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Loudon, TN, Sept. 30, 2015– One hundred and eighty-nine members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 2544 in Loudon, TN voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal from Viskase, Inc. and commence a strike today at 12 noon ET.
One hundred and eighty-nine members of IAM Local 2544 in Loudon, TN voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal from Viskase, Inc. and commence a strike Wednesday, September 30.
IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen opened IAM Local 933 negotiations with Raytheon Missiles Systems in Tucson, AZ with a reminder to the company of the extremely technical and highly skilled work our members perform, and the role our members play in helping Raytheon build their company and remain profitable. Allen called on the company to bargain in good faith to produce a fair contract that will work for everyone.
In a move that illustrates the IAM’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate voiced her opposition to the implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would substantially increase health insurance costs for many IAM members and other Americans.
The IAM is calling on members of Congress to pass legislation to empower the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate potentially dangerous chemicals before they hit the market, rather than after American workers and their families have been exposed. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) will empower the EPA to regulate chemicals already in commerce as well as new ones before they hit the market.