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IAM Video Unveils True Labor Day Founder

Thu. August 28, 2014

Ever wondered who founded Labor Day? Well, word has always had it that the holiday, dedicated to honoring working men and women, was started by a Machinists member. A new video produced by the Machinists News Network investigates.

APRI Honors Babineaux with “Rosa Tucker Award”

Thu. August 28, 2014

IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux received the “Rosa Tucker Award” at the 45th National A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) Education Conference in Reno, NV.

Rodriguez Named Special Representative to IAM Southern Territory

Thu. August 28, 2014

IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin has appointed IAM District W2 Assistant Directing Business Representative Valerie Rodriguez as a Special Representative for the Southern Territory, effective September 1.

Silbas to Join IAM Legislative Department

Thu. August 28, 2014

General Vice President Diane Babineaux announced that 23-year IAM member Monica Lee Silbas will join the IAM’s Politics and Legislative Department as a Legislative Representative effective September 1, 2014. Silbas currently serves as the Educational Representative for the Transportation Department.

10-year-old Guide Dog Retires with Honors

Thu. August 28, 2014

A 10-year-old guide dog was recently given a retirement and homecoming party to remember.

Machinists Union Files for Mediation at Southwest Airlines

Tue. August 26, 2014

After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the IAM announced it will file for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.

Obama Throws Support Behind Ex-Im Bank

Tue. August 26, 2014

In his weekly address, President Obama asked Americans to use Congress’ August recess to demand their elected officials support a full reauthorization of the suddenly controversial Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

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Local 99 Calgary Stampede Members Prepare for Negotiations

Tue. August 26, 2014

Members of IAM Local 99, who work for the Calgary Stampede entertainment venue in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, attended the Negotiation Preparation class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland to prepare for upcoming contract negotiations.

Register Now for the 2014 IAM Automotive Conference

Tue. August 26, 2014

The deadline to reserve a hotel for the 2014 IAM Automotive Conference is September 5, 2014.

IAM Automotive Department Director Boysen Anderson will chair the conference, which will focus on new approaches to expanding IAM automotive membership in North America.

Tune in to Sportsman Channel’s “Brotherhood Outdoors” Labor Day Marathon

Tue. August 26, 2014

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Sportsman Channel are combining efforts to honor the contributions of the American worker and celebrate today’s youth, who represent the future of our nation’s workforce and outdoor heritage. Sportsman Channel’s Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day Marathon, a salute to American workers and a celebration of youth in the outdoors, airs exclusively on Monday, September 1 from 5–8 p.m. ET.

IAM, United Reach Tentative Agreement for Maintenance Instructors

Thu. August 21, 2014

IAM District 141 and United Airlines have reached a tentative agreement for IAM-represented maintenance instructors.

ITF Congress Elects IAM, TCU Reps to Key Leadership Positions

Thu. August 21, 2014

The 43rd International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria featured a week of strategizing to protect transportation workers globally.

Young Machinists Chart IAM’s Future at New WWW Class

Thu. August 21, 2014

Nearly 30 of the IAM’s next generation of leaders and activists gathered at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland for the first-ever Young Machinists pilot program.

Pelletier: ‘Employee Freedom Week’ is an Anti-Worker Sham

Thu. August 21, 2014

The Big Business-backed “Employee Freedom Week,” which ran from August 10 to 16, was merely an attempt to turn public opinion against unions and convince workers to vote against their own interests, writes Connecticut AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and IAM member Lori Pelletier.

Machinists Come Together to Support Native Veterans

Thu. August 21, 2014

IAM members lent a helping hand to veterans at the American Lake Veterans Administration, just outside of Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA. The base supports Native-American ceremonies for military personnel suffering from PTSD and other issues like substance abuse.

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.

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