Archives for 2008.
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Archives for 2008.
March 13, 2008 - After more than eight years of negotiations, aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill, rallies to garner public support and setting a strike deadline, IAM members at Amtrak have overcome countless Bush administration obstacles to finally ratify a new contract
March 12, 2008 -IAM District 142 today announced it reached a tentative agreement with US Airways covering 3,300 Mechanic & Related employees.
March 11, 2008 - From Seattle, WA and Wichita, KS to Washington, D.C., elected officials are going ballistic over the Air Force’s decision to outsource an entire fleet of U.S. military aircraft to a consortium that is heavily subsidized by European governments.
Outrage continues to grow over the U.S. Air Force decision to award a $40 billion aerial refueling tanker contract to European company EADS a contract which could eventually be worth $60 billion. Appearing on CNN’s Lou Dobb’s Tonight, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger ripped into the Air Force’s decision.
The William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center is adding new classes and updating existing courses as part of its mission to provide IAM members with a labor education experience that is second to none.
Since March a recruiting banner visible from Interstate 5 has hung on the fence outside C&D Zodiac's airplane-parts plant in Marysville: "Now hiring highly motivated and dependable people."
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard) today along with the entire Kansas delegation sent the following letter to Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting suspension of the KC-X Tanker contract until Congress has the ability to fully review this controversial decision.
March 5, 2008 – A recent Gallup poll has found roughly 50 percent of Americans are worried that they will not be able to maintain their current standard of living. Nearly 75 percent polled pointed to healthcare costs as creating a financial burden for their families.
Washington, D.C., March 03, 2008 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is urging members in Ohio to take a hard look at Sen. Barack Obama’s pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), following a week of denials and contradictions over Obama’s public and private positions on the controversial trade pact.
March 3, 2008 - Nearly 6,000 IAM members working at eight Lockheed Martin locations throughout the country voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify three separate agreements with the aerospace giant.
Washington, D.C., February 29, 2008 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today expressed outrage over the decision to award a $40 billion aerial refueling tanker contract to a team led by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), parent company of Airbus.
Washington, D.C., February 29, 2008 - “Senator Barack Obama faces a huge credibility gap on NAFTA,” declared Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). “In a nationally televised debate, he told Ohioans he would renegotiate the treaty. But just weeks earlier, his senior economic adviser signaled to a foreign government that the Senator’s anti-NAFTA stance would be just ‘campaign rhetoric.’”
February 29, 2008 – At a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, three Democratic governors urged Congress to block a policy of the Bush administration that hinders the ability of the states to expand their State Children Health Insurance (SCHIP) programs.
February 29, 2008 - More than 23,000 men and women have already shared their personal experiences about the state of health care in America by taking part in the AFL-CIO’s 2008 Health Care for America Survey.
February 26, 2008 -The IAM and the nation’s largest passenger rights group are joining forces to oppose any combination of United Airlines, American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Washington, D.C., February 21, 2008 – Bush Administration claims that ‘competitive sourcing’ in the U.S. Forest Service saved taxpayers millions of dollars are based on shoddy and misleading accounting practices, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. Competitive sourcing forces either the outsourcing of federal employees’ jobs or radical internal downsizing and reorganization.
February 19, 2008 – Skyrocketing health care costs may prevent many baby boomers from maintaining their current standard of living as they approach retirement.
February 17, 2008 – After months of preparations and in the midst of record-breaking profits for the aerospace industry, IAM leaders today launched the opening round of negotiations for a new contract covering nearly 6,000 members at eight Lockheed-Martin locations. Union members cited pensions, health care, wages and job security as top concerns heading into negotiations.
February 14, 2008 - At a hearing on the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a host of Democratic senators yesterday criticized the DOL for “chipping away” at the current law.
February 14, 2008 – The U.S. trade deficit with China jumped 10.2 percent to a record $256.3 billion last year, the largest deficit ever recorded with a single country.
February 7, 2008 - Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill declared this week that she will oppose President Bush’s nomination of Robert Battista to serve again as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
February 6, 2008 – With the 2008 elections in full gear, there has been an overwhelming response to the AFL-CIO’s Health Care for America Survey.
February 1, 2008 – With the U.S. health care system already struggling, President Bush is looking to strip Medicare of $91 billion over the next five years. He is also seeking cut Medicaid funds by $14 billion over the same time period.