Photo Caption: District 54 PDBR Wright, pictured above, presents the Organizing Report at the 39th IAM Convention.
Edition: Fall 2016
District Lodge 54 President & Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. addressed more than 1,200 delegates while presenting the annual Organizing Committee Report during the IAM’s 39th Grand Lodge Historical Convention on Sept. 7 in Chicago.
The 10-page report focused on the opportunities the union has before it and how these opportunities, and renewed commitments to organizing, will put the IAM on a path of growth.
Wright reported the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted new rules for Board procedures making the process more modern and approved electronic authorization signatures.
Social media and local communities have provided support in organizing campaigns and new organizing models are now in place since Uber Drivers in New York City and Lobsterman in Maine were organized.
“It was an honor to be selected by the IAM Executive Council to deliver the annual report that addresses how our union will change organizing new members throughout our union,” PDBR Wright said.
The delegation passed the report unanimously to approve the organizing report.
The 39th I.A.M. Convention was held Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 in Chicago and fittingly ran through the Labor Day weekend, giving those in attendance an opportunity to reflect on what this holiday is really all about.
This year’s convention centered around a theme of “forward together” focusing on inclusion.
Forty-seven delegates from District 54 attended the event, with 1,280 delegates in total from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
No major changes were made to our constitution and the proceedings were deemed a rousing success, setting the course of our great union for the next four years.