The Legislative department of the IAM ensures that the members of the IAM are represented in Washington. From legislation that destroys vital laws that protect working men and women, to ensuring that the members issues are heard – the legislative department spends countless hours speaking with congressional leaders on behalf of IAM members. As with MNPL, the legislative department works to secure economic justice and security in the workplace. 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 don’t take us for granted. The MNPL scrutinizes each candidate thoroughly. We ask tough questions like their positions on trade, labor law reform, economic conversion, transportation policies, and enhancement of the U.S. manufacturing base.
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Navigating in an era of extreme partisanship in Washington, D.C. and many of the State Legislative Bodies around the country, and add to that a polarized voting population. Will it ever end?
North Carolina State AFL-CIO
There is currently one member of the local lodge 2297 that serves as a Vice President on the NC AFL-CIO Executive Board. That member and one other out of local lodge 1725 in Charlotte were elected to provide a voice for all IAM members throughout the state who are affiliated with the North Carolina State Council of Machinist.
The objectives of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO shall be to promote, through appropriate activities and programs in the State of North Carolina, the objectives and principles of the AFL-CIO, including the following:
(1) To aid workers in securing improved wages, hours, and working conditions with due regard for the autonomy and integrity of affiliated unions.
(2) To aid and assist affiliated unions in extending the benefits of mutual assistance and collective bargaining to workers to promote the organization of the unorganized into unions of their own choosing for their mutual aid, protection and advancement, giving recognition to the principle that both craft and industrial unions are appropriate, equal, and 19 necessary as methods of union organization.
(3) To encourage all workers, without regard to gender, race, creed, color, sexual orientation or national origin, to share in the full benefits of union organization.
(4) To secure legislation that will safeguard and promote the principles of free collective bargaining, the rights of workers, farmers, and consumers, and the security and welfare of all the people.
(5) To protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, to secure full recognition and enjoyment of the rights and liberties to which we are justly entitled, and to preserve and perpetuate the cherished traditions of our democracy.
(6) To give constructive aid in promoting the cause of peace and freedom in the world.
(7) To aid and encourage the sale and use of union-made goods and union services through the use of the union label and other symbols; to promote the labor press and other means of furthering education of the labor movement; to promote the observance of Labor Day as the holiday honoring American labor.
(8) To protect the labor movement from any and all corrupt influences from within and without and from the undermining efforts of all others who are opposed to the basic principles of our democracy and free and democratic unionism.
(9) To safeguard the democratic character of the labor movement.
(10) While preserving the independence of the labor movement from political control, to encourage workers to register and vote, to exercise their full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and to perform their rightful part in the political life of the local, state and national communities.
Question… What are Central Labor Councils?
Answer… Central Labor Councils (CLCs) are the local labor movement of the AFL-CIO. Each CLC covers a geographic area of several counties in North Carolina. CLCs are the bodies through which affiliated local unions are able to take collective action on issues important to them and directly affect the communities in which their members reside. CLCs provide a number of essential services to the union movement, including candidate screenings and endorsements and support of worker organizing campaigns of local unions affiliated with the federation.
There are (8) CLCs in N. C.: • Western North Carolina • Triad • Triangle • Eastern Piedmont • Eastern North Carolina • Southeastern North Carolina • Greater Sandhills • Southern Piedmont
Each Central Labor Council elects its own leadership, maintains a postal and/or e-mail address and phone numbers, sets times and dates for meetings, and establishes its own dues structure.
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North Carolina’s Labor Federation Elects First Woman President To Lead A State Federation In AFL-CIO History
History Is Made @ Atlantic Beach, N.C. September 15, 2017 – MaryBe McMillian becomes the first woman to lead the North Carolina labor movement after being unanimously elected President of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO during the 60th Annual Convention. Marybe is seeking another term as she is expected to accept her nomination at the 64th North Carolina AFL-CIO Convention in Wilmington, North Carolina in October of 2021.
A Winner Never Quits
Theodore McNeal, President of the North Carolina State Council of Machinist, meets with Deborah Ross back in August of 2020, who is working hard to earn the confidence and the vote of the voters in the 2nd congressional district. Deborah ran for the U.S. Senate in the last cycle and despite a loss, is determined to make a difference. She is smart and courageous and got the State Council’s endorsement for her run for U.S. Congress in the General Election in November. She won her seat and is now fighting for our interest up in Washington, D.C. Her perseverance paid off!
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