Aerospace

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.


Contract Ratification of agreement with Kay & Associates, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), WA

Mon. May 19, 2014

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

Thu. May 15, 2014

Contract Ratification Negotiations were completed this evening with Local Lodges 727P, 709, 1027, 2386, 2228, 2786, 610 and Lockheed Martin.

Ratification of Contract Negotiations with Delaware Resource Group (DRG) C-5, Travis AFB, CA in Oklahoma City, OK

Thu. May 15, 2014

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the members of District 725, Local Lodge 946, concluded negotiations with DRG.

IAM President Addresses Wichita Aero Club

Thu. September 27, 2012

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.

Aerospace Leaders Join Forces to Save 1,000,000 U.S. Jobs

Thu. March 08, 2012

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.

IAM, Hawker Beechcraft Welcome U.S. Air Force Decision

Tue. March 06, 2012

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.

Aerospace Territory Adds Key Staff Members

Thu. January 26, 2012

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.

Lawsuit Threatens Thousands of U.S. Aerospace Jobs

Tue. January 10, 2012

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.

Boeing to Close Military Aircraft Facility in Wichita

Thu. January 05, 2012

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 Announces New Aerospace Territory, Names Mark Blondin General Vice President

Fri. December 16, 2011

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced today the creation of a new Aerospace Territory that will be led by General Vice President, Mark Blondin.

Machinists Leader Sees New Era for Boeing/IAM

Thu. December 08, 2011

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.

Machinists at Boeing to Vote on 737 MAX Pact

Thu. December 01, 2011

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.