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A Memorial Day Message from International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger

Fri. May 22, 2015

When we celebrate Memorial Day this year by firing up the barbeques and looking forward to the summer ahead, let’s make a special effort to remember why we observe this important national holiday. We must never forget the men and women who answered our country’s call to serve our nation in our armed forces, especially those who gave their lives to defend the freedoms we enjoy.

U.S. Labor Board Certifies IAM-TWU Partnership at New American Airlines

Thu. May 21, 2015

Transport Workers Union (TWU) as joint administrators for labor contracts covering 30,000 workers employed at the recently merged US Airways and American Airlines.

South Texas Detention Center Workers Go IAM

Thu. May 21, 2015

IAM District 776 can chalk up another important organizing win, this time in Laredo, TX. Seventy-three workers at the Rio Grande Detention Center, employed by GEO Group, voted overwhelmingly to join the IAM.

Senate Narrowly Advances Fast Track; Act Now to Stop TPP

Thu. May 21, 2015

After another round of intense pressure from the White House, the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on President Obama’s Fast-Track trade authority bid for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), setting the stage for a final Senate vote on the bill in the next few days.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to vote “no” on Fast Track for TPP. Call your Senators at 202-224-3121.

Unions: The Great Pay Equalizer for Women

Thu. May 21, 2015

In a recent editorial, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler debunks a ridiculous claim by Republican presidential hopeful and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina that union workplaces foster pay discrepancies between men and women.

Midwest Territory Hosts Illinois Student for Job Shadowing Day

Thu. May 21, 2015

Jared Podgorny, an eighth-grader from Manhattan, IL, worked closely with IAM Grand Lodge Representative Rick Mickschl during Job Shadowing Day at the IAM Midwest Territory office.

Decades of Broken Promises in Trade Deals, Report Shows

Tue. May 19, 2015

A newly published report by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivers a scathing assessment of the failure of the Obama and previous administrations to enforce labor standards in foreign trade agreements.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to vote “no” on Fast Track for TPP. Call your Senators at 202-224-3121.

Buffenbarger Welcomes Sweden PM Löfven to IndustriALL Summit in Stockholm

Tue. May 19, 2015

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger introduced Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to a gathering of IndustriALL leaders this week in Stockholm, Sweden, welcoming the former welder and trade union leader as a driving force in the global struggle for all progressive efforts.

IAM District 9 Fights for Justice, Wins Back Pay

Tue. May 19, 2015

Jacob Harmon, a member of IAM District 9, Local 660 in East Alton, IL, has his job back and more than $50,000 in back pay after an arbitrator found the company, Global Brass, did not have just cause for his termination.

Shutout: Right-to-Work-For-Less Gets Zero Votes in Illinois

Tue. May 19, 2015

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner was dealt another blow to his right-wing agenda when the Illinois House unanimously shot down an anti-worker right-to-work bill.

Register Now for IAM Women’s, Young Workers and Human Rights Conference

Tue. May 19, 2015

Make plans now 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.

IAM Activists Bring Power of the People to Capitol Hill

Thu. May 14, 2015

Hundreds of IAM members concluded a busy week of lobbying elected officials on behalf of all working Americans at the 2015 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

Fast Track Fight Wages On – Your Help Needed to Defeat TPP

Thu. May 14, 2015

After bowing to strong pressure from the White House, enough Senate Democrats made concessions on Thursday to advance a bill that would eventually “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without meaningful debate or any opportunity to offer amendments.

Outrageous: Top CEOs Make 373 Times the Average U.S. Worker

Thu. May 14, 2015

The AFL-CIO has released its latest Executive PayWatch report, and it isn’t pretty for America’s workers.

The pay gap between CEOs and the typical worker widened to a whopping 373-to-1 in 2014.

May 20 Deadline for Industrial Conference Special Room Rate

Thu. May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 20 is the extended deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Pensacola Local 192 Celebrates 95 Years Today

Thu. May 14, 2015

First chartered on May 14, 1920, IAM Local 192 has now been fighting for workers at Naval Air Station Pensacola for 95 years.

“Today, all of the IAM celebrates the many years of solidarity and hard work of Local 192,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “These dedicated unionists and American patriots have helped keep our troops safe for nearly a century, and for that we could not be more grateful.”

‘Enough of the Status Quo’: IAM Members Take On, Push Back Fast Track

Tue. May 12, 2015

It took Machinists Union activists less than 24 hours to make their presence felt on Capitol Hill.

The 2015 IAM Legislative Conference kicked off Monday, just as Congress was considering a bill to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a measure that would bar Congress from any meaningful debate or ability to offer amendments to the massive free trade deal.

Missouri in Crosshairs of Right to Work for Less Ambush

Tue. May 12, 2015

A Missouri Senate subcommittee has approved legislation that moves the Show Me State closer to becoming the 26th right-to-work (for less) state in the country.

Barber Preaches Labor Rights as Vehicle for Change (VIDEO)

Tue. May 12, 2015

Dr. William Barber, II, the outspokenly progressive North Carolina pastor, spoke at Georgetown University recently to drive home the importance of religion and organized labor working together to enact social and economic change.

WATCH: “Preaching Labor Rights and Religion

Photo Contest Deadline Nears

Tue. May 12, 2015

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.

Activist Alert: Call Your Senators Today to Stop Fast Track

Tue. May 12, 2015

Call your Senators now. Tell them to vote “no” to Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

TAKE ACTION: Call your Senators at 202-224-3121. Can’t call? Send an email.

SUNY to Honor GST Roach With Distinguished Alumni Award

Thu. May 07, 2015

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr., class of 1996, will be honored with the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award at the college's celebration of Black History and Alumni Award event on Thursday, May 7, 2015

IAM’s Kleinsteuber Wins Seat in Canadian Electoral ‘Orange Wave’

Thu. May 07, 2015

History was made in Alberta’s elections and the Machinists Union played a part. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) won a landslide victory, sweeping away the ruling Conservatives after 44 years in power in an “Orange Wave.” Orange is the color of the NDP.

Last Chance for Special Hotel Rate at IAM Industrial Conference

Thu. May 07, 2015

Friday, May 8 is the deadline for a special room rate at the IAM Industrial Conference, to be held June 15-19, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago. 

Click here for the official call and registration form.

Eastern Territory Scores Organizing Win at Penske Truck Leasing

Thu. May 07, 2015

IAM District 15 in New York overcame an aggressive anti-union campaign by managers at Penske Truck Leasing’s Bridgeport, NJ facility, and won collective bargaining rights for more than two dozen Technicians and Customer Service Representatives.

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