Below you will find the News that directly affects the IAM and our membership. News articles are also available from the 2012, 2011 and 2010 IAM News Archives.
Washington, D.C., July 9, 2016 - IAM International President Bob Martinez and fellow members of the Democratic Platform Committee meeting today in Orlando, FL, staked out a bold position on the critical issue of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other international trade deals. In a vote of 117 – 64, the committee declared their unequivocal opposition to any trade agreements that jeopardize worker and environmental protections while failing to support good American jobs.
July 9, 2016 - Members of District Lodge 776 voted today by a 75 percent margin to ratify a new agreement with Lockheed Martin. The contract covers about 2900 workers in Fort Worth, TX, Edwards AFB, CA and PAX River AFB, MD. The five-year, eight-month agreement delivered a $4,000 ratification bonus, $4,800 in COLA supplements and a 16 percent wage increase over the life of the deal.
Orlando, FL, July 9, 2016 - Today, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Bob Martinez, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees President Lee Saunders issued a joint statement on the Democratic Party platform committee’s adoption of the Saunders amendment on fair trade.
IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement in the wake of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804:
“Although the facts about what exactly happened to EgyptAir 804 are unclear at this point, it is obvious the aviation community has suffered another tragedy. The more than 600,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers send our love, thoughts and prayers to the families of the 66 passengers and crew members of EgyptAir Flight 804. This tragedy half-way around the world resonates in the hearts of IAM members everywhere.”
International President Robert Martinez, Jr., of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), issued the following statement in response to the release of U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) report on the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the American economy:
“The ITC, which historically has overestimated the benefits of trade agreements, predicts that the TPP will increase our nation’s trade deficit in manufacturing. This means that the corporate driven, secretly negotiated TPP will lead to the export of good paying manufacturing jobs to countries like Vietnam that lack basic human rights. For ordinary Americans struggling to get by this will result in more unemployment and continued downward pressure on wages and benefits.
Washington, D.C., May 12, 2016 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today will protest the recent Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that could grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit and access to the U.S. aviation market. The protest will take place from noon to 1:00 PM with hundreds of other AFL-CIO affiliated airline workers in front of the White House.
A Wisconsin judge has sided with the Machinists Union in a case challenging the state’s private sector “right-to-work” law. IAM Local 1061 in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha, WI argued the law was an unlawful seizure of property because it required private-sector unions to extend benefits to workers who don’t pay dues.
Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us the Senate will be voting TODAY on an amendment toughening penalties on assault against Airport Customer Service Agents.
We need our IAM members to call their senators immediately and tell them to vote YES to an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill offered by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) that would enhance the criminal penalty for assaulting Customer Service Agents, adding to existing federal law protecting flight crews.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued a statement regarding the proposed Alaska Airlines merger with Virgin America Airlines.
Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016 – Following Sen. Bernie Sanders’s trip to Washington state, IAM International President Bob Martinez issued a statement in response to Sanders’s comments on the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.
All American manufacturing jobs are at risk because of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Its failure to include provisions to stop currency manipulation alone casts the TPP as a fatally flawed trade deal.
Sign this petition today so they: Don’t Trade Our Jobs Away
Washington, D.C., February 8, 2016 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today raised serious questions over allegations contained in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) against the IAM National Pension Fund.
Washington, D.C., February 3, 2016 - International President Robert Martinez, Jr., of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued the following statement on the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by the Obama Administration.
We are deeply disappointed by the announcement of today’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which by all accounts will increase the U.S. trade deficit and lead to the export of more family wage American jobs. Eight years ago, then candidate Barack Obama campaigned for President on a platform that called for a “new day in trade” that would break the job killing NAFTA model. Unfortunately, the TPP continues that same corporate driven model and, now, nearly a decade later we are still waiting for a trade agreement that benefits American working families.
Over the long Labor Day weekend, working class Democrats will do what they always do — spend time with family and friends, fire up the grill, maybe go to a ballgame, and at least check out the big end-of-summer sales. But while they will enjoy this respite, most of them won’t actually be partaking in a lot of those sales.
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.
On Thursday, June 18th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended stand-alone Fast Track bill without Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) by a vote of 218-208. This fight is not over. Our focus now shifts back to the Senate for a vote on Tuesday morning, June 23, 2015. This bill will kill jobs, drive down wages, and give corporations sweeping power.
TAKE ACTION: Call your U.S. Senator and tell them to vote “NO” on Fast Track. Call 1-855-712-8441.
Today, a strong majority in the U.S House of Representatives defeated a provision of the Fast Track package that prevents the bill from moving forward.
Washington, D.C., May 20, 2015 – The National Mediation Board (NMB) this week certified the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) as joint administrators for labor contracts covering 30,000 workers employed at the recently merged US Airways and American Airlines.
North Charleston, SC, April 17, 2015 – Citing a toxic environment and gross violations of workers’ lawful organizing rights, the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) today withdrew its petition with the NLRB for an April 22 union election at the Boeing Company in North Charleston, SC. The decision pushes the date for a subsequent election forward by at least six months and was made after IAM organizers conducted home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers
April 6, 2015 - For the past few years the IAM has supported a historic organizing drive by Delta Flight Attendants. This campaign offered the opportunity to participate in an election to determine whether you would be represented by a strong union and protected by an industry leading contract or continue to be employees serving at the whim of the company.
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker continued his attack on working families by pushing through and then signing “Right-to-Work” (for less) legislation, making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass similar laws.
Working people in Wisconsin were having a bad week already.
Their own state representatives, paid for and bought out by corporate interests, are ramming through a so-called “right-to-work” law for no other reason than to silence workers’ voices and eviscerate unions. It’s expected to be signed into law by anti-union Gov. Scott Walker (R) next week.
The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) are mourning the tragic death of NFFE-IAM Assistant General Counsel Philip Snodgrass, 27, who on Monday, February 23 was struck and killed by an erratic driver who drove off a street and onto a sidewalk in downtown Washington, DC.
The IAM is a partner in a recently announced $148 million Department of Defense grant to open an advanced manufacturing institute in the Detroit area to develop methods, refine processes and train workers in lightweight and modern metals manufacturing.
IAM District 70 members at Spirit AeroSystems will receive a profit sharing payout significantly higher than previous years thanks to forward-looking negotiations and company earnings that exceeded expectations. The payout will occur on February 26, 2015 and covers 7,324 hourly employees in Wichita, KS; Chanute, KS and Kinston, NC.
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