AFL-CIO Labor Day BBQ Dinner

On September 1, 2022 the Colorado AFL-CIO held its first annual Labor Day Labor Champion Dinner where four elected officials were honored as labor champions: Adams County Commissioner Emma Pinter, State Representative Tom Sullivan, State Senator Jesse Danielson, and House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, who will receive our Mother Jones Hell of a Fighter lifetime achievement award.  Over 200 people were attendance, including 130 members and leaders from the Colorado labor movement and 50 Colorado AFL-CIO endorsed candidates and elected officials.

Brittany Pettersen, Colorado’s 7th Congressional District
Accepting donation check in support from IAMAW Local 47

2022 Sporting Clays for Guide Dogs


Another great turnout and successful event

Team winners and gift card winners are:

1st Place
Shaw Brander, Chris Barnett, Trae Hardesty, Joel Lessard

2nd Place
Mike Brindley, Mark Grinnell, Robby McDougall, Bryan Woods

3rd Place
John Keisler, Lee Parsons, Tanner Parsons, Seth Vasbinder

$500.00 Gift Card Winners:Cody Robinson, Shaw Brander

$200.00 Gift Card Winners:Dave Kern, Tim Buckmaster

50/50 Raffle Winner:Trae Hardesty


Barron Criswell

Ben Kathery, Rich Bottello, Zach Hart, Val and Nick

Lee Parsons, Tanner Parsons, Seth Vasbinder, John Keisler

Robby McDougal and Mark Grinnell

Trea Hardesty, Joel Lessard, Shaw Brander, Chris Barnett

Bryan Woods, Michael Brindley

H.A.W.K. Award goes to Barron Von Criswell

Help A Worker Know Award (H.A.W.K.)

Some of the reasons Barron is more that deserving of this award are:

Organizing Barron has volunteered to go house to house on past organizations campaigns and has even helped in other states. Know you can count on him whenever you’re in need.

Servicing Barron was the Vice President of Local 47 for over 15 years and moved to a trustee position so other members could get more involved in the operations of the local. During Barrons 25 plus years as an officer of local 47 he has missed less than five local meetings. Barron is also the Chief Steward at Swisslog where he has been employed for over 30 years.

Community Service/GDA: Barron initially set up and still runs our very first successful Sporting Clays Shoot to Benefit GDA and we normally have a turnout of between 35 to 50 participants and make between $1500.00 to $3000.00 for GDA. Next year we will probably get between 100 to 150 participants with the inclusion of local 1886 District 19  and Local 1338. Barron also volunteers in the community as well. Barron has volunteered with The Miss Wheelchair Colorado pageant.

Congratulations Barron, thank you for all your hard work

Local 47 has a new Communicator

Maurice Jewell will assume the duties of Communicator effective March 1, 2022 he has successfully attended the basic web class at Winpisinger Training Center in Maryland and has been practicing the duties of Communicator over the last few months. I am pleased to make this announcement and to have been the acting Communicator during this transitioning period.

The Communicator position is a demanding one that comes with a great deal of responsibility to our members, such as, keeping the doors of communication open between members, our officers and the Grand Lodge, as well as, making available important information and useful resources through our website.

Maurice has demonstrated great qualities and enthusiasm necessary to fulfill this position and I believe he will continue to be a valuable asset to Local 47 and will server our members well.

Congratulations Maurice

Fire devastation in Boulder

Brothers and Sisters

We have watched in horror as fires ripped through Boulder County, knowing that hundreds of our fellow Coloradans, are likely impacted. Our hearts are with all of you and those communities affected. If you have been evacuated, lost your home, or do not know yet, please know that your local 47 is here to help. Brothers and Sisters you are not alone, reach out to us as we are here to help. Please use the email address below and let us know how you or your family has been impacted.

You can contact us at

In addition this IAM Relief fund page is were members can connect or make donations or apply for additional disaster relief through the

IAM Western Territory Relief Fund



Updated Membership Cards

We have created an updated membership card for all members that we have records for and they will be handed out to our members soon.

If you have not updated your address please send an email with your updated information to  or and  we will correct it.

You can also access the members only section icon by registering to this website under Registration icon.  You do not need your membership number to register, we will look it up and insert it for you. If you have only been a member for a few months we may not have one for you yet, but we will work to get you officially registered.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the appropriate officer listed in the contact page of this website. Just click on the email address and send your questions/comments.

Thank You.


Updated Membership Card Click on picture to view card


Guide Dogs of America: The Work that we do and the Great Outcomes that Follow

Founded nearly 7 decades ago by our own member Joseph Jones Jr., Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was created due to his personal experience where he found himself entering his old age and losing his eyesight. He would ask his fellow siblings at the Executive Council of IAMAW for assistance in receiving a seeing eye dog. The Council discovered a growing need for service dogs, that would help the blind and visually impaired. The decision was made to assist Brother Jones and help him open International Guiding Eyes in 1948. As the decades passed eventually International Guiding Eyes would evolve into Guide Dogs of America, with the intent of better communicating their mission. Even in their most recent history they have merged with Tender Loving Canines (TLC), an organisation dedicated to help Veterans to receive service dogs designed to meet their wide range of needs. 


Through our extensive and continued work with GDA. IAMAW is proud to host fundraisers in order to gather donations to help maintain the varying and plentiful services GDA provides. Services like training, transportation, and specialized skills and equipment. During events like our 5th Annual Colorado Machinist Golf Tournament Benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Tender Loving Canines we are able to continue providing the funds required. Events like this help individuals like Anne and her dog, Haven, who attended last Friday’s event. In Anne’s search for a quality and specialized experience she was able to work with the GDA and was soon grateful for the small student to trainer ratio and the well trained dogs that fully embody their roles as service animals. Anne can be quoted calling Haven her own safe haven. Once you get to know the pair you can truly understand the fantastic efforts that are made by all parties involved to guarantee a simpler and stress free life for both person and animal. 


For years to come IAMAW is excited to continue and progress all efforts in supporting the GDA and TLC. Without the tireless efforts of organizations like these we would not be able to see a world where our fellow humans would know peace and simple living.