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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 839 3917 E. MacArthur Rd.

Monthly Meetings 2nd Saturday of the Month Executive Board meets at

LOCAL LODGE 839 ELECTIONS RESULTS President—-Kathy Petersen I would like to thank everyone who came out and voted. It is always important for all members to come out and vote for the people you want to represent you. I am proud to be able to serve as the first female president of Local Lodge 839. I appreciate your support and encouragement. You can be assured that I consider it an honor to represent you and I am prepared to give 110% in everything I do. I look forward to representing you in my new capacity. Fraternally, Kathy Petersen

Vice-President—-Brent Allen

Sentinel—-Jeff Meis Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to thank my Brothers and Sisters for their support in this past election. I will continue to serve the membership with a commitment to strengthen our Union. Fraternally, Jeff Meis

Trustee—-Stan Chapman

I want to thank everyone who voted! Remember it’s your vote and your Union. I am proud to be part of LL839 and the IAM. Together we can make positive change happen! Fraternally and sincerely, Brent Allen

Thanks to all who voted! Now is the time to stand together and decide what our future holds. The stronger we are, the better our contract will be in 2010. Come over to the Local Lodge and sign up to help be a part of the coming positive change! Fraternally, Stan Chapman

Treasurer—-Joni Pierce

Trustee—-Susan Hiebert

Thanks so much for your support on my re-election for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. I will do the best job I can and if you ever have a question don't hesitate to call me at work at 526-9120 or the Local at 524-1090 after 3:30. Let's keep STRONG and build our membership up to get the best offer ever. Fraternally, Joni Pierce

Thank you for electing me as Trustee. I feel honored to be a member of the IAM. I have a passion to see this union grow and prosper. The “fighting machinist” stands true in my heart. I encourage each one of you to get involved and let your voices be heard. WE are the union. Fraternally, Susan Hiebert

Secretary—-Larry Stafford

Trustee—-Terry Rodriquez

I want to thank each of you who felt that I am worthy of being your Recording Secretary. I will do my best to work for the good of LL839 and keep everyone informed of whatever is happening. Fraternally, Larry Stafford

A big thank you for all of the Brothers and Sisters who voted for me to be your Trustee. I have been active in LL839 in the past and look forward to my new responsibilities. If anyone needs me, I am located in the CMF building on 2nd shift. Fraternally, Terry Rodriquez

Journey Review Board

District 70 Delegates

Gary Stroud

Dan Huckabee

Wichita Hutchinson Labor Federation

Union Label and Trades Council Dan Huckabee

Tim Petersen

Howard Hojo Johnson

Mike Hurd

Jeff Meis

Howard Hojo Johnson

Larry Stafford

Larry Enochs

Kathy Petersen

Howard Hojo Johnson


Susan Hiebert

Dan Huckabee

Stan Chapman

Howard Hojo Johnson

Joni Pierce

Joni Pierce

Kathy Petersen

Larry Stafford

Stan Chapman

Tim Petersen

Brent Allen

Kathy Petersen

Bent Allen

KS. St. Council Of Machinists

Larry Stafford

David Eagle

Jeff Meis

Terry Rodriquez

Russell Walker

Stan Chapman

David Mourning

Brent Allen Stan Chapman Jeff Meis Frank Gallegos

Larry Stafford Jeff Meis Gary Stroud

Justin Eagle Frank Gallegos Russell Texas Ranger Walker Roger Stamback Curtis Erbert

reavement leave, and other benefits that you enjoy every day. Union 101 (From the IAMAW Organizing manual)

You can afford not to join if you’re sure you’ll always get your fair share of overtime or not be forced to work it.


You can afford not to join if you’re sure you’ll get equal opportunity for promotion or differential pay for more hazardous work assignments or any benefit negotiated and protected by the contract.

In a union, as in life, you get what you pay for. For nickels and dimes you’ll get a nickel and dime union. Not being able to afford to join is only true if you’re sure you’ll never need the union to protect your rights.

One for All and All for One In Solidarity, Darrick Meyer

Brothers and Sisters, in my last article I mentioned this phrase for a reason. As you well know 2010 will be a very busy and interesting year. Not only is our contract up for negotiations but also Cessna and Bombardier. This will be a time when we will all have to stand strong, side by side, in solidarity, in order to have our voices heard, and our goals accomplished. “ A struggle is going on in the nation of the world between the oppressors and oppressed of all countries, a struggle between capital and labor which must grow in intensity from year to year and work disastrous results

No one makes a profit from the dues you pay to the I.A.M. Every penny is ultimately used for activities and services that benefit the membership. Dues pay for everything from arbitration cases to negotiating contracts. Dues allow the union to lobby for better benefits, wages, safety conditions, equal rights and job security.

The union is only as strong as its membership.

Your dues are an investment that literally pays off every year when you receive your wage Increase. In addition, the return on your investment really pays off over the long-term as wage increases compound. Dues are tax deductible.

Won’t you quit being “the weakest link” and join with us

Over the past 50 years the union has negotiated your wages, healthcare benefits, overtime pay, pension, be-

a few dollars (or pennies).

Solidarity and the Union By Darrick Meyer

to the toiling millions of all nations if not combined for mutual protection and benefit.” This is a quote from the book “Labors Untold Story” pg. 90 and written in 1886 by the American Federation of Labor, an organization that is in effect our forefathers in unionization. The battles over a hundred years ago are the same as today’s. This was a time when workers fought and died fighting for what is right. Unlike today when we have members who cross the line instead of fighting for what we all deserve. So take a look around you. How many members do you have in your shop? Probably not 100%! Granted it is very hard to do in a large shop,

however we need to continue to organize! How much do you know about your union and it’s workings? Until I began to participate more and more, I did not realize how hard our elected brothers and sisters really have to work. This is all done voluntarily, and the reward is knowing you are helping your brothers and sisters achieve what should be rightfully ours. This is what solidarity really means. Standing beside one another fighting for what the companies should be sharing with all employees, not just the management side of the coin. Think of it this way, were we not to stand together for what we want and deserve, our wages would be in the minimum wage category give or take

Nghia’s Story By Nghia Nguyen

My name is Nghia (Nea) Nguyen and I joined the union eight months ago. I am also a member of the Human Rights Committee. I have worked in the Aircraft Industry for about twelve years now, however, I have worked for small companies that did not have a union. When I was offered a job at Spirit, I did not hesitate for a minute to join the union. Working all these years at the smaller aircraft companies, you did not have rights. You might have had a voice but it was never heard. Therefore, now that I am part of the union I not only finally have rights but my voice is heard and my opinion matters.

Being a union member demands that we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters making our voice loud and strong! Think about it! Do you want your wages and benefits cut any further or shouldn’t we be working to get back what was taken? Bottom line, STAND STRONG, ORGANIZE, AND LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD.

Editor’s Note: There is a Communications Committee meeting every Thursday at 3:45 at the Local. We will be presenting flyers and articles, like the one above, to prepare the membership for 2010. If anyone is interested, call the Local and sign up. L. S.

Labor Quote To me joining the union was very important. I did not just want to join the union I wanted to be an active member and help ensure that all workers are treated fairly. I am very proud to be living in America and most of all proud to be an American. As a nation we need to do everything in our power to keep jobs in America and stop OUR jobs from being outsourced to other countries. It is our job to unite together and fight these companies on this issue. It not only affects us but it also affects our children and many generations to come.

EUGENE V. DEBS: “Ten thousand times has the labor

movement stumbled and bruised itself. We have been enjoined by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, traduced by the press, frowned upon in public opinion, and deceived by politicians. 'But notwithstanding all this and all these, labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.”

Fruits of Our Labor

Business Rep Report By Becky Ledbetter

I have nine (9) open grievances at this time. Two of which are supposed to be resolved this week. I would like to tell you to please hang on during these tough times. If you have any questions or problems please don’t hesitate to call.

There is a cook book being sold at the District called “Fruits of Our Labor.” All of the recipes have been submitted by Union members and their families from Locals and Districts of the Southern Territory, Transportation Department, Woodworkers & NFFE of the Machinists Union.. The cost is $8.00.

Remember the elections for your local lodge officers are this Saturday, Dec 13th so please make sure that all of you get out there and vote.

I will print a recipe each month from this book, starting with any entries form LL839. Editor

I know that there are people hurting out here due to this 3 day work week, so for those you that have sponsored some our families for Christmas presents please make sure you have all the gifts to District 70 office by Dec. 17th. If you want to bring them to the local Dec. 16th I will get them there on time. These are for our members. For those of us who can help you can also drop off toys to the local, even if you didn’t sponsor anyone. Don’t forget Dec 16th . To all of you this season, God Bless!


To all my brothers and sisters out there I would like to wish you all Happy Holidays! Please be safe and stay close to your family.

Sites for Help Go To If you, are anyone you know, need some help because of the three day work week. If you know of anyone in the industry that is laid off, log on to our web site. There are links there to help people out. Call 211, the United Way help line, to search for help or long onto the United Way web site These are some Job Site links that may help our laid off aircraft workers to find employment during this economic downturn. \ Aeroindustry IAM Employment Services Kansas Department of Labor

Kansas State Civil Service Working for America Institute The Layoff Lounge

Kansas Job Link

A record amount for the United Way was raised during the 2008 fund-raising campaign By Larry Stafford 900 people were present when the United Way of the Plains announced a total of $16,360,050 being raised during their 2008 campaign. The total was revealed during its Campaign Victory Luncheon at Century II Convention Hall on November 13th. This year’s amount exceeded last year’s amount raised (which was $16,353,834) and is the most ever raised by United Way of the Plains. The Unions were well represented at this event. There was one Corporate vicePresident, One SPEEA Representative, One Security Representative and four Local Lodge 839 members present. The corporate gift was $300,000.00 and the Em-

3 lbs. yams 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 can evaporated milk 2 eggs 1/2 t. nutmeg 1 t. vanilla 1 stick butter Dash of cinnamon Pre-heat your oven to 400°. Boil the yams with the skin on until a fork or butter knife causes the yams to easily break apart when inserted. Cool yams slightly, then place in a colander and run cold water over them to assist you with removing the skins since the yams will still be pretty hot. Beat yams with mixer on medium speed, stopping frequently to remove strings from the beaters. Once the strings are removed, add butter and continue to mix. Then add remaining ingredients. You may need to adjust the nut-meg and sugar to your tastes. Continue mixing your batter until it has a nice smooth consistency. The batter should not be thin or runny, and it should not be too thick either. If too thick, try adding a little more evaporated milk (by the tablespoon) until the batter is smooth. Pour your batter into your favorite unbaked 9" or 10" pie shell. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Brush the edges of your pie shell with ice water to prevent it from burning before the pie is actually done. Brown specks on the top of the pie are an indication that your pie is done. You can also insert a knife in the middle of the pie, and if it comes out clean it's done. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving. Marilyn Scott Secretary District Lodge 70

ployee gift was $2,100,000.00 for a total of $2,400,000.00. It is the contributions from everyone at Spirit, especially the Union contributions that make the total so awe inspiring.

Bountiful Harvest Basket By Kathy Petersen

At the November meeting of Local Lodge 839, the Thanksgiving basket was won (again) by Stan and Monica Chapman. Stan is a Trustee at the Local Lodge and works in the Nacelle building on first shift. His wife, Monica, often volunteers at union events and helps out whenever we are short-handed in the kitchen. The contents of the basket included the makings for a Thanksgiving dinner. It had been suggested at the meeting that it would be a nice idea for the winner of the basket to share the “bounty” in some way with someone else. The Chapman’s wasted no time in making that their mission. Stan was recovering from surgery himself, but he didn’t let that deter him from reaching out to help someone else! It just so happened that a member had stopped by the Local Lodge to see if there

was any way she could get some assistance. She needed some food for her family. Stan and Monica donated not only the contents of the basket, but items they had gathered from their own pantry. Additionally, they purchased more food and necessities from Dillon’s grocery store and added those to their donation. When the member came to pick up the “basket”, she was very excited and thankful to receive the food and needed items. The generous contribution from Stan and Monica was much appreciated. These fundraising baskets, special drawings and items purchased from the Kitchen make it possible to help members when they are struggling, as well as helping those in the neighboring community. A big, heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to ALL who purchase tickets for these baskets each month, for it is YOU who make it possible to continue to raise money to help those people who need a little extra help around the holidays. Please continue to buy those cheeseburgers and purchase drawing tickets; there are a lot of our brothers and sisters having a hard time making ends meet. The December drawing will be for a Christmas basket. You could be the Lucky winner of this extra-special holiday basket!

Welcome To our New IAMAW LL839 Members Any new member sign up cards received since last month will be processed on 12/15/2008. That is too late for this publication. Remember, there will be sign-up sheets located at the January Local Lodge meeting. This is your opportunity to become a part of the Community Services Committee, or any other committee that you are interested in joining. Most of the committees require only a couple of hours per month of your volunteer time. It is a great learning experience for those members that want to get a little more involved. We can do a lot more if we have more people that are willing to donate a little bit of their time! Thanks for a great year! Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us on the Community Services Committee of Local Lodge 839. Kathy Petersen Brent Allen

Stan Chapman

Tim Petersen

Rickey Nelson

Jeff Meis

International Association of Machinists

Local Lodge 839

and Aerospace Workers

Get Ready to

Local Lodge 839

Fight & Win

3917 E. MacArthur Rd.

In 2010


Monthly Union Meetings

Phone: (316) 524-1090

2nd Saturday of the Month Executive Board meets at 8:00 AM Regular Meeting at 10:00 AM Everyone is Welcome

The Fighting Machinists

Larry Stafford

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

The Kitchen is open most meetings

1st Shift In-Plant Rep. - David Eagle

Hamburgers and Drinks

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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