We’re currently in the planning stages for this. If you’re interested in being a part of planning,or can help, please contact Matt Heiden, Chris Coleman, or John Murack. A preliminary planning meeting will be held October 6th at the Business Office in the Union Hall after work. See you there!!!

On January 1, 2016, Directing Business Representative, Kevin L. Murch, was appointed to the IAM’s Midwest Territory Education Representative position.  Brother Murch’s responsibility will be to oversee and direct the education classes for the membership throughout the territory under the direction of General Vice President, Phil Gruber.  International President, Bob Martinez has placed a heavy emphasis on providing education to the rank and file membership in order to strengthen and grow the IAM.  Murch has already provided officer’s training for the newly elected executive board of Local 2525 which was sworn in at the January 2016 monthly meeting.

Brother Murch replaced former Education Representative, Edward Manhart, who now directs the Retirees, Community Service and Veterans department at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Effective January 1, 2016, Dennis Mendenhall assumed the remainder of former DBR Kevin Murch’s term as Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 5.  As per District bylaws, the delegates to the District went through an election process and by majority, voted in Brother Mendenhall.  Dennis was former shop chairman at the Minnesota Rubber plant in Watertown, SD for many years.  He was selected to serve as an IAM Grand Lodge Organizing Apprentice before being elected into the DBR position.

Brother Mendenhall brings many years of experience into the position.  He also served as IAM District Lodge 5 President, along with various other positions within his Local.  Mendenhall served as a delegate to the Joint Dakota Council of Machinists as well.

On July 1, 2015, Kevin L. Murch assumed the duties of Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 5.  Kevin is a 21+ year member of Local Lodge 2525 out of Fargo, ND, and worked at the CNH 4WD Tractor Plant.  As a manufacturing associate at CNH, specifically in material finishing, he has held numerous positions at the Local and District Lodge level, from Vice President of Local 2525 to Organizing Coordinator of District 5.  For the last year and half, he served as the Arbitration Advocate, assisting outgoing DBR Shannon Stucker in preparing and presenting arbitration cases at Local 2525.  The last three arbitrations resulted in favorable decisions, bringing back two terminated employees with full back pay and benefits and also secured contract language regarding overtime rights.  Kevin also currently serves as President of the Joint Dakota Council of Machinists.

The Industrial Conference will prepare IAM representatives and members in several key economic sectors to better meet the challenges of organizing and bargaining in today’s fast-paced economic environment.

The conference will feature general sessions for all delegates and breakout sessions of six individual industrial sector groups: Energy, Natural Resources, Wood Products and Agriculture; Aerospace and Service Contract Act; Automotive; Public and Government Employees; Tool and Die/Machine Tool; and Shipbuilding/Brewery/Electronics and Manufacturing. It is a unique opportunity for members working in these sectors to share experiences and develop strategies for successful bargaining and organizing.

Registration will be on Monday, June 15 and early on June 16, open Tuesday, June 16 and conclude by noon on Friday, June 19. The conference will be chaired by IAM General Vice President Robert Martinez, Jr., and International President Tom Buffenbarger will deliver the keynote address.

Our local has voted to send 4 members to attend this important conference in order to bring back the knowledge and information to implement ideas and strategies to move our local forward!  We look forward to the wealth of information our members will bring back and put to good use!