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!

We have received TWO, back to back, favorable arbitration wins as of late!  The first decision was a class action grievance at CNH Industrial concerning the Company’s violation of the contract dealing with mandatory overtime outside a member’s job category.  Arbitrator Amedeo Greco ruled that the Company CANNOT mandate an employee to work overtime outside that employee’s regular job category.  They can only ask employees on a voluntary basis to work outside their regular job category on overtime.  This is a huge win for the Union, as the new HR group seemed to think they could interpret the contract however they saw fit.  Fortunately, our grievance/arbitration procedure forced the Company to fall back in line to what the contract intent is on this subject!

Also, on Friday April 17, 2015, Arbitrator Sharon Ellis, ruled that the Company unjust terminated Marty Schoenfeld, a Welder II at CNH Industrial.  She fully sustained the Union’s grievance and has ordered the Company to reinstate Mr. Schoenfeld with FULL BACK PAY AND BENEFITS!  We are in the process of calculating the total cost to the Company.  Justice has been served in both cases, Brothers and Sisters….

The Company is responsible for the full costs of the arbitrator’s fees in both cases which were around $6,700 and $7,000, respectively.

On Saturday October 21, and Sunday October 22, 2017, the 4th Annual Buffenbarger- Walworth Flatlanders’ Pheasant Hunt and Trap Shoot for Guide Dogs of America will be held in Aberdeen, SD.  Guide Dogs of America is a non-profit organization supported by the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations in its mission to provide loyal and loving guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually-impaired individuals.

Local Lodge 2525 is also a sponsor of this event.  Guide Doge of America was created by an IAM member who saw a great need in helping those who were blind and visually-impaired.  We take great pride as the organization who has helped many citizens who are in need of these great animals!

The following dates have been scheduled for arbitration hearings from July 2014 through December 2014:

July 17 & 31

August 19

October 7 & 21

November 5

December 5

As always, it is the intention of the union to fight for the best possible resolution of grievances.  Members can attend monthly union meetings which are held every second Friday of the month at 3:15PM in order to get more details on the grievances slated for these dates.  If you have questions on a grievance you are involved with, please contact your bargaining committee representative(s).

On Friday April 11, 2014  between the hours of 2:00PM and 7:00PM at the FM Labor Temple located at 3002 1st Avenue north in Fargo, ND, voting will take place for the following positions at the Grand Lodge:

International President

General Secretary Treasurer

8 General Vice Presidents

Please make time to come and exercise your right right to vote for your national leadership!

Congratulations goes out to the arbitration team from Local 2525, along with Grand Lodge Representative, Rick Mickschl, and District 5 Directing Business Representative, Shannon Stucker, who represented Matt Heiden in his arbitration in May 2013.  The arbitration award totaled $35,573.21 in back wages and benefits, plus Matt was also made whole in the IAM National Pension Plan.  Matt is employed at the Case-New Holland (CNH) 4WD Tractor Plant located in Fargo, ND.  Only through the grievance and arbitration procedure provided by a union contract, could this have been the outcome of an unjust termination.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND BE PROUD TO BE UNION!