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GST Roach to Join Board of Pension Rights Center

Wed. July 29, 2015

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.

Machinists at NAS Whidbey Win Wage, Pension Increases

Tue. July 28, 2015

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

Tue. July 28, 2015

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.

Letterkenny Contract Workers Set To Vote Thursday

Tue. July 28, 2015

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

Tue. July 28, 2015

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

Tue. July 28, 2015

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

Tue. July 28, 2015

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.

Labor Mourns Betty Webber, IAM’s First Woman DBR

Thu. July 23, 2015

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

Thu. July 23, 2015

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

Thu. July 23, 2015

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

Thu. July 23, 2015

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.

IAM Welcomes More Texas Workers Looking for Respect

Tue. July 21, 2015

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.

Machinists Open Field Office to Organize Airbus, Suppliers in Alabama

Tue. July 21, 2015

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

Tue. July 21, 2015

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.

Toronto Airport Workers Unite Against Contract Flipping

Tue. July 21, 2015

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

Tue. July 21, 2015

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.

IAM Members Ratify New Agreement with General Electric

Thu. July 16, 2015

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

Thu. July 16, 2015

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

Thu. July 16, 2015

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

Thu. July 16, 2015

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

Thu. July 16, 2015

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. 

TWU-IAM Association Moves Closer to Joint Contract with American

Tue. July 14, 2015

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

Tue. July 14, 2015

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

Tue. July 14, 2015

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

Tue. July 14, 2015

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.

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