IAM News

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.

Wisconsin Judge Agrees with IAM, Rules Against ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

Mon. April 11, 2016

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.

Urgent: Tell Your Senators to Vote YES on the Customer Service Agent Assault Amendment

Wed. April 06, 2016

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.

Machinists Union on Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Deal

Mon. April 04, 2016

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.

Machinists Union Concerned About Sanders’s Continued Push to Close Export-Import Bank

Mon. March 21, 2016

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.

Don’t Trade Our Jobs Away! Sign this Petition

Fri. March 04, 2016

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

Machinists Union Disputes DOL Claims in Pension Fund Dispute

Mon. February 08, 2016

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.

Machinists Union President Responds to TPP Signing

Wed. February 03, 2016

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.

What Do Working Class Democrats Want?

Mon. September 07, 2015

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.

IP Buffenbarger Statement on Removing Malaysia from Human Trafficking Blacklist

Mon. July 27, 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.

Senate Set to Vote Fast Track Today - Call Now!

Tue. June 23, 2015

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.

House Votes to Stall Fast Track

Fri. June 12, 2015

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.

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

Wed. May 20, 2015

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.

Machinists Union Moves to Postpone Election at Boeing

Fri. April 17, 2015

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

IAM Withdraws NMB Election Application

Mon. April 06, 2015

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.

Walker Continues Attack on Wisconsin Working Families

Mon. March 09, 2015

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.

Buffenbarger: Workers Everywhere Deserve an Apology for Walker’s Outrageous Comments

Fri. February 27, 2015

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.

IAM, NFFE Mourn Sudden Death of NFFE Attorney Phil Snodgrass, 27

Wed. February 25, 2015

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.

Detroit Lightweight Innovation for Tomorrow Institute Opens

Wed. February 18, 2015

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.

Spirit Machinists Win Big Profit Sharing Payout

Wed. February 04, 2015

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.

Union Leader Elected Sweden’s New Prime Minister

Thu. October 02, 2014

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2014 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today welcomed news that former welder and global trade union partner Stefan Löfven has been elected as Sweden’s next Prime Minister.

We Remember

Thu. September 11, 2014

IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement to mark the somber anniversary of 9-11.

IAM Wins Election for Spirit Airlines Ramp Agents

Tue. July 08, 2014

In a hotly contested election overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), nearly 220 Spirit Airlines ramp agents voted overwhelmingly, by 80 percent, to be represented by the IAM.

IAM Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Harris v. Quinn

Mon. June 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5 to 4 that certain public sector “partial public employees” may not be required to pay their fair share of union dues. The case, Harris v. Quinn, concerns Medicaid-based home health-care workers in Illinois.

New Vote Ends Strike at Stennis Space Center

Tue. May 20, 2014

Members of IAM Local 2249 voted 41-7 on Tuesday, May 20 to ratify a new proposal from Lockheed Martin that will end the five-day strike at Stennis Space Center (SSC).

IAM Mourns Nelson Mandela

Fri. December 06, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued the following response to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“President Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for democracy, equality and freedom. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who strive for a better and more just world...

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