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Unions Urge DOT to Deny Norwegian Air Scam

Tue. August 19, 2014

The IAM, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject an application for a foreign air carrier permit submitted by Norwegian Air International (NAI). In comments filed yesterday, the unions, representing over 80,000 Flight Attendants, urged the DOT to uphold the strong labor protections outlined in the U.S.-E.U. Air Transport Agreement (ATA) known as Open Skies.

IAM Mourns Fallen Lobsterman Jeremy Philbrook

Tue. August 19, 2014

The IAM Maine Lobstering Union (IMLU) Local 207 mourns the loss of member Jeremy Philbrook, who died on the job last week after falling overboard and drowning, investigators believe. Philbrook, 36, was an early, key supporter of the formation of the IMLU.

Tell Congress VA Nurses and Doctors Deserve Meaningful Collective Bargaining Rights

Tue. August 19, 2014

Over the last several years, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare professionals have seen their collective bargaining rights practically eliminated. Agency management’s improperly broad interpretation of a certain provision in federal labor law, Sec. 7422 of Title 38, has allowed them to circumvent the bargaining process on numerous critical issues.

Jorgensen Forge Workers Vote to Join IAM District 751

Tue. August 19, 2014

By a 3-to-2 margin, workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle.

Hardwick Appointed Western Territory Communications Representative

Tue. August 19, 2014

IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen has tapped District 947 Business Representative Jason Hardwick as the new Western Territory Communications Representative.

Register Now for the IAM Battle of the Boards Charity Cornhole Tournament

Tue. August 19, 2014

Mark your calendar for the IAMAW Battle of the Boards Charity Cornhole Tournament to benefit Guide Dogs of America on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD.

IAM Dedicates New Buffenbarger Library at Winpisinger Center

Thu. August 14, 2014

IAM members attending the William W. Winpisinger Center in Southern Maryland will have a valuable new resource, the R. Thomas Buffenbarger Library, to learn about how the IAM persevered through one of the most turbulent periods in labor history.

Machinists Union Supports 2014 LCLAA Convention

Thu. August 14, 2014

IAM leaders and members from across the country joined hundreds of delegates for the 20th National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Convention in Houston.

IAM Helping Southern Workers Rise Up

Thu. August 14, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger said on his monthly call to America’s Workforce Radio (AWF) that he sees a “wave of organizing” beginning in the southern United States.

TCU/IAM Videos Highlight Members, Recent Bargaining Achievements

Thu. August 14, 2014

Delegates to the 34th Regular TCU/IAM Convention in Las Vegas were privy to the premiere showing of two videos, produced by the Machinists News Network, in honor of TCU/IAM members’ hard work, dedication and recent achievements within the union’s 115-year history.

Why a University President Gave Up $90K of His Salary

Thu. August 14, 2014

Raymond Burse, the interim president at Kentucky State University (KSU), is putting his money where his mouth is.

Asked to temporarily lead the university he headed for much of the 1980s, Burse said he’d return on one condition: the school’s minimum-wage workers get a raise. He even told KSU’s board he would forego $90,000 of his salary so that the 24 minimum-wage workers on the Frankfort, KY campus can make $10.10 an hour.

Machinists to Sue Spirit AeroSystems Over Plan to Outsource Jobs

Tue. August 12, 2014

The IAM filed a lawsuit on Friday, August 8, 2014 against Spirit AeroSystems over the company’s plans to outsource IAM-represented jobs by selling a key fabrication operation and the use of outside contractors to perform work currently done by IAM-represented Spirit employees.

Local 1720 Preps for Ashland Chemicals Negotiations

Tue. August 12, 2014

Kentucky IAM Local 1720 Negotiating Committee members at Ashland Chemicals prepared for upcoming contract negotiations at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

Staples Boycott Still On as USPS Continues Outsourcing

Tue. August 12, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) didn’t go far enough when the agency canceled its pilot program which effectively replaced postal workers with non-union, less-trained and lower-paid Staples employees, says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein.

Register Now to Win Union Plus $10K Student Loan Contest

Tue. August 12, 2014

Struggling with the financial burden of your student loans?  The IAM and Union Plus may be able to help.

IAM, TWU Alliance Moves Forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing

Thu. August 07, 2014

In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the IAM and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions recently jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications.

Machinists Win Arbitration, Protect Maryland IKEA Workers

Thu. August 07, 2014

The IAM has won an arbitration case against IKEA after the Swedish furniture company refused union officials access to its IAM-represented Perryville, MD warehouse. Local I-460, District 4 members at the factory had alerted the IAM of unsafe trailers, cut seatbelts, needles left on the control of forklifts and other safety violations.

New Jersey Auto Tech Apprentice Program Continues Success

Thu. August 07, 2014

The IAM has successfully placed a fifth class of New Jersey high school graduates into apprenticeships at IAM-represented auto dealers and trucking companies through the Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) Auto and Diesel Technician Program.

NAACP, Labor Go All In for Justice, Equality

Thu. August 07, 2014

The IAM joined thousands of civil rights, labor and community activists at the 105th NAACP Convention in Las Vegas recently to reaffirm their commitment to justice and equality.

Ohio Local 1943 Promotes IAM at Butler County Fair

Thu. August 07, 2014

A 163-year-old Ohio tradition, the Butler County Fair has also proven to be a great opportunity for Middletown, OH Local 1943 to increase its visibility and generate possible organizing leads. Local 1943 operated a booth at the fair this July, just as they have for the past six years.

Increased Pay, Retirement Security for New IAM Members in Texas

Tue. August 05, 2014

More than 900 newly-organized L3 Communications workers at Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) have overwhelmingly ratified a first contract that includes handsome raises, a cap on health-insurance cost increases and a defined-benefit pension plan.

DOL Signs Off on IAM Grand Lodge Election Results

Tue. August 05, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.

UPS, UPS Freight Members Ink New Five-Year Accords

Tue. August 05, 2014

More than 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at United Parcel Service (UPS) and UPS Freight have ratified new contracts that cover over 100 locations nationwide. The two IAM-UPS national agreements, one for UPS and the other for UPS Freight, are both five-year contracts.

Outsourcing United CEO Feeling Heat from Congress

Tue. August 05, 2014

Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are calling out United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek for the carrier’s decision to outsource more than 600 jobs at 12 U.S. airports, including 48 jobs at Des Moines International Airport.

NFFE-IAM on Verge of Winning Health Care for Temporary Federal Employees

Tue. August 05, 2014

After years of fighting for health benefits for all temporary federal employees, NFFE-IAM achieved an enormous victory when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently proposed that temporary employees expected to work at least 90 days be eligible for the Federal Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

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