2008 IAM News Archives

Archives for 2008.

IAM Members Ratify Amtrak Agreement

Thu. March 13, 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

Machinists, US Airways Reach Mechanic Accord

Thu. March 13, 2008

March 12, 2008 -IAM District 142  today announced it reached a tentative agreement with US Airways covering 3,300 Mechanic & Related employees.

GAO to Investigate $40 Billion Tanker Contract

Wed. March 12, 2008

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.

Tell Congress: U.S. Forces Deserve U.S. Tankers

Thu. March 06, 2008

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.

Winpisinger Center Offers New Classes

Thu. March 06, 2008

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.

Pay In Aerospace Is Low For Non-Boeing workers

Thu. March 06, 2008

Seattle Times
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."

Media Articles

Thu. March 06, 2008

Media articles and other related information.

Kansas Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to Secretary Gates Requesting Suspension of the KC-X Tanker Contract

Thu. March 06, 2008

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.

Americans Worried About Standard of Living, Health Care

Wed. March 05, 2008

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.

Obama Misled Ohioans, say Machinists

Mon. March 03, 2008

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.

Machinists at Lockheed Martin Ratify Contract

Mon. March 03, 2008

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.

Machinists Union Blasts Tanker Decision

Fri. February 29, 2008

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.

Obama Haunted by NAFTA Doubletalk

Fri. February 29, 2008

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.’”

Democratic Governors Criticize Bush Administration on SCHIP

Fri. February 29, 2008

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.

Got a Health Care Story to Tell?

Fri. February 29, 2008

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.

Tentative Agreement with Lockheed

Thu. February 28, 2008

Machinists, Passenger Group to Oppose Airline Mergers

Tue. February 26, 2008

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.

GAO Questions Forest Service Outsourcing

Thu. February 21, 2008

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.

Health Care Costs to Burden Future Retirees

Tue. February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008 – Skyrocketing health care costs may prevent many baby boomers from maintaining their current standard of living as they approach retirement.

Negotiations Begin for 6,000 Machinists at Lockheed Martin

Sun. February 17, 2008

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.

Lawmakers Criticize Proposed FMLA Changes

Thu. February 14, 2008

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.

U.S. Posts Record Trade Deficit with China in 2007

Thu. February 14, 2008

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.

Opposition Grows to ?Worst Ever' NLRB Chairman

Thu. February 07, 2008

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).

Fixing Health Care a Top Priority for Americans

Wed. February 06, 2008

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.

Bush Eyes Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid

Fri. February 01, 2008

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.

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