Sold-out Lobster Feed is back & better than ever!

District 190’s annual Lobster Feed started 12 years ago, but after the June 2019 event, was halted for the pandemic. “We’re glad to be back,” said Di- recting Business Rep Don Crosatto as he opened the brief program.

In all, more than 240 guests came to the IAM Local 1781 Hall in Burlingame on January 27 with two goals: to eat huge quantities of lobster, shrimp and other goodies, and to donate to the Guide Dogs of America, the IAM’s long-time charity. The lobster boil, and accompanying pasta and salad, was pre- pared by District 190 staff, with Robby Pintos and Richard Breckenridge leading the cooking efforts.

In attendance was the Rev. Albert Macklin, who ministers at an East Palo Alto church. Not letting his blindness stop him, he runs numerous programs in his community and credits the Guide Dogs, in particular, Winter, for enabling him to do his good works.

The group also met Timone, who serves as a support companion for Ian. As Ian’s mom Tracy said, “the dog enables this active yet visually-im- paired young man to stay focused and social.”

In all, the event was a huge was great and the event, plus raffle, raised more than $15,000 for the cause.

It’s never too late to support the Guide Dogs. District 190’s Golf Tournament will be on August 22 at Corica Park in Alameda. Watch for more info or ask your Business Rep.

Great settlement at Peter Pan BMW

There’s power in location. While some Pen- ske-owned dealerships, like those in San Diego, are struggling to get a contract, the Local 1414 members at Peter Pan BMW just got their most lucrative contract ever—

definitely one of the best in District 190.

“I warned the company’s attorney that if he wants to play games like they’re doing with the peo- ple in San Diego, I’ll pull our members out,” said Area Director Pedro Men- dez. “This is a union town and this is one of the local’s strongest units. But even more,” he adds, “this is Penske’s number one dealership that employs the company’s top mechanics.”

The contract covers all of the mechanics and service advisors, totaling about 40 members, at the dealership’s Burlingame service center.

Negotiations opened on December 12. “The union brought 15 proposals to the table. Manage- ment told us we were asking for a lot,” Mendez says. “When we came back for the next session a week later, we went over the proposals and had a deal done in under five hours that accepted 12 of the 15 proposals,” Mendez adds. The members ratified the contract overwhelmingly on December 21.

California Primary Election • March 5, 2024

In addition to the Presidential Primary, you will vote for the top two contenders on the November ballot for the following offices: U.S. Senate, Congress, and State Senate & Assembly.


  • The last day to register to vote in the Prima- ry Election is February 20, 2024.

  • All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.

  • Ballots will be mailed by February 5, 2024. Ballot drop-off locations open the next day.

  • Ballots can be returned by mail, at a drop-off location, or your county elections office.

  • Vote centers open for early in-person voting beginning on February 24, 2024.

  • Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by March 12, 2024.

 To register on-line, go to:

Whatever you do, be sure to vote!


Local 653 Members:
Proposals to change the Local’s Bylaws must be referred to the Bylaw Committee
via the Recording Secretary before the March membership meeting. Send your
proposals to the Local Lodge email ( or bring it to the
office. Proposed amendments will be read at the regular membership meeting on
April 18 at the union hall: 5726 E. Shields Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727. The vote on
all proposals will be held at the May 15 membership meeting at the same location.

Local 1584 Members:
Proposals to change the Local’s Bylaws must be submitted before the March membership
meeting. Send your proposals to, or bring
them to the office. Proposed amendments will be read at the regular membership
meeting on March 21 at the union hall: 10260 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA
94607. The vote on all proposals will be held at the April 18 membership meeting
at the same location.


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Fast Facts

Wealth of Elon Musk
2012: $2,000,000,000
2023: $245,600,000,000

Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg
2012: $17,500,000,000
2023: $116,600,000,000

Wealth of Jeff Bezos
2012: $18,400,000,000
2023: $168,200,000,000

Federal Minimum
2012: $7.25
2023: $7.25

Three words: Tax the rich!

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