Local Lodge 623 Meeting Time and Place


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Meetings are held at the St. Cloud Labor Home at 1903 4th Ave. N. St. Cloud, MN 56303
every second Tuesday of the month.
Information Meeting – 1:00 pm
Steward Meeting – 6:00 pm
Monthly Meeting – 6:30 pm

 We proudly represent the employee’s of Electrolux Home Products, DeZurik, Polar Tank Trailer in Holdingford and Opole, the mechanics at Gilleland Chevrolet, the mechanics at Tenvoorde Ford, and the City of Saint Cloud’s support service supervisors.

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Weingarten Rights Notice


Any employee has the right to Union representation when management questions an employee to obtain information and the employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequence may result from what he or she says. Your Union strongly suggests that you exercise this right.  Read more

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A great first annual membership picnic!


We had our first annual membership picnic yesterday at Wilson Park. It went fantastic! Lots of members and their families showed up to enjoy the park and have a great cook out! Can’t wait until next year!

Picture is the committee’s who put this together.

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Member Picnic 


Come on down to Wilson Park on Sunday for a picnic! All members and their families are welcome!

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Come on down to the Benton County fair!

We are also looking for volunteers to staff the labor booth Saturday at 4 pm. Contact communicator, Joe Baratta or Business Representative Colleen Murphy-Cooney if your interested.

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Members learning at the W3 Education Center


Brothers John Shotl (Steward – Electrolux) and Joe Baratta (LL623 Communicator, Steward – Electrolux) attended different classes at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood Maryland.

Brother John attended the Leadership 1 course to further his knowledge to represent the Machinist Union and to better represent the membership.

Brother Joe Baratta attended the Basic Communicator Class. As our Local’s communicator, he was taught a better insight into how to let the membership and public know what exactly is going on in both our Local Lodge and the Machinists Union as a whole.

We are extremely blessed as Machinists to have such a school. We are the ONLY trade union in the United States to have a school to better educate the membership. The school teaches Machinists young and old on numerous ways to better lead the future of labor. We learn from the vast experience of the rest of our 600,000 plus membership!

On a personal note, both John and I (Joe) are extremely grateful to our Local Lodge leadership for giving us the opportunity to further our education and experiences. We will come home tomorrow and hit the ground running with the knowledge we attained here.

Top photo: Communicator Class Top Left, 2nd in: Joe Baratta

Bottom photo: Leadership 1 Course Top Left stairs, teal shirt, John Shotl

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The Machinists bring the fight to Washington D.C. to fight for our earned pensions!


Int’l President Bob Martinez stood proud with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Al Franken (D-MN) to push the Keep Our Pensions Protected Act of 2017. The KOPPA brings about the needed reversal of earned pension plans to cut benifits from existing retired workers. We need to keep fighting for working people! The devistation of a retired persons funding is a abonination to what makes a good person!

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Campaign Time!


​If any Local Lodge 623 members, active or retired, could come out and spread the word, please contact our DBR Colleen Murphy-Cooney or myself, Communicator Joe Baratta. We need all the help we can get to keep labor’s voice going strong for the future. Remember there is a difference. Our candidate stands against the tpp, right to work (for less) and with healthcare. Her main opposition plans on gutting everything the labor movement has fought, bled, and died to achieve.

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Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago, IL


Last week, myself along with our DBR, ST, and seven other delegates were in Chicago, IL for our 39th quadrennial Grand Lodge Convention. 1206 delegates met to vote on changes to our IAMAW constitution. We also voted on numerous committee reports and resolutions to direct our great union for the next four years.

We held this convention at the historic and union represented, Chicago Hilton.

This is our great unions flag flying proud with the American and Hilton flags.

I will be adding several highlights soon. As well as some of the larger, more impacting, decisions made during the convention. For further images and information, please visit IAM local 623’s Facebook page, the IAMAW’s Facebook page, or the Machinists News Network page.

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Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay To Millions Of Workers


“Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay To Millions Of Workers” – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/05/02/obama-overtime-pay_n_10014052.html

This is exactly why we need to vote with labor. This current administration hasn’t always been labor’s best friend, but he still stands with us when it counts. I’m glad to see more American’s getting their justified income for their work performed.

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Watch “IAMAW Legislative Conference” on YouTube


Please remember to vote, and in the words of a fellow member and instructor at the William W. Winpisinger Center, “vote with your pocket books.” Remember who actually cares about what matters most,  your job.

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Local elections for Grand Lodge Reps.


Come on down tomorrow to make your voice heard!


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