Guide Dogs of America: The Work that we do and the Great Outcomes that Follow

Founded nearly 7 decades ago by our own member Joseph Jones Jr., Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was created due to his personal experience where he found himself entering his old age and losing his eyesight. He would ask his fellow siblings at the Executive Council of IAMAW for assistance in receiving a seeing eye dog. The Council discovered a growing need for service dogs, that would help the blind and visually impaired. The decision was made to assist Brother Jones and help him open International Guiding Eyes in 1948. As the decades passed eventually International Guiding Eyes would evolve into Guide Dogs of America, with the intent of better communicating their mission. Even in their most recent history they have merged with Tender Loving Canines (TLC), an organisation dedicated to help Veterans to receive service dogs designed to meet their wide range of needs. 

 

Through our extensive and continued work with GDA. IAMAW is proud to host fundraisers in order to gather donations to help maintain the varying and plentiful services GDA provides. Services like training, transportation, and specialized skills and equipment. During events like our 5th Annual Colorado Machinist Golf Tournament Benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines we are able to continue providing the funds required. Events like this help individuals like Anne and her dog, Haven, who attended last Friday’s event. In Anne’s search for a quality and specialized experience she was able to work with the GDA and was soon grateful for the small student to trainer ratio and the well trained dogs that fully embody their roles as service animals. Anne can be quoted calling Haven her own safe haven. Once you get to know the pair you can truly understand the fantastic efforts that are made by all parties involved to guarantee a simpler and stress free life for both person and animal. 

 

For years to come IAMAW is excited to continue and progress all efforts in supporting the GDA and TLC. Without the tireless efforts of organizations like these we would not be able to see a world where our fellow humans would know peace and simple living. 



Guide Dogs of America & Tender Loving Canines Golf Tournament

Local Lodge 47 is excited to announce that in our joint efforts with Local 1886, We have sold out the tournamnet! In sponsorship of a fantastic cause, both Lodges are grateful to see such a wonderful outpouring of support to help in this years Guide Dog of America & Tender Loving Canines Golf Tournament.  We  look foward to seeing you all there. 

A Change in Leadership

Local Lodge 47 is excited to announce our brand new Grand Lodge Special Representative, Steve Van Wie. He will be primarily located in Colorado and is excited to represent Local 47. For his contant information please refer to the PDF attachement located below. 

Guide Dogs of America & Tender Loving Canines Golf Tournament

In partnership with Local Lodge 1886 and 47 we are excited to announce the 5th annual Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines Golf Tournament. The organization started by IAM members proudly seeks to serve guide dogs and there training  for people in need. In order to provide a higher quaility of life and increased independence. The event will be held Friday, June 25, 2021 at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield, Colorado. Registration will start at 7:00 a.m. and Shotgun begins at 8:00 a.m. If you are not able to attend a donation or hole sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. For further information, please refer to the PDF’s attached below. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. 

January Meeting

Due to the current circumstances of the pandemic. Leadership has decided that it is in the best interest of our membership to postpone any in-person meetings until further notice. If you have any question or concerns please let your stewards know and us. We will do our best to address any issues. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all soon. 

December Meeting

It is in the best interest of our membership that we postpone the final meeting of the 2020 year. We will reevaluate the situation next month to see if it would be a good idea to host a meeting then. We hope for all our membership to be staying safe and are very sorry to make this call. For any question or concerns, reach out to us or your stewards. 

Postponed November Meeting

Due to the increasing infection rates in the state of Colorado and increasing restrictions in various counties, leadership has decided that the best course of action is to postpone our monthly Saturday meeting for the month of November. With any questions or concerns please contact us or your designated steward.

Election 2020

Local 47 would like to remind our membership that Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 is this years Election Day. Just as our own contracts, voting in Local, State, and Federal is the best way to voice your opinions and to have them be used for change. The International endorses Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, and Governor John Hickenlooper for the election this year. Their labor policies align them to strengthen our unions and our abilities to bargain with our companies. We respect the views and beliefs of our membership and realize that these candidates may not personally align with your views. This endorsement in no way is meant to shift your position. Make a plan and make your voice heard this year, these choices are bound to be crucial in our lives for years to come.

 

Grand Lodge Leadership Meeting Message News Politics Updates

Local 47 Facebook Page

Hello everyone that keeps up with the postings on this website. In order to better reach the membership that may or may not be aware of this website I ask for you to please follow our Facebook page and share the messages that are on this website. Hopefully this will allow for more of our membership to get our messages. 

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A Labor Day Message

Labor Day is an important date for most Americans to take a day between the final weeks of summer and an incoming fall. Most get the oppurtunity to sit back and relax, though as some of us could be feeling this years relaxation may be a bit more difficult than years before. With an ongoing pandemic, protest against racial injustice, and an election year. A feeling of insecurity is something that has come in waves throughout the year for many of us. 

With all of those feelings and news that seems to be constantly on. We can’t allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by the stress of this year and remember how and why we got Labor Day to begin with. It was through the hard work of people much like us to push for safer working conditions, a 40 hour work week, and ending the practice of child labor in the United States. Through all that hard work we were finally able to get all those things we fought for plus full benefits, payed days off, and fair wages. That we can sometimes take for granteed. 

This Local is dedicated to making sure that our membership is always fought for and heard. Our fight wasn’t over then and it’s a long way from being over tomorrow. There is an impending leadership election in Local 47 and contract negotiations in the following year. It is important for us to never forget that we have always been stronger together. 

We hope you have all had a nice Labor Day.

 

Contact Information Request for Veteran Members

The IAM Employee Assistance and Addiction Services Program is asking for  Veteran Members to fill out a contact information form to develop a better consensus of our Veteran membership and those who may need more support now and in the future.

Changes in our IAM Leadership

As time continues changes of leadership are something that can and will occur. With that being said Mark Ward, our former Grand Lodge Representative has resigned from his position. In his place will be assigned James Watson as Local Lodge 47’s Grand Lodge Representative. In this position he will manage our representational responsibilities, grievance handling, contract administration, and organizing efforts. For any further question or concerns refer to the PDF attached below, where GLR James Watson’s contact information can be found. He looks forward to helping our membership and representing us at the Grand Lodge. 

July Meeting

It has been decided by Local leadership that a July meeting, on Saturday the 11th at 10 a.m.,  would be something that members could attend at the Local 47 hall. Mask and social distancing of six feet at minimum are expected of our members, to ensure the safety of all our members. As always we look forward to see our members once again. 

Postponed IAM 40th Grand Lodge Convention

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.”