US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO SUPERVISE NEW IAM
               ELECTION - RESULTS OF RECENT ELECTION OVERTURNED!

On August 15, 2013 ,  to avoid a lawsuit from the US Department of Labor, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) entered into a voluntary compliance  agreement with the Department of Labor concerning the 2013 election of  its international officers.  The IAM agreed to conduct new nominations and a new election, for the offices of international president, general secretary-treasurer and eight general vice presidents under the Department of Labor supervision prior to June 2014.  The Labor Department investigation disclosed that the union failed to provide notice of nomination to the membership regarding the nomination of international officers, local lodges did not provide notice of their nomination meetings to all members, and members were denied a reasonable opportunity to nominate candidates.  

 
     LONG BEACH IAM LIMITS MEMBERS PARTICIPATION AND
               ABILITY TO RUN FOR OFFICE!
  

Article II, section I of the Long Beach Local IAM constitution requires in order, " to be nominated to be an officer or delegate, a member must have attended at least 50% of the regular lodge meetings held during the 12 month period ending the date of close of nominations."   The effect of this innocent sounding provision, is to limit democracy and narrow the field of possible candidates.  Only union "insiders" would qualify to run.  All dues paying member with a vision and desire to lead, should be eligible to be placed on the ballot.  The member should be given an opportunity to elect a co-worker of their choice and not be limited to the handful of members that may attend monthly meeting. 

 
 
 

IAM UNION VOTING ON PENSION REFORM - Thurs August 16, 2012 by Harry Saltzgaver, Exec Editor Long Bch, CA: Gazette Newspaper

City Manager Pat West said that if the new contract is approved, it would save $3.9 million in the city's general fund in the coming year, and $12 million over all funds...  Under the new contract, IAM members...

 

AFTER AGREEMENT, LONG BEACH BECOMES LARGEST CITY IN CALPERS TO ACHIEVE FULL PENSION REFORM
- October 18, 2013 Signal Tribune

With these final agreements, Long Beach has achieved full pension reform, with all City employees paying their full share of pension costs, making Long Beach the largest California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) city to achieve this milestone, according to a press release issued by the City.

 

STREET SWEEPERS TARGET FOR PRIVATE FIRM CONTRACT
- by Harry Saltzgaver, Exec Editor Long Bch, CA: Gazette Newspaper

Street sweeping was one of the city services targeted for potential privatization last year...  Also noted in the staff report is the fact that Athens handles trash and recycling pickup in 21 cities. While there is no comment in this report about contracting out either trash or recycle pickup...

 

CITY OF LONG BEACH LABOR DISPUTE WITH IAM CONTINUES
- December 4, 2012 by Joshua H. Silavent, Staff Writer, Long Beach Business Journal

"We're willing to give the city the pension reform that they're asking for, said IAM chief spokesperson Ray Rivera.
The Business Journal obtained a copy of the latest IAM proposal, which includes an agreement for members to pick up the full 8 percent of CalPERS retirement contributions. In addition, it proposes an adjusted compensation formula for new employees, which includes raising the retirement age to 62 from 55.

 

LONG BEACH SAYS IT HAS ACHIEVED TOTAL PENSION REFORM
- October 16, 2013 by Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times

"Since 2007, the city has eliminated 786 positions and slashed $134 million from its general fund...Employees covered under the new contracts will now contribute 8% of their salary into CalPERS, an increase from the 2%"

 

UNREST PUTS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON MACHINISTS' LEADERSHIP
- December 10, 2012 by Lydia Depillis, The Washington Post

"The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will have to rerun its elections.

The labor movement has a lot of challenges forced upon it by economic conditions. Rigid, entrenched leadership is one that it's brought upon itself.

 
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