In this challenging year, we were not without significant, and even historic successes. We should be proud of the work we did to protect our jobs, benefits, and pay in the courts and in the halls of Congress.

-Mike Klemm,
IAMAW District 141 President & Directing General Chair

Welcome to 2021

Mensaje en Español  ///

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we see the year 2020 finally come to an end, we can reflect on how our industry and our work have survived the toughest year in anyone’s memory. The ravaging effects of a global pandemic have challenged every one of us and our families, and as frontline workers, you have had to step up to build strength and solidarity like never before. Who could have possibly imagined how this year would unfold? Faced with so much uncertainty and hardship, our bonds in solidarity only got stronger. 

In this challenging year, District 141 achieved significant, and even historic successes. We should be proud of the work we all did to protect our jobs, benefits, and pay in the courts and in the halls of Congress. Our ability to mobilize at the grassroots level to leverage all the resources and support that our Grand Lodge made available, along with the strength of our contracts and our unbreakable unity made the difference. Next month, we will welcome back our members who were furloughed and will recommit to preventing future job cuts with every tool available. No other industry can say they succeeded in protecting their members like we did in the midst of a catastrophe. 

We chose unity when there were so many forces that wanted to divide us. As we move into a New Year with battle scars and lessons learned, let us not forget the power in this unity.

My heart goes out to the families who will miss a loved one during the holidays. Please know that our District 141 EAP peer counselors are committed to helping ease your pain in any way they can. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need someone who will listen and help.

We are now transporting vaccines and medical equipment that will end this pandemic once and for all, which shows the important role we play as the front line essential workers our nation depends on during this time of crisis. 

Throughout this enormously difficult year, I have had many reasons to feel proud of the work that the many dedicated unionists in every local have done to preserve safety, ensure our contracts are honored, and to take care of each other as Brothers and Sisters. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout out to my entire District Lodge 141 Executive Board for the countless hours of work and dedication they put in this year on behalf of members. 

I am confident we will see brighter days in 2021, and that whatever challenges the New Year brings, we will overcome, and together, we will thrive.

Happy New Year!

With warmest wishes in Unity,

Mike Klemm,
President and Directing General Chair,
IAMAW District 141

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