Monthly Archives: November 2014

Union-Made in America Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Did you know that your cranberry sauce might have been made by fellow IAM members?  Check out the link for a Union made Thanksgiving and help support your fellow union brothers11_25_2014_thanksgiving2 and sisters.

“As you prepare to head to the grocery store to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner ingredients, double check your shopping list to make sure your Turkey Day fixin’s are all union made in America.”  Union-Made in America Thanksgiving

Gregory Holland

Gregory Holland
(December 23, 1961 – November 19, 2014)

Greg Holland
Local 24 has suffered the loss of another union brother. Gregory Holland worked in our battery shop for DynCorp for 14 years. Prior to that he served in the Air Force. He will be missed by his union brothers and sisters.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday November 25, 2014 at Strickland Funeral Services 6500 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD. From 12pm until time of memorial service at 1pm. Funeral service will also be held at Bentley and Sons Funeral Home 2714 Montpelier Avenue Macon, GA at 11am. Interment,1pm at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery 2617 Vinson Highway Milledgeville, Georgia.

IAM Veterans Services Program


IAM Honors Veterans, Introduces New Veterans Services Program

This Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the IAM honors our members in the armed forces who are serving and have served our nations.

“Thousands of IAM members have proudly served their country. And many fight on two battlefields – the ongoing fight here at home for fairness and respect on the job and the many fights abroad to ensure peace and freedom for people around the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “They are our heroes for many reasons. And we thank them for their courage, dedication and willingness to be on the frontlines for our countries and our members.”

In recognition of the honorary holiday, the IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department has announced the IAM Veterans Services Program, which features an online information portal dedicated solely to IAM military veterans in the U.S. and Canada.

“As a union, the IAM recognizes the unique situation and needs of our members who have dedicated their lives to their country,” said 20-year Army veteran and IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Director Carlos San Miguel. “We believe it is our duty to help and be of service to those members in any way we can. There is an abundance of public and private programs and services open to military veterans; the problem is very few veterans know what’s available and where to go. The IAM Veterans Services Program seeks to bridge the informational gap between our members and the programs and services they fought for.”

The webpage provides information from various public and private military assistance agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Veterans Affairs Canada. Members can find information on many topics, including government programs, benefits, health information and assistance with filing claims.

The information is open to IAM members from all branches of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Part of the IAM Veterans Services Program will also include a weeklong planning session at the William W. Winpisinger Center from March 29 – April 3, 2015, where representatives from each IAM Territory and all branches of service will convene to begin crafting coursework and various IAM programs to help meet members’ needs.

“As the nation prepares for a day of remembrance and celebration of the men and women who risk their lives in service to our country, the IAM stands committed to continuing to explore more ways to serve those among us who have sacrificed so others may live freely,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux.

IAM military veterans are encouraged to sign up to receive more information about the union’s veteran program. Please note that the sign-up form is voluntary.

Brian W. Ratliff Obituary

Brian W. Ratliff

LINCOLN – Brian W Ratliff, 58, of Lincoln, passed away November 5, 2014. Born on January 20th, 1956, in Wall Township, New Jersey, he spent most years in different locations (Spain, New Mexico, Texas) serving in the United States Air Force, before settling in Delaware. He was a Tech Sgt. in the 436th military airlift wing at Dover Air Force Base. After retiring from the Air Force, he used his acquired skills as a quality assurance aircraft inspector with DynCorp International at Andrews Air Force Base on the presidential fleet. His love of surf fishing, playing the guitar, riding his Harley and sharing the occasional crown and Coke with his buddies was only surpassed by his unconditional love of his wife and soulmate Jennie Washington Ratliff. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennie Ratliff of Lincoln; two sons, Jason Ratliff of Dover, and Tyler Washington of Milford; daughter, Nicole McGranaghan of Oregon; and two granddaughters, Alyssa and Kelly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Angelina Larusso Ratliff of New Jersey. Services will be 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Avenue, Milford where friends may call from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at the Milford Community Cemetery, Rt. 113, Milford. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Milford Moose Lodge on Kirby Road immediately following the service. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory can be made to Kay’s Kamp (, a camp for children with cancer.

Funeral Home
Lofland Funeral Home
102 Lakeview Avenue Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5416

Death in Local 24 Family

Sadness has hit Local Lodge 24 once again with the passing of QA Inspector Brian Ratliff.

Brother Ratliff suffered a heart attack yesterday, November 5, 2014.

He has been with the company since December 2001.

We will pass along more details when they become available.

Mortgage Grants for Veterans

Union Plus Introduces Mortgage Grants for Veterans
November 04, 2014

The American dream of homeownership is far too often out of reach, especially for those who make significant sacrifices to protect our country.

Union Plus wants to make the dream of homeownership a reality for hard-working union members who have served in our armed forces.

Starting November 1, 2014, Union Plus will begin offering the Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant to provide qualified union member veterans with a $1,000 grant to help offset the costs of a down payment on a home. The grant will not have to be repaid.

Only 33 percent of veterans report looking for a home within the first year of their return from active duty, citing the high cost of home prices and the inability to come up with a down payment as reasons that deter them.

Union Plus wants to make sure that veterans who have joined a union after their service time receive help in making their dream of homeownership a reality.

To be eligible for a grant, members must meet the following qualifications:

Finance the mortgage of their primary residence through the Union Plus Mortgage program on or after November 1, 2014
Be an active or retired union member of a participating union
Be a veteran of the United States Armed Services
Applications must be submitted within 90 days of closing on a mortgage. Limited funds are available and will be awarded in the order eligible applications are received.

Call 1-866-378-1486 or visit to learn more about the Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant.

IAM Employee Assistance Program

New Contact Info for IAM Employee Assistance Program
November 06, 2014

IAM members needing the confidential services of the IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can contact an EAP facilitator directly at 1-800-788-9044, by email at, or by calling the Retiree, Community and Membership Services Department at 301-967-3433.

EAP services are available for those needing assistance due to debilitating modern day stressors, which include all forms of psychosocial addictions and depressions. EAP services will work with those in need to help locate professional service providers.

All information remains confidential, with the exception of issues threatening physical danger.