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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 839 3917 E. MacArthur Rd. President’s Corner July 2009 By Kathy Petersen

I’m Proud to be Union Recently while browsing the internet, I came across the lyrics to a song by an unknown artist about unions. I’d like to share those lyrics with you today: It’s obvious now that times are hard, Our nation’s image is deeply scarred. The Government gives the Unions blame, And too many of us accept the shame. Instead of applying the things we’ve learned, We take for granted what our forefathers earned. Our newest enemy is our Sister or Brother Ignorance says we fight each other. These back-stabbing people are so confused They’re not Union Members, they just pay their dues. Members don’t tell on their Brother, man. Or refuse to help when they know they can! It’s easy to talk, to complain and cuss, But our Union’s future depends on us!! We can put dignity back in our label. It won’t be easy, but I know we’re able. Being strong takes more than a few, It takes everyone, and that includes you!!

By Becky Ledbetter

Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone had a good Holiday. We are all blessed. I am currently carrying 9 grievances. I know I sound like a broken record but 5 of those are for attendance. The others include overtime and job classifications. I am getting with Labor next week to try to get some movement on these issues. I want to say something to all of you out there regarding union membership and it’s importance. I came from Boeing and for Strikes in 2005 and 2009, our membership voted at 97 and 98 percent. They stayed strong throughout the entire Strikes, both times, and they secured good contracts. We had members who knew that when they got back in the door, it was not going to be easy; but that was the cost of standing

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member. At times it seems like an uphill battle to spread the union message in a positive and effective way. Getting new union members can be challenging. Local politicians give lip service to being pro-union, but their voting records tell a different story. However, when I start to feel depressed about the union image today, I go back and look at the sacrifices made by the men and women who gave up so much to get us where we are today. I know that they are the ones who did the hard work and we just have to keep people aware of the fact that unions are not only still relevant but also vital to this country’s future. With the change in America’s leadership, there is now a chance that unions may again get the respect they deserve. There is a substantial amount of academic literature on the following benefits of unions and unionization to employers and the economy: Economic Growth Competitiveness Workplace health and safety Productivity Solvency of the company Turnover Economic development Training Product / service delivery and quality President Obama recently made the following statement in support of unions: “We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement. When workers are prospering, they buy products that make businesses prosper. We can be competitive and lean and mean and still create a situation where workers are thriving in this country.” So, Brothers and Sisters, do not despair. I believe that the time is coming when all Americans will appreciate our efforts just as we appreciate the efforts of those men and women who came before us. Until then,

In these days of anti-union sentiments, it is sometimes hard to be a proud union

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together. We all stuck together and we helped each other. We got diapers, food and medicines, when needed. We showed the non-members and the Company our STRENGTH IN SOLIDARITY. Rita Rogers, ADBR, DL70 helped to guide the membership at Hawker Beech through their strike last summer. It cost one beautiful brother his life. It did not sway our IAM Brothers and Sisters. They stood strong and they WON!!! What I am trying to tell all of you is this: We have got to grow our membership at Local 839 this next year. Your contract is up in one year and we need higher membership numbers to Stand Together Strong. Spirit will give us nothing. We will have to fight for what we want. Look at SPEEA, many are disappointed in what is being offered. I am here to tell you, it will be the same for us, if we do not strengthen our membership. I know we have a lot of issues and problems out there on the floor. I fight with this management daily on

your behalf. I have helped a lot of nonmembers out, you know who you are, and why do you not join the Union? The Union fought for you and you won! I will continue to fight until I have no fight left, but this won’t happen. This membership is my passion and to all my brothers and sisters out there, you are a big part of my life. I have been there for you, I try to answer all of your questions, I walk the floor, but one person cannot do this alone. We have to do this together. Please sign up today and we can send a big message to this company that we are together!!! Kathy Petersen, President, LL839, wrote a great article in last month’s newsletter. If you didn’t read it, go to: and open up the Machinists Matters Archives for June and spend the time to read it. Last but not least, if you have any questions please call 522 -1591 or e-mail me at:

Leadership 2 By Stan Chapman

I would like to thank the membership for allowing Susan Hiebert and me to attend Leadership 2 class at Winpisinger. I learned a lot of new things while I was there. One of the significant things that I learned is that we all need to put our petty differences aside and work together to reach our common goals. One of those goals is to help our members and to get the best contract that we can. We are in a very tough fight so WE ALL need to work together. Some people just want to divide the membership for personal gain. This kind of treachery has to stop. This Local has sent several people to Leadership classes. The membership needs to look to these people to help lead us forward and to share what they have learned. We as members need to require that these leaders be involved in all aspects of OUR local and if they are not involved we need to demand their participation. Leadership 2 requires a lot of work and extra hours are expended doing homework. The teachers are great and the facility is first class. It is a great place to learn. There is a wide range of topics within Leadership 2 ranging from Issues & Lobbying, Collective Bargaining, Advanced Steward Training, Technology & Change and Union Ethics. And on Wednesday of the week that we were there, we got to go to Washington to do some lobbying. Visiting with our Legislators is something that we all need to do; some are out of touch with life back in Kansas. They need to come home and have a look around. There are lots of people without jobs, and our Representatives need to step up and do more to help the people of this state. The teachers make you think hard and take a good look at the whole picture. Sometimes we get caught up in our own little world and we do not see everything that is going on. At Winpisinger, you are made to look beyond your piece

LOCAL 839 CONTRIBUTES TO HEART WALK 2009 The Greater Wichita Heart Walk took place on June 13, 2009 at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. Several members of Local Lodge No. 839 helped raise money for the American Heart Association. The top two individuals raising funds for Local Lodge 839 are Kathy Petersen, President, raising $1033.00 and Joni Pierce, SecretaryTreasurer, raising $132.00. This was the third year Sister Petersen has participated in the Heart Walk campaign and the fifth time for Sister Pierce. Kathy and Joni received donations from family members, co-workers and many Union Brothers and Sisters. “It was especially important this year to collect money for the Heart Walk”, said Sister Petersen. “I lost my father about 6 months ago to a sudden series of strokes, so the campaign really took on a whole new meaning for me this time”. “As we collected donations, I was amazed at the number of families that have been affected by heart dis-

of the pie. We need to do a better job at looking toward the future at the ways our jobs will change and to be ready for those changes. We must challenge ourselves to figure out how we are going to staff these new opportunities so that we are not outsourced. We need a committee that is going to look into new technology that will affect our jobs and possibly help us make the changes we need while experiencing the least amount of pain. Just look at all the changes in the last twenty years. We have got to do a better job and grab all the jobs we can. Hopefully hearing about this class will help open your mind to different ways to do things. The people that attend this class are from all over the U. S. and Canada. It is a very diverse group of people that share ideas with one another and tell what works and what doesn’t work in their region. Thank you again. Let’s work together for Positive Change.

ease. These folks have a great amount of respect and appreciation for the services that are provided by the American Heart Association. You never know when your family will be affected by heart disease or stroke and it is comforting to know that research is continually being done to help make it possible for all of us to live longer, better lives.” The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases devastate millions of people of all ages and kill more than 900,000 Americans each year. The Heart Association supports research, education and advocacy that have led to such major advances as: CPR, bypass surgery, artificial heart valves, pacemakers, clot-busting drugs and high blood pressure medications. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people stricken by heart disease and the costs associated with research and treatment are expected to rise. Joni and Kathy would like to say “Thank you to everyone who helped to support us in our efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association. We’ll be around to see you again next year”!

IAM Scholarship Winner for 2009 By Dennis Williams LL839 Communicator

Monica Williams, daughter of LL839 member Dennis Williams, was one of twenty-four winners of the 2009 IAM Scholarship Competition. Proud to receive this scholarship, Monica will apply it towards her future schooling at Wichita State University beginning this fall. Monica has been involved in union sponsored events since she was younger including car shows, chili feeds, and parades. She has been involved in many things throughout high school as well including Youth United for Positive Action, Student Council, and Girl Scouts.

MACHINIST CUSTOM CHOICES WORKSITE BENEFITS The Machinist Custom Choices Worksite Benefits program was first offered to Spirit AeroSystem’s IAMAW members in 2006. Since that time, participation in the program has grown and a number of members and their families have been helped by the benefits received from their policies. Each year the EBS team returns to Spirit for the annual enrollment. This year’s Custom Choices enrollment will begin on Tuesday, September 15th and extend through Friday, October 9th. During that time, the EBS enrollment team will work its way through each building to answer any questions you may have about a policy you took out during one of their previous enrollments, visit with you about products you have not yet applied for, and meet with members who have been hired since last year’s enrollment. Products offered through the program include Life, Critical Illness, Cancer, Accident, and Disability Income insurance.

Permanent Life insurance- is available to members, their Spouse, Children and Grandchildren. For this year’s enrollment, the insurance company has agreed to allow all members to enroll on a guaranteed issue basis. This means members can purchase life insurance regardless of their health. Critical Illness insurance- is available to members and their families. The policy provides a lump sum benefit of $15,000, $30,000 or $50,000 should the insured have a heart attack, stroke, or be diagnosed with cancer or one of the other covered illnesses. The $15,000 benefit is available to members who are in their first year of eligibility on a guaranteed issue basis. In addition, members who currently have the $10,000 plan may increase their coverage to $15,000 regardless of their health. Cancer insurance – is available to members and their families. The policy provides benefits as the insured undergoes treatment for cancer including up to $20,000 per year for radiation and chemotherapy. Accident insurance - helps offset loss of income due to an accident. Coverage is provided on a 24 hour basis, on or off the job. Disability income insurance- provides a monthly benefit of $300 to $2,100 following 6 months of disability for up to 5 years. Importantly, all of the policies, with the exception of the disability income policy, are fully portable, meaning policyholders keep the same cost and benefits if they leave Spirit. As an added benefit, all policies contain a Strike Waiver of Premium provision, which will keep policies in effect in the event of a strike without paying any premium! Brother Steve Benedict will again lead the Machinist Custom Choices enrollment at Spirit. Please be sure to look for Steve and his team when they are here in September and October. Take the time the company has allotted you to visit with an enroller and determine if the program offers opportunities to bring additional financial security to you and your family. Your Shop Steward will know when Brother Benedict and his team will be in your building.

Safety Shoe Benefit By Larry Stafford

There is a safety shoe benefit that Spirit provides to all employees. You can either go to the Red Wing Shoe Store at 6600 W Kellogg Dr or Lehigh Safety Shoe Store at 1927 S West Street. Take your Spirit badge and receive $50.00 off of a pair of approved safety shoes. These shoes must meet the requirements set by Spirit. You will find the requirements at: pdf on the internal Spirit website. There may be other discounts available at these Stores but you must make sure the shoes meet Spirit’s requirements. The $50.00 and any other discount will be taken when you pay for the shoes and the Store will be reimbursed. You can receive this discount for one pair of shoes, one time each year . I went to the Red Wing Store last week and received the $50.00 off plus a 20% discount for the Red Wings that I bought. There is a 15% discount for Works brand shoes. Red Wings is also a Sponsor for our Union Car Show and Poker Run every year.

STEWARD’S TOOL BOX Shifts, Lunch Periods and Rest Periods By Roger Stamback, L.L. 839 Educator

Article 6.1 C. tells us that each employee shall be assigned a definite shift with designated times of beginning and ending. The first and second shifts each shall be an 8 hour and 30 minute period which shall include a 30 minute unpaid lunch period. The third shift shall be a 7 hour period which shall include a 30 minute unpaid lunch period. The designated times of beginning each shift during the scheduled workweek shall be: 1st shift – between 5:00 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.; 2nd shift between 1:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.; 3rd shift between 10:00 p.m. & 1:30 a.m. of the following day. Each employee shall be given a 10 minute rest period in each half of the shift to which they are assigned, the time of starting each such rest period to be designated by the Company Each employee who is required to report for work 2 or more hours prior to the start of his regular shift shall receive a 10 minute rest period prior to the start of his regular shift. Each employee who is scheduled to work 2 or more hours of overtime after their regular shift shall receive a 10 minute rest period prior to the start of the overtime. If Management is not following this part of the contract, you should contact your Union Steward.

Recreation Committee District 70 Car Show& Poker Run By Larry Stafford

We will being holding the District 70 Car Show & Poker Run again this year in conjunction with the Wichita/Hutchison Labor Federation Labor Day Picnic . The Labor Day Picnic was not held last year because of the labor strike at Hawker Beech with our Sister Local 733. The Hall was being used for the very noble effort of providing food to the striking workers. The Poker Run & Car Show was held in 2008 and we had a great afternoon of fun.

Welcome To our New IAMAW LL839 Members David Birmingham

Alan Pinaire

Clinton Burton

John Pracht

Dorothy Crowley

Christopher Reid

Sandra L. Endicott

Bryan Ricker

Scott Farner

Craig Voigt

Pamela Feiock

Union Quote for July “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony

This year, we will be back together with the Labor Fed for a full day of food, politics, fellowship and of course Bingo. It costs nothing to attend the picnic. Bring your non-union friends to see what unionism is about. There will be activities for the kids plus many opportunities to win from an amazing array of baskets. The Poker Run will leave in the morning. You can then attend the picnic and after that, stay to see some really great cars, trucks and motorcycles lining up to be viewed by everyone who will spend some time with us. Labor Day is a very important Holiday, so come and spend the day.

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Wichita, Kansas 67210 IAM&AW THE FIGHTING MACHINISTS! Phone: (316) 524-1090

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The Fighting Machinists

President - Kathy Petersen Vice President - Brent Allen Recording Secretary - Larry Stafford Treasurer - Joni Pierce Conductor/Sentinel - Jeff Meis Trustees - Susan Hiebert, Stan Chapman, Terry Rodriquez Communicator - Dennis Williams Educator - Roger Stamback

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1st Shift In-Plant Rep. - David Eagle

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Editor - Larry Stafford

2nd Shift In-Plant Rep. - Howard “HoJo” Johnson

We are the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. We belong to Local Lodge 839 of District 70 in Wichita Kansas. We represent the Fighting Machinists of Spirit AeroSystems. We work to give our members a voice on the job. Visit our web sit often at for helpful and timely information. If you have any questions, contact one of your In-plant Representatives at 524-1090. If you have any articles you want published, e– mail the editor at

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