Local Lodge 2297 is affiliated with District Lodge 110 with its’ business office located in Havelock, North Carolina. Local Lodge 2297 has enjoyed that business relationship since November of 1967. There are currently 6 Lodges that are affiliated with the District. The District has a staff of 2 persons, a Directing Business Representative and an Office Manager. The District 110 Lodge Officers are elected from the Delegates every 3 years who are elected by Local lodge members and sent to express the views and protect the interest of their Lodge and its’ members. Each Lodge paying per capita to the district is entitled to have 5 Delegates who may enter into discussions and make and vote on motions regarding the business of the District Lodge as well as expenditures of funds.
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Southern Territory GVP Mark Blondin made a visit to Local Lodge 350 SpiritAeroSystems in Kinston North Carolina on September 29th 2017. “This is the best part of my job! Meeting the members face-to-face to listen, learn and appreciate the jobs of the extraordinary men and women of the IAM. You are the reason America succeeds and I am so proud of your efforts.” Mark A. Blondin
DL110 was established and chartered by the Grand Lodge of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers March 1, 1968 for the purpose of securing mutual protection, harmonious action and close cooperation in all matters relating to the trade; to organize the unorganized under the jurisdiction of the District Lodge; to establish and maintain uniform wages and working conditions and render the maximum protection and services to its members. This means the District Lodge is approaching the 50 year mark.
The purpose of this Conference shall be to promote the interest of the International Association Of Machinist and Aerospace Workers throughout the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Virginia and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for the purpose of promoting cooperation concerted action in the fields of education, legislation public relations, community service/human rights and health and safety, provided, however that this Conference shall not infringe upon the jurisdiction of Local Lodges, District Lodges or the Grand Lodge and shall operate within the provisions of the IAM Constitution.
All Local, District Lodges and State Councils within the IAMAW Southern Territory shall be affiliated in this Conference as per the IAM Constitution. Southern States Conference of Machinists:
“We Are the Southern Voice” was the theme that drew more than 200 delegates from the 14 Southern States, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to Nashville, TN.Together, they sat with their union brothers and sisters to look at the challenges that lie ahead and the successes available to build upon. And reaffirmed the motto of… We Are the Southern Voice, speaking for workers and their families in the South. ‘We wanted this Southern States Conference to be different, and it was,’ said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. ‘Early on, we decided that power point presentations and a continuous stream of speakers was not the message we needed to send to our delegates. This time we needed to connect with each other about one thing, and that was organizing. The lineup of speakers was impressive………. IAM International President Bob Martinez spoke about right to work and how the South has been living and coping with that in every state. Jill Adkins-Simmons with the National Labor Relations Board explained the ‘right and wrong’ ways to use social media when it comes to labor disputes. William W. Winpisinger Education Center Assistant Director Mary McHugh illustrated how important it was that we change the vernacular of the Machinists Union and how that’s interpreted by the IAM Membership. But the key component of this conference was organizing. More specifically, what’s working and what needs to be re-worked.’If we don’t change, we will die. It’s as simple as that. So we made organizing the core of this meeting,’ said Blondin. ‘Not just emphasizing the reasons why it’s needed, but talking about the real nuts and bolts. We had five of our top organizers from the territory sit on stage and take questions from the delegates for more than two hours. It was an impressive learning institution that I don’t think anyone walked away from without some new information and energy for the future. ‘The IAM’s international president agrees that organizing is priority number one for the Machinists Union and that more resources are needed. And he understands that the Southern Territory is taking on this task, even when the odds are in favor of those who don’t want to see Working People succeed. ‘Our members in the South are members because they want to be members. You know about right to work in the South. People should take a lesson from the Southern Territory,’ said Martinez.The conference was especially poignant for a few that really embraced the idea of being part of the Southern Territory.’We may have all been born in different places, but we come together in the South to speak for workers and their families.
Collectively, we are the Southern Voice and we understand what that means,’ said Directing Business Representative and newly elected Southern States Conference of Machinists President Craig Martin.
District Lodge 110 Educator, Theodore McNeal and Grand Lodge Representative, Joseph Greaser provide education classes for the Stewards of newly affiliated lodge 350 at Spirit Aerosystems located in the Eastern, North Carolina city of Kinston. The District is planning a series of training on a variety of topics in the coming days. The District has grown in the past couple of years and almost doubled the membership.