The Machinists Non-Partisan Political League is the political arm of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. It was created in 1947 to allow IAM members to gather individual contributions, coordinate political activity, and elect candidates who support IAM members and their families.
Candidates we support know that the MNPL stands for economic justice, security in the workplace and equality for every member. They do not take us for granted.
The MNPL scrutinizes each candidate thoroughly. We ask tough questions such as their positions on trade, labor law reform, economic conversion, transportation policies, and enhancement of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Who We Are
Who are the members of District 190 of the Machinists Union?
What are some of the Employers or Companies employing IAM District 190 members?
How many Employers or Companies have contracts with the Machinists District 190?
Are most Machinists District 190 members actually "machinists"?
What does District 190 provide to the members?
We stand for Fair Treatment on the Job
We stand for better Health Care and other Benefits
We stand for a great retirement benefit
70 Year Member!
Congratulations to Kathlyn Silva for earning her 70-year pin at Local 1584's retiree luncheon in December.
When Kathlyn was hired at Marchant Calculating Machine on May 6, 1943, she was only 23 years old. The company closed 20 years later, but she has enjoyed being an IAM member ever since. She was thrilled to get her 70-year pin and now plans to join the Retiree Club.
Explaining that taking this job had been a scary move for her, Kathlyn recalls how it took her from the small town of Modesto to the big city of Oakland. And she had never seen tools before. But, she was encouraged to take the leap because of the war effort and because she would earn 70 cents/hour.
Kathlyn says that the main reason she joined the union was because they went out for ice cream after the meetings. She went to many meetings and enjoyed her share of ice cream!
Bettencourt named 1546 Shop Steward of the Year
Local 1546 Shop Steward of the Year Larry Bettencourt (center) proudly displays his plaque. He is flanked by Business Rep Steve Older (left) and Area Director Don Crosatto (right).
Congratulations to Larry Bettencourt for being named Shop Steward of the Year by Local 1546 at their annual shop stewards dinner, held on December 3, at the union hall. (Many thanks to Business Rep and Chef Extraordinaire Robbie Pintos and his crew for cooking up a delicious dinner!)
In accepting the award, Larry wanted to thank everybody in the Local for coming to the support of the members who work at the Ford Store, who have been trying to get a contract for more than a year.
Larry, a 32-year IAM member, has worked at the Ford Store for five years. He says it's often a tough job to keep the members unified, motivated and strong. "But," he adds, "our guys are tight, and I'm a firm believer that we'll get this done, no matter how the employer tries to browbeat us."
This summer, the group decided to step up their level of activity with the goal of forcing the employer to bargain in good faith. A one-day strike in September led to weekend picketing and finally a two-week strike in October. Larry was game, even though this was his first strike action.
Larry says that it takes a lot of grit to tell off the owner and his lawyer, "but when you have to do it, you just do," he explains. "Our goal is to get the best for the employees and the company�ultimately, we've got to be in it together."
Local 1584 Honors Its Long-Time Members
Local 1584's Retiree Club held its annual Veterans Awards Luncheon at Scotts Restaurant in Jack London Square on December 3, 2013. Pins were distributed to members with 20 to 70 years in the union.
Back Row � from left: Thomas Swanger (20), David Hansen (30), Rigoberto Ibarra (40), Richard Maxfield Sr. (50), Raymond Knudson (40), Alexander Martinez (45), Roy Aguilar, not shown (45)
Middle Row: Tony Bruno (45), James Reeder (20), Don Wu (25), John Bettencourt (50), Lino Rosas (50), James Robinson (50), Jack Mc Daniels (60)
Seated: Melinda Cook (20), Diana Nunez (20), Linda Kettering (20), Boris Talgarow (40), Kathlyn Silva (70), Lula Pattison (45), Julie Tuohey (20), Herman Howell (45).