This site is for members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in the state of Texas. This is an informational site for our members to let them know what is happening in the political and legislative arena in Texas. We also inform on what is happening with our brothers and sisters around the state.
Official Conference Call
The Annual conference of Texas State Council Of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will be called to order at 10:00 Saturday, July 13th. The audit committee will meet Friday July 12th at 2:00pm.
The Executive Board will meet also on Friday the 12th at 4:00pm.
RESERVATIONS: Call the Hotel at 512-448-2444 prior to July 1st to insure reservations and room rates for the conference: $92.00 for single/double, executive suites 112.00 and pool side suites for $122.oo plus 15% hotel occupancy tax. You must identify yourself as being associated with the Texas State Council of Machinists to receive these rates.
REGISTRATION: Registration as follows; early registration on Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm., July 12th and 8:00am on July 13th and will close promptly at 10:00am. A registration fee of $65.00 will be required of each delegate and alternate, and $15.00 more for pups. The registration fee for visitors and non-delegate staff representatives will be$35.00.
CREDENTIALS: Please send the YELLOW copy of the credentials along with registration fees to the Secretary-Treasurer at 7711 Clifford Street, Fort Worth TX 76108, at least 20 days prior to the conference. the BLUE copy should accompany one of the delegates in case the original is lost in the mail.
Please send a list of the deceased members of your lodge to the Secretary-Treasurer at the above address. All lodges are urged to send delegates to this very important meeting.
Please note; this is an election year at our conference for all officers. Also check with your local lodge on its PCT payments to the council, as this determines the voting strength of the lodge the voting strength of the lodge the delegates represent.
Keith Stum, Secretary-Treasurer
Stand Up and Speak Out!
You have the chance to stand strong against the ongoing efforts by Rick Perry and other Republican state leaders in the Legislature to undermine the voting rights of millions of Texans.
The House and Senate Special Select Committees on Redistricting will hold public hearings this week and next week. Here's the schedule:
House Redistricting Hearings
Thursday, June 6th
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
DART Headquarters Building
Boardroom, 1st Floor
1401 Pacific Ave. Dallas, TX 75202
Monday, June 10th
VIA Metro Center
Terry Eskridge Community Room
1021 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212
Wednesday, June 12th
University of Houston - Downtown
Michael J. Cemo Hall, Room 100 D
4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77004
Senate Redistricting Hearings
Thursday, June 6th
Texas State Capitol
Capitol Extension, Room E 1.036 (Finance)
Friday, June 7th
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
HRI Conference Center
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Saturday, June 8th
University of Houston - Downtown
Michael J. Cemo Hall
4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004
Don't be fooled by recent Republican comments that they want to conduct a fair and legal process. These are the very same Republican leaders who a federal court ruled intentionally discriminated against Texas voters.
Here are the key points:
Attorney General Swings at All of Labor; Police and Fire Fighters Targeted
The Texas AFL-CIO blasted bills endorsed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that seek to lower wages in Texas by blocking a well-used path for workers to organize into unions.
But the measures outlawing "card check" elections -- HB 1524 by
Rep. Charles Anderson, R-Waco, and SB 674 by Sen. Kel Seliger,
R-Amarillo -- appear to apply only to fire fighters and police
officers in Texas.
Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller accused Abbott, who
held a news conference to endorse the bills and extol the so-called "right
to work" law, of using police and firefighters as "props for his
*Dates of Interest*
March 8, 2013 (60th day)
Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local
bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor
[House Rule 8, Sec. 8; Senate Rules 7.07(b) and 10.01]
May 27, 2013 (140th day)
Last day of 83rd Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate
[Sec. 24(b), Art. III, Texas Constitution]
June 16, 2013 (20th day following final adjournment)
Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session
[Sec. 14, Art. IV, Texas Constitution]
July 12-14, 2013-- Texas State Machinist Conference
July 17, 2013 The IAM caucus at the Texas AFL-CIO Convention will be held at 4:00pm
August 26, 2013 (91st day following final adjournment)
Date that bills without specific effective dates
(that could not be effective immediately) become law
[Sec. 39, Art. III, Texas Constitution]
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Join the Fight today for Fair Trade
A Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is currently being negotiated by U.S. trade representatives. It is the biggest trade deal
ever proposed and includes such low wage countries with no labor rights as Viet Nam and Brunei. Unfortunately, it appears that it is as bad or worse for working families as NAFTA, CAFTA , or letting China into the World Trade Organization. These previous trade deals have cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in Texas and millions nationwide. The new Korea, Colombia, and Panama trade agreements, in effect for less than a year, have already cost an estimated 10, 000 U.S. jobs. The Citizens Trade Campaign, the Texas Fair Trade Coalition’s national affiliate, has initiated a letter to Congress asking our Representatives to make sure the TPP does not follow the same NAFTA-template and to use their power to stop the “fast-tracking” of this agreement.****
State signers so far include the Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Building Trades
Council, State Association of Electrical Workers, Texas State Council of
Machinists, Texas AFT, CWA 6215, Harris County Central Labor Council, and
Austin Central Labor Council. At the national level the almost three
hundred signers include the Steelworkers, AFGE, IBEW, Boilermakers,
Painters, CWA, Teamsters, Mine Workers, Machinists, Carpenters,
Bricklayers and other labor, environmental, human rights and religious
Please add your organization's name by Sunday, March 3 @
The Perfect Storm
It's a perfect storm. And I'm not talking about the dangers facing Democrats. I'm talking about the dangers facing our democracy.
First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it has been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.
The top one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans now earn as much as the bottom 120 million of us.
Who are these people? With the exception of a few entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, they're top executives of big corporations and Wall Street, hedge-fund managers and private equity managers.
They include the Koch brothers, whose wealth increased by billions last
year and who are funding Tea Party candidates across the nation.
Which gets us to the second part of the perfect storm. A relative few
Americans are buying our democracy as never before. And they're doing it completely in secret.