I know this is short notice, we did not receive word of this until Fri PM, but they are trying to close the Mission Post Office Branch on Johnson Drive in Mission KS. They will be having a public information meeting Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Main Post Office at 6029 Broadmoor, Mission KS (this is not the office facing closure).
Thanks, I appreciate it. In Solidarity,
Ken France, President
Kansas Kaw Valley
Area Local 238
Political activist and retired 41-year IAM member Pat Lehman of Wichita, KS is the recipient of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Lehman, a former Grand Lodge Representative who retired in 2006, was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, June 14 in Charleston, WV.
Lehman was the first-ever female Tool and Die Maker at Beechcraft and the first woman or union member to serve as chair of the Kansas Democratic Party. At the IAM, she served in several capacities including organizer, District 70 Secretary-Treasurer and eventually Grand Lodge Representative. She was a delegate for the National Commission on the Status of Women and has traveled to Indonesia to study working conditions of female employees.
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District Lodge #70 has been participating in the Angel Tree Program with the Salvation Army for many years now. In addition to our Angel Tree adoptions that we do during Christmas time, this year we are also starting a new program that will allow us to help even more kind this Christmas. During the month of July, 2013 we are doing a TOY Drive! View the flyer for more information.
Bowl For Dogs Machinist Union Fundraiser Bowling Tournament benefiting Guide Dogs of America. Saturday June 22nd, 2013. Help us raise money for Guide Dogs of America while enjoying food & drink specials & having tons of fun for ALL skill levels! View the flyer for more information including registration information.
Move-On is holding a Rally this Saturday in Lawrence. It is to point out that with Gov. Brownback, Kansas isn't what it used to be. Join Dan Brennan of Move-On and others in Lawrence for the memorial walk.
Death of Kansas video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_m6VTegroM&feature=youtu.be
The values of Kansans are under threat, as Governor Brownback and his right-wing disciples have condemned the state of Kansas to a premature death. Most of us are stunned by the long term implications of BB's tax policy, but SSHB 2117 is now law, and the ax will fall. This law exempts Kansas S Corporations, LLC's and proprietary partnerships from paying any income taxes, and will place an increasing burden on poor and middle class Kansans.
Help us decide which programs to fund
United Way is seeking volunteers to join its Citizens Review Process. The volunteers evaluate local agency programs and recommend funding. Volunteers will receive training and will be asked to give about 20 hours of their time during the fall, most of it during the workday. To learn more or sign up, click here.
As you know, areas in and around Oklahoma City, including the town of Moore, were ravaged in yesterday’s nearly two-mile wide twister designated an EF4 on the National Weather Service’s 5-point scale – the second strongest category of tornado with sustained winds of 200 mph. Reports continue to come in, and the death toll tragically continues to rise.
In response, United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund so individuals can give specifically to support rebuilding after these events. Information on the fund can be found at http://www.unitedwayokc.org/. Donations may be made through their website or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.
We face a crisis in the enforcement of workers’ rights, and we need your help to see that a key labor agency – the National Labor Relations Board – continues to function.
Most immediately, we need your leaders in every state to make contact with their senators -- Democrats and Republicans -- to urge their prompt consideration and approval of the bipartisan package of nominations to the NLRB. View more information
Digital Training: Have You Heard of #1u?
Don’t worry if you haven’t-- it’s not a secret password. In fact, it’s the hashtag that labor folks use to talk about anything union related on Twitter. And I want lots of labor folks to know exactly what #1u means.
The more labor folks learn how to use all the tools in our internet toolbox, the more we’ll reach a wider audience and win. And that starts by learning what the heck this stuff is, or sharpening our skills if we’re well acquainted.
Buffenbarger: The U.S. Air Force's Billion Dollar Mistake
In an op-ed published today in Roll Call, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger calls on the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force to reconsider their decision to award a contract worth billions of dollars to a foreign-owned company. The contract in question ignored formal procurement processes to award a foreign company the manufacture and delivery of 20 light air support (LAS) aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, and is set to expand to hundreds of aircraft over time.