From TCU President Bob Scardelletti:
On October 13, 2019, 36 members of IAM Local 519 working for ASARCO, went on strike against a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, in the small mining towns of Kearny and Hayden in Arizona. Click here to read the letter from Lodge 519 President Paul Shepherd containing detailed information on the strike.
They have appealed to us to make whatever donations we can to help them fight a good fight and maintain solidarity. One of the highest callings that can be placed upon a union member is that of total economic sacrifice; engaging in a strike against their employer in order to preserve justice and dignity in the workplace, for them and for future generations.
The families have created a Go Fund Me page to support them through this trying holiday time. Please click here to help the families directly.
Our financial assistance is desperately needed by the striking members and their families. I strongly encourage your lodge to support the striking IAM members and their families by making a donation from your TCU lodge treasury. The TCU Executive Council has made a financial contribution from the National Office in support of these striking IAM Brothers and Sisters. I have said this before, and still believe it’s true: The cornerstone belief of the American labor movement is that an injury to one is an injury to all.
All contributions should be made by check or money order, payable to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and forwarded to 9000 Machinists Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, which will acknowledge receipt and forward to IAM Local 519.