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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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

Tue. May 03, 2016

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.

Fallen IAM Members Mourned on Workers’ Memorial Day

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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

Thu. April 28, 2016

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.

Wisconsin Judge Holds Firm on Right-to-Work Ruling

Tue. April 26, 2016

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

Tue. April 26, 2016

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

Tue. April 26, 2016

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

Tue. April 26, 2016

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

Tue. April 26, 2016

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

Tue. April 26, 2016

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.

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

Thu. April 21, 2016

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

Thu. April 21, 2016

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

Thu. April 21, 2016

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

Thu. April 21, 2016

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

Thu. April 21, 2016

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.

IAM Members at United Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts

Tue. April 19, 2016

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.

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