Below you will find the News that directly affects the IAM and our membership. Archived news can be found by clicking on the 2009 and 2008 at the right.
In accordance with the provisions of Article III of the IAM Constitution, the IAM will conduct elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and 8 General Vice Presidents for terms ending on June 30, 2017. In Canada, elections will be conducted for the offices of International President and General Secretary-Treasurer only.
IAM members in more than 800 local lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded nominations and runoff votes where necessary to determine lodge endorsements for the IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.
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.
On September 11th, Chris Stevens, our Ambassador in Libya, and three other official Americans were killed during a violent assault against the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Chris was a friend even before we became State Department colleagues where we both, till that moment, spent 20-year careers working in and on the Middle East. Public commentary on his role as a diplomat has been deservedly, laudatory but still somehow failing to convey the man behind the man in the news.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The combination of unprecedented secrecy during three years of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement negotiations and recent leaks of TPP chapters revealing that U.S. negotiators have approved extreme, troubling terms has sparked a veritable tsunami of congressional criticism and action in recent days, Public Citizen said. The 13th round of TPP negotiations will be held next week in San Diego.
People from southern California and throughout the nation are preparing to greet trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists as they gather for the 13th major round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations from July 2 -10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
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Yesterday, the White House detailed its new Veterans Jobs Corps that will put 20,000 vets to work over the next five years. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki described it as a “bold new effort” to lower the unemployment rate for veterans. And Interior Secretary Ken Salazar suggested that the program – aimed at preserving and restoring national parks -- is based on the FDR-era Civilian Conservation Corps.
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For years, Congress has tried to pass a long-term funding bill called “FAA Reauthorization” that would provide stable funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and allow it to focus on modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system, rebuild the nation’s airports and keep air travel the safest in the world. But each time the bill gets close to passage, special interests attach unrelated conditions that prevent passage of a “clean” long-term bill.
'Rewriting ecades of labor law without debate or discussion set a a dangerous precedent'
Washington, D.C. — Following is a statement by 19 unions calling for passage of a clean FAA Reauthorization, without drastic and unnecessary changes to the Railway Labor Act ...
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Washington, D.C., December 21, 2011 – In an election prompted by the merger of ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) emerged as the clear winner in a contest to determine union representation rights for more than 2,160 Flight Attendants.
Made in America Segment - courtesy of ABC News.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved the withdrawal of the complaint by the Machinists union against the Boeing Company.
Tapping into the wealth of experience that is among the IAM’s greatest resources, International President Tom Buffenbarger named Sito Pantoja to become the newest member of the IAM Executive Council. Pantoja will begin serving as General Vice President (GVP) of the Transportation Territory on January 1, 2012 and succeed current Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr., who will become the IAM’s General Secretary-Treasurer.
Washington, DC (Nov. 9, 2011) – Today, Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings sent a letter to Chairman Issa raising serious concerns with new documents that suggest that Boeing inappropriately sought to use its political influence in Congress to prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from filing its enforcement action against Boeing for discriminating against its workers in Washington State.
The country is in crisis. Unemployment is still hovering at 9 percent, income inequality has soared to record levels, and 46 million -- one in six -- Americans are living in poverty. Meanwhile, corporate taxes are at their lowest level in 50 years. Some corporations like General Electric didn't pay a single dollar in taxes in 2010, despite the fact that profits are through the roof. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that corporations are sitting on $2 trillion in profits.
American Jobs Act: Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the American Jobs Act for vote on Tuesday evening October 11th. Let your representatives in Washington know where you stand on this critical issue - contact them at 1-888-659-9401 or send them a message by clicking here and here.
Additionally, join the Machinists, unemployed workers and leaders of faith at the Capitol during the debate and vote on the American Jobs Act at 3:00PM.
Countdown to Calamity: Congress will also take up the issue on the Korea, Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements as early as Wednesday, October 12th. Click here to learn more about the Trade Agreements and take action by contacting your congressional representatives here.
IAM representatives and delegates attending the 2012 Grand Lodge Convention in Toronto, Ontario, are reminded that they need a valid U.S. passport to enter Canada. Passport applications are processed by the U.S. State Department and can take from several weeks to several months to process.
The president seems to have forgotten all about these people, who are trying to get by in an economy that is shedding as many jobs as it creates. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the aviation industry has been among the hardest hit. America's aviation manufacturers shipped a total of more than 6,000 airplanes in 2007 and 2008. The total for 2010 was 1,334. Net factory billings fell to less than $8 billion last year from more than $13 billion in 2008, retrenchment to a level not seen since 2004. The biggest losers have been industry workers who have lost their jobs.
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on a Senate panel have failed in an effort to undercut the National Labor Relations Board's case against Boeing Co. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tried to take away the NLRB's authority to tell a company where it can locate work.
Read the entire article at Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/21/general-industrials-us-congress-spending_8693731.html
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