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Washington, D.C., November 22, 2015 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. will succeed current International President Tom Buffenbarger, who steps down on Jan.1, 2016 after a 45-year career that spans service as a local IAM Shop Steward to more than 18 years as the IAM’s top elected official.
It takes a village to raise the $42,000 necessary to train just one guide dog for a visually impaired owner. But thanks to the IAM, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) has an entire union behind its cause.
After more than six years of company delay and politically-inspired stalling, 220 Huntington Ingalls Shipyard workers in Newport News, VA will soon be able to negotiate an IAM collective bargaining agreement.
A food pantry run by IAM Local 1871 in Groton, CT, marks its 25th year of providing Thanksgiving baskets for out-of-work members, needy families and others in the community.
IAM members can now earn a master’s degree in labor studies through a partnership with Empire State College (ESC), a branch of the State University of New York (SUNY). The first master’s degree cohort will meet at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center the week of June 19, 2016.