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., 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.
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.
IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement to mark the somber anniversary of 9-11.
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.
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.
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).
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...
It’s time to speak out against the senseless shutdown and get federal workers back on the job. The ripple effect from the shutdown hurts not only federal workers, but people and businesses all over the country.
Click here to send a message to your Senators and Representative or call them at 202-224-3121 and demand they pass a clean budget bill and get America back on the right track.
Click here to view the Machinists News Network video entitled “Federal Workers Bear Brunt of Shutdown.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is supporting the U.S. government’s decision to suspend Bangladesh’s trade benefits granted under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The IAM believes that countries who benefit from preferential trade programs must comply with internationally recognized labor rights, specifically the right to non-lethal workplaces and the right to form unions.
Marcello Malentacchi, a 20-year General Secretary of the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and a close friend of the IAM, passed away on May 24th at the age of 66. Malentacchi died of natural causes while cycling near his birthplace in Tuscany, Italy.
A Memorial Day Message from International President Tom Buffenbarger:
Each year, our nation marks Memorial Day with a parades, picnics and political speeches. Synonymous with the end of school and the beginning of summer, the origins of the holiday are obscure, with more than two dozen U.S. cities claiming to have begun the tradition.
President Obama’s proposed budget contains important benefits to create jobs, invest in infrastructure and manufacturing and help America’s middle class, but could also change the way Social Security benefits are calculated and dramatically reduce payouts. It also has a provision to increase taxes on private planes which affects IAM members in a sector of the aerospace industry that is just beginning to show signs of recovery from the recession.
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