It is with deep sadness that District No. 10 must inform our members that Business Representative Donald Griffin passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 19, 2014.


Don has vigorously supported the labor movement over the last 40 years.


Don’s union activism originated with the Allied Industrial Workers, where he served in many capacities from 1969 through 1994.


He began his union membership in the IAMAW Local Lodge 1377, at Waukesha Engine in March 1994. During his tenure there he served as a Union Steward and Chairman of the Bargaining Committee. He was proud to be a part of negotiating the 1996, 1999 and 2003 labor agreements. The 2003 negotiations resulted in an 85-day strike to protect retiree benefits. His professionalism and leadership were valued by union and management alike in settling this strike.


Don became a Business Representative for District No. 10 on November 21, 2005. He quickly became an energetic and dynamic force on District 10’s staff, taking on leadership roles and continuing his education by attending classes in contract negotiations, administration, time study, job evaluation, labor law and health & safety. There was never an assignment Don did not take on with willingness and great energy.


Don also played a large part in the IAMAW’s legislative fundraising activities both on a state and national level. We’re sure many of our members will remember Don trying to sell that last ticket!


It goes without saying that Don’s death will leave a giant void throughout the State. His representation of members stretched from Fond du Lac to Kenosha to Madison to Waukesha. He proudly served members from Mercury Marine, General Electric, Ocean Spray and the Perlick Corporation, just to name a few.


Thank you to Don’s wife, Karen, and his family for unselfishly sharing him with us over these many years. Don will be not only missed and remembered for his devotion to the labor movement, but also as a respected and valued friend.


Funeral Services for Don will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union Street, Hartford, WI 53027 (262) 673-9500. The Familywill greet relatives and friends on Thursday at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Private Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials to the American Heart Association appreciated.


Russell D. Krings

Directing Business Representative




IAM News Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Illinois Machinists on Strike at Superior Carriers

Fighting high out-of-pocket health insurance costs and stagnant wages at Superior Carriers in Markham, IL, 13 members of IAM Local 701 said “enough is enough” and voted unanimously to strike on April 8, 2014.

Hawaii Sen. Schatz Joins IAM Fight to Block Outsourcing at United

The IAM and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) called on United Airlines to rethink its outsourcing plans in Kona, Maui and Lihue, HI.

New York Times Goes Rogue on Free Trade Pacts

In a reversal of a long-held bias in favor of free trade agreements, the New York Times Editorial Board published a stinging critique of past trade pacts and warned the Obama administration against making similar mistakes in a pair of massive trade deals currently under consideration.

IAM Mourns District 4 DBR Joe Flanders

The IAM mourns the death of District 4 Directing Business Representative Joe Flanders.

Flanders died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home in Mechanic Falls, ME. He was 58 years old.

Register Now for Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining Class

Friday, April 25, 2014 is the deadline to complete and return enrollment forms for the Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining class from June 22 to 27 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Hotel Deadline for the 2014 Communications Conference Fast Approaching

The deadline to book your hotel room at the special room rate for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference is Thursday, April 24, 2014. The rate entitles conference-goers to a single or double room for $179 per night at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.








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