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IAM Volunteer Firefighter Rescues Trapped Children

Regan Toomey is no stranger to volunteering. The IAM Local 1746 (East Hartford, CT) member gives countless hours as an IAM Organizer and Training Representative at Pratt & Whitney.

Iowa Members at American Ordnance Strike for Fairness

In a move to save their health care, wages and pensions, more than 230 IAM Local 1010 members employed at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant walked off the job this week as they continue negotiations with American Ordnance for a fair contract.

IAM Files Fresh Round of Labor Charges at Virginia Shipyard

Hardened by their long battle for union representation, nearly 200 IAM members at Huntington Ingalls are now fighting even harder for their first contract by filing another labor board charge against the Newport News, VA company. The employer is refusing to bargain on economic issues and is making unilateral changes without bargaining.

IAM President Martinez Receives LCLAA Service Award

IAM International President Bob Martinez received the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement’s (LCLAA) Montemayor-Barraza Distinguished Service Award at its conference-closing gala in Orlando, FL this weekend.

Williams, Kratzer Appointed to Ohio Machinists Board

IAM members Jack Williams and Eric Kratzer will become vice presidents of the Ohio State Council of Machinists, effective September 1, 2016.

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Houston Airport Freight Handlers Vote for Change, Go IAM

Approximately 250 Freight Handlers for a United Airlines contractor in Houston are the newest members of the IAM.

Rep. John Lewis to Labor Department Contractor: Negotiate with the IAM

A U.S. Department of Labor contractor has drawn the attention of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) – and not in a good way.

NFFE-IAM Forest Service Workers Win Groundbreaking Anti-Harassment Protections

NFFE-IAM U.S. Forest Service (USFS) workers and their representatives have a new tool to fight workplace harassment and bullying. A soon-to-be-implemented master agreement with the USFS will include a definition of workplace bullying, prohibition of such behavior and requirements that management investigate allegations.

Donations Needed as Floods, Wildfires Wreak Havoc

Two communities on opposite ends of the country are each being devastated—one by flood and the other by wildfire—leaving behind a trail of devastation of a magnitude rarely seen.

Enroll Now for Basic Newsletter, Communicator Classes

Registration is now open for the Basic Newsletter Development Class and Communicator Class, both offered by the IAM Communications Department. Get signed up today for an opportunity to help your local or district improve communications with your brothers and sisters.

Connecticut Machinists Raise $75K for Guide Dogs

A packed field of 156 golfers turned out for the 15th annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) golf tournament at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Agawam, MA. More than $75,000 was raised for the charity.

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Winpisinger Center Rolls Out New Field Negotiation Prep Program

In an effort to support and augment its highly successful Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program, the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is rolling out a new Field Negotiation Preparation program for bargaining units as they prepare for negotiations.

Clinton on TPP: I’ll Oppose it Now, After Election and as President

Hillary Clinton does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

She’s been direct about her opposition to the job-killing trade pact throughout the campaign. But her latest take on the secretly-negotiated 12-nation deal, which still needs congressional approval, may be the strongest denunciation of TPP so far.

Get Your Travel Guide to the Grand Lodge Convention

If you’re a delegate to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention, you’re going to have a busy week. But you have to get to Chicago first, and once you’re there and have some free time, you’ll want to know where to find the best restaurants, attractions and more.

Act Now to Attend 70th Metal Trades Convention

The 70th Metal Trades Convention will take place October 5-6, 2016 at Bally's Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas

Share Your Opinions on Working Family Issues

We need all of the information we can possibly get to fight for the issues we all care about—stopping bad trade deals, raising wages and fighting “right to work” laws in states across the country.

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‘O Say Can You See…’ NFFE-IAM Member Sings National Anthem

Several NFFE-IAM locals hit a grand slam recently when five members took the field before a Baltimore Orioles home game. One of them, NFFE-IAM Local 178 member Randy Weber, stood in front of the Camden Yards crowd to sing the national anthem.

New Jersey IAM Auto/Diesel Apprentices Complete OSHA Program

As part of a New Jersey state funded program operated by IAM CREST and District 15, more than a dozen young automotive and diesel apprentices took part in a two-day OSHA training program in Lyndhurst, NJ.

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Striking Oklahoma Machinists Showing Solidarity

Now into the second week of a strike at Tinker Air Force Base, IAM Local 850 civil engineering workers are standing strong in their fight to maintain the pension that’s been in their contract for the past 16 years.

Fort Benning Tech Support Workers Vote IAM Yes

Sixty-three employees of a Fort Benning service contractor, CSRA, have voted to join the IAM. The new members are highly skilled instructors and technicians who provide Bradley tank simulator training, range training, and technical support for armored and infantry troops at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA.

TWU-IAM Wins Big Raises for American Airlines Workers

Approximately 30,000 American Airlines ground workers will receive industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements thanks to an interim agreement negotiated by the Transport Workers Union-IAM Association. Both sides will continue joint contract negotiations to resolve outstanding issues.

Labor Department Gives IAM Boost to Launch Apprenticeship Programs

The IAM has been approved for inclusion in the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER initiative. The LEADER program connects the IAM with other similar unions and companies to help develop best practices.

IAM Mourns Passing of Life Member Bob Buffenbarger

The IAM regrets to announce the death of Bob Buffenbarger, 89, a Machinists Union member since 1956 and the father of retired International President Tom Buffenbarger. Bob Buffenbarger passed away Saturday, August 6 after a short illness.

Plan Your Chicago Eats on the Grand Lodge Convention App

The 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention App is now available for download. Get your all-access pass to the IAM’s 39th Grand Lodge Convention, taking place September 4-10 in Chicago.

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We’re on the Brink of the Biggest TPP Fight Thus Far

It’s known as the lame-duck session, the time between the November elections and January’s inauguration when members of Congress feel the least accountable to their constituents.

IAM Organizers Chart New Course for Growth

More than 30 IAM organizers from across the United States and Canada met at the William W. Winpisinger Center last week to have a frank discussion about the IAM’s current organizing practices. It was the second such meeting this year and part of a broader effort to modernize the IAM’s current organizing model.

Going to the Grand Lodge Convention? There’s an App for That.

The 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention App is now available for download. Get your all-access pass to the IAM’s 39th Grand Lodge Convention, taking place September 4-10 in Chicago.

IAM Communicators Shine in Newsletter, Website Contest

The results of the IAM 2015 Newsletter and Website Contest are in! An independent panel of writers, editors and web designers judged entries by local and district lodges across North America.

IAM Headquarters Saving Lives Through Blood Drive

Employees and staff at IAM Headquarters recently participated in a blood drive to honor the victims of June’s tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL. They donated enough blood to save 84 lives.

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Oklahoma Machinists at Tinker AFB Strike to Keep Pension

In a move to save their pension plan, more than 240 IAM Local 850 members employed by service contractor Alutiiq Commercial Enterprises at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, walked off the job Monday morning. Alutiiq is a new contractor at the base.

Seattle District 751 Raises $17,500 for GDA

IAM District 751 held their 25th Annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) golf tournament recently, raising more than $17,000 for the IAM’s favorite charity. One hundred thirty-two golfers turned out for the yearly golf outing at Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, WA.

Voter Suppression Laws Struck Down in Three States

Voters in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas won victories when judges struck down Republican led efforts to restrict voting in those states.

Air Transportation and Parking Details for 2016 Convention Now Available

The IAM 2016 Grand Lodge Convention App is now available. Get your all-access pass to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention taking place September 4-10 in Chicago.

Time is Running Out to Register for the LCLAA National Conference Aug 18-20

It’s not too late to register for the 21st Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Membership Convention in Orlando, FL at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort August 18-20, 2016. IAM International President Bob Martinez will be receiving LCLAA’s Montemayor-Barraza Distinguished Service Award at the conference’s closing gala on Saturday, August 20.

Illinois Local to Raffle Car on Wednesday

IAM Mechanic’s Local 701 will be drawing the winner of a 2016 Camaro RS Convertible Wednesday, August 3, and streaming it live on their website for all to see.

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IAM Member Teams up with ‘Otto’ from GDA

Thanks to Guide Dogs of America (GDA), District 141 member Don Wilson has a new best friend named Otto. Wilson is getting out and enjoying some things that, for the last 12 years of his life, he wasn’t sure if he would be able to do again.

IAM Retiree Power Comes to the Democratic National Convention

For Local 1776 member Sandra Niedermair, this year’s presidential election is a choice between preserving unions and making them a relic of history.

Canada Auto Dealership Workers Vote IAM Yes

Employees at three Sault Ste. Marie, ON auto dealerships recently voted for IAM representation, becoming the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 2332.

Union Pride on Display as 1,000 Attend Local 1943 Picnic

Nearly 1,000 IAM members and their families donned their Machinists shirts and braved the heat to ascend on King’s Island Amusement Park for their ninth annual IAM Local 1943 summer picnic.

Spokane, WA Members at ASC Machine Tools Complete Negotiating Prep Class

The Negotiating Committee for Spokane WA, IAM Local 86 representing workers at ASC Machine Tools recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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What We’re Hearing at the Democratic National Convention

Many presidential elections have been called the most important of our lives—this year that sentiment may not be hyperbole. As Bernie Sanders would say, this election is “YUGE!”

Congratulations to the 2016 IAM Scholarship Winners

The 2016 IAM Scholarship competition has concluded and the winners have been announced. 

It’s Hot! Here’s How to Stay Cool, Safe.

Even though most heat-related deaths are preventable, heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. With sweltering temperatures and high humidity continuing throughout the U.S. and Canada, please take steps to avoid heat-related illnesses at home, play and work.

IAM’s Diversity on Display at W3

The IAM’s message can’t reach everyone’s ears if it’s only spoken in one language. That’s why classes are delivered in three different languages at the William W. Winpisinger Center.

Martinez Announces Rother as Transportation Department Communications Representative

International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of Larry Rother as the IAM’s Transportation Department Communications Representative.

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Important Notice! IAM Retiree Rally for Hillary Date, Time & Venue Has Changed

The Democratic National Committee’s Seniors Coordinating Council meeting, previously scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, has been moved to Thursday, July 28 from 12 to 2 p.m. In addition, the meeting will now take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, Room 121BC.

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Why is a Bureau of Labor Statistics Contractor Not Bargaining in Good Faith?

The important information we have on the economy—data on unemployment, wages, unions and more—doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Men and women at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are taking surveys, asking the questions that need to be asked so we always have a snapshot view of our economic health.

IAM Secures First Contract for Phoenix Airport Workers

The IAM this week welcomed approximately 25 new fleet service workers employed by McGee Air Services, an Alaska Airlines subsidiary. The union’s recognition and first contract commenced as the company began operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, performing all ramp service work previously done by Delta Global Services (DGS)

Time Running Out to Register for LCLAA’s National Convention

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is hosting its 21st National Membership Convention in Orlando, FL at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort August 18-20, 2016. IAM International President Bob Martinez will be receiving LCLAA’s Montemayor-Barraza Distinguished Service Award at the conference’s closing gala on Saturday, August 20.

‘Rock Against the TPP’ Summer Tour Kicking Off Soon

The fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is headed to the main stage.

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The Billionaire Owner of the Trump Taj Mahal Stripped His Workers’ Healthcare. The IAM Stopped By to Call Him Out.

Hundreds of IAM members, retirees and their families hit the picket line in support of 1,000 UNITE HERE members on strike at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal. When IAM International President Bob Martinez took the microphone, he didn’t mince words.

Trump’s VP Choice Doesn’t Work for Working People

Donald Trump says he stands with American workers.

“I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created,” the real estate mogul has said.

Midwest Territory ‘Rides for Guides’ Raises $40K for Guide Dogs

The IAM Midwest Territory’s 8th annual “Rides for Guides” Motorcycle Poker Run and Classic Car Show together raised over $40k to benefit Guide Dogs of America.

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Martinez Announces New GVP Assignments

In a move designed to take better advantage of the skills and experience in today’s IAM Executive Council, IAM International President Bob Martinez announced today that Brian Bryant will serve as GVP in the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department at IAM Headquarters while Jim Conigliaro will assume GVP responsibilities for the IAM’s 14-state Eastern Territory.

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NFFE-IAM Federal Firefighters Risk it All to Serve

Bill Blasi and Ron Pevny have never met, but both men have something admirable in common. They have spent their careers risking their lives fighting wildfires across the United States and they both serve as union stewards for NFFE-IAM.

Red River Army Depot Workers Stand Together for Growth

The IAM and its sister union, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), are embarking on an ambitious campaign grow worker power at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX.

IAM CREST Receives $600K Grant for Hazmat Training

The IAM has won a grant to train 66 new airline and rail workers this year to become instructors to their peers on how to work safely around hazardous materials.

Register Now for the FMCS National Labor-Management Conference

Register now to attend the National Labor-Management Conference held by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) August 17-19 in Chicago. The conference will feature the latest insights and expertise on workplace challenges, opportunities and strategies for success in the future.

Download the 2016 Convention App Today

The IAM 2016 Grand Lodge Convention App is now available. Get your all-access pass to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention taking place September 4-9 in Chicago.

IBEW Investigation Uncovers the Truth About Trump

A recent article posted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) highlighted the facts about how union-friendly the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump really is.

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Oregon Aircraft Painters Vote IAM Yes

Overcoming last minute anti-union tactics by Commercial Aircraft Painting Services (CAPS), workers at the Boeing subcontractor voted for IAM representation on Friday.

Bernie, Hillary Unify to Take Down Trump

Two former rivals for the Democratic nomination are now teaming up to take on Donald Trump and his anti-worker plan for America. Flanked by signs reading “Stronger Together,” Bernie Sanders stood on a stage with Hillary Clinton and pledged to “do everything I can to make certain that she will be the next president of the United States.”

IAM Voices Heard at DNC Platform Meeting

IAM members across the country had a seat at the table last week at the Democratic Party Platform meeting in Orlando, FL. IAM backed amendments will help advance issues that affect working families.

Machinists at Lockheed Ratify New Contract

Members of District Lodge 776 voted by a 75 percent margin to ratify a new agreement with Lockheed Martin. The contract covers about 2,900 workers in Fort Worth, TX, Edwards AFB, CA and Pax River NAS, MD. The five-year, eight-month agreement delivered a $4,000 ratification bonus, $4,800 in cost-of-living supplements and a 16 percent wage increase over the life of the deal.

IAM Mourns Death of Airline Worker Legend Bill O’Driscoll

William O'Driscoll, the former head of IAM District 142 and an airline industry expert who guided thousands of IAM members through airline bankruptcies, tough negotiations and 9/11, passed away on July 8, 2016.

New Phone Number for IAM Member/Employee Assistance Hotline

The IAM’s confidential service to help members and staff going through a crisis – from mental health to substance abuse to financial hardship – has a new phone number.

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White House Honors District 751 Member for Lifetime of Service

An IAM District 751 member has been honored by the White House for a lifetime of volunteer community service work with the Machinists Union.

Register Now for the 2016 Metal Trades Conference

The 70th Metal Trades AFL-CIO Convention will be held October 5-6, 2016 at Bally’s Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. IAM Metal Trades members will also meet October 4 to discuss issues at the council level, changes to the Metal Trades Constitution and the impact of those changes. IAM Metal Trades Members should make every effort to attend.

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Norwegian Air UK Denied Foreign Air Carrier Exemption

In a decision that the Machinists Union hopes could be precursor to deny Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for a foreign air carrier permit, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has denied Norwegian Air UK’s (NAUK)—NAI’s UK sister airline—application for a foreign air carrier exemption.

Juno We Built That?

IAM members weren’t just celebrating the United States’ independence this July Fourth. The success of the Juno spacecraft reaching Jupiter’s orbit, a mission the Machinists Union was an integral part of, gave us another reason to rejoice.

NFFE-IAM Lauded for Improving Labor-Management Relations at HUD

After years of strife between management and employees, NFFE-IAM members at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took matters into their own hands to create a better work environment, save taxpayers money and deliver a better service.

Missouri Local 837A Member Wins Midwest Territory Logo Contest

The IAM Midwest Territory congratulates IAM Local 837A, Hazelwood, MO, member Daniel Forbes on winning the IAM Midwest Territory Logo and Slogan contest.

Be Part of Latino Working People Power at LCLAA’s 2016 Convention

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is hosting its 21st National Membership Convention in Orlando, FL at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort August 18-20, 2016. IAM International President Bob Martinez will be receiving LCLAA’s Montemayor-Barraza Distinguished Service Award at the conference’s closing gala on Saturday, August 20.

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Alliance Welcomes Martinez as Newest Board Member

IAM International President Bob Martinez was sworn-in this week as an executive Board member of the 4.4 million-member Alliance for Retired Americans. The swearing-in marks the latest chapter of the IAM’s ongoing association the Alliance, where former IAM International Presidents George Kourpias and Tom Buffenbarger served as President and Board member, respectively. Retired IAM Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. serves as the current president of the Alliance.

Tentative Agreement Reached for 1000 at Red River Army Depot

Pending ratification by the membership, the IAM has reached a tentative bridging contract agreement with VSE Corporation at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX.

Russ Gittlen to Succeed Dale Hartford at Guide Dogs of America

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced this week that IAM District 1 New England Area Director and Local 447 Assistant Business Manager Russ Gittlen has been appointed Director of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) effective January 1, 2017. Gittlen will replace retiring GDA Director Dale Hartford.

Smith Tapped as Eastern Territory Chief of Staff

IAM International President Bob Martinez appointed Grand Lodge Representative James Smith this week to be the new Eastern Territory Chief of Staff effective July 1. Smith takes the reigns as the second in command under Eastern Territory GVP Brian Bryant, servicing the territory which covers 14 states and is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH.

Gregory Tapped as Transportation Department Special Representative

IAM International President Bob Martinez today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as IAM Transportation Department Special Representative, effective July 1, 2016

Tell Pelosi to Stand Strong Against a Lame-Duck TPP Vote

Thanks to massive public opposition, there’s little chance that the job-killing, planet-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be voted on before the November election.  Thanks to IAM members like you speaking out, being pro-TPP has become a huge political liability for any elected official.

Make it a Union-Made Fourth of July

Have plans for the Fourth? Begin saving money and support other union members by shopping Made in America for union-made beer, food, snacks, games and more. Text MADE to 235246 on your mobile device for more union-made in America product lists.

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A Former Top Government Official Just Obliterated Norwegian Air’s Job-Killing Scheme

John D. Porcari, the former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, knows a thing or two about global aviation agreements. He helped negotiate the U.S.-European Union deal that lays out labor standards, among other criteria, for transatlantic flights.

Canadian Senate’s Decision Threatens Aircraft Maintenance Jobs

Just days after an IAM delegation testified and offered job-saving amendments to a bill affecting how Air Canada conducts its aircraft maintenance, the Canadian Senate voted to allow the carrier to take more work out of the country.

Ohio Machinists Donate Goods, Money to Help Overseas Troops

For the seventh year in a row, members of IAM Local 1943 collected donations and money for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center (YRSC) to help in its ongoing efforts to provide material support and comfort to America’s servicemen and women in harm’s way by sending care packages of food, snacks, personal grooming items and entertainment.

Kentucky Members at BAE Systems Complete WWW Negotiating Prep Class

The Negotiating Committee for IAM Local 830 in Louisville, KY, along with staff members from District 27, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The local represents employees at BAE Systems, which manufactures weapons and armament systems, primarily for the U.S. Navy.

Why Are You Voting in November?

The upcoming election is really, really important. We have to stand up for our values: good, sustainable jobs; access to post-secondary education and apprenticeships; racial and gender justice; trade deals that work for working people; and more.

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Improved Triumph Contract Ratified, Ending 6-Week Lockout

IAM Local 86 members in Spokane, WA voted this week by 82 percent to ratify a new four-year contract with Triumph Composite Systems, ending a six-week lockout at the aerospace parts factory.

IAM Part of Healing Process in Orlando

The IAM mobilized last week in Orlando to aid IAM members, their families and the community following the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Unfortunately, two IAM members have been directly affected.

New Contractor at Red River Army Depot is Gutting Health Care

When a new contractor takes over at a government site, union employees are entitled to the same rates of pay and benefits they negotiated under the previous contractor. It’s the law, ever since Congress passed the Service Contract Act in 1965.

On-the-Job Accident Takes Life of Ohio IAM Member

IAM Local 1471 members at Core Molding Technologies in Columbus, OH began their week with tragic news. A coworker and union brother, Timothy Underwood, had succumbed to injuries sustained in an early morning plant accident.

IAM Praises Long-Awaited Chemical Law Overhaul

President Obama just signed the first update to the nation’s toxic chemical review law in 40 years.

A long-awaited update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which regulates the use of chemicals for workers and consumers, passed both houses of Congress and reached the President’s desk after much back and forth between lawmakers, and the IAM’s encouragement.

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Strike Vote Sends Clear Message to Lockheed Martin

IAM District 776 members sent a strong message to Lockheed Martin negotiators by overwhelmingly voting to authorize a strike if an acceptable agreement can’t be reached. The contract covering nearly 2,600 members in Fort Worth, TX is set to expire July 10, with a vote set to consider the company’s last, best and final offer on July 9.

Locked-Out Members at Triumph to Vote on New Contract

IAM District 751 negotiators and Triumph Composite Systems have reached a tentative agreement that could end the five-week-long labor dispute at the Spokane, WA aerospace manufacturing plant.

IAM Fight to Protect Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Jobs Moves to Senate

The IAM is continuing to offer common-sense alternatives to a bill moving through the Canadian Parliament that threatens the job security of highly-skilled aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) technicians.

Labor Ready as Missouri Republicans Latest to Target Voter Rights

Extremists in the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature recently voted to add a new constitutional amendment option to the ballot this November that would make it easier for lawmakers to impose new voting requirements.

Last Chance to Enter the 2016 IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss your last opportunity to show your talent and feature your Brothers and Sisters at work by entering the 2016 IAM Photo Contest.

Let’s End Minority Underrepresentation in Government

While minorities comprise an ever-growing share of the U.S. population and have made some political gains recently, they remain significantly underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature.

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Boeing’s Anti-Union Crusade Just Hit a New Low

Boeing doesn’t want its Charleston, SC employees joining together for better wages and benefits. The aerospace giant, which employs more than 30,000 IAM members in Washington state, has made that clear.

Members in Need Following Alberta Wildfire Devastation

The devastation left behind by the wildfires that tore through Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada last month is greater than previously reported. The fires forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents, left behind the charred remains of roughly 2,400 buildings and will end-up costing billions of dollars.

AFL-CIO Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

The AFL-CIO General Board, which represents 12.5 million union members, voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

In Canada, a Coffee Chat Turns into 25 New IAM Members

The IAM in Canada has grown again, with new automotive workers in North Vancouver, BC and construction security guards at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Be a Part of Latino Working People Power at LCLAA’s 2016 Convention

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is hosting its 21st National Membership Convention in Orlando, FL at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort August 18 – 20, 2016.

Discounted NASCAR ‘Tribute to Labor’ Ticket Deadline Quickly Approaching

The deadline to purchase IAM-reserved tickets for the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway is June 30, 2016.  Get your tickets now!

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Labor Stands United with Orlando Victims

As the reality of the horrific massacre at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub continues to set in, solidarity in the labor community has immediately emerged to provide comfort and support for all those affected. IAM members have joined thousands of others giving blood and offering assistance to victims’ families.

IAM, Triumph to Resume Contract Talks

The IAM and Triumph Composite Systems, an airplane part maker in Spokane, WA, are coming back to the bargaining table. About 400 members of IAM District 751, Local 86 have been locked out of the plant since May 11, two days after voting down a concessionary offer from Triumph.

Senate Approves Rocket Purchase for Launch Alliance in Alabama

IAM members have been an integral part of every U.S. space launch since the original Mercury program. Thanks to the dogged work of the IAM’s legislative team, and IAM members making their voices heard on Capitol Hill, it looks like it’s going to stay that way.

In Struggling Puerto Rico, IAM Contract Gives Frito-Lay Workers Stability

Machinists of Local 2725 in San Juan, PR, have overwhelmingly ratified a three-year agreement with Frito-Lay. The 116 Sales Associates negotiated a performance bonus and kept their current commission structure, which the company was looking to change.

IAM Midwest Territory Mourns Retired District 10 DBR Tom Lesch

IAM District 10 sadly announces the passing of a true friend of labor, retired Directing Business Representative Thomas Lesch. Lesch passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife and friend, Darlene.

Save the Date: 2016 Guide Dogs of America Vegas Weekend

Now is the time to start making your plans to attend the 2016 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Vegas weekend, November 17-19.

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NFFE-IAM Exposes Forest Service’s Unfair Hiring Practices

Members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) converged on a United States Forest Service hiring event in Olympia, WA to distribute handbills shining a light on unfair and flawed hiring practices by the government agency.

Clinton’s Historic Milestone Gives America a Clear Choice

Throughout Hillary Clinton’s campaign, union members played a key role in her historic bid for the presidency. Following Tuesday’s big wins, Clinton is now the first woman to be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States.

Sweet Deal: Alabama Local 114 Splenda-Makers Ratify New Contract

IAM Local 114 members who help produce the sugar substitute Splenda have ratified a new contract after their employer, British-based Tate & Lyle, shipped their jobs overseas, only to return production to Alabama two years later. The four-year deal inlcudes wage increases and improved retirement contributions.

IAM District 9 Gives Voice to Missouri Railway Transportation Drivers

The IAM welcomes more than 60 new members from the St. Louis and Springfield, MO areas after two successful campaigns with railroad transportation company RailCrew Xpress.

Tell Congress to Support U.S. Space Superiority, IAM Jobs

The world-class U.S. space program, and the IAM jobs helping to keep it that way, are at risk.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your U.S. Senators to support the bipartisan Gardner-Nelson amendment to the 2017 NDAA, authorizing the use of up to 18 highly reliable RD-180 rocket engines in the Department of Defense’s EELV program.

Looking for a Vintage Saw or Drill Press? The GDA Online Auction Has You Covered

Here’s your chance to own hard-to-find circa 1950 power tools that have been completely disassembled and restored, right down to the last nut and bolt. Better hurry, the Guide Dogs of America Online Auction ends this Sunday, June 12 at 6 p.m. PT.

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Ohio IAM Member Recognized for Heroism in Afghanistan

Ohio Army National Guard Cpl. John Riley was “in the middle of nowhere.”

“It’s a term everyone has used, but I truly know what it means,” said Riley, a member of Middletown, OH Local 1943.

Illinois Machinist Crowned World’s Top Kia Technician

The top Kia technician in the world was crowned last week and it just so happens to be IAM Mechanics’ Local 701 member Greg Dubs.

Make TPP a Dead Duck by Stopping a Lame Duck Vote

Thanks to massive public opposition, there’s little chance that the job-killing, planet-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be voted on before the November election.  Thanks to IAM members like you speaking out, being pro-TPP has become a huge political liability for any elected official.

300 Reasons to Bid in Guide Dogs of America Online Auction

The Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Auction is open for bidding until Sunday, June 12 at 6 p.m. PT. You can do your part to bring independence to someone like Rebecca Mendez and her guide dog Corra.

Pagrach, Sarrabezolles Join IAM Canadian Staff

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced that District 140 General Chair Lou Pagrach has been appointed Special Representative for Canadian Political Action and Aurélie Sarrabezolles has been appointed Canadian Research Director. The appointments were effective June 1, 2016.

Pledge to Buy Union-Made in the USA

Will you pledge to buy union-made?Not only are union-made products better quality, they support companies that provide good jobs for working people right here in the United States.

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IAM Tenacity Results in Over $73K for Alabama Workers

After more than three years of dealing with two service contractors, 50 IAM-represented custodial employees of AQuate Corporation at the Redstone Arsenal Army post near Huntsville, AL have won back more than $73,000 of accrued sick leave.

Spokane’s Triumph Continues Lockout of District 751 Members

IAM District 751 reports there have been no talks between the union and Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane since May 9.

On that date, union members voted by 94 percent to reject the company’s “last and final” contract offer. After the votes were counted, IAM 751 President Jon Holden called Triumph Composites General Manager Pat Jones to inform him of the vote count and to offer to continue negotiations “anywhere at any time.”

IAM Welcomes New Members in Montreal and Toronto

Ten aerospace employees of Goodrich UTC in Montreal and 11 employees of Airport Operations Support Services (AOSS) at Toronto Pearson International Airport are the newest IAM members in Canada.

Bid Now in the Guide Dogs of America Online Auction

The 2016 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Auction is officially open for bids. Help provide trained guide dogs for the visually impaired by bidding on some of the over 300 gifts or unforgettable experiences available now through June 12 at 6 p.m. PT.

Canadian Parliament Votes Against Protecting IAM Aircraft Maintenance Jobs

Despite testimony from a 22-member IAM delegation illuminating the job-loss dangers of a proposed revision to the Air Canada Public Participation Act, the Canadian House of Commons passed Bill C-10 without amendment. The legislation moves to the Senate for consideration.

IAM District 15 Giving a Voice to New York City Uber Drivers

As the battle over the worker classification of ride-sharing drivers wages around the country, IAM District 15 isn’t waiting to bring justice and benefits to 35,000 New York City Uber drivers.

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Solidarity Wins: Verizon Workers Have Tentative Agreement

Nearly 40,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members at Verizon will be returning to work Wednesday after a tentative agreement was reached with the telecommunications giant, ending a seven-week strike. The new contract includes 1,400 new jobs and pay raises of up to 10 percent.

Apply Now for Aircraft Mechanic Jobs in Las Vegas

Looking for a union job that helps keep our country safe?

M1Services at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV is currently hiring aircraft mechanics, especially those with F-16 avionics and engine flight line experience. M1 is hiring specialists, weapons loaders and crew chiefs.

Still Time to Enter the 2016 IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss the opportunity to show your talent and feature your Brothers and Sisters at work by entering the 2016 IAM Photo Contest.

How Do We Close the Gender Leadership Gap?

Women still lag far behind men when it comes to holding leadership positions in the public and private sectors, according to a new American Association of University Women (AAUW) study.

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Kansas City Syncreon Workers Join IAM, Ratify First Contract

About 145 workers of Syncreon. US, a subcontractor of Harley-Davidson, have become the newest members of Kansas City, MO Local 176.

The supply chain logistics provider voluntarily recognized the IAM to represent its operators, forklift operators and truck drivers after a majority of employees signed authorization cards in March 2016. In less than two months, the new IAM members have ratified their first contract.

Spokane, WA Machinists Make Their Case as Lockout Continues

Click here to view a new IAM video featuring Local 86 members, District 751 leaders and members of the IAM Executive Council, including International President Bob Martinez, as they walk the walk in support of locked-out Local 86 members seeking a fair contract at Triumph Composites Systems in Spokane, WA.

Alabama Machinist Key to Passing Bill Protecting Guide Dogs

Thanks to IAM Local 2003 member and Guide Dog of America (GDA) volunteer Adam Beasley, Alabama now has a law specifically protecting service dogs from assault for the first time in the state’s history.

IAM Organizers Chart Path for Future of Union Growth

More than 50 IAM organizers from across North America, including International President Bob Martinez, came together recently at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD to plan how the union will organize new members today and in the future.

Become a Workplace Hero at the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference

As IAM members know all too well, our jobs can be dangerous.

Whether you’re building the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, ensuring airline passengers’ bags get to their destinations, battling wildfires, or any of the thousands of jobs Machinists Union members do, safety is a top concern. It’s ultimately up to us, IAM Brothers and Sisters, to make sure we go home safe every day.

Enroll Now for Federal Employees Advanced Program

The IAM will hold the 2016 Federal Employees Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 17-22, 2016. The registration deadline for this class has been extended to June 8, 2016.

Watch: IAM Legislative Conference Shakes Up Washington

Hundreds of IAM activists converged on Washington, DC for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference to strategize and lobby Congress on matters key to the security of IAM and other American jobs.

Discounted NASCAR ‘Tribute to Labor’ Race Day Ticket Sales Begin June 1

The Machinist Union has reserved grouped seating for the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2016 in Joliet, IL.

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10,000 Union Members March on Illinois State Capitol

Dozens of Machinists from across the state of Illinois, led by IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, joined thousands in Springfield, IL to protest Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s anti-working family agenda.

Do You Know Where Your Oreos Come From? Support IAM Jobs by ‘Checking the Label’

Do you know where your Oreos come from? The next time you go to buy cookies or other products made by snack-maker Nabisco, check the label. If it’s not made in America, don’t buy it. Save your hard-earned dollars in support of IAM jobs.

Airline Workers Pick Up Powerful Ally in Fight Against Norwegian Air

U.S. airline workers have another friend in their fight to prevent a low-cost foreign carrier from unleashing a wave of a downward pressure on industry wages.

IAM Members Support Striking Verizon Workers

With nearly 40,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members on strike at Verizon to protect their jobs from outsourcing, IAM members are finding ways to show support.

WATCH: Standing Strong with Verizon Workers

Aviation High School Students Soaring High, Making Headlines

New York City’s Aviation High School is featured in an NPR article highlighting the quality education students receive from the program, which prepares them for jobs in the aviation field right out of high school.

Penn Power Diesel Mechanics Prep for Contract Talks at W3

The IAM Local 2058 Negotiating Committee, along with District 98 staff members, recently participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. Local 2058 represents skilled diesel mechanics at Penn Power Group in York Haven, PA.

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Machinists Union Leaders Join Triumph Strike Line

IAM national leaders today marched in solidarity with IAM Local 86 members in Spokane, WA, who are in the second week of a lockout at Triumph Composites Systems.

Trade Commission Report Shows TPP Will Be a Complete Disaster for U.S. Workers

The International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday issued its much anticipated report predicting the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy, and its findings are damning for American workers.

Executive Paywatch: Your CEO Makes 335 Times More Than You

It takes the average S&P 500 CEO just over a day to make what production and non-supervisory workers earn, on average, in an entire year, according to the AFL-CIO’s newly-released Executive PayWatch.

Wisconsin Machinist, Vietnam Vet Makes His Inaugural Trip to DC War Memorials

Retired IAM member Jerry Schiltz, a Vietnam War veteran, had never been to Washington, DC to see the memorials honoring his service. Earlier this week, thanks to a Wisconsin non-profit called the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Schiltz joined fellow veterans, and even a Green Bay Packer, on a day-long trip to the nation’s capital.

New Overtime Rule Means 12.5 Million Workers Will Soon be Getting a Raise

The Department of Labor has announced a doubling of the overtime threshold for salaried workers from $23,660 to $47,476. The long awaited change qualifies workers for overtime when working more than 40 hours a week.

Nine Machinists Earn UMass Labor Studies Master’s Degrees

Nine IAM members and staff were awarded master’s degrees in union and labor administration from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst. On May 6, 2016, they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from the university’s chancellor.

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Amazon Boss Caught Lying to Workers Trying to Join IAM

An article in The New York Times brings to light a tall tale told by an Amazon manager in Delaware who was trying to dissuade workers there from organizing with the IAM.

Spokane Community Showing Support for Triumph Workers

Machinists Union members locked out at Triumph Composite Systems are gaining support from union workers and community advocates from across Washington state and the nation.

IAM Apparel and Accessories Now Available Online

You can now purchase your favorite IAM apparel online with the launch of MachinistsGear.com. With 145 total products available, there is something to suit everyone’s style and taste.

IAM Local 701 Master Auto Technicians to Compete in S. Korea, Japan

Two IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 members will be traveling to South Korea and Japan to represent the United States and North America in global Master Technician competitions for Kia and Mazda.

IAM Members Invited to Attend Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kick-off Race

Join the IAM and dozens of other labor unions in participating in the 2016 “Tribute to Labor” race day at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL on September 18, 2016.

Southern Territory Promotes Two, Adds Barnwell to Staff

Southern Territory representatives Bob “Woody” Wood and James “Stretch” Little have been promoted and District 131 Directing Business Representative Robert Barnwell is joining the Southern Territory staff. All three will be classified as Special Representatives.

IAM Community Services Participates in 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

The IAM Community Services Department at Headquarters, along with thousands of IAM members across the country, worked in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) by taking part in the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

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IAM Mourns Retired GVP Bob Thayer

It is with great sadness that the IAM learned today of the passing of retired General Vice President Robert Thayer.

Bob Thayer will be long remembered and greatly missed by his many friends in the IAM,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Bob was a close personal friend and a true mentor. All of the Machinist family grieves his loss, and we will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

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IAM District 15 Announces Groundbreaking Deal with Uber in NYC

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 15 and Uber this week announced an agreement through which IAM will represent all current and future for-hire vehicle drivers using Uber in New York City.

Machinists Picket White House to Demand Denial of Norwegian Airline’s Job-Slashing Scheme

Middle class jobs in the U.S. airline industry are in jeopardy, IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja told Machinists Union members and hundreds of other airline workers at a rally outside the White House Thursday.

IAM, United Contracts Reverse Airline Outsourcing Trend

The IAM was recently able to secure industry-best wages, retirement security and work protection for the approximately 30,000 members it represents at United Airlines. An article by Ted Reed in The Street explores how these newest agreements are reversing a trend of outsourcing airline jobs.

IAM Fights Offshoring of Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Jobs

An IAM delegation to a Canadian parliamentary transportation committee revealed flaws in a bill that would allow Air Canada to offshore aircraft maintenance work performed by IAM members. They asked that Bill C-10, or the Air Canada Public Participation Act, be sent back to House of Commons with recommendations to ensure the survival and growth of the aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry.

Bring Your Child to Work Day Connects Future Workers to IAM

IAM Headquarters took part in Bring Your Child to Work Day and designed an educational and fun-filled program for the students. More than 20 children in grades 1-12 spent the day learning about the IAM, what kind of work goes on at headquarters and what our members make on the shop floor.

Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger This Saturday, May 14

The IAM is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help collect donated food in more than 10,000 communities across the country. The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 14, 2016.

As Latino Workforce Booms, Educational Opportunities at W3 Center Expand

The workforce of our country is rapidly changing. We’re more diverse than ever, and Latinos, the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., are one of the forces driving our demographic change.

Como Crece la Fuerza de Trabajo Latina, las Oportunidades Educativas en el Centro W3 Expanden Igual

La fuerza de trabajo de nuestro país está cambiando rápidamente. Somos más diversos que nunca, y los latinos, la minoría étnica más grande en los EE.UU., son la fuerza que más impulsa nuestro cambio demográfico.

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Machinists Hit Capitol Hill to Talk Working Family Issues

Hundreds of IAM members are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying Congress on the issues that matter to working families. The annual IAM Legislative Conference draws member activists from all corners of the country to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss trade, health care, retirement security, workers’ rights and more.

Hundreds of Canadian IAM Members Affected as Wildfire Scorches Fort McMurray

A continued state of emergency exists in Alberta as one of the most devastating fires in Canada’s history continues to burn out of control in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area.

Treasury Rejects Retiree Pension Cuts, But Fight Far From Over

In its first ruling since a 2014 Republican-led Congress changed pension law, the U.S. Treasury Department refused to allow the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund to cut benefits to retired participants.

IAM Members at Triumph Overwhelmingly Vote to Strike in Spokane

In a strong show of union solidarity, more than 400 IAM District 751 Local 86 members employed at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane, WA will begin walking the picket lines at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday May 11.

Michigan Republicans Forcing Anti-Worker School Bills for Detroit

Michigan House Republicans narrowly approved a package of bills they say will help Detroit Public Schools (DPS), but realistically sets the district up to fail and attacks teachers and other state public employees.

JetStream Workers in Phoenix Overwhelmingly Choose IAM Representation

In a lightning quick campaign, over 100 aircraft cleaners employed by JetStream Ground Services in Phoenix voted by 88 percent in favor of IAM representation. The workers cited respect on the job as the driving issue in forming a union.

Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico’s Public Workers, Retirees and Their Pensions

Puerto Rico is in the midst of a serious $70 billion debt crisis, a 45 percent poverty rate and the threat of a collapsing economy, but the U.S. territory shouldn’t be bailed out solely on the backs of its workers and retirees.

Tell your Representative to oppose PROMESA (H.R. 4900). We can repay Puerto Rico’s debt without trashing workers’ rights and jeopardizing retirement security for thousands.

Dígale al Congreso que Proteja las Pensiones de los Trabajadores Públicos, Jubilados de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico se encuentra en medio de una grave crisis con deuda de $70 mil millones, una tasa de pobreza del 45 por ciento y la amenaza de un colapso de la economía, pero el territorio estadounidense no debe ser rescatado sobre las espaldas de los trabajadores y jubilados.

Dígale a su Representante que oponga el proyecto de ley PROMESA (H.R. 4900). Podemos pagar la deuda de Puerto Rico sin destrozar los derechos de los trabajadores y poner en peligro la seguridad del retiro de miles de personas.

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Happy Birthday IAM. Looking Good at 128.

IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement commemorating the 128th anniversary of the IAM’s founding:

Organizing Hat Trick in Canada Highlights Diversity

Three recent organizing wins in Canada illustrate the diversity of industries and workers looking to the IAM for justice on the job. Healthcare and hospitality workers in Ontario and government employee union representatives make up 120 of the newest IAM members in Canada.

Protect American Jobs by Avoiding Nabisco’s Mexican-Made Snacks

Nabisco is moving some cookie and snack production, along with 600 union jobs, from Chicago to Mexico, and the workers there want you to make sure you aren’t buying Nabisco munchies that weren’t made by American workers.

‘A Labor of Love’: Massachusetts Machinist’s Non-Profit Helps Hundreds of Children

For IAM Local 447 member Ray O’Brien, what started as a simple wish to improve one child’s life has grown into a community effort and a non-profit organization that helps hundreds of poor children. The Medford, MA truck mechanic founded Children are Angels from Heaven after a family visit to Calcutta, India.

Wisconsin Local 1260 Celebrates 50-Year Members

IAM Local 1260 of New Holstein, WI, honored 85 men and women celebrating more than 50 years as members of the IAM. 

Indiana Local 153 Prepares for Grote Negotiations at W3

Members of the Indiana IAM Local 153 Bargaining Committee were among the latest groups to complete the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Chicago Suburb Becomes Newest Front in ‘Right to Work’ Fight

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent split decision on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case may have halted anti-union groups’ plans to gut unions at the federal level, but similar “right-to-work” efforts and litigation continue to gestate at the state and – more specifically – local levels.

How a Norwegian Airline Could Steal Your Job

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently rendered a decision that would grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit and access to the US aviation market. NAI, is a Norwegian airline in name only. The carrier is registered in Ireland to avoid Norwegian safety and security regulations and rents its cabin crews from countries with little to no labor laws, like Thailand and Singapore. What does this mean for us?

Thank You, Public Service Workers

Celebrated in the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week honors the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

IAM Members at Bombardier Score Big Delta Order

Canadian planemaker Bombardier, which employs over 4,000 IAM members, announced a deal with Delta Air Lines to sell up to 125 CSeries jets to the U.S. carrier, the largest order so far for Bombardier’s newest commercial jet lineup.

St. Paul Auto Techs Ink New 3-Year Deal with Auto Dealers

Nearly 600 auto mechanics, parts persons and service support personnel of IAM Local 737/District 77 have ratified a tentative agreement with the St. Paul Auto Dealers Association in Minnesota.

Deadline Extended for Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program

You can still register for the June 26-July 1, 2016 Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program at the IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. The deadline for the class has been extended until Friday, May 13.

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Fallen IAM Members Mourned on Workers’ Memorial Day

The labor movement recognizes April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day to honor the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year. It’s a day to mourn deeply personal loses, and also a day to strengthen our resolve to ensure workers everywhere are given the safest workplace possible.

IAM to Congress: Airport Customer Service Agents Deserve Protection

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill being debated in Congress isn’t complete until the Senate includes language protecting airport Customer Service Agents from assault, write IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja and Transportation Trades Department President Edward Wytkind in The Hill.

Machinists Succeed in Moving Forward Funding for United Launch Alliance Rockets

The IAM’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill paid off when a House committee approved an amendment allowing United Launch Alliance (ULA) to obtain 18 RD-180 rocket engines. The IAM has hundreds of members at ULA.

IAM Members Lend Hand to Flooded Houston Community

Houston is reeling after a historic Tax Day deluge dropped up to 24 inches of rain in parts of the metro area. Hit especially hard was Greenspoint, a low-income community in the shadows of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Enroll Now for Federal Employees Advanced Program

The IAM will hold the 2016 Federal Employees Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 17-22, 2016. The registration deadline for this class is May 9, 2016.

Tuesday’s Victories Move Clinton Closer to Nomination

Union members in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic helped propel Hillary Clinton to victories in four out of five primary contests held Tuesday, moving the IAM-endorsed candidate within arm’s length of the Democratic nomination for president.

Sullivan, Sizemore Join Eastern Territory Staff

IAM District 4 Directing Business Representative Dave Sullivan and former Eastern Territory Education Representative Doug Sizemore have been appointed Special Representatives in the IAM’s Eastern Territory.

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Wisconsin Judge Holds Firm on Right-to-Work Ruling

A Wisconsin Circuit Court judge who sided with the IAM and other unions by ruling the state’s “right-to-work” law unconstitutional has denied the state’s request to stay the ruling. This means the state will not be able to enforce the law while it is being appealed to the higher court.

Tragic Work Accident Takes Life of IAM Member at Toronto Airport

The ramp at Toronto Pearson International Airport is still a somber place following a tragic accident that took the life of IAM Local 2323 member Ian Henrey on April 22, 2016.

Florida AutoNation Techs Unanimously Ratify First IAM Contact

Orlando, FL Local 773 members at AutoNation-owned Mercedes-Benz of Orlando have unanimously ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. The three-year accord keeps healthcare contributions affordable and includes a wage progression to bring techs to higher pay grades, seniority provisions, and grievance and arbitration procedures.

Falconer Appointed IAM Canadian Chief of Staff

Gord Falconer will be the new IAM Canadian Chief of Staff, effective May 1, 2016.

“Gord has the ability to get things done and his accomplishments as head of our political action efforts is just one example,” said newly-appointed IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “He was the right man for the job.”

NFFE-IAM’s Erwin Helps Boy Scouts Earn American Labor Badges

Randy Erwin, the National Secretary-Treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), jumped at a recent opportunity to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. Erwin, a former scout himself, took a day to help northern Virginia boy scouts earn their American Labor Badge.

Unions Desperately Needed in South Asian Shipbreaking Industry

Once massive cruise ships and tankers become unprofitable and outdated, most end up in South Asia to be stripped and cut into pieces. Without even basic health, safety or environmental oversight, most shipbreaking workers spend seven days a week, often working 12-hour days, risking their lives to earn near-slave wages.

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Senate Stall Tactics on Ex-Im Bank Nominee are Endangering U.S. Jobs

Ideological opposition to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, an independent federal agency that issues loans to foreign buyers purchasing U.S.-built products, is costing U.S. companies $50 million a day.

‘The Human Face of Outsourcing’: An IAM Members’ Daughter Tells Her Father’s Story

A recent editorial about her father by Maria Thomas-Fisher in the (Rochester, NY) Democrat & Chronicle provides yet another example of the impact of corporate buyouts, the outsourcing of American manufacturing and the value of an IAM contract.

Retired Machinist, 95, Honored for Being Oldest Living Member of Tennessee Local 480

James “Jim” Ball, a 56-year IAM member and U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1942 to 1946, was recently honored at the IAM Atomic Lodge 480 retirees meeting for being the oldest living dues-paying member of the Oak Ridge, TN Local. Ball is 95 years old.

NFFE-IAM Seasonal Firefighters Continue Fight for Job Advancement

When last year’s Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) passed in Congress, it was intended to help job advancement for seasonal workers like the firefighters NFFE-IAM represents, but the rules being considered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would seriously undermine its intent.

Last Chance to Register for Federal Employee Collective Bargaining Program

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, April 29 for the Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program, to be held June 26 - July 1, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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IAM Members at United Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts

Approximately 30,000 IAM-represented workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly ratified seven contracts in the Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Storekeeper, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Related and Security Officer classifications.

IAM GVP Conigliaro Addresses Rally to Save Pensions

IAM General Vice President Jim Conigliaro, along with many members of Congress and labor and community leaders, spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in support of the Keep Our Pensions Promises Act, a bill that would protect the pensions of retired workers.

WATCH: Retirees Rally Congress to Protect Pensions

Norwegian Air Gets Tentative OK from U.S. Government to Undercut U.S. Jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision to grant tentative foreign air carrier approval to Norwegian Air International (NAI) puts thousands of U.S. airline jobs at risk, says IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja.

Solidarity, Planning Secure Tennessee Local 1441 Members New Contract

IAM Local 1441 members working at Unarco Material Handling Racks in Springfield, TN used training, planning and old-fashioned solidarity to earn a strong three-year agreement for the 245 employees.

Deadline Nearing for Grand Lodge Convention Ad Book

The Commemorative Convention Book is a great way for IAM Lodges and employers across North America to send their greetings to thousands of delegates at the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention, to be held September 4-9 in Chicago. Ads and payment must be received by the IAM Communications Department on or before Monday, May 2, 2016.

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Ohio Machinist Stands Up for U.S. Steel Industry Workers at Trade Hearing

Unfair trade practices that allow cheap foreign steel to flood U.S. markets are having a devastating effect on U.S. workers in the steel industry, IAM Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas told officials at an International Trade Commission hearing in Washington, DC.

Watch How Chicago Local 701 Trains the Next Generation of IAM Mechanics

Just a few years ago, the idea of building a school to train automotive technician apprentices in an entirely union environment was almost unimaginable, but IAM Mechanic’s Local 701 in Carol Stream, IL has accomplished just that.

WATCH: Growing Our Own Techs

U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members

On layoff? Looking for a change of scenery but still want a union job?

The U.S Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) are currently aggressively hiring in multiple trade areas at union sites in San Diego; Cherry Point, NC; Oceana, VA and Jacksonville, FL. You can be part of the team that delivers assured aviation maintenance and repair to our men and women in uniform.

Give Us Your Best Shot: Enter the 2016 IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss the opportunity to show your talent and feature your Brothers and Sisters at work by entering the 2016 IAM Photo Contest.

New York Local 1529 Amphenol Workers Ready for Contract Talks

The negotiating committee for IAM Local 1529, along with District 15 staff, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Wisconsin Judge Agrees with IAM, Rules Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

A Wisconsin judge has sided with the Machinists Union in a case challenging the state’s private sector “right-to-work” law. IAM District 10 in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha, WI argued the law was an unlawful seizure of property because it required private-sector unions to extend benefits to workers who don’t pay dues.

Equal Pay Day: The Gender Pay Gap is Still Hurting Working Families

April 12, 2016 is ‪Equal Pay Day -- how far into 2016 women must work to earn what men did in 2015. On average, working women in the U.S. earn 79 cents to every dollar made by their male counterparts.

TCU-IAM Mourns Member Killed in Amtrak Crash

On April 3, 2016, Amtrak Train 89 collided with a backhoe performing track maintenance work in the Northeast Corridor near Chester, PA. The accident took the lives of two Amtrak track workers and injured approximately three dozen passengers aboard the train.

ViewPoint: AFL-CIO’s Shuler Talks 2016 Election, Workers' Rights

As the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler holds the second highest position in an organization of nearly 12.5 million union workers. Shuler took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down with the IAM’s ViewPoint crew to talk about the 2016 election, workers’ rights, and all things union.

WATCH: ViewPoint with Liz Shuler

GVP Allen Calls for Unity Among Labor, Faith Communities

The labor and faith communities share common goals, struggles and values, said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen at a recent address to the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice in San Diego.

Washington State Shipyard Workers Ready for Bargaining Table

The negotiating committee for IAM Local 289, along with District 160 staff, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Dubuque Local 1238 Wins $263K Arbitration Award

They could hardly believe it was happening. After all, it was April Fool’s Day. But 12 IAM members of Dubuque, IA Local 1238, known as pari mutuels, were finally made whole when IAM District 6 negotiators helped them win a $263,089 arbitration award against Mystique Casino of the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA).

Another Maine Machinist Running for State Legislature

IAM District 19 Employee Assistance Program Director Josh Hartford is joining two other Maine IAM members in running for a seat in the Maine State Legislature. Hartford is employed by Pan Am Railways and serves as the Local Chairman of IAM Local 409 in Belgrade, ME.

Here’s What Four Childhood Friends, Turning 100 This Year, Have to Say About Unions, Voting and More

As they prepare to celebrate the amazing accomplishment of turning 100 years old, four lifelong friends sat down to share the wisdom they’ve gained over the last century. It’s no surprise the importance of unions and voting were topics of their conversation.

Deadline Nears for Grand Lodge Convention Ad Book

The Commemorative Convention Book is a great way for IAM Lodges and employers across North America to send their greetings to thousands of delegates at the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention, to be held September 4-9 in Chicago. Ads and payment must be received by the IAM Communications Department on or before Monday, May 2, 2016.

Help Union Plus Serve IAM Members

Did you know IAM members have 25+ consumer benefits with Union Plus, like wireless savings, a mortgage program with hardship assistance, travel savings, and more? Union Plus has been helping union members save for 30 years, and you’re qualified just because you’re an IAM member.

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Machinists Union, United Airlines Reach Deal on New Contracts for 30,000 Workers

The IAM has reached seven tentative agreements with United Airlines for approximately 30,000 workers at the airline.

The five-year accords run through 2021 and call for approximately 30 percent in pay increases over the term of the deal and $100 million in lump sum payments. The contract also includes a 25 percent hike in defined-benefit pension benefits, stops outsourcing of work currently performed by IAM members and provides for insourcing of additional work.

IAM Responds to Proposed Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Merger

The IAM is prepared to vigorously defend members who could be affected by a proposed merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, says IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. If approved, the $4 billion deal would make Alaska Airlines the fifth-largest U.S. carrier.

Lockheed Martin Flight Service Specialists Ratify New Contract

More than 400 IAM Flight Service Specialists have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Lockheed Martin at five locations across the country.

NASA Launch Dedicated to Alabama Local 44 Member

The latest launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 22 carried more than just 7,500 pounds of science and research supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). This particular launch also carried a special dedication to an IAM member who worked on the Atlas program for nearly 30 years.

Last Chance for Discounted Hotel Rate at 2016 IAM Legislative Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Hotel reservations for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference must be made by Friday, April 8.

Deadline Approaching for Federal Employees Basic Program

The deadline to enroll in the June 19-24, 2016 Federal Employees Basic Program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is fast approaching. Click here to download the call letter and registration form.

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Machinists at New Jersey Transit Ratify Contract

After five years of negotiations and two Presidential Emergency Boards (PEBs), IAM District 19, Local 1041 members have overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement with New Jersey Transit (NJT), the nation’s third-largest commuter railroad. Nearly 90 percent of members voted in favor of the deal.

Boeing Aims to Cut Thousands Despite Tax Incentives

The president of IAM District 751 expressed anger and frustration in the wake of a recent Seattle Times article that said the Boeing Co. is looking to eliminate thousands more jobs held by Washington state residents.

IAM Urges Senate to Hear, Confirm SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland

President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is “extraordinarily qualified” for a seat on the nation’s high court, says IAM International President Bob Martinez.

Tennessee Members at Unarco Ready for Contract Talks

The negotiating committee for IAM Local 1441 in Springfield, TN and District 711 staff recently completed the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Watch a California IAM Member Hunt Whitetail This Sunday on ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) “Brotherhood Outdoors” TV series will feature Lincoln, CA IAM Local 946 member Clayton Bolton on Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. ET on the Sportsman Channel. To find the Sportsman Channel in your area, click here.

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Brazen Legal Attack on Unions Hits the Dust

A corporate-funded legal effort to gut unions has died. The eight-member U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it was split four to four in a case challenging fair share fees collected from workers who choose not to join the union at their workplace but still fall under the union’s collective bargaining agreement.  

IAM Honors 75-Year Georgia Member

IAM Lodges throughout the United States and Canada regularly present service awards to members. Service pins are awarded for each five years of membership beginning in the 15th year, and a certificate is provided for each fifth year from 25 to 50. At 50, a member is awarded a gold Lifetime Membership card.

Newly Organized Swissport Fuelers Prepare for Negotiations

The Swissport Negotiating Committee recently completed Negotiations Preparation at IAM Local 2559 in Phoenix to get ready for their first contract negotiations. The more than 120 Fuelers voted for IAM representation by a 98 percent margin November 2015.

IAM Women Leading the Way

The women of the IAM are a perfect example of how women can change the landscape of the labor movement and have an impact on the world around them.

WATCH: Women of the IAM

Sí Se Puede: Spanish Leadership I Kicks Off March

The William W. Winpisinger Center Education and Technology Center recently hosted members from all sectors of the union to participate in the first Spanish Leadership I program of 2016. Twenty-four Machinists members learned various subjects including Labor History, Human Rights, Lodge Administration, Government & Politics, and the Role of the Stewards in the week-long program.

Sí Se Puede: Liderazgo I Español Comienza el Marzo

El Centro de Educación  y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger recibió recientemente los miembros de todos los sectores de la unión para participar en el primer programa de Liderazgo I en Español el Marzo 13 del 2016. Los Veinte y cuatro miembros Maquinistas aprendieron varios temas, incluyendo la historia del Labor, Derechos Humanos, Administración de la Logia, Gobierno y Política, y el papel de los Representante en este programa durante una semana.

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IAM Illinois Members Back on Job After 5-Month Lockout at Clifford-Jacobs

Members of IAM Local 1000 are back on the job after a five-month lockout with Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company in Champaign, IL.

The IAM, which negotiated the deal along with two other unions covered under the same contract – the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers – reached a four-year agreement with Clifford-Jacobs on February 29.

Clinton Talks Jobs, Exports at IAM District 751

IAM District 751 member and Boeing Machinist Denise Strike values her steady union job, but she’s worried her kids won’t have the same opportunity. Speaking before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the stage at District 751’s Everett, WA hall, Strike said she doesn’t want to their generation to be the first to not be as well off as their parents.

Do You Know Where Your Oreos Come From? Support IAM Jobs at Nabisco by ‘Checking the Label’

Do you know where your Oreos come from? The next time you go to buy cookies or other products made by snack-maker Nabisco, check the label. If it’s not made in America, don’t buy it. Save your hard-earned dollars in support of IAM jobs.

A Dose of Fairness Coming to Union Organizing Campaigns

A new rule issued by the Department of Labor will force employers to do what unions have had to do for years: report how much money they’re spending on union organizing campaigns.

Deadline Approaches for Grand Lodge Convention Ad Book

The Commemorative Convention Book is a great way for IAM Lodges and employers across North America to send their greetings to thousands of delegates at the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention, to be held September 4-9 in Chicago. Ads and payment must be received by the IAM Communications Department on or before Monday, May 2, 2016.

Maryland NFFE-IAM President is a Trailblazer for Women

Lisa Foust, president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) Local 178, recently received the “Trailblazer in the Women’s Labor Movement Award” from the Baltimore Teacher’s Union.

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Martinez Announces Beginning of ‘Historic Journey’ to Grow, Unite IAM

The IAM is making structural changes to refocus resources toward organizing and membership services while working to foster a more united culture, says IAM International President Bob Martinez.

Arizona Army Base Workers Vote IAM ‘Yes’

Nearly 800 new members will be joining the IAM at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, reports Western Territory Grand Lodge Representatives Don Gresham and Steve Nickel, along with Local 2009 Directing Business Representative Paul Shepard.

Bryant to Succeed Tucker as Eastern Territory GVP

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced that Eastern Territory Chief of Staff Brian Bryant will succeed retiring Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., effective July 1, 2016.

GOP Congressman Renews Attack on Federal Workers

The GOP Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking more than two dozen federal agencies for the names of individual employees allowed to do union-related work on federal time.

IAM Flight Attendants, Customer Service Agents Continue Capitol Hill Fights

IAM Flight Attendants from across the country joined hundreds of other cabin crew members from multiple unions on Capitol Hill for a “Rally for Rest” which visited all 541 Congressional offices last week in an effort to mandate 10 hours rest for the Flight Attendants, the same amount allotted to pilots in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill.

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‘True Up’ Generates Over $119 Million for IAM Members at Southwest Airlines

IAM District 142 announced that due to the “true up” provision negotiated during the last round of collective bargaining, IAM workers at Southwest Airlines will receive an additional $119 million in wages and lump sum payments.

An Interview with IAM International President Bob Martinez

IAM International President Bob Martinez sat down with the Machinist News Network to discuss the IAM’s future, organizing new members, how the union deals with employers and the challenges ahead.

NFFE-IAM Calls on Obama to Protect Wildland Firefighters

Wildland firefighters and other seasonal federal workers are still being prevented from advancing into permanent government positions, writes National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) National President Bill Dougan in a letter to President Obama.

Gender Pay Inequality is Top Concern for Working Women

Equal pay for equal work is at the top of the list of economic concerns for working women, according to the AFL-CIO’s recently released National Survey Study of Working Women. The survey of over 23,000 working women found that gender pay inequality beat out 20 other social and economic issues facing women today.

Clinton Sweeps ‘Super Tuesday Sequel’

IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came away with a clean sweep of all five Democratic primaries held Tuesday, March 15. Victories in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina put Clinton even further on her path toward the Democratic nomination.

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IAM, TCU, Rail Labor Coalition Reach Deal with New Jersey Transit

The IAM and TCU, part of a coalition of 13 unions representing more than 4,000 workers at New Jersey Transit (NJT), reached a tentative agreement with the commuter rail carrier just over 24 hours before the workers were set to strike. The strike would have been the first work stoppage at NJT in 33 years, shutting down the nation’s third-largest commuter railroad.

Only One Presidential Candidate is Standing Up for IAM Jobs, Ex-Im Bank

Machinists from all across the country understand the importance of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank and what it means to hundreds of thousands Americans. IAM-endorsed Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in the 2016 presidential race that has the IAM’s back on this issue and doesn’t want to get rid of the federal program that supports many IAM jobs.

Join IAM Flight Attendants in March 16 Rally for Rest

IAM Flight Attendants need your help securing 10 hours rest after a full duty day, the same rest period given to pilots.

Join them as they take the fight to Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 16.

Register Now for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill. The April 1 deadline is fast approaching! Speak on behalf of union workers everywhere and talk to your elected representatives about issues that affect IAM members.

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IAM, TCU Members at NJ Transit Make Final Strike Preparations

As negotiations go down to the wire, New Jersey Transit’s IAM and TCU members are busy preparing for a strike that will shut down the nation’s third largest commuter railroad at 12:01 a.m. this Sunday, March 13. In a tremendous show of inter-union solidarity, a coalition of 13 unions representing 17 crafts are jointly negotiating with the carrier.

Machinists Seek Respect as Lockheed Martin Negotiations Open

IAM International President Bob Martinez recently sent a strong message on the opening day of contract negotiations between the IAM and Lockheed Martin. Both sides met face-to-face in Fort Worth, TX to lay out the issues they plan to discuss at the bargaining table.

Bill Clinton Stumps for Hillary at St. Louis IAM District 9

Manufacturing is the key to rebuilding the economy. Just ask the Machinists, said former president Bill Clinton during an appearance at IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO.

See photos from Bill Clinton’s visit.

IAM Flight Attendants to Rally for 10 Hours Rest

IAM Flight Attendants need your help securing 10 hours rest after a full duty day, the same rest period given to pilots.

Join them as they take the fight to Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 16.

2016 Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago Approaches

In accordance with the IAM Constitution, the Official Call for the 39th Grand Lodge Convention was mailed to all local lodges on February 15, 2016. The Official Call contains information regarding nomination, election and qualification of delegates in addition to dates when nominations and elections must be held.

Give Us Your Best Shot; Enter the 2016 IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss the opportunity to show your talent and feature your Brothers and sisters at work by entering the 2016 IAM Photography Contest.

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Christie Goes on Vacation as Machinists Prepare New Jersey Transit Strike

Amid last ditch talks to avert a New Jersey Transit (NJT) strike, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided to take a vacation.

IAM members at NJT have been negotiating for a fair contract for more than five years and are five days away from being forced into a strike that would have a tremendous effect on the state of New Jersey and the entire New York Metropolitan Area, including Newark Liberty International Airport.

Recognizing IAM Trailblazers on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been globally recognized as a day of celebration and a call for gender parity, dating as far back at the early 1900’s.

Tell Congress to Stop Assault on Customer Service Agents at U.S. Airports

If you’ve spent time in America’s airports, you’ve probably seen frustrated travelers. Let’s face it: long lines and flight delays are irritating.

But when airport workers become the target of abuse, and occasionally violence, something needs to be done.

IAM Mourns Southern Territory Stalwart Les Schroeder

It is with a heavy heart that the IAM learned of the passing of retired Southern Territory Administrative Assistant Leslie Gene “Les” Schroeder.

Why Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for U.S. Manufacturing Workers

IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is distinguishing herself as the best choice for IAM members as she continues to roll out details of a “new bargain” to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.

IAM Bids Farewell to Retired District 9 DBR Tony Rippeto

Hundreds recently gathered at IAM District 9 in St. Louis to celebrate the career and retirement of former Directing Business Representative Tony Rippeto.

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IAM Secures Legal Win Against AutoNation in Florida

The IAM Southern Territory notched an important legal victory when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a blistering decision in the IAM’s favor against Mercedes of Orlando, an AutoNation company.

Clinton Wins Big on Super Tuesday

IAM endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a huge night on Super Tuesday. On a day where 11 states across the nation held primary nomination elections, Clinton brought home victories in seven: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Maine Paralegals Secure Gains, Ratify New Agreement

Legal professionals who are members of IAM Local S89 employed at McTeague-Higbee, a Topsham, ME law firm that has represented organized labor in Maine for decades, unanimously ratified their second collective bargaining agreement.

Apply Now for Labor-Management Committee Grants

IAM Districts and Locals with labor-management committees have until May 31, 2016 to apply for grants from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

Deadline Approaching for Women’s Program and Human Rights Program

The deadline to sign up for the 2016 Woman’s Training Program and the 2016 Human Rights Program held at the William W. Winpisinger Center June 5-10, 2016 is fast approaching. The deadline to RSVP is March 11, 2016.

Empire State to Offer Online Info Session for Master’s Program

IAM members can now earn a Master of Arts in Work and Labor Policy degree through the IAM’s partnership with the State University of New York’s Empire State College, School for Graduate Studies. Anyone interested in the program should join Dr. Jason Russell from the Work and Labor Policy program on March 15th at 3:00 PM EST for an online discussion about this specific program and partnership, as well as advanced certificate options within this degree. Please register online for this session.

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IAM Mechanics Local 701 Takes to Air Waves to Organize

IAM Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 is taking labor’s message to the radio with a 60-second commercial on the benefits of joining a labor union.

Listen to the commercial spot now.

Clinton Dominates in SC, Takes Momentum into Super Tuesday

IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cruised to a more than 45-point victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary, delivering another shot of momentum before today’s Super Tuesday contests.

Carlson Named Transportation Assistant Airline Coordinator

International President Bob Martinez has appointed Transportation Department Communications Representative James Carlson to the position of Transportation Department Assistant Airline Coordinator, effective March 1, 2016.

Wisconsin G.E. Workers Complete WWW Negotiation Prep Program

The negotiation committee for IAM Local 1406 in Dane, WI and District 10 staff completed the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

IAM Research Economist Taz Hurst Appointed to DOL ERISA Advisory Council

IAM Strategic Resources Senior Research Economist Taz Hurst has been appointed to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Advisory Council.

Last Chance to Enter the IAM Newsletter, Website Contest

Time’s running out to enter your newsletter or website in the annual IAM Newsletter and Website Contest. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 4, 2016.

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New Mexico Workers Unite to Defeat Right-To-Work

IAM members and working families in New Mexico, and across the country, can breathe a little easier for the moment, now that the state legislature officially ended its session without passing right-to-work (for less) legislation.

IAM Growth in South Continues with Win in Alabama

Twenty-one workers at Fort McClellan, near Anniston, AL recently joined the IAM. The prime contractor, Aktarius LLC, and three sub-contractors, Accent Controls, Dawson and VT Griffin, employ the new members.

IAM Signs Hawaiian Airlines Contracts for 2,200

In a ceremony at Hawaiian Airlines headquarters this week, the IAM and the employer signed the recently ratified agreements covering more than 2,200 mechanic and related, clerical, office, stores, fleet service and passenger service employees at the carrier.

Martinez Urges Senate to Increase Flight Attendant Rest

In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, IAM International President Bob Martinez urged them to include language in its FAA reauthorization bill that mirrors the Flight Attendant Fatigue amendment adopted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Black History Month: GVP Babineaux Speaks on Future of Labor Movement

As part of the celebration of Black History Month, General Vice President Diane Babineaux was recognized by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in a recent interview to profile black women who play large roles in the labor movement.

Minnesota Service and Parts Techs Complete WWW Negotiation Prep

Members of St. Paul, MN District 77, Local 737 Auto Dealers Bargaining Committee were among the latest groups to complete the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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IAM Members at Southwest Reap Cash Windfall

When IAM members at Southwest Airlines ratified their most recent contract in December 2014, they not only received wage increases, lump sum payments and other improvements, they also ratified IAM negotiated protections against falling behind other Southwest employee groups who were still in negotiations.

Union Members Lift Clinton to Victory in Nevada

IAM and other union members helped propel Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a critical victory in Nevada’s “First in the West” caucuses. Clinton, who garnered 53 percent of caucus votes, was bolstered by the strong support of women, African Americans and union households, according to exit polls.

Martinez Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

IAM International President Bob Martinez was unanimously elected to the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council at the labor federation’s meetings in San Diego. Martinez, a 36-year IAM member, succeeds former IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger on the council.

IAM’s Hoylater Honored by Elderly Housing Board

Former IAM Legislative and MNPL Director Bill Hoylater was recently honored for his service to the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC), a senior advocacy organization that works with unions to build and maintain quality affordable housing for retired Americans.

Register Now for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference

Corporate lobbyists and big-business donors do their best to keep the voices of working people outside the halls of Congress, but that has never stopped IAM members from coming out in droves to lobby on Capitol Hill.

Last Chance to Apply for IAM Scholarships

Don’t let the opportunity for a 2016 IAM Scholarship Award pass you by.The deadline to apply for is almost here.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 26, 2016 to be considered.

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IAM Opens Negotiations with Lockheed Martin in Texas

IAM negotiators sat across from management as IAM District 776 and Lockheed Martin opened negotiations today in Ft. Worth, TX. International President Bob Martinez, who hails from District 776, was part of the team that included Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace, Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin and IAM Aerospace Coordinator Terry Smith.

A Bittersweet Day for Canadian Aerospace Workers

February 17, 2016 will go down as one of the most bittersweet days for IAM members involved in the Canadian aerospace industry. The day began with announcements that were both good and bad.

IAM, IG Metal, Others Meet to Coordinate Strategies on Siemens

Leaders from the IAM and other U.S. unions recently took part in the 3rd annual Siemens multi-union meeting in Orlando, FL. The IAM has a long-standing relationship with IG Metal, the German metalworkers union, and the Siemens Works Council, which also participated. Common issues for all the organizations with members working for Siemens globally were discussed.

AFL-CIO Report: TPP Far From a ‘Gold Standard’ for Workers

A new report issued by the AFL-CIO unveils the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to incorporate much needed improvements to labor commitments by its partner countries, many who have shown a lack of respect for worker rights in past deals.

Enroll Now for Spanish Leadership I at WWW Center

As the political and legislative landscape heats up around issues affecting labor it is critical for unions to grow by organizing in every region and demographic. One of the fastest growing sectors in the workforce is the Spanish speaking workers. A key opportunity to educate these members is in the upcoming Spanish Leadership class at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center.

Inscríbase hoy para el liderazgo español I en el centro WWW

A medida que el panorama político y legislativo se hace más candente en temas laborales es aún más importante crecer la unión y organizar. Uno de los sectores de más rápido crecimiento en la fuerza laboral son los trabajadores de habla hispana. Una oportunidad clave para educar a estos miembros es el liderazgo en español I teniendo lugar en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger.

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Scalia’s Death Deals Major Setback to Union-Busting Ploy

Until the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, unions were bracing for an all-but-certain 5-4 ruling against them in Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association. Scalia, a reliable conservative on the court, seemed likely to vote to get rid of public-sector “fair share” fees, which require nonmembers pay their union a percentage of full dues for negotiation and representation costs.

First Woman, African American Appointed to Ohio Machinists Board

IAM Local 1471 Secretary-Treasurer Mary Ellen Napier has become the first woman to serve on the board of the Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM), announced OSCM President T. Dean Wright, Jr.

IAM Members, Labor Coming Together to Promote Racial, Economic Justice

IAM members and union workers around the country are joining with their communities to engage in a series of discussions aimed at tackling racial and economic disparities among U.S. workers. The meetings are put on by the AFL-CIO’s Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice, a panel of union leaders tasked with identifying solutions to rising inequality and economic insecurity.  

TV Satirist John Oliver Exposes Discriminatory Voting Laws

Television host John Oliver used his signature style during the opening monologue for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” to dismantle the arguments for regressive voter ID laws.

Legislators, Activists Warn of Job Killing Effects of TPP

As big-business lobbyists promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) behind closed doors, skeptical lawmakers, labor and human rights activists mobilized in Washington, DC.

WATCH: TPP Day of Dissent

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IAM Scores Major Legislative Victory

As IAM members from around the country mobilized, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) scored a major political victory yesterday by including in the Aviation Innovation Reform Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIIR) amendments that would mandate a minimum of 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants and make it a felony to assault a Customer Service Agent.

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Tell the Senate to Protect U.S. Shipbuilding Jobs

Once again, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has proposed an amendment that would cost American jobs by allowing foreign-built petroleum tankers to engage in domestic coastal shipping. In a letter to the Senate committee in charge, IAM International President Bob Martinez urged legislators to reject the amendment.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your senators to vote NO on this harmful amendment that offshores U.S. jobs.

NFFE-IAM Army Depot Workers in Pennsylvania Score Major Pay Boost

Effective January 1, 2016, NFFE-IAM members at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA began seeing major benefit increases from an expansion to the General Schedule locality pay system of the Office of Personnel Management.

Congress Poised to Vote TODAY on Airline Worker Assault Protection

The House Transportation Committee is considering the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4441) today, Feb. 11, 2016.

We need every IAM member to contact members on the Transportation Committee and tell them to vote "YES" to Representative Michael Capuano's Flight Crew Fatigue Amendment to the FAA bill when it is considered.

Time Running Out to Apply for IAM Scholarships

Don’t let the opportunity for a 2016 IAM Scholarship Award pass you by.

The deadline to apply for is almost here. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2016 to be considered.

IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider Named to American Law Institute

The American Law Institute (ALI) has elected IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider as one of its new members. ALI is the leading independent institution in the U.S. dedicated to improving and modernizing the law.

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Machinists Union Disputes DOL Claims in Pension Fund Dispute

The IAM is raising serious questions over allegations contained in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) against the IAM National Pension Fund.

Pantoja to Fill Vacancy on United Continental Holdings Board

The IAM announced that Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja will replace retired IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney on the Board of Directors of United Continental Holdings (UCH), the parent company of United Airlines, effective March 1, 2016.

IAM Shipyard Workers Overcome Stall Tactics, Begin Bargaining

After nearly six-and-a-half years, over 200 Technicians in the radiation monitoring area of Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Newport News, VA are getting a voice at the bargaining table. The group of radiological technicians and lab personnel voted to join the IAM in 2009, but the company filed appeal after appeal until a circuit court issued a blistering decision in November, ordering them to bargain.

Countdown to 2016 Grand Lodge Convention Continues

The countdown to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention is here! To help you keep track, a Grand Lodge Convention countdown clock has been added to www.goiam.org. The quadrennial event will commence on September 4, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel and is expected to conclude on September 9, 2016.

Help IAM Flight Attendants Get Adequate Rest, Keep Our Skies Safe

As safety professionals and first responders, Flight Attendants are tasked with handling emergencies and caring for thousands of passengers every day. It’s imperative for Flight Attendants to be adequately rested every time they take off.

Indiana Local 1227 Members Attend Negotiation Prep at WWW

IAM Local 1227 Negotiating Committee members from Regal-Beloit in Valparaiso, IN recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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IAM on TPP Signing: ‘A Corporate Driven Rigged Economic System’

The IAM immediately responded to the Obama administration’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand this week. The deal remains deeply flawed and bad for workers around the world, IAM International President Bob Martinez said in a statement.

IAM District 15 Answering NYC Uber Drivers’ Call for Dignity

In the mid-90s, when New York City Black Car drivers – deemed “independent contractors” and thus not eligible for traditional employee protections – were looking for a voice on the job, they turned to IAM District 15 to win the right to unionize and collectively bargain.

Big Week for Southern Territory: Back-to-Back Wins, Over 300 New Members

The Southern Territory doubled down with a one-two organizing punch when 111 aircraft workers and mechanics at NAS Norfolk, VA joined the IAM just days after 210 workers at NAS Oceana voted overwhelmingly for the IAM. Both groups are employed by AECOM, a contractor on the southeast Virginia bases.

IAM Members Getting Union-Made Degrees at Winpisinger Center

Members from nearly every sector of the IAM descended on the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Hollywood, MD as part of two undergraduate cohorts of the Empire State College/IAM Partnership Program. They are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in labor studies.

IAM-TCU, New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition Continues to Negotiate as Strike Date Looms

Talks between the 11 unions, including the IAM and TCU-IAM, in the New Jersey Transit (NJT) Rail Labor Coalition and negotiators from NJT continue, but no agreement has been reached. Both sides are pledging to continue negotiations.

Campbell Appointed Western Territory Education Representative

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced he has appointed Melissa Campbell as the Western Territory Education Representative. The appointment was effective February 1.

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Pickthall to Succeed Ritchie as Canadian GVP

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced that, effective May 1, 2016, Canadian Chief of Staff Stan Pickthall will succeed Dave Ritchie as Canadian General Vice President. Martinez made the announcement at a meeting of IAM District 250 in Vancouver, BC.

IAM to Boeing: Stop Using Taxpayer Money to Move Aerospace Jobs Out of Washington State

The IAM and District 751 are urging Washington state legislators to pass a bill requiring the Boeing Co. keep its promise to “maintain and grow” aerospace jobs in the state.

Virginia Aviation Mechanics Vote IAM ‘Yes’

The IAM Southern Territory scored another big win when 210 aviation workers and mechanics at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA voted overwhelmingly for IAM representation. The workers are employed by AECOM, a contractor on the base.

Iowa Gives Clinton Critical First Victory

It took boots-on-the-ground efforts, like those of IAM members across the state, to secure Hillary Clinton’s hard-fought victory in the Iowa Caucuses.

Deadline Approaching: Enroll Now for 2016 Spanish Programs

The William W. Winpisinger Center Education and Technology Center is accepting enrollments for all eight of its 2016 Spanish programs. Districts and Locals are encouraged to reach out to their Spanish speaking members, who may be unaware of the variety of programs offered in Spanish. Members who would benefit from attending Leadership programs in their native language have the potential to become more effective workplace leaders.  

Se Acerca La Fecha: Enlístate Ahora para Programas de Español del 2016

El Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger está aceptando inscripciones para los ocho programas en español del 2016. Se les recomienda a los Distritos y Logias locales de dar aliento a sus miembros de habla hispana, que no estén conscientes de la variedad de programas que se ofrecen en español. Miembros de habla hispana que se beneficiarían de asistir a programas de liderazgo en su lengua materna tienen el potencial para convertirse en líderes del lugar de trabajo.

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On MLK Weekend, Labor Vows to ‘Change the Rules’

More than 1,000 labor and human rights activists gathered in Washington, DC to take part in the 2016 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil and Human Rights Conference. The theme, “Change the Rules, Be the Power,” galvanized attendees to celebrate King’s legacy while also ushering in a new era of social activism.

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Labor, Civil Rights Icon Recalls 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike

In early February 1968, Memphis sanitation workers reached a tipping point in their dealings with the city following the deaths of two garbage collectors by a malfunctioning truck.

WATCH: Bill Lucy Recalls the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike

Numbers Don’t Lie: The Ex-Im Bank Works

The U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank is a good deal for American workers and their tax dollars, according to newly-released figures from the independent lending agency.

Last Chance to Sign Up for W3 Basic Web Class

Are you looking for a better way to communicate with your fellow members? The IAM’s Basic Web Development class can help you create a dynamic website that meets the needs of 21st century union members, but you need to hurry!

Register Now to Celebrate the Legacy of Retired IP Buffenbarger

The IAM will celebrate the legacy of retired IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger with a banquet dinner on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

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Florida Machinists Win $2.5M Grievance Settlement

In a perfect example of why an IAM contract is so valuable, more than 200 workers for L3 Communications at Whiting Field Naval Air Station near Pensacola, FL won a grievance settlement that will result in an average payout of over $11,500 for each member.

Air Canada IAM Members Ratify Contract

IAM members at Air Canada voted nearly 3-to-1 to accept the terms of an agreement covering more than 7,500 workers at the carrier. The contract covers technical maintenance and operational support employees handling baggage at airports and in Air Canada Cargo.

St. Louis Local 387 Members Ratify GKN Contract

More than 500 members of IAM Local 387 have ratified a tentative agreement with GKN Aerospace in St. Louis.

Alstom Railroad Machinists Ready for Contract Talks

The Negotiating Committee for IAM New York Local 2741 workers at Alstom recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

IAM Mourns Retired District 10 DBR ‘Dick’ Presser

The IAM Midwest Territory mourns the death of retired District 10 Directing Business Representative Richard “Dick” Presser. Presser passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the age of 86.

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IAM Flight Attendants Hit the Hill to Fight for Adequate Rest

IAM Flight Attendants from across the country came to Capitol Hill urging Congress to pass a bill securing them 10 hours rest after a full “duty day,” which can last as long as 16 hours. Their lobbying effort is a part of the IAM Flight Attendant Conference held at the William W. Winpisinger Center this week.

First Woman President Takes Office at Alabama Local 2003

Members of IAM Local 2003 made history by electing Clementine “Tina” Jenkins as its first female president in the 60-year history of the Fort Rucker, AL local. 

U.S. Nuclear Defense Comes With High Cost to Workers

Most American workers go about their jobs, put in enough years to retire and expect to be healthy enough to enjoy their golden years. For many nuclear defense plant workers, it’s a roll of the dice.

Fighting for a Better Life: AFL-CIO Releases ‘Raising Wages’ Report

Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

IAM Newsletter, Website Contest Deadline Approaching

There’s still time to enter your newsletter or website in the annual IAM Newsletter and Website Contest. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 4, 2016.

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Inside an IAM Member’s State of the Union Experience

Norb Balenski, a 30-year member of IAM Local 701 in Carol Stream, IL, and his wife, Gloria, were recently invited to Washington, DC to be personal guests of First Lady Michelle Obama during the President’s final State of the Union Address.

IAM Mourns Passing of WWII ‘Code Talker’

The IAM and the nation mourn the loss of World War II Marine Corps veteran and Navajo “code talker” Ernest Yazhe, a retired IAM member who died January 12, 2016 in Salt Lake City.

Texas DHL Contractors Overcome Anti-Union Campaign, Vote IAM ‘Yes’

The IAM Automotive Department added another 22 members to their ranks when warehouse workers in Laredo, TX voted nearly 4 to 1 for IAM representation. This marks another victory for Automotive, which is among the fastest growing departments in the IAM.

Register Now to Celebrate the Legacy of Retired IP Buffenbarger

The IAM will celebrate the legacy of retired IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger with a banquet dinner on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

SC Gov. Haley Jabs Workers on National Stage

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley couldn’t help but add some anti-worker undertone while delivering the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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IAM to Congress: ‘Don’t Call Us’ if You Vote for TPP

IAM Legislative and Political Director Hasan Solomon recently delivered a stern warning to members of Congress who are on the fence about the latest job-killing trade and economic deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):

“Now I want you to hear me loud and clear: Any member of Congress, whether you are a Democrat or Republican that supports this agreement, don’t call the Machinists Union for political contributions and don’t call the Machinists Union for help during the election season,” Solomon told a crowd of labor, environmental and faith activists on Capitol Hill.

Presidential Emergency Board Sides with IAM-TCU Workers

After more than five years of bargaining, a second Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) this week selected the final offer from IAM-TCU and a coalition of unions as the “most reasonable” to settle negotiations at New Jersey Transit.

Ohio IAM Member Elected Mayor for Seventh Term

IAM Eastern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Jim Smith was recently elected to an amazing seventh term as Mayor of South Lebanon, OH. The 40-year IAM member has a long history of public service, beginning in 1977 as a police officer, before being elected to his first term as mayor in 1982.

Host Committee Gears Up for 2016 Grand Lodge Convention

Preparations for the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention continue to gather momentum with the latest Convention Host Committee meeting in Chicago this week to finalize plans for the quadrennial event’s opening day activities.

Maine Machinists Watch U.S. Navy’s Largest Destroyer Head to Sea

IAM Local S6 members at Bath Iron Works in Maine had the honor of watching the fruit of their labor, the U.S.S. Zumwalt, head out to sea for the first time. A massive 600-foot long, and weighing in over 15,000 tons, the Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

Watch the video here.

Murch, Egwuekwe-Smith Appointed to Midwest Territory Staff

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced the appointment of two new staff members to the IAM Midwest Territory. Former IAM District 5 Directing Business Representative Kevin Murch has been appointed Midwest Territory Education Representative. Former IAM Communications Specialist LaToya Egwuekwe-Smith has been named Midwest Territory Communications Representative.

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Illinois Machinist to be First Lady’s Guest for Tonight’s State of the Union

IAM Local 701 member Norb Balenski and his wife Gloria will be guests of First Lady Michelle Obama for President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. The Balenskis were chosen by the First Lady following a letter written to President Obama, crediting his economic policies for helping them get through the Great Recession and the difficult situations it presented for their family.

Machinists Union Members Ratify Contracts at Hawaiian Airlines

IAM Districts 141 and 142 announced that members at Hawaiian Airlines overwhelmingly ratified tentative agreements covering approximately 2,200 Mechanic and Related, Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet Service and Passenger Service Employees at the carrier.

Stakes High in Public Union Supreme Court Case

Braving the cold morning air, several hundred people made their voices heard outside the U.S. Supreme Court this week during oral arguments for a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that threatens to gut public-sector unions.

IAM Maine Lobsterman to Run for State Senate

When IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) Local 207 President Rock Alley decided to run for the State Senate in Maine, he knew it would be and uphill battle. But challenges are nothing new for lobstermen like Alley.

Georgia Machinist Wins $100,000 Back Pay for Wrongful Termination

IAM Local 709 member Doug Miller was presented with a $100,000 check representing the back pay he received in an arbitration award after being wrongfully terminated.

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‘Just Win Baby’: How North Carolina IAM Members Turned the Tide on ‘Right-to-Work’

By June 2014, the membership of IAM District 110 in eastern North Carolina had fallen to 588 members. The lack of dues money coming in meant the district, which mainly represents civilian workers at area military bases, was finding it difficult to adequately represent workers in each of its four locals.

Disaster Relief Needed for IAM Members Affected by Floods, Tornadoes

Much of the Midwest, South, and now the West has been ravaged by tornadoes and flooding, leaving widespread devastation in their path. As the toll from these storms rise along with the floodwaters, residents, including IAM members, in these areas of the country are far from being clear from danger.

Georgallas Appointed Assistant Communications Director

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced Donna Georgallas will serve as Assistant Communications Director, effective January 1, 2016.

Time Running Out to Apply for an IAM Scholarship Award

The deadline to apply for a 2016 IAM Scholarship Award is fast approaching. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

Applications must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2016 to be considered.

We Can Defeat Suicide with Education, Awareness

Every day, more than 100 people in the United States take their own life. Suicide is tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the second leading cause of death among 15-34 year olds. No one is more aware of this than Mickey and Wanda Gryszkiewicz, of Brandywine, MD.

If you or anyone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Union Commitment to South Pays Off with Win at Volkswagen

Following several years of fear-mongering and anti-union tactics by politicians and corporate cronies, workers in Chattanooga, TN can put one in the win column. A unit of skilled trade workers made an historic vote to be represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at the city’s Volkswagen (VW) assembly plant in December.

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Watch the IAM Enter a New Era with Bob Martinez

It had only happened 12 times in the IAM’s 127-year history, but this week it happened one more time. Tom Buffenbarger officially handed over the title of IAM International President to Bob Martinez, Jr., a 35-year IAM member who has held leadership positions up and down the ranks of the Machinists Union.

The Convention is Coming! The Convention is Coming!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention. The quadrennial event will commence on September 4, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel and is expected to conclude on September 9, 2016.

Buffenbarger Reflects on Years as IAM President, Looks to Future

In his final video interview as IAM International President, Tom Buffenbarger talked about his years of service as the union’s top leader, its pressures and what he sees for the future.

IAM Locals Supply Holiday Toys for Kids

IAM members in Maine and Ohio went to extraordinary lengths to make the holiday season a little brighter for children in their communities.

Women Set to Change Labor Union Landscape

The era of the male dominated labor movement is behind us. Women make up half of the labor workforce, according to the AFL-CIO. In 10 years, they predict women will make up 50 percent of union members, too.

Last Chance to ‘Be the Power’ at AFL-CIO MLK Conference

This year’s AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil and Human Rights Conference theme is “Change the Rules, Be the Power” and will take place January 15-18 in Washington, DC.

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Martinez Takes Helm as IAM’s 14th International President

Bob Martinez, Jr., officially became the 14th International President in the IAM’s 127-year history after taking his oath of office at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD. Martinez takes over for former International President Tom Buffenbarger, who retires after more than 18 years as the IAM’s top officer.

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Congress Delays ACA Excise Tax on Health Plans

Congress has decided to defer, until 2020, an excise tax on many employer health plans that will have a significant impact on middle-class workers.

Alliance President Roach Warns Seniors on TPP

In addition to creating the largest global trade agreement since NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to provide unprecedented perks and protections for pharmaceutical companies while threatening the sustainability of public health programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

AFGE Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) announced its endorsement of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Enroll Now for 2016 IAM EAP Classes at WWW Center

The IAM has announced the 2016 dates for its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) classes at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Sign Up Now for Special Rates at AFL-CIO MLK Conference

This year’s AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference theme is “Change the Rules, Be the Power” and will take place January 15-18, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Grand Lodge Sets Holiday Closing

IAM Headquarters will close for the holidays at the close of business Friday December 18, and re-open Monday January 4, 2016. Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.

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Hillary Clinton Pledges Labor Support, Touts Economic Agenda

“If you want to rebuild the American middle class – support the American labor movement,” said honorary IAM member and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a roaring crowd of union members in St. Louis.

Wisconsin Bargaining Committee Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Class

Members of the negotiating committee for IAM Local 516 in Manitowoc, WI have completed the Negotiations Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William Winpisinger Education and Technology Center (WWW) in Hollywood, MD.

IAM Local President Part of New Leadership of Amarillo Metal Trades Council

The Amarillo Metal Trades Council overwhelmingly elected new leadership yesterday. Monte McAnear, a 36-year Pantex employee and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 340 President was elected President of the Metal Trades Council of Amarillo and Vicinity, and IAMAW LL 1255 President Robin Harris was elected Vice-President. Ten different Unions are members in of the MTC.

Think Outside the Box for Guide Dogs of America This Holiday Season

Guide Dogs of America (GDA), the IAM’s favorite charity, invites you to think differently when gift giving this year. GDA asks that you open your heart and your wallet to give the gift of independence to the blind and visually impaired.

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St. Louis IAM Members Open Negotiations with GKN Aerospace

Members of the IAM Local 387 Negotiating Committee, joined by IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, opened negotiations Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with GKN Aerospace in St. Louis.

Machinists Union President Rejects Trump Trash Talk

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger added the voice of the U.S. labor movement to the chorus of outrage over Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

IAM Reaches Tentative Agreement for 2,200 at Hawaiian Airlines

IAM Districts 141 and 142 today announced tentative agreements with Hawaiian Airlines that cover the carrier’s 2,200 Mechanic and Related, Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet and Passenger Service employees.

Price Tapped to Head IAM Government Employees Department

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced he has appointed Collective Bargaining Coordinator Jim Price, Jr., to be the IAM’s next Government Employees Director, effective January 1, 2016.

IAM Spanish Leadership Working Group Looks Back, Moves Forward

The members of the Spanish Leadership Working Group (SLWG) met this past week at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD to wrap up a successful year and begin planning for a full 2016. They tackled a busy agenda that focused on the planning and development of Spanish Collective Bargaining – the newest program that will be offered in Spanish, February 21-26, 2016.

El Grupo de Facilitadores de Liderazgo en Español observa el Pasado para Moverse Hacia el Futuro

Los miembros del Grupo de Facilitadores de los programas de liderazgo en español se reunieron la semana pasada en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger en Hollywood, MD para concluir un año exitoso y planear el 2016. Enfrentaron una agenda muy ocupada enfocada en el desarrollo del Programa de Negociación Colectiva en Español – el programa más nuevo que será ofrecido en español, el 21-26 de febrero, 2016.

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IAM, Labor Issue Scathing Report on TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fails to deliver on all but one of 15 key objectives for working people, say top U.S. labor leaders in a newly-released report.

Machinists Union Welcomes Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Restore U.S. Manufacturing

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger says Hillary Clinton’s plans to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector marked the first serious strategic policy proposal of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization is Long-Awaited Victory for U.S. Workers

U.S. workers can breathe a bit easier after a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Obama. The independent federal credit agency issues loans to foreign buyers of U.S.-made exports, including aircraft built by IAM members.

Federal Workers to Receive 1.3 Percent Pay Hike in January

Federal employees are scheduled to receive a 1.3 percent pay raise in 2016, the Office of Personnel Management announced. One percent of the adjustment will up base pay and the remaining adjustment will go toward locality rates.

IAM Education Rep Murray Completes Doctoral Studies

William W. Winpisinger Education Representative Greg Murray recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. This accomplishment immediately awards Greg a Ph.D. in human development and education with an emphasis on organizational sustainability.

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IAM Executive Council Welcomes Rickey Wallace as General Vice President

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced that Southern Territory Special Representative Rickey Wallace will join the IAM Executive Council as a General Vice President.

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30,000 TWU-IAM Association Members Open Negotiations With American Airlines

Amid unprecedented company and industry profitability, the TWU-IAM Association today announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas.

Buffenbarger Talks Retirement, New IAM Leadership

During his most recent conversation with host Ed Ferenc on America’s Work Force Radio, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger talked about his upcoming retirement, incoming IAM President Bob Martinez and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

First IAM Contract Nets Big Raise for North Carolina Military Base Workers

Civilian workers at two Marine Corps bases in North Carolina will see 11 percent raises in the first year of their newly ratified IAM contract, reports IAM District 110 Directing Business Representative Anthony Cruz.

Osorio Appointed Winpisinger Center Education Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Edmundo Osorio from San Diego Local 1155 to be an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, effective December 1, 2015.

Osorio Nombrado Representante de Educación para el Centro Winpisinger

El Presidente internacional de la IAM Tom Buffenbarger ha nombrado a Edmundo Osorio del Local 1155 de San Diego como representante de educación en el centro de educación y tecnología William W. Winpisinger en Hollywood, MD, efectivo 01 de diciembre del 2015.

IndustriALL Condemns Police Raids on Korean Unions

IndustriALL Global Union has responded to recent raids on its affiliate Korean Metal Workers’ Union, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and several other union offices with a condemning letter to the country’s president, Park Geun-hye.

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Urgent: Tell Congress to Repeal the Health Plan Excise Tax

Health insurance is expensive enough today, but a new tax scheduled to go into effect in 2018 is already making doctor’s visits and medical procedures pricier for middle-class workers.

Tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor a bill repealing the excise tax and save middle-class families from a crippling health plan cost hike.

Are You Ready to Change the Rules?

This year has been filled with political, cultural and social ups and downs. From the historic take down of the confederate flag to the fight to stop massive deportations and protecting immigrant families – Machinists Union and other labor and community activists have stood together to change the rules.

Register for the 2016 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference today.

Kick Off Giving Tuesday by Donating to Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America (GDA), the IAM’s favorite charity, invites you to be a part of the Giving Tuesday movement. Please consider participating in this campaign dedicated to charitable giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more come together to celebrate the spirit of giving and kick-off the holiday giving season.

Please make a donation through our Holiday Fund-A-Need campaign for GDA dogs and their partners.

Wallace Appointed Southern Territory Special Representative

International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Rickey Wallace from Tennessee District 711 as a Special Representative on the Southern Territory Staff, effective December 1, 2015.

Deadlines Extended for Federal Employee Basic Classes

The IAM has extended the enrollment deadlines for its first two 2016 Federal Employees Basic Programs being conducted at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Guide Dogs Hit the Jackpot in Las Vegas

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.

Long-Awaited Win for Virginia Shipyard Workers

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.

Connecticut Local Delivers Thanksgiving for Needy Families

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.

Winpisinger Center Now Offers Master’s Degree Through the IAM’s Empire State College Partnership

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.

District 19 Dedicates Historic Bell to Buffenbarger Library

A relic of American railroad history now has a home at the R. Thomas Buffenbarger Library at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. A locomotive bell, possibly from as far back as the Civil War, was restored by IAM District 19 members and given to the library.

Last Chance to Register for Intermediate Web Development Class

Are you looking to take your District or Local’s website to the next level? The IAM’s Intermediate Web Development Class, to be held February 14-19, 2016 at the Winpisinger Center, will give you the tools you need to reach your membership online like never before.

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IAM Retirees Build Power at 2015 Conference

Retired IAM members don’t just leave the fight to their working brothers and sisters when they call it a career.

Take it from the several hundred delegates of the 2015 IAM Retiree Conference in Las Vegas – they’re engaged in local IAM Retiree Clubs, attend trainings at the Winpisinger Center, volunteer for labor-friendly politicians and raise hell when Washington tries to step on working people.

Congressional Pressure Builds to Repeal Middle-Class Health Insurance Tax Hike

Democrats and Republicans from both houses of Congress are urging the president to work with them to rapidly repeal the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax that will affect many middle-class worker health insurance plans.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your members of Congress and tell them you support the repeal of the Excise Tax by calling 202-224-3121.

District 751 Machinists Honored for Saving Life of Co-Worker

Two members of IAM District 751 have received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for quick actions that saved the life of a Boeing Co. co-worker.

Maine Machinists Take Stand Against Domestic Violence

The Women’s Committee of IAM Local S6 hosted its third annual Domestic Violence Awareness Collection last month, raising nearly $1,400 in cash and more than $200 worth of donated items. Members of Local S6 are employed at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, ME.

SEIU Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has joined the Machinists and several other unions to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Register Now for 2016 Federal Employee Basic Program

The IAM is conducting a Federal Employees Basic Program February 28-March 4, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Georgia Workers Say ‘No’ to Company Intimidation, ‘Yes’ to IAM Representation

IAM District 131 in Georgia has seen lots of organizing action in recent months. First, new organizer Billy Barnwell organized over 100 new members at Local 2789 in Grovetown, GA on an internal organizing campaign at John Deere.

Tell Congress to Protect Rights for Workers of Native-Owned Businesses

Because of the National Labor Relations Act, most American workers have the freedom to organize into unions and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, hours and working conditions. This protection applies to employees of many tribal-owned and -operated businesses.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose the dubiously-named Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, H.R. 511.

IAM Supports a Voice for South Carolina Boeing Workers

For several years, the Machinists Union has been working to bring a voice to the workers at Boeing’s 787-production plant in North Charleston, SC.

Federal Mediation Director Visits IAM Mechanics Training Center

The Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and former IAM General Counsel Allison Beck visited the IAM Mechanics’ Local 701 Technician Training Center in Carol Stream, IL.

2016 Per Capita Tax Announced

The Grand Lodge monthly per capita tax for 2016 will be $33.29, reports General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes in a letter to all IAM District and Local Lodges. The figure was calculated using the formula approved by Delegates to the 2008 Grand Lodge Convention.

Win a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Trip to the Bassmaster Classic

IAM members can now enter to win an all-expense-paid trip to the GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, OK from March 4-6, 2016. The deadline to enter is January 15, 2016.

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Phoenix Airport Fueling Agents Vote IAM Yes

More than 120 fueling agents at Swissport in Phoenix won IAM collective bargaining rights after an election was held this week. Workers, who reached out to the IAM with concerns over substandard wages, unsafe working conditions and job security, are responsible for fueling cargo planes and passenger aircraft at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.

Stand Up for Adequate Flight Attendant Rest

As safety professionals and first responders, Flight Attendants are tasked with handling emergencies and caring for thousands of passengers every day. However, study after study show Flight Attendants are impacted by fatigue on a regular basis, negatively affecting their ability to perform safety functions in an emergency.

Tell Congress to allow 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants
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San Francisco NFFE-IAM Nurse Takes Pride in Serving Vets

Retired San Francisco Veterans Administration nurse Patricia LaSala spent her career caring for the needs of American veterans and representing her coworkers.

We Want to Hear From Working Women

The AFL-CIO has released a new survey of working women to capture a multifaceted picture of the lives of working women across the country, both union and nonunion.

Enrollment Deadline Nears for Federal Employee Basic Program

The IAM is conducting the Federal Employees Basic Program February 7-12, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Applications should be returned by November 30, 2015.

Gardner, Manzo Named Transportation Department Special Representatives

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Sandy Gardner and Michael Manzo as Transportation Department Special Representatives.

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A Message from IP Tom Buffenbarger

Today in the United States and Canada, we honor heroes among us – the men and women who have served or continue to serve in our armed forces. They’re family, friends, IAM brothers and sisters, or complete strangers. They’re veterans, and today we salute them.

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IAM Honors, Supports Veterans

At recent events to honor veterans, IAM leaders expressed their gratitude and the union’s commitment to the men and women who have defended our nation in uniform.

IAM Joins Lawsuit to Protect GE Retirees

The IAM this week joined with a coalition of labor unions and more than 20 individual retirees to file a federal class action lawsuit against General Electric Corporation in the Northern District of Ohio.

Machinists at United Open Contract Early to Protect 30,000 Jobs

The IAM has announced an agreement with United Airlines to open contracts covering approximately 30,000 workers early, more than one year ahead of the scheduled amendable date, and enter into expedited negotiations to amend the current IAM-United contracts.

Montreal Machinists Reach Agreement with Bombardier

By a vote of 92 percent in favor, members of Montreal IAM Local 712 have accepted their next collective bargaining agreement with Bombardier Aerospace.

Federal Workers Still Paid One-Third Less Than Private Sector

For the third time in three years, a study released by the Federal Salary Council shows federal employees make 35 percent less than comparable private-sector employees. The Federal Salary Council, of which NFFE’s National Secretary/Treasurer Randy Erwin is a member, is made up of numerous pay experts and advises President Obama and the Administration on federal wages.

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IAM Deplores Missed Opportunities in TPP Trade Pact

The IAM today expressed grave concerns over details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which were released today by the White House after months of secret negotiations.

Ex-Im Bank Clears Reauthorization Hurdles

The House of Representatives this week rejected a series of proposed “poison pill” amendments to a bill that that would reauthorize funding for the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).

Congressional Dems Aim to Restore Voting Rights Act

The 2016 election will be the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) thanks to the Supreme Court’s gutting of it in 2013.

Illinois Local 660 Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Program

Negotiating committee members from East Alton, IL Local 660 recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

GVP Tucker Urges U.S. Funding for Great Lakes Lock Upgrades

A resolution urging the federal government to upgrade the Soo Locks, located between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes, moved forward this week following a rare joint hearing of the Michigan Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees.

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Clinton Stands With Boeing South Carolina Workers

South Carolina Boeing workers are used to politicians butting in to say they shouldn’t have the right to organize for fair pay, benefits and working conditions. The IAM’s organizing campaign at the Charleston Boeing facility has become a punching bag for politicians trying to score points by beating up on workers’ rights.

Pensions Cuts Remain in Cross Hairs for Retirees

Historically, when an American worker set aside a part of his or her wages towards their pension, they had confidence that it would be there when they retired. Now Republicans in Congress have jeopardized the pensions of current retirees and a dangerous precedent has been set.

IP Buffenbarger Addresses Guide Dogs Commencement

Guide Dogs of America (GDA) in Sylmar, CA held graduation ceremonies for its most recent class and IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger took part in the event.

Ed Manhart Named Retiree and Community Services Director

Long-time IAM member, representative and activist Edward Manhart will assume his latest challenge on November 1, 2015 as Director of the IAM’s Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department. Manhart most recently served as the Education Representative for the Midwest Territory since 2006 and before that as Communicator for IAM District 142 in Kansas City, MO where he edited the District newsletter and website.

Enrollment Deadline Nears for Federal Employees Basic Program

The IAM is conducting the Federal Employees Basic Program February 7-12, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Applications should be returned by November 30, 2015.

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Machinists Applaud Clinton’s Support of Ex-Im Bank

Thanks in large part to a blitz of calls and messages sent by IAM members, House Republicans and Democrats came together this week to overwhelmingly pass a reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. The bank still has legislative hurdles to cross, but it has a key supporter along the way: IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Buffenbarger Talks Trade, Politics on Labor Radio Show

During his most recent conversation with host Ed Ferenc of America’s Work Force Radio, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger talked about a wide range of topics including the GOP, the Export-Import Bank, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Hillary Clinton.

NFFE-IAM to Senate Panel: Federal Pay System is Starved of Resources

National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) President William R. Dougan recently testified before a Senate subcommittee that pay flexibility for federal workers is woefully inadequate.

Aerospace Supplier Retaliating Against Newly Organized IAM Members, Says District 751

Managers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett are illegally retaliating against their workers who voted earlier this year to form a union, IAM District 751 charges.

Get IAM Discounts on Wireless Services and More from Union Plus

Union Privilege offers discounts on AT&T wireless service and a broad variety of coupons for products and services available exclusively to working families.

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Solidarity Nets Strong Contract for IAM Members at Raytheon

IAM Local 933 members in Tucson, AZ voted to accept a new three-year contract with Raytheon Missile Systems. The new agreement includes yearly general wage increases for most of the nearly 1,300 members represented.

IAM Members Take Center Stage at Clinton Rally

IAM members were front and center at a grassroots organizing event in Alexandria, VA featuring Hillary Clinton and Gov. Terry McAuliffe. One day after an 11-hour marathon before a House Committee, Clinton fired up the crowd with her comprehensive agenda to help America’s working families.

Why Women’s Pay Affects Us All

In 2014, full-time working women earned just 79 percent of their male counterparts in the United States. Additionally, access to paid family leave is five times less likely for lower paid workers than for high wage employees.

Make Sure Your Halloween Treats Are Union Made

Don’t get caught unprepared when trick-or-treaters come knocking this Halloween. Make sure you have a full supply of union-made-in-America treats for all the witches, vampires and pirates that stop by your doorstep.

Letter to the Editor: How Unions Can Build a Stronger South Carolina

South Carolina AFL-CIO President Erin McKee laid out the facts on how unions can help workers in her state in a recent letter to the editor of the Charleston Post & Courier.

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Time is Right to Revive the Export-Import Bank

Extreme right-wingers in Congress have succeeded in hamstringing a critical tool to maintain and grow American jobs, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, but a new effort is being made to revive the only government agency that funds U.S. exports.

GST Cervantes Speaks on Becoming a Latina Labor Leader

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes tells her trailblazing story of becoming a Latina labor leader in a recent interview with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Machinists Endorse Jamie Raskin for Maryland 8th District

The Maryland State Council of Machinists is proud to endorse Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), a true friend of organized labor and proven champion of progressive values, for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D).

IAM Newsletter, Website Contest Winners Announced

The results of the 2014 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest are in.

Click here for a complete list of contest winners.

Important Federal Mediation Conference to Resume

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has for many years hosted a highly successful biennial National Labor Management Conference. This conference brings together hundreds of labor-management practitioners and features a wide variety of cutting edge topical workshops presented by well-known advocates, academics and national leaders in labor-management relations.

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Canadian Election Results Are Bittersweet for Labor

Canada kicked its anti-worker Conservative Party out of power this week in the country’s federal elections, giving the more moderate Liberal Party a majority in the Canadian Parliament. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will succeed Conservative Stephen Harper as Prime Minister.

Delta Flight Attendant, IAM Activist Goes to White House Workers’ Summit

Spencer Hayes knows firsthand that union organizing is a selfless job. That’s why Hayes, a Delta Flight Attendant working toward an IAM contract for himself and 20,000 coworkers at the carrier, says he’s reenergized after a workers’ rights summit held at the White House.

IAM’s unioNation Band Rocks W3 Center

The IAM’s unioNation Band has 20 new musicians, singers and songwriters after spending a week rocking together at the Winpisinger Center.

IAM Transportation Members Come Out in Force for Hillary Clinton

Off the heels of a strong debate performance, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came to San Antonio, TX and met with more than 50 IAM Transportation Department members at a Latinos for Hillary Rally.

This is the Best Place to See Adorable IAM Guide Dogs

We love puppies. Especially when they’re part of the IAM family.

Guide Dogs of America (GDA), the IAM’s favorite charity, has been providing professionally trained guide dogs, and instruction in their use, free of charge, since 1948.

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Trumka Calls for Immediate Release of TPP Text

The head of the largest U.S. labor confederation says there is no reason to further delay releasing the text of the 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Painters’ Union Endorses Clinton for President

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) became the fifth major labor union to endorse Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

IAM Founder Talbot Memorialized in Atlanta

In Atlanta’s Grant Park stands a monument to IAM founder Thomas Talbot. IAM Grand Lodge Convention delegates placed it there in 1948 in recognition of Talbot and the union’s founding in an Atlanta railroad pit 60 years earlier.

U.S. Trade Policy is ‘Economic Slap in the Face’ to Middle Class, Says Congressman

With the onslaught of trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership facing IAM members and workers all across the country, manufacturing jobs seem to have become an endangered species in the U.S.

Mexico Pressured to Guarantee Workers Free Choice to Bargain Collectively

For decades the IAM and the labor movement worldwide have fought for truly democratic workers’ rights in Mexico and other developing nations. Unfortunately, many workers continue to suffer.

Order Your 2016 IAM Calendar Featuring Photo Contest Winners

Results of the 2015 IAM Photo Contest are in and the 2016 Calendars are rolling off the presses.

The top three photo awards go to Joel Woods of IAM Maine Lobstering Union Local 207 in Rockport, ME who won first place for his photo “Getting Ready for the Season,” Larry Byers of Local 31 in Omaha, NE who won second place for his photo “Fixing the Fan” and Heather Morey of Local 1726 in Boston, who won third place for her photo “Departure Control.”

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Five Takeaways From #IAMRight15

We came to change the world. We did.

More than 450 IAM activists – hailing from all corners of the U.S. and Canada and representing a diverse array of industries, viewpoints and demographic groups – came together in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference, dubbed #IAMRight15 on social media.

Tennessee Machinists End One Strike, Ramp Up Another

IAM District 711 in Tennessee reports one strike ended and one strike continuing in the state.

Nearly 190 members of IAM Local 2544 in Loudon, TN ended a 10-day strike at Viskase and ratified a new contract and returned to work with an improved contract. The five-year deal includes a 2 percent bonus, improved health care and restrictions on forced overtime.

Time Running Out to Sign Up for the IAM Retirees Conference

Don’t wait any longer to sign up for the popular IAM Retirees Conference, to be held November 15-20, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Discounted room rates are available until October 20. All attendees must be registered by November 1.

Deceased GVP Hooper’s Words Ring True Nearly 13 Years Later

In a recent letter to the editor of the Austin (TX) American-Statesman, Shirley Hooper, the widow of former IAM Southern Territory General Vice President George Hooper, concisely addresses the subject of why unions are needed to ensure fair wages.

Erwin Sworn in as NFFE/IAM National Secretary-Treasurer

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE/IAM) National Executive Council has announced the appointment of Randy Erwin as NFFE/IAM’s new National Secretary-Treasurer.

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IAM Set to ‘Blaze into the Future’ at Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

The IAM’s next generation of leaders, eager to take the reins of a more diverse and dynamic IAM than ever before, gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico to kick off the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference.

IAM Applauds Secretary Clinton’s Opposition to the TPP

The Machinists Union welcomed the announcement by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she will oppose the deeply-flawed and secretly-negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Illinois Machinists Locked Out at Clifford-Jacobs Forging

More than 70 workers, including 19 IAM members, are locked out of their jobs at Clifford-Jacobs Forging Co. in Champaign, IL. The company is demanding a four-year wage freeze and reduced company health insurance and pension contributions from IAM, IBEW and Boilermakers’ union members at the plant.

Canadian Elections: Our Time Has Come

With only a few days remaining before the most important Election Day Canada has seen in decades, the IAM is doing its best to inspire voters to make a real change by electing a new government that will work for them, the New Democratic Party (NDP).

IAM Kicks Off Partnership with Empire State College

A group of IAM members striving to further their education in the labor movement were the first to take part in a new partnership program between the IAM and the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Empire State College (ESC).

Connecticut Local 743 Raises Nearly $80K for Guide Dogs

A pair of fundraisers put on by IAM Local 743 netted nearly $80,000 for the IAM’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America.

Time Running Out for Guide Dogs Charity Banquet in Las Vegas

Discount hotel room rates expire October 16 for the 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 21, 2015.

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Make Your Mark on the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

We’re going to change the world at the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference – and even if you couldn’t make it to Puerto Rico, we want you to be a part of something special.

Take Action to Stop the TPP

With the recent announcement of an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the fight to protect American jobs and communities will shift to the United States Congress.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Save Jobs, Vote NO on the TPP

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IP Buffenbarger on TPP Announcement: ‘A New Low in Corporate Dominance’

The announcement of an "agreement in principle" on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations brings workers just steps away from facing the consequences of the largest corporate-inspired trade deal in history.

Amarillo Nuclear Workers Accept Contract, End Historic Strike

Nearly 1,200 Metal Trades Council workers, including 550 IAM members, are back on the job after voting to accept a four-year contract with Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Pantex in Amarillo, TX that improves medical coverage and short-term disability benefits while maintaining a defined benefit pension plan for current employees. Nearly nine-in-10 workers voted to strike the company on August 28, 2015.

Machinist Op-Ed Slams GE Closure of Waukesha Engine Plant

In an Op-Ed published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger slammed General Electric’s decision to stop manufacturing gas engines in Wisconsin. Stopping production will eliminate 350 skilled IAM jobs and threaten the well-being of the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.

IAM Welcomes New Members at Red River Army Depot in Texas

Marking a capstone to a yearlong organizing campaign and the last workday prior to an IAM election, XOtech LLC has agreed to recognize the IAM as the exclusive bargaining agent for its employees at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX.

Seaway Task Force Calls for Upgrades at Michigan Lock

Labor and business representatives of the Seaway Task Force toured the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, MI to learn firsthand how important the facility is to the U.S., Canadian and global economies.

Blevins Named IAM Aerospace Coordinator

With a resume that includes extensive military experience, numerous IAM local and district lodge positions and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Service Contract Act (SCA), Daleville, AL Local 2003 member Tony Blevins will begin the next phase of his union career as an IAM Aerospace Coordinator. The appointment was effective October 1, 2015.

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Tennessee Machinists Vote to Strike Viskase Over Steep Benefit Cuts

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 Opens Raytheon Negotiations in Arizona

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.

Machinists Union Praises Clinton Endorsement of Excise Tax Repeal

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.

It’s Past Time to Adequately Protect Workers from Harmful Chemicals

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.

Don’t Miss the Guide Dogs Charity Banquet in Las Vegas

Time is running out to make your plans for the 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 21, 2015. Discount hotel room rates expire October 16.

Congress Kicks the Can on Shutdown, Sets Up Holiday Battle

National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) President William R. Dougan released this statement following Congress’ recent vote to fund the federal government through December 11, 2015

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Machinists Fighting GE Plant Closure in Waukesha, WI

GE Water & Power says it will stop manufacturing gas engines in Wisconsin, eliminating 350 skilled IAM jobs and throwing the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, WI into turmoil.

Clinton Backs Bill to Protect Workers Fired for Union Activity

Hillary Clinton reinforced her place as the IAM’s candidate for president with an endorsement of proposed legislation to strengthen protections for employees trying to unionize.

Machinists Union Endorses Donna Edwards for Maryland Senate Seat

Delegates of the Maryland State Council of Machinists unanimously endorsed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4th) to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of long-time Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

If You’re Crazy Enough to Think You Can Change the World, Download the IAMRight15 App

If you’re going to the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference in Puerto Rico, or if you just want to follow along from home, be sure to download the new IAMRight15 app to your smartphone or tablet. The conference takes place October 7-11, 2015 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

IAM Mourns Loss of District 9 BR Mike Musgrove

The IAM mourns the sudden loss of District 9 Business Representative Mike Musgrove, who died Saturday, September 26, 2015 after suffering a fatal blood clot while doing something he loved – attending races at the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL.

U.S.-China Partnerships: The Real Cost to American Workers

A group of nine experts took part in a conference on China-U.S. relations and delivered incisive opinions about what the future holds for America.

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Former IAM Member Assists Pope with Mass in Washington, D.C.

Former IAM Headquarters employee Keith Burney was one of five deacons honored to assist Pope Francis in a mass held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Reserve Your Spot Now at the 2015 IAM Retirees Conference

The ever-popular IAM Retirees Conference will be held November 15-20, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The conference is open to retirees and active members. The discounted room rate is available only until September 30.

IAM Supports Migrant Women’s Pilgrimage to D.C.

A group of mostly Hispanic undocumented women completed their journey from York, PA to Washington D.C. and were greeted by IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux and other supporters from labor in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Retired IAM Western Territory Activists Continue the Fight

Retirees play a vital role in the IAM. Their years of experience and willingness to devote their time to community and union-related activities are invaluable. Recently, IAM Business Reps and their spouses from mostly Western states gathered for two days in the Seattle area to share experiences and plans for their future as activists.

VIDEO: The Right to Vote: America’s Journey for Justice

Since early August, several hundred civil rights advocates have been marching from Selma, AL. to Washington, D.C. to show their resolve against regressive GOP attacks on voting rights.

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Retired GST Roach to Lead the Alliance for Retired Americans

Retired IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., will be the new President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a national organization that advocates for the rights and well-being of more than 4.4 million retirees and their families.

Virginia Machinists Award Scholarship in Memory of Former IAM Auditor

At the recent Virginia State Council, IAM members gathered to pay tribute to a good friend of the Commonwealth’s Machinists, the late Grand Lodge Auditor Bill Dameron, who passed away in 2012.

Join Us in Las Vegas to Support Guide Dogs of America

Time is running out to make your plans for the 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 21, 2015. And why not make it a Guide Dogs of America weekend by participating in the charity motorcycle ride, clay shoot and golf tournament prior to the banquet?

IP Buffenbarger Honored at St. Louis Sporting Clays Event

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger and the IAM were honored for their work as pioneer sponsors of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance at its annual sporting clays event at Nilo Farms in Brighton, IL.

Markham IAM Members Prep for Upcoming Contract Talks

The IAM Local 2113 Negotiating Committee, along with District 78 Business Representative Jim Snider, recently participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

VIDEO: Young Workers Benefitting from TCU/IAM Job Corps Program

The Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) and the IAM are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps to provide an advanced training program for young people interested in careers in the transportation industry.

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IAM Welcomes Call to Restart Pantex Strike Talks

The IAM welcomed news this week that Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) Director Allison Beck is calling all sides back to the bargaining table on September 22 in an effort to resolve the dispute that led to a strike at the Pantex nuclear weapons facility in Amarillo, TX.

Missouri Defeats ‘Right-to-Work (for-Less)’

In a vote that will hearten workers in Missouri, state lawmakers rejected an effort to make Missouri the 26th right-to-work state.

The push for right-to-work laws has nothing to do giving workers freedom to choose. It is about taking away the tools unions have to defend the rights of those workers. The Missouri bill’s failure is a setback for those who thought that the state would be another notch on their anti-union belt.  But the battle is far from over.

Ohio Machinists Welcome Former Gov. Strickland to Honor IP Buffenbarger

Former Ohio Governor, and candidate for Senate, Ted Strickland was on hand to honor IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at the annual fall meeting of the Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM) in Columbus, OH.

Machinists Display ‘Union Values’ at Airbus Opening in Mobile

Nearly three dozen IAM members took part this week in activities marking the grand opening of the Airbus final assembly plant on the grounds of the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, AL.  Wearing t-shirts that declared “Union Values,” the Machinists were a high visibility presence at multiple events, including Saturday’s 5K Race on the Runway. Proceeds for the road race will benefit improvements at nearby Doyle Park.

Improved Offer Ends Strike at Ingersoll Rand in New York

Members of IAM Local 330 who have been on strike at Ingersoll Rand in Cheektawoga, NY ratified an improved offer from the company this week. Workers at Ingersoll rejected an earlier offer after initially voting to strike early last month over a company proposed two-tier wage scale and an employee health insurance scheme that could potentially create dramatic increases to employee costs.

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Western Territory Kicks Off Steward Training Program

The Western Territory kicked off a new shop steward training program for Districts 947 and 725. The training tour will include five seminars in Huntington Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego, Palmdale and Sunnyvale, CA.

Heavyweight Trucks Spell Big Trouble for U.S. Highways

The IAM is calling on members of Congress to oppose the so-called Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act of 2015, H.R. 3488. Supported by advocates of the trucking industry, the legislation would needlessly increase truck weight limitations while doing little to improve safety or transportation commerce. If passed, the bill would also result in higher costs for taxpayers, worsened gridlock and additional harm to the environment.

Video: The Fight for Full Pensions

Last week the IAM participated in a news conference in Washington, D.C. supporting the “Keep Our Pensions Promises Act.” The Act, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Senate and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) in the House, restores the ban on cutting pension benefits for retired Americans in “deeply troubled” multi-employer pensions. The GOP-controlled Congress removed the ban in 2014.

UA Becomes Fourth Major Union to Endorse Clinton

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA) became the fourth major union to endorse Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

New Representatives Announced for Canada and Eastern Territory

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Michel Richer and Chuck Herod to be Special Representatives in Canada and the IAM’s Eastern Territory, respectively. The appointments were effective September 1, 2015.

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IAM Joins Effort to ‘Stop the Cuts’ for Retiree Pensions

When American workers set aside part of their paychecks toward a pension, they used to expect that money to be there for them in their old age. Now, after a Republican Congress slipped a dubious provision into last year’s budget, all bets are off.

Machinists Union Welcomes Changes at United Airlines

United Airlines announced CEO Jeff Smisek has resigned his position and named Oscar Munoz the carrier’s new chief executive.

Canadian Political Activists Ready to Fuel Progressive Push

More than 90 delegates were on hand at the second annual Canadian Political Action Symposium this week at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Reserve Your Spot at the 2015 IAM Retirees Conference

The ever-popular IAM Retirees Conference will be held November 15-20, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The discounted room rate is available until September 30.

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Alabama Machinists Celebrate Labor Day in Mobile

A large contingent of Machinists from central and southwest Alabama converged on Mobile this week to take part in the city’s annual Labor Day parade.  

Potential Budget Impasse Threatens Defense Funding (VIDEO)

The IAM is watching Congress closely as a looming budget showdown threatens to further deepen U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) cuts brought on by sequestration and a Republican-controlled Congress.

Last Chance to Register for W3 Basic Web Class

Are you looking for a better way to communicate with your fellow members? The IAM’s Basic Web Development class can help you create a dynamic website that meets the needs of 21st century union members, but you need to hurry!

2016 IAM Scholarship Competition Application Announced

The deadline to apply for a 2016 IAM Scholarship Award will be here before you know it. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2016 to be considered.

Vote for Your Labor Hero for a Shot at $500

Are you inspired by A. Philip Randolph, who organized the first predominantly black labor union? How about Cesar Chavez’s harrowing quest to bring human dignity to farm workers? Or maybe Mother Jones, the fearless mineworker organizer who was once labeled “the most dangerous woman in America?”

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A Labor Day Message from IP Tom Buffenbarger

On Labor Day, and every day, we celebrate the men and women who do the jobs that make our countries great. As IAM members, we can be especially proud.

HudBay Machinists End Strike, Ratify Contract

The 180 members of IAM Local 1848 in Flin Flon and Snow Lake, Manitoba have ended a 17-week strike against Hudson Bay Minerals (HudBay). The membership ratified a new collective agreement by 71 percent margin.

We Want to See You at the IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Are you the next Rosie the Riveter? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Cesar Chavez?

The 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference, to be held October 7-11 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will highlight and inspire the next generation of movers and shakers.

Tune in to the ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Labor Day Marathon

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Sportsman Channel are teaming up to honor the American worker and showcase great products made in America. The Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day Marathon airs Monday, September 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. ET.

Idaho and Utah Locals Join Forces to Raise Thousands for Guide Dogs

IAM Locals 568 and 2006 held their seventh annual car show in Stansbury Park, UT to support Guide Dogs of America (GDA). More than $6,000 was raised for the charity.

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Texas Contractor Wants to Gut Health Care for Nuclear Weapons Workers

Workers at Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Pantex in Amarillo, TX do a dangerous job that simply has to be done. They’re the folks who test, fix and dismantle nuclear explosives used by the U.S. military.

Time Running Out to Register for IAM Retirees Conference

The highly-popular IAM Retirees Conference will be held November 15-20, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The discounted room rate is available until September 30.

Labor Day is Our Day; Celebrate the Union Way

With the unofficial last summer weekend approaching, enjoy it knowing you are supporting your hard-working union brothers and sisters.

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'This Is Our Time'

At a time when corporations are taking in billions, the largest-ever IAM Transportation Conference inspired delegates to shake things up in the air and rail industries.

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Oklahoma City Military Housing Workers Vote IAM Yes

IAM Local 850 in Oklahoma City, OK has 14 new members after employees of Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) at Tinker Air Force Base voted to join the IAM.

Striking Ingersoll Rand Workers Get Jolt of Community Support

Supportive honks have been ringing out for more than two weeks outside the Ingersoll Rand plant in Cheektowaga, NY, where 240 IAM members are striking for a fair contract from the compression manufacturer. Earlier this week, that support became even more audible.

WWW Center Preps Belshaw Workers for Upcoming Contract Talks

A negotiating committee made up of production and maintenance employees at Belshaw Adamatic, a manufacturer of donut and bakery equipment in Auburn, WA, recently attended a Bargaining Committee Negotiation Preparation class at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center.

Georgia Local 709 Memorial Ride Raises Over $3,000 for Guide Dogs

This year’s Jeff Goen Memorial Ride for Guides, hosted by IAM Local 709 in Marietta, GA, took in over $3,000 for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

Stucker Appointed Midwest Territory Special Representative

International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Shannon Stucker to serve as a Special Representative in the Midwest Territory, effective September 1, 2015.

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Presidential Board Sides with New Jersey Transit Workers

A Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) has backed many of the proposals put forth by a coalition of 14 unions, including IAM-TCU, representing 4,300 New Jersey Transit workers embroiled in a four-year contract dispute with their employer. IAM-TCU represents approximately 1,000 New Jersey Transit workers.

NFFE-IAM Members Battling Devastating Wildfires in West

Dozens of wildfires raging across Washington, California, Oregon, Montana and Idaho have charred over 2.5 million acres of land so far and the rash of blazes throughout the West shows no signs of letting up.

IAM Helps Energy Efficiency Workers Get Great First Contract

With the help of the IAM Southern Territory staff, a group of new IAM members negotiated a first contract that includes substantial wage increases and the IAM National Pension Plan.

Washington State Hexcel Workers Prep for Upcoming Contract Talks

IAM Local 289 members who work with aerospace composites at Hexcel in Kent, WA recently geared up for upcoming contract negotiations by attending the Winpisinger Center’s signature Bargaining Committee Negotiation Preparation program.

Retired Guide Dog, Video Star Nigel Passes Away

Nigel, the golden retriever who starred, along with his partner Lorri Bernson, in a number of Guide Dogs of America’s (GDA) educational films passed away on August 14, 2015.

IAM Wins Top Honors in 2015 ILCA Labor Media Awards

The Machinists Union won several top honors in the annual International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) Labor Media Awards contest, which honors the best in labor journalism.

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Americans’ Support for Unions Increasing

A new Gallup poll shows that Americans' approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008.

New Study Highlights Potential Flaws in TPP

A new study by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows the dangers of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system that will likely be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The ISDS system allows corporations to use private World Bank or United Nations Tribunals to demand compensation if a country’s environmental, safety, or other laws diminish that corporation’s potential profits.

WWW Spanish Leadership Programs Openings Remain, Deadline Nears

There is still time to send in enrollments for this autumn’s cluster of Spanish Leadership Programs at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.  Locals and Districts are encouraged to identify Spanish-speaking members who would benefit from attending Leadership classes in their native language and have the potential to become workplace leaders.


Se Acerca la Fecha Límite para los Programas de Liderazgo en Español

Se Acerca la Fecha Límite para los Programas de Liderazgo en Español

Hay tiempo todavía para mandar las inscripciones para los programas de Liderazgo en Español al Centro William W. Winpisinger en Hollywood, MD.  Animamos a las Logias y Distritos a que identifiquen los miembros de habla Hispana que se beneficiarían al asistir a las clases de Liderazgo en su idioma nativa y que tienen el potencial de ser líderes en sus trabajos.

Register Now for IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

The 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference, to be held October 7-11 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will highlight and inspire the next generation of movers and shakers.

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IAM International President Makes the Case for Clinton

Following the unanimous endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president by more than 600 union leaders at the 2015 National Staff Conference in New York, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger addressed the conference to highlight the differences between the two top candidates running in the Democratic primary and why former Senator Clinton is the best choice.

IAM Mourns Passing of Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

In a career that spanned over 50 years, Julian Bond served as a civil rights activist, legislator, NAACP chairman and champion of equal rights for all Americans.

IAM’s Gittlen Appointed to MassDOT Board

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed IAM District 15 Business Representative Russell Gittlen to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors.

Get IAM Discounts on Wireless Services and More from Union Plus

Union Privilege offers discounts on AT&T wireless service and a broad variety of coupons for products and services available exclusively to working families.

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Hillary Clinton Received Rousing Endorsement from Machinists Union

The Machinists Union today loudly endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State and honorary IAM member Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States. The move comes after a unanimous vote by union leaders and an internal survey of IAM members, who voiced strong support for an early endorsement and named Clinton as the overwhelming favorite.

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Hillary Clinton Received Rousing Endorsement from Machinists Union

The Machinists Union today loudly endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State and honorary IAM member Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States. The move comes after a unanimous vote by union leaders and an internal survey of IAM members, who voiced strong support for an early endorsement and named Clinton as the overwhelming favorite.

TWU-IAM American Alliance Workers to Get Wage Hike

In yet another example of the TWU-IAM Association’s combined pre-merger power at the new American Airlines, stand-alone contracts will result in top-of-scale wage increases for Association-represented Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers.

Midwest Territory Raising Big Money for Guide Dogs

In the seven years since the IAM Midwest Territory began its classic auto show and motorcycle poker run to raise money for Guide Dogs of America (GDA), it has raised over $300,000 for the charity.

Last Chance to Register for Fall Labor Studies Classes

Registration for the first cohort of classes in the new IAM/Empire State College (ESC) Partnership is fast approaching. Applicants must have all materials in by August 14, 2015 to be considered for online classes beginning September 14, 2015.

Pride at Work Fighting for LGBT Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in June but LGBT Americans can still be fired for their sexual orientation in an alarming number of states.

WATCH: ViewPoint with Jerame Davis

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Dresser-Rand IAM Members Win Big Gains in New Contract

IAM Local 1580 members have overwhelming ratified a new three-year deal with Dresser-Rand Siemens in Wellsville, NY. The new accord features significant gains, including a 3.5 percent wage increase in the first year of the deal and 3.25 percent in each of the next two years.

Ingersoll Rand Workers Striking to Keep Middle Class Lifestyle

More than 240 IAM Local 330 members voted overwhelmingly to strike the Cheektowaga, NY Ingersoll Rand manufacturing plant after the company demanded mandatory overtime and significantly higher out-of-pocket health insurance costs.

If You’re Crazy Enough to Think You Can Change the World, You Probably Can

Are you the next Rosie the Riveter? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Cesar Chavez?

Then, join the conversation on the 2015 IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference Facebook event page. Use the hashtag #IamRight15 on social media to connect with fellow IAM activists before, during and after the conference.

Pratt & Whitney Shop Cleaners Ratify First Contract in West Palm Beach

Twenty-eight workers who clean the Pratt & Whitney facility in West Palm Beach, FL, now have the protections and benefits of a strong IAM contract. The workers, who are employees of Eurest Services, ratified their first collective bargaining agreement and will join IAM Local 971 in the Southern Territory.

IAM Metal Trades Leaders Called on to Attend Annual Conference

IAM leaders in the metal trades are invited to attend the 2015 AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department Conference, to be held October 14-15, 2015 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. IAM Collective Bargaining Coordinator Jim Price will be hosting a very important IAM Metal Trades Caucus on Tuesday, October 13 at 9 a.m.

Labor Celebrates 50 Years of Medicare (VIDEO)

Labor leaders, pro-middle class activists and legislators gathered outside the U.S. Capitol to celebrate Medicare’s 50th birthday.

WATCH: Unions Celebrate 50 Years of Medicare

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Voting Rights Act Turns 50, Now We Have to Defend It

With the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) this week, today should be a time to celebrate an important milestone. Instead, it appears that we are reversing course on guaranteeing voting rights for all.

Texas District 776 Gears Up for Lockheed Negotiations

The Negotiating Committee for District 776 in Fort Worth TX met last week at the William W. Winpisinger Center to prepare for upcoming negotiations with Lockheed Martin on behalf of 3,000 IAM members who build the cutting-edge F-35 fighter. The contract expires July 3, 2016.

International Activists Take Part in ITF Summer School for Young Workers (VIDEO)

Thirty-six young activists from 26 different countries participated in International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Summer School at the IAM William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland.

WATCH: ITF Summer School for Young Workers

LCLAA Looking for Testimonials from Latino IAM Members

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is putting together a new report about how unions can positively impact the lives of Latinos. They’re looking for stories from IAM members to feature in their new report.

Retired Machinist Honored with President’s Award for Lifetime of Service

George Braun, an 81 year old retired Boeing IAM member from SeaTac, WA, received a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service through the Machinists Volunteer Program (MVP), which is the community service arm of IAM District 751.

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IAM Organizes 1,000 at Army Depot in Pennsylvania

The IAM’s latest organizing win at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA was the culmination of a unique pilot program that included multiple IAM territories, districts and departments, as well as key support from NFFE-IAM.

Buffenbarger Named to AFL-CIO Commission on Racial & Economic Justice

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger will serve as a member of the newly-established AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. Convened by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the commission will conduct hearings across the country to gather information from local leaders and analyze the ways racism weakens the collective power of all working people.

IAM Funds Scholarships for Transportation Rising Stars

Three IAM scholarships aimed at college students considering careers in transportation were conferred at the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) in Boston.

IAM Family Day at Winpisinger Center Brings Generations Together

The Winpisinger Education and Technology Center hosted the IAM Family Day and Cookout/Picnic which included the dedication of a room at the Center highlighting the accomplishments of retired General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr. and the rededication of the Kourpias Reading room after it was updated with photos and mementos that illustrate the career of retired International President George J. Kourpias.

Plan Now for IAM Retirees Conference in November

The highly-popular IAM Retirees Conference will be held November 15-20, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Click here for the call letter from International President Tom Buffenbarger and registration form. You do not have to be retired to attend the conference.

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IAM Executive Council Welcomes Cervantes, Conigliaro

Dora Cervantes, the first woman General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) in IAM history, begins her initial term of office this week alongside newly-appointed General Vice President James Conigliaro, in a leadership transition that continues the IAM tradition of sound fiscal stewardship.

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Retiring GST Roach to Young Machinists: ‘Find Your Niche’

Robert Roach, Jr., says he found his inspiration to become a union leader more than four decades ago as a ramp service person at Newark Airport.

“The people said to me, ‘you’re the guy. We want you to represent us,’” recalls Roach.

IAM Retiree Shares Story on 50th Birthday of Medicare, Medicaid

Preserving and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid – government programs that provide health insurance to more than 120 million Americans – is personal for IAM retiree Susan Taylor.

Piemonte Mechanics Strike Now Longest in Local 701 History

Nine automotive mechanics who voted for IAM representation in March 2014 have been picketing Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee, IL for well over a year now-the longest work stoppage in Local 701 history.

Former IAM General Counsel Allison Beck Confirmed as Federal Mediation Director

The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm former IAM General Counsel Allison Beck as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Beck becomes the first woman director of the agency, which helps mediate disputes between unions and companies.

ATK Ammunition Manufacturers Learning How to Stand up to Company at W3

Working conditions at defense contractor ATK’s Lake City, MO plant got so poor that Carolyn Treffer, a 33-year ATK employee, realized a union was the only way things were going to improve.

WATCH: “ATK Planning Program

Diaz to Join GST Auditing Team

IAM General Secretary Treasurer-elect Dora Cervantes has appointed Porfirio “Josh” Diaz as a Grand Lodge Auditor, effective August 1, 2015. Diaz, a member of IAM Local 794, will serve lodges in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California and parts of Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

IAM Members Can Apply Now for Labor Studies Program

Registration for the first cohort of classes in the new IAM/Empire State College (ESC) Partnership is fast approaching. Applicants must have all materials in by August 14, 2015 to be considered for online classes beginning September 14, 2015.

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GST Roach to Join Board of Pension Rights Center

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., who is retiring July 31, 2015, will continue the fight to protect pensions for American workers as the newest member on the Board of Directors at the Pension Rights Center (PRC) in Washington, DC.

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Letterkenny Contract Workers Set To Vote Thursday

Nearly 1,000 workers employed by Bowhead Support Group, LLC at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA will vote Thursday, July 30, whether to join the IAM. The election comes months after organizers were contacted and established a local union office to conduct informational meetings.

Tell Congress to Protect Due Process Rights for Veterans Affairs Employees

Congress is on the verge of stripping due process rights from every non-management Veterans Affairs (VA) employee – including whistleblowers and the over 100,000 veterans employed by the VA.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1994

Buffenbarger: It’s a ‘Mockery’ to Take Malaysia Off Human Trafficking Blacklist

IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger issued a statement on the release of the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report that upgrades Malaysia to Tier 2 status.

July 28 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

On average, it will take until July 28, 2015 for a black woman to earn as much as a white man would have earned by the end of December last year. That is, for every dollar a white man earns, a black woman earns only 64 cents.

Machinists at NAS Whidbey Win Wage, Pension Increases

IAM District 751 members who work as civilian contractors at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, WA have won wage and pension increases with a new collective bargaining agreement.

Donate to the I AM Assistance Disaster Relief Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our IAM brothers and sisters, the I AM Assistance Fund disbursed over $200,000 last year to help members who suffered a loss due to natural disasters. With the rise in natural disaster occurrences, the need to help our members through such devastating times will increase.

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Labor Mourns Betty Webber, IAM’s First Woman DBR

Betty Webber, 80, a champion of Connecticut workers and an inspiration to women activists everywhere, passed away quietly on July 12, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Presidential Emergency Board Named in New Jersey Transit Negotiations

After four years of negotiations with New Jersey Transit (NJT), the IAM and the other unions representing workers on the carrier have been granted the appointment of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to make recommendations to finally get a fair agreement.

NFFE-IAM Pushing Bill to Provide Lifetime of Identity Theft Protection

NFFE-IAM is demanding transparency from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) following the discovery of a data breach that compromised the personnel files of an estimated 22.1 million people. Federal employees, contractors, security clearance applicants and family members of applicants were among those affected.

IAM Supports Local Farmers

To support local agricultural products and to highlight the benefits of buying products from area farms, the IAM Grand Lodge hosted a local farmers market this week in conjunction with Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge. Employees were able to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and plants directly from the growers.

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Machinists Open Field Office to Organize Airbus, Suppliers in Alabama

The IAM this week opened an organizing office in Mobile, AL to provide support for Airbus workers interested in forming a union at the company’s soon to be completed final assembly line.

IAM Wins $1 Million Grant for Hazardous Material Training

Approximately 6,300 TCU-IAM airline and railroad workers will receive training in transporting hazardous materials thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant also includes training for TWU airline workers.

IAM Welcomes More Texas Workers Looking for Respect

The Southern Territory posted three more organizing wins in Texas, beginning with 11 custodial workers from Diversified Contracting Services at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX. The workers will join District W-2, led by Directing Business Representative Kelvin Godwin.

Toronto Airport Workers Unite Against Contract Flipping

Dan Janssen loves his job as a baggage handler at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

“The best part about my job is my coworkers and friends,” writes Janssen, vice president of IAM Local 2323, in Rank and File, a Canadian labor news website. “There are many positions at the airport and we all play a critical role to ensure passengers and their belongings arrive safely and efficiently at their destinations.”

Why Raising the Minimum Wage Makes Sense for Pretty Much Everyone

The pervasive stereotype that a minimum wage increase would only help teenagers working part-time jobs is simply not true. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows us why.

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IAM Members Ratify New Agreement with General Electric

Workers at General Electric have ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement that includes more than 1,400 IAM members at several locations throughout the country.

IAM Long Beach, CA City Employees Rally for New Contract

Long Beach City employees staged a rally and a march to City Hall to demand a fair contract from the City of Long Beach, CA. The IAM employees have been in contract negotiations since October of last year.

Winpisinger Center Spanish Leadership Working Group Expands

The Spanish Leadership Working Group met for a groundbreaking session the first week in July at the William W. Winpisinger CenterSeven new members from across the IAM joined the existing members of the Working Group for an intense week of curriculum review and revision, training and planning.  This expansion reflects the increased workload created by the growing number of Spanish language programs offered at the Winpisinger Center, as well as the demographic changes within the American workforce.

El Grupo de Facilitadores en el Centro de Educación Winpisinger de Liderazgo en Español se Expande

El grupo de facilitadores de Liderazgo en Español se reunieron la semana pasada en una sesión innovadora en el Centro William W. Winpisinger (WWW ).  Siete miembros nuevos se unieron con el grupo existente por una semana de entrenamiento y planificación intenso.  Esta expansión refleja la creciente cantidad de trabajo creado por el gran número de programas ofrecidos ahora en el Centro, así como los cambios demográficos en la fuerza laboral Americana.

MD Higher Education Commission Approves IAM / Empire State College Partnership Program

Today, the Maryland Higher Education Commission formally approved the IAM/Empire State College (ESC) Partnership.  The IAM/Empire State College Partnership allows members to pursue or complete a Baccalaureate Degree through a combination of prior learning, existing college credits, and coursework at the Winpisinger Center. 

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TWU-IAM Association Moves Closer to Joint Contract with American

Twenty-four negotiators from the TWU-IAM Association met last week at the Winpisinger Center to prepare for joint contract negotiations with the new American Airlines. The Negotiating Committees represent Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and MCT/Stores employees at American.

WATCH: TWU-IAM Association Bargaining Prep at the Winpisinger Center.

Two Organizing Wins for Chicagoland Local 701

IAM Mechanics Local 701 recently organized 19 truck mechanics and 12 automotive mechanics in two separate Chicagoland campaigns.

“We welcome our new members into the IAM,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber. “We sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication of Mechanics Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli along with Organizers Rich Handler and Mike Wendling.”

Tell Congress to Keep Its Pension Promises

Congress snuck a cruel provision into last year’s must-pass spending bill, allowing troubled multiemployer pension plans to cut already-earned benefits for current retirees, many of whom gave up pay raises for the promise of a secure retirement. More than 10 million Americans depend on a multiemployer pension plan for their retirement.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.

Trumka Needs Only Six Words to Sum Up Walker Presidential Bid

Scott Walker is a national disgrace.

That was the statement released by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the Republican Wisconsin governor’s announcement on Monday that he is running for president.

Love Your Pet? Save on Food and Medication with Union Plus

As an IAM member pet owner, you ought to take advantage of the Union Plus Pet Services program which includes a 10 percent savings on pet food, toys and supplies. The program also offers $1 off all prescription medication and flea and tick products.

VISIT: Union Plus Pet Food, Medication and Toy Discount Page

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Tell Congress to Revive the Ex-Im Bank – U.S. Jobs Depend on it

A far-right minority in Congress has put the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, a crucial tool for creating and sustaining American jobs, at the brink of extinction. GOP leadership caved to Tea Party demands and the bank is no longer granting new loans after June 30, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, many in manufacturing, rely on loans the credit agency provides to foreign companies to buy American-made products, including airplanes.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to stop playing games with American jobs. Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank today.

Fast Track Passed, So What’s Next for the TPP? (VIDEO)

So-called Fast Track Trade Authority has passed Congress, but the IAM and all working Americans still have much to be worried about with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), says Owen Herrnstadt, the IAM’s Director of Trade and Globalization, in a new Machinists News Network video.

WATCH: “The Troubling TPP Trade Deal”

Long Beach City IAM Members to Rally for Contract

IAM-represented employees of Long Beach City, CA, who have gone more than nine months without a new contract, will hold a rally prior to the city’s July 14 council meeting.

Swedish Labor Union Visits IAM Headquarters (VIDEO)

The importance of union solidarity across international borders was apparent when staff members from the Swedish labor union IF Metall recently visited IAM Headquarters.

WATCH: “Swedish Labor Union Visits IAM Headquarters”

Time is Running Out to Enter the IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit your talent and feature your Lodge members at work. Less than a week is left to enter the 2015 IAM Photography Contest. Act today. The deadline for submissions has been extended until July 15.

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Aerospace Workers to Take Global Solidarity to New Level

Aerospace workers from around the world need to join together like never before.

That was the resounding message from the world’s most powerful aerospace unions at the IndustriALL Global Union’s Aerospace Conference, held July 1-2 in Berlin. IAM delegates joined unions representing aerospace workers in 16 countries to lay the foundation for a worldwide aerospace worker movement to confront a global aerospace industry.

NFFE-IAM Wins $125,000 Award for Local 1998 Members

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), which represents members in the Passport Services Office of the Department of State, has long been fighting unfair distribution of financial awards by management in the office. NFFE Local 1998 earned a significant victory with a recent arbitrator’s ruling in the matter.

GVP Martinez Inducted into Texas Labor-Management Hall of Fame

The Texas Labor-Management Conference (TXLMC) honored General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. last week by inducting him into the Texas Labor-Management Hall of Fame.  The award recognizes members of labor, management, academia and government who have contributed to furthering strong labor-management relations in the Lone Star State.

Southern Labor Archives Celebrate 125 Years of IAM in Canada

To help celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the first Machinists Local Lodge in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the Southern Labor Archives has created a new IAM Canada digital collection.

Register Now for IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Don’t forget to make plans to join fellow IAM activists at the 2015 Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference from October 7-11, 2015 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Summer will be over before you know it and you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Agency Fee Case

In a move with enormous implications for the entire U.S. labor movement, the Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear a case next year that could determine if agency fees in the public sector are a violation of free speech and association rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

October 6 Deadline to File Asbestos Claim in Garlock Bankruptcy

Machinists and others who were exposed to gaskets and packing material made by Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, have until October 6, 2015 to file a personal injury claim if they believe exposure to Garlock’s products caused or may cause asbestos-related disease.

To learn more and to file a claim, visit www.GarlockNotice.com or call 1-844-Garlock.

Time Running Out to Enter IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit your talent and feature your Lodge members at work. Enter the 2015 IAM Photography Contest today. The deadline for submissions has been extended until July 15th.

Enter to Win in the Guide Dogs Harley Davidson 2015 Raffle

Here is your chance to win a customized 2015 Harley Davidson FLHR Road King.

This November you could be driving to Thanksgiving Dinner on this beautiful, IAM-made, motorcycle. You will have also helped to support the Union’s number one charity, Guide Dogs of America.

Make this 4th of July a Union-Made Celebration

As the holiday weekend rapidly approaches, remember that we can all do our part by supporting workers and companies that produce high quality, union-made products.

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Machinists Union Celebrates 125th Anniversary in Canada

It was on June 27, 1890 that Canadian Machinists formed Local Lodge 103 in the City of Stratford, Ontario, 168 kilometers west of Toronto. Like their brothers in Atlanta, Georgia just two years before, it was railway workers, employed by the Grand Trunk Railway that brought our union to Canada. With that charter it became known as the International Association of Machinists or IAM.

IAM Members in Pennsylvania Win $1.6 Million Settlement

IAM members employed by URS Federal Support Services at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania won a landmark settlement thanks to grievances and subsequent arbitrations filed on their behalf by IAM District 1 Representatives.

Marine Base Contractors in North Carolina Vote IAM Yes

One hundred thirty three workers for EMI Services, LLC at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC voted IAM Yes for union representation.

Alabama Local 44 Member Mentors Rocket Team to Victory

Seven students from Russellville, AL, with the help of IAM Local 44 member Preston Burns, won world final competition of the Rocketry Challenge at the Paris Air Show. Burns served as their technical mentor and traveled with the team throughout all of their competitions.

Pinette Appointed Grand Lodge Auditor

IAM General Vice President Dora Cervantes has appointed IAM Local 837A Secretary-Treasurer Bryan Pinette to serve as a Grand Lodge Auditor. Pinette will service lodges in southern Missouri, Arkansas and Montana.

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Partnership Program Offers Labor Studies Degrees

When IAM Grand Lodge Representative Edison Fraser received his bachelor’s degree in labor studies from the National Labor College (NLC), he accomplished a goal of graduating college before his 18-year-old son Orantez.

Congressional Dems Introduce Voting Rights Act Fix

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon Johnson. It gave the federal government the power to ensure that all citizens could vote and prohibited states with a history of discrimination from changing voting procedures without federal permission.

Relive the IAM Industrial Conference in This Video

In Chicago, the signs of industry can be seen around every corner. So it only makes sense that the Windy City played host to the IAM’s 2015 Industrial Conference.

Watch the new Machinists News Network video, “Marking the Future.”

Republicans on Verge of Killing Ex-Im Bank

The Export-Import Bank has been a popular punching bag for the Tea Party over the last few years, and due to their pressure on more moderate Republicans, the bank’s doors could close within the next few months if Congress doesn’t reauthorize its funding by June 30.

Tell Congress to Reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Apply for the Only Credit Card Designed Especially for Machinists Union Members

Union Privilege has a Union Plus Machinists Credit Card designed to meet the needs of IAM members and their families.

To apply, go to MachinistsCard.com.

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Fast Track Moves Forward, Focus Turns To TPP

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a measure Tuesday that virtually assures a final passage of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other potential trade deals. The Fast Track legislation allows the administration to present free trade deals, such as TPP, to Congress for an up-or-down vote with no opportunity to offer amendments. Votes on the still-secret TPP and dubious aid for workers displaced by trade deals are yet to come.

IAM Family Members Awarded 2015 Union Plus Scholarships

Two of the winners in the 2015 Union Plus Scholarship Program represent the IAM. The list includes Nicholas Belsanti, who received a $500 award and Emily Foltz, who received a $2,000 award.

Learn More about the IAM Veteran Services Program (VIDEO)

The IAM Veteran Services Program is in place to help our union members who have served in or are retired from the military. As part of that program’s development, 15 veterans from across the U.S. and Canada took part in a week-long planning session at the William W. Winpisinger Center.

WATCH: IAM Veterans Service Program

Time Running Out to Enter IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss your chance to feature your Lodge members in the popular IAM Calendar. Just enter the IAM Photography Contest. The entry deadline is June 30, 2015.

Register Now for IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Don’t forget to make plans to join fellow IAM activists at the 2015 Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference from October 7-11, 2015 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Summer will be over before you know it and you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

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House Advances Fast Track, But TPP Battle Wages On

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 218 to 208 to narrowly advance Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Thursday. The Fast Track bill now goes to the Senate. Left unanswered is what will happen to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers hurt by bad trade agreements.  TAA was soundly defeated in the House last week and some Senate Democrats who voted for Fast Track in the past have indicated that they will not do so again without TAA.

GST Roach Endorses ‘Keeping Our Pension Promises’ Act

IAM General-Secretary Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., gave the Machinists Union’s strongest endorsement for legislation introduced today to prohibit cuts in pensions for workers who have already retired.

Chairman of Ex-Im Bank Speaks to IAM Industrial Conference

Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, addressed participants at the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago this week.

Industrial Conference Visits IAM Local 701 Auto Technician Apprenticeship Training Center

During IAM President Tom Buffenbarger’s keynote address to the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago, he emphasized the importance of training the next generation of workers. On Wednesday, conference participants and members of the Executive Council had the opportunity to see, first hand, a great example of that in action.

IAM ExpressJet Flight Attendants Pound the Pavement, Demand Equal Pay

IAM-represented ExpressJet Flight Attendants once again took their fight for equal pay public by conducting nationwide picketing with their AFA-CWA sisters and brothers.

Reminder: New Contact Info for IAM Employee Assistance Program

IAM members needing the confidential services of the IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can contact an EAP facilitator directly at 1-800-788-9044, by email at iameap@iamaw.org, or by calling the Retiree, Community and Membership Services Department at 301-967-4717.

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Urgent: Call NOW to Stop Fast Track for TPP

As we’ve said before, this Fast Track fight is far from over. House leadership is using legislative gimmickry to again bring Fast Track for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to a vote TODAY, Thursday, June 18.

The time to defeat Fast Track is NOW: Call your member of Congress at 855-712-8441 and let him or her know that we’re still engaged, and to vote NO on Fast Track.

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IAM Industrial Conference Kicks Off in Chicago

More than 350 IAM members, leadership and staff kicked off the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago, pledging to confront head on the challenges facing workers in the many industries the IAM represents.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using and following #IAMIndustrial2015.

Keep the Heat on Congress to Defeat Fast Track

On Friday Congress voted overwhelmingly to stall Fast Track, when Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) was soundly defeated. Our allies in the House heard our voices and took a stand for working families. But the fight isn’t over. Once and for all, legislators need to stop trade deals that are negotiated in secrecy and that do not have working Americans interests in mind. The White House and Republican leadership remain committed to passing Fast Track and its related legislation.

Schumer Visits IAM District 19 Workers in Hornell, NY

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer joined IAM District 19 leadership, to urge the Department of Transportation to green light Amtrak's efforts to buy brand new Acela trains. At Alstom Transport in Hornell, NY, Schumer, alongside Directing General Chairman John Lacey and General Chairman Gary Naylor, said the roughly $3 billion train project could significantly improve rail safety, Amtrak service and boost the local economy.

IAM Local 2379 Ready for Contract Talks after WWW Center Bargaining Class

The IAM Local 2379 Negotiating Committee, along with District 160 Business Representative Glenn Farmer, recently took part in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD. The Committee represents employees at Alcoa Intalco Works in Ferndale, WA, one of the few remaining primary aluminium smelters left in the United States.

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Call NOW: House Votes on Fast Track Today!

This is it. TODAY, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Let’s win this thing: Please call your representative at 888-804-8311 and urge him or her to vote NO on Fast Track.

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Call to Stop Fast Track Today!

If you care about the American middle class, now is the time to act. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) tomorrow, Friday, June 12.

We need all hands on deck: Call your representative at 888-804-8311 and urge him or her to vote NO on Fast Track.

Western Workers Choosing IAM for Voice on Job

The IAM Western Territory racked up several organizing victories in the last week of May, bringing in a total of 329 new members and raising the territory’s organizing success rate to 89 percent.

Missouri Machinist Wins Wrongful Discharge Case

In September 2013, IAM Local 387 member Frank Dupske was unjustly terminated from GKN Aerospace in Hazelwood, MO after 26 years on the job. District 837 immediately fought the discharge and won. He recently was made whole for all losses totaling over $130,000 in wages, overtime and benefits.

IAM Announces 2015 Scholarship Award Winners

The 2015 IAM Scholarship competition has concluded and the winners have been announced.

Click here to view the full list of recipients.

Last Chance to Bid in Guide Dogs of America Online Silent Auction

The 2015 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Silent Auction closes on Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m. EDT.

“We’re sure that somewhere among the over 330 items we have, there’s something you’ll want to bid on,” said GDA President Dale Hartford.

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Illinois Machinists Win Major NLRB Complaint at Al Piemonte Chevrolet

The National Labor Relations Board Region 13 issued a significant complaint against the Al Piemonte Chevrolet Dealership in East Dundee, IL on May 29, 2015. Nine Local 701 members have been on strike at this location for over 325 days – and locked out by the employer since February 2015 – over issues related to obtaining a first contract and Unfair Labor Practices committed by the dealership.

Spirit Ramp Agents Approve First Contract by 98 Percent

Recently-organized Spirit Airlines Ramp Agents have approved their first collective bargaining agreement by a staggering 98 percent.

The five-year first agreement runs through 2020 and provides between approximately 13 and 22 percent in general wage increases, no-layoff protection, no-outsourcing guarantees, benefit preservation, a formal grievance procedure ending in neutral arbitration and shrinks the time to achieve top pay from 12 years to seven.

IAM, Empire State College Take Next Step Toward Labor College Partnership

IAM members may be able to begin pursuing higher education degrees from the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Empire State College (ESC) as soon as September 2015. Classes from the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies and the ESC School of Graduate Studies will be offered at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

Machinists Union to Weigh Spirit AeroSystems Proposal

The IAM announced it would only consider serious proposals from Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems regarding the proposed sale of its fabrication unit, which produces aerospace components and employs more than 900 IAM members.

It’s Time for TPP Transparency

When IAM members and aligned community and labor activists knocked on the door of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office to see the secretly-negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), no one would even answer. That’s not what democracy looks like.

Click here to watch the new Machinists News Network video, “Time for TPP Transparency.”

GST Roach Assigns New Responsibilities for Roeper, Shemanski

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., has appointed Maria Roeper to be IAM Director of Human Resources, effective July 1, 2015. In addition to her human resources responsibilities, Roeper will continue to serve as counsel of the recently-formed IAM Health and Welfare Programs Department.

Union Transportation Available at Industrial Conference

Delegates attending the IAM 2015 Industrial Conference in Chicago can help support our TCU/IAM Brothers and Sisters at Airport Express Shuttle for transportation from either Midway or O’Hare Airports to the Chicago Hilton. Airport Express is offering IAM members a 20 percent discount for travel from either airport to the Chicago Hilton.

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Cadence-Giddens Aerospace Workers Vote to Join IAM

Hourly workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett, WA are now part of IAM District 751.

The National Labor Relations Board certified the results of the union election at the company, which had been held May 14-15. Hourly workers had voted by a roughly 3-to-2 margin in favor of joining the union.

Why Fast Track for TPP is Bad for IAM Members and How You Can Stop It

Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing to bring Fast Track legislation for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to a vote in the House. It’s up to us – IAM members, American workers, environmentalists, family farmers, civil rights advocates, consumers, Internet freedom activists, and thousands more – to derail Fast Track and preserve good-paying middle class jobs.

My Conversation with IP Tom Buffenbarger: How Tom Became a Union Leader and How You Can Too

Dan Janssen, a 34-year-old Young Machinist and vice president of IAM Local 2323 in Toronto, recently sat down with IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger during a week of leadership classes at the William W. Winpisinger Center.

IAM Welcomes Southwest Support Workers into Union

The IAM recently welcomed Southwest Airlines Source of Support (SOS) employees into the union after a majority of the work group signed authorization cards to join the IAM.

Bid Now in Guide Dogs of America Silent Auction

The 2015 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Silent Auction opens today, June 4, 2015. The event will run through June 14, 2015.

To begin your bidding, click here.

IAM Part of Coalition to Press Congress to Stop Human Trafficking

It is estimated that at least 12.3 million adults and children are enslaved around the world and that 56 percent are women and girls. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that in 2005, up to 1.2 million boys and girls were in forced labor situations as a result of human trafficking.

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Call TODAY to Stop Fast Track for TPP

The time to stop Fast Track is now or never.

This terrible trade negotiation policy recently passed in the Senate. And now that Congress is back from vacation, they’re expected to bring Fast Track to a vote any day now. Some of our lawmakers are pretty gung-ho on scratching the backs of their wealthy campaign donors by supporting Fast Track. But many of our elected officials can still be moved--especially if we remind them that we vote.

TAKE ACTION: Call your US Representative and ask them to oppose Fast Track right now. Call 1-855-712-8441.

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Hundreds March to Demand Full Text of TPP

Union members and concerned citizens marched to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office demanding to see the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secretly-negotiated trade deal that threatens workers’ rights, the environment and democracy as we know it.

Southern Workers Rise Up in Two More IAM Organizing Victories

The Southern Territory recently secured two more organizing victories on May 21 and now represents workers at PAE in Texas and URS in North Carolina. The organizing wins were the 10th and 11th of 2015 for the Southern Territory.

World Solidarity Reaches IAM Canadian Miners on Strike for Fairness

Global solidarity against a mining giant has stretched all the way from South Africa and Brazil to the IAM picket lines in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

The 180 members of IAM Local 1848 were recently given two surprise boosts not only to their morale, but to their strike fund.

Reid to Head IAM Safety and Health Department

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced that Grand Lodge Representative Jim Reid will take over as Director of the IAM’s Safety and Health Department, effective June 1, 2015.

IAM Bids Farewell to Retiring Safety and Health Director Mike Flynn

IAM Safety and Health Director Mike Flynn retired after over 42 years as a member, representative and staff member. Flynn’s retirement was effective June 1, 2015.

IAM Flight Attendants Celebrate International Cabin Crew Day

IAM District 142 celebrated International Cabin Crew Day on May 31 with IAM-represented Flight Attendants by thanking them for their vital role in keeping the skies safe and letting them know how truly appreciated they are.

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‘For Our Future!’: IAM Local S6 Rallies for U.S. Shipbuilding Jobs

IAM Local S6 members flooded Washington Street in Bath, ME last week to march in solidarity for U.S. shipbuilding jobs. More than one thousand IAM members, family, other unions and representatives from the Maine AFL-CIO marched from the Bath Iron Works (BIW) south gate to the Local S6 Union Hall for a rally.

WATCH: Trumka’s Message to IAM Members on Fast Track, TPP

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sat down with the Machinists News Network to talk about the importance of stopping President Obama’s push for “Fast Track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

WATCH: ViewPoint with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

IAM Sponsors Aviation High School Students in Skills Competition

IAM District 142 recently sponsored six students and their instructors from New York’s Aviation High School to participate in the Aviation Maintenance Skills Competition in Miami, FL.

WWW Center Prepares Tennessee Local 2544 for Upcoming Negotiations

The Negotiating Committee for IAM Local 2544 in Loudon, TN, along with staff members from District 711, attended the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center.

IAM Districts, Locals Can Still Apply for Labor-Management Committee Grants

The deadline for IAM Districts and Locals with labor-management committees to apply for grants from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has been extended to June 15, 2015.

Want to See Your Photo in the 2016 IAM Calendar? Enter the IAM Photo Contest

Don’t miss your chance to feature your Lodge members in the popular IAM Calendar. Just enter the IAM Photography Contest. The entry deadline is June 30, 2015.

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Minnesota Machinist Wins Big Arbitration

In December 2012, IAM Local 760 member Bill Maruk was terminated from his job at Boise Paper in International Falls, MN for insubordination. The IAM filed a grievance on behalf of the 41-year member, but the case went to arbitration after several unsuccessful attempts to resolve the matter.

Activists Pressure Hoyer to Stop Fast Track, TPP

A small but determined group of union members and community activists gathered at Rep. Steny Hoyer’s district office in Waldorf, MD to urge Hoyer to vote “no” on Fast Track Trade authority that if passed, will make it easier to pass the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  trade agreement.

WATCH: “Fast Track Protestors Demand Rep. Hoyer Take a Stand

New York Local 330 Completes WWW Negotiating Preparation Class

Members of the Negotiating Committee for IAM Local 330 in Cheektowaga, NY, along with members from District 65, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD.

GDA Online Silent Auction Opens June 4

The 2015 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Silent Auction will open on Thursday, June 4. The event will run through June 14, 2015.

IAM Flight Attendant Local 2339 Participates in AIDS Walk New York

IAM Local 2339 in Newark, NJ continued its annual participation in AIDS Walk New York raising a total of $1,765. Members, family and friends took part in the event along with members of Chicago Local 2339.

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A Memorial Day Message from International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger

When we celebrate Memorial Day this year by firing up the barbeques and looking forward to the summer ahead, let’s make a special effort to remember why we observe this important national holiday. We must never forget the men and women who answered our country’s call to serve our nation in our armed forces, especially those who gave their lives to defend the freedoms we enjoy.

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U.S. Labor Board Certifies IAM-TWU Partnership at New American Airlines

Transport Workers Union (TWU) as joint administrators for labor contracts covering 30,000 workers employed at the recently merged US Airways and American Airlines.

South Texas Detention Center Workers Go IAM

IAM District 776 can chalk up another important organizing win, this time in Laredo, TX. Seventy-three workers at the Rio Grande Detention Center, employed by GEO Group, voted overwhelmingly to join the IAM.

Senate Narrowly Advances Fast Track; Act Now to Stop TPP

After another round of intense pressure from the White House, the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on President Obama’s Fast-Track trade authority bid for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), setting the stage for a final Senate vote on the bill in the next few days.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to vote “no” on Fast Track for TPP. Call your Senators at 202-224-3121.

Unions: The Great Pay Equalizer for Women

In a recent editorial, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler debunks a ridiculous claim by Republican presidential hopeful and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina that union workplaces foster pay discrepancies between men and women.

Midwest Territory Hosts Illinois Student for Job Shadowing Day

Jared Podgorny, an eighth-grader from Manhattan, IL, worked closely with IAM Grand Lodge Representative Rick Mickschl during Job Shadowing Day at the IAM Midwest Territory office.

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Decades of Broken Promises in Trade Deals, Report Shows

A newly published report by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivers a scathing assessment of the failure of the Obama and previous administrations to enforce labor standards in foreign trade agreements.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to vote “no” on Fast Track for TPP. Call your Senators at 202-224-3121.

Buffenbarger Welcomes Sweden PM Löfven to IndustriALL Summit in Stockholm

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger introduced Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to a gathering of IndustriALL leaders this week in Stockholm, Sweden, welcoming the former welder and trade union leader as a driving force in the global struggle for all progressive efforts.

IAM District 9 Fights for Justice, Wins Back Pay

Jacob Harmon, a member of IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, IL, has his job back and more than $50,000 in back pay after an arbitrator found the company, Global Brass, did not have just cause for his termination.

Shutout: Right-to-Work-For-Less Gets Zero Votes in Illinois

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner was dealt another blow to his right-wing agenda when the Illinois House unanimously shot down an anti-worker right-to-work bill.

Register Now for IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Make plans now to join fellow IAM activists at the 2015 Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference from October 7-11, 2015 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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IAM Activists Bring Power of the People to Capitol Hill

Hundreds of IAM members concluded a busy week of lobbying elected officials on behalf of all working Americans at the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

Fast Track Fight Wages On – Your Help Needed to Defeat TPP

After bowing to strong pressure from the White House, enough Senate Democrats made concessions on Thursday to advance a bill that would eventually “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without meaningful debate or any opportunity to offer amendments.

Outrageous: Top CEOs Make 373 Times the Average U.S. Worker

The AFL-CIO has released its latest Executive PayWatch report, and it isn’t pretty for America’s workers.

The pay gap between CEOs and the typical worker widened to a whopping 373-to-1 in 2014.

May 20 Deadline for Industrial Conference Special Room Rate

Wednesday, May 20 is the extended deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Pensacola Local 192 Celebrates 95 Years Today

First chartered on May 14, 1920, IAM Local 192 has now been fighting for workers at Naval Air Station Pensacola for 95 years.

“Today, all of the IAM celebrates the many years of solidarity and hard work of Local 192,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “These dedicated unionists and American patriots have helped keep our troops safe for nearly a century, and for that we could not be more grateful.”

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‘Enough of the Status Quo’: IAM Members Take On, Push Back Fast Track

It took Machinists Union activists less than 24 hours to make their presence felt on Capitol Hill.

The 2015 IAM Legislative Conference kicked off Monday, just as Congress was considering a bill to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a measure that would bar Congress from any meaningful debate or ability to offer amendments to the massive free trade deal.

Missouri in Crosshairs of Right to Work for Less Ambush

A Missouri Senate subcommittee has approved legislation that moves the Show Me State closer to becoming the 26th right-to-work (for less) state in the country.

Barber Preaches Labor Rights as Vehicle for Change (VIDEO)

Dr. William Barber, II, the outspokenly progressive North Carolina pastor, spoke at Georgetown University recently to drive home the importance of religion and organized labor working together to enact social and economic change.

WATCH: “Preaching Labor Rights and Religion

Photo Contest Deadline Nears

Don’t miss your chance to feature your Lodge members in the popular IAM Calendar. Just enter the IAM Photography Contest. The entry deadline is June 30, 2015.

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Activist Alert: Call Your Senators Today to Stop Fast Track

Call your Senators now. Tell them to vote “no” to Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

TAKE ACTION: Call your Senators at 202-224-3121. Can’t call? Send an email.

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SUNY to Honor GST Roach With Distinguished Alumni Award

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr., class of 1996, will be honored with the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award at the college's celebration of Black History and Alumni Award event on Thursday, May 7, 2015

IAM’s Kleinsteuber Wins Seat in Canadian Electoral ‘Orange Wave’

History was made in Alberta’s elections and the Machinists Union played a part. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) won a landslide victory, sweeping away the ruling Conservatives after 44 years in power in an “Orange Wave.” Orange is the color of the NDP.

Last Chance for Special Hotel Rate at IAM Industrial Conference

Friday, May 8 is the deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. 

Click here for the official call and registration form.

Eastern Territory Scores Organizing Win at Penske Truck Leasing

IAM District 15 in New York overcame an aggressive anti-union campaign by managers at Penske Truck Leasing’s Bridgeport, NJ facility, and won collective bargaining rights for more than two dozen Technicians and Customer Service Representatives.

Air Canada Torpedoes Hundreds of Fueler Jobs

In a move that will cost hundreds of Canadian aircraft fuelers their jobs, Air Canada this week walked away from long-term agreements with aviation fuel providers in Montreal and Toronto. When Air Canada was joined by West Jet, Air Transat and others, it meant the dismantling of the Canadian airline fuel consortium and the loss of hundreds of good-paying jobs.

Walls Appointed to Grand Lodge Staff

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced that, effective May 1, 2015, Robert D. Walls has been appointed to the Grand Lodge staff as a Special Representative for the Woodworkers’ Department.

IAM Mourns Oklahoma Local 898 Stalwart Bud Lewis

Bud Lewis, a 37-year member of IAM Local 898 and HPWO Coordinator at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK, passed away May 3, 2015, after an extended illness.

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Machinists Union Celebrates 127th Birthday

“From the cloak of secrecy in an Atlanta railroad pit to a world-renowned labor organization today, the Machinists Union has much to be proud of in its 127 years of fighting for workers,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “We’re a far cry from the 19 men who began this journey, but IAM founder Tom Talbot would be proud of the dynamic and diverse union we’ve become.

Machinists at United Launch Alliance Ratify New Contract

IAM members in California, Florida and Alabama voted early this week by 53 percent to ratify a new three-year agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA). The contract features a 7 percent wage hike, a $6,000 ratification bonus, three annual COLA payments of $850 and 36 paid holidays over the life of the accord.

Manitoba Local 1848 Begins Strike at Hudbay

IAM Local 1848 members at Hudbay Minerals, Inc. in Manitoba, Canada have set up picket lines at the company’s operations in Flin Flon and Snow Lake.

Last Chance for Special Hotel Rate at IAM Industrial Conference

Friday, May 8 is the deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Click here for the official call and registration form.

Another Victory in Texas Propels IAM Forward

Organizing successes in the Southern Territory continue to add members and recognition for the IAM.  Most recently, helicopter mechanics at PAE in Laredo, TX voted unanimously to join the IAM.

Apply Now for Labor-Management Committee Grants

IAM Districts and Locals with labor-management committees have until May 31, 2015 to apply for grants from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

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IAM Steps Up to Support Veteran Job Training

IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen and a delegation of IAM representatives from Southern California visited Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit organization that provides job training to veterans, to deliver a donation from the IAM and forge a partnership.

Florida Local 2777 Machinists at L-3 Vertex Approve New Contract

More than 200 members of IAM Local 2777 in Milton, FL have ratified a strong collective bargaining agreement with L-3 Vertex Aerospace at Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Milton, FL.

Union Organizing and Voting Rights with IAM Activist Clarence Gaskins (VIDEO)

IAM retiree Clarence Gaskins recently turned 76, but the longtime union activist and Connecticut Local 700 member isn’t slowing down.

WATCH: “How Many Bubbles in a Bar of Soap?”

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Right to Unionize, Poll Finds

A large majority of Americans support the right of workers to join a union, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center.

Fifty-two percent of those polled said declining union density is bad for working people. Since 1983, the share of workers represented by a union has dropped by about half to 12.3 percent.

Last Chance to Register for 2015 IAM Women’s Training

Are you a proud IAM member who wants to learn how to increase the role of women in your union? The IAM has the training for you.

The Women’s Basic Program will be held May 31-June 6, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The deadline to submit your registration is Wednesday, May 6.

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IAM Salutes Fallen Members on Workers’ Memorial Day

Each year, the labor movement sets aside April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day to honor the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year. It is also a day to resolve to take action to ensure workers everywhere are as free as possible from workplace hazards.

2,000 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose Fast Track for TPP

The IAM is among an unprecedented movement of labor, environmental, faith and other organizations to escalate their campaign to defeat Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with a joint 2,009-group letter urging Congress to oppose it.

Don’t Miss the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference

May 8 is the deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Click here for the official call and registration form.

Last Call for Newsletter and Website Contest Entries

There’s still time to enter your newsletter or website in the annual IAM Newsletter and Website Contest. The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday, May 8, 2015.

For further information, call the IAM Communications Department at 301-967-4520.

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Texas NFFE-IAM Local 2189 Honored for Organizing Win

IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin presented NFFE-IAM Local 2189 a crystal appreciation award for their help and support of the organizing effort for Service Contract employees working for URS at Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, TX.

Louisiana Local 470 Machinists Ink Three-Year Contract at Axiall

About 600 members of IAM Local 470 in Lake Charles, LA ratified a new three-year deal with Axiall Corp., a chemical products company.

The new contract removed most of the two-tier wage system implemented in the 2009 contract.

Arrive a Member, Leave a Leader: The Latest from the Winpisinger Center (VIDEO)

Chris Wagoner, director of the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, is excited about the expanding opportunities for IAM members at the Hollywood, MD training center.

WATCH: “Viewpoint with Chris Wagoner”

Deadline Extended for Federal Workers Collective Bargaining Class

The registration deadline has been extended to May 3 for the Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program to be held June 21-26, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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It’s Crunch Time: Tell Congress to Vote No on Fast Track for TPP

An upcoming vote in the U.S. Senate to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Latin American and Asian countries, represents “the same old corporate-driven approach to trade that has cost America hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs,” writes IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in a letter to Congress.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your members of Congress to vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP

Washington State Jorgensen Forge Machinists Approve First IAM Contract

Machinists Union members who work at Jorgensen Forge Corp. (JFC) in Tukwila, WA will get their first pay raises in seven years after ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement.

Video: A Conversation on Federal Worker Issues

Whether it’s keeping our military safe, taming forest fires, caring for veterans, or a host of other jobs, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) are doing important work on behalf of the American people every day.

WATCH: “Viewpoint with Randy Erwin”

Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger on May 9

The IAM is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help collect donated food in more than 10,000 communities for the annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive. The 23rd annual food drive is set for Saturday, May 9.

We Want to See You in DC for the IAM Legislative Conference

Time is running out to register for the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference.

The conference will be held May 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC

FSC Helps Undermine Woodworkers’ Rights by Certifying Fiji Wood Products

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), in direct conflict with its own criteria and in the face of International Labour Organization (ILO) reports, continues to certify Fiji Pine and Tropik Wood Products with a certificate for sustainable forest management and a Chain of Custody license. As each piece of Fiji Pine wood that carries an FSC logo enters the market, the hopes of our union brothers and sisters in the Fiji Sugarcane and General Workers Union (FSGWU) for a union contract and decent working conditions sink lower and lower.

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Beechcraft Aircraft Mechanics Join Wichita Local 774

IAM District 70 organized 109 aircraft mechanics and other technicians at the Beechcraft Service Center in Wichita, KS, in the wake of a card check recognition agreement with the company. A third-party local minister oversaw the card check process and confirmed majority support for the IAM.

IAM Responds to Deeply Flawed Fast Track Legislation

“We are angered and deeply disappointed that the legislation introduced today repeats the same old corporate-driven approach to trade that has cost America hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

NMB Rules American Airlines a Single Carrier

In an announcement that brings more than 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores employees at American Airlines a step closer to joint contract negotiations, the National Mediation Board (NMB) ruled that the carrier is operating as a single transportation system.

IAM Scholarship Judges Confer to Select Winners

Judges for the 2015 IAM Scholarship Competition met at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD to choose the 2015 Scholarship winners from a field of more than 300 entries. Winners will be contacted first and the will be announced in early summer.

Register Now for the IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Make plans now to join fellow IAM activists at the 2015 Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference from October 7-11, 2015 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Deadline Approaching for IAM Industrial Conference

May 8 is the deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Click here for the official call and registration form.

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IAM’s Babineaux Talks Labor at National Action Network Convention

“The labor movement needs to stand together like never before to fight attacks on working Americans,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux at a panel on labor at the 2015 National Action Network Conference in New York, NY.

Negotiations Begin at United Launch Alliance, New Rocket Announced

As the IAM opened negotiations with United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Huntsville, AL, ULA announced the new Next Generation Launch System (NGLS) will be built in the IAM-represented facility at Decatur, AL. ULA CEO Tory Bruno said that the rocket would be 100% American made.

Solidarity for Locked Out IAM Auto Mechanics at Al Piemonte Chevrolet

For nine months, management at the Al Piemonte East Dundee, IL dealership has refused to bargain in good faith with the new members of IAM Local 701.

Equal Pay Day: Women Still Earning Less Than Men

This year, April 14 is the day that symbolizes how much extra a woman must work in 2015 to make the same as a man did in 2014.

Click here for more information from the Department of Labor on equal pay and here for information about the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Walmart and Low-Wage Workers to Stage Protests April 15

Walmart, McDonalds and thousands of other low-wage and fast food workers are staging strikes and rallies in hundreds of cities nationwide and 35 countries as part of the growing Fight for $15 movement to raise workers’ wages to $15 per hour and have the right to join a union.

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IAM, Labor Launch Campaign to Train, Organize Immigrant Workers

A group of IAM members spent a week developing skills to better interact with immigrants, especially those in search of strong union representation.

Watch: “IAM Attends Labor Immigration Conference

TPP Trade Deal Protects Profits Over People

Newly-leaked classified documents show that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would greatly expand the “investor-state” provisions that permit corporations to use private World Bank or United Nations Tribunals to demand compensation for any environmental, labor, public health, consumer safety, financial regulation or other protective laws that could diminish any “expected future profits.”

Tell Congress to Support Transportation Equity

We count on the construction and maintenance of highways, roads and bridges, as well as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to connect us to jobs, schools, housing, health care, grocery stores and more. But political uncertainty in Washington, DC has slowed or stopped work on critical projects our nation depends on, putting jobs at risk and slowing future investment.

TAKE ACTION: Today, April 9, is Speak Up for Transportation Day! Call senators today (202-224-3121) and urge them to speak up for transportation by asking their colleagues on the Senate Budget Committee to support the GROW AMERICA Act 2.0 as the model for transportation equity.

Register Now for 2015 IAM Legislative Conference

Time is running out to register for the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference.

The conference will be held May 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

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Delta Flight Attendants Determined to Prevail

For the past few years the IAM has supported a historic organizing drive by Delta Flight Attendants. This campaign offered the opportunity to participate in an election to determine whether you would be represented by a strong union and protected by an industry leading contract or continue to be employees serving at the whim of the company.

Video: IAM Members at Southwest Airlines Ink Industry-Leading Contract

Nearly 7,000 IAM-represented Southwest Airlines customer service and reservations agents officially ratified an industry leading contract after two years of negotiations.

Watch: "The Sky's the Limit at Southwest Airlines"

Register Now for IAM Industrial Conference

Register now for the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The conference will prepare IAM representatives and members in several key economic sectors to better meet the challenges of organizing and bargaining in today’s fast-paced economic environment.

Photo and Newsletter/Website Contest Reminder

April 17, 2015 is the deadline to enter the IAM Newsletter and Website Contest and June 30 is the deadline for the IAM Photo Contest. 

Click here for complete contest rules, entry forms, the official call and other pertinent information.

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IAM Flight Attendants Rally for Fair Pay

Outside the busiest terminals at Washington National Airport, the calls rang out: “No Justice! No Peace!”

IAM Flight Attendants and cabin crew from regional airlines were picketing against a corporate race to the bottom that’s left them with less pay and fewer benefits than their mainline colleagues.

Obama Smacks Down GOP Attack on Union Elections

A streamlined and simpler election process for workers seeking a union will stand after President Obama vetoed a Republican measure that would have blocked the common sense rule changes.

IAM District 14 Member Hunts Kansas Whitetail as Brotherhood Outdoors’ First Canadian Guest

Brotherhood Outdoors’ very first Canadian guest, Jim Pruner, resides in Airdrie, Alberta, and works at a diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. He has not enjoyed hunting nearly as long as he’s enjoyed fishing, but, to him, there is no comparison when it comes to what he enjoys most.

Workers’ Memorial Day Set for April 28

The IAM will remember members who have died on the job during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.  The unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year.

Last Chance to Register for IAM Legislative Conference

 The cut-off date for a special room rate at the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference is Friday, April 3.

Download the official call letter for more details on the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference.

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New Study Spotlights U.S. Job Loss From Trade Deals

Need another reason to oppose Fast Track and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement? Promises of new jobs and growing exports from past trade deals haven’t lived up to the hype, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Fast Track For the TPP and if your current or past job, family or community been affected by NAFTA and other past U.S. trade deals, tell us your story and we’ll share it with your U.S. Representative and Senator.

IAM Prepares for Mechanic and Related Negotiations at Air Wisconsin

With Mechanic and Related negotiations approaching at Air Wisconsin Airlines, IAM-represented mechanics from the carrier convened at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center to prepare for the upcoming round of collective bargaining with the regional carrier.

Video: Machinists Remember Those Who Marched in Selma

Fifty years ago, what happened in Selma changed the world.

Five decades later, the IAM again joined thousands in the labor, civil and human rights movements to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

Watch “We are One”

Savoie Appointed Grand Lodge Auditor

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. has appointed Canadian Special Representative Robert Savoie to serve as Grand Lodge Auditor. Savoie will assume his new position on April 1, 2015 and will fill the vacancy created by Grand Lodge Auditor Leo Gulliani who is retiring at the end of April after 30 years of steadfast service.

Registration Reminder for IAM Industrial Conference

Don’t forget to register for the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The conference will prepare IAM representatives and members in several key economic sectors to better meet the challenges of organizing and bargaining in today’s fast-paced economic environment.

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NLRB Approves Election for Machinists at Boeing

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved an agreement between the IAM and the Boeing Company that establishes the date, time, duration and eligible voters for a union representation election among more than 3,000 workers at Boeing’s 787 production facility in North Charleston, SC.

Long Beach IAM Members Rally for Fair Contract

Hundreds of Long Beach, CA city employees, members of IAM Local 1930, flocked to City Hall on Tuesday to protest the lack of progress in current contract negotiations.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Q&A with IAM Trailblazer Shelley Kessler

California labor leader and longtime IAM member Shelley Kessler tells the story of her start in the labor movement and discusses challenges facing women in the workplace in a Q&A celebrating Women’s History Month.

Canadian IAM Member Reflects on AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit

Dan Janssen, vice president of IAM Local 2323 in Ontario, Canada, gives a candid first-person account of his time planning the future of the labor movement at the AFL-CIO’s 2015 NextUp Young Workers Summit.

Deadline Extended to Register for Young Machinists Training

The deadline to register for the IAM Young Workers Strategy Program, to be held May 3-8, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD, has been extended to Wednesday, April 1.

Enroll Now for Federal Employee’s Advanced Program

The IAM will conduct the 2015 Federal Employees’ Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 12-17, 2015.

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Urge Your Representative to Vote "No" on H.Con.Res. 27

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote Thursday, March 26,on H.Con.Res. 27, the proposed Concurrent Resolution on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The IAM urges all members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to vote “No” on this budget bill. This extreme budget would gouge hundreds of billions from dedicated civil servants and makes hard-working federal employees scapegoats for a dysfunctional Congress.

Take Action Now:  Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and tell your member of Congress to vote "NO on H.Con.Res. 27.

Click here to urge your Representative to vote "NO" on the Upcoming Budget.

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Young Machinists Inspire Change at NextUp Young Worker Summit

The IAM’s young activists helped shape the future of the labor movement at the 2015 AFL-CIO NextUp Young Worker Summit in Chicago.

This is their story, in their words.

New Mexico, Kentucky Say ‘No Thanks’ to Right-to-Work-For-Less

IAM and labor activists beat back so-called “right-to-work” bills, at least for now, in New Mexico and Kentucky, and continue to fight against the GOP’s sneak attack against organized labor in Wisconsin.

WATCH: "Educating the Public about Right-to-Work Laws"

IAM Protects Members During Simpson Sawmill Sales

When Simpson Lumber Company put its sawmilling operations up for sale in December 2014 and put IAM members at risk, quick action by District W24 representatives helped save jobs and provide substantial benefits for those who were displaced.

Video: A Conversation on Activism with APRI President Clayola Brown

Lifelong labor activist Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, sat down with the Machinists News Network to share her thoughts on race, voting rights and the future of activism on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

WATCH: “ViewPoint with Clayola Brown”

Rally Today: Come Support a Fair Contract for Long Beach Machinists

More than 3,500 IAM-represented City of Long Beach, CA employees are holding a rally prior to tonight’s city council meeting to demand dignity and respect in the negotiation process.

Less Than Two Weeks to Register for 2015 IAM Legislative Conference

The cut-off date for a special room rate at the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference is April 3.

The conference will be held May 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

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Support Grows For Boeing South Carolina Workers

Support from the labor community and fellow IAM members is growing for workers at the Boeing plant in North Charleston, SC who took a crucial step toward winning a strong voice on their pay, benefits and working conditions when they filed for an election to determine if they will be represented by the IAM, North America’s largest and most powerful aerospace union.

GOP Congress Tries to Block Fair Election Rules

The GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a resolution to overturn new rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that streamline the union election process to make it fairer for workers, employers and unions.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the House to Vote NO on Disapproval of New NLRB Election Rules

Founder’s Grandson Visits Guide Dogs of America

The IAM’s favorite charity, the Guide Dogs of America (GDA), recently welcomed the grandson of a former IAM member who was the catalyst for GDA’s founding nearly 70 years ago.

Register Now for IAM Industrial Conference

Register now for the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The conference will prepare IAM representatives and members in several key economic sectors to better meet the challenges of organizing and bargaining in today’s fast-paced economic environment.

Newsletter and Website Contest Deadline Extended to April 17

There’s still time to enter your newsletter or website in the annual IAM Newsletter and Website Contest. The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2015.

Reminder: New Contact Info for IAM Employee Assistance Program

IAM members needing the confidential services of the IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can contact an EAP facilitator directly at 1-800-788-9044, by email at iameap@iamaw.org, or by calling the Retiree, Community and Membership Services Department at 301-967-3433.

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Cervantes, Conigliaro to Assume New Leadership Roles

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced at the MNPL Planning Committee meeting in Houston, TX that General Vice President Dora Cervantes will be the new IAM General Secretary-Treasurer following the retirement of General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) Robert Roach, Jr. District 15 President and Directing Business Representative James Conigliaro will fill the post of General Vice President now held by Cervantes.

Boeing Workers, IAM to Seek Union Election in South Carolina

Workers at the Boeing Company in North Charleston, SC and the IAM have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold an election for more than 2,400 production employees at the plant.

Tell Us How Free Trade Deals Have Affected You

Congress is pushing legislation that would “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – the biggest free trade mistake since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

TAKE ACTION: Share your unfair trade story today

Aviation High School Students Visit Winpisinger Center

For the 13th consecutive year, students from New York City’s Aviation High School visited the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD for a unique look inside the U.S. transportation industry.

Deadline Approaching for 2015 IAM Legislative Conference

Do you have an issue you want to raise with your elected officials in Washington, DC? From political novices to seasoned experts, the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference is the perfect opportunity to hear from the most powerful voices in Washington, and lobby your Senators and Representative on issues like workers’ rights, trade and more.

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Conigliaro Tapped For General Vice President Post

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger made a further announcement at the MNPL Planning Committee meeting in Houston, TX that District 15 President and Directing Business Representative James Conigliaro will fill the post of General Vice President (GVP) in the General Secretary-Treasurer’s (GST) Department when current GVP Dora Cervantes becomes the new General Secretary-Treasurer.

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Cervantes to be Next IAM General Secretary-Treasurer

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced that current General Vice President Dora Cervantes will become the IAM’s new General Secretary-Treasurer following the retirement of General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) Robert Roach, Jr. Buffenbarger made the announcement during his remarks at the IAM MNPL National Planning Committee meeting in Houston, TX.

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Tell the New Mexico Senate to Reject Right-to-Work Law

New Mexico’s working families breathed a collective sigh a relief when their state Senate tabled a so-called “right-to-work” bill, but the fight may not be over.

New Mexico Residents - TAKE ACTION: tell your state Senate to resist any attempt to make your state “right-to-work” (for less).

GST Roach Expands IAM Leadership in International Worker Organization

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., recently returned from the first Internal Auditors meeting of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Brussels, Belgium.

Register Now for IAM Industrial Conference

Register now for the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The conference will prepare IAM representatives and members in several key economic sectors to better meet the challenges of organizing and bargaining in today’s fast-paced economic environment.

Video: How Guide Dogs of America Gives ‘Tails of Independence’

A new video tells the remarkable first-person stories of how visually-impaired men and women are finding independence from guide dogs donated and trained by the Guide Dogs of America (GDA), and how GDA makes sure every dog is a perfect match for their human partner.

Join Us in Washington, DC for the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference

Do you have an issue you want to raise with your elected officials in Washington, DC? From political novices to seasoned experts, the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference is the perfect opportunity to hear from the most powerful voices in Washington, and lobby your Senators and Representative on issues like workers’ rights, trade and more.

San Diego Local 389 Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Program

IAM San Diego Local 389 members at industrial gas turbine manufacturer Solar Turbines geared up for upcoming contract talks by attending a Negotiation Preparation class at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center.

Register Now for Federal Employee’s Basic and Collective Bargaining Programs

Two important programs for federal workers are being offered by the IAM Government Employees Department at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD.

The Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program will be held June 21-26, 2015 and the registration deadline is April 26. The Federal Employees’ Basic Program will be held June 28-July 3, 2015 and the registration deadline is May 3.

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50 Years Later, Machinists March for Voting Rights in Selma

One newspaper referred to Selma, AL as a tiny town on the outskirts of nowhere, but for 72 hours this week, Selma rose to its full height as the living, breathing center of the civil rights universe. With more than 60,000 marchers converging on the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the world was once again given images from the same place marchers were being clubbed, gassed and trampled in 1965.

IAM Lobbies on Capitol Hill to Stop Fast Track, Save US Jobs

IAM members joined a blitz of union activists in Washington, DC to lobby against a dangerous proposal to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade deal that will allow more of the same trade policies that have hurt working families for the last 20 years.

Walker Continues Attack on Wisconsin Working Families

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker continued his attack on working families by pushing through and then signing “Right-to-Work” (for less) legislation, making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass similar laws.

IAM Prepares for Contract Talks at General Electric

IAM members of the Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) at General Electric met to prepare for joint negotiations with General Electric for a new contract covering 15,000 workers at the company. The IAM represents approximately 1,500 workers at five locations and is one of the 11 unions of the CBC.

IAM Mourns Passing of Val Bourgeois

Val Bourgeois, the first IAM Canadian General Vice President to be elected by Canadian members, has passed away at the age of 84.

Bourgeois served two terms as Canadian General Vice President, first elected in 1985 and then again in 1989.

Register Now for 2015 Women’s, Human Rights Classes

Are you a proud IAM member who wants to learn how to increase the role of women in your union? Or an aspiring human rights activist who wants to help combat bullying, discrimination and harassment? The IAM has the training for you.

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Solidarity Prevails in IAM Showdown with Kentucky Contractor

Members of IAM Local 219 voted on Monday to ratify a new contract with defense contractor Allsource Global Management (AGM), a Lockheed Martin subcontractor, at the Bluegrass Station Army Depot near Lexington, KY. The new contract restores nearly all of the proposed cutbacks that triggered the October 1, 2014 strike and forced members onto picket lines for five months.

IAM Members Ready to Storm Capitol Hill to Stop Fast Track

The IAM is joining the AFL-CIO and other allied unions and organizations in a Stop Fast Track Lobby Day on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. IAM members will be out in force, meeting with U.S. Senators and Representatives to explain why Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is shaping up to be a disaster for America’s working families.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP

Workers Everywhere Deserve an Apology for Walker’s Outrageous Comments

Working people in Wisconsin were having a bad week already.

Their own state representatives, paid for and bought out by corporate interests, are ramming through a so-called “right-to-work” law for no other reason than to silence workers’ voices and eviscerate unions. Anti-worker Gov. Scott Walker said he expects to sign the legislation into law this week.

District 837 New Machinists Picket with Local 701 Strikers

The IAM District 837 “New Machinists,” a grassroots group of the younger and newly-initiated members, drove nearly five hours after their night shifts in St. Louis to show solidarity to striking IAM Local 701 members in East Dundee, IL.

Register for Young Machinists Training by March 18

The deadline to register for the IAM Young Workers Strategy Program, to be held May 3-8 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD, is only two weeks away.

Join Us in Washington, DC for the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference

Do you have an issue you want to raise with your elected officials in Washington, DC? From political novices to seasoned experts, the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference is the perfect opportunity to hear from the most powerful voices in Washington, and lobby your Senators and Representative on issues like workers’ rights, trade and more.

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Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Power Grab

Wisconsin’s state Senate approved a right-to-work bill in an “extraordinary legislative session” on Wednesday, cutting off debate on the measure that will weaken unions and transfer even more power from workers to corporations.

Tea Party Conservatives Again Targeting Ex-Im Bank, U.S. Jobs

Far-right Republicans in Congress are again circling the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, hoping to kill the independent credit agency that helps U.S. companies sell products to foreign buyers and supported more than 200,000 American jobs in 2013 alone.

IAM, NFFE Mourn Sudden Death of NFFE Attorney Phil Snodgrass, 27

The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) are mourning the tragic death of NFFE-IAM Assistant General Counsel Philip Snodgrass, 27, who on Monday, February 23 was struck and killed by an erratic driver who drove off a street and onto a sidewalk in downtown Washington, DC.

Buffenbarger On-Hand as Iowa Machinists Elect New Leadership

The Iowa State Council of Machinists received an unexpected visitor during their spring business and election meeting on February 14, 2015, in Des Moines.

Union Plus Launches Video Campaign

In a series of new videos, find out why IAM members should switch to the credit card designed to meet their needs: the Union Plus Machinists Credit Card.

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Wisconsin in Crosshairs of Right-to-Work Sneak Attack

After saying in his re-election bid that he wouldn’t push for so-called right-to-work legislation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) now says he will sign a bill being railroaded through the state’s General Assembly to make Wisconsin the country’s 25th right-to-work state.

Tell the Senate to Reject Disapproval of New NLRB Rules

Senate Republicans are pushing what’s known as a “resolution of disapproval” of modernized union election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to oppose S.J. Res. 8.

IAM Honors GST Roach, Historic Guest for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the IAM honored IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., as well as distinguished guest and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Joseph Carpenter.

Apprentices Graduate from IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Program

Five students in the IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Program are now journeymen.

WATCH: IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Graduation

Pelletier Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier, a member of IAM Local 700, has been elected to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, the labor organization announced at its council meetings.

NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof Admits He Was Wrong About Unions

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes in a recent op-ed that he has come around on labor unions, and now believes organized labor had, and continues to have, a critical role in combating rising income inequality.

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Puerto Rico Snack Stockers Vote IAM, Win Direct Employment

Ninety more workers in Puerto Rico have voted by a 94 percent margin to join the IAM.

The Frito-Lay snack stockers were working on a temporary basis before organizing with the IAM. They will now become direct employees of Pepsi Co./Frito-Lay and the newest members of IAM Local 2725.

Detroit Lightweight Innovation for Tomorrow Institute Opens

The IAM is a partner in a recently announced $148 million Department of Defense grant to open an advanced manufacturing institute in the Detroit area to develop methods, refine processes and train workers in lightweight and modern metals manufacturing.

New IAM Video: The Truth About Right-to-Work Laws

A new video on the Machinists News Network warns middle-class Americans about right-to-work laws sweeping across states. The legislation harms working families and is responsible for union busting, job killing and wage cutting.

Watch “The Truth About Right-to-Work Laws” on the Machinists News Network.

Arizona Local 933 Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Class

Members of the IAM Local 933, Tucson, AZ, Negotiating Committee met at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD, to train, plan and develop negotiating strategies for upcoming negotiations with Raytheon in October 2015.

Supreme Court Says No to Health Care Benefits for Union Retirees

A pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision could endanger health care benefits that union retirees once thought were untouchable.

2015 IAM Scholarship Deadline February 25

The deadline to apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship Award is less than one week away. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2015 to be considered.

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IAM to Join 50th Anniversary March in Selma

The IAM will join thousands of civil, labor and human rights activists in a re-creation of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, AL that called for an end to the segregationist laws that prevented African Americans from voting.

IAM Organizing Director: Let South Carolina Workers Decide For Themselves

Workers at Boeing in North Charleston, SC should not have to deal with harassment and intimidation when it comes to joining a union. They should be able to decide for themselves, said IAM Organizing Director Don Barker in a recent one-on-one interview with the Machinists News Network.

Trumka: Wall Street Shouldn’t Be Paying Executives to Take Government Jobs

The biggest Wall Street banks don’t want you to know how much they pay their top executives to take government jobs, and they’re pleading with the Securities and Exchange Commission to let them keep it a secret.

GOP Gimmick Being Used to Delay New Worker Protections

Republicans in Congress are employing a rarely-used Senate rule to halt new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations aimed at speeding up and modernizing union representation elections.

Battle for the Internet: Tell Congress to Support Net Neutrality

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote on a proposal that would allow internet service providers to charge higher premiums for select content and slow down your internet connection.

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IAM, Labor Discuss Blueprint for Fighting Employer Bankruptcies, Protecting Member Pensions

Labor leaders must educate themselves on the ins and outs of employer bankruptcy now – before they find themselves in a tumultuous fight to save their members’ pensions and health care benefits in bankruptcy court, said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., to a gathering of labor leaders during a two-day seminar at AFL-CIO headquarters.

Illinois Gov. Rauner Looking to Gut Public Employee Unions

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wasted no time joining a growing gang of right-wing governors who attack the rights of workers.

Keeping SC Gov. Haley Honest on IAM, Boeing

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s anti-union crusade is becoming increasingly at odds with her obligation to uphold labor law, says IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider.

IAM Carrying Torch for Community-Based Organizing

The Machinists Union is heeding the words of U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez in his call for more community involvement as organized labor tries to help rebuild America’s middle class.

Watch the new Machinists News Network video, “A Commitment to Community-Based Organizing.”

Time is Now to Apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship

The deadline to apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship Award will be here before you know it. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2015 to be considered.

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Spirit Machinists Win Big Profit Sharing Payout

IAM District 70 members at Spirit AeroSystems will receive a profit sharing payout significantly higher than previous years thanks to forward-looking negotiations and company earnings that exceeded expectations. The payout will occur on February 26, 2015 and covers 7,324 hourly employees in Wichita, KS; Chanute, KS and Kinston, NC.

New Mexico Democrats: Right-to-Work (For Less) Law is ‘Spin,’ ‘Misleading’

Right-to-work (for less) laws are wrong for New Mexico and it’s time to stick with the facts, say state Democratic leaders in two op-eds published in southwestern New Mexico public television and radio station KRWG.

NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to reject Right-to-Work (For Less).

Longtime Activist Honored by Connecticut Machinists

In 1960, IAM Local 700 member Clarence Gaskins was denied his right to vote. Last weekend, he was honored by Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy for his union and political activism.

Spanish Organizing Class Shows Solidarity with Missing Mexican Students

IAM members added their voice to the global outrage sparked by the September 2014 disappearance and probable murder of 43 Mexican student teachers who were ambushed by police, and then a drug cartel, while leaving the southern Mexican city of Iguala after protesting education reforms and soliciting donations for their school.

Muestra Solidaria de la Clase de Organización en Español con los Estudiantes Mexicanos Desaparecidos

Miembros de la Asociación Internacional de Maquinistas y Trabajadores Aeroespaciales (IAM) añadieron su voz a la indignación mundial provocada por la desaparición de Septiembre del 2014 y probable asesinato de 43 estudiantes para profesores (normalistas) mexicanos que fueron emboscados por la policía y ser entregados a un cartel de drogas, al alejarse de la ciudad de Iguala en el sur de México después de protestar por las reformas educativas y solicitar donaciones para su escuela.

West Virginia Machinists ‘Thinking Outside the Locomotive’

When CSX Railroad served notice to outsource the rebuilding of hundreds of locomotives, IAM Local 104 members in Hungtington, WV, where CSX is one of the largest employers, knew they had to do something to save these jobs.

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IAM Members Ratify New Accord, End Strike at Monofrax

Members of Local 2105 in Falconer, NY this week voted to ratify a five-year agreement with Monofrax, a company that makes fusion cast refractories used in the glass industry. The vote ends a five-month strike over healthcare costs that will also be remembered for broad community support and a picket line that remained solid despite sub-zero temperatures.

New Right-to-Work (For Less) Battles at Local, State and Federal Levels

Big Business outsiders have their sights on making New Mexico the latest right-to-work (for less) state.

Nex Mexico Residents - TAKE ACTION: Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to reject Right-to-Work (For Less).

Join the Stop Fast Track Lobby Day on March 4

The IAM will join labor, the AFL-CIO and other allied organizations in a Stop Fast Track Lobby Day on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.

IAM Steps in to Help Laid-Off Woodworkers

With the holidays on the minds of IAM members at the California Redwood Company (CRC) in Korbel, CA in early December 2014, the company issued a notice informing employees of the plant’s impending closure. The company is transitioning to Douglas fir lumber after more than 100 years of harvesting Redwood.

Wisconsin Machinists Donate Cold Weather Gear to Those in Need

Members of IAM District 66, Local 21 and Local 1115 came together to distribute more than 250 hats, 350 pairs of mittens, and almost 50 scarves and blankets to those standing in line at a food pantry in La Crosse, WI.

2015 IAM Calendars Still Available

The 2015 IAM Calendar is still available. Individual calendars are $7 each. For Lodges that want to bulk order 100 calendars or more, the cost is $5 per calendar.

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President Obama Aims to End Harmful Sequestration Cuts

President Obama will put forth a budget on Monday that calls for an end to the forced defense and domestic spending cuts known as sequestration, according to multiple media reports.

IAM Ratchets Up Heat on Congress to Reject Fast Track for TPP

The IAM is continuing to sound the alarm to Congress on the grave danger of approving “Fast Track” trade authorization for the secretly-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement that will allow more of the same trade policies that have hurt working families for the last 20 years.

Punk Band to Anti-Union Governor: ‘We Literally Hate You!!!’

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is going to need a new entrance song.

The anti-union governor, best known for stripping collective bargaining rights for most Wisconsin public employees, played the Dropkick Murphys’ hit song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” as he bounced onto an Iowa stage to deliver remarks this past weekend.

Like the IAM Southern Territory Facebook Page

Social media was at the top of the list for discussion during the recent IAM Southern Territory Staff Conference, and the attending leadership of the territory was excited about the use of social media and increased communications with region’s membership.

Time is Now to Apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship

The deadline to apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship Award will be here before you know it. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2015 to be considered.

Wirth Appointed Southern Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of District 75 Business Representative Anthony Wirth to Southern Territory Special Representative, effective February 1, 2015.

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Union-Busting Koch Brothers Want to Spend $889 Million to Buy 2016 Election

Anti-worker billionaires Charles and David Koch say they are budgeting to spend $889 million on 2016 campaigns through their right-wing political organizations, effectively transforming their network into a third political party.

IAM Southern Territory Pledges to Continue Organizing Success

The 2015 Southern Territory Staff Conference in Bay St. Louis, MS wrapped up last week with a look back at a successful 2014 in organizing, and a new commitment for 2015.

First Spanish Organizing I Program Kicks Off 2015 at W3 Center

A truly historic milestone was achieved at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center as members from several IAM Territories took part in the first-ever Spanish Organizing I program.

Primer Programa de Organización Sindical I en Español Inaugura el 2015 en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología

Un hecho verdaderamente histórico se alcanzó en el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger (WWW) cuando miembros de varios territorios de la IAM participaron en el programa de Organización Sindical I por primera vez.

Union Plus Scholarship Deadline January 31

If you or your child/dependent haven't applied or finished your online application for the 2015 Union Plus Scholarship yet, you still have time. All applications are due Saturday, January 31, 2015 by noon ET.

Reminder: New Contact Info for IAM Employee Assistance Program

IAM members needing the confidential services of the IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can contact an EAP facilitator directly at 1-800-788-9044, by email at iameap@iamaw.org, or by calling the Retiree, Community and Membership Services Department at 301-967-3433.

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SC Gov. Haley Attacks Workers in State Address

Anti-union South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley used a significant portion of her annual State of the State address Wednesday night to attack workers trying to organize with the IAM at Boeing’s North Charleston, SC plant.

IAM Members Reflect, Give Back on MLK Day

IAM members from across the country took pause Monday to remember and celebrate the legacy of human, civil and workers’ rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Middle Class Economics’ Take Center Stage in Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama on Tuesday night delivered a State of the Union address full of advocacy for working families, including fighting inequality, raising wages and strengthening unions.

Lodge President Steps Down After Record 40 Years

When the gavel comes down to open the January 2015 meeting of Rolls Royce office employees IAM Local Lodge 2468, it will mark the end of an era. For the first time in 40 years, Lee Cappadocia will not be chairing the meeting as president. His last official day in office was January 20, 2015.

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Join ‘Say No to Fast Track’ Call-in Today Jan. 21

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama told Americans that “we should write [the] rules” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Today is your chance.

Call 1-855-712-8441 now to add your voice to the stop Fast Track campaign or email your message: Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the TPP.

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Delta Flight Attendant Addresses AFL-CIO’s 2015 MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference

At the AFL-CIO’s annual event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s labor and civil rights activism, Atlanta-based Delta Flight Attendant Spencer Hayes brought the crowd to its feet as he passionately spoke about the Delta Flight Attendants' historic movement to attain collective bargaining rights at Delta Air Lines.

What to Listen For in Obama’s State of the Union Address

Working Americans will be listening closely as President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. ET.

Join ‘Say No to Fast Track’ Call-in Day Jan. 21

Add your voice to the many thousands to tell Congress “Say No to Fast Track” on Wednesday, January 21 in a national call-in event. Use the AFLCIO’s toll-free hotline, 1-855-712-8441, to get connected to your Representative. Tell your Representative to vote “No” on Fast Track Trade Authority because Fast Track will allow more of the same failed trade policies that have hurt working families for the last 20 years.

APRI Targets Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track Trade Authority

The president and executive board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) joined a growing chorus of civil, labor and human rights organizations calling for major changes to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The AFL-CIO’s senior constituency group is also opposing the Fast Track authority that would eliminate the ability of elected officials and constituency groups to recommend and implement necessary changes.

IAM Members, College Students: Apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship

The deadline to apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship Award will be here before you know it. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2015 to be considered.

Tune in to New Season of Brotherhood Outdoors

Are you ready for another action-packed season of Brotherhood Outdoors?

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is in the midst of a brand-new season of the union-dedicated TV show, exclusively on the Sportsman Channel.

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Tell the Senate to Reject Keystone Amendment That Hurts U.S. Ship Building

A shortsighted and unrelated amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill in the U.S. Senate would end the U.S. ship building requirement of the Jones Act, severely damaging our defense capabilities and putting good-paying American jobs at risk.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to reject a harmful amendment which offshores U.S. ship building jobs.

IAM Shines a Light on Alabama’s Blue Collar Heroes

The IAM is launching an initiative aimed at highlighting the contributions of the highly-skilled, front-line production workers behind Alabama’s recent aerospace explosion.

Buffenbarger: Blame Congress for Recent Attack on U.S. Pensions

Retirees of troubled multi-employer pension plans have Congress to blame for the recent passage of legislation allowing troubled plans to cut already-retired Americans’ pension benefits, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in a one-on-one interview with the Machinists News Network.

NFFE-IAM, Federal Workers Win Paid Family Leave

President Obama gave the movement for greater access to paid family leave a big boost Thursday when he took executive action to provide federal workers with at least six weeks paid leave annually after a new child arrives or to care for ill family members. He’s also calling on Congress to pass legislation providing them an additional six weeks.

Ohio Cummins Bridgeway Workers Vote IAM

A determined group of Cummins Diesel Engine/Generator Field Technicians and Parts Professionals employed by Cummins Bridgeway in West Chester, OH voted overwhelmingly, 26 to 1, to join the IAM and leave their former Teamster Union.

Ruppert Appointed IAM CREST Coordinator

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Brian Ruppert to the position of IAM CREST Project Coordinator and Instructor. The appointment was effective January 5, 2015.

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Delta Flight Attendants, IAM File For Historic Election

The IAM today delivered signed election request cards to the National Mediation Board (NMB) from nearly 12,000 Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants to formally request that the federal agency conduct a union representation election at the carrier.

Support Continues for Striking Kentucky IAM Local 219 Members

More than 130 IAM Local 219 members employed by Allsource Global Management (AGM) at Bluegrass Station Army Depot in Lexington, KY have held the picket line for over 100 days in everything from tornadic thunderstorms to bitter cold in an unfair labor practice strike.

Labor Board Rules in IAM Favor in Florida AutoNation Case – Again

The IAM has scored another important legal victory for workers who endured harassment, intimidation and firings after they voted to unionize at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando, FL. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reissued its 2012 ruling requiring the dealership, which is owned by AutoNation, reinstate five workers who were fired for their union activities, with full back pay.

IAM Mourns Former Southern Territory GVP Roe Spencer

The IAM is mourning the loss of former Southern Territory General Vice President Roe Spencer, who passed away on January 8, 2015. He was 88 years old.

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First Salvos of New GOP Congress: Social Security, Disability Benefits

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives have their sights set on Social Security and disability benefits as their first order of business. Soon after this week’s convening of the 114th Congress, members approved a rule that would force both programs into insolvency.

IAM Mourns Oregon Woodworker Killed On Job

The IAM mourns the death of District W24 member Justin Simons, 31, who died in December 2014 after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery at a Weyerhaeuser sawmill facility in Cottage Grove, OR.

Solis Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 725 Organizing Director Joe Solis to the position of Western Territory Special Representative.

IAM Band unioNation Looking for Musicians

The IAM’s popular unioNation band is asking: Do you want to be a part of history?

Sanders: Secret TPP Details Must be Released

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) echoed the words of many in the labor movement when he called it “incomprehensible” that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other countries, has not been made available to Congress.

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Follow World’s Largest Organizing Campaign on IAM Delta App

Stay on top of all the latest news and developments in the IAM Delta Flight Attendant campaign by downloading the new IAM Delta App. You will receive all the latest news in one convenient location on your mobile device.

Three (of Many) Attacks on Workers’ Rights to Watch in 2015

An emboldened GOP is poised to go on offense against organized labor this year.

Republicans officially gained control of the U.S. Senate, and widened its majority in the House, when lawmakers took the oath of office for a new term Tuesday. The GOP also controls an unprecedented number of state legislatures and governorships.

NLRB Rules in Favor of IAM, Smaller Bargaining Units in Auto Industry

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling on behalf of body shop workers in Chesapeake, VA could set a significant precedent in the auto industry.

Seattle IAM Members Lend Hand to Parents in Need

IAM District 160, Local 289 members collected thousands of infant-care products to in-need Seattle-area families over the Holidays.

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Machinists Take Time to Give Back During Holiday Season

From toy drives to bike collections, the IAM is banding together this holiday season to help spread some cheer to working families across the country.

Texas URS Workers Complete WWW Negotiation Prep Class

The newly-elected Negotiating Committee at URS at Red River Army Depot outside of Texarkana, TX attended the Negotiations Preparations training at the William W. Winpisinger Center (WWW) in Hollywood, MD in preparation for upcoming negotiations.

Young Machinists Sought for AFL-CIO NextUp Young Worker Summit

IAM District and Local Lodges are encouraged to consider sending young activists to represent the Machinists Union at the AFL-CIO NextUp Young Worker Summit.

Federal Employee Basic Class Deadline Extended to January 9

The deadline for the Federal Employees’ Basic Program to be held February 8-13, 2015 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD, has been extended to January 9.

Grand Lodge Sets Holiday Closing

IAM Headquarters will close for the holidays at the close of business Friday, December 19, and re-open Monday, January 5, 2015. Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.

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IAM, Millworkers File Injunction Against Verso

IAM District 4 has filed an injunction in the U.S. District Court of Maine against Verso Paper Corp., as part of the growing effort to force the company to honor severance commitments to hundreds of employees who will lose their jobs when Verso shutters the Bucksport mill.

New Rules to Make Union Organizing a Little More Worker-Friendly

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is changing its rules to allow for more timely union elections, which are often stalled by employers hoping to discourage employees from unionizing.

Texas Machinists Organize Holiday Bicycle Drive

Anyone who has ever seen a child’s eyes light up at the sight of a new bicycle under the tree on Christmas morning knows where the inspiration behind this latest example of IAM service to the community comes from.

Union Plus Scholarship Deadline January 31

You still have time to apply for a 2015 Union Plus Scholarship. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. This year's application is entirely online. Scholarships are from $500 to $4,000 and do not require repayment.

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Congress Drops Holiday Bomb on U.S. Retirees

In a move that will allow deep cuts to earned pension benefits for millions of U.S. retirees, members of Congress are expected to vote this week on a spending bill that includes significant changes to the 1974 law outlawing such cuts.

IAM New York Local 2105 Workers on Strike at RHI Monofrax

More than 300 people attended a rally in Falconer, NY as a show of solidarity for more than 130 IAM Local 2105 and National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (NCFO) workers on strike at fusion cast refractory-maker RHI Monofrax.

Enroll in 2015 IAM Employee Assistance Programs Now

The IAM has announced the 2015 dates for all four stages of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Hough Appointed Midwest Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Indianapolis District 90 Directing Business Representative Tim Hough to the position of Midwest Territory Special Representative, effective January 1, 2015.

Report: U.S. Wages Barely Rising; Collective Bargaining Needed to Address Worldwide Inequality

Wage growth in developed countries, including the U.S., has remained almost stagnant since 2006, according to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 2014-15 Global Wage Report.

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New IAM Ad Targets Congress’ Attack on U.S. Pensions

In its ongoing effort to fight Congressional attempts to cut multiemployer pension benefits of retirees and their surviving spouses, the IAM has taken out a full-page ad in DC political news favorites Politico, Roll Call and The Hill. The ad calls on Congress to reject any proposal that would seek to bail out a few troubled plans on the backs of existing retirees. 

TAKE ACTION:
Tell Congress to vote “No” on the bill to cut multiemployer pensions for retirees.

L-3 Helicopter Mechanics, Supply Personnel Negotiate First IAM Contract

The IAM’s campaign to organize the South continues with a strong first contract for 201 helicopter mechanics and supply personnel employed by L-3 at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.

Right-to-Work Bills on Docket in GOP-Controlled Statehouses

The GOP’s takeover of the U.S. Senate got a lot of attention post-Election Day, but the widening Republican majority in state houses around the country could prove equally as destructive for working families.

Protestors Pay Visit to TPP Free Trade Negotiators

A blustery and cold day in Washington, DC wasn’t enough to keep hundreds of labor, environmental and consumer advocates from protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP, on the steps of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

TAKE ACTION:
Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track for the TPP.

Guide Dog Recipient Shares Personal Story as GDA Fund-A-Need Campaign Continues

As Guide Dogs of America (GDA) continues its Holiday Fund-A-Need campaign, the IAM’s favorite charity wants to remind supporters of the profound impact a guide dog has on the life of a blind or visually-impaired individual.

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Machinists Slam Congress Over Sneak Attack on U.S. Pension Law

In a stunning betrayal of America’s highly vulnerable retiree population, lawmakers are preparing legislation for the lame duck session of Congress that would overturn a key tenant of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and allow drastic cuts to the pensions of current retirees and surviving spouses.

Take Action: Tell Congress to vote “No” on any legislation that would fund troubled pension plans on the backs of American retirees.

Machinists Union Members Approve New Deal at Southwest Airlines

Approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents at Southwest Airlines have overwhelmingly approved a new contract.

IAM Rail Workers Look to Future at District 19 Convention

IAM District 19 gave a nod to its storied past while looking toward the future for Machinist Union railroad workers at its seventh quadrennial convention in Denver.

Don Barker Named IAM Organizing Director

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Aerospace Coordinator Don Barker to the position of Organizing Director, effective January 1, 2015.

New Video Highlights Annual Guide Dogs of America Events

More than 1,400 people took part in the Guide Dogs of America (GDA) 34th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet, golf tournament, Hawgs for Dogs motorcycle ride and sporting clay event in Las Vegas as shown in a new video.

Give the Gift of Union Plus this Holiday Season

Surprise your loved ones for the holidays with a brand new AT&T smartphone and 15 percent off their wireless bill – all while receiving up to $250 in rebates through the Union Plus Smartphone Rebate Program.

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Oklahoma NFFE-IAM Members Storm Capitol Hill to Save Job Training Center

When the U.S. Department of Labor announced its intent to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Indiahoma, OK, the NFFE-IAM members who work at the center knew they had to act.

USA Today Report Examines ‘The New Blue Collar’

In case you missed it, USA Today has published a special report on what the news publication is calling “The New Blue Collar.”

Think Guide Dogs of America on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 2 is #GivingTuesday and also the launch of the Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Holiday Fund-A-Need campaign.

UnioNation Receives High Praise for ‘Rocking Solidarity Music’

The IAM’s unioNation is “rocking solidarity music that comes around only once or twice in a lifetime,” says a recent review by Saul Schniderman, a labor music enthusiast and co-founder of the Labor Heritage Foundation.

Tell CarMax to Stop Selling Unsafe, Recalled Cars

An online petition to get CarMax to stop selling unsafe, recalled cars needs the help of IAM members to get over 100,000 signatures.

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Banquet Honors Guide Dogs Fundraisers

The IAM’s charity, Guide Dogs of America (GDA), honored fundraisers and presented its highest honor, the “Gift of Sight Award,” to TCU-IAM National President Robert Scardelletti, New England Motor Freight Chairman Myron “Mike” Shevell and IAM District 15/Local 447 Area Director Russ Gittlen at the 34th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet in Las Vegas.

Striking IAM Auto Tech Members Under Intense Persecution in Massachusetts

A new video produced by the Machinists News Network showcases Massachusetts car dealership Country Nissan’s all-out war on IAM-represented auto technician workers in Hadley.

IAM Districts Donate Holiday Dinners to AGM Strikers

About 135 IAM Local 219 families at Bluegrass Station, KY have been on an Unfair Labor Practice Strike against government sub-contractor Allsource Global Management (AGM) since October 1. As the holiday season approached they stood tall and proud at their Local Lodge meeting Monday, November 24 when the Local leadership distributed a full Thanksgiving dinner package to each family, including a turkey, sack full of fixings and pumpkin pie. District 27 of Louisville, KY, District 711 of Nashville, KY and District 75 of Enterprise, AL provided all the food.

Norwegian Air Peddles Scheme to Fly into U.S., Abolish Worker Rights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to rule on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit soon.

Hollibush Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed IAM District 190 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mark Hollibush to serve as a Special Representative to the Western Territory, effective December 1, 2014.

Have a Happy Union-Made Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving this Thursday you may be planning a party, celebrating with a crowd, a few friends or having a quiet dinner at home. However you choose to celebrate, don't forget to check your shopping list to ensure your day is filled with union-made items.

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Apprenticeships and Skills Training Partnerships Are Key to Economic Future

The U.S. is facing a major skills gap and it’s up to labor, business and the education community to come together to address it, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent summit on Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Workforce Development, sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Connecticut Local 1871 Breaks Annual Turkey Drive Record

IAM Local 1871 in Groton, CT, is in the middle of their 24th year of providing Thanksgiving baskets for out-of-work members, needy families in the community and others in need. In what has also become a tradition, they are set to break last year’s record.

Canada Northwest District 250 Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Class

Members of IAM Northwest District 250 in Canada, representing 850 employees at Caterpillar distributor Finning in Vancouver, BC, attended the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees class in Hollywood, MD.

ITF Taps Klima, Da Costa for Leadership Posts

Two IAM officials have ascended to leadership positions in the 4.5-million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

District 751 Golf Tournament Raises $15K for Guide Dogs

Seattle IAM District 751’s annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Charity Golf Tournament raised $15,000 for the IAM charity.

Werkmeister Named Special Representative to IAM Transportation Department

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced John Werkmeister would join the Transportation Department as a Special Representative, effective December 1, 2014.

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Satisfaction in Strathroy: Laid-Off IAM Members Win Back Pay

Losing your job is never an enjoyable experience, but for the workers at Glendale International in Strathroy, Ontario, things were especially bleak. When the manufacturer of Recreational Vehicles declared bankruptcy and closed its doors in January 2010, they were left without a job, benefits or compensation of any kind.

Georgia Machinists Ratify Improved Contract at John Deere

IAM Local 2789 members at John Deere in Augusta, GA recently negotiated and ratified a contract that secures improved wages and benefits as the agricultural equipment manufacturer celebrates its one millionth tractor sale.

Tell Congress to Fully Fund F-35 Production, Protect IAM Jobs

The IAM is urging Congress to stop any further spending cuts for the F-35 program, a fighter jet built by IAM members which keeps our armed forces safe while defending U.S. interests around the globe.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to fund a full fleet of F-35s to keep our military safe and protect good-paying IAM jobs.

Register Now for WWW Center 2015 Federal Employee Classes

The 2015 Federal Employees’ Basic Program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD, during the weeks of February 8-13 and March 8-13, 2015. A Federal Employees’ Advanced Program will be held February 22-27, 2015.

Vote for 'Brotherhood Outdoors,' Your Union-Dedicated Outdoor TV Show

More than 140,000 viewers voted in Sportsman Channel’s 2011 Sportsman Choice Awards, and “Brotherhood Outdoors” took home the award for Best Combination (Hunting/Fishing) Show.

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Labor Rallies to #StopFastTrack

The #StopFastTrack Week of Action is in full swing as labor and other trade advocacy organizations across the country rally to stop Congress from passing “Fast Track Trade Authority,” legislation that would allow for the swift passage of the highly-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

IAM Takes First Place For Organizing Wins

The IAM had the highest representation election win rate among the 10 largest U.S. unions in the first six months of 2014, winning over 90 percent of its elections, according to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) data analyzed by the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs. AFL-CIO affiliate unions as a whole won two-thirds of elections held in the same time frame.

Connecticut Machinists Help Secure Election Day Bright Spot

Bucking a national trend of right-wing Election Day victories, Connecticut voters defeated a union-busting millionaire to re-elect progressive Dan Malloy as the state’s governor. IAM members helped ensure the win.

Washington State IAM Members Win Milestone Arbitration Case

IAM members at Simpson Lumber in western Washington state are celebrating a landmark arbitration ruling that protects bargaining unit jobs by returning duties to union safety coordinators after the company had eliminated the position and given its duties to a salaried “safety supervisor.”

SpaceX in Hot Water Over Alleged Labor Violations

A newcomer to the space transport industry is having some success launching rockets into space, but still can’t figure out how to follow California labor law.

Historic Brazilian Aerospace Strike Ends, But Workers Continue Struggle

Workers for Embraer in São José dos Campos, Brazil have vowed to continue their fight for fair wages after narrowly voting to suspend the largest strike at the company since the world’s third-largest airplane maker was privatized in 1994.

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IAM Honors Veterans, Introduces New Veterans Services Program

This Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the IAM honors our members in the armed forces who are serving and have served our nations.

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Buffenbarger: Election Results ‘Will Not Weaken Our Resolve’

Tuesday’s elections brought disappointing results for union members and working families, but voters went out of their way to support minimum wage initiatives in numerous states.

Join the ‘Stop Fast Track’ Week of Action Nov. 8-14

The IAM will be joining labor and other trade and advocacy organizations in a week-long push to stop Congress from passing “Fast Track Trade Authority” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – a secret deal negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.

GVP Tucker: Seaway Task Force Working to Support Good Jobs

The Seaway Task Force, a coalition of labor, investors and company professionals, is making considerable progress in its mission to update aged shipping infrastructure and sustain and grow new jobs in the Great Lakes, writes IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn Tucker, Jr., in a guest editorial to the Great Lakes Seaway Review.

2015 Per Capita Tax Announced

The Grand Lodge monthly per capita tax for 2015 will be $33.23 reports General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., in a letter to all IAM District and Local Lodges. The figure was calculated using the formula approved by Delegates to the 2008 Grand Lodge Convention.

Martin Named Special Representative for Canada

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 78 Directing Business Representative Ralph Martin to Special Representative for Canada.

New Contact Info for IAM Employee Assistance Program

IAM members needing the confidential services of the IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can contact an EAP facilitator directly at 1-800-788-9044, by email at iameap@iamaw.org, or by calling the Retiree, Community and Membership Services Department at 301-967-3433.

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Labor Heads to Polls on Election Day 2014

It’s Election Day, and millions of working families are making their voices heard in pivotal federal, state and local elections. Our vote determines the balance of power in the halls of Congress and our state legislatures and, ultimately, whether working people win on issues like raising the minimum wage, equal pay and stopping anti-union right-to-work laws.

IAM Members Ratify New Contract at Auto Truck Transport

IAM members at Auto Truck Transport have ratified a new four-year contract.

IAM Forest Products Workers Keep Momentum Rolling

IAM Forest Products Industry workers and representatives met for the second time this year to build on the momentum started at the last meeting in Fort Worth, TX to develop bargaining, organizing, communication and other strategies that will benefit IAM wood, pulp and paper members in that sector.

Ohio Local 1943 President Talks Unions and Getting Out the Vote

Union members must get out and vote as if their jobs depended on it – because they do, especially in Republican-controlled states like Ohio, said Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas of Middletown, OH, during an interview with online radio show America’s Work Force Radio.

Union Plus Introduces Mortgage Grants for Veterans

The American dream of homeownership is far too often out of reach, especially for those who make significant sacrifices to protect our country.

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Make Your Voice Heard On Election Day November 4

If you haven’t already voted early, be sure to make a plan to go to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

IAM Mourns Wichita Plane Crash Victims

The IAM mourns the at least four people who died Thursday after a small plane crashed into and ignited a fire inside the FlightSafety International building near Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, KS.

International Unions Support IAM-Delta Flight Attendant Campaign

The IAM and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)-affiliated unions from the SkyTeam airline alliance today held strategic meetings and informational picketing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta’s largest hub, to support Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants’ campaign for IAM representation.

Roeper to Lead IAM Health and Welfare Department

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., has appointed Maria Roeper as Director and Counsel of the newly-formed IAM Health and Welfare Programs Department, effective November 1, 2014.

Deadline to Attend 2014 Guide Dogs Banquet is October 31

The deadline to reserve a seat at the 34th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at the 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference in Las Vegas is October 31.

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Machinists Union Opposes Fast Track Gimmickry

The IAM is fully engaged in the national AFL-CIO campaign against Fast Track.

Fast Track is a legislative gimmick being considered in Congress that would make it easier for advocates of Big Trade to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), without a full and open debate. Fast Track and TPP would give U.S. corporations yet another “free pass” to move jobs overseas to countries where workers are deprived of basic freedoms.

IAM Member Makes Flawless Case for Modern Unions

An op-ed penned by Maine paralegal Carol Sanborn, a member of IAM Local S89, tells her own unique story of joining the IAM and takes outdated anti-union sentiment to task in the process.

2014 IAM Photo Contest Winners Announced

Results of the 2014 IAM Photo Contest are in and the 2015 Calendar is rolling off the presses.

Make Sure Your Halloween Treats Are Union Made

Don’t get caught unprepared when trick-or-treaters come knocking this Halloween. Make sure you have a full supply of union-made-in-America treats for all the witches, vampires and pirates that stop by your doorstep.

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Machinists Union, Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Contract

The IAM announced it reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines covering approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents.

IAM Scores Organizing Hat Trick in Texas

The Southern Territory this week 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 territory 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.

Tennessee State Council Hosts Fall Meeting

Delegates from across the Volunteer State traveled to Nashville, TN recently for a full weekend of activities at the semi-annual meeting of the Tennessee State Council of Machinists. Despite a current political environment in Tennessee that is decidedly anti-worker and anti-union, the delegates are fully engaged in the upcoming midterm elections, supporting worker-friendly candidates from Memphis to Knoxville and from Clarksville to Chattanooga.

Herrnstadt to Serve on Key Aerospace Advisory Committee

IAM Chief of Staff Owen Herrnstadt will be the first ever trade union representative appointed to serve on a U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC). He will be serving on the committee concerned with aerospace equipment and will represent the IAM’s viewpoint as part of U.S. labor’s interests in the aerospace industry.

Traveling Quilt Welcomed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, is now the proud owner of a bright yellow quilt made by IAM members Angela Duren and Paula Skelton.

Deadline to Reserve Guide Dogs Conference Hotel is October 24

The deadline to book a hotel room at the discounted rate for the 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference in Las Vegas is October 24, 2014. This year’s conference will be held November 20-22.

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Machinist Union Members Win New Contract at Schneider Electric, Strike Ends

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.

Wichita Machinists at Textron Aviation Vote to Accept Joint Contract

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.

IAM Automotive Conference Focuses on Future

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.

Labor Secretary Lauds Unions as Key to Prosperity

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.

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Illinois Machinists Host Rally with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, IL, hosted AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a rally of members from the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor, Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, and the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades.

IAM Transportation Safety Program Wins National Safety Council Honors

The IAM’s Joint Air Transport Safety Committee (JATSC) was recognized by the National Safety Council as a recipient of their “Exemplary Service to Safety Award” for their ongoing efforts to protect the safety and health of the workers in the airline industry. The JATSC was established by the IAM’s Transportation Department with representatives from all the airline districts.

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Voter Suppression

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the state of North Carolina can implement a voter suppression law that cuts early voting, ends same-day registration and prohibits out-of-precinct voting.

Deadlines Near to Register for 2014 Guide Dogs Conference

The deadline to book a hotel room at the discounted rate for the 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference in Las Vegas is October 24, 2014. This year’s conference will be held November 20-22.

IAM Members Save with Union Plus Car Insurance

Did you know that IAM members who’ve switched to Union Plus Auto Insurance have saved an average of $565 on car insurance?

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IAM Wins Top Honors in 2014 ILCA Labor Media Awards

The Machinists Union won several top honors in the annual International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) Labor Media Awards contest, which honors the best in labor journalism.

Talks to Resume Over Strike at Schneider Electric

Negotiations between IAM Local 2069 and representatives of Schneider Electric Square D in Peru, IN are poised to resume on October 15 in Chicago, IL. Workers at the plant began a strike after voting to reject a contract proposal from Schneider that froze workers’ defined benefit pension plan and failed to address key wage, health care and benefit demands.

Machinists Achieve Fifth Joint Contract at United Airlines

The IAM announced it reached a tentative contract covering approximately 165 fleet technical and emergency procedures instructors at United Airlines.

Join the ‘Stop Fast Track’ Week of Action Nov. 8-14

The IAM will be joining labor and other trade and advocacy organizations in a week-long push to stop Congress from passing “Fast Track Trade Authority” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – a secret deal negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.

Tell Congress to vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP

Ebola Guidance Issued by OSHA

Due to the increasing concerns related to the Ebola virus, OSHA has issued a new web page on ebola that provides information about the disease and how to protect workers.  It includes sections on the disease itself, hazard recognition, medical information, standards for protecting workers, control and prevention, and additional resources. The page provides protection information for health care workers, airline and other travel industry personnel, mortuary and death care workers, laboratory workers, border customs and quarantine workers, emergency responders and workers in other critical sectors.  It also links to the CDC and NIOSH web pages on Ebola.

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IAM Mourns Loss of CAL FIRE Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt

The IAM is mourning the loss of California Local 946 member and Dyncorp pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt who was killed in a crash in Yosemite National Park while flying a CAL FIRE S-2T Airtanker. Hunt was helping fight the Dog Rock Fire that was threatening dozens of homes in the nearby community of Foresta.

IndustriALL Backs IAM Strikers at Schneider Electric

The strike to protect pay and pensions by IAM members employed by French-owned Schneider Electric in Peru, IN is drawing support from union allies around the world. The latest declaration of solidarity comes from IndustriALL General Secretary Jyrki Raina.

Kentucky Local 219 Welcomes Shuler, Grimes

IAM Local 219 members on strike at Allsource Global Management (AGM) at the Bluegrass Station Army Depot in Lexington, KY, had some important visitors to the picket lines. Alison Lundergan Grimes, running against Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, stood strong with the 170 IAM members, and questioned whether Sen. McConnell was ensuring the jobs at Bluegrass Station remained good jobs.

Deadlines for the 2014 Guide Dogs Conference Are Fast Approaching

The deadline to book a hotel room at the discounted rate for the 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference in Las Vegas is October 24, 2014.

Report: Right-to-Work States Get 'Free Ride' Off American Taxpayers

Workers in states with so-called “right-to-work” laws on average receive a disproportionate amount of public assistance, compared with the federal income taxes they pay, than workers in states that require every worker to pay their fair share for union representation, according to a report released by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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St. Louis IAM Members to Provide Parts to 777X Program

IAM members of District 837 in St. Louis, MO will supply parts that will support the 777X composite wing center in Everett, WA. The announcement came at a press conference including Governor Jay Nixon (D), Boeing officials, state legislators and IAM representatives.

320 Indiana Machinists at Schneider Electric On Strike

Approximately 320 IAM Local 2069 members are on strike against Schneider Electric in Peru, IN. The workers hit the streets at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Social Security Field Office Closures Threaten Elderly, Disabled

Half-a-million Americans have signed onto a petition by Social Security advocacy groups demanding that the program’s community field offices stay open throughout the U.S.

Make Reservations for the 2014 Guide Dogs Conference

The 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference will be held November 20-22, 2014 in Las Vegas.

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Union Leader Elected Sweden’s New Prime Minister

The IAM welcomed news that former welder and global trade union partner Stefan Löfven has been elected as Sweden’s next Prime Minister.

Lockheed Contractor Triggers IAM Strike in Kentucky

IAM members employed by Allsource Global Management (AGM) at the Bluegrass Station Army Depot in Lexington, KY voted overwhelmingly to strike after the company refused to bargain in good faith over sweeping pay cuts it proposed for the workforce of nearly 170 employees.

IAM Locals Join Forces for Upcoming ULA Negotiations

A trio of local lodges from Alabama, Florida and California sent representatives to the William W. Winpisinger Center recently for an intensive week of training in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations with United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Report: Pentagon Skirting Buy American Act, Costing U.S. Jobs

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent over $163 billion of taxpayer money on goods manufactured by foreign companies since 2007, according to a report released by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).

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Why You Shouldn’t Forget About This Year’s Gubernatorial Elections

The battle for control of the U.S. Senate is rightfully getting a lot of press going into the November midterm, but voters will also cast ballots in 27 governor’s races – over a dozen of which could be very close contests.

Make Reservations for 2014 Guide Dogs Conference

The 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference will be held November 20-22, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Wisconsin Local 2053 Completes WWW Negotiation Prep Program

Members of the IAM Local 2053 Bargaining Committee, representing approximately 180 production and maintenance employees at Maysteel, LLC in Allentown, WI, attended the Negotiation Prep program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Little Appointed Education Representative to IAM Southern Territory

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed IAM Local 776A member James Little as Education Representative for the Southern Territory, effective October 1.

IAM Helps Refurbish a Habitat for Humanity ReStore

IAM members from Headquarters helped refurbish a building that will house a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Silver Spring, MD. The project involved scraping, painting and moving items into place in anticipation of the store’s opening on November 1.

Dems Urge Rules Against Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have urged the Labor Department to implement rules that prohibit child workers on U.S. tobacco farms.

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Indiana Local 153 Trumps Crescent Plastics’ ‘Last, Best and Final’ Offer

Members of IAM Local 153 recently triumphed after a more than eight-month fight for a fair and just contract at Crescent Plastics in Evansville, IN.

GOP Mishap Affirms Cozy Relationship With Corporate Donors

Oops.

That’s what the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) is likely thinking after a coding error on its website revealed the association’s corporate donors and the size of their checks.

IAM Members Graduate from EAP-Special Topics Class

More than 20 IAM members graduated from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Special Topics training, the first advanced EAP course delivered by the IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans Honors Kourpias

The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans honored Alliance President Emeritus and former IAM International President George J. Kourpias with its first annual George J. Kourpias Awards Dinner and ceremony in Altoona, IA.

Restrictive North Carolina Voting Law Challenged in Court

A federal appeals court is hearing oral arguments in a case challenging North Carolina’s new restrictive voting law that cuts early voting, ends same-day registration and prohibits out-of-precinct voting.

Exclusive Union Plus Benefits for IAM Members

Whether fighting for justice on the job, preserving retirement security, or protecting the interests of workers, the IAM is always working hard for you and your family.

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United Maintenance Instructors Ratify Contract

IAM District 141 has announced that Maintenance Instructors at United Airlines overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement.

Make Reservations for 2014 Guide Dogs Conference

The 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Conference will be held November 20-22, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Missouri House Honors IAM Local 778 Activist Don Long

A resolution by the Missouri House of Representatives honoring departed friend and union brother, IAM activist Don Long of Local 778, Kansas City, MO, was presented to his family at the Missouri State Council of Machinists conference.

Retiree Activists to GOP: ‘Hands Off’ Our Social Security, Medicare

A coalition of Congressional Democrats and labor and retiree activists took to Capitol Hill to remind voters ahead of the midterm elections that the Republican “prosperity” agenda is going after our hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

2015 IAM Scholarship Competition Details Announced

The deadline to apply for a 2015 IAM Scholarship Award will be here before you know it. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2015 to be considered.

New Haven Exhibit Features Winchester-IAM History

When the Olin-Winchester plant closed and left New Haven, CT in 2006, the stories of its dedicated workers throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries remained. Now, memories of the men and women who organized and worked at the plant live on in an exhibit in the building that served as the firearm manufacturer’s plant.

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Machinists Laud Allison Beck as White House Choice to Lead FMCS

The IAM applauds the White House recommendation of former IAM General Counsel Allison Beck to serve as the next Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

IL Governor Pat Quinn Invites IAM to Governor’s Mansion

Hearing that the Illinois State Council of Machinists and IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger would be in Springfield, IL, Gov. Pat Quinn invited IAM leaders to a breakfast at the governor’s mansion to discuss issues important to Machinist members.

Pennsylvania Local 1403 Strikes Precision Custom Components

Entering their third week on the picket lines, more than 100 members of IAM Local 1403 are holding the line at York, PA-based Precision Custom Components (PCC).

Robert Roach, Jr., Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $18K for Guide Dogs

Dozens of IAM members, leaders and friends gathered for a day on the golf course at the Robert Roach, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit Guide Dogs of America (GDA). The event, held on the nine-hole golf course at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, raised nearly $18,000.

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Ex-Im Bank Extension Clears Hurdle, But Agency Remains in Danger

A spending bill passed by the House of Representatives will keep the federal government open until at least December 11, but includes only a nine-month extension of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

Tell Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

The Bad Idea That Won’t Go Away: In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

Allowing airline passengers to make in-flight cell phone calls – as two government agencies are considering – would cause an unnecessary safety and security risk to both passengers and flight crews, writes IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in a letter to members of Congress.

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Machinists Union Leaders Cheer Sweden’s Election Results

The IAM welcomed news that former welder and trade union leader Stefan Löfven is poised to become Sweden’s next Prime Minister.

Chicago Unions Rally in Support of Striking IAM Local 701 Mechanics

Unions representing 500,000 members in Chicago and Cook County, IL rallied in East Dundee, IL, to support the IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 members on strike at Piemonte Chevrolet.

Just Say No to ‘Fast Track’ of Job-Killing TPP Trade Deal

The IAM is joining a coalition of nearly 600 organizations in demanding robust Congressional and public oversight over negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free trade deal that threatens workers’ rights, the environment, food and product safety, internet freedom, patent rights and more.

Tell Congress you want fair trade, not free trade, in the TPP
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First Canadian Political Action Symposium a Success

Ninety Canadian IAM members journeyed to the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD, for the first-ever Canadian Political Action Committee (PAC) Symposium Center. IAM Canada staff, along with Political Action Committee members from District and Local Lodges, met to create a national agenda for political action, as well as individual action plans for Districts and Locals working toward an election in 2015.

Georgia Local 709 Memorial Ride Takes in $6K for Guide Dogs

The Jeff Goen Memorial Ride for Guides, hosted by IAM Local 709 in Marietta, GA, took in over $6,000 for Guide Dogs of America, a non-profit organization founded by an IAM member that provides guide dogs to visually-impaired men and women free of charge.

Registration Deadline for Community Service Class Extended

The deadline to register for the Community Service Class, by the IAM Retirees, Community and Member Services Department, has been extended to September 24.

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The IAM Remembers 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement to mark the somber anniversary of 9/11.

IAM Announces Labor Studies Partnership with SUNY Empire State College

The IAM and the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College (ESC) announced a new partnership that will allow IAM members to pursue higher education degrees from the ESC Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and the ESC School of Graduate Studies. Classes will be offered at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education Center in Hollywood, MD.

Brianna Gregory to Join IAM Transportation Department

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as IAM Transportation Department Education Representative.

Enroll in the IAM Employee Assistance Program III Now

There’s still time to join the IAM’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) III class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD on October 5-10, 2014.

IAM Band unioNation Looking for Musicians

The IAM’s popular unioNation band is growing. Do you want to be a part of history?

Meet the Koch Sisters: ‘So Not Related to Those Guys’

You’ve probably heard of the Koch brothers – right-wing billionaires who buy elections and peddle influence to further their business interests.

Now it’s time to meet the Koch sisters.

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No Surprise Here: Nikki Haley Campaign Ad Attacks Labor

Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, facing a tough re-election fight in November, is wasting no time throwing darts at her favorite target: organized labor.

IAM Supports Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

With only three weeks left before the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank is scheduled to shut its doors, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger is urging U.S. Senators to support a bipartisan bill to keep the lending agency running through 2019.

Tell Congress to support a full reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank.

Victory for Fighting Machinists of Long Beach Local 1930

The California Court of Appeals has upheld a 2012 Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) decision that the City of Long Beach illegally furloughed its employees in 2009.

IAM Southern Territory Nabs Pegasus Corp. Organizing Win

In another organizing win, the IAM Southern Territory picked up a unanimous “yes” vote by 14 workers at Pegasus Corp. at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, TX.  It is the first of many expected votes at the facility, where the IAM has active organizing campaigns with several service contract employers at the base covering nearly 1,000 workers.

Fundraising Tournament Raises Over $10K for Guide Dogs

The IAM Battle of the Boards Cornhole Tournament raised over $10,000 for Guide Dogs of America, a non-profit organization founded by an IAM member that provides guide dogs to visually-impaired men and women free of charge.

Online Protest in Support of Net Neutrality on Sept. 10

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, prepare for your internet to slow down. Well, in theory, at least.

Web activists are planning an online protest to press federal regulators for stronger rules to protect net neutrality. On September 10, websites across the internet will display an alert with a symbolic "loading" symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”), which symbolizes how internet traffic could be slowed down if the FCC doesn’t create stronger net neutrality rules.

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DOT Rejects Norwegian Air Exemption

The Department of Transportation has rejected Norwegian Air International's (NAI) request for an exemption to launch a "new" airline that would violate U.S. public interest laws and the US-EU Open Skies agreement.

IAM Western Territory Conference: ‘Mentor, Organize and Win’

Business Representatives, Organizers and Local Lodge officers from the IAM Western Territory recently descended upon Denver for the 2014 Western Territory Staff Conference.

Famous IAM District 19 Bell Receives a Machinist Makeover

An important piece of IAM history received a much-needed makeover thanks to dedicated IAM members from across the country. The much-loved District 19 bell – often kidnapped and held for ransom as a fundraising tool at various Grand Lodge Conventions and district and transportation conferences – was recently refurbished by members of IAM Local 165 in Roanoke, VA.

IAM Maine Lobstering Union to Hold GDA Golf Tournament

The inaugural IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) Local 207 Golf Tournament to benefit the Guide Dogs of America will take place Sunday, September 7 at the newly-renovated Boothbay Harbor Country Club in Boothbay, ME.

New Poll Shows Success of ‘Right-To-Work’ Deception

A majority of Americans, 53 percent, approve of labor unions, yet more than seven in 10 say they would vote for a so-called “right-to-work” law, according to a newly released Gallup poll.

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Progressives Fighting to Put Teeth Back into Voting Rights Act

When the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court stripped a key section from the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) last summer, it effectively put Congress in charge of repairing the historic legislation.

Register Now for GDA Golf Tournament at WWW Center

Want to spend a day on the golf course for a good cause? Register today for the Robert Roach, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament, benefiting the Guide Dogs of America.

Salt Lake City Local 568 Raises Over $5k for Guide Dogs

IAM Local 568 raised $5,500 at its 6th annual car show in support of Guide Dogs of America in Stansbury Park, UT. The support from the community was overwhelming with over 90 cars participating and 33 awards.

Moral Monday Movement Launches #TalkUnion Tour

The Moral Monday Movement has concluded another series of protests to expose and challenge destructive laws in North Carolina.

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IAM Video Unveils True Labor Day Founder

Ever wondered who founded Labor Day? Well, word has always had it that the holiday, dedicated to honoring working men and women, was started by a Machinists member. A new video produced by the Machinists News Network investigates.

APRI Honors Babineaux with “Rosa Tucker Award”

IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux received the “Rosa Tucker Award” at the 45th National A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) Education Conference in Reno, NV.

Rodriguez Named Special Representative to IAM Southern Territory

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed IAM District W2 Assistant Directing Business Representative Valerie Rodriguez as a Special Representative for the Southern Territory, effective September 1.

Silbas to Join IAM Legislative Department

General Vice President Diane Babineaux announced that 23-year IAM member Monica Lee Silbas will join the IAM’s Politics and Legislative Department as a Legislative Representative effective September 1, 2014. Silbas currently serves as the Educational Representative for the Transportation Department.

10-year-old Guide Dog Retires with Honors

A 10-year-old guide dog was recently given a retirement and homecoming party to remember.

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Machinists Union Files for Mediation at Southwest Airlines

After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the IAM announced it will file for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.

Obama Throws Support Behind Ex-Im Bank

In his weekly address, President Obama asked Americans to use Congress’ August recess to demand their elected officials support a full reauthorization of the suddenly controversial Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

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Local 99 Calgary Stampede Members Prepare for Negotiations

Members of IAM Local 99, who work for the Calgary Stampede entertainment venue in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, attended the Negotiation Preparation class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland to prepare for upcoming contract negotiations.

Register Now for the 2014 IAM Automotive Conference

The deadline to reserve a hotel for the 2014 IAM Automotive Conference is September 5, 2014.

IAM Automotive Department Director Boysen Anderson will chair the conference, which will focus on new approaches to expanding IAM automotive membership in North America.

Tune in to Sportsman Channel’s “Brotherhood Outdoors” Labor Day Marathon

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Sportsman Channel are combining efforts to honor the contributions of the American worker and celebrate today’s youth, who represent the future of our nation’s workforce and outdoor heritage. Sportsman Channel’s Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day Marathon, a salute to American workers and a celebration of youth in the outdoors, airs exclusively on Monday, September 1 from 5–8 p.m. ET.

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IAM, United Reach Tentative Agreement for Maintenance Instructors

IAM District 141 and United Airlines have reached a tentative agreement for IAM-represented maintenance instructors.

ITF Congress Elects IAM, TCU Reps to Key Leadership Positions

The 43rd International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria featured a week of strategizing to protect transportation workers globally.

Young Machinists Chart IAM’s Future at New WWW Class

Nearly 30 of the IAM’s next generation of leaders and activists gathered at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland for the first-ever Young Machinists pilot program.

Pelletier: ‘Employee Freedom Week’ is an Anti-Worker Sham

The Big Business-backed “Employee Freedom Week,” which ran from August 10 to 16, was merely an attempt to turn public opinion against unions and convince workers to vote against their own interests, writes Connecticut AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and IAM member Lori Pelletier.

Machinists Come Together to Support Native Veterans

IAM members lent a helping hand to veterans at the American Lake Veterans Administration, just outside of Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA. The base supports Native-American ceremonies for military personnel suffering from PTSD and other issues like substance abuse.

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Unions Urge DOT to Deny Norwegian Air Scam

The IAM, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject an application for a foreign air carrier permit submitted by Norwegian Air International (NAI). In comments filed yesterday, the unions, representing over 80,000 Flight Attendants, urged the DOT to uphold the strong labor protections outlined in the U.S.-E.U. Air Transport Agreement (ATA) known as Open Skies.

IAM Mourns Fallen Lobsterman Jeremy Philbrook

The IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) Local 207 mourns the loss of member Jeremy Philbrook, who died on the job last week after falling overboard and drowning, investigators believe. Philbrook, 36, was an early, key supporter of the formation of the IMLU.

Tell Congress VA Nurses and Doctors Deserve Meaningful Collective Bargaining Rights

Over the last several years, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare professionals have seen their collective bargaining rights practically eliminated. Agency management’s improperly broad interpretation of a certain provision in federal labor law, Sec. 7422 of Title 38, has allowed them to circumvent the bargaining process on numerous critical issues.

Jorgensen Forge Workers Vote to Join IAM District 751

By a 3-to-2 margin, workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle.

Hardwick Appointed Western Territory Communications Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 947 Business Representative Jason Hardwick as the new Western Territory Communications Representative.

Register Now for the IAM Battle of the Boards Charity Cornhole Tournament

Mark your calendar for the IAMAW Battle of the Boards Charity Cornhole Tournament to benefit Guide Dogs of America on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD.

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IAM Dedicates New Buffenbarger Library at Winpisinger Center

IAM members attending the William W. Winpisinger Center in Southern Maryland will have a valuable new resource, the R. Thomas Buffenbarger Library, to learn about how the IAM persevered through one of the most turbulent periods in labor history.

Machinists Union Supports 2014 LCLAA Convention

IAM leaders and members from across the country joined hundreds of delegates for the 20th National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Convention in Houston.

IAM Helping Southern Workers Rise Up

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger said on his monthly call to America’s Workforce Radio (AWF) that he sees a “wave of organizing” beginning in the southern United States.

TCU/IAM Videos Highlight Members, Recent Bargaining Achievements

Delegates to the 34th Regular TCU/IAM Convention in Las Vegas were privy to the premiere showing of two videos, produced by the Machinists News Network, in honor of TCU/IAM members’ hard work, dedication and recent achievements within the union’s 115-year history.

Why a University President Gave Up $90K of His Salary

Raymond Burse, the interim president at Kentucky State University (KSU), is putting his money where his mouth is.

Asked to temporarily lead the university he headed for much of the 1980s, Burse said he’d return on one condition: the school’s minimum-wage workers get a raise. He even told KSU’s board he would forego $90,000 of his salary so that the 24 minimum-wage workers on the Frankfort, KY campus can make $10.10 an hour.

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Machinists to Sue Spirit AeroSystems Over Plan to Outsource Jobs

The IAM filed a lawsuit on Friday, August 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.

Local 1720 Preps for Ashland Chemicals Negotiations

Kentucky IAM Local 1720 Negotiating Committee members at Ashland Chemicals prepared for upcoming contract negotiations at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

Staples Boycott Still On as USPS Continues Outsourcing

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) didn’t go far enough when the agency canceled its pilot program which effectively replaced postal workers with non-union, less-trained and lower-paid Staples employees, says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein.

Register Now to Win Union Plus $10K Student Loan Contest

Struggling with the financial burden of your student loans?  The IAM and Union Plus may be able to help.

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IAM, TWU Alliance Moves Forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing

In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the IAM and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions recently jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications.

Machinists Win Arbitration, Protect Maryland IKEA Workers

The IAM has won an arbitration case against IKEA after the Swedish furniture company refused union officials access to its IAM-represented Perryville, MD warehouse. Local I-460, District 4 members at the factory had alerted the IAM of unsafe trailers, cut seatbelts, needles left on the control of forklifts and other safety violations.

New Jersey Auto Tech Apprentice Program Continues Success

The IAM has successfully placed a fifth class of New Jersey high school graduates into apprenticeships at IAM-represented auto dealers and trucking companies through the Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) Auto and Diesel Technician Program.

NAACP, Labor Go All In for Justice, Equality

The IAM joined thousands of civil rights, labor and community activists at the 105th NAACP Convention in Las Vegas recently to reaffirm their commitment to justice and equality.

Ohio Local 1943 Promotes IAM at Butler County Fair

A 163-year-old Ohio tradition, the Butler County Fair has also proven to be a great opportunity for Middletown, OH Local 1943 to increase its visibility and generate possible organizing leads. Local 1943 operated a booth at the fair this July, just as they have for the past six years.

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Increased Pay, Retirement Security for New IAM Members in Texas

More than 900 newly-organized L3 Communications workers at Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) have overwhelmingly ratified a first contract that includes handsome raises, a cap on health-insurance cost increases and a defined-benefit pension plan.

DOL Signs Off on IAM Grand Lodge Election Results

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.

UPS, UPS Freight Members Ink New Five-Year Accords

More than 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at United Parcel Service (UPS) and UPS Freight have ratified new contracts that cover over 100 locations nationwide. The two IAM-UPS national agreements, one for UPS and the other for UPS Freight, are both five-year contracts.

Outsourcing United CEO Feeling Heat from Congress

Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are calling out United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek for the carrier’s decision to outsource more than 600 jobs at 12 U.S. airports, including 48 jobs at Des Moines International Airport.

NFFE-IAM on Verge of Winning Health Care for Temporary Federal Employees

After years of fighting for health benefits for all temporary federal employees, NFFE-IAM achieved an enormous victory when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently proposed that temporary employees expected to work at least 90 days be eligible for the Federal Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

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Obama Issues Order to Protect Federal Contract Workers

President Obama has issued an executive order cracking down on federal government contractors that engage in wage theft, discrimination and other labor violations.

Ohio District 54 Scores Service Contract Victory

The IAM District 54 Negotiating Committee achieved important improvements in a newly-ratified agreement with Wolf Creek Federal Services at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

Bill Filed to Make Union Organizing a Civil Right

Los Angeles truck driver Alex Paz was fired when he attempted to organize his coworkers. Keyona Dandridge, a food service worker in Washington, DC, was told not to show up to work anymore after she struck for higher wages.

IAM Mourns Former GLR Charlie Williams

Former IAM Grand Lodge Representative and Midwest Political Director Charlie Williams died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 after losing his battle with bone cancer. He was 83 years old.

NLRB Rules McDonald’s Can’t Hide Behind Franchises That Exploit Workers

McDonald’s can be held jointly responsible for labor and wage violations at its thousands of franchises around the U.S., the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week.

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160 Georgia Aircraft Techs Vote 2 to 1 for IAM

The Southern Territory continues its winning ways with an important organizing victory at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, GA, where 160 Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics working for L-3 Vertex voted by more than two-to-one for IAM representation.

Boeing CEO Regrets ‘Cowering’ Employees Gaffe

Boeing CEO Jim NcNerney sent a companywide message saying a comment he made during an earnings call with reporters last week was a “joke gone bad.”

Tennessee Volunteers Raise $6K for GDA

More than four dozen motorcycle riders kicked off this year’s annual Tennessee Hawgs for Dogs ride to benefit Guide Dogs of America (GDA). The day-long event, which raised more than $6,000 for the IAM’s favorite charity, was organized and hosted by volunteers from District 711 and Tullahoma, TN Local 1501.

Mayor Marches 300 Miles to Urge Medicaid Expansion

Adam O’Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, NC (pop. 1,688), recently completed a nearly 300-mile walk to the nation’s capital championing a cause that most in his party wouldn’t dare support publicly.

Register Now for 2014 LCLAA Convention

The 2014 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Convention will take place August 6-8 at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

Female Mortality Rates Up; Union Jobs Can Help

New research yields particularly troubling trends in female mortality rates across much of the United States, said a panel of health experts at a recent forum on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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TCU/IAM Opens Regular Convention

Hundreds of TCU/IAM members converged on Las Vegas this week for the 34th Regular TCU/IAM Convention.

Netroots Nation Sets Sights on 2014 Midterm Elections

Get to the polls in November. That was the overall directive given to the more than 3,000 attendees of the 2014 Netroots Nation conference – one of the largest annual gatherings of progressive leaders, activists, bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor leaders, organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists in the country.

Benefits Preserved as New York Local 1180 Votes to End Calspan Strike

After nearly 10 weeks of unwavering solidarity on picket lines, 24 members of IAM Local 1180, District 65 in Western New York ratified a new three-year contract that preserves key benefits and ends a bitter strike at Calspan Corporation.

Maine Lobstering Union Members Featured in Mike Michaud Ad

Rock Alley, President of the newly-formed IAM Maine Lobstering Union, IMLU Local 207, and Julie Eaton, Local 207 Secretary-Treasurer, were featured in a recent TV ad promoting Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, a longtime friend of the IAM.

Seattle District 751 Flight for Sight Run Raises $14K for Guide Dogs

More than 140 runners took part in IAM District 751’s annual Flight for Sight fun run, generating more than $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

Enter Union Plus Contest to Knock $10K Off Your Student Debt

Struggling with the financial burden of your student loans?  The IAM and Union Plus may be able to help.

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Labor Shows Strong Presence at Farnborough Air Show

As multinational aerospace companies gathered at the Farnborough Air Show in England, the IAM and delegates from the IndustriALL Global Union met to confront challenges facing the millions of aerospace workers around the world.

Machinists Overwhelmingly Approve New Contracts at US Airways

The IAM has announced that approximately 11,000 maintenance training specialist, fleet service and mechanic and related employees approved new contracts by 96, 86 and 67 percent respectively at the "new" American Airlines.

Alabama Contractor Goes Full Pinocchio in Anti-Union Campaign

In a desperate bid to suppress support for the IAM in an upcoming union representation election, a government contractor at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL has begun holding captive audience meetings where employees are treated to a smorgasbord of threats, misinformation and outright lies.

IAM Remembers Actor James Garner for His Union Activism

The IAM mourns the passing of longtime actor, union and civil rights activist James Garner. The former “Maverick” and “Rockford Files” star died July 19, 2014 at the age of 86.

Tennessee VW Workers Achieve Union Representation

Workers at the Volkswagen (VW) manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN will now have the opportunity to join UAW Local 42. The recent announcement comes despite a narrowly-lost union election in February that was heavily influenced by outside sources, including numerous Republican politicians.

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IAM-TCU Tentative Agreement Reached With LIRR

Within days of a strike that would have shut down the nation’s largest commuter railroad, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), its partner the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and union coalition members today announced a tentative agreement has been reached with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).

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Grand Lodge Election Official Tellers Report Available

The Official Report of the Tellers for the Election of Grand Lodge Officers of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is now available. The report shows the tally of voting by IAM members that took place in Lodge meetings in the United States and Canada in April, 2014 and the counting of those votes that took place in May, 2014.

IAM Urges Support of Bill to End Outsourcing, Bring Jobs Home

The IAM is urging the Senate’s support of a bill that would stop rewarding multinational companies that offshore jobs. The “Bring Jobs Home Act” would eliminate the tax deduction U.S. companies receive for the costs associated with offshoring. 

Greenpeace Fundraisers Vote IAM

Members of the Greenpeace financing and fundraising department in Montréal, Canada became the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 712. 

Register Now for the 2014 IAM Automotive Conference

The 2014 IAM Automotive Conference is scheduled for October 7-10, 2014 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Buffenbarger Taps Stassi as Transportation Special Rep

International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of Joe Stassi as Transportation Department Special Representative.

Still Time to Enter IAM Photo Contest

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IAM, TCU Set Strike Deadline at LIRR

After four years of contract negotiations, the IAM, TCU and six union coalition partners at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), have announced a strike deadline of Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.

Young Machinists Program Lauded at COMTO Summit

After being previously honored by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) this past March, IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux returned to the premier organization to share the IAM’s groundbreaking efforts to educate and train young workers in the transportation industry.

Oppose New OMB Rule to Use Bogus U.S. Trade Numbers

IAM members have until Monday, July 21 to oppose a new dangerous rule that would affect how the U.S. government develops statistics concerning manufactured goods.

Grand Lodge Bike Run Raises $5K for Guide Dogs

Sunny skies made for a perfect backdrop to the IAM Grand Lodge’s Inaugural Bike and Poker Run, which brought out about 45 participants and raised over $5,000 for Guide Dogs of America (GDA). The event was held in honor of IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr.

Machinists Win Certification For Aerocar Limousine Services in Vancouver

A courageous group of nearly 110 limousine drivers and airport greeters employed by Aerocar Limousine Services at the Vancouver International Airport overcame a fierce anti-union campaign to win IAM representation. The workers, who provide premium personal transportation to and from the airport and other locations, are the newest members of IAM Local 16 and IAM District 140.

Ohio Truck Drivers Vote IAM

Truck drivers employed at RMB Enterprises in Middletown, OH voted 2 to1 to become new members of IAM Local 1943 after a hard fought campaign.

IAM Hosts Union Member from ‘Down Under’

The IAM’s “sense of community” struck a chord with a recent visitor from Australia.

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Local 701 Auto Mechanics Strike in Illinois

IAM Local 701 auto mechanics at Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee, IL have voted to go on strike. The new members have been in negotiations for a first contract since the end of May.

IAM Delta Campaign Lands in London

Illustrating the global reach of the IAM’s Delta Flight Attendant organizing campaign, IAM Delta organizers this week were greeted with tremendous support as campaign activities expanded to London.

Machinists Respond to Washington State Water Proposal

The IAM remains concerned that the fish consumption and water quality standards announced this week by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee will jeopardize the economic health of the Puget Sound without adding significant improvements to the regions health and environmental quality.

New iPhone Hype Marred by Labor Abuse in the Philippines

You may want to think twice before upgrading to the newest Apple phone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 6, rumored to be released this fall.

House Dems Expose Bogus U.S. Trade Numbers

A group of House Democrats are calling on the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to stop using misleading export numbers when making its case for future trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is currently being negotiated in secret.

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IAM Wins Election for Spirit Airlines Ramp Agents

In a hotly contested election overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), nearly 220 Spirit Airlines ramp agents voted overwhelmingly, by 80 percent, to be represented by the IAM.

Missouri Machinist Wins John Deere Tractor Raffle

Kansas City, MO Local 778 member Jason Capra recently won the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention raffle for a John Deere Gator voucher worth $14,999.

IAM Lends Helping Hand to Special Olympics

The St. Mary’s County, MD Sheriff’s Department recently honored the IAM for raising nearly $700 for the Special Olympics.

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The 2014 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Convention will take place in Houston at the Hilton Americas from August 6 to 8, 2014.

New Report: Higher Minimum Wage Equals Job Growth

Extreme pro-business interests often argue that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses, but the evidence suggests otherwise. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found states that raised their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 have seen higher job growth than states where the minimum wage stayed the same.

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IAM Members On Strike At Calspan To Hold Rally

IAM Local 1180 and District 65 will rally on Monday, July 7, 2014 in Buffalo, NY as a show of solidarity and support for IAM members and their families on strike at science and technology company Calspan.

Ohio Senator Slams United’s Outsourcing Plans

In a letter to United CEO Jeffrey Smisek, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) questioned the airlines’ recent decision to outsource certain smaller “line stations” to low-paid vendors.

Washington, DC Workers Choose NFFE-IAM in Hard-Fought Election

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently certified election results for 20 Washington, DC Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) employees to be represented by NFFE-IAM. The campaign began earlier this year and culminated with an election on May 28.

Global Support Surges for South African Metalworkers’ Strike

South African police fired rubber bullets this week to disperse striking members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), who were picketing outside a power station in the northern province of Limpopo.

Geny Ulloa Appointed IAM Midwest Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Geny Ulloa has been appointed to the position of Special Representative effective June 1, 2014. Ulloa is from District 165, Local 623 in St. Cloud, MN.

Have a Union-Made Fourth of July

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IAM Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Harris v. Quinn

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that certain “partial public employees” in the public sector may not be required to pay their fair share of union dues. The case, Harris v. Quinn, concerns Medicaid-based home health-care workers in Illinois.

Long Island Rail Road Members Rally for Contract

With a possible strike looming next month, over 3,000 workers from the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and their supporters rallied to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to come to the table and accept the recommendations of Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 245.

July ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The July 2014 IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.

President Vows to Continue ‘Doing His Job’ In Response to Boehner Lawsuit

In a one-finger salute to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama has vowed to continue his use of executive orders in order to get work done in Washington, DC.

New IAM Video Celebrates Civil Rights and Healthcare

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a new Machinists News Network video shows how the landmark legislation ended segregation in U.S. healthcare.

IAM Announces 2014 Scholarship Award Winners

The 2014 IAM Scholarship competition has concluded and the winners have been announced.

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Conservatives Looking to Kill Ex-Im Bank, 200K Jobs

House Finance Service Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and his right-wing extremist allies continued their assault on the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, setting off testy exchanges between a bipartisan group who supports the bank and hard-right conservatives who would like to see its death.

Seattle District 751 Members’ Son Receives Medal of Honor

IAM District 751 member Curt White was filled with pride as he stood in the White House recently to watch President Obama present his son, Kyle, with the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor.

Machinists Endorse Malloy, Wyman For Re-Election in Connecticut Gubernatorial Race

Delegates of the Connecticut State Council of Machinists, representing more than 10,000 active and retired Connecticut workers, voted unanimously to endorse Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for re-election as leaders of Connecticut’s state government.

IndustriALL Adopts Emergency Resolution in Wake of Turkish Mine Disaster

One month after the mass killing of 301 mineworkers in an avoidable industrial disaster in Soma, Turkey, the Executive Committee of IndustriALL Global Union unanimously adopted an emergency resolution calling for the ratification and implementation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 176 on safety and health in mines. Union leaders also called for the reversal of illegal and irresponsible outsourcing and subcontracting in the country.

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Union Plus Introduces Enhanced Credit Card Program for Machinist Members

Union Privilege has announced the availability of the new Union Plus Machinists Credit Card designed to meet the needs of IAM members and their families.

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Machinists Union Rallies Support for Ex-Im Bank

The IAM is urging its 600,000 members to oppose efforts to defund the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, the independent federal agency that provides critical loan guarantees and supports more than 200,000 U.S. jobs. The bank has become the latest target for extinction by the GOP’s right-wing ideologues in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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White House Convenes Summit on Working Families

A workplace that provides flexibility and practices that benefit working families not only makes for a better workplace, but it also increases productivity and reduces turnover, said President Obama at a recent White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC.

Living in Poverty? Get Married, Conservatives Say

Members of a panel on poverty at the conservative Faith and Family Coalition’s annual Road to Majority Conference in Washington, DC had a somewhat predictable solution for low-income Americans trying to move up the economic ladder – get married, stay married and don’t have a child until you’ve gotten married.

LAN Peru Strike Could Disrupt World Cup Travel in Brazil

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports concerns from passengers scheduled to fly on LAN and TAM flights due to a strike in Peru scheduled for Thursday, June 26. Unions report that more than 200 mechanics – over 70 percent of all LAN Peru mechanics – will not be certifying aircraft during the strike, which is expected to affect operations across Latin America, including during the World Cup.

unioNation First Album Available for Online Purchase, Digital Download

The IAM’s unioNation Band’s first album is now available for purchase at www.unionation.com. The two-disc recording is available via CD or digital download. Purchase price is $20 through PayPal.

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IAM: U.S. Jobs Depend on Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

The IAM is on the frontlines of fighting a dangerous Tea Party effort to shut down the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, an independent federal agency that provides critical loan guarantees that support over 200,000 U.S. jobs, mostly in manufacturing.

FCC Rule Could Change What You See on the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently mulling a proposal that could change how we use the internet – more specifically, let internet service providers charge higher premiums for select content and possibly slow the connection and quality of other content.

New IAM Pension Video Spurs Debate at AFL-CIO Conference

Secretary-Treasurers from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions across the nation received a front row seat to the IAM’s premiere showing of “Pensions 101: Surviving Bankruptcy,” an introductory video to a new program the IAM is building to teach unions and union representatives how to better protect their members at companies facing corporate bankruptcy.

Register Now for Maryland’s First Hawgs for Dogs Bike Run

Start polishing your motorcycle for a scenic trip through Southern Maryland’s back roads for the inaugural Hawgs for Dogs Bike Run from IAM Headquarters to the William W. Winpisinger (W3) Center on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The bike run will honor IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. and proceeds will benefit the Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

NFFE-IAM Young Federal Leaders Attend Inaugural Training

NFFE-IAM members from around the country came together at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center to take part in the first-ever Young Federal Leaders (YFL) training. The first-of-its-kind young worker training introduced the 35 rising stars within the union to the countless resources and opportunities available for their development as leaders, including the Winpisinger Center.

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Members to Vote on Tentative Agreement at US Airways

The IAM announced it reached tentative agreements with US Airways on contracts covering approximately 11,000 mechanic and related, fleet service, maintenance training specialist and stock clerk employees.

Machinists Win Back-to-Back Organizing Drives in Texas

The IAM scored a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.

Unions Join North Carolina ‘Moral Monday’ Protest

IAM members were among the thousands of demonstrators outside the North Carolina Statehouse in Raleigh for the latest in a series of protests against the state’s ever-more radical GOP-led legislature.

Machinists Warn Jobs at Risk in Water Quality Debate

The IAM is calling on Washington state Governor Jay Inslee to update the state’s water quality standards in a way that protects the health of residents without imposing extreme measures that would threaten thousands of current and potential jobs.

Toronto Local 2921 Preps for Garda Contract Talks

The Negotiating Committee for Local 2921 recently met at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Southern Maryland to prepare for upcoming negotiations with Garda, a service provider that has a contract with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

NAS Whidbey Machinists Ratify First Union Contract

Machinists Union members who work for Doss Aviation at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, WA will get wage and pension benefit increases after ratifying their first union contract.

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Ohio Local 1943 Members Ratify New Accord with AK Steel

Members at IAM Local 1943 in Middletown, OH overwhelming ratified a new three-and-a-half-year accord. The deal comes nearly three months early after the employer AK Steel approached local leadership to enter into early negotiations. The current agreement covering nearly 1,700 IAM members at Middletown Works was set to expire September 15, 2014.

Machinist Coal Haulers Strike Gold with New Contract

IAM Local 684 members at Sydney Car Railway (SCR) in Sydney, Nova Scotia recently ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement that will boost their pay more than 10 percent in the first year.

Buffenbarger Hits Airwaves to Defend South Carolina Workforce

In a recent interview on America’s Work Force (AWF) Radio, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger tells the story of an interesting encounter he had with anti-union South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) a few years back at an international aerospace trade show.

NFFE-IAM Helps Shoot Down GOP Attempt to Gag Unions

NFFE-IAM members recently helped defeat an amendment that would have virtually prohibited federal employees from using official time for union activities.

IAM Helps Secure Critical Maritime Port Funding

A bill recently signed into law by President Obama will help support thousands of IAM jobs by addressing the infrastructure needs of vital U.S. maritime ports.

Register Now for 2014 LCLAA Convention

The 2014 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Convention will take place in Houston at the Hilton Americas from August 6 to 8, 2014. The convention brings together important Hispanic and labor leaders; local, state and national political figures; and a diverse coalition of non-profits, think-tanks and community-service organizations to create LCLAA’s agenda for the next two years.

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IAM: Don’t Classify Foreign Goods as American Made

A ridiculous proposal to classify goods produced overseas by American companies as “Made in the USA” would skew manufacturing statistics and have serious implications on the economy, writes IAM Chief of Staff and Trade and Globalization Director Owen Herrnstadt in a recent Economic Policy Institute article.

Congresswoman Blasts United’s Embattled CEO Smisek

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) sharply criticized United CEO Jeffrey Smisek for the airline's decision to dramatically downsize its operation at Cleveland's Hopkins Airport.

Unions Tout Training, Skills Development in Alabama

IAM members and representatives attended the 30th annual Alabama Governor’s Labor Management Conference last week in Mobile, AL, using the event to tout the ability of the IAM and labor to help develop the skilled workforce needed to grow business and create jobs.

IAM, Labor Stand Up for Qatar Airways Flight Attendants

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) recently filed a complaint with the International Labour Organization (ILO) accusing Qatar Airways of workplace sex discrimination and restricting women’s rights. The complaint also alleges that the Qatari government is in breach of international obligations by turning a blind eye to the offenses.

GDA Hosting Online Auction Through June 15

The 2014 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Silent Auction is now open. The event will run until June 15, 2014 at 9 p.m. EDT.

One More Week to Register for IAM Safety and Health Conference

The registration deadline for the 2014 IAM Safety and Health Conference to be held August 17 to 22, 2014 at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD is being extended by one week. All forms must be postmarked and received by Friday, June 20, 2014.

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IAM Communicators Attend 2014 IAM Communications Conference

IAM Communicators from across the U.S. and Canada gathered in New Orleans this week for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference.

IAM Retiree, D-Day Vet Joe Reilly to Appear Friday on NBC News

IAM Retiree and activist Joe Reilly, a 101st Airborne paratrooper on D-Day, will be featured on NBC Nightly News’ D-Day 70th Anniversary coverage on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EDT.

IAM Tours Chicago High School Manufacturing Institute

IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux and IAM HPWO Grand Lodge Representative Jim Reid recently toured an innovative career technical education program that is giving high school students on Chicago’s West Side the training they need to get manufacturing jobs upon graduation.

IAM Mourns Legendary Author Maya Angelou

The IAM mourns the passing of trailblazing author and poet Maya Angelou, a literary voice who championed human and civil rights through several generations. She was 86.

Congress Gets Graded on Senior-Related Issues

Where do your representatives in Congress stand on issues related to seniors?

The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) recently released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees.

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NMB Orders Representation Election for Spirit Ramp Agents

The IAM has announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) determined a representation dispute exists for the fleet service class and craft at Spirit Airlines.

IAM, NFFE-IAM Mourn Two Union Activists

IAM and NFFE-IAM members are mourning the loss of retired IAM Grand Lodge Representative Kenneth E. Richey and NFFE Veterans Affairs (VA) Council President Robert “Bob” Redding.

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage, Highest in Country

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, making the Emerald City’s minimum wage the highest in the country.

Still Time to Enter IAM Photo Contest

IAM photographers still have a chance to showcase the work your members do in the IAM Calendar.

The deadline to enter the 2014 IAM Photo Contest has been extended to June 27, 2014.

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IAM Members in Puerto Rico Ratify a Restructuring at PepsiCo Frito-Lay

IAM Local 2725 members at PepsiCo Frito-Lay in the island of Puerto Rico have ratified a new Sales Format Model by unanimous vote.

Two Illinois Machinists Injured in Casting Facility Blast

Two members of IAM Local 660 in East Alton, IL were injured in what is being described as an explosion in the casting facility at Olin Brass. One member was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Another was transported by helicopter to a St. Louis hospital and is in serious condition.

Pelletier Champions Working Women at Senate Hearing

IAM Local 700 member and Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier stressed the importance of collective bargaining to women’s economic security and called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and fully fund labor standard enforcement agencies at a recent Senate hearing.

Savoie Appointed Canadian Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 140 Organizer Robert Savoie to Special Representative for Canada. The appointment is effective June 1, 2014. 

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Missouri School District Maintenance Workers Vote IAM

IAM District 9, Local 777 is proud to announce an organizing win at the Fort Zumwalt School District in O'Fallon, MO. Twenty-six Facility Maintenance Department workers recently voted to join the IAM.

IAM District 70 Saving Big with MAPP Discount Program

Local businesses in Wichita, KS are quickly signing up to become a part of IAM District 70’s Machinists Advantage Partnership Program (MAPP), which provides exclusive discounts and benefits for IAM members in south-central Kansas.

U.S. Media Highlights GOP Hypocrisy Over VA Hospital Treatment

Media pundits and news outlets lit into the Republican party last week after the GOP’s hypocritical pouncing on a scandal that broke at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.

Register Now for the 2014 LCLAA National Convention

The 2014 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) National Convention will take place in Houston at the Hilton Americas from August 6 to 8, 2014. The convention brings together important Hispanic and labor leaders; local, state and national political figures; and a diverse coalition of non-profits, think-tanks and community-service organizations to create LCLAA’s agenda for the next two years.

Union Plus Provides New Programs for IAM Members

Union Privilege has announced the availability of new Union Plus benefits, programs and offers designed to meet the needs of IAM members and their families.

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A Memorial Day Message from International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger

Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

On behalf of all IAM members, thanks to our veterans and I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend.

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IAM Members Defeat GOP Attack on Service Contract Act Workers

Strong grassroots opposition from IAM members led to three anti-union, anti-working family amendments to the Defense budget bill being withdrawn this week in the U.S. House.

IAM Supports 2014 CBTU Convention

More than 500 union members from across the country, including over a dozen IAM members led by IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux, are in attendance at the 43rd International Annual Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Atlanta.

Hertz Organizing Win Expands IAM Presence in U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Local 340 recently notched its fifth organizing win in three years when seven maintenance and office administration workers at Hertz Rental Car in St. Croix voted unanimously to join the IAM.

WWW Center to Host Young Workers’ Class

A Young Workers Pilot Program will be held from August 3 to 8, 2014 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Training Center in Hollywood, MD.

HPWO Partnership Paying Dividends for Kenyon College, IAM Local 2794

Two years ago, administrators at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH were considering outsourcing custodial, electric and plumbing work done by some 80 members of IAM Local 2794 and United Electrical Local 712. 

Local 1943 Community Services Committee Honors Military

The Community Services Committee of IAM Local 1943 in Middletown, OH marked its fifth year of collecting for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center (YRSC) just in time for Memorial Day.

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Tell the House to Vote “No” on Amendments to Harm Service Contract Act Workers

House members are preparing to vote on three GOP amendments to the Defense budget bill that will eliminate key worker protections under the Service Contract Act (SCA).

Tell your Representative to vote “No” on the Rogers, Rigell and Fleming amendments to the Defense budget bill by clicking here.

UPS and UPS Freight Negotiations Open In Florida

Negotiations between the IAM and United Parcel Service (UPS) and UPS Freight formally opened today in Fort Lauderdale, FL. More than 30 local IAM representatives are prepared to hammer out a new agreement that will cover nearly 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at more than 100 UPS and UPS Freight locations nationwide.

New Vote Ends Strike at Stennis Space Center

Members of IAM Local 2249 voted 41-7 on Tuesday, May 20 to ratify a new proposal from Lockheed Martin that will end the five-day strike at Stennis Space Center (SSC).

District 142 Flight Safety Conference Reaches New Levels of Training

The IAM’s pioneering Flight Safety Committee Program helps Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) keep industry maintenance standards high, deal with their ever-changing regulatory work environment and has a special program to train AMTs to participate in accident investigations. District Lodge 142’s Flight Safety Committee met at the Winpisinger Center and set a new level of training with instruction by former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials, other airline professionals and practice on an actual damaged aircraft.

IAM and TCU-IAM Prepared to Strike Long Island Railroad

IAM and TCU-IAM members at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will strike on Sunday, July 20, 2014 if the commuter rail company continues to refuse contract negotiations, say union leaders.

May 20 Marks Primary Election Day in Six States

Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Oregon are getting primary election season started today, May 20th.

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Elizabeth Warren, Tom Perez Inspire Delegates at IAM Legislative Conference

The odds weren’t in favor of Elizabeth Warren becoming the first female Senator from Massachusetts.

Warren, the daughter of low-income parents who would become the driving force behind the creation of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, was facing an uphill battle against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

Machinists Ready to Negotiate National Pact with UPS

IAM negotiators are finalizing a package of contract proposals that will be presented to UPS representatives on May 20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where both sides will meet to hammer out a new agreement that will cover nearly 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at more than 100 UPS and UPS Freight locations nationwide.

IAM Mourns West Virginia Miners Killed on the Job

The IAM mourns two Boone County, WV coal miners who died on the job on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Report Reveals Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Few people realize that in 2014 child labor is still a major concern in the United States. Even fewer people realize a significant amount of that concern is centered around children working in tobacco farms in the South.

May 15 Marks Global 24-Hour Fast Food Strike

Today, fast food workers around the world engaged in a one-day strike for higher wages and the right to join a union. The events – which are a part of the growing “Fight for Fifteen” movement – took place on May 15 as a symbol of the $15 minimum wage U.S. workers deserve to be paid.

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IAM Files for Representation Election at Spirit Airlines

The IAM announced it filed an application with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to conduct a representation election for fleet service employees at Spirit Airlines.

IAM Legislative Activists Descend on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are bracing themselves for an onslaught of Machinists Union activists this week.

IAM Makes the Case for a Minimum Wage Hike

Congress failed once again to help America’s most vulnerable workers when it killed the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. In an op-ed published in Roll Call, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger made a strong case for why Congress was wrong and why raising the minimum wage is good for America’s middle class and the nation’s economy.

Kessler Appointed to California Health and Safety Commission

The IAM congratulates 32-year IAM member and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council Shelley Kessler on her appointment to the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC).

IAM Mourns Influential Labor Lawyer Cecil Branstetter

The IAM mourns the death of civil, human and workers’ rights advocate Cecil Branstetter. He passed away on May 7, 2014 at the age of 93.

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Vote Count Underway for Grand Lodge Officer Election

The counting of IAM members’ votes for the election of IAM Grand Lodge Officers is underway and will proceed daily until all votes are tabulated. The count began May 7, 2014 at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD.

IAM, Labor Rally Against Job-Killing TPP Trade Deal

A springtime downpour in Washington, DC didn’t dampen the spirits of IAM members and other activists from rallying against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), another free trade deal that promises job growth but instead exports thousands of U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.

Buffenbarger Defends U.S. Manufacturing at Senate Hearing

The besieged U.S. manufacturing industry needs a national strategy to stay competitive and create a foundation for future prosperity, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent Senate hearing.

IAM-US Airways Negotiations to Resume May 19

IAM District 141 and 142 representatives and IAM Transportation Department officials met with US Airways representatives with National Mediation Board (NMB) assistance in Washington, D.C.

Bath Iron Works Announces 600 New Jobs, Training Center

Nearly 600 new jobs are expected at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, ME by year’s end, say shipyard officials in a recent Kennebec Journal article. BIW will also be launching an on-site training facility to help tailor those workers’ skills.

Jeff Grim Chosen to Lead IAM Worksite Benefits Program

The IAM’s supplemental insurance provider, Employee Benefit Systems (EBS), has tapped Jeffrey “Jeff” Grim to lead EBS’s nationally successful Machinists Custom Choices Worksite Benefits Program.

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Alabama Local 2003 Rocks the Vote at Fort Rucker

Nearly 3,000 Machinists of Local 2003 in Daleville, AL are back at work at Fort Rucker today after voting by a 92 percent margin to ratify a new contract offer from L3 Army Fleet Support (AFS). The vote ended a week-long strike that idled flight training at one of the world's largest helicopter bases.

126 Years Later: How a Treasured Piece of IAM History Ended Up on ‘The Walking Dead’

The first members of the Machinists Union were facing dangerous work, long hours, and unfair pay when they gathered in a dusty Atlanta locomotive pit on the night of May 5, 1888. They met in secret, since management would have responded harshly if they knew their employees were forming a union.

IAM President Salutes Tennessee Machinists

IAM President Tom Buffenbarger and members of the Executive Council traveled to the Tennessee State Council of Machinists meeting to deliver personal thanks to IAM activists in the Volunteer State who endure and prevail in what may be the most extreme anti-union political environment in the U.S.

IAM Mourns Congressman Jim Oberstar

Former U.S. Representative and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) died in his sleep on Friday, May 2, 2014. He was 79 years old.

Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger on May 10

The IAM is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help collect donated food in more than 10,000 communities for the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive. The 22nd annual food drive is this Saturday, May 10.

Union Plus Provides New Programs for IAM Members

Union Privilege has announced the availability of new Union Plus benefits, programs and offers designed to meet the needs of IAM members and their families.

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IAM Members Complete Voting for Grand Lodge Officers, Final Count to Begin May 7

IAM members in Local Lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded voting for Grand Lodge Officers at their Lodge meetings in April. Counting of all ballots is set to begin on May 7, 2014 at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD. Offices up for election include International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and in the United States, eight General Vice Presidents.

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Machinists President Defends Retirees Pension Benefits

The IAM is calling on members of Congress to reject any legislation that allows pension fund administrators to reduce or eliminate the pension benefits of retired workers.

National Labor College Honors 2014 Graduating Class

Labor’s college may be closing up shop, but not because IAM members didn’t participate. In 2014, and almost every year since the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education Center teamed up with the AFL-CIO’s National Labor College (NLC) in Silver Spring, MD, the IAM has had one of the highest graduation rates of any participating union.

Reopening Air Force Rocket Contract Would Threaten IAM Jobs

The IAM recently sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, urging Congress to reject any attempt to reopen the Air Force’s block buy contract to launch GPS satellites into space.

NFFE-IAM Teams Up with Congressman to Protect PA Army Depot

Members of NFFE-IAM Local 1429 in Chambersburg, PA recently met with Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) to discuss strategy for protecting Letterkenny Army Depot from closure in the event of another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

United Blames Weather, Not Management Failures, for Poor First Quarter

United Airlines has reported a net loss of $609 million, or $1.66 per share, for the first quarter of 2014. It marks a three-month low for the carrier.

Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining Class Deadline Extended to May 9

Friday, May 9, 2014 is the new deadline to complete and return enrollment forms for the Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining class from June 22 to 27 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Alabama Local 2003 on Strike for Respect

Nearly 3,000 members of IAM Local 2003 in Daleville, AL are on strike against Army Fleet Support (AFS) at Fort Rucker after voting to reject a “last, best and final” offer from parent company L3 Communications.

CT Gov. Malloy Addresses New England State Council Machinists

The only way to reverse the downward trend of the American middle class is through an economic boost in U.S. manufacturing, job creation and skills training, said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to IAM leaders and members at the New England State Council of Machinists Annual Conference in Groton, CT.

AIM Aerospace Machinists Ratify First Union Contract

IAM District 751 members at AIM Aerospace in Sumner, WA have won 5.6 percent average wage increases plus improved benefits with their first union contract.

Executive PayWatch: Your CEO Makes 331 Times More Than You

Wal-Mart Chief Executive Michael Duke, ranked No. 69 on the list of 100 Highest Paid CEOs, took home over $20.5 million in 2013. Don’t tell that to the corporate giant’s million-plus employees, half of whom earned less than $25,000.

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IAM Wins Agreement to Halt Outsourcing at Auto Truck Transport

IAM members at Auto Truck Transport (ATT) won a three-year battle to halt improper outsourcing of their work by the company. The settlement, which includes more than $1.3 million in damages, covers more than 600 members of Locals 641 in Cleveland, NC, and Mount Holly, NC; Local 166 in Laredo, TX; and District W24 in Portland, OR.

Labor to Rally on the Hill Against TPP Trade Agreement

The IAM will join union activists and the AFL-CIO in a rally on Capitol Hill to voice our members’ opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement.

The rally is scheduled for May 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the Upper Senate Park behind the Capitol building.

IAM Mourns District 10 BR Don Griffin

The IAM mourns the passing of District 10 Business Representative Don Griffin.

Mike Rose Appointed Woodworkers Chief of Staff

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Mike Rose to serve as Chief of Staff of the IAM Woodworkers Department.

Enroll Now for Federal Employees' Basic Class

The 2014 Federal Employees’ Basic Program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD, during the week of August 10-15, 2014.

Enter to Win the 2014 IAM Photo Contest

There’s still time to enter the 2014 IAM Photo Contest. The entry deadline is May 9, 2014.

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Illinois Machinists on Strike at Superior Carriers

Fighting high out-of-pocket health insurance costs and stagnant wages at Superior Carriers in Markham, IL, 13 members of IAM Local 701 said “enough is enough” and voted unanimously to strike on April 8, 2014.

Hawaii Sen. Schatz Joins IAM Fight to Block Outsourcing at United

The IAM and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) called on United Airlines to rethink its outsourcing plans in Kona, Maui and Lihue, HI.

New York Times Goes Rogue on Free Trade Pacts

In a reversal of a long-held bias in favor of free trade agreements, the New York Times Editorial Board published a stinging critique of past trade pacts and warned the Obama administration against making similar mistakes in a pair of massive trade deals currently under consideration.

IAM Mourns District 4 DBR Joe Flanders

The IAM mourns the death of District 4 Directing Business Representative Joe Flanders.

Flanders died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home in Mechanic Falls, ME. He was 58 years old.

Register Now for Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining Class

Friday, April 25, 2014 is the deadline to complete and return enrollment forms for the Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining class from June 22 to 27 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Hotel Deadline for the 2014 Communications Conference Fast Approaching

The deadline to book your hotel room at the special room rate for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference is Thursday, April 24, 2014. The rate entitles conference-goers to a single or double room for $179 per night at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.

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D-Day Veteran Joe Reilly Still on Labor’s Frontline

Joe Reilly turns 93 in just a few weeks, but the World War II veteran and 58-year IAM member has no plans to slow down. In his 28th year of retirement, Reilly is as active in his union and politics as anyone.

House Dems Open Investigation into UAW-VW Vote

Did Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) illegally interfere with the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) attempt to organize workers at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Chattanooga, TN? Democrats in the U.S. House want to know.

What Happened to This Brazilian Aerospace Worker Will Leave You Speechless

In São José dos Campos, about an hour’s drive from the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, working at Embraer is like wearing a badge of honor.

Click here to watch the Machinists News Network video, “Brazilian Worker Strait-Jacketed for Being a Woman.”

Guide Dogs of America Breaks Ground on New Visitor and Education Center

Guide Dogs of America (GDA) has broken ground on a new 15,900-square-foot education and outreach center in Southern California.

The expansion of GDA’s 7.5-acre campus was made possible by a $3.3 million donation from Phil and Macki Singer, supporters of GDA since 1994.

IAM Scholarship Judges Poised to Announce 2014 Winners

Judges for the 2014 IAM Scholarship Competition recently gathered at Machinists Union Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD to review nearly 350 candidates for this year’s awards. Winners will be contacted soon and results will be announced in July.

IAM Members Awarded Union Plus Grants, Rebates

More than 30 IAM members are the latest recipients of Union Privilege/Union Plus grants and rebates.

The awards stem from programs like the Union Plus/Machinists Credit Card, the Union Plus Mortgage Program and the AT&T SmartPhone Discount, among others.

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Tell the House to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refuses to take up a Senate bill aimed at extending federal unemployment insurance benefits for the jobless.

Click here to tell your House members to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension today.

Act Now to Block Job-Killing TPP Trade Deal

Twenty years after the ratification of NAFTA, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other worker advocates are speaking out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), another free-trade deal that promises job growth but instead exports thousands of U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.

Click here to tell Congress it's time they support trade rules that work for America's working families.

Click here to watch “Tough Trade Talk.”

NY Aviation High School Visits WWW, IAM Headquarters

For the 12th consecutive year, students from New York City’s Aviation High School visited the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD for a unique look inside the U.S. transportation industry.

Military Base Victim Advocates Get Justice Through IAM

After a long and tenacious struggle, 13 Victim Advocates who work under a Service Contract at Joint Base Lewis McChord have gained a bit of justice. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) has just finished its investigation and reached a settlement with their previous employer, Strategic Resources, Inc. (SRI), for a back pay settlement that could be well into the millions.

Register Now for 2014 Human Rights and Women’s Programs

The dates for the 2014 Human Rights and Women’s programs at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD have been changed. The IAM will now conduct simultaneous Human Rights and Women’s programs on October 12-17, 2014.

WWW Center Prepares IAM Members at Northrop for Upcoming Negotiations

Negotiating Committee members at IAM District 725, Local 575 in Azusa, CA, recently prepared for upcoming negotiations with defense contractor Northrop Grumman by developing a multi-faceted strategic bargaining plan at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Ryan Budget Fleeces Federal Workforce

The government spending plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would gouge even more money out of the pockets of beleaguered middle-class federal workers who have already been hit with pay and pension cuts, furloughs and a government shutdown.

Machinists Union Mobilizes Congressional Support to Thwart United Airlines’ Job Cuts

IAM representatives met with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to discuss the effects of United’s plan to downsize its operations at Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport and the possible outsourcing of Fleet and Passenger Service work to low-paid sub-contractors in other cities.

IAM Local 701 Lends Expertise to Aspiring Auto Techs

Members at IAM Local 701 know a thing or two about fixing things. These Chicago-area Machinists make a living working on cars, trucks, RVs, forklifts and much more.

IAM Members Vote to End Strike at Trax

More than 300 IAM Local 2515 members have voted to end their strike at Trax International in White Sands Missile Range, NM.

Register Now for the 2014 Communications Conference

The deadline to book your hotel room at the special room rate for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference is fast approaching. The cutoff date for a single or double room at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans for $179 per night is April 24, 2014.

IAM Members Ratify Contract at Alaska Airlines

IAM members at Alaska Airlines have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract at the carrier covering approximately 3,000 clerical, office and passenger service employees at Alaska Airlines.

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Equal Pay Day: Women Still Earn Way Less than Men

April 8 is the annual observance of Equal Pay Day, a date that marks how much extra a woman has to work in 2014 before earning what a man did in 2013.

House Votes to Slash One Million Workers’ Health Coverage

A recent House GOP vote to redefine full-time work under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate shows its complete disregard for U.S. workers, including those who don’t work a traditional 40-hour work week.

Contract Talks Underway for 3,500 at Fort Rucker

Negotiations are moving forward on a new contract that will cover 3,500 members of IAM Local 2003 employed by Army Fleet Support (AFS) at Fort Rucker in Daleville, AL.

New Documents Shed More Light on Volkswagen UAW Vote

The plot continues to thicken in the aftermath of the controversial February 14 vote that narrowly rejected United Auto Worker (UAW) representation at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.

Machinists Urge House Support of Increased F-35 Production

The IAM urges the U.S. House to restore the previously planned production rate for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

IAM, Horizon Air Reach First Agreement

The IAM announced stock and stores employees at Horizon Air reached a first tentative contract with the carrier.

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IAM Wins Organizing Drive for 450 in South Texas

The IAM Southern Territory notched an important organizing victory for 450 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX.

For more information about the IAM organizing campaign at L3, visit www.goiamtexas.com.

400 IAM Members Ratify Contract at Crown Cork & Seal

More than 400 IAM members across the U.S. have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with food and beverage packaging company Crown Cork & Seal.

Simulation Techs at NAS Pensacola Vote IAM

Computer Simulation and Training Technicians working for TJ Inc. and Cubic Corp. at the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Pensacola, located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, recently overwhelmingly voted “Yes” for IAM representation.

Last Chance to Enroll for Local Lodge History Project

IAM members now have until Friday, April 11 to register for the Local Lodge History Project class scheduled for June 8 to 13 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Register Now for the 2014 Communications Conference

The 2014 IAM Communications Conference is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Machinists Union Taking on Autism in April

Most everyone knows a family affected by autism, or is dealing with the disorder in their own household. Machinists Union families are no different.

During the month of April, which is recognized as Autism Awareness Month, IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD, will be helping educate people about the disorder and hold numerous fundraising events.


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IAM Shipbuilders to Build Fifth DDG-51 Destroyer at Bath Iron

IAM members at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in IAM District 4, Local S6 in Bath, ME, will be building an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, one of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships ever put to sea.

The Navy awarded BIW a $642.5 million contract, bringing the total number of DDG-51 ships to be constructed by IAM members at BIW under a multi-year procurement to five. The total value of the contract is valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

NFFE-IAM Pushing Bill to Give Federal Workers an Adequate Raise

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) is backing a bill that would provide a 3.3 percent pay adjustment for federal workers in 2015 instead of the one percent raise proposed in the President’s budget.

Tell Congress that the FAIR Act is needed to adequately compensate federal employees. Ask to speak to your representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Machinists Union Exchanges Ideas with Brazilian Unionists

The IAM recently strengthened its international ties by hosting a group of Brazilian unionists who were in the U.S. to learn more about American labor and manufacturing.

Workers’ Memorial Day Set for April 28

The IAM will remember members who have died on the job during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate the thousands of workers killed, injured or sickened on the job each year.

WWW Hosts First Spanish Leadership I Program of 2014

The first Spanish Leadership Program of 2014 brought Spanish-speaking members from all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico to the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

El Centro Winpisinger organizó el primer Programa de Liderazgo I en Español del 2014

El primer Programa de Liderazgo en español del 2014 trajo a miembros de habla hispana de todas partes de EE.UU. y Puerto Rico a el Centro de Educación y Tecnología William W. Winpisinger en Hollywood, MD.

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MNPL Planning Committee Gears Up for Midterm Election Battles

The combination of the Supreme Court’s Citizens v. United decision and the unrelenting Tea Party stranglehold on the GOP will combine to make the 2014 midterm elections a critical test for labor unions, progressives and anyone who values survival of the American Dream.

IAM Members Protest Unfair Treatment by US Airways

IAM-represented ground workers at US Airways conducted informational pickets across the country to protest the carrier’s insistence that they accept second-class status and agree to lower wage rates than other employees at the “new” American Airlines who perform the exact same work.

Can You Hear Me Now? In-Flight Cell Phone Calls a Bad Idea

Allowing passengers to make in-flight cell phone calls would create needless and potentially deadly safety issues, says Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wytkind.

NLRB: Northwestern University Football Players Can Unionize

The Northwestern University football team won without having to set foot on the gridiron.

After the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that the players meet the definition of an employee, the Wildcat football team now has the right to unionize.

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Cheap Prison Labor Thwarts IAM Members at NAS Pensacola, U.S. Navy to Investigate

U.S. Naval Secretary Ray Mabus has agreed to investigate the use of prison inmates to perform work belonging to IAM members at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola, FL.

Local 681 Preps for Negotiations at WWW Center

IAM members at Reynolds Packaging Group in Louisville, KY prepared for upcoming contract negotiations by attending classes at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center. Local 681 represents Maintenance Employees at the facility, which manufactures Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil.

Machinists Union Steps Up to Support Native Rights

The labor movement has a strong record of advocating for minority groups and women with allied organizations like the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Kevin Cummings has been working hard to add the cause of North America’s First Inhabitants to the list.

Register Now for the 2014 Communications Conference

The 2014 IAM Communications Conference is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

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IAM Presses for Contract at US Airways

IAM representatives at US Airways are continuing to press the National Mediation Board for a release from mediated contract talks despite the company’s stalling tactics. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker tried to paint a rosy picture of good labor relations at the “new” American Airlines during a JP Morgan investor conference call, but the company’s actions were much different.

IAM Members Complete Employee Assistance Program I Training

Twenty-four IAM members with diverse employment backgrounds in the U.S. and Canada received certificates for completing Employee Assistance Program I (EAP-I) training at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Hollywood, MD.

Boehner Denies Benefits to 3.6 Million Unemployed Americans

Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced plans to kill the bipartisan unemployment benefits extension that the Senate has agreed to.

Take action today. Click here to tell Congress to extend federal unemployment benefits.

IAM Calendars Go On Sale

The 2014 IAM Calendar is on sale at a reduced price. The popular calendar features the winners of the IAM Photo Contest. The cost is $2.50 per calendar. Two dollars from each calendar sold are donated to Guide Dogs of America.

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Guide Dogs of America to Break Ground on Phil and Macki Singer Visitor Education Center

Guide Dogs of America (GDA) will break ground April 13, 2014 on a new 15,900-square-foot education and outreach center that will allow the school to expand its community outreach and build upon its services for blind and visually impaired men and women in Los Angeles and across the U.S. and Canada.

March ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The March 2014 IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.

Women in Aviation Conference Inspires IAM Members

The 25th Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, FL, recently brought together female IAM members from around the country to connect with other women in the aerospace industry.

Click here to watch the new Machinists News Network video, “Women in Aviation Conference Inspires Young Girls.”

IAM Opposes Privatization of Tennessee Valley Authority

The IAM renews its call for Washington lawmakers to reject all efforts to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federally owned power agency that employs more than 1,000 IAM members and has provided low-cost, reliable energy to area residents for more than 80 years.

Take action to protect the TVA, good American jobs and clean, reliable energy for millions. Click here to tell Congress to vote “No” on privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Grand Lodge Officers Election Notice

Notice of Election for IAM International President, General Secretary-Treasurer, and 8 General Vice Presidents

In accordance with the provisions of Article III of the IAM Constitution, the IAM will conduct elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents for terms ending on June 30, 2017. In Canada, elections will be conducted for the offices of International President and General Secretary-Treasurer only.

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IAM Wins Pension Increase for 17,000 at United Airlines


The IAM this week concluded discussions with the Board of Trustees of the IAM National Pension Fund (IAMNPF) that will increase pension benefits by 35 to 45 percent for approximately 17,000 IAM members at United Airlines.



Transportation Officials Honor 'Women Who Move the Nation'

"Women Move the Nation" was the theme of the third annual awards ceremony hosted by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) in Washington, DC.

Korean Trade Deal Promised Jobs, Delivered Job Losses

Two years ago, against the IAM’s strong opposition, the United States signed a trade agreement with South Korea (KORUS). Like other trade pacts, advocates of the deal said it would create thousands of U.S. jobs as a result of increased exports to South Korea.

Obama Signs Order to Expand Overtime Pay

Working Americans may soon see some reprieve from outdated regulations that have long denied overtime pay for millions.

Enroll Now for Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining Class

The IAM will conduct a Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining class from June 22 to 27, 2014 at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

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Machinists Ink New Deal with Calgary Stampede

Members of IAM Local Lodge 99 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, have ratified a new one-year collective agreement with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited, an organization that hosts community events and operates a casino and racetrack. It also hosts the “Calgary Stampede,” an annual festival that includes live music, a rodeo and a parade.

CPAC Conservatives Tilt Hard Right

It might be more accurately called a circus, but the most prestigious conservative political convention of the year took place last week, just a short drive from IAM Headquarters.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is the annual pilgrimage of conservative activists to meet, greet and size up Republican politicians. Potential GOP presidential candidates are especially eager to gain favor of the right-wing crowd – a great speech at CPAC can go a long way toward 2016.

IAM’s Maine Lobstering Union Expands, Outlines Key Concerns

The IAM Maine Lobstering Union, a union that began with a few members on the island of Vinalhaven, has now grown to include members all along Maine's nearly 3,500-mile coastline. 

Click here to watch “Maine’s Lobstering Union Expands” on the Machinists News Network.

CBC Calls on Kellogg to End Memphis Lockout

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is urging the Kellogg Co. to “immediately end” its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, TN, plant.

Click here to read the letter to Kellogg CEO John Bryant.

Labor Wins Greater Voice on Trade Advisory Committees

The IAM’s ongoing campaign to win a greater voice for unions and union members impacted by international trade accords took a step forward last month when the United States Trade Representative announced plans to increase the number of labor representatives to trade advisory committees.

IAM Retirees Join DNC in Preparation for 2014 Midterm Elections

Nearly a hundred seniors and retirees, including retired IAM sisters and brothers, attended a recent Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors’ Coordinating Council meeting in Washington, DC, in preparation for the 2014 midterm elections.

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Official Says Missouri Was Poised to Win 777X

According to a senior economic development official in St. Louis, the Boeing Company was poised to announce that St. Louis would build the 777X if Machinists in the Pacific Northwest voted to reject a multi-year contract extension on January 3, 2014.

Why Now is the Time to Organize the South

Over 50 years after the civil rights movement caught fire, and 125 years since the IAM was born in an Atlanta locomotive pit, social and economic unrest are being revived in the American South.

Local 2783 Preps for Contract Talks at WWW

IAM Local 2783 Bargaining Committee members at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in St. Mary’s, GA, are ready for upcoming contract talks after attending a Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees class at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center.

Washington State Leads Nation, Shines in Minimum Wage Fight

Opponents of measures to increase federal and state minimum wages have long said higher wages will cost the country jobs and economic growth. Well, a recent Bloomberg report debunks that theory.

Help Letter Carriers Stamp out Hunger

The IAM is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help collect donated food in more than 10,000 communities for its annual Letter Carrier Food Drive.

This year’s drive will take place on Saturday, May 10.

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Good News for IAM Aerospace Members

A pair of developments in the volatile aerospace sector are being hailed for the multi-billion economic effects they bring to members and communities in at least six states.

TCU-IAM, Long Island Rail Road Coalition Hold Solidarity Briefing

TCU-IAM and its Long Island Rail Road coalition partners – SMART and NCFO-SEIU – held an historic solidarity briefing with TWU Local 100 at the latter's New York City headquarters on Friday, February 21.

Local 175 Members ‘Export Freedom’ in Harley-Davidson Commercial

IAM Local 175 members who work at the Harley-Davidson plant in York, PA, were recently featured in a commercial created by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for the Super Bowl.

SC Gov. Haley Hates Unions More Than She Likes Jobs

At a time when 21.6 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, it’s hard to believe anyone would say no to good-paying, secure jobs. But sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction.

Meet South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Proposed Michigan Law Could Cost Striking Workers Up to $1K Per Day

Freedom of assembly is under attack in Michigan.

The state House of Representatives recently took up HB 4643, legislation that would levy massive fines against striking workers and labor organizations found to be leading or organizing a strike.

Tell Qatar Airways Women Deserve Respect

Being a woman at Qatar Airways isn’t easy.

You can get fired for being pregnant. You’ll need your boss’s permission to get married. Want to say something about it? The confidentiality clause in your contract could get you tried in Qatari Court.

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Report of Nominations for Grand Lodge Officers

IAM members in more than 800 local lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded nominations and runoff votes where necessary to determine lodge endorsements for the IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

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IAM District 9 Truck Drivers Win Huge Back-Pay Settlement

IAM District 9, Local 777 drivers at Unimark Truck Transport in Bridgeton, MO, have won a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suit against the company that could net over $1 million in back pay spread across up to 300 members.

Black History Month: Earl Robinson Shares Inspirational Story

Former Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL) Assistant Director Earl Robinson, the first African American to serve in that position, recently spoke about his trailblazing career at IAM Headquarters as part of the IAM’s ongoing tribute to Black History Month.

NFFE-IAM Calls on Congress to Up Federal Worker Pay

Following reports that the President will propose a one percent pay increase for federal employees in his upcoming budget, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), says Congress should act to fairly compensate federal workers who deserve more after numerous pay freezes, political attacks and a government shutdown.

NMB Meeting Scheduled for US Airways Negotiations

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled meetings between the principal representatives in the US Airways - IAM negotiations. The meetings are set for March 18 and 19, 2014 at the NMB offices in Washington, DC.

UAW Says Outside Interference Swayed Volkswagen Union Vote

Following a narrow defeat last week at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN, plant, the United Auto Workers (UAW) has filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) citing outside interference by politicians and special interest groups.

IAM Members Seek Employee Assistance Professional Certification

Sixteen IAM members sat for a four-hour exam at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Southern Maryland in an effort to become certified employee assistance professionals.

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Preserving Jobs is First Priority for Missouri Machinists

By a 1,269 to 449 vote, members of District 837 in St. Louis ratified a contract extension with the Boeing Company that provides members with wage increases and an $8,000 signing bonus while improving the company’s ability to attract much-needed new work. District 837 represents nearly 2,400 workers who build the F/A-18 and F-15 fighter planes as well as the EA-18G electronic attack aircraft.

IAM Secures Retro Pay, Interest for United Workers

IAM District 141 announced it reached an agreement with United Airlines to pay 30,000 IAM-represented fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees the retroactive wages they are owed, plus interest.

IAM Forest Products Industry Workers Meet to Plan Future

IAM workers and representatives from all sectors of the forest products industry, from harvesting and milling lumber to making paper and other wood fiber products, spent two days in Fort Worth, TX, sharing bargaining and organizing experiences and pooling their expertise. Their task was to identify the most important issues they face and develop ways to make future gains in a sector of the North American economy that employs more workers than the U.S. auto industry.

Samick Recognized for National Women’s History Month

The late Anna Samick, the first female Business Representative in the IAM to teach at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, has been named a 2014 National Women’s History Month Nominee.

IAM Partners with New Detroit Metals Manufacturing Institute

The IAM is proud to announce its participation as a labor partner in the White House’s newly announced $148 million Defense Department advanced manufacturing institute in Detroit.

Machinists Union Prepares for Fight at US Airways

The IAM Transportation Department, District 141 and District 142 negotiators are discussing strategy in preparation for a probable proffer of arbitration at US Airways.

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Illinois Machinist Returns to Work with $70K Back Pay

An IAM District 9 and Local 660 member who was unfairly terminated from his job in June 2012, is back at work today – thanks to his union contract, he says.

Buford was awarded all lost wages, including any overtime the department had been scheduled to work. In addition to the lost wages, the company was also responsible for reimbursing Buford’s out-of-pocket costs to cover medical and dental insurance, the company’s 401(k) match, as well as the company’s contribution to the defined benefit Pension Plan, vacation and safety bonus.

IAM Previews Bankruptcy Education Program for AFL-CIO

Union leaders at this week’s AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Houston, TX, got a preview of a unique educational program being developed by the IAM to teach unions and union representatives how to better protect union members at companies facing corporate bankruptcy.

NFFE-IAM Takes to Capitol Hill in Support of Federal Workers

A new Machinists News Network video highlights a rally in support of federal workers who have been hit hard by the Republican-controlled Congress and its anti-labor agenda.

Canadian Machinists Urge Rejection of Union-Busting Bill

The IAM in Canada says Bill C-525 is a move in the wrong direction and is urging the House of Commons to reject it.

In a written submission issued earlier this week to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, the IAM says the legislation, put forward as a private members’ bill, is being pushed through parliament without the level of scrutiny that government bills normally receive.

Spanish Leadership Working Group Revamps Spanish Classes for 2014

A diverse mix of Spanish-speaking IAM members, known as the Spanish Leadership Working Group (SLWG), gathered at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Educational Center in Hollywood, MD to undertake an extensive overhaul of the Spanish Leadership classes offered at the Center.

Facilitadores de los Programas de Liderazgo en Español Renuevan las Clases para 2014

Una mezcla diversa de miembros de habla hispana de la IAM , conocidos como el grupo de facilitadores de Liderazgo en Español se reunieron en el Centro William W. Winpisinger (WWW ) en Hollywood, MD con el fin de hacer una revisión extensiva de las clases de liderazgo en español ofrecidas en el Centro.

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Boeing Unveils Location for 777X Composite Wing Facility

The IAM welcomes news that the composite wings for Boeing’s new 777X will be built by IAM members in a new 1.5 million square foot complex in Everett, WA.

IAM Hosts Brazilian Unionists

A group of ten Brazilian trade unionists are visiting the U.S. as part of an exchange program being put on by the IAM and the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center.

UAW Mulls Volkswagen Vote Challenge

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King says the union will consider challenging the results of a representation election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN, citing influences from several GOP state lawmakers and their third-party anti-union conglomerates.

Register Now for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference

The 2014 IAM Communications Conference will be held June 1-4, 2014 at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans.

Please refer to the official call for details and enrollment forms or call the IAM Communications Department at 301-967-4520 for more information.

Seven Days Left to Apply for 2014 IAM Scholarship Competition

The deadline to apply for a 2014 IAM Scholarship Award is fast approaching. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2014 to be considered.

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IAM Negotiations Underway for 5,600 at Lockheed Martin

The Machinists came out in full force to Palm Springs, CA for the opening day of the economic phase of negotiations with Lockheed Martin. Key issues in the talks include health care costs, pensions, job security and workplace rules that could affect more than 5,600 IAM members at Lockheed facilities in Palmdale, Sunnyvale, Vandenberg AFB, Santa Cruz, CA, Marietta, GA, Meridian, MS, Clarksburg, WV and Cape Canaveral, FL. 

Six Apprentices Graduate from Joint IAM/Boeing Program

For nearly 80 years, the IAM and Boeing have worked together on an apprenticeship program in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Six apprentices completed on-the-job training and were recognized with a graduation banquet at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on February 7th.

Sherrod Brown Introduces ‘Wear American Act'

Soon, government-issued uniforms for federal workers may no longer don clothing tags imprinted with the words “Made in China.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced a bill that would require the federal government to only buy apparel that is 100 percent made in America.

Shop Union This Valentine's Day

In addition to some union-made sweets and treats, if you're looking for flowers this Valentine’s Day, Union Plus is offering a 25 percent discount through Teleflora for union members and their families.

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Machinists Union Locals Conduct Endorsement Elections

On February 8, 2014, the IAM conducted runoff elections to resolve contested nominations for IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

US Airways Negotiations at Impasse

After months of face-to-face negotiations with US Airways and after several meetings called by the Chairperson of the National Mediation Board, discussions have ended with no agreements in sight.

Experts Agree: Paid Sick Leave Works for Employees, Businesses

Paid sick leave is a good deal for employers, too.

A diverse range of stakeholders at a recent Aspen Institute panel agreed that an employee with paid time off when they’re ill leads to increased productivity, better health and a more stable family life.

Cambodian Workers Tortured, Killed After Asking for Raise

A new Machinists News Network video sheds light on a horrific workers’ rights violation in Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country where government forces allegedly tortured and murdered striking garment workers asking for a raise.

OXFAM Honors IAM for Philippines Relief Contribution

Oxfam Canada honored Canadian Machinists in recognition of the generous contribution made towards Oxfam’s relief efforts in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.

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Senate Democratic Leader Reid Opposes ‘Fast Track’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) dealt supporters of the seriously flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement a major blow when he publically denounced plans to hurriedly push the trade deal through Congress.

Republican Senators Again Shoot Down Unemployment Insurance Extension

Democratic members of the U.S. Senate tried again today to move forward a bill that would extend unemployment insurance for 1.7 million job-seeking Americans.

IAM Applauds Amtrak’s New Cities Sprinter Service

General Vice President Sito Pantoja and IAM/TCU-represented Amtrak workers joined U.S Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and lauded the inauguration of Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive service due to begin tomorrow.

US Airways Fleet Workers Demand Contract

US Airways fleet service workers gathered in Boston in a show of solidarity to demand their company do the right thing and offer a fair contract now.

Support New Rules to Help Make Union Elections Fair

The unfair, tedious and costly process for workers to exercise their right to organize could be getting some reprieve if recently-proposed labor regulations take effect.

NAFTA Marks 20 Years of Hurting Working People

A new Machinists News Network video highlights the job loss and wage reduction that has come from the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since it was ratified 20 years ago.

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Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Contract With Alaska Airlines

The IAM has announced it reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for approximately 3,000 clerical, office and passenger service employees at Alaska Airlines.

IAM Wins Arbitration with Auto Truck Transport

IAM members at Auto Truck Transport have won an arbitration case against the trucking company that is expected to spread a seven-figure back-pay reward among more than 600 drivers.

Yellen Takes Helm as Fed Chair

The first woman to lead the Federal Reserve officially took office this week.

Janet Yellen succeeds former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke who is now retired.

‘Full Employment Caucus’ Looks to Tackle Unemployment

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says everyone on her street had a job when she was a little girl growing up in 1950s Miami.

Two House Bills Threaten 6.5 Million Workers’ Health Care Coverage

The IAM joins labor in strongly opposing two bills that seek to increase the threshold at which employers are required to either offer health care coverage or pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Obama Lauds Wisconsin Local 1377 Worker Training at GE Energy

GE Energy and IAM District 10, Local 1377, hosted President Barack Obama at the GE facility in Waukesha, WI, Thursday.

Labor Unions Crowd Pennsylvania Capitol Over Right to Work Bill

Nearly 600 IAM public-sector members, other union members, supporters and Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania are preparing for a full-on strike against new legislation to defund unions representing state, school district and municipal employees.

Every Public Employee Should Be Watching This Supreme Court Case

The livelihood of public employees is at stake in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court recently heard arguments in Harris v. Quinn, a case that questions whether public employees who benefit from union representation can be required to share the costs of collective bargaining.

Private-Sector Union Representation Ticks Upward

A recovery in hiring in the construction and manufacturing industries led to the largest number of U.S. private-sector workers covered by a union contract since 2009, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 8.1 million private-sector workers were covered by union contracts in 2013.

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Machinists Union Locals Nominate Top Officers

More than 1,075 local lodges of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) conducted nominations on January 25 for Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

Unemployment Benefit Extension Bill Remains at Standstill

In an effort to help some 1.3 million unemployed Americans tread water in these difficult times, Democrats returned to Washington this week armed with stories from unemployed Americans in their home states who were dropped from the federal unemployment benefit rolls on December 28, 2013. Congress neglected to extend the benefits leaving the 1.3 million out in the cold.

Tony Rippeto Named to IAM Law Committee

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of District 9 Directing Business Representative (DBR) Tony Rippeto to serve on the IAM Law Committee. Rippeto will fill the position previously held by retired Law Committee member Ellen Arbogast

Reich: Higher Minimum Wage Equals Lower Income Inequality

Leveling out the distribution of wealth in the United State is going to take years, said former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to a joint congressional committee, but increasing the minimum wage is a great place to start.

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Young Machinists Gather to Plan Labor’s Future

It’s a common refrain from critics, or maybe a family member or colleague: “Young people are too apathetic to care about labor unions or workers’ rights.”

It couldn’t be further from the truth. Just ask any of the more than a hundred activists who came together at the IAM’s 2014 Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference in San Antonio, TX, to plan the labor movement’s future.

Congress Introduces Bill to Update 1965 Voting Rights Act

When the Supreme Court overturned critical portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in June of last year, it kicked the responsibility of replacement legislation to one of the least-productive Congresses in recent history.

IAM, NY Labor Leaders Rally Against ‘Fast Track’ Trade Deal

IAM Directing Business Representative Jim Conigliaro, Sr., of District 15 in New York, joined fellow New York labor leaders and local state Congressmen in a blistering snowstorm as they rallied against the recent introduction of “fast track” legislation in the U.S. Congress.

IndustriALL Condemns Murder of Colombian Trade Unionist

IndustriALL Global Union joins the Colombian labor movement in denouncing the vicious attack of another trade union leader in Colombia.

Union Plus Scholarship Deadline is January 31

You still have time to apply for a 2014 Union Plus Scholarship. The deadline for applications is January 31. This year's application is entirely online. Scholarships are from $500 to $4,000 and do not require repayment.

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IAM Shipbuilders, Federal Workers See Gains in Spending Bill

A $100 million allocation for a fifth DDG-51 destroyer at Bath Iron Works (BIW) and a one percent pay raise for blue-collar NFFE-IAM and other federal members were among the spending items included in a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill passed in the House and Senate last week.

Support Locked-Out BCTGM Workers at Kellogg

More than 200 hardworking members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union in Memphis need your help.

Local 10 Retiree Joe Harris Featured on 'Brotherhood Outdoors'

IAM retiree Joe Harris of IAM Local 10 in Richmond, VA, will be featured Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11am EST on Brotherhood Outdoors, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) national outdoors television series.

Newsletter Course Deadline Extended to January 24

The application deadline for the 2014 Basic Newsletter Development course at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Placid Harbor, MD, has been extended to Friday, January 24, 2014.

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IAM Films Expert Bankruptcy Panel

The IAM recently wrapped its first day of filming on a series of educational videos on corporate bankruptcy as it pertains to collective bargaining agreements.

Stewards at Palmdale and Sunnyvale Prepare for Negotiations with Lockheed

Stewards Training on December 4, 2013 for Lockheed Palmdale and Lockheed Sunnyvale on January 9, 2014, instructed stewards on the vital role they play in negotiations and how critical they are in making the upcoming Lockheed negotiations a success.

IAM Mourns Loss of ‘JD’ Lord in Workplace Accident

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, a fire suppression system inside a hangar at Eglin AFB, FL was somehow triggered. Jonathan “JD” Lord, an IAM member employed with DS2 (Defense Support Systems LLC), lost his life. Three others were also injured.

IAM District 9 Celebrates the Career of Ellen Arbogast

IAM District 9 Business Representative and IAM Law Committee member Ellen Arbogast was honored at a large celebration of her career and retirement at the District 9 hall in Bridgeton, MO. Arbogast was one of many distinguished IAM women who inspired others to get involved and take leadership roles in the union.

Amazon Workers Vow to Continue Union Drive

A union election among 30 Maintenance Technicians at the Amazon warehouse in Middletown, DE may have fallen short of the majority needed, but workers there understand a successful organizing campaign often requires several election cycles before representation is achieved.

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Florida Substance Abuse Center Negotiates First IAM Contract

The IAM’s Southern Territory and District 166 in Cocoa Beach, FL have negotiated a first contract for 15 recently-organized employees at Tropical Wellness Center (TWC), LLC.

Cashion, Castrillo Join Grand Lodge Auditing Team

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., has announced the hiring of Will Cashion, Jr., and Alejandro (Alex) Castrillo as Grand Lodge Auditors, effective January 1, 2014.

Keewatin Air Pilots Join IAM

Fifty Keewatin Air pilots have joined IAM Local Lodge 2247 in Winnipeg, Canada. They are the second group of Keewatin employees to join the IAM since 25 mechanics and parts personnel were organized in 2012.

Deadline Approaching for 2014 IAM Scholarship Competition

The deadline to apply for a 2014 IAM Scholarship Award is fast-approaching. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2014 to be considered.

Deadline Nears for Basic Newsletter Course

The application deadline for the 2014 Basic Newsletter Development course at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Placid Harbor, MD, is Thursday, January 16, 2014.

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IAM Charges Fast Track Authority Bill Leaves U.S. Workers Out in the Cold

While ignoring the desperate plight of 1.3 million Americans who recently lost unemployment benefits, Congress today introduced a Fast Track bill that would subject the secretly-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement to a straight up or down vote by Congress. 

IAM Kicks Off 2014 Organizing Apprentices Program

The IAM Organizing Department welcomed five Machinist activists to the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center in Southern Maryland this week as part of the IAM’s 2014 Organizing Apprentices Program.

IAM-Delta Flight Attendant Campaign Lands in Amsterdam

Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants' quest for IAM representation arrived in Europe this week, as grassroots Delta Flight Attendant activists kicked off a week of organizing activities in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Next Generation of IAM Leaders Meets Next Week

More than 100 Young Machinists are gearing up for the 2014 IAM Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference to take place January 16 to 18 in San Antonio, TX.

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Machinists at Boeing Ratify 777X Proposal

On January 3, 2014, IAM members employed by Boeing in Portland, OR, Wichita, KS and the Puget Sound area voted by 51 to 49 percent to accept an eight-year contract extension that includes $15,000 signing bonus and assures the 777X will be built in Puget Sound by IAM members.

305 Turkish Airlines Workers Reinstated

Turkish Airlines and Hava-Is, a Turkish affiliate of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), reached an agreement that will reinstate 305 terminated Turkish Airlines workers and end a 20-month dispute at the airline.

Jobless Benefit Extension Passes Key Hurdle in Senate

A bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for an estimated 1.3 million jobless Americans has passed a critical test vote in the Senate.

Take action now by clicking here. Send your Senators and Representative a letter telling them to extend federal unemployment benefits today.

Don Barker Named Aerospace Coordinator

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Don Barker to the position of Aerospace Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014.

IAM Mourns Passing of Lifelong Activist Frank Darcy

The IAM mourns the passing of lifelong trade unionist Frank Darcy who passed away on December 27, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in Providence, RI, Darcy was raised in Ireland. After his return to the United States, Darcy maintained an active career as a skilled machinist, furthered his education in labor and other fields and was active in politics, all with the goal of improving the lives of fellow working men and women.

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Union Democracy on Display in 777X Vote

After all the debates, rallies and earnest discussions in thousands of homes, IAM members will have the final say on January 3, 2014 about Boeing’s proposal to keep future 777X work in the Puget Sound area.

Retirees Department Bids Farewell to Micallef, Welcomes San Miguel

Charlie Micallef, who for the last three years has served as the IAM’s Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department Director, has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2014. Former Grand Lodge Representative Carlos San Miguel will serve as the new director of the department effective immediately.

Tune in January 5 to Watch IAM Local 2781 Member on ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

IAM Local Lodge 2781 (Eddyville, KY) member Gene Barnes and his dad, Harlyn Barnes, will be featured Sunday, January 5 at 11 a.m. ET on “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a TV show on the Sportsman Channel sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).

Senators Call for Increased Manufacturing Support

Additional investment is needed to preserve and create manufacturing jobs that are critical to the middle class, according to a report released by Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee.

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IAM Members to Have Last Word on Boeing Proposal

On January 3, 2014, more than 30,000 IAM members at Boeing will have an opportunity to cast ballots on an historic proposal that would locate 777X wing fabrication and final assembly in Puget Sound. The proposal, which extends the current IAM-Boeing agreement to 2024, also contains an eight-year extension of the commitment to build the 737MAX in Puget Sound.

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Machinists Seek $100M for BIW-built Fleet

The IAM is calling on Congress to approve funding that would offset a sequestration cut preventing the U.S. Navy from purchasing a full fleet of DDG-51-class destroyer ships.

Unemployment Benefit Extension Needed for 3.2 Million

The IAM calls for an extension of federal unemployment benefits after the Senate approved a budget deal Wednesday that left 1.3 million jobless Americans, including 20,000 veterans, out in the cold.

IAM Gives Back During Holiday Season

As the holidays draw closer, IAM Headquarters and Local Lodge 1943 in Middletown, OH, have been busy making the season just a little bit brighter for families in their communities.

Jackson, Chartrand Named to Canadian Territory Staff

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District Lodge 78 Business Representative/Organizer Scott R. Jackson and District 11 Directing Business Representative/Organizer David Chartrand to serve as Special Representatives to the Canadian Territory, effective January 1, 2014.

December ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The December 2013 IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.

Grand Lodge Sets Holiday Closing

IAM Headquarters will close for the holidays at the close of business Friday, December 20, and re-open Thursday, January 2, 2014. Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.

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Budget Deal Cuts Federal Workers' Pensions

The U.S. Senate looks poised to pass a federal budget that prevents another government shutdown and replaces some sequestration cuts, but also demands more damaging cuts to the federal workforce and fails to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

NAFTA Marks 20 Years of Dismal Failure

December 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)… and a 20-year legacy of failed promises, a growing trade deficit, 682,900 lost jobs and counting.

New Survey Details Top Workplace Injuries

More than one in five Americans say they have been injured on the job, says a new survey conducted by FindLaw.com.

Union Women Fare Better in Pay, Benefits

Unionized women are far better off than women who aren’t in unions, affirms a recent study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Fast-Food Workers Fight for Higher Pay

Protests calling for a living wage for fast food and restaurant workers around the country are heating up and spurring action.

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Budget Deal Squeezes Federal Workers, Slams Unemployed

The recently-negotiated budget deal would prevent another government shutdown in January and includes temporary relief from sequestration over the next two years. But it also demands more sacrifice from federal employees and ends unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless workers.

IAM Members Ratify Contract at Pratt & Whitney

IAM members employed at two Pratt & Whitney sites in Connecticut ratified a new agreement with the company early this week. The new three-year accord covers about 2,800 employees at plants in Middletown and East Hartford, CT.

Parker, Almazan Named to Key Southern Territory Posts

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Southern Territory Education Representative James Parker and District 166 Organizer Javier Almazan, Sr., to serve as Grand Lodge Special Representatives for the Southern Territory, effective December 1, 2013.

IAM Calls on Congress to Block Mobile Voice Calls in Flight

The IAM called on Congress to intervene and stop a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would allow mobile voice calls in flight.

New Website Tracks Right-Wing ‘Stink Tanks’

Following the money just got easier.

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of ALECexposed.org, and ProgressNow have joined in the release of a new website that shines a much-needed light on the State Policy Network (SPN), a web of so-called U.S. “think tanks” that claim to be nonpartisan and independent, but are major drivers of the right-wing, ALEC-backed agenda hijacking state houses across the country.

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Machinists Urge Slow Down on Fast Track for TPP

The IAM called on Congress to slow down the campaign for an expedited and secretly-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, during a recent panel discussion entitled “Do We Need Fast Track/Trade Promotion Authority?"

IAM Skips American Airlines NASDAQ Debut

The IAM announced it declined management's invitation to participate in the “new” American Airlines’ opening bell ceremony at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrating the carrier’s first day of stock trading on the NASDAQ.

Nelson Mandela, a Union Man, Mourned Worldwide

The president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) issued the following response to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“President Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for democracy, equality and freedom. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who strive for a better and more just world...

IAM, World Celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10

Tuesday, December 10 is the 65th annual recognition of Human Rights Day, an international holiday that marks the United Nations adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

Help Guide Dogs Win 10 Million Charity Miles

Vote to help Guide Dogs of America (GDA) receive 10 million charity miles on United Airlines.

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Connecticut District 26 Members Rally at Local Pratt Plant

Hundreds of IAM District 26 members employed by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) in East Hartford, and Middletown, CT, marched through the factory this week, shouting “solidarity forever” and blowing whistles, to demonstrate their support for their Negotiating Committee currently in talks for a new agreement.

Deadline Approaching for IAM Young Workers Conference

The deadline to reserve a hotel room under the special rate for the IAM’s Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference is December 17, 2013.

GLR Mike Rose Elected to BWI World Council

The Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) has elected IAM Grand Lodge Representative Mike Rose to its World Council, the global union federation’s highest governing body when the World Congress is not in session.

Connecticut Local 1871 Feeds 90 Families for Thanksgiving

IAM Local 1871 in Groton, CT, completed its 23rd year of providing Thanksgiving baskets for out-of-work members and needy families in the community, and, in what has also become a tradition, they broke last years record.

Send the Gift of Guide Dogs This Holiday

Are you looking for a gift for someone on your gift list? Maybe they're hard to shop for or they already have everything.

Last Call to Enroll in 2014 Communicator Course

The enrollment deadline for the IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is Friday, December 6, 2013.

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Tell Congress to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits

Nearly 1.3 million jobless Americans are expected to lose their federal unemployment benefits just after the Christmas holiday unless Congress acts by December 28, 2013. Another 1.9 million are expected to lose their benefits by June 2014.

Machinists Union Calls on Congress in US Airways Dispute

The IAM has called on various state congressional delegations to press US Airways to settle its contract dispute with IAM members at the carrier.

Election, Black Friday Protests Show Support for ‘Raising the Wage’

Growing discontent over rising U.S. economic inequality was evidenced by electoral races in 2013, and could also play a major role in the 2014 midterm elections, says a recent report by the polling firm Lake Research Partners.

Districts 141, 142 Set to Bargain with Hawaiian Airlines

IAM Transportation Districts 141 and 142 have completed negotiations preparation for an upcoming round of collective bargaining with Hawaiian Airlines.

WWW Center 2013 Spanish Leadership Programs End on High Note

Fourteen members, officers and activists from across the IAM recently completed the Advanced Spanish Leadership Class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. The program, which was the final Spanish leadership class of 2013, was developed and delivered by members of the Spanish Leadership Working Group.

El Centro Educativo en Winpisinger Completa Clases de Liderazgo en Español 2013 con Gran Éxito

Catorce miembros, oficiales, y activistas de todo el alrededor de la IAM recientemente completaron la clase de Liderazgo Avanzado en Español en el Centro Educativo y Tecnológico de William W. Winpisinger. Este programa, que fue la clase final en español para 2013, fue desarrollado y desempeñado por los integrantes del Grupo Activo de Liderazgo en español.

November ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The November IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.

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Gruber, Zannella, Mersky Receive ‘Gift of Sight Awards’

IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber, Local 1363 Directing Business Representative Phil Zannella, Jr., and Onex Corp. Senior Managing Director Seth Mersky were honored with the 2013 “Gift of Sight Award” from Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

District 15 Inks Deal With Penn National Gaming

IAM District 15 reached an agreement with Penn National Gaming to work together to foster economic development in Plainville, MA and the surrounding communities.

DOE Announces Renewed Commitment to Closing Skills Gap

A new IAM video produced by the Machinists News Network outlines the Department of Education’s (DOE) newly-announced renewed commitment to adult education.

Congress Acts to Shut Down Filibusters

After years of destructive Republican obstructionism of nominee confirmations, Senate Democrats have decided to change the chamber’s rules to allow an up or down vote on most nominations.

Enroll Now for 2014 Communicator Course

The enrollment deadline for the 2014 IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is December 6, 2013.

Support Wal-Mart Workers on Black Friday

Instead of providing workers a living wage, multi-billion dollar company Wal-Mart is asking its workers to pitch in and donate food to each other so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

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2013 IAM Retirees Conference Bridges Generational Divide

Hundreds of retired IAM members converged on Las Vegas this week for the 2013 IAM Retirees Conference.

IAM Helps Member Rescue Family in Philippines

When IAM Local 735 member Nabuoku Maat El of Nashville, TN, received word that one of the worst storms in recorded history was bearing down on his wife’s hometown of Naval, Biliran in the Philippines, he went into an immediate panic.

IAM Backs Stronger ‘Buy American’ Requirements

In a November 19 letter to all U.S. Senators, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger urges support for an important amendment to strengthen “Buy American” requirements for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) procurement contracts.

NC, TX Voter Suppression Laws Continue to Baffle

In today’s GOP voter suppression news, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory defends his state’s recent and controversial changes to early voting, saying he and fellow GOP lawmakers “didn’t shorten early voting, we compacted the calendar.”

‘Rethinking Free Trade’

A new round of negotiations on the extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade deal poised to kill more jobs than NAFTA, began November 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the Obama administration’s top U.S. negotiators continue secret talks on the agreement, it’s worth taking a look back at a 2011 op-ed by then-former Maine governor Angus King published in Bowdoin College’s Daily Sun.

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NFFE/IAM Wins Landslide Election at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Employees of the Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, MD have a rich history of NFFE/IAM representation. However, a recent agency realignment brought a new group of contractors to the base, forcing a combination between new and veteran Aberdeen ACC employees. The new contractors also had a history of union representation.

IAM in Negotiations at Pratt and Whitney

IAM District 26 and Pratt and Whitney (P&W) recently opened a new round of contract talks covering 2,700 members at Local 700 in Middletown, CT and Local 1746 in East Hartford, CT.

IAM Hosts Expert Bankruptcy Panel Meeting

The IAM recently welcomed to headquarters a key group of bankruptcy experts, attorneys and representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the State University of New York (SUNY).  

IAM Delegates Stand Up for Working Women at 2013 CLUW Convention

More than 400 delegates from 40 International Unions met at the 17th Biennial Convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in Reno, NV.  The theme for the convention was "CLUW: Moving the Working Women's Agenda Forward!"

Federal Workers Alliance Demands End to Budgetary Assaults on Federal Workforce

The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) joined 17 other unions representing 300,000 federal workers in a joint letter to members of the House-Senate negotiating committee tasked with hammering out a budget deal urging lawmakers to craft a long-term solution that ends sequestration without inflicting additional financial burden on federal workers who have already suffered enough economic turmoil.

IAM District 9 Honors Military Veterans

IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO held its second annual Military Veterans Brunch on Sunday, November 10, 2013 to honor and remember the IAM District 9 veterans’ service and sacrifice. Greater St. Louis area veterans from Missouri and Illinois attended the event.

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Machinists Vote to Reject Boeing Proposal

Sixty-seven percent of members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District 751, District W-24 voted Wednesday to reject the Boeing Company’s offer of an eight-year contract extension that would have expired in 2024.

IAM Testifies on Damaging Sequestration Cuts

As Congress considers extending the misguided sequestration in ongoing budget talks, the Senate Subcommittee on Defense held an important hearing on sequestration’s crippling effects on jobs, troop safety and the nation’s defense manufacturing capability.

IAM Mourns Former Auditor Gerry Zannella

Former Grand Lodge Auditor Gerry Zannella passed away on November 8, 2013. Zannella was a member of Local Lodge 1017 in Providence, RI.

IAM Members Fly Union Flag at Cameron

At many companies, IAM members make the products or do the work but the public doesn’t know. That won’t be the case for any visitor to the Cameron company facility in Cheektowaga, NY.

2014 IAM Calendars Now On Sale

The 2014 IAM Calendar is now on sale. The popular calendar features the winners of the IAM Photo Contest. The cost is still $7 per calendar for individual orders and $5 per calendar for orders of 100 or more. Two dollars from each calendar sold are donated to Guide Dogs of America.

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IAM Scores Organizing Win for 1,700 in Missouri

Workers at the Independence, MO plant that serves as the Defense Department’s primary source for military 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm and .50-caliber rifle ammunition voted recently to become the newest members of the IAM in Kansas City, MO.

District 751 to Vote November 13 on Boeing 777X Proposal

Voting is set to take place on Wednesday, November 13 on the Boeing proposal that would secure the 777X wing and fuselage production and assembly for the Puget Sound.

Machinists Union: US Airways Chooses Labor Unrest

“US Airways’ celebration is premature,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney on the announcement of a deal between US Airways, American Airlines and the Department of Justice that removed government opposition to the proposed merger. “Until the carrier negotiates new contracts for its own IAM-represented employees, the new American Airlines will not get off the ground.”

Civil Rights Group Highlights Minority Health Disparities

Minority health care took center stage at a recent event hosted by the National Action Network (NAN) in Washington, DC.

Tell the Senate to Confirm Yellen for Fed Reserve Chair

In the very near future, the Senate Banking Committee will schedule hearings on Janet Yellen's nomination to be Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. President Obama picked Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke who retires in early 2014.

IAM Mourns Retired Administrative Assistant Wayne Coin

Retired IAM Administrative Assistant Wayne Coin died October 31, 2013 at his home in Milan, MO.

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IAM Members to Vote on Boeing 777X Proposal

IAM members at District 751 and District W-24 will vote on November 13, 2013 on a proposal from the Boeing Company that, if approved, would guarantee the Boeing 777X wings and fuselage will be built by IAM members in the Puget Sound.

Register Now for IAM Young Workers/Emerging Leaders Conference

Register now for the IAM’s Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, January 16-18, 2014. The conference will be in conjunction with the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance which is also taking place in San Antonio.

Veterans Day: In Honor of All Those Who Have Served

Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day. Please take time out to honor the men and women in the armed forces who are serving and have served our nation.

Congress Tries Something New: Bills that Create Jobs

A group of Senate Democrats are doing what most of this gridlocked Congress refuses to do – introduce bills that put Americans back to work.

Fighting Machinist, Charlie Bryan, Dies at 79

Former IAM District 100 President and leader of the famed IAM strike at Eastern Airlines in the late 1980s died at a retirement community outside Orlando, FL. He suffered from leukemia and Parkinson’s disease.

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Voting Underway for Election Day 2013

Candidates for governor, mayor, and a host of ballot issues are on the ballot Tuesday as voters across the country take to the polls for Election Day 2013.

2013 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Results of the 2013 IAM Photo Contest are in and the 2014 Calendar is rolling off the presses.

San Fran MTA and Public Workers Complete Bargaining Prep at WWW

IAM-represented city and county workers of San Francisco along with San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MTA) employees are preparing for tough negotiations.

Guide Dogs Visits Corpus Christi Bike Fest

In a new video produced by the Machinists News Network, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) roars into the Corpus Christi Bike Fest in Corpus Christi, TX.

Minnesota Retirees Form Machinists State Council

After much planning and collaboration, a core group of dedicated and persistent retired Machinists have officially formed the Minnesota State Council of Machinists Retirees.

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New IAM Video on Fight to Preserve America’s Pensions

The IAM will not stand idly by as Congress attempts to pass legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent IAM press conference held outside a House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing.

New Sequestration, Budget Talks Begin Ahead of Dec. 13 Deadline

A congressional budget conference committee made up of Senate and House members met for the first time Wednesday, October 30, in a joint effort to avoid another government shutdown and to address a second round of sequestration spending cuts scheduled to take effect January 15, 2014.

ILO Rejects Canada Law Barring Right to Strike

In response to a complaint filed by the IAM, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association found that the Conservative Canadian Government violated international labor rights when it passed the so-called Protecting Air Services Act (Bill C-33), a measure that made it illegal for members of the IAM and the Pilots Union at Air Canada to exercise their right to strike under the Canada Labour Code. The bill also imposed “final offer” arbitration on both unions, based on criteria clearly favoring Air Canada.

IAM, USW and UAW Join to Ensure Fair Trade in TPP

The IAM has joined with the United Steelworkers and United Auto Workers in a joint proposal to protect workers in each of the countries signed-on to the overly-ambitious, extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated in secrecy and with no congressional oversight.

Eastern Territory Launches New Automotive Organizing Website

A new website launched by the IAM Eastern Territory and designed by Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward caters specifically to automotive professionals and facilitates their efforts to organize a union shop where they work. The site, unionmechanic.org, is an innovative “Virtual Garage” that contains a variety of information from the types of employers with IAM-represented employees to hands-on tools to get an organizing drive started in non-union shops.

Make Reservations for 2013 Guide Dogs Conference

It’s not too late to register to attend the 2013 Guide Dogs of America Conference. This year’s conference will be held November 21-23, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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Machinists Union Opposes Plan to Cut Pensions

At a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, IAM voiced its strong opposition to any new federal legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer defined benefit pension plans to reduce benefits to current retirees, a practice that is not permitted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

IAM Members Ratify Contracts at United Airlines

After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees.

IAM, CSX Reach Historic Deal in West Virginia Plant

Reversing a decades-long trend of sub-contracting locomotive maintenance work in the rail sector, the IAM announced an historic deal with CSX in the Huntington, West Virginia plant.

IAM Shows Solidarity with Brazilian Metalworkers

IAM members stood side-by-side with Brazilian metalworkers as they aired their grievances over unsatisfactory wage increases at aerospace company Embraer.

Ohio State Council of Machinists Endorse Fitzgerald for Governor

The Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM) endorsed Cuyahoga County Executive and former FBI Agent Ed FitzGerald for governor at its fall meeting in Columbus, OH. The OSCM counts 30,000 IAM workers and retirees in Ohio.

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House Hearing to Cut Retiree Pensions Set for Oct. 29

A contingent of IAM members and retirees will be attending an upcoming House committee hearing on “pension reform” and changes to laws governing the nation’s multi-employer pension system on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Second Round of Sequestration Threatens the F-35 Fighter Program

An article posted on The Hill website warns that sequestration could kill four or five F-35 fighter jets in 2014 if the across-the-board cuts are not averted.

Fair Labor Standards Act Marks 75 Years

October 24 marks the 75th anniversary of the day the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) went into effect. The landmark bill outlawed child labor, established the 40-hour work week, guaranteed overtime pay and instituted a national minimum wage.

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NY Times Profiles IAM Lobstermen in Maine

The IAM’s year-long campaign to help establish the Maine Lobstermen’s Union was given extensive print and photo coverage in the October 10 edition of the New York Times. The article, titled “Some Wary as Lobstermen Unite,” dominated the front page of the paper’s National section and described how organizers signed up more than 600 men and women to create the first IAM local lodge dedicated exclusively to Maine’s lobster fishermen.

Illinois Machinist Wins Wrongful Discharge Case

Here’s another great example of why it pays to have a union contract. IAM Local 126 member Tom Symmes is back at work after being wrongfully discharged. Symmes was terminated when his employer, LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL, unilaterally changed the attendance policy without notification or bargaining. He was involved in an ongoing first contract effort at the company.

Twitter Followers Pounce on Campaign to Cut Social Security

Ouch!

It’s fair to say billionaire Pete Peterson’s anti-deficit lobbying group Fix the Debt got more than it bargained for when the organization recently decided to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. The fearmongering campaign was trying to sell young taxpayers of the “Twitterverse” on its agenda for cutting grandma’s and grandpa’s Social Security and Medicare.

Sign Up to Keep Chinese-Processed Chicken Out of U.S.

The next chicken you eat could take a detour to China before ending up at your local grocery store—unless you help Roger Simmermaker, president of IAM Local 610 of Cape Canaveral, FL, stop a bad idea in its tracks.

Bangladesh Safety Accord Reaches 100 Brand Milestone

More than 100 global brands have signed the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a landmark agreement driven by global unions IndustriALL and UNI in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013.

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Last-Minute Vote Derails Tea Party Crazy Train

The federal government reopened Thursday after a 16-day shutdown. The shutdown, triggered by Tea Party conservatives, rattled the already-fragile U.S. and global economies, closed federal agencies, furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers and drove the country to the brink of default.

Introducing the New IAM Mobile 3.0 App

The IAM App is embarking on its third year with the launch of IAM Mobile 3.0, a new cutting-edge tool that lets IAM members stay up-to-date with their union like never before.

New Front Opens in War on Pensions

If there is a bright side to the GOP government shutdown, it may be the decision by the House Education and the Workforce Committee to postpone an October 10 hearing to consider “pension reform” and changes to laws governing the nation’s multi-employer pension plans.

California Machinists Raise Over $45,000 for Guide Dogs

With fall festivities in full swing, Machinists in California were determined to take part by participating in events for a good cause.

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The Strong Arm of the Law

With more than 5,000 contracts covering workers in dozens of major industries, the IAM is recognized as one of the most diversified labor unions in North America. But a recent contract negotiated for paralegals and office personnel in Maine brings that diversity into sharp relief.

Op-Ed: F-35 Critical to Good Jobs and U.S. Defense

Continued funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is essential to a strong economy and national defense, says an op-ed written by IAM District 725, Huntington Beach, CA, Organizing Director Brian Miller in the Hanford Sentinel.

Take action today. Tell Congress to stop sequestration by clicking here.

District 15 Assistant DBR Mike Walsh Wins Journeyman Award

IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Walsh, a 47-year IAM member, was awarded the first-ever R. Thomas Buffenbarger Journeyman Award at the 2013 IAM Automotive Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

CBTU Co-Founder Bill Lucy Addresses ‘Desperate’ State of Black Workers

Revered labor leader Bill Lucy, a Co-Founder and former President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), called on Congress to enact New Deal-style public works programs at a panel discussion on black workers at Georgetown University.

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House Dems Push ‘Discharge Petition’ to Force Vote, End Shutdown

House Democrats are exploring an alternative option for breaking the political stalemate and reopening the U.S. government. They have written each of the 30 House Republicans who have expressed support for a clean government funding bill, urging the GOP members to sign onto a “discharge petition.”

Federal Employees to Congress: ‘Let Us Work’

Federal workers’ unions could not stop the rain at a Capitol Hill rally, but they let House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) know that he can stop this government shutdown.

Labor Speaks Out Against Three Coal Mining Deaths Amid Government Shutdown

Workers in the U.S. coal mining industry have a message for Congress: “while you’re squabbling, workers are dying.”

Donate to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund

The IAM Disaster Relief Fund has taken quite a hit after the record year of devastation that has impacted IAM members throughout the country. The fund needs donations and fellow IAM members can help.

‘Two-Tier’ Voting Looks to Further Disenfranchise Citizens

Officials in Arizona and Kansas are planning to implement a two-tier voting system as a way to comply with federal voting laws while keeping their strict state proof of citizenship laws in place.

Last Call for 2013 Communicator Course Enrollment

The Communications Department will still accept enrollments for the Communicator Course until October 15, 2013.

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Belshaw Workers Ratify Agreement After Six-Month Strike

Closing the books on a 196-day strike, IAM District Lodge 160 Directing Business Representative Dan Morgan announced that IAM Local Lodge 79 members employed at Belshaw Adamatic in Seattle overwhelmingly approved the company's latest offer which included the last key provision the union held the line to achieve: All of the union members would go back to work and the "permanent replacement workers" would be dismissed.

Trabajadores Belshaw Ratifican Acuerdo Después de una Huelga de Seis Meses

Se cierran los libros en una huelga de 196 días, Dan Morgan, Representante de Empresas del Distrito IAM 160 anunció que los miembros de IAM Logia Local 79 de Belshaw Adamatic en Seattle aprobaron por mayoría la última oferta de la empresa que incluye la última disposición clave del sindicato mantuvo la línea y lograron: Todos los miembros del sindicato volverían a trabajar y los "trabajadores de sustitución permanente" serían despedidos.

‘Rolling Stone’ Unveils Blueprint of Nationwide Scheme to Attack Pensions

A scathing article in Rolling Stone by investigative journalist Matt Taibbi, entitled “Looting the Pension Funds,” takes a harsh look at how “all across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers.”

Government Shutdown Continues to Cause Pain for Working Families

Federal employees and their unions, including the IAM-affiliated National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), now in the eighth day of the government shutdown, continue to demand that Congress end its standoff and reopen the federal government.

WWW Welcomes First IAM Members from U.S. Virgin Islands

Two IAM Local 340 members have made history by becoming the first IAM members from the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend classes at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

IAM District W24 Recognized by Oregon AFL-CIO for Leadership in Organizing

IAM District Lodge W24 was recognized for leadership and strength in the Oregon Organizing Project at the 53rd Oregon AFL-CIO Convention held in Bend, OR on September 29, 2013.

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Federal Workers Bear Brunt of Shutdown

The government shutdown poses severe risks for federal workers and their local communities, says NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 President William R. Dougan in a new Machinists News Network video.

Take action now by clicking here. Tell your Senators and Representative to pass a clean budget and re-open the U.S. government for business.

Chinese Trade Deficit Cost American Workers $37 Billion in 2011

The growing trade deficit with China cost the U.S. economy $37 billion in wages in 2011 alone, and eliminated over 2.1 million manufacturing jobs from 2001 to 2011, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report.

IAM Retiree Receives 70-Year Veteran Pin

Retired Grand Lodge Auditor Theron Black has received the Machinists Union’s 70-year Veteran award for his many years of service as an IAM member.

Snake and Mongoose: A Union-Made, Family-Friendly Film

IAM members looking for a break from today’s sex and violence-soaked movie offerings will enjoy “Snake and Mongoose,” a new independent film produced entirely by union members. The film tells the story of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, who reigned over the world of dragster and funny car racing in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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NFFE/IAM President to Congress: ‘Do the Right Thing’

As hundreds of thousands of federal employees awoke to a government shutdown this morning, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union affiliated with the IAM that represents 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issues a statement.

TAKE ACTION: Call Congress at 202-224-3121 to tell your Senators and Representative that federal employees shouldn’t be punished to score political points.

Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Contracts for Over 28,000 at United Airlines

The IAM has reached three tentative agreements with United Airlines, covering over 28,000 workers from the Fleet Service, Public Contact and Storekeeper classifications.

IAM Local 700 Member Leads Connecticut AFL-CIO

The Machinists Union applauds the election of IAM Local 700 member Lori Pelletier to become the next Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

North Carolina Sued Over Discriminatory Voting Law

The U.S. Justice Department is embarking on a suit against a new restrictive voting law in North Carolina, which requires photo identification for in-person voting and cuts back on early voting and same-day registration.

WWW Class Prepares Aerojet Rocketdyne Employees for Upcoming Negotiations

IAM District 725 and affiliated Local 946 members prepared for upcoming negotiations with Aerojet Rocketdyne by developing a multifaceted strategic plan at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Training Center in Southern Maryland. The current contract is scheduled to expire June 16, 2014.

Communicator Course Deadline is Oct. 4

The enrollment deadline for the 2013 IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is October 4.

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Budget Negotiations Enter Final Stage

Congressional Republicans appear willing to delay a fight on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), allowing the federal government to remain open into the next fiscal year that begins October 1.

IAM Retiree Inducted into Nebraska Labor Leaders Hall of Fame

The IAM congratulates Local 1569 retiree Harold Rohr on his induction into the Nebraska Labor Leaders Hall of Fame.

Spanish Leadership II Gives Crash Course in Labor Issues

The Spanish Working Group at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center recently began a week of intense training in Spanish Leadership II with a group of Spanish-speaking members from IAM Locals across the country.

La Clase de Liderazgo II da Curso Intensivo en Cuestiones Laborales

El Grupo de Español ubicado en el Centro Tecnológico y Educativo William W. Winpisinger recientemente dio la bienvenida a miembros de habla Hispana procediendo de logias locales de todo el país para empezar una semana intensa en Liderazgo II en Español.

U.S. Inequality is Even Worse Than You Thought

A new study confirms what America has been feeling for decades: the rich are getting richer while the rest of the country struggles to make ends meet.

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Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’ On Any Proposal to Cut U.S. Pensions

America’s pensions are under attack. And it could be getting worse.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Click here to tell your Senators and Representative to vote “NO” on any proposal that cuts America’s pensions.

IAM Urges Opposition to TPP ‘Fast Track’ Feature

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement is an overly-ambitious, extremely-flawed plan that must have congressional oversight, says IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in a recent letter to House members, urging their support of Reps. Rosa DeLauro’s (D-CT) and George Miller’s (D-CA) letter to President Obama demanding an end to the “fast track” process being used to ratify the TPP agreement.

Southern States Conference Focuses on Growth

The third Southern States Conference of Machinists convened in Myrtle Beach, SC with newly-appointed Southern Territory GVP Mark Blondin acknowledging those who led the way.

Reich to Debut New Documentary on Sept. 27

It’s time to get Big Money out of politics, says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich in his new documentary film “Inequality for All.”

GOP-Backed Bill Attacks Collective Bargaining Rights

Republican lawmakers in Congress have proposed another dubiously-titled bill that would undercut collective bargaining rights for every American.

Communicator Course Deadline is Oct. 4

The enrollment deadline for the 2013 IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is October 4.

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Tea-Party Push for Government Shutdown

Right-wing conservatives are again using the threat of a government shutdown to accomplish their anti-worker agenda. Party like it’s 1995, they say – the last time the GOP forced the federal government to shut its doors.

House Republicans Look to Slash Food Stamps, Defund Health Care Law

As the countdown to a possible government shutdown ticks to fewer than two weeks, House Republicans are spending their time voting to slash food stamps and, of course, defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

IAM Honors Heroic Flight Attendant

To honor her heroism and quick response to avert a potentially catastrophic event, the IAM Joint Air Transport Safety Committee (JATSC) presented IAM member and ExpressJet Flight Attendant Sandra Hinojosa the Excellence in Safety award today at the bi-annual District 142 Convention in Orlando.

Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110 Years

Bikers know that while four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.

Deadline Approaching for 2013 IAM Retirees Conference

Calling all retirees! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join us at the IAMAW Retirees Conference at Bally’s in Las Vegas on November 19-21, 2013.

Make Reservations for 2013 Guide Dogs Conference Now

The 2013 Guide Dogs of America Conference will be held November 21-23, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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IAM/TCU Leaders Defend America’s Pensions and Health Care

IAM and TCU leaders continue to shine a much-needed light on two working family issues currently under attack: pensions and health care.

District 751 Young Machinists Tell Scott Walker to ‘Go Home’

IAM District 751 Young Machinists have made it clear: Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union rhetoric isn’t welcome in Washington State.

Machinists to US Airways: Contract Now

The National Mediation Board (NMB) held a “status conference” with IAM Districts 141 and 142 regarding the ongoing US Airways Mechanic and Related and Fleet Service contract negotiations. The NMB also met separately with the carrier.

IAM Remembers 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Victims

Fifty years ago, less than a month after the 1963 March on Washington, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, killing four young African-American girls. The bombing, perpetrated by a white supremacist, became a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement and sparked the outrage that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Stan Pickthall Named Canadian Chief of Staff

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Stan Pickthall as the new Chief of Staff.

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AFL-CIO Convention Marked by High Hopes, Unfinished Business

The AFL-CIO National Convention concluded this week after delegates approved a dizzying array of more than 45 resolutions, many designed to extend the benefits of the labor movement to like-minded community groups. The delegates also elected AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler to new four-year terms and chose Tefere Gebre to be Executive Vice-President, filling the vacancy left by retiring Executive Vice-President Arlene Holt Baker.

Herrnstadt Tapped as IP Chief of Staff

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced IAM Trade and Globalization Department Director Owen Herrnstadt as the new Chief of Staff to the International President, effective September 1, 2013.

WWW Center Ceremony Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims

Like many throughout the country, the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks gave IAM members a chance to reflect. The Machinists Union lost three members that day, and countless others know someone directly affected by the tragedies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, PA.

Southern Territory Organizes Rehab Center

IAM District 166 organized 15 employees at Tropical Wellness Center, a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility near the shores of Palm Bay, FL.

Oregon Machinists Raise $4,000 for Guide Dogs

Machinists of IAM/Woodworkers District W24 and Local 63 in Gladstone, OR hit the road recently in the 7th Annual Guide Dogs Dash poker run.

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September 11 – A Day to Remember Victims and Heroes

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on our nation. Each year, we remember those who died in that tragedy and the thousands of courageous individuals who helped save lives during the disaster and its aftermath.

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2013 AFL-CIO Convention Underway in Los Angeles

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was given a rock star’s welcome at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, where she credited delegates for her recent election and emphatically declared her support for labor’s goals and achievements.

Mark Schneider Named IAM General Counsel

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced Mark Schneider will join the IAM Legal Department as General Counsel, effective October 1, 2013. Schneider will replace outgoing General Counsel Chris Corson, who is concluding a 17-year IAM career that included five years as the IAM’s top legal officer.

Indiana Judge: ‘Right to Work’ is Unconstitutional

An Indiana judge has declared the state’s “right-to-work” law unconstitutional, echoing what organized labor has been saying since the harmful legislation began sweeping across state legislatures throughout the country.

Flight Attendants Raise Money for Flight 93 Memorial

On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, IAM-represented Flight Attendants joined the Flight Attendant Union Coalition to request that members of Congress make voluntary personal contributions to close a $1.5 million funding gap for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

IAM Retiree Re-Elected to Democratic Seniors Position

The IAM is excited to announce that Maria Cordone, retired Director of the Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department, has been re-elected as the Executive Vice Chair to the National Democratic Committee - Seniors Coordinating Council (DNC-SCC).

5th Annual Stansbury Days Car Show Benefits Guide Dogs

Seventy-five cars showed up to the 5th Annual Stansbury Days Car Show at Stansbury Park, UT, making this Guide Dogs of America fundraising event a tremendous success.

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Fight for Workers' Pensions Hitting High Gear

The first salvos in the battle for workers’ pensions have been fired, and the war could be coming to the U.S. Congress this month.

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Machinists Welcome U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Labor Secretary Tom Perez said he will make job creation his top priority as he was officially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden this week. Perez inherits a struggling economy with 22 million unemployed Americans and a political landscape with pension plans and organizing rights under fierce attack.

IAM, US Airways to Meet With NMB

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled a “status conference” with the IAM and US Airways in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 10, 2013 regarding the Mechanic and Related and Fleet Service negotiations

Scholarship Helps Daughter of IAM Member Realize Dream of College Education

The IAM congratulates Corinne Demler, daughter of IAM member Jill Gaskell of Local 276, Blanchardville, WI, on winning a $5,000 AFL-CIO/Union Plus “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” Scholarship.

Fort Worth Machinists Raise Over $15,000 for Guide Dogs

IAM District Lodge 776 in Fort Worth, TX hit the links recently to raise over $15,000 for the Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

IAM Mourns Retiree and 1959 Plane Crash Survivor Phil Bradley

Retired IAM Organizer and sole survivor of the historic Piedmont Airlines Flight 349 crash of 1959, Phil Bradley, died August 23, 2013.

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‘44 Million Reasons’ to Protect U.S. Pensions

The IAM cited “44 million reasons” to defend America’s pensions in a new full-page ad published in USA Today. The ad ran from Friday, August 30, 2013 to Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013.

New Video Highlights Dark Side of TPP Free Trade Agreement

The AFL-CIO has released a new video showcasing the potential detrimental effects of the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement.

August ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The August IAM Journal is now available to download – via the free IAM app – on an iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, Android phone or Kindle Fire. The IAM Journal can also be viewed online and printed in a PDF format.

Tackett Appointed Head of IAM Auditing Team

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) Robert Roach, Jr., announced the appointment of Jane Tackett as Director of Auditing Services effective September 16, 2013.

Seewald Hired as Winpisinger Center Education Representative

The IAM is proud to announce that Miriam Seewald has been hired as an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, effective September 15, 2013.

Suarez Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Richard Suarez to the Western Territory staff. Suarez has been transitioning from his post as an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Center to Grand Lodge Special Representative in Southern California for a couple of months now; his full transition was effective September 1.

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A Labor Day Message from IAM President Tom Buffenbarger

On August 28, 2013, tens of thousands converged upon Washington, DC to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, the setting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

50 Years Later, America Recalls the Dream

Bells tolled, freedom rang and the dream was reaffirmed as Americans came together on the National Mall and across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary – to the day – of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

District 751 Golfs and Rides for Guide Dogs

IAM District 751, Seattle, capped off the remaining days of summer with two successful fundraisers for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

Sportsman Channel Hosts Labor Day ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Marathon

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Sportsman Channel are teaming up again to honor and recognize the contributions of American workers and sportsmen and women during the Labor Day Brotherhood Outdoors Marathon Salute to American Workers and Celebration of America's Parks.

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Machinists March on Washington for Jobs, Justice and Freedom

The continued quest to realize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision outlined in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech drew tens of thousands from across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

Justice Department to Challenge Texas Voter ID Law

The Justice Department is suing Texas over its controversial and discriminatory voter ID law, signaling a willingness of the Obama administration to protect minority voting rights despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

Maryland Members at DynCorp Near Contract Deadline

The clock is about to strike midnight for DynCorp.

Despite months of talks, management at the military base contractor continues to drag its feet in negotiations with over 900 IAM Local 4 members at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland. The company’s contract with the IAM expires Friday, August 30, 2013.

Flight Attendants Finally Earn OSHA Protection

On the heels of a successful fight to keep knives off the country’s commercial aircraft, Flight Attendants are celebrating another victory that extends many health and safety standards to inside the passenger cabin.

Nikki Haley Sells Out South Carolina Workforce

It's no secret that South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley hates labor unions – you know, the ones who painted the Statehouse where she works, and the thousands of unionized police officers, firefighters, and military employees who keep South Carolina safe every day.

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Delegates Gather for 2013 IAM Transportation Conference

The 2013 IAM Transportation Conference convened in Las Vegas, NV on the heels of the major organizing win where the IAM defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways.

Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Washington

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the IAM will join the entire North American labor movement, human rights activists and the faith community in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

WI Gov. Scott Walker Continues Assault on Public Dissent

Add freedom of assembly to the list of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s enemies.

Register Now for 2013 IAM Retirees Conference

Are you ready to have fun with IAM Brothers and Sisters and safeguard hard-won union benefits?  If so, join us for the 2013 Retirees Conference at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel.

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Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Washington

Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., TCU/IAM’s own A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin led a gathering of Americans from all walks of life in a march on the Nation’s Capital to demand a better way of life, to banish discrimination and to secure the notion that a job was a right, not a privilege.

New North Carolina Voting Law Takes a Shot at Democracy

North Carolina has become the first domino to fall in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

Teamsters Pull Plug on American Raid

Amid charges of forged election authorization cards and after more than a year of causing conflict and division among workers at American Airlines and US Airways, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has abandoned its raid of Mechanic and Related Workers at American Airlines.

Winpisinger Center Class Preps Okeelanta Corp. Employees for Negotiations

The Negotiating Committee for over 550 IAM Local Lodge 2152 members at South Bay, FL-based sugar manufacturer Okeelanta Corp. met at the William W. Winpisinger Center recently to develop a multi-faceted strategic plan for their upcoming talks with the company. The current contract expires October 31, 2013.

UnioNation Band Records First Album

IAM members express their solidarity in a number of ways – on the strike line, at the ballot box or simply with some words of encouragement to a union brother or sister. For unioNation, a band founded by IAM members who hope their songs will inspire union and non-union workers to fight for justice on the job, solidarity means a guitar chord, a chorus verse, and soon their very own album.

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Machinists Union Presses for Contracts at US Airways Amid Merger Uncertainty

The Justice Department and six state attorneys general have filed suit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines.

IAM, UE and Kenyon College Commit to Partnership

Members of IAM Local 2794, in conjunction with management at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, have come together to form a mutually-beneficial partnership that looks to build a foundation of shared decision making, improved work processes and job security.

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin Earns Much-Deserved Recognition

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama will posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to labor, civil and human rights activist Bayard Rustin.

New ‘Made in America’ Stamps Pay Homage to 20th-Century Workers

The Labor Department and the Postal Service have teamed up to honor courageous American workers who put their hands and hearts into making the United States a world leader in manufacturing and innovation. The “Made in America: Building a Nation” Forever stamps, released on August 8, conjure memories of 20th-century industrialism – a welder and riveter atop the Empire State Building, an airplane maker, a railroad track walker and more.

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Machinists Union Wins Election for 4,600 Mechanic and Related Employees at US Airways

In a contest overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the IAM defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways. The IAM received 1,903 votes, or 58 percent of all votes cast in the five-week election, while the IBT received 1,418 votes, less than 42 percent.

Pledge to Protect Social Security on its 78th Birthday

Birthdays can serve as a time to celebrate, reflect or – for some of us – simply wish there were a few less candles on the cake. For Social Security, which turns 78 on Wednesday, August 14, it’s a call to action.

Tennessee Nurses Celebrate Hard-Earned IAM Contract

Solidarity has paid off for about 50 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at the Golden Living Center in Springfield, TN who have secured an IAM contract.

District 751, Boeing Program Stresses Importance of Math and Science Skills

A select group of Seattle-area high school math and science teachers now have real-life examples of why it’s important to excel in their classes. Thanks to a partnership with IAM District 751 and the Boeing Co., the teachers were able to participate in a two-week “externship” at Boeing shops in Everett and Renton, WA.

Eastern Territory Responds to Jones Act Attacks

IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. and the Seaway Task Force (STF) have joined in a combined effort to denounce recent attacks on the Jones Act, which provides meaningful employment for hundreds of thousands of workers in maritime-related jobs.

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Senate Committee Approves End to Federal Pay Freeze

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a measure to boost defense civilian pay by one percent in 2014, potentially breaking a current three-year pay freeze.

Machinists Union is 20,000 Strong on Facebook

The IAM is proud to announce that the Machinists Union has reached 20,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Labor Video Features IAM Members at GKN

A new Long Island Federation of Labor video highlights the positive impacts that labor unions, including the IAM, are having on the lives of workers and their communities.

Make Plans Now for 2013 IAM Automotive Conference

The 2013 IAM Automotive Conference is scheduled for October 1 to 4, 2013, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bill Press Show Moves to Satellite TV and Web

Beginning September 3, 2013, longtime Machinists friend, talk radio host and author Bill Press will be moving The Bill Press Show to Free Speech TV.

Jay Leno Rags on White House for Congressional ACA Exemption

Late-night comedian Jay Leno took a jab at the White House for its decision to continue paying part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and Hill staffers once they are moved into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges.

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IAM Retiree Honored as Human Rights ‘History Maker’

The IAM’s 125-year history has its share of noted human rights leaders and activists, but never before has the union’s rolls been graced by a woman quite like Ruth Waddell.

August 6 Marks 48th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

IAM Mourns Former ADBR Robert ‘Bob’ R. Gutierrez

The IAM mourns the death of California District Lodge 725 Assistant Directing Business Representative Robert “Bob” R. Gutierrez, who passed away on July 12, 2013.

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Senate Votes for Fully-Staffed NLRB

The U.S. Senate has confirmed all five National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominees, giving the country’s top governing body for labor disputes a full slate of nominees for the first time in a decade.

Forgery Charges Rattle Teamster Airline Raids

Allegations that organizers for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) forged hundreds of authorization cards in an effort to force an election among mechanics at American Airlines is shaping up to be a major issue in a separate election among mechanics at US Airways.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker to Retire

After a career as labor activist that spanned more than four decades, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker has announced her retirement.

IAM Supports Legislation to Revive Small Airplane Industry

The IAM joins several aerospace industry trade associations in supporting the passage of the bipartisan Small Airplane Revitalization Act. The bill (S. 1072) would adopt more effective regulations for small airplanes, spur manufacturers’ investment and help put critical lifesaving equipment into existing planes.

IAM Wins Top Honors in 2013 ILCA Labor Media Awards

The Machinists Union won several top honors in the annual International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) Labor Media Awards contest, which honors the best in labor journalism.

GLR Steve Nickel Moves to Western Territory

IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen is pleased to welcome Grand Lodge Representative Steve Nickel to the Western Territory staff – effective August 1. Nickel is moving from the Midwest Territory to serve the membership of the southwestern region of the Western Territory.

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District 751 Notches Aerospace Organizing Win

Workers at AIM Aerospace, Inc. in Sumner, WA, have voted to join the Machinists Union by a 3-to-2 margin.

Bankruptcy No Excuse to Gut Detroit Workers’ Pensions

The IAM and other labor groups stand in solidarity with Detroit city employees who have unjustly become scapegoats for the Motor City’s bankruptcy. The police officers, firefighters and other city workers who previously made deep concessions to keep the city afloat should not be subject to further cuts in wages or their pensions, which they have paid into and rightfully earned.

Washington DC ‘SAM’ Workers Achieve First IAM-NFFE Contract

Nearly four years after forming a union over strong resistance, 120 workers in Washington, DC known as “Downtown SAMs” have ratified their first contract and are now full members of the National Federation of Federal Employees-IAM.

Join the 2013 March on Washington

August 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the backdrop to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  

WWW Hosts Global Solidarity Youth Summit

The IAM’s William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center recently played host to 40 future labor leaders from 24 countries. As shown in a new Machinist News Network video, the young unionists came together to plant the seeds for future global solidarity as part of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Young Workers Summer School.

July IAM ‘Journal’ Now Available on the IAM App

In the July issue of the IAM Journal, the most diverse Executive Council in IAM history is sworn in, the August 28, 2013 March on Washington is fast approaching, A. Philip Randolph is profiled as the key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Young Workers’ Summer School convenes at the William W. Winpisinger Center, and IAM Retirees at Raytheon win a battle for justice.

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Wisconsin Machinists Win $850,000 Settlement

Local Lodge 1947 employees at Mercury Marine in Fond du lac, WI are celebrating an $850,000 settlement for wages lost when the boat engine manufacturer unilaterally changed “paid lunch” eligibility requirements.

IAM Contract Improves Pensions in Puerto Rico

Twenty-nine members of Local Lodge 2725 in San Juan, Puerto Rico unanimously ratified a new contract with Air Express International, which vastly improved members’ pension benefits.

Dropkick Murphys Turn Up the Volume for Organized Labor

Major music artists often shy away from putting their name out in front of a political cause, but not so with the Dropkick Murphys, a famous punk-rock band that hasn’t been bashful in their support of organized labor.

Machinists Union Urges Quick Confirmation of NLRB Nominees

In a letter to the U.S. Senate, the IAM is demanding the swift confirmation of President Obama’s full slate of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) struck a deal last week to confirm the president’s two replacement nominees – Nancy Schiffer, the general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, who currently serves as chief counsel to the NLRB chairman.

Congress Moves Closer to Eliminating 2014 Furloughs

With two furlough days already in the books for most Defense Department employees, the urgency of bringing an end to the senseless policy is stronger than ever. After immense pressure from federal employees and their unions, Congress is finally starting to heed the will of the people and address the furlough problem.

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Mechanic Pensions on the Line in US Airways Election

It’s not often a group of workers can save their pensions and protect their seniority by the simple act of casting a ballot, but that’s exactly what’s happening right now as IAM-represented Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways vote in the current representation election.

Portland Members Vote to End Strike at Daimler Truck Plant

In a close vote, IAM members of Local 1005 at Daimler’s Swan Island Truck Plant in Portland, OR ratified new contract terms on July 22, after being on the strike lines since July 1. The new terms of the collective bargaining agreement include an increase of $1.55 per hour over a 40-month period.

Study Reveals Massive Job Loss in South Korea-U.S. Trade Deal

A new Economic Policy Institute study reveals the harsh reality of the “over-hyped” and job-killing Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and warns of the further potential job loss the Trans-Pacific Partnership would inflict upon the American middle class.

Global Woodworkers Union Condemns Jeld-Wen Labor Violations

Facing a disgruntled workforce and a grassroots IAM organizing movement, management at window and door manufacturing company Jeld-Wen are resorting to further labor violations to suppress and intimidate its workforce.

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Senate Deal Emerges to Fully Staff NLRB

President Obama will nominate two longtime labor lawyers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), withdrawing two previously appointed candidates as part of a new deal to fully staff the NLRB and avert what is known as the “nuclear option” – a plan by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters of presidential nominations in the future.

Oregon Local 1005 Members Hold Strike Line, Negotiations Continue

With the strike at the Daimler Trucks North America plant in Portland, OR going on its third week, members of IAM Local Lodge 1005 continue to hold the picket line as talks between the IAM and company representatives resume.

Support Alabama Shipyard Workers

After years of enduring unfair works rules, disrespect and huge safety issues, workers at Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, AL, have launched an organizing campaign to win union representation with the Mobile Metal Trades Council, of which the IAM is a part.

Midwest Territory Mourns Great IAM Leader

Former IAM District 9 Directing Business Representative and true trade unionist James M. Bagwell of Florissant, MO, passed away in late June at the age of 79.

Plan Now for 2013 Retirees Conference

Are you ready to have fun with IAM Brothers and Sisters and safeguard hard-won union benefits?  If so, join us for the 2013 Retirees Conference at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel.

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IAM Retirees at Raytheon Win $2.5 Million in Back Pay

IAM Local 933 retirees at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ are celebrating their long battle for justice after finally receiving retirement funds totaling nearly $2.5 million.

Machinists Prevail in Negotiations with City of Memphis

Members of IAM Local 3 were able to erase deep cuts suffered two years ago in long, hard-fought negotiations in Memphis, TN.  The 100 IAM members are auto body repairer/mechanics, master mechanics, helicopter mechanics, master welder/mechanics, fire hydrant repairers and other workers.

IAM Retiree Hijacks Anti-Social Security Video Contest

The IAM salutes District 751 retiree Ron McGaha, the Washington State and Puget Sound Chapters of the Alliance for Retired Americans, and the Social Security Works coalition for winning a right-wing video contest intended on dismantling Social Security.

Transatlantic Trade Pact: A Chance to Get it Right

With more than 100,000 members working in industries directly impacted by global trade agreements, the IAM is calling on negotiators for the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to make job creation and maintenance the major objective in their discussions.

Photo Contest Deadline Extended to July 26, 2013

There’s still time to enter the 2013 IAM Photo Contest. The new deadline is now Friday, July 26, 2013. For the 2013 Photo Contest, photos must be taken of and by members in good standing, un-posed and working at their job (and conforming to all safety standards).

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IAM Videos Salute Lobster Fishing, Military Service

Two new videos on the Machinists News Network highlight the hard work and community service of our brothers and sisters of IAM District Lodge 4 in Maine.

Coalitions Support Fair Pay for Federal Workers

Hundreds of federally-contracted low-wage workers, mobilized by the new labor coalition Good Jobs Nation, are joining together in a call for decent living wages and speaking out against alleged pay theft by federal contractors.

Labor Rejects ‘Fake’ Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan

Labor and workers’ rights groups are protesting the most recent attempt by Wal-Mart, Gap and 15 other American retailers to skirt meaningful safety reforms in the Bangladeshi garment industry. The mega-retailers’ plan is nonbinding, not transparent and didn’t consult factory workers or labor groups.

Retired GVP Michalski Honored by Congress

Recently-retired IAM Headquarters General Vice President Rich Michalski has been publicly recognized by two members of Congress for his long career of service to the IAM, the labor movement and working families. Michalski became a familiar face in the halls of Congress during his 45-year career with the IAM, promoting legislation that preserved the American Dream and vigorously opposing bills that hurt IAM members.

IAM Members Among Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Union Plus has awarded $2,000 in scholarships to two winners representing the IAM in the 2013 Union Plus Scholarship Program.

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Labor Stands Up to GOP Crusade Against Workers’ Rights

Despite relentless Republican attacks, House Democrats and labor advocates are not giving up on the fight to provide working Americans with a fully-functioning National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Missouri Governor Vetoes Union-Busting Bill

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have forced public unions to seek annual written permission before collecting dues from employees. Missouri’s GOP-led legislature passed the bill in an effort to restrict the collective bargaining rights of state workers.

IAM Video Highlights 2013 Paris Air Show

A new video on the Machinists News Network showcases labor’s presence at the 2013 Paris Airshow as an IAM delegation led by members of the Executive Council stood in solidarity with unions from across the world.

Machinists Members Excel in IAM/National Labor College Degree Program

As many children are celebrating the end of school for the summer, Machinists members are embarking on a new chapter in their lives.  For one group, it is the beginning of hard work to achieve a long-awaited dream of a college education.  For another, it is the culmination of a journey that ended with a Bachelor’s Degree through the IAM/National Labor College (NLC) Partnership.

IAM Supports U.S. Action on Bangladesh

The IAM is supporting the U.S. government’s decision to suspend Bangladesh’s trade benefits granted under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  The IAM believes that countries who benefit from preferential trade programs must comply with internationally recognized labor rights, specifically the right to non-lethal workplaces and the right to form unions.

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New IAM Executive Council Makes History, Takes Oath of Office

The most diverse Executive Council in the 125-year history of the IAM took their oaths of office Monday and officially assumed positions for their new terms at a ceremony at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD.

IAM Mourns Arizona Wildfire Heroes

The IAM is mourning the 19 firefighters killed Sunday while fighting a wildfire raging through central Arizona, northwest of Phoenix. It was the deadliest day for American firefighters since the 9/11 attacks.

California Naval Base Workers Switch to IAM

Election results speak for themselves, and few elections have been more eloquent than the recent vote by workers at Lemoore Naval Air Station (NAS) in Southern California. In a June 19 contest that pitted the IAM against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the IAM received a decisive 158 of 181 votes cast, with the employer receiving six votes and the Teamsters a mere 17 votes.

June ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The June 'IAM Journal" is now ready to be downloaded or viewed online.

IAM 2013 Scholarship Winners Announced

The 2013 IAM Scholarship competition has concluded and the winners have been announced.

Shop Union-Made this July 4

Whether you’re hosting the barbeque or bringing snacks to watch the fireworks, make this 4th of July a union-made celebration.

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Historic Changes Mark IAM Installation Ceremony

The July 1 Installation Ceremony is the formal start of new four-year terms for the recently-elected IAM Executive Council, which includes the International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and nine General Vice Presidents. The ceremony, held at IAM Headquarters, also included the swearing-in of five members of the IAM Law Committee, three delegates to the AFL-CIO and one delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

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IAM Mourns Former Canadian Communications Director Neville Hamilton

Former IAM Canadian Director of Communications Neville Hamilton passed away on June 27, 2013, at the age of 74.

High Court Decision Sparks Massive Voter Disenfranchisement

Less than 48 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, six Republican-led states are moving forward with laws proven to have adverse effects on the abilities of minorities, young people, the elderly and the poor to exercise their right to vote.

Support Striking Belshaw Adamatic Workers

It’s day 95 on the picket line for members of IAM Local Lodge 79 on strike against Belshaw Adamatic, an international bakery equipment maker based in Auburn, WA.

IAM Retiree Hits Airwaves to Push Social Security Expansion

In a Progressive Leaders Forum that aired on Sirius XM 127’s “The Agenda” radio show, IAM Retiree Diane Fleming joined Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and other Social Security advocates to discuss new ways to strengthen the country’s social safety net.

Who’s the Cutest Union Pet of Them All?

Submit your pet's photo for a chance to win one of five grand prizes in the Union Plus Cutest Pet photo contest.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of 1965 Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a key section of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

IAM President Lauds Czech Metalworkers’ Federation

Speaking in Prague as the first international union president from North America to address the Czech Metalworkers' Federation (OS KOVO), IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger praised the federation’s successful effort to restore independent trade unionism to the Czech Republic. OS KOVO is the largest trade union federation in the Czech Republic and represents more than 200,000 workers at 1,100 companies in the metalworking industry.

Chrysler Kills Pensions for 8,000 Salaried Employees

Chrysler recently announced it will be freezing pension plans for salaried workers, further expanding the trend once reserved for employers claiming extreme financial distress.

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in NLRB Recess Appointments Case

The Supreme Court has announced they will consider a case against President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The ruling, which is expected to be handed down sometime this fall, will hinge on the Court’s interpretation of a president’s power to make recess appointments, which both Republican and Democratic administrations have historically used to fill vacancies while the Senate is out of session.

Fair Labor Standards Act Marks 75 Years

Seventy-five years ago today, with the American economy in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law. The landmark bill outlawed child labor, established the 40-hour work week, guaranteed overtime pay and instituted a national minimum wage. Opponents said it would stifle the economy and infringe on our freedoms, but the FLSA was an economic and moral priority for Roosevelt and his allies.

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District 751 President Pledges $1,000 to Striking Belshaw Employees

IAM District Lodge 751 of Seattle showed their solidarity to striking IAM members at Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group by donating $1,000 to the IAM strike fund. The 63 Belshaw employees, who are members of Local Lodge 79, have been walking the picket line at the Auburn, WA plant since March 24.

Report Finds MLK’s Dream Not Yet Realized

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the setting of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In commemoration of this anniversary, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has launched a new project, The Unfinished March that assesses the unmet goals of the march.

GOP Lawmakers Preemptively Strike Paid Sick Leave Laws

GOP lawmakers around the country have embarked on a campaign to ban all bills requiring mandatory paid sick leave for all workers.

Machinists Flag Reaches South Pole

IAM Local Lodge 99 member Spencer Smirl of Calgary, Alberta, Canada has taken the IAM flag to the ends of the earth, literally.

Working America Launches New Website to Connect Employees to Unions

A new website run by labor-rights group Working America is making it easier than ever for employees from almost any industry to organize and improve their workplaces. FixMyJob.com offers an interactive online tutorial for workers who are “feeling overworked, underpaid, unsafe, or disrespected by [their] boss.”

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GST Roach Addresses SUNY Labor Studies Graduates

“Strive to become leaders,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr., to the SUNY Empire State College Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies graduating class of 2013. Hundreds gathered as Roach delivered the commencement speech to just over a hundred of his alma mater’s labor graduates in New York City.

Rep. John Lewis Continues Fight for Voting Rights

John Lewis has been fighting for voting rights for over half a century. A fractured skull and scars from beatings at the hands of police and white segregationists in the 1960s prove it.

Pat Lehman Receives Humanitarian Award

Political activist and retired 41-year IAM member Pat Lehman of Wichita, KS is the recipient of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Lehman, a former Grand Lodge Representative who retired in 2007, was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday, June 14 in Charleston, WV.

Photo Contest Deadline Extended to July 5, 2013

The new deadline to enter the 2013 IAM Photo Contest is now Friday, July 5, 2013. For the 2013 Photo Contest, photos must be taken of and by members in good standing, un-posed and working at their job (and conforming to all safety standards).

Join the International Day of Action to End Deathtraps

Labor unions, activists and students have declared Saturday, June 29, 2013, an International Day of Action to End Deathtraps.

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IAM Requests Release From NMB for US Airways Fleet

The IAM formally requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release its US Airways Fleet Service members from further mediated contract negotiations and initiate a 30-day countdown to a strike.

Buffenbarger Names Key Transportation Staff

International President Tom Buffenbarger announced Grand Lodge Representative Ira Levy will replace retiring Airline Coordinator Tom Brickner effective August 1, 2013.

Maine Lobstermen Score Victory; Poised for Another

IAM District Lodge 4 members recently joined fellow lobstermen in Maine to help defeat a bill thinly guised as a means to give exemptions for incidentally caught lobsters. LD 1549 attempted to provide protection for fishermen using a process called “dragging” – a practice Maine lobstermen vehemently oppose.

IAM Six Flags Mechanics End California Lockout

IAM Local 1546 Ride Mechanics at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA are back at work after ending their strike and overwhelmingly accepting a new contract with park management. After being locked out since May 2, the agreement provides the 24 ride mechanics with more frequent and higher quality safety training.

IAM Organizing Grows in Caribbean

The IAM Southern Territory is continuing its organizing success in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In two separate elections in a 32-day period, Local Lodge 340 has added all the bargaining unit employees at Waste Management on the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Johns.

Give the Gift of Union-Made This Father’s Day

Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013, by getting him a gift that sports the union label.

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Global Union IndustriALL Backs Belshaw Bakery Strikers

One of the world’s largest global union federations, IndustriALL, is joining the fight being waged by 60 IAM Local 79 members who have been on strike against Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group in Auburn, WA since March 24.

IAM Mourns International Labor Leader Marcello Malentacchi

Marcello Malentacchi, a 20-year General Secretary of the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and a close friend of the IAM, passed away on May 24 at the age of 66. Malentacchi died of natural causes while cycling near his birthplace in Tuscany, Italy.

Illinois Local 660 Prepares for Global Brass Negotiations

In preparation for negotiations with metal fabricator and distributor Global Brass and Copper (GBC), IAM District 9, Local Lodge 660 members from East Alton, IL, attended the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees class at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center.

Falconer Appointed Special Representative

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Canadian Education Representative Gord Falconer to the position of Special Representative.

IAM Making Organizing Inroads at Canadian Auto Dealers

Two recent organizing victories at Canadian auto dealerships have the IAM excited about the future of union representation in the industry.

Woman Making 300-Mile Trip in Wheelchair for GDA

The wife of a District Lodge 751 member is literally going to great lengths to raise money for Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

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June 10 Marks Equal Pay Act’s 50th Anniversary

The IAM joins labor, women’s groups and a slew of advocates in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act, a bill that made it illegal for an employer to pay a woman and a man different pay for the same work.

NMB Authorizes Election at US Airways

The National Mediation Board (NMB), an agency of the federal government, today announced that a representation election will be conducted for the Mechanic and Related class and craft at US Airways.

Flight Attendants Succeed in Keeping Knives Off Planes

The 90,000-strong Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions is celebrating the success of its campaign to keep knives off planes and commending the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for holding the line against weapons on flights.

New 125th Anniversary Videos Available

The Machinists News Network has released two videos on the IAM’s 2013 National Staff Conference and 125-year anniversary march and rally in Atlanta.

Sign Petition, Support Striking Wal-Mart Workers

Hundreds of Wal-Mart workers in 12 U.S. cities have walked off their jobs in the longest strike in the mega retailer’s history.

Chinese Poultry Plant Fire Kills At Least 120

Scrutiny of working conditions in Asia continues to mount as the latest in a string of disasters now includes a fire at a Chinese poultry processing plan that killed at least 120 people. The region has become infamous for its cheap labor and working conditions which are often deplorable, if not deadly.

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‘Atlanta’s Hometown Union’ Makes Triumphant Return to the South

The 2013 IAM Staff Conference closed with a rousing march to the Georgia State House and a rededication of Machinists Union founder Tom Talbot’s statue in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park. The three-day conference brought hundreds of IAM staff members back to the union’s birthplace, where 19 Machinists secretly gathered in a locomotive pit to establish the IAM 125 years ago.

IAM Supports 42nd International CBTU Convention

Diane Babineaux, Chief of Staff to the IAM International President, led a delegation of IAM members to the 42nd International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Orlando.

Spanish Leadership Working Group Updates WWW Curriculum

Members from the U.S. and Canada, representing many Latin American countries including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and the Dominican Republic, make up the Spanish Leadership Working Group (SLWG), which met at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education Center in Hollywood, MD. The diverse group has been tasked with reviewing, revising, and updating the curriculum and related material for WWW Spanish Leadership programs – Spanish Leadership I, II, and Advanced.

Grupo de Instructores de Liderazgo en Español Evalúan y Revisan el Plan de Estudios en el Centro Winpisinger

Miembros de los EE.UU. y Canadá, que representa a muchos países de América Latina, incluyendo Puerto Rico, México, Argentina, Chile y la República Dominicana, conforman el grupo de liderazgo en español (SLWG), que se reunió en el Centro William W. Winpisinger en Hollywood, MD. El diverso grupo se ha encargado de la revisión, y actualización del plan de estudios y material relacionado con los programas de liderazgo en español – Liderazgo en español I, II y Avanzado.

IAM Joins New Connecticut Manufacturing Initiative

The IAM has joined newly-elected U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT), local business leaders and others in launching a new manufacturing initiative in Connecticut.

Photo and Newsletter/Website Contest Deadline Extended to June 14

The new deadline to enter the 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest and the 2013 IAM Photo Contest is now Friday, June 14, 2013.

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Machinists Union Comes Home to Atlanta for 125th Anniversary

The IAM is celebrating its 125th birthday in Atlanta, the city of the union’s founding, with the opening of the 2013 IAM National Staff Conference. Speakers commemorated the progress of a union that has grown from 19 machinists secretly meeting in an Atlanta locomotive pit in 1888 to an international organization of 700,000 active and retired members the IAM boasts today.

GVP Michalski Helps Launch Manufacturing Initiative at Goodwin College

IAM Headquarters General Vice President Rich Michalski joined Congressman John Larson (D-CT), Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg in launching a new certification program.

Pratt & Whitney Announces $1 Billion Pentagon Deal

Aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has agreed to a $1 billion agreement with the Pentagon for a fifth series of F-35 fighter jet engines. The deal means job security for thousands of IAM members at the company, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

New IAM Video Profiles ‘The American Dream’

A new video on the Machinists News Network showcases the real meaning of living the “American Dream.” To the five IAM members profiled, the real American Dream is having an IAM contract.

May ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

The IAM Journal is now available to download – via the free IAM app – on an iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, Android phone or Kindle Fire by clicking here and following the appropriate link.

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IAM Blasts Teamster Raid at American Airlines

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) today announced that it has filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) a request for an election against the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to represent the Mechanic and Related employees at American Airlines.

New 2013 IAM Legislative Conference Videos Available

The Machinists News Network released two new videos providing wrap-ups of the 2013 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

New CBTU President Charts ‘Path to Building Future’

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) held its 42nd International Convention in Orlando.

Machinists in Canada Ratify Contract with Ludachris Hats

Members of IAM Local Lodge 1975, St. Thomas, ON, Canada, have ratified a new collective agreement with Ludachris Hats.

Texas Bus Drivers Unanimously Approve Contract

A group of 92 Tornado Bus Company drivers stood in solidarity to unanimously ratify an agreement that will pay them at the top wage scale per route and provide paid vacation, sick days and holidays. IAM members at the Texas-based company will also receive meal allowances, rest periods, health insurance and a 401k.

Midwest Territory Raffles $14,999 John Deere Equipment

A voucher worth $14,999 toward the purchase of a John Deere vehicle is the next raffle prize to raise money for the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention to be held in Chicago. John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, WI agreed to let the IAM’s Midwest Territory raffle the voucher, which can be used at a local John Deere dealer toward the purchase of a John Deere Gator Utility Vehicle or Select Series/Signature Riding Lawn Equipment.  

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Oklahoma Members Survive Killer Tornado

IAM members in the nation’s midsection are no strangers to the wrath of Mother Nature; from hurricanes on the Gulf Coast to twisters in the nation’s most active “Tornado Alley.”

IAM Urges Congress to Confirm NLRB Appointees

The IAM is encouraging members of Congress to sign a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the swift consideration of President Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The letter, being circulated by Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), criticizes McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP for their “ideological obstruction” to the NLRB, which is “denying hardworking Americans the crucial worker protections that the NLRB provides.”

154 California Workers Vote for IAM Representation

A group of 154 workers employed by Doncasters Group Ltd. in Chula Vista, CA have voted decisively to be represented by IAM District Lodge 947. The workers manufacture precision components and assemblies for aerospace, automotive and various other industries.

GDA Hosting Online Auction through June 5

The 2013 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Online Silent Auction is now open. The event will run to June 5, 2013.

House Democrats Join IAM in Urging Confirmation of Perez Labor Nomination

A group of 139 House Democrats are urging the quick confirmation of Labor Secretary Nominee Thomas Perez. The letter to Senate leadership lauded Perez’s “distinguished record of accomplishments and experience from his career in public service at the local, state and federal levels.

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IAM Responds to Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy

The IAM is sending thoughts, prayers and support to the victims of a massive tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb Monday afternoon, turning entire neighborhoods into rubble and destroying two elementary schools and a hospital. Officials say at least 24 people lost their lives in the storm, which left a path of destruction a mile wide and 20 miles long in Moore, OK.

Will GOP Lawmakers Block Federal Aid to Oklahoma?

The IAM hopes Oklahoma lawmakers will do their part to help the tornado stricken area in their state to recover. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both Republicans, have been outspoken critics of federal disaster relief funding for other parts of the country in the past.

WWW Center Hosts AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurers’ Conference

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger welcomed more than 30 Secretary-Treasurers from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions to the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center recently for a meeting that included an analysis of pension and health care issues as well as presentations on the myriad of federal compliance requirements.

Winpisinger Bargaining Prep Class Pays Off for M1 Employees

IAM members at M1 Support Services have overwhelmingly ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement that includes a two percent general wage increase beginning July 2013 and a three percent bump in both 2014 and 2015. The deal also raises the employer pension contribution from $2.45 per hour to $3.20 per hour.

Workers Suffer as GOP Blocks NLRB Nominations

Everyday Americans are being hurt by the political game of disarming the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a recent AFL-CIO video interview with illegally-fired pressman Marcus Hedger shows.

IAM Mourns District 751 Activist Jerry Dargitz

District 751 lost a long-time union activist with the passing of Grand Lodge Rep/Organizer Jerry Dargitz on April 7.

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Pelosi Brings Rousing Close to 2013 IAM Legislative Conference

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told IAM members on the final day of the 2013 Legislative Conference that “the most important thing we can do for our families and our economy is to create jobs.”

NASA Hitches $70 Million Per Seat Ride to Space with Russia

Thanks to a 2011 move by the Obama Administration to shut down and privatize NASA’s historic and admired shuttle program, the U.S. space agency will now be paying $424 million to hitch a ride to space with Russia. That’s $70.6 million per seat.

Spanish Leadership Recognized for Language-Based Curriculum

The first 2013 Spanish Leadership I Program was held last week at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

Los programas de Liderazgo en W-3 furon ampliamente reconocidos por su plan de estudios basados en Español

El primer programa de Liderazgo I en Español del 2013 se celebró la semana pasada en el Centro William W. Winpisinger.

Southern Territory Scores Virgin Island Win

The IAM presence on the U.S. Virgin Islands continues to grow, as Local Lodge 340 overwhelmingly won an election for 95 workers at Waste Management Authority on the three islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Johns.

IAM Applauds Las Vegas Taxi Drivers 60-Day Strike Win

The IAM congratulates the taxi drivers of the Industrial, Technical and Professional Employees Union (ITPEU)/OPEIU Local 4873 who won their 60-day strike at Yellow Checker Star Transportation (YCS) in Las Vegas, NV.

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IAM and TWU to Jointly Represent 30,000 at American Airlines

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) today announced a partnership to jointly represent nearly 30,000 ground workers at the “new” American Airlines following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.  

IAM Activists Gather for 2013 Legislative Conference

Hundreds of IAM members are making their voices heard in Washington D.C., this week, talking to elected officials on Capitol Hill and listening to industry leaders and politicians at the 2013 IAM Legislative Conference.

Boston IAM Members Honored for Bravery Under Fire

Three members of Local 264 in Boston, MA were honored recently for their bravery and quick thinking in the immediate aftermath of the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Bangladesh Factory Deaths Prompt Inspection Accord

IAM President Tom Buffenbarger hailed the recently announced agreements with retailers H&M and Inditex to create a safety inspection system for clothing suppliers in Bangladesh.

IAM Joins Farmworker Protest at Reynolds American

Members of the IAM joined with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in a 125-person march on Reynolds American’s shareholder meeting in Winston-Salem, NC, to demand justice for tobacco farm workers.

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IAM Cites Flaws in TVA Privatization Proposal

The IAM joins Republican and Democratic lawmakers in opposing a fiscal 2014 budget proposal to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federally-owned power agency, to a private company.

Teamster Raid Endangers US Airways Mechanics' Pensions

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) requested the National Mediation Board (NMB) hold a union representation election for Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways.

Another Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills Eight

Even as the death toll nears 1,000 in the April 24 collapse of a Bangladesh factory, tragedy struck the country again Thursday when eight garment workers were killed in a clothing factory fire. Bangladeshi officials say they don’t yet know the cause of the fire, which occurred overnight on the lower levels of an 11-story garment factory.

Court: Workers’ Rights Not Welcome in Workplace

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that requiring businesses to post a notice of workers’ rights to organize violates the employers’ right to free speech.

Flight Attendants Continue ‘No-Knives’ Push

Lawyers for nine organizations representing 400,000 aviation professionals, passengers and law enforcement officers filed a legal petition this week with Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole and copied to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking to rescind plans to allow knives in the aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11.

GOP: No Unemployment Figures, No Unemployment

Republicans have finally come up with a way to end unemployment: stop counting it.

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Connecticut Local 743 Approves New Contract

Members of Local 743 in Windsor Locks, CT, have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new three-year contract with aerospace manufacturer UTC Aerospace Systems, formerly known as Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.

GOP Continues March to End 40-Hour Workweek

Just two days after coming back from vacation, House Republicans are wasting no time pushing legislation that would hurt working families.

Lockout of Six Flags Ride Mechanics Threatens Patrons

Less than 24 hours after ride mechanics represented by the IAM were locked out at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, a popular ride at the Vallejo, CA, park, broke down, putting the safety of patrons at risk.

Mark Your Calendars for a GDA Weekend in Las Vegas

The Guide Dogs of America will be holding their 33rd annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet on Nov. 23, 2013, at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The fundraiser will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the charity organization which, through a partnership with the IAM, provides guide dogs to thousands of people free of charge.

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May 5 Marks 125th Anniversary of IAM

Sunday, May 5, 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. On this day in 1888, 19 machinists met secretly in a locomotive pit in Atlanta, GA, declaring themselves “The Order of United Machinist and Mechanical Engineers.”

Immigration Bill Would Offer Pathway to Citizenship for Millions

Union members joined immigrant families and advocates for immigration reform at a rally in Washington, DC, last month, calling for a sensible solution toward naturalizing approximately 11 million undocumented Americans.

Machinists Praise Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx DOT Nomination

The IAM welcomes President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Make Plans to Attend 2013 IAM Automotive Conference

The 2013 IAM Automotive Conference is scheduled for Oct. 1 to 4, 2013, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Automotive Coordinator Boysen Anderson will chair the conference, which will focus on new approaches to expanding IAM automotive membership in North America.

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Earned Pension Benefits Deserve Presidential Protection

In a letter to President Barack Obama, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger urged the president to help prevent deep cuts to working Americans’ hard-earned pension benefits.

IAM Remembers Fallen Members on Workers’ Memorial Day

With the workplace tragedies of West, Texas and Bangladesh still fresh in the news, IAM members were reminded of losses closer to home during the annual Workers’ Memorial Day gathering at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

April ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available

Articles in the April issue include:
  • President Obama’s Budget Proposal Invests in America – but Threatens Social Security
  • Sequestration Cuts Start to Take Hold
  • IAM Launches an Organizing Campaign at Jeld-Wen
  • An Afghanistan War Veteran Fights Back from Brain Injury
  • Amtrak Requests a Smaller Operating Budget and More Capital Investment
  • US Airways Mechanic and Related Workers Request Release from Mediation
  • Aerospace Conference Delegates Meet in Seattle.

Download the IAM Journal – via the free IAM app – on an iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, Android phone or Kindle Fire by clicking here and following the appropriate link.

The IAM Journal can also be viewed online and printed in a PDF format here.

IAM: U.S. Export Policy Must Protect U.S. Jobs

At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to weigh proposed changes to U.S. export policies, senior Democratic member Brad Sherman (CA) cited a March 19 letter from IAM President Tom Buffenbarger that raised concerns about outsourcing, technology transfers and the potential impact on domestic employment.

All the Lipstick in the World…

Two Republican-backed bills with deceiving titles are making their way through Congress, and both threaten long-standing workers’ rights and the balance of power in the workplace.

IAM Mourns 62-Year Member Capobianco

Longtime IAM Representative and labor activist John Capobianco, Sr., passed away at home on April 22. He was the retired Directing Business Representative (DBR) of District 170 (formerly District 64) and a lifetime member who initiated into the IAM in 1951.

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Wheelchair Ramps: Union-made in the USA

The Local 1943 Community Services Committee in Middletown, OH, is reviving a nearly 70-year-old tradition of Founder’s Day, an annual event marked by a whirlwind of volunteer activity aimed at helping members of the Middletown community.

Scores Killed in Latest Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Tragedy has again claimed the lives of scores of low-income textile workers in Bangladesh’s garment district.

Wisconsin Members Win New HPWO Agreement at Trane Company

Trane Company celebrated its 100th anniversary this week, and along with IAM Locals 21 and 1115 of District 66, signed a new High Performance Work Organization (HPWO) agreement in La Crosse, WI.

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FAA Cutbacks Threaten Major Airline Delays

Mandatory budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) caused by sequestration could cause more than 6,700 flight delays per day at 13 of the nation’s biggest airports starting this week. Affected airports include JFK, LaGuardia and Newark in the New York area; Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco in California; O'Hare and Midway in Chicago; Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida; Atlanta; Philadelphia and Charlotte.

IAM Mourns 50-year Member James R. ‘Spanky’ Yungkans

The IAM mourns the death of Phoenix Local 519 Recording Secretary and Office Manager James R. “Spanky” Yungkans, who passed away on March 7, 2013.

TSA Delays Decision to Allow Knives on Planes

In the face of a huge backlash from Flight Attendants, nearly every other stakeholder in aviation and the public, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today postponed its plan to allow knives onboard U.S. flights starting Thursday, April 25. The 90,000-member Flight Attendants Union Coalition, however, which has opposed the TSA's ill-advised plan from the start, remains resolute: No Knives on Planes Ever Again.

AFL-CIO Site Reveals Runaway CEO Pay

Did you know that the CEOs of the “Campaign to Fix the Debt” – the corporate front group that wants to cut Social Security and Medicare and lower corporate taxes – have parked more than $418 billion of untaxed corporate profits overseas? Overall it is estimated that U.S. corporations have as much as $1.9 trillion sheltered overseas. That would make a nice down payment on fixing the debt.

Join the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance for Free

As a charter union of the Union Sportmen’s Alliance, IAM members are eligible to join the hunting, fishing and gaming organization for free. Joining the Alliance entitles members to quarterly issues of the Union Sportsmen’s Journal (by mail or online), a one-year MyTopo.com online mapping subscription, an e-newsletter with tips and special offers, discounts on outdoor gear and services and more. Click here to sign up today.

Report: Young Workers ‘Stuck’ in Long-term Jobs Crisis

A new Demos report finds that young workers are no better off than they were a year ago and are continuing to endure a jobs crisis even as the economy recovers.

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Proposed Bill Would End 40-Hour Work Week

House Republicans have introduced a bill that would end the 40-hour work week, dismantling an important component of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 and hurting middle-class families across the country.

Western Territory GVP Gary Allen Walks Picket Line with Striking Members at Belshaw

In their last, best, and final offer company representatives made no attempts to move toward wage and benefit improvements their employees need despite IAM proposals that would save Belshaw more than $20,000 per month by moving into a medical plan that maintained the same level of benefits at a lower cost to the company.

Workers' Memorial Day Set for April 28

Although decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions, the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.

The Fight Against Knives in the Sky Continues

IAM members remain steadfast in their fight against a dangerous Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decision to allow knives on planes.

2013 Photo and Newsletter Contest Deadline is May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013, is the deadline to enter the 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest and the 2013 IAM Photo Contest.

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The Lessons of Boston: Mourn the Victims, Salute the Heroes

“While we mourn for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are also inspired by the heroic efforts of first responders who instinctively ran toward the chaos and danger instead of away from it. These public service employees – more accurately called heroes – put their lives on the line every single day of the year,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

IAM Editorial: The U.S. Air Force’s Billion Dollar Mistake

In an op-ed published today in Roll Call, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger calls on the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force to reconsider their decision to award a contract worth billions of dollars to a foreign-owned company.

Anchorage Unions Aim to Overturn New Anti-Union Bill

Labor activists in Anchorage, Alaska are gearing up to overturn a new labor ordinance that prevents public-sector unions from striking and using binding arbitration. Sponsors filed an application to launch a petition drive for a referendum to strike down the new law sponsored by Republican mayor Dan Sullivan.

Texas Machinists and LCLAA Salute Cesar Chavez Legacy

Texas Machinists and the Tarrant County Chapter of LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) once again joined the annual Cesar Chavez March for Education, honoring the life and work of Chavez. About 200 marchers marched through downtown Fort Worth, TX, to the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College

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President’s Budget Proposal Invests in America, But Threatens Social Security

President Obama’s proposed budget contains important benefits to create jobs, invest in infrastructure and manufacturing and help America’s middle class, but could also change the way Social Security benefits are calculated and dramatically reduce payouts. It also has a provision to increase taxes on private planes which affects IAM members in a sector of the aerospace industry that is just beginning to show signs of recovery from the recession.

Solomon and de la Fuente to Lead Legislative and Political Department

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced that Assistant Legislative and Political Action Department Directors Hasan Solomon and Rick de la Fuente will lead the Legislative and Politics Department as co-directors.

Labor Joins Immigrants in Call for Path to Citizenship

IAM members joined a rally of more than 100,000 immigrant families and their supporters to send a simple message to Congress on Wednesday: the time for immigration reform is now. The Rally for Citizenship brought together immigrants and labor, civil rights, political and religious leaders to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented Americans.

Enroll Now for IAM/National Labor College Port of Entry Week

If you’ve been thinking about completing your degree, now is the time to get started! The IAM has partnered with the National Labor College (NLC) to help IAM members earn a college degree. One of the requirements is an initial Port of Entry Week which IAM members can complete at the William W. Winpsinger Education and Technology Center.

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Ohio Machinist to Challenge Boehner for House Seat

An IAM member of Local 1943 in Middletown, OH, is challenging Republican House Speaker John Boehner for his congressional seat.  

Tennessee Strike Concludes with Improved Contract

More than 150 members of Local 1441 in Springfield, TN, returned to work at Unarco Material Handling with an improved contract after a five-day strike.

Machinists March in Memphis for MLK Remembrance

Members of the Machinists Union joined with members of the American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union and over 1,000 marchers in Memphis, TN, to mark the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The march passed by the Loraine Motel, where the assassination occurred and traveled down historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

GOP Bill Aims to Shut Down NLRB

A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would shut down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stripping the country’s top labor agency of its power to investigate labor abuses and enforce rulings. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), who introduced the deceptively-titled “Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act” (H.R. 1120), is making the claim that the board has lost its legitimacy since President Obama made three recess appointments to it in February

Equal Pay Day Recognized, Women Mobilize for Fair Pay

Politicians and women’s advocacy groups have recognized April 9 as Equal Pay Day – marking how far into 2013 a woman would have to continue working to match what men earned in 2012.

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Members Urged to ‘Like’ Jeld-Wen Organizing Campaign

In the wake of last year’s successful campaign to organize workers at IKEA’s U.S. facilities, the IAM is launching another international campaign, this time to extend the benefits of IAM membership to employees at the JELD-WEN (JW) Corporation. JW is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of doors and windows with operations in 21 countries and every IAM Territory.

IAM Seeks New Model for U.S. – E.U. Trade Agreement

“The upcoming U.S.-E.U. trade negotiations represent an opportunity for a 21st Century trade agreement that puts people first, but only if the agreement is based on a new model -- not the NAFTA-style agreements of the past, including KORUS, Peru and Colombia, which have failed workers.” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.

Reserve Now for 2013 IAM Legislative Conference

The 2013 IAM Legislative Conference is set for May 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. You can reserve rooms by calling the Hyatt Regency directly at 202-737-1234. The cut-off date for special room rates is April 8.

CLUW Members: Share Your Experiences for Equal Pay Day

What does equal pay mean to you? Have you had an experience with gender discrimination? The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is taking photo and quote (one paragraph please) submissions to publish online for Equal Pay Day, held Tuesday, April 9 – a date symbolizing how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012.

New Scholarship Commemorates 1963 March on Washington

The AFL-CIO and Union Privilege are partnering to establish a new scholarship that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” scholarship will provide $5,000 each to at least 50 talented high school seniors from families– including union families and those in the community – to help pay for the costs of higher education.

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Supreme Court Tackles Two Landmark Civil Rights Issues

All eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court last week as it heard arguments from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Cases were brought forth questioning the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples.

Machinists Vote to Strike Unarco in Tennessee

In the wake of a contract offer described  as “low and outside,” over 150 members of Local 1441 in Springfield, TN set up picket lines and commenced a strike to restore lost pay and benefits at Unarco Material Handling.

Time is Running Out to Fight TSA’s ‘Knives on Planes’ Decision

Friday, April 5 is the last day to sign a White House petition demanding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) overturn their decision to allow knives on commercial flights. IAM Flight Attendants staged an informational picket Tuesday at Dulles Airport and spoke to passengers about signing the petition.

IAM Mourns Labor Legend Harry Kelber

After over seven decades in the labor movement as a union leader, critic, educator and academic, Harry Kelber passed away Sunday in New York City. He was 98 years old.

March "IAM Journal" Now Available

In the March issue, President Obama makes the case for the middle class in the first State of the Union address of his second term, sequestration takes a toll on working families, IAM members fight for voting rights, female civil rights leaders share their stories, the U.S. Labor Department suspends job corps enrollment, Flight Attendants rally against knives on planes and the IAM and supports Beechcraft’s protest of an Air Force award to a foreign company.

Enroll Now for Spanish Leadership I, May 5-10

The first of the two 2013 Spanish Leadership I Programs at the William W. Winpisinger Center is just around the corner. The next Spanish Leadership I is scheduled for May 5 – 10.

INSCRÍBASE AHORA PARA EL PRÓXIMO PROGRAMA DE LIDERAZGO I EN ESPAÑOL, MAYO 5- 10!

El primero de dos programas de Liderazgo I en español en el Centro William W. Winpisinger está acercándose rápidamente. Liderazgo I en español  está programado para el 5 al 10 de Mayo.

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IAM Retirees Torpedo Ryan Budget Claims

IAM retiree and former United Airlines employee of 39 years Diane Fleming took to Capitol Hill to fight against cuts in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget. Fleming, who came down with thyroid cancer last year, said she would be nearly through her savings if it wasn’t for Medicare, which covers her and her 92-year-old mother.

Arnprior Aerospace Ratifies New Contract

Members of both IAM Local Lodge 1542 divisions in Arnprior, Ontario, have ratified new collective agreements with Arnprior Aerospace. The new contract is designed to enhance the security of lodge membership and address competitive issues.

Reserve Now for 2013 IAM Legislative Conference

The 2013 IAM Legislative Conference is set for May 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. You can reserve rooms by calling the Hyatt Regency directly at 202-737-1234. The cut-off date for special room rates is April 8.

Texas Machinists Support Letter Carriers

Machinists Union members joined other unions and the AFL-CIO in San Antonio, TX in supporting the embattled National Association of Letter Carriers to protest the planned switch to five-day delivery service for first class mail in August. The unions are concerned about the effect of lack of delivery for seniors.

Negotiations to Resume in Belshaw Bakery Strike

Negotiations are set to resume with Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group on March 28. More than 60 members of IAM Local 79 in Seattle, WA have been standing strong on the picket line since March 24 after voting unanimously to approve the strike.

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Texas Machinists Hit the Street to Block Furloughs

For the second time in three weeks, IAM members of Locals 2049 and 2916 joined forces outside the offices of Texas Republican Blake Farenthold to send an unmistakable message that union members and government workers will not be silent victims of the manufactured crisis known as sequestration.

GST Roach Calls for Bankruptcy Law Reform

When it comes to corporate bankruptcy filings, sacrifices must be shared – equally – from top to bottom, said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., before the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, in Washington, DC.

IAM Proposes Stronger ‘Made in America’ Rules

The IAM is calling on the U.S. Export-Import Bank to strengthen its domestic content policies as part of its congressionally mandated review.

Global Union Accuses JELD-WEN of Labor Rights Violations

The Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) joined the IAM in calling out the world’s third largest door and window manufacturer, JELD-WEN, for a series of labor rights violations during an IAM campaign to organize JELD-WEN locations across the U.S. and Canada.

IAM Urges GE to Bargain Fairly Over Closures

IAM members at two General Electric plants in Chicago, IL and Houston, TX are calling on the manufacturing monolith to reconsider the public and personal impact of proposals they make at the conclusion of a 60-day “decision bargaining” period that follows GE’s January 26 announcement that the two Apparatus Service Centers will close.

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Machinists Request NMB Release Mechanics at US Airways

The IAM formally requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release its US Airways Mechanic & Related members from further mediated contract negotiations and initiate a 30-day countdown to a strike. 

When the NMB releases both parties from mediated talks, the agency would then make a proffer of binding arbitration. If either party rejects the proffer, a 30-day cooling off period would begin. If an agreement still cannot be reached by the end of the 30 days, IAM members would be free to strike.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, House Approves Anti-Middle-Class Ryan Budget

Congress has approved a short-term spending bill that will keep the government from shutting down when current funding expires on March 27.

Though a government shutdown appears to have been averted, the bill only covers six months. It also unfairly targets federal workers by extending a three-year pay freeze and maintains the furloughs of more than a million federal employees between April and the end of the fiscal year.

Babineaux Receives Community Service Award

In recognition of her decades of work for political freedom and economic justice, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) awarded Diane Babineaux, Chief of Staff to the IAM International President, with the “BWR Social Justice Community Service Award.”

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IAM Mourns District 78 DBR Paul Mitchell

The IAM mourns the death of District 78 Directing Business Representative Paul Mitchell of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. He passed away at the age of 48.

Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’ on SKILLS Act, Welfare Work Requirement Bill

Congress is threatening to pass two bills that would make it harder for Americans to get access to job training and welfare when they need it most.

Take action: Click here to tell your congressional representatives to vote "No" on the SKILLS Act and the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act.

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Buffenbarger to MNPL Delegates: ‘You are the Union’

Speaking less than a mile from where the battle of the Alamo took place in 1836, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger proposed an aggressive defense for a labor movement he described as no less besieged.

Flight Attendants Speak Out Against Knives on Planes

Flight Attendants are sending their message loud and clear to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Congress: no knives on their planes. The Coalition of Flight Attendants, which represents nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants, including IAM members, went to Capitol Hill March 14 to tell Congress to keep the skies safe.

U.S. Air Force Needs a Time Out

The IAM is urging the U.S. Secretary of Defense to call “time out” on the U.S. Air Force for its one-sided treatment of a Brazil-based company in the award of a $465 million contract to provide 20 Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft for the Afghan Air Force.

IAM Lauds White House Pick for Labor Secretary

“The IAM is eager to work with President Obama’s nominee for Labor Secretary,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, who urged the Senate to confirm Thomas E. Perez as quickly as possible.

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Soldier, Son of Machinists, Fights Back From Brain Injury

U.S. Army soldier Ryan Soto, son of IAM Local 698 members Mark and Robin Ward, tells a riveting story of the attack that left him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a new Machinists News Network video.

Southern Territory Welcomes New Members in Kansas

Twenty-six workers at Spirit AeroSystems in Chanute, KS who manufacture small parts and assemblies used in Boeing aircraft voted for IAM Representation recently. The vote follows last month’s signing of a first contract by workers at the Spirit facility in Kinston, NC.

Ryan Budget Would Hurt Working Americans

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has introduced a 2014 fiscal year budget that would deeply cut health care and education spending that middle class families depend on. The plan also provides higher subsidies for shipping jobs overseas and bigger tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

Act Now to Support U.S. Jobs

IAM members have a unique opportunity to express their support for stronger U.S. content requirements in export transactions that are supported by the U.S. Export Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank was created during the Roosevelt administration to support U.S. exports that support U.S. jobs by providing billions in annual loan guarantees.

Register Now for May Spanish Leadership 1 Class

The registration deadline for the May 5 Leadership I Program is rapidly approaching, so act now. All classroom instruction, books, and materials are in Spanish; however, the content is identical to the material used in the English leadership programs.

Regístrate ahora para la clase en Mayo de Liderazgo I en Español

El plazo de inscripción para la clase del 05 de Mayo de Liderazgo I se acerca rápidamente, así que actúe ahora. Si conoces a alguien en su logia local que esté interesado en asistir al Liderazgo I en español en Mayo, por favor notifiquen a los oficiales de su logia local lo más pronto posible.

Winpisinger Center Hosts National Labor College Program

The Winpisinger Center hosted eight IAM members to the IAM /