The Air Capital
Wichita, KS. is the Air Capital of the World. General Aviation was founded here, with legendary Companies such as Cessna, Stearman and Travel Air.
The IAM grew with Wichita. District Lodge 70 was chartered in 1942, and the union workforce helped win World War II at the Bomber Plant in Southeast Wichita, with thousands of Rosie the Riveters working around the clock.
With the end of the war, Boeing made airliners in Wichita, and general aviation took off, and Wichita continued to boom with Cessna, Beechcraft, and in the sixties, Learjet started production in Wichita.
The Union Advantage
With tens of thousands of unionized workers in Wichita earning high paychecks and good benefits, Wichita prospered. Aircraft workers spent their money at local merchants, fueling the local economy and fed the tax base, so Wichita could have god schools and Police and Fire protection.
Aviation companies pull money from around the world, and the paychecks for workers are how the money from the companies benefits the local community. The IAM bargains hard to make sure Wichita gets its cut, and the strikes occur from time to time are a benefit to the community in the long run.
The Greatest Aerospace Workers In The World
Wichita has a history of aerospace manufacturing clear back to the beginning of the industry. Wichita aircraft workers are multi-generational, with the craftsmanship passed down through three and four generations. Most aircraft workers have grandfathers or grandmothers who worked in the plants.
Highly Skilled Workforce
Aircraft is in the blood of Wichita Machinists members. The skills and knowledge are passed down through the generations in and out of the factories, but pride is the most important factor that makes Wichita great.
Skills For The Future
The Machinists Union doesn’t just bargain for pay and benefits. We look to the future, and realize that a highly-skilled workforce is important to keep jobs in Wichita. So, we bargain with the companies for increased skills training, and lobbied and worked with the local government and the companies to help create the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.
The Last Great American Industry
As corporations climb on the outsourcing bandwagon, so many of our industry have left our shores. The aerospace industry is the last one where America still leads on innovation and quality. The Machinists Union bargains with our companies and lobbies our government, both local and national, to keep the industry in America – and Wichita.
Breaking New Ground
The IAM in 2010 negotiated a ground-breaking partnership contract with Spirit AeroSystems that guaranteed that all jobs remained in Wichita for the 10 years of the contract. The IAM tries to put job guarantees into our contracts, and lobbies the government to include job guarantees in government assistance.
Support Our Community
The Machinists Union and its members support the AFL-CIO and United Way partnership, giving millions of dollars every year, volunteering for charity, and being there when disaster hits, such as tornadoes and storms. The IAM is there when our community needs us.
Wichita Strong, Wichita Proud
The Machinists Union has been an important part of Wichita for decades, and we’re here to make sure the aerospace industry stays in Wichita and Wichita remains the Air Capital of the World.
BREAKFAST JUST GOT INTERESTING
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Century II, Convention Hall
Buffet lines open at 7 a.m.
Program: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
$16/ticket or table of eight for $128
We’ve got our work cut out for us. Join us to see how a business breakfast can be more than bacon, eggs and a program.
RSVP by Sept. 4 online at unitedwayplains.org/kickoff or call Brittany at 267-1321.
Reservations received after Sept. 4 will be open seating. Cancellations made after the deadline and no-shows will be billed to cover the cost of food ordered.
Brothers and Sisters
- On Tuesday August 5, 2014 a grievance was filed on behalf of the Local 839 against Spirit Aerosystems for the Company decision to look into offloading work.
On Wednesday August 6, 2014 a second grievance was filed against Spirit Aerosystems for the Company decision to look into insourcing work.
On Friday an Injunction was filed with the Federal Courts to try to stop Spirits activity pending arbitration in regards to the insourcing and outsourcing of bargaining unit jobs.
During Saturdays meeting Headquarters Attorney Rod Tanner, thirty year IAM member,
With this action we hope to get a federal injunction that will bar the Company from outsourcing any work until the case can be heard in arbitration.
We are hoping to get in front of the judge as quickly as possible and proceed thru the grievance process, ultimately arbitration. District 70 is committed to keep you updated throughout the process.
We ask for your continued support as this is an issue we are committed to fight to its entirety.
Be qualified for careers in aviation. View the flyer for a list of training courses, start dates and contact info if you or you know someone who is interested in furthering your education or wanting to get into the field of aviation.
Save The Date: 2014 Labor Day Picnic
Saturday August 30th, 2014
Noon to 4:00pm
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
FamilyWize is a prescription discount card that can reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who are uninsured or underinsured. You can even use it if you have health insurance. Simply present the card to your pharmacist when you pay for your prescription. The card can help lower the cost of prescription drugs during deductible or waiting periods before you are eligible for an insurance plan, and for medications not covered by your insurance plan. Customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine 80% of the time.
Print the card.
There are no forms to fill out, waiting period, registration or costs to obtain the card. Print your card.
Who can use the FamilyWize card?
These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.
Where can I use the FamilyWize card?
The card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit FamilyWize and select "Pharmacy Lookup" to find a participating pharmacy in your community.
How much will I save?
You can save an average of 35%. The FamilyWize card cannot lower the co-pay for medicine covered by insurance. To price a specific drug, visit FamilyWize and select "Drug Price Lookup".
What if I have more questions?
Visit FamilyWize FAQ or dial 2-1-1.
2014 United Way Labor Campaign kick-off! This year were planning a different type of Campaign Kick-off event – We all invest in the AFL-CIO & United Way partnership, a partnership that began nearly 70 years ago! And we hear each year the good works that United Way does in the community by supporting individuals and families through programs at area agencies, over 90 programs at 36 different agencies.
This year we are giving you an opportunity to see first-hand the work that United Way does in the community and the impact it has on the life’s of individuals and families.
Join us for a tour of a United Way funded agency, followed by lunch.
When: Tuesday September 9, 2014
Where: United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas
5111 E. 21st Street
Attendance limited to the first 25 reservations per tour
I hope to see you there!
AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
Department of Labor Participation
United Way of the Plains
tel 316.267.1321 ext 4209