Press Releases

Below you will find the latest IAM News Releases. Archived news releases can be found by clicking on the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 links at the right.

Machinists Union Applauds Congress for Acting to Stop NAI Scheme

Thu. April 28, 2016

Washington D.C., April 28, 2016 — IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding Congress’ action to halt Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) entry into the U.S. aviation market:

“The Machinists Union applauds Congress for acting to stop the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) ill-conceived decision to pave the way for NAI’s entry into the US aviation market. Any airline that registers its aircraft in foreign countries with lax safety and security standards and ‘rents’ its cabin crews from countries with no labor laws to lower costs shouldn’t be welcome in the United States.

Machinists Union, United Airlines Reach Deal on New Contracts for 30,000 Workers

Mon. April 04, 2016

Washington, D.C., April 4, 2016 –The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it has reached seven tentative agreements with United Airlines for approximately 30,000 workers at the airline.

Machinists Union Calls on Senate to Hear, Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Thu. March 31, 2016

“The IAM strongly supports President Obama’s choice of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and calls on the Senate to do its job and advise and consent to the nomination of this eminently qualified jurist," said IAM International President Bob Martinez.

Machinists Union, Labor Coalition Reach Agreement with New Jersey Transit

Fri. March 11, 2016

Washington, D.C., March 11, 2016 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU), part of a coalition of 13 unions representing more than 4,000 workers at New Jersey Transit, have reached a tentative contract agreement with the commuter carrier. The deal avoids a strike that would have shut down the nation’s third-largest commuter railroad at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Machinists Union Applauds Clinton’s Support of Ex-Im Bank

Mon. March 07, 2016

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2016 -- Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over the role of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank during their March 6 debate in Flint, MI. IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement in response:

Machinists Union Members Ratify Contracts at Hawaiian Airlines

Sat. January 09, 2016

Washington, D.C., January 9, 2016 – International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Districts 141 and 142 today announced that members at Hawaiian Airlines overwhelmingly ratified tentative agreements covering approximately 2,200 Mechanic and Related, Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet Service and Passenger Service Employees at the carrier.

Machinists Union President Rejects Trump Trash Talk

Thu. December 10, 2015

Washington, D.C., December 10, 2015 – The president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today added the voice of the U.S. labor movement to the chorus of outrage over Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

“This nation was founded on freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Too many Americans died protecting those rights to allow someone like Donald Trump to wage a mad dog campaign that pits race against race, religion against religion, and ultimately, U.S. citizen against U.S. citizen.”

Machinists Union President Welcomes Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Restore U.S. Manufacturing

Tue. December 08, 2015

The International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today said Hillary Clinton’s plans to invest in infrastructure and revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector marked the first serious strategic policy proposal of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Machinists Union Praises Step Toward Fairness in Chinese Aerospace Manufacturing

Tue. December 08, 2015

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) applauds the trade enforcement action filed today by the United States Trade Representative against China for its hidden Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption for certain domestic aircraft.

Statement of Machinists Union International President Tom Buffenbarger on the Labor Advisory Committee’s TPP Report

Mon. December 07, 2015

The Labor Advisory Committee is established by Congress to advise the administration and Congress on trade matters. While hundreds of representatives from corporations serve on dozens of other trade advisory committees, the LAC is made up of leaders of our nation’s labor unions. These leaders represent millions of hard-working Americans in every sector and industry imaginable.

Machinists Union Announces Bob Martinez to Succeed Tom Buffenbarger as International President

Sun. November 22, 2015

Washington, D.C., November 22, 2015 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. will succeed current International President Tom Buffenbarger, who steps down on Jan.1, 2016 after a 45-year career that spans service as a local IAM Shop Steward to more than 18 years as the IAM’s top elected official.

Machinists Union to Open Contracts Early at United Airlines

Fri. November 06, 2015

Washington, D.C., November 6, 2015 –The International Association of Machinists and Aero-space Workers (IAM) today announced an agreement with United Airlines to open contracts covering approximately 30,000 workers early, more than one year ahead of the scheduled amendable date, and enter into expedited negotiations to amend the current IAM-United con-tracts.

Machinists Union Deplores Missed Opportunities in TPP Trade Pact

Thu. November 05, 2015

Washington, D.C., November 5, 2015 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today expressed grave concerns over details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which were released today by the White House after months of secret negotiations.

Machinists Union Thanks Secretary Clinton For Consistent Support of the Export-Import Bank

Wed. October 28, 2015

Washington, D.C., October 28, 2015 – “With her strong and consistent support for the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, Secretary Clinton has again demonstrated why she is the leading candidate for President of the United States,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

Machinists Union Endorses Jamie Raskin for Maryland 8th District

Wed. October 21, 2015

Upper Marlboro, MD, October 21, 2015 – The Maryland State Council of Machinists is proud to endorse Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), a true friend of organized labor and proven champion of progressive values, for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D).

Machinists Union Applauds Secretary Clinton’s Opposition to the TPP

Wed. October 07, 2015

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2015 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today welcomed the announcement by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she will oppose the deeply flawed and secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership.

Machinist Union President Responds to TPP

Mon. October 05, 2015

The following is a statement from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) International President Tom Buffenbarger regarding terms of the secretly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Tennessee Machinists Vote to Strike Viskase Inc. over Steep Benefit Cuts

Wed. September 30, 2015

Loudon, TN, Sept. 30, 2015– One hundred and eighty-nine members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 2544 in Loudon, TN voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal from Viskase, Inc. and commence a strike today at 12 noon ET.

Machinists Union Endorses Donna Edwards for Maryland Senate Seat

Mon. September 28, 2015

Upper Marlboro, MD, September 28, 2015 – Delegates of the Maryland State Council of Machinists unanimously endorsed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4th) to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of long-time Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Machinists Union Welcomes FMCS Call to Restart Pantex Strike Talks

Thu. September 17, 2015

Amarillo, TX, September 16, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today welcomed news that Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) Director Allison Beck is calling all sides back to the bargaining table on September 22 in an effort to resolve the dispute that led to a strike at the Pantex nuclear weapons facility in Amarillo, TX.

Machinists Union Welcomes Changes at United Airlines

Tue. September 08, 2015

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2015 –United Airlines today announced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Smisek resigned his position as CEO, president and chairman of the board of directors and named Oscar Munoz as new CEO.

Machinists Union Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Fri. August 14, 2015

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State and honorary IAM member Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States. The move comes after a unanimous vote by union leaders and an internal survey of IAM members, who voiced strong support for an early endorsement and named Clinton as the overwhelming favorite.

Machinists Union Wins Election for 1,000 at Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania

Thu. July 30, 2015

Chambersburg, PA, July 30, 2015 – Workers employed by Bowhead Support Group LLC at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA voted overwhelmingly today for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in a union representation election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Machinists Open Field Office to Organize Airbus, Suppliers in Alabama

Tue. July 21, 2015

Washington, D.C., July 21, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) this week opened an organizing office in Mobile, AL to provide support for Airbus workers interested in forming a union at the company’s soon to be completed final assembly line.

Machinists Union to Weigh Spirit AeroSystems Proposal

Mon. June 08, 2015

Washington, D.C., June 8, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it would only consider serious proposals from Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems regarding the proposed sale of its fabrication unit, which produces aerospace components and employs more than 900 IAM members.

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