Committee of 1

Recently one of our Brothers went to a leadership course, and he brought these words and ideas back with him to share:


“I went to school with one thought in mind, How can I better help my people? And I thought My People…what does this mean? Well, lets define it. My People were the ones at my work location. Only I learned My People was defined for me. Long ago by a piece of paper that now sits behind 6 inches of glass in Washington DC, called THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDANCE. So, my mind grew around that. Also the term widened to the religious text My People and the wedge issues being spit out by the industries. Wedge Issues is a term defined as something used to drive a wedge between people…. as a race, by sexual preference, ideals, histories, etc. I could go on for days but now days, the wedges attack the working people such as, but not limited to migrant workers. The funny thing is, we are all migrants if you check your own history. Now I see people in all corners of the globe. a lot of these people need to be enlightened…. Because of 19 guys in a pit, we ALL STAND UNITED.”

Thank you Brothers and Sisters

Tracy Hobbs


Don’t Forget….

There is a meeting this Saturday October 18th. Join us to see what is going on in YOUR local!!



Check the Workers Resources page for a link for an upcoming job fair link. Any job openings sent to will be posted under Worker Resources. If you hear of a job opening please send an email so that we may help our Brothers and Sisters continue to work during these times of cut backs.


T45 Contract awarded

T45 contract was awarded to L-3 Vertex Aerospace.


Disaster Relief

IAM has an emergency disaster relief fund for those who are in need after the recent storm that caused so much damage in the panhandle area. If you had extensive damage and are in need of help, contact your shop steward or chief steward for assistance.


Tracy Hobbs Appointed Chief Steward at T-6 COMBS

Today, Jeremy Lau appointed Tracy Hobbs as the interim Chief Steward over the T-6 COMBS contract. The T-6 COMBS contract has members at both Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola and is currently held by DynCorp, International.

“I’m sure that Tracy will do a fine job as Chief Steward. He will bring a new and fresh vitality to the T-6 COMBS bargaining unit and the Local Lodge.” Said, Lau of the appointment.

Nominations for a permanent replacement to outgoing Chief Steward, Phyllis Gonzales, will be held during the regular monthly business meeting on January 25th, 2014 at the local lodge. Election, if necessary will be conducted during the regular business meeting in February.



Brothers and Sisters,


As you know the district recently held Business Representative elections and as a result there are two new business representatives in the district. One of the new business representatives is also from Florida, Brad Smith, making a total of three business representative from Florida. With the change in Florida representatives DBR Steve Pridgen had to make some adjustments to the assigned contracts and local lodges. One of the changes he made was I will no longer be assigned to Local Lodge 2777. Brad Smith has been assigned to your local lodge and its bargaining units.


This transition should be smooth as DBR Steve Pridgen has assigned me to work with Brad throughout the transition. There are a number of things going on in some of your bargaining units as I sit here and write you this e-mail that require immediate attention. You have three arbitrations as of right now that will all be coming up soon, with others potential aarbitrations on the way, but none of these or any other issues going on will be slighted in any way. I will be working with Brad as we navigate through all of these over the coming days and weeks. You will find Brad to be very qualified and experienced with 11 years as the Chief Steward of his bargaining unit, served as the Vice President of local lodge 20, member of the negotiating/grievance committee as well as other positions in the local lodge.


I do want to say “Thank you” to all of you for making my job a whole lot easier by taking care of business when it needed to be taken care of and even when it’s not fun. I also appreciate your work ethics and all the things you do every day for our members that go unspoken. Without you doing the jobs you do, our members would not have the things they have. I know I have not said thanks often enough, but I do want you to know I do appreciate you all. It has been a pleasure to serve you and I look forward to working with you again. Brad and I will be coming out to all the sites next week so that I can introduce him to you all.



Tony Wirth


Sikorsky Awarded T-6 Contract

Sisters and Brothers,

Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded an
$110,830,801 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance to support T-34, T-44, and T-6
aircraft. In addition this contract provides logistics support including
labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools, related support equipment,
and direct and indirect material to support 92 T-34, 54 T-44, 42 T-6A, and
181 T-6B aircraft based at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi,
Texas, NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and NAS Pensacola, Fla. Work will be
performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent), Whiting Field, Fla. (39
percent), Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent), and various sites within the
continental United States (3 percent), and work is expected to be completed
in October 2014. Contract funds will not be obligated at time of award.
Funding will be obligated upon issuance of task orders. This contract was
competitively procured via limited competition and two offers were solicited
and received. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-14-D-0003).


Whiting Field Base Services Contract Awarded

Brothers and Sisters,

I will post an e-mail from Business Representative, Tony Wirth, in it’s entirety.


Brothers and Sisters,

PRI-DJI did lose their contract at NAS Whiting. See below for the winning contractor. They do not have any IAM contracts. We will be holding the Sanction Vote next Tuesday. See attached flyer, we will be holding a meeting with the whole bargaining unit after the vote is over to talk strategy and etc. As always, you are all welcome and invited to attend.


Special Notice for PRI-DJI Pre-Strike Sanction Vote 2013

Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC*, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $9,638,498 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for base operating support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The work to be performed provides for facilities management, facilities investment, pest control, grounds maintenance, other (swimming pools), pavement clearance, electrical, gas, wastewater, water, environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years is $48,887,598. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed by November 2014. Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance, Navy; fiscal 2014 Navy working capital fund; fiscal 2014 Defense Health Program fund; and fiscal 2014 family housing operations and maintenance contract funds in the amount of $2,557,993 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $5,076,301 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with 10 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-14-D-8000).





M-7 Employees Still on Furlough

It is hard to believe two weeks after the U.S. Congress passed legislation to open the government, we still have approximately 10 members from Whiting Field on furlough. We are waiting for the Navy to restore funding to the program. We will keep all updated with any new developments as we can provide them.


Jeremy Lau


Brothers and Sisters,

Most of out members have been recalled to work starting last Thursday and continuing through this coming Tuesday. Before I get into which units have been recalled, let me stress that M-7 at Whiting Field HAVE NOT been recalled. Please do not report to work until you have been notified, by recall.

The following units have been recalled;

AIMD- Pensacola

T-39- Pensacola

T-45- Pensacola

T-6- Pensacola

T-6- Whiting Field (BAE Employees ONLY)

I want to add that its great news that our members are going back, we must be ready to support those still furloughed. The government is still shutdown and our ability to work depends on the continued work in Washington D.C. I am asking that all members call and stress that H.R. 3246 must be part of any final agreement.


Jeremy Lau