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Washington, D.C., February 8, 2016 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today raised serious questions over allegations contained in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) against the IAM National Pension Fund.
The IAM immediately responded to the Obama administration’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand this week. The deal remains deeply flawed and bad for workers around the world, IAM International President Bob Martinez said in a statement.
In the mid-90s, when New York City Black Car drivers – deemed “independent contractors” and thus not eligible for traditional employee protections – were looking for a voice on the job, they turned to IAM District 15 to win the right to unionize and collectively bargain.
The Southern Territory doubled down with a one-two organizing punch when 111 aircraft workers and mechanics at NAS Norfolk, VA joined the IAM just days after 210 workers at NAS Oceana voted overwhelmingly for the IAM. Both groups are employed by AECOM, a contractor on the southeast Virginia bases.
Members from nearly every sector of the IAM descended on the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Hollywood, MD as part of two undergraduate cohorts of the Empire State College/IAM Partnership Program. They are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in labor studies.