to retirees and have fun in the process. The officers of the club are elected annually, so there is a great opportunity to be a leader as well!
Political activist and retired 41-year IAM member Pat Lehman of Wichita, KS is the recipient of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Lehman, a former Grand Lodge Representative who retired in 2006, was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, June 14 in Charleston, WV.
Lehman was the first-ever female Tool and Die Maker at Beechcraft and the first woman or union member to serve as chair of the Kansas Democratic Party. At the IAM, she served in several capacities including organizer, District 70 Secretary-Treasurer and eventually Grand Lodge Representative. She was a delegate for the National Commission on the Status of Women and has traveled to Indonesia to study working conditions of female employees.
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