The Following Election Regulations Will Be Observed
For All Local Lodge & District Elections:

Absentee Ballots: In accordance with Election of Officers, Article II, Section 3 of the IAM Constitution, members who reside in outlying districts more than 25 miles from the designated balloting place, members who are either confined because of verified illness or on leave qualifying under U.S. and Canadian family leave laws, or on vacation, or on official IAM business approved by the Local Lodge, District Lodge, or Grand Lodge, or on an employer travel assignment, or reserve military leave, as the case may be, shall be furnished absentee ballots.

Any member entitled to vote by absentee ballot must request a ballot in writing. Your written request for absentee ballot must be mailed to your local lodge (see addresses in Calendar on Page 8), and include the following: "Please send me an absentee ballot." Provide your: Name • Address • City/State/Zip • Book # • Signature. You must also include the reason you are making the request.

The Request for Absentee Ballot must be delivered to the Recording Secretary of your Local Lodge in person or by mail no later than ten (10) days prior to the election.

Completed Absentee Ballots for District Delegates and for your Local Lodge elections must be received by the Local Lodge prior to closing of voting at your Local Lodge's first meeting in December.

Qualifications to become a Candidate for Election: In accordance with Article XII, Section 2, of the Local Lodge By-laws, to be eligible a member shall attend at least fifty percent (50%) of the regular Local Lodge meetings held during the twelve (12) month period ending the date of close of nominations.

Qualifications to Vote: Only members in good standing and free from delinquency of any nature to the Local Lodge shall be allowed to vote.

Pay your dues on–line

Here's how:
First, you must be able to access your bank account on–line.

  • Go into the bank's bill–payer section.
  • Make the "payee" for the check 'IAM&AW.'
  • For address, put in the address of your local union (see page 8 for addresses.)
  • For account number, use your card number (or book number). If you don't know what your card number is, call your local lodge.
  • You can choose whether or not to pay automatically. You can easily set it up so that the check is sent out on the first of every month.

Depending on your bank, this transaction will be free or there may be a small fee.

Around the Locals

Local 93 – San Jose

New Contracts

The 17 members who track military satellites at the Vandenberg Tracking Station ratified a new three-year contract with their employer, Five Rivers. They got wage increases of 2.5% in year one, 2% in the following two years, and 40 cents/hour added to the pension plan each year. "This was a good contract that was negotiated fairly quickly and easily," said Business Rep Richard Breckenridge.

At Industrial Machine Shop in Salinas, the four members ratified their new three-year agreement and are pleased that the company will pick up all the increases on the health and welfare plan.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, shall be held at the regular Membership Meeting. Nominations will be held at Local Lodge 93, 2102 Almaden Rd., #105, San Jose, CA.

Election: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, shall be held at the regular Membership meeting. A voting booth shall be maintained at the Local Lodge Union Hall from the hours of 8:00 a.m. until the close of regular order of business.

Local 653 – Fresno

Contract At Hedrick's

Members at Hedrick's Collision Center ratified their new three-year agreement in July. The Techs will see a 3% wage increase for each contract year and the employer will pick up 100% of the cost to launder their uniforms. Break times will be broken out and paid separately in accordance with state law. The contract language was improved to include language enabling members to opt-out of the health and welfare with a stipend and new language on non-line work.

Business Rep Jeremy Celaya would like to thank newly-elected Shop Stewart Garroll White for his role at table.

Grievance Over Boots

Dan Zack, the Chief Shop Steward at the URS/Army National Guard 1106th AVCRAD site, filed a class action grievance on behalf of all bargaining unit members. The company is refusing to pay for safety boots because they never paid before they had a labor contract. Language in the current collective bargaining agreement calls on the company to provide OSHA compliant safety gear as required for use in performing work.

The union contends that the contract overrides company policy and believes that the company is not in compliance with California labor codes.

We'll let you know when a decision is reached.

Congrats to Graduating Apprentices

The following Local 653 members are now officially journeymen: Jose Reyes. Fresno Truck Center; Sim Sarth, Fresno Dodge; Eric Davis, Hedrick's Chevrolet; Adan Cervantes, Sun-Maid; and Omero Avalos, Fresno Truck Center. Congratulations one and all for your dedication and hard-work.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the General Membership Meeting which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the union office, 544 West Olive, Fresno, CA. Election: Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The election shall take place at the union office from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at which time the tellers shall count the ballots and post the results.

Local 1101 – San Jose

Big Back Pay Victory

Back in 2007, Local 1101 tried to organize Stevens Creek Chrysler / Jeep / Dodge. During the drive, the company terminated two union supporters. "We filed multiple charges against the company and kept on following through," said Business Rep Richard Breckenridge. In August, 2016, after nine years, the two members were awarded back pay from the NLRB.

Patrick Rocha, who's currently working at Hertz Rent-a-Car and is a member of Local 1101, will receive $182,036.70.

Steve Rother moved on to become an independent truck driver and ended up making more money than he would have had he stayed at a dealership. He'll be getting a check for $33,846.15.

"This is a a major settlement for both of the guys after a nine-year battle," Breckenridge said. "I want to thank Caren Sencer, our attorney from Weinberg Roger and Rosenfeld, for working with us through late hours and over weekends to get this deal negotiated."

Breckenridge adds that the union is still battling charges with this employer. "We got a bargaining order two years ago and are still negotiating for a first contract. The shop still has 15 people who would be covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Even though only two of them are from the original group, they're all supportive of the union and want a contract already."

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the General Membership Meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the union office, 2102 Almaden Rd., #105, San Jose, CA. Election: Thursday, December 8, 2016. The election shall take place at the union office between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at which time the tellers shall count the ballots and post the results.

Local 1173 – Concord

New Owner

Lawrence Volvo in Walnut Creek has been sold. "The new owner hired everybody back, which means that we have bargaining rights," said Area Director Steve Older. "They gave the majority of members raises and told the apprentices that they will continue with the apprenticeship program."

Older adds that he has met with the new owner and he feels pretty positive about maintaining the relationship with the union and dealership. "But we'll wait and see."

Facility Closing

Save-Mart in Vacaville is closing their facility in late-September, impacting 13 IAM members, and 600 Teamsters and UFCW members.

"We were able to negotiate good severance packages, including one and a half weeks of severance for each year of work, and anybody asked to stay on after the closing date will get an extra $10/hour incentive pay."

The work is shifting to a non-union facility in Lathrop. "Our guys are forklift techs, plant maintenance techs and truck mechanics," adds Older. "They didn't really want to move to Lathrop, although the contract stipulated that they could have."

Returned To Work

Through the union's intervention, a member who was wrongfully terminated by Henkel Aerospace was returned to work with about $5,000 in back pay.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the regular Membership/Shop Stewards' Meeting. Nomination of Officers, Executive Board Members, Audit Committee and Delegates to California Conference of Machinists will be held at Local Lodge 1173 Headquarters, 1900 Bates Avenue, Suite H, Concord, CA. Election: Thursday, December 8, 2016, shall be held at the regular Membership/Shop Stewards' meeting. A voting booth shall be maintained at the Local Lodge Union Hall from the hours of 8:00 a.m. until the close of regular order of business.

Local 1414 – San Mateo

Golden Gate Bridge strike photo 1

Summer interns show off their handiwork, painting flames for bus panels. Below, they'e joined by the body and paint employees at MUNI's Woods shop.

Starting in High School to Teach and Prepare the Mechanics of Tomorrow

In January, 2012, Local 1414 helped to re-open the only high school auto shop in San Francisco, at George Washington High. The District's previous auto shops had been closed 10 years earlier. Starting with 16 students in an after-school class open to students from across the school district, the current enrollment is 80 students in three daytime classes, plus the afternoon class for students at all schools. Auto Shop 2 for advanced students was just initiated this semester.

For the third year, MUNI hosted a summer internship program for the students. The highly-skilled union body and paint employees at MUNI's Woods shop had an artistic project for the students--painting flames on bus panels.

"The students' excitement level went through the roof as they watched the progress of the project," says Rich Del Rosso, a Local 1414 Executive Board member and co-instructor. "And the finished product looks fantastic. The skills the students learned can be carried over into painting motorcycles, cars, guitars, whatever."

The school district is now working to raise funds to establish a 21st Century auto shop. "Right now it's a 1940s shop, but we anticipate getting new equipment and more teachers and helping build the auto tech workforce of the future," Del Rosso added.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Regular Membership Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 150 South Boulevard, San Mateo, CA.

Election: The elections shall be conducted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at your Union Hall.

Local 1528 – Modesto

Getting ready at Silgan Riverbank

The union will distribute contract negotiation surveys in preparaation for next spring's negotiations. Keep an eye out around mid-October.

Notice of proposed bylaws changes

Please be advised that at Local 1528's general membership meeting on November 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., the reading of proposed bylaw changes will take place. The second reading and vote will take place on December 7, 2016, at the general membership meeting.

The meeting will be held at the offices of IAM Local Lodge 1528, located at 713 16th Street, Modesto, CA, 95354.

Local 1546 – Oakland

Port Settlement, Maybe...

At press time, it looks like there's a partial settlement in the Ports America/ Outer Harbor case.

"We came to a settlement with the employer Outer Harbor (although the ILWU continues to try to throw up every possible roadblock,)" says Area Director Don Crosatto.

The settlement includes money to both the pension plan and to the former PMMC and Transbay mechanics. "Even though the terminal closed, we're still going to litigate the successorship issue --because that's what determines the jurisdiction. And we're still going after them for the back dues," Crosatto explained.

This case started in 2005 and we'll continue to report on it until it's really over.

Contract In Alaska

The 10 members at PBA Maintenance Co. in Alaska who maintain Horizon Lines (now Matson Lines' cranes) in Kodiak, Anchorage, and Dutch Harbor now have a one-year interim agreement that included a 75 cent wage increase.

"While we celebrate low oil prices down here, it's trouble for the Alaskan economy," says Crosatto. "The volume of fish is also way down, pinching the fishing industry. Hopefully things will pick up in the next year."

Good Deal At St. Francis

Over at St. Francis Electric in San Leandro, the seven members will be seeing a $1.50/hour wage increase as they go into the second year of their three-year contract.

"The journeymen are up to $38.98/ hour, a substantial improvement of where they were a few years ago," Crosatto says. "We got a much larger ball of money for benefits, and they really benefited from the last two years of not having to pay any health and welfare cost increases."

Local 1584 – Oakland

New Assignments for Local 1584 Shops

With Business Rep Garry Horrocks retiring, the District has decided not to hire a new Business Rep, but instead to split the Local's shops among current experienced reps. Here's who'll be representing you.

Steve Older: A&B Die Casting, Veriflo, Phillips 66, Henckel Corporation.

Brian Fealy: Union Tank Car, Chem Trade Solutions (formerly General Chemical), GP Gypsum, Phillips 66.

Don Crosatto: American Brass & Iron, Ashlock Company, Diamond Manufacturing Skip Hatch: Atlas Pacific (Used to be in Emeryville... now in Modesto) Robbie Pintos: Cargill Salt, George Martin Company, Morton Salt Pat Woodward: First Student Oakland, Knopp Inc., Oakland Machine Works.

If you work at one of those shops and need to find your rep, call District 190 at 510-632-3661 to get connected.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Regular Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at 436 McCormick Street, San Leandro, CA.

Election: The elections shall be conducted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at your Union Hall, after which time the tellers shall count the ballots and post the results.

Local 1596 – Petaluma

Contract Updates

Area Director Tom Brandon reports that the Local is still in negotiations with Northbay Nissan and Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma, and talks are scheduled to start soon at Petaluma Poultry.

Nominations of Officers and Executive Board:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, shall be held at the regular Membership Meeting. Nomination of Officers, Executive Board Members, Audit Committee and Delegates to California Conference of Machinists and the Recording Secretary shall read the names of the nominees at the close of the nominations. Nominations will be held at Local Lodge 1596, 4210 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA.

Election: Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Polls will be open from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Members of this Lodge desiring to vote shall submit their dues book.

Local 2182 – Sacramento

Not A Recycled Contract

The 50 members at Sims Recycling Solutions in Roseville were voting on a tentative three-year agreement as press time approached.

The contract included a two-tiered wage increase: those making more than $15/hour will get a 27 cent/hour increase and those making less than $15/hour would get a $.55 increase each year of the contract. Equity adjustments added increases for some classifictions. "These wage increases are much higher than what we've been able to get before," said Business Rep Skip Hatch, who explains that this is a fairly low-paying industry, although trained people get paid accordingly.

The employees had set the priority on the benefits and Hatch was pleased to report that the team got the employer to cap the employee share of health and welfare at $40/month for all three years, with an extra $14/month for disability. Currently, the members' cost is $32/ month.

"The Bargaining Committee did an excellent job identifying areas where we needed to make language improvements," Hatch said. "The company was fair to deal with. They recognized some of the pitfalls that we were trying to correct and didn't fight us on them. This was definitely one of the better talks that I've had with this company." Good deal at Elm Ford Area Director Mark Martin reports that he reached a one-year contract with Elm Ford in Woodland. "With some adjustments on health benefits, the employee share of costs will go from about $260 per month to 0. We were also successful in negotiating a $0.70 an hour raise." Martin thanks to shop steward John Keeble for his help on this one.


Attention Members of Local Lodges 93, 653, 801, 1101, 1173, 1414, 1484, 1528, 1546, 1584, 1596, 2005, 2182

Nomination & Election of District Lodge 190 Delegates

In accordance with Article II, Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of of the District Lodge 190 Bylaws, you are hereby notified that at its first meeting in November, 2016 each Local Lodge shall nominate candidates for District Lodge Delegates.

At its first meeting in December, 2016, each Local Lodge shall elect the number of delegates that they are entitled to by a secret ballot vote of its members in good standing. (See calendar on Page 8 for the specific dates for your local.)

Subject to qualifications and eligibility as required by applicable civil law or as specified in the IAM Constitution, every member in "good standing" in a Local Lodge affiliated with this District shall be eligible for nomination and election as a District Lodge delegate from his or her Local Lodge provided that the nomineehas been a "good standing" member of his or her Local Lodge for at least one (1) year prior to the date of nominations and is working at the trade as defined in the IAM Constitution. The candidates who receive the highest vote at a secret ballot election for delegate within their respective Local Lodges shall be declared elected.

Those candidates with the next highest number of votes may be alternate delegates. Members are required to attend 50% or more of their regular Local Lodge meetings held during the 12-month period ending the date of close of nominations in order to qualify as delegates.

Absentee ballots: See rules for eligibility in box on page 6. You must send your written request to the Recording Secretary of your Local Lodge 30 days before the Local's first meeting in December.

Your ballot must be received prior to the close of the election at that meeting. The term of office shall be a period of four (4) years.

Glenn Gandolfo

Local Lodges

District Lodge #190
8201 Capwell Drive
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 632-3661
(510) 632-4171 Fax

Local Lodge #653
544 W. Olive Ave
Fresno, CA 93728
(559) 264-2815
(559) 264-3060 Fax

Local Lodge #1101 & 93
2102 Almaden Rd #105
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 723-4900
(408) 448-4618 Fax

Local Lodge #1173
1900 Bates Avenue, Suite H
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 687-6421
(925) 685-4116 Fax

Local Lodge #1414
150 South Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 341-4050 Fax

Local Lodge #1484
1261 N. Avalon Boulevard
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 835-6688
(310) 835-8715 Fax

Local Lodge #1546
10260 Macarthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 638-6705
(510) 638-1840 Fax

Local Lodge # 1584
8130 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 635-2064
(510) 635-2216 Fax

Local Lodge # 2182, # 801, & 1528
967 Venture Court
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 929-1040
(800) 458-9200
(916) 929-3794 Fax

Local Lodge # 2005
(559) 264-2815

Local Lodge # 1596
4210 Petaluma Boulevard No.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-0085
(707) 769-8440 Fax