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



Furlough Update: Recalls to Work

Brothers and Sisters,

I can report that some of our members have began to receive calls to return to work. As of this post, T-45’s and T-39’s are to report back to work as of 10a.m. this morning. AIMD is to report back to work starting at normal working hours, Friday. Do not report back to work until you receive a call.  These are the only units that have been recalled. Both T-6 Bargaining Units are still furloughed as of this post. As soon as BAE begins making calls, and we can confirm who is being recalled, we will post an update.

We can only hope that this is the beginning of the end of this crisis. But, until ALL of our members are back on-site and doing their jobs, I still consider the Local Lodge in crisis and will govern under those conditions.

Please do not pay attention to rumors, check back with the site or wait for confirmation from the companies before taking any action.  This is the first good news in what has been a difficult week. I am happy for those that have been recalled and will continue to work vigorously for those still out.


Jeremy Lau



Furlough: Week 1 Update

Brothers and Sisters,

We have come to the end of the first week of our shared crisis. While the disruption began nine days ago, our nightmare is ending it’s first official week. To date, brothers and sisters, we have five contracts currently furloughed entirely. They are T-45, T-39, T-6 Pensacola, T-6 Whiting Field, and AIMD Pensacola. I have posted and Tony Wirth, Business Representative, District 75, has asked me to remind everyone, that not all contracts have been, nor will they be affected in the same manner. That does not mean that they will not be impacted, it means that for now at least, they are still working. I am thankful for that.

The Local office has been open and staffed this entire week. My personal thanks to Robert Wood, Pat Tomney, George Condon, Regina Holmes, Lou Hildman, and W.T. Brown. We have been monitoring the ongoing, whatever you want to call it, in Washington D.C. We have also been reaching out to local utilities, businesses, and financial institutions. Most have been very understanding, including Navy Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Community Bank, and ECUA. We are trying to contact as many as possible, but we are need of some volunteers.

I would encourage ALL MEMBERS, furloughed or not, to begin contacting your creditors and explaining your situation. Do not lose your furlough letter, if you received one. Most managers and office staff have been furloughed as well and obtaining a copy could be difficult.

A quorum f the Executive Board meet again yesterday afternoon to discuss the current state of the Local Lodge. We consulted the Local Bylaws, International Circulars, and the IAM Constitution to establish the correct procedures for moving forward. There will be an announcement at 1 p.m. today, from the Local Lodge President.

I am asking that questions be routed through the local lodge. Our Business Representatives and District staffed are working very hard. There is scarcely a local in the district, that deals with federal or service contracts, that has not been affected by the government shutdown. In the Florida Panhandle, we are approaching 1000 furloughed members, from 5 different locals.

Please check back for updates and announcements.  Take care and god bless.

Jeremy Lau




Furlough Deepens For Local Lodge

Brothers and Sisters,


It is with sadness and a little anger that, as mentioned in my earlier post, more of our members were furloughed today from sites at both NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field.

We are still gathering information regarding numbers of members affected, I can say with certainty that is too many to bear. At the close of business today, more than 60% of our members have been directly impacted by the shutdown of the Federal Government. While the House of Representatives passed legislation paying federal workers, this legislation has yet  to be taken up in the Senate. This bill does not provide for contractors that are now directly impacted. I urge all members to contact their elected delegation in Washington and urge an end to the shut down. Also, ask for consideration of House Resolution 3246 be moved to the floor for a vote; or, incorporated into any legislation that may ultimately end this crisis.

The Executive Board meet in session this morning to discuss the ongoing developments and begin to formulate a plan for action in the coming days. We agreed to start reaching out to local utility companies and financial institutions to inquire if any accommodations will be or can be made for furloughed workers. We will pass along any news received from these inquiries via this website. Discussion of a Special Meeting, to be held later this week or early next, was also on the agenda for this mornings meeting. No decision as to a special meeting was made this morning. If a meeting is called there will be efforts to notify as many members as possible via this website and the local radio, television, and printed media.


Jeremy Lau




Pending Legislation Concerning Shutdown

There is a proposed bill in the house right now that specifically address contractors, it is HR 3246. This is a bill that makes it clear they want them to be paid. You need to start making calls and sending e-mails to your congressmen and force the Speaker to get it out of committee and to a vote. There may be other bills in the queue as well, so take a look at all of them and take action.


Below is a link you can click on to see the proposed legislation and the current status as it moves through the process.


Jeremy Lau