IAMAW Rocky Mountain Lodge 47
Standard Mail
U.S. Postage Paid
Denver CO
Permit No. 1949
5621 Bowen Court #101
Commerce City CO 80022
Keeping our Members Informed and Motivated
January - February, 2012
Volume 2 - Number 1
Happy New Year 2012
A quick word from the Executive Council, wishing each and every member a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
The recently released movie Red Tails details the accomplishments and contribution made by African-American pilots commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen. These famed airmen
fought against the enemy in the air and against racism and segregation on the ground. Their patriotism and combat success
led to military integration in 1948 when President Truman's
Executive Order 9981.
Election Year Encouragement
This is an election year and we encourage all
members to research their candidates, the issues and vote their conscience.
The Tuskegee Airmen are often referred to as the Red Tails, or
Red Tail Angels, due to the distinct red tail of their aircraft.
Many Red Tail missions were flown in the P-51 Mustang. An
aircraft built by what is now The Boeing Company. Following
the war, many Tuskegee Airmen were employed as civilians in
the aircraft industry. International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger is said to have apprenticed under a former Tuskegee
Airmen in IAM Local Lodge 912.
Your voice counts and everyone should be
proud and thankful that they have a right to vote
and have their voices heard.
Over the last year we have all watched the news
and witnessed people from all parts of the world
stand up against dictators and the like striving
for freedom, something we too often take for
granted, which includes workers rights and the
right to vote. Many have become complacent
and feel like their vote does not count and think
that nothing can change the way our government works.
Among other significant African-Americans in aeronautics was
Bessie Coleman, the first black woman in the world to earn her
pilot's license. It is said she paved the way for the Tuskegee
Airmen to fly. Additionally,
African-American women
working in the factories
building the planes played a
large part in the war effort.
Among these black Rosie
the Riveters were IAM
members from District
Lodge 751 (pictured right).
Nothing could be further from the truth so Vote!
William W. Winpisinger Education and
Technology Center.
To the facility itself, which includes a gracious
dining area, as well as, a full range of recreational activities for use by students during off
hours while at the center:
The William W. Winpisinger Education and
Technology Center at Placid Harbor in Maryland
is a union based educational facility built by
workers for workers.
Combining natures serenity, the professional
instructors, the latest in techniques and equipment, and most important “students eager to
learn” in a unique training environment, collectively transforms the Winpisinger center into an
exemplary model of labor education.
The mission of the center is to present a diverse
and complete range of educational courses that
provide IAM members, officers and staff with the
proper training and tools needed to ensure they
are prepared to effectively serve their fellow
The Winpisinger Center enrolled more than
59,774 students since it opened its doors in
1981. The Center now teaches over 70 programs and offers a Bachelors Degree program
where IAM members can earn their degree in
Labor Studies in conjunction with the National
Labor College. There are seven full-time educational representatives and forty-five staff members to ensure that every member is thoroughly
trained and accommodated during their visit.
Everything at the center is designed with the
members in mind. From the tastefully appointed
For more information on classes available and
dates visit your Local 47 website at this address: http://iamawlocal47.org/
and click on the William W. Winpisinger center
logo located on the lower left hand column of
the index page, or type the following address in
the search window of your browser :
To the well, designed, lighted and airy classrooms:
If you are interested and “motivated” to become
more involved with you union and it’s process,
attend meetings, contact your lodge president
to and request that you be considered for available classes.
Some classes require that the basic classes be
taken first and that you have previous experience or knowledge in certain areas, or with
some types of software. Research the class
you are interested in and it’s requirements first,
before you request consideration.
Remember you are the “U” in Union and it can
only be as good as “you” want it to be.
John Keisler, editor
For complete information on this photo contest log into Local 47’s website at the following address:
http://iamawlocal47.org/news.html, then click on the “Photo Contest “ news article it is in PDF
form and can be printed.
If you do not have internet access you may request a copy of the PDF by sending a written request
with your address information to:
IAMW Rocky Mountain Lodge 47
Attn: Communicator
5621 Bowen Ct.
Commerce City, CO 80022
You may also email your request to:
[email protected]
We encourage any and all interested members to submit their best photo of union members at work.
You must follow contest rules and submit documentation contained within the PDF before the deadline date.
Good Luck Everyone, John Keisler, Editor
We are seeking individuals with prior experience in grassroots/political organizing in
the labor movement.
Membership Appreciation Night
Rocky Mountain Lodge Local 47 will have a
“Membership Appreciation Night” on one of the
following dates in April: 14,21 or 28th, from 6pm
to 10pm. The Lodge is located at 5621 Bowen
Ct., in Commerce City, CO 80022. The closest
cross streets are Quebec St. and 56th St.
Qualified applicants should be interested in
working with our talented staff to build upon
previous programmatic successes and
grow the capacity of this organization.
Strong verbal and written communication
skills are a must. Bilingual Spanish-English
writing and speaking is preferred.
For location and driving directions use “Google
or Yahoo Maps” type in our lodge address and
click on driving directions.
Other information about FRESC may be
obtained by going to our website at:
There will be food, fun and prizes. The theme is
“Casino Night Party.” We encourage members
and their “significant other” to plan to attend.
Interested individuals should email
the following: (1) Cover letter with
your email address, please include
your salary requirements (2) A copy
of your resume (3) Three workrelated references.
We anticipate Gary Allen, General Vice President for the Western Territories to be our guest
We are also working on obtaining a “discount
block” of rooms at one of the nearby hotels, with
shuttle service to and from the lodge for that
night, if your interested.
To the following:
Attn: Steven Moss, Administrative Director
We will be sending out an RSVP document as
soon as we obtain authorization and conformation of the final date. So Stay Tuned.:)
[email protected]
Job Announcement
March 10, 2012
April 14, 2012
FRESC seeking 3 Community
The Tool Chest is an IAMAW Rocky Mountain Lodge 47
monthly publication created to enhance communication with
FRESC is a vibrant and financially stable 501(c)
(3) non-profit organization with a laborcommunity partnership.
Members are encouraged to submit articles for this newsletter
they feel is important or informative. You may submit an article
to Attn: Communicator IAMAW Rocky Mountain Lodge 47 at
5621 Bowen Ct., Commerce City, CO 80022
It’s mission and a vision are to ensure that Colorado jobs pay livable wages, with family supporting benefits, and that families have access to
affordable housing allowing for a good quality of
Executive Board Members and Editor
FRESC seeks to achieve it goals by growing
and sustaining a long-term movement focused
on economic justice through a collaboration of
unions, community organizations, working individuals and other stakeholders.
Garry Harper
Vice President:
Barron Criswell
Dave Kern
Recording Secretary:
Chris Raasch
John Keisler
William Mericle
The office is made up of 13 dedicated individuals who work both individually and in teams.
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