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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-represented ExpressJet Flight Attendants once again took their fight for equal pay public by conducting nationwide picketing with their AFA-CWA sisters and brothers.
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.
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.
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.
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.