IAM News

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.

Breaking faith with jobless Americans over an applause line

Fri. September 30, 2011

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.

Senate panel rejects GOP bid to undercut NLRB

Thu. September 22, 2011

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

Protect U.S. Jobs and the Judicial Process, Oppose H.R. 2587 "The Outsourcers' Bills of Rights"

Wed. September 14, 2011

On Thursday, the House will consider H.R. 2587, the “Job Outsourcers’ Bill of Rights.”  I urge you to oppose this legislation.


H.R. 2587 would make it easier for employers to outsource jobs by eliminating the ability of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to restore jobs if a company illegally moves operations or eliminates jobs because workers engage in activities protected by federal law.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to tell Congress to vote "NO" on the "Boeing Pardon Bill" and protect the National Labor Relations Act.

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IAM Letter Opposes House Anti-Worker Bill

Wed. September 14, 2011

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.

Union Workers Honored During Labor Day Marathon on Sportsman Channel

Mon. August 29, 2011

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.

The Obama Administration opposes a bill to rein in the NLRB

Tue. August 09, 2011

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.

Miller: Issa Subpoena of NLRB Poses Threat to Private Parties’ Constitutional Rights, Integrity of Ongoing Trial

Tue. August 09, 2011

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.

Korea Trade Agreement Would Subsidize North Korea Government

Mon. August 08, 2011

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.

A Vision for Economic Renewal -- An American Jobs Agenda

Tue. July 26, 2011

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.

House Committee Attempts NLRB Re-Write

Thu. July 21, 2011

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.

Looking Forward, IAM and Hawker Begin Negotiations

Fri. July 08, 2011

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.

Wisconsin, Members of Congress Demand that Washington Pay Attention to Jobs at Speakout

Fri. July 01, 2011

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.

Attack on NLRB is attack on oversight

Thu. May 26, 2011

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.

Column: Is Obama grounding JFK's space legacy?

Wed. May 25, 2011

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

Hindery to McNerney: Tell the Truth

Tue. May 24, 2011

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.

Senator Blumenthal's floor statement on the NLRB's complaint against Boeing

Mon. May 23, 2011

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 tug-of-war over middle-class jobs

Fri. May 20, 2011

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.

Republican NLRB Threats Part of Bigger War on Workers

Thu. May 19, 2011

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.

Harkin Statement on Attacks on National Labor Relations Board

Wed. May 11, 2011

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:

So many words, so little to say

Wed. May 11, 2011

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.

Unofficial Remarks by Senator Reid Regarding NLRB Complaint against Boeing

Wed. May 11, 2011



SC Gov. Haley Continues Attacks on NLRB's Boeing Complaint

Wed. May 11, 2011

"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.'"

Harkin Responds to GOP Attacks on Nonpartisan National Labor Relations Board

Wed. May 11, 2011

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.

Boeing shouldn't blame NLRB for doing its job

Tue. May 10, 2011

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.

NLRB's Solomon Responds to Boeing Letter As Controversy Continues Over Legal Dispute

Tue. May 10, 2011

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.

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