United Way Campaign Kick Off
The 2017 United Way Campaign is around the corner! The kick off is scheduled for September 6th with the Ice cream Social and Agency Fair. The hourly participation was great last year and we hope the response will be even better this year. We all benefit when we donate. Last year our local won the United Way Labor Award for Outstanding Community Service. Pratt & Whitney received a Top Ten Campaigns award. This year we will include the popular Rock and Ride event which is a 100 mile motorcycle ride ending at Blue Martini for the Battle of The Bands. Other events will be announced.

L.L.971 President JohnGall receives award for the membership.

There will be nominations for one Business Representative for our district 166 at our regular meeting September 17th. Elections, if needed, will be held October 15th. The elections, if needed, will take place at the Old Town Park, 1000 Town Hall Ave., Jupiter. Polls will open at 12:00 noon and will close at 7:00pm.

Request for Absentee Ballot will be mailed out to union members. The following is the eligibility requirements for members to vote using an absentee ballot as stated in the IAM Constitution:

1.      Members who reside in outlying district more than 25 miles from the designated      balloting place.

2.      Members who are either confined because of verified illness or on leave qualifying under U.S. and Canadian family leave laws.

3.      On Vacation.

4.      On official IAM business approved by the L.L, D.L., or G.L.

5.      On an employer travel assignment.

6.      On reserve military leave.

7.      On leave qualifying under U.S. Family Leave Law.

Working is not a valid reason for voting using an absentee ballot. The request must be received by the Recording Secretary by U.S. mail or in person no later than 30mdays before the election.

Turkey Town Delivers Again

Tthousands of people were fed a Thanksgiving turkey dinner who would otherwise gone hungry. The Big Heart Brigade cooked 78,552 dinners.

Brother Brent Bonar, Local 971 Community Service Committeeman, donates his time every year. This year he was again jointed with Brother Joe Kapalo.

The Big Heart Brigade was started in 1992 by David DeRita. Dave came across a group of homeless Vietnam Vets just before Thanksgiving. David and his father Tom provide 17 meals for the Vets and their families.

Tom then brought together local businessmen, neighbors, firefighters and other civil servants and formed the Big Heart Brigade.

Local 971 has been proud to help along with other unions in the area.


By The Numbers

1,920 Turkeys

6,000lbs of stuffing

3,600lbs of potatoes

12,500lbs of green beans

879 gallons of gravy

21.3 miles of saran wrap




Joe Kapalo unloads many of the 1,920 turkeys.

Leadership Change At FSCM

The Florida State Council of Machinists held their fall convention last month in Pembroke Pines. Out going President Frank Ortis organized a Golf Tournament and Casino Night to raise funds for Guide Dogs of America. These events raised over $8,000.00 toward the charity. Brother Ortis, who is also the Mayor of Pembroke Pines, also runs a delicatessen Mayors Café has spent several years helping the Machinist members and working families in Florida fight for better jobs and lives in Florida. Frank came out of Eastern Airlines. He was the strike coordinator so he knows how to put up a good fight against anti worker policies. Brother Ortis retired the Presidency but is staying active as the FSCM Legislative Director. This years Offices are:

President - John Gall

Secretary / Treasurer  - Tyson Liingafelter

Communicator Linda Donahoe

MNPL Director Mike Weinert

Vice President Dist. 1 - William Theodore

Vice President Dist. 2 - Sabrina Sandifer-White

Vice President Dist. 3- Lou Brogna

Vice President Dist. 4 - Greg Thompson

Vice President Dist. 5 -  Mike Phillips



Frank Ortis (right) receives his "retirement watch"' from New President John Gaqll a custom clock for his dinner, The Mayor's Cafe.

Local 971 Represents Fallen Workers

Every year on April 28th workers around the world stop to remember those who died on the job due to an accident or because of illness due to their work. 

Workers Memorial this year was remembered at a ceremony at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park sponsored by the Palm Beach Treasure Coast AFL-CIO (PBTC). IAMAW Local 971 President along with IBEW Local 1191 Vice President Joe Brennan reminded those in attendance the importance of safety on the job.

IAM 971 President John Gall addresses the attendees at the 2016 Workers Memorial Day event.

Members and Colleagues Give Send Off To District Business Representative 

Union members and Representatives gathered to celebrate District Business Representative Nick Mrdjenovich on his new chapter in Life, retirement! International President Bob Martinez, Southern Territory Vice President Mark Blondin and Directing Business Representative Johnny Walker took turns highlighting Nick’s career and contributions to the labor movement. Nick started his carrier in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. He moved to Cape Canaveral 27 years ago to secure a union job to help support his family. He held several positions in Local 61 and was a District Business Representative for the past 8 years. Some of our members recognize Nick as a trainer for shop stewards.

Good Luck Doctor Nick! 

Nick Mrdjenovich and his family

Louie Gets A Gold Card
At the Florida State Council of Machinists Convention  union brothers and sisters gathered to congratulate Lou Brogna on his fifty years as a member of the Machinists Union.

Loue retired as a Grand Lodge Representative from the Southern Territory but continues to pay full union dues.

He worked for Eastern Airlines and moved up the ladder in the Machinist organization. He has served the union membership throughout the years helping to progress the members in the South.

He stays active today participating in a youth mentoring program in the local schools.

Lou received the honorary Gold Membership Card presented to him by General Vice President of the Southern Territory Mark Blondin.  

FSCM Vice President John Gall, Louie Brogna, General Vice President Southern Territory Mark Blodin, FSCM President Frank Ortis

FSCM President Inducted Into Labor Hall of Fame

Brother Frank Ortis, current President of the Florida State Council of Machinists, was honored last moth by being inducted into the Florida Labor Hall of Fame. At the Florida AFL-CIO  2015 Biennial Convention.

Brother Ortis has a long history of union leadership. He is a 48 year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers.

He served as the strike coordinator for the Eastern Airlines strike in 1989. He served several offices in labor such as President of his Local 368 and District 100.

He is currently the distinguished mayor of the city of Pembroke Pines in south Florida.

Through his office Frank upholds the advancement of labor through out his city.

Congratulations Brother Ortis and thank you for your service to Labor.

Frank Ortis

Febuary 18th

Executive Board Meeting at 6:30pm
Comfort Inn

6752 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter

Discussion on Union Dues