The Gallagher Consulting Group will be at all the Textron Aviation plants next week to visit with employees who have questions about their health insurance choices. A flyer will be out soon with more information about times and places.
Plan today to join us Nov. 21 to celebrate this year's fundraising campaign. We'll recap highlights of the campaign, thank supporters and hear what it's meant to StepStone, a local non-profit serving survivors of domestic violence, to receive United Way funding for the first time in 2014. RSVP Today
The following positions will be on the December 6th, 2014 ballot. You must vote for the exact number or that part of your ballot will be disqualified. The names are listed in the order that they will appear on the ballot. Polls will be open from 6:00am to 8:00pm. At the district 3830 S. Meridian.
Trustees (Vote for 3)
District #70 Delegates (Vote for 6)
Kansas State Council/ AFL-CIO (Vote for 3)
Negotiators (Vote for 4)
The following positions the people nominated ran unopposed and will not be on the ballot for the December 2014 election.
President Tim Franta
Vice President Kurt Holtz
Recording Secretary Larry Wilson
Secretary/Treasurer Mark Lowry
Conductor/Sentinel Dave Dunnavent
WHERE: District 70
3830 S. Meridian
Wichita, KS 67217
WHEN: November 13, 2014
Thursday 4:30 pm
We don’t expect this meeting to be too long, but wanted to get information to you about dates the Salvation Army Angels will be available and dates they have to be returned. We will also have applications available for our own Spirit of Labor program.
Please invite anyone else that you know that would like to contribute some time to a great and fun cause.
View the Flyer
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.
First Place for General Excellence - Websites
First Place for Layout and Design - Websites
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.