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.
Today, the IAM sent an opposition letter to all house members on the anti-worker bill, H.R. 2587, also known as the "Boeing Pardon Bill". This bill is scheduled for a vote this Thursday, Sept. 15th. We are working very closely with House Democratic Leadership and the AFL-CIO to whip the vote count - we will continue to keep you posted on our legislative activities.
TAKE ACTION: Click here to tell Congress to vote "NO" on the "Boeing Pardon Bill" and protect the National Labor Relations Act.
Nashville, TN—The Union worker and sportsman will be honored during the inaugural Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day marathon, which will feature eight back-to-back episodes airing from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. on Monday, September 5 on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman.
Teenagers in the 1960s listened to Beatles records backwards in search of hidden meanings—a trick akin to the task of deciphering President Obama's statements on the battle between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board. Since the NLRB sued the airplane company in April to prevent it from building a new plant in South Carolina, Mr. Obama's position has alternated between silent and incomprehensible.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a broad subpoena to the National Labor Relation Board’s Acting General Counsel demanding all documents referring or related to The Boeing Company or the International Association of Machinists, documents that could include the prosecution’s internal trial strategy communications and even the judge’s deliberative documents in an ongoing Boeing trial.
WASHINGTON -- In 2004, Hyundai inked one of the best land deals in history. For a mere $12 million, the South Korean car company secured the rights to 50 years of use on over 41,000 square miles of industrial space -- $292 per square mile, only about 10 percent higher than the rate the U.S. paid France under the Louisiana Purchase.
America is facing a catastrophic jobs crisis. Not since the Great Depression has official unemployment hovered above nine percent -- where it is today -- for more than 20 months. Millions of American have given up looking for a job altogether. Even worse, real unemployment is more than 18%. Yet Washington overall has obviously yet to embrace a large-scale job creation agenda. Even if we reach consensus around the deficit -- the only economic issue even getting any attention these days -- it will do little to help the 29 million Americans who are unemployed in real terms. If we do not seriously tackle jobs, our country may never regain its competitive global edge.
WASHINGTON, D.C. | July 20, 2011 - On Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a markup of the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587). The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Opening remarks by IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger and Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture set the tone and established the priorities for the negotiations that will lead to a new contract for 2,600 IAM members at Hawker Beechcraft.
MILWAUKEE, WI -- Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA) , and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) attended the Speakout for Good Jobs Now! tour event last night, as hundreds of Wisconsinites lined up to demand that Washington pay attention to the growing movement demanding that they focus on jobs. The Members of Congress vowed to take their message to Washington, where they will read their stories on the floor of the House of Representatives.
With millions of Americans still out of work and nearly six months into the new Congress and no jobs bill, Republicans are focusing on a partisan witch hunt against the National Labor Relations Board.
Most recently, Republicans decried the agency’s attempt at law enforcement against Boeing. On Thursday, our committee is due to hold a hearing where Boeing most likely will be discussed, and the committee will question whether the NLRB is too protective of U.S. workers’ constitutional and statutory rights.
By Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan
"First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."—President John F. Kennedy, Joint Session of Congress, May 25, 1961
Calling remarks by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney about the recent NLRB complaint, “among the most misleading and disingenuous by a major American CEO ever,” former Tele-Communications CEO Leo Hindery urged McNerney to come clean about his campaign against U.S. labor unions and the workers they represent.
I rise today to voice my concerns about a great deal of controversy surrounding a complaint issued under the National Labor Relations Act against the Boeing Company. Boeing recently decided to open a new plant in South Carolina. The National Labor Relations Board's acting general counsel issued a complaint because of evidence that this decision was made in retaliation for recent strikes at the Boeing plant in the Puget Sound area.
A factory in South Carolina could soon be home to 1,000 new workers assembling Boeing's newest commercial jet. But as it prepares for the first jet to roll off the line this summer, Boeing must first go head to head with the National Labor Relations Board.
The Republican “outrage” machine has been operating in high-dudgeon mode since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a complaint against the Boeing Co. in April.
WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to address recent attacks on the National Labor Relations Board regarding its handling of a complaint against Boeing.
Below are his full remarks as prepared for delivery:
Issued on the same day that the NLRB called for an end to misleading public statements, the following editorial by Boeing CEO James McNerney was published in the Wall Street Journal on May 10, 2011. Embracing every talking point currently being peddled in the right-wing media, McNerney conveniently sidesteps the central issue that caught the labor board’s attention in the first place: Boeing’s repeated and unlawful retaliation against its workers for engaging in legally protected activities -- and the NLRB’s obligation to enforce the law.
MAY 11, 2011 - UNITED STATES SENATE
MR. REID: MADAM PRESIDENT, I RECOGNIZE THAT WE'RE IN A PARTISAN ENVIRONMENT. AND IN A PARTISAN THERE IS TEMPTATION TO TURN EVERY ISSUE INTO A POLITICAL ISSUE. WE CERTAINLY LIVE IN ONE OF THOSE ENVIRONMENTS TODAY, AND THAT'S REGRETTABLE, BUT FAR FROM UNFAMILIAR. POLITICS PLAY A ROLE IN OUR REPRESENTATIVEGOVERNMENT AND OF COURSE THEY AS YOU HAVE. FOUNDERS CREATED A SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES, THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, AND TWO CHAMBERS OF THE CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY ANTICIPATED THIS.
"South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that governors and businesses have to work together to counter National Labor Relations Board actions against Boeing Co. that she contends could undermine state right-to-work laws and economic growth.
Haley said she is telling governors to get involved and 'be loud and vocal about it.'"
WASHINGTON – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement responding to the comments made by Republican politicians at a press conference today on the National Labor Relations Board investigation of the Boeing Company. On Thursday, Harkin will convene a HELP Committee hearing to discuss why the middle class is increasingly slipping out of reach for Americans, at which the General Counsel for Boeing will testify.
THE National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing has caused quite a stir. According to the NLRB charge, Boeing chose to set up its second 787 production line in North Charleston, S.C., in retaliation against the Machinists' Union because of repeated strikes against the company and the possibility the union could go on strike again.
Addressing the controversy over his authorization of an unfair labor practice complaint against Boeing Co., National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon May 9 said there was “nothing remarkable or unprecedented” about his action, which he took only after a thorough investigation and careful review by NLRB employees.
The complaint that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued against the Boeing Company on April 20th has touched off a storm of comment and controversy, much of it wrong. We need to get past rhetoric and look at what the case is really about.
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Judy Taylor, the artist who painted the mural that was removed from Maine’s Department of Labor, said on Wednesday that she was sad to learn that the governor’s decision to move the mural might have started with an anonymous letter comparing it to North Korean brainwashing.
Are you an American employee? If so, reading this will likely offend you.
Still reading? OK. You’ve had fair warning.
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