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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?
District 190 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO represents nearly 14,000 members from Fresno to Eureka, from San Francisco to Reno, and beyond. Our Local Unions are democratic organizations, controlled by the members. Professional Union Representatives, working with Shop Stewards, provide prompt and effective representation. We are affiliated with the nearly 650,000 member International in Washington, D.C., which provides help with research, negotiations, communications, training and the support of union members all over the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

What are some of the Employers or Companies employing IAM District 190 members?
Our members work in Auto Dealerships, Manufacturing Plants, Independent Repair Garages, Machine shops, Body shops, Parts distributors and retail outlets, Canneries, Bakeries, Waterfront repair and maintenance, as well as many other private and public entities dealing with Automotive & Truck repair and Machine & Manufacturing.

How many Employers or Companies have contracts with the Machinists District 190?
Approximately 1,000 Employers or Companies have contracts with Machinists District 190. They cover members in the smallest one-employee shops to workers at large facilities with statewide, national and international affiliations, as well as several large public employee groups.

Are most Machinists District 190 members actually "machinists"?
No. Originally, District 190 members were skilled craftsperson's. Today, however, the District's membership includes, professional, office, clerical, computer, technical and medical employees, as well as journeypersons, apprentices, helpers, production, maintenance and specialist in all the various machinists trades. Membership includes, men, women and workers from nearly all racial, ethnic and religious groups.

What does District 190 provide to the members?
A Union Contract. That's what it's all about. A Union contract is a legally binding agreement guaranteeing your wages, benefits and conditions of employment under which you work. No favoritism, No discrimination, and no Special deals. When District 190 negotiates a contract with your Employer, or when a professional District 190 representative meets with your Employer to work out a solution to a specific problem on the job, you've got the strength of thousands of other workers behind you.

We stand for Fair Treatment on the Job
You deserve to be treated with respect. When you are covered by a Machinists District 190 contract you cannot be fired or suspended without a good reason, specified in the contract. You have the right to file a grievance if you feel you have been treated unfairly. You have a right to a hearing, with a Union Representative on your side.

We stand for better Health Care and other Benefits
You deserve decent Health Care, Vacation and other benefits. Employees covered by a Machinists District 190 contract enjoy a full range of benefits, including, medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, life insurance and more, fully paid for by the Employer in most cases. You have numerous choices in selection of the medical and dental programs for you and your family. Other typical benefits include paid sick leave, disability, jury duty and bereavement leave.

We stand for a great retirement benefit
You deserve a dignified and secure retirement. Almost all the members of Machinist District 190 receive a lifetime pension benefit upon retirement. The specific amount depends on the company they have worked for and the number of years of service. We now have members retiring with as much as $5,000 per month in benefits. Under many contracts, retirees and their spouse also receive full health coverage in addition to their monthly pension check. Most District 190 members are also eligible to participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. This plan provides tax benefits that reduce the cost of retirement savings -- it allows you to pay taxes on a reduced amount of wages, and put your money to work to build up your retirement fund.

Because we are united, the wages negotiated by Machinist District 190 are some of the best in the industry. They allow members to pay their bills, raise their families in dignity and security to enjoy some of the good things in life. While there is a substantial range depending on the industry, journeypersons currently earn between $18 and $36 per hour, depending on their specific contract.


70 Year Member!

Kathlyn Silva

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

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´┐Żultimately, we've got to be in it together."

Local 1584 Honors Its Long-Time Members

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 ´┐Ż 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).