Some 150,000 IAM members build and service commercial and military airplanes; aircraft engines; missiles and rockets; aerospace electronic gear; satellites and space vehicles. The Aerospace Department gives IAM aerospace members a solid, centralized base of power from which to bargain effectively with employers, organize new members and advance our interests with other unions, employers and government officials here and overseas.
Labor Day 2014: Unions Vital for Shared Prosperity
The reaction by some to the news that the Machinists Union is helping workers organize at Boeing in North Charleston gives the impression that collective bargaining is not needed, bad for business and somehow un-American.
The contract negotiation for Local Lodge 850, District Lodge 171 was ratified on August 16, 2014 which took place in Oklahoma City, OK.
The negotiations with Rolls-Royce Engine Systems was completed on Thursday July 17, 2014 in Corpus Christi, TX.
Contract Negotiations concluded between DL725, LL 1125 and Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems in San Diego, CA.
There were two (2) contracts negotiated for the L3 Army units in Corpus Christi.
On July 21, 2014 Contract Ratification was completed between Local Lodge 1998 and Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Defense in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
On August 2, 2014, the first contract agreement was ratified for TJ Drafting/Cubic Contract was ratified in Pensacola, FL
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2014 -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced it would file a lawsuit on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 against Spirit AeroSystems over the company’s plans to outsource IAM-represented jobs by selling a key fabrication operation and the use of outside contractors to perform work currently done by IAM-represented Spirit employees.
Click here for a copy of the IAM’s complaint against Spirit AeroSystems.
Participation in a pension plan is a critical benefit for workers and their families; therefore, the union should always make participation in the lAM National Pension Plan a centra l bargaining demand. When bargaining for workers under the Service Contract Act (SCA), the union has every right to insist that its members be covered by a defined benefit plan.
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, the members of District 751, ratified a first agreement with Kay & Associates, JBLM, WA by a vote of 90%.
Contract Ratification Negotiations were completed this evening with Local Lodges 727P, 709, 1027, 2386, 2228, 2786, 610 and Lockheed Martin.
On Friday, February 7, 2014, the members of District 725, Local Lodge 946, concluded negotiations with DRG.
Touting the past and future benefits of labor-management cooperation, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger addressed members of the Wichita Aero Club, an aviation industry association based in Wichita, KS.
IAM President Tom Buffenbarger and Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, warned that more than one million U.S. jobs could be lost if massive cuts in defense spending required by “budget sequestration” take effect next January.
The IAM was quick to welcome news that the U.S. Air Force was setting aside a $355 million contract award for a Brazilian company to build light-air support aircraft for use largely by U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Effective February 1, Aerospace Coordinator Ray Moffatt will become Chief of Staff for the newly-created IAM Aerospace Territory. Moffatt brings significant bargaining and servicing experience to the position in addition to a background that includes service as a U.S. Marine Corp Officer/Pilot and bargaining unit member under the Service Contract Act.
A decision is expected soon on a lawsuit filed by an airline industry trade group that has the potential to cost thousands of U.S. aerospace jobs and cripple the work of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
In a move that will cost 2,100 jobs, the Boeing Company announced this week it will close its military aircraft plant in Wichita, KS and move the work to Texas and Oklahoma. The IAM represents about 450 members at the facility, which performs modifications of military aircraft, in addition to work on Air Force One.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced today the creation of a new Aerospace Territory that will be led by General Vice President, Mark Blondin.
A key figure in the negotiations that led to the landmark agreement between the IAM and the Boeing Company welcomed the vote by members to ratify the accord and predicted additional benefits beyond the terms of the contract.
In an announcement that made front-page news around the world, leaders of IAM District 751 in Seattle said that union members in Washington, Portland and Kansas will vote next week on a four-year contract extension that includes a commitment by the Boeing Co. to build its 737 MAX passenger jet in Washington state.