In the midst of the global pandemic, it has been decided by the IAM Executive Council that it is in the best interest of the membership to postponed this years 40th Grand Lodge Convection, which was originally from September 6 till the 11, to September 12 to the 17 of 2021 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Resort.
In the words of our IAM International President, Robert Martinez:
“This decision was not made lightly and our Executive Council shares in the disappointment we all have about not being able to join together as one union at our convention this year …, I want to especially thank General Vice President Gary R. Allen, the Western Territory and the 2020 Host Committee for all the work they have done to prepare for this convention.”
“I am also extremely grateful for our membership’s patience as we continue to navigate this extraordinary time and the challenges it poses to our union,” said Martinez. “For now, your health is our paramount concern, but I very much look forward to the convention in 2021 and continuing the democratic traditions of our union. Stay safe, stay strong, stay united—together, in solidarity, we shall overcome.”
As the world changes day by day, we have too slowly begin to modify how things were once done. In order to maintain the health and safety of all our members, meetings have been cancelled till the month of June. This also means picking our delegates for the 2020 Grand Lodge Convention has changed. Some of the suggestions offered by IAM Leadership have been to:
Nominate and vote for delegates and alternative delegates through mail.
Submit proposed changes to Local Lodge’s Committee on the Revision of the Constitution by mail.
Propose resolutions to the Local Lodge’s executive board by mail.
These are simply recommendation by IAM leadership. If it does not contradict social distancing directives and the Local Lodge Executive Board come to an agreement that membership can meet safely in person and utilize the procedures within Official Circulars 874, 875 and 876. A Lodge does not follow the regular procedures, it is recommended that they follow the alternate procedures that have been suggested.
As layoffs have become somewhat commonplace due to the circumstances of the world we’re living in. There are measures in place to help our Brothers and Sisters affected. Thankfully due to our Constitution in Article G, Section 3. When a member is laid off they have two months to claim unemployment stamps from their Local Lodge. If this is not done then there will be a lapse of membership. It has also been decided that the $1 charge, that is transmitted by our Lodge in pursuit of Article G, Section 2, shall be waived. This is also an election year within our Union. If members have been routinely paying dues from April 1st through September 31st, they will maintain the right to vote through November. For more clarification the original Memo by our President Robert Martinez will be attached below.
The world is changing at a pace that is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. That means that not only ourselves, but as well as our employers have to navigate an unsure future in a falling economy. Thankful the United States Treasury Department and Small Business Administration have stepped in order to offer help, in the form of loans to small businesses in order to prevent layoffs. Our goal with sharing this information is the hope that our Representatives share this with their employers before speculations of layoffs begin. Attached below is a Memo written by our President Robert Martinez with further information and sources.
So that all may be aware. Meetings at our hall are to be postponed until further notice. This is of course done for the safety of all members. If there are any questions or concerns, please let us know right away and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope that all our members are taking the right precautions in these uncertain times. Hopefully you are all staying healthy and keeping others safe as well.
The United States of America is currently entering a time unfamiliar to most. With everyday beginning with a sense of discomfort at what the day will bring and what tomorrow could look like. Those especially affected are the children within the Denver-Metro Area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts across Colorado have chosen to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Due to those circumstances many children and their families that once relied on a free or reduced of cost lunch through the school are now left with an uncertainty of where their next meal may come from. Luckily our very own local organization in the form of Food for Thought, is dedicated to serving these children.
On the following page is an in depth article explaining how you can help out in these children time of need.