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Alliance Welcomes Martinez as Newest Board Member

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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

Thu. June 30, 2016

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.

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

Tue. June 28, 2016

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

Tue. June 28, 2016

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

Tue. June 28, 2016

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

Tue. June 28, 2016

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?

Tue. June 28, 2016

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.

Improved Triumph Contract Ratified, Ending 6-Week Lockout

Thu. June 23, 2016

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

Thu. June 23, 2016

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

Thu. June 23, 2016

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

Thu. June 23, 2016

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

Thu. June 23, 2016

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.

Strike Vote Sends Clear Message to Lockheed Martin

Tue. June 21, 2016

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

Tue. June 21, 2016

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

Tue. June 21, 2016

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

Tue. June 21, 2016

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

Tue. June 21, 2016

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

Tue. June 21, 2016

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.

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

Thu. June 16, 2016

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

Thu. June 16, 2016

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.

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