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Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2014 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced their latest organizing victory for 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) near Texarkana, TX. The win follows a pair of successful IAM campaigns earlier this year that organized 925 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX.
Members of IAM Local 2069 voted to accept an improved offer from Schneider Electric and end a two-week strike by more than 300 IAM members in Schneider’s Square D facility in Peru, IN.
Members of IAM District 70 at Textron Aviation voted 73 to 27 percent to unify under a single six-year collective bargaining agreement that commits to growing aerospace jobs in Wichita, preserves member seniority and increases pay.
The 2014 IAM Automotive Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL brought together IAM representatives and activists from North America’s automotive and trucking industries to assess the state of the industry six years after its collision with the 2008 Recession and to plan bargaining and organizing strategies for the future.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, promoted the role labor unions have in sustaining and growing the middle class and called for a raise in the minimum wage and a nationwide paid family leave law.