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Machinists Union, Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Contract

Thu. October 23, 2014

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

Thu. October 23, 2014

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

Thu. October 23, 2014

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

Thu. October 23, 2014

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

Thu. October 23, 2014

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

Thu. October 23, 2014

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.

Machinist Union Members Win New Contract at Schneider Electric, Strike Ends

Tue. October 21, 2014

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

Tue. October 21, 2014

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

Tue. October 21, 2014

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

Tue. October 21, 2014

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.

Illinois Machinists Host Rally with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Thu. October 16, 2014

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

Thu. October 16, 2014

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

Thu. October 16, 2014

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

Thu. October 16, 2014

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

Thu. October 16, 2014

Did you know that IAM members who’ve switched to Union Plus Auto Insurance have saved an average of $565 on car insurance?

IAM Wins Top Honors in 2014 ILCA Labor Media Awards

Tue. October 14, 2014

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

Tue. October 14, 2014

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

Tue. October 14, 2014

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

Tue. October 14, 2014

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

Tue. October 14, 2014

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.

IAM Mourns Loss of CAL FIRE Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt

Thu. October 09, 2014

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

Thu. October 09, 2014

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

Thu. October 09, 2014

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

Thu. October 09, 2014

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

Thu. October 09, 2014

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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