Some 150,000 IAM members build and service commercial and military airplanes; aircraft engines; missiles and rockets; aerospace electronic gear; satellites and space vehicles. The Aerospace Department gives IAM aerospace members a solid, centralized base of power from which to bargain effectively with employers, organize new members and advance our interests with other unions, employers and government officials here and overseas.
Members of both IAM Local Lodge 1542 divisions in Arnprior, Ontario, have ratified new collective agreements with Arnprior Aerospace. The new contract is designed to enhance the security of lodge membership and address competitive issues.
The IAM is urging the U.S. Secretary of Defense to call “time out” on the U.S. Air Force for its one-sided treatment of a Brazil-based company in the award of a $465 million contract to provide 20 Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft for the Afghan Air Force.
Washington, D.C., March 18, 2013 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is eager to work with President Obama’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Thomas E. Perez, and urges the Senate to confirm Perez as quickly as possible.
The IAM is protesting a U.S. Air Force contract awarded to Brazilian-based Embraer over Wichita, KS-based Beechcraft Corp. The deal, which is for the production and delivery of 20 Light Air Support aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, is worth $427.5 million and threatens 1,400 American jobs.
Bill Johnson, the former union president who led Machinists Union District Lodge 751 from 1992 through 2000 has died at his home in Seattle after a fight with cancer. He was 69.
The IAM 2013 Aerospace Conference will be held April 10-14, 2013 at the Westin Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
In a statement released on the eve of the State of the Union address, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger praised President Obama’s support for a robust U.S. aviation industry, but warned that proposals to increase taxes on U.S.-made business jets could cripple a home grown industry that employs 1.2 million Americans.
A new Machinists News Network (MNN) video shows the notion of “generational shops” is not a thing of the past. The tradition still lives on today, especially in the aerospace industry.
Whether it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Jesse Jackson, history has highlighted the contributions of men during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. But as new video from the Machinists News Network shows us, women played a prominent role as well, including members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC. Four of them shared their historical experiences with labor leaders at the 2013 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Observance in Philadelphia.
In the January issue, President Obama embarks on a second term, the debt battle continues to threaten the American economy, union members honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Delta Flight Attendants meet at the Winpisinger Center, IAM protects pensions at Hawker Beechcraft and Amtrak stands to win better funding.
States are wasting billions of dollars by using taxpayer subsidies to lure existing jobs from each other, rather than creating new jobs from scratch. The study, by the progressive advocacy group, ‘Good Jobs First,’ outlines how companies solicit economic development subsidies, by threatening to relocate existing jobs from one state to another. The practice also includes soliciting massive subsidies for promises to not relocate as well.
Born on February 4, 1913, this week marks the 100th birthday of civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
Far exceeding the customary expectations of workers at a bankrupt company, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York today approved a settlement that preserves pension benefits for more than 3,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) at Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) in Wichita, KS.
In a wide-ranging conversation with radio host Bill Press that included the economy, jobs, sequestration, labor law enforcement and right-to-work (for less) efforts, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger called for an aggressive strategy to overcome the right-wing’s war on unions and the middle-class.
The 2013 Basic Web Development Course for April 28-May 3 has been rescheduled to July 14-19, 2013.
Local 933 retirees at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ won their long battle for justice, a journey that led to the halls of Congress and numerous courtrooms. In 2004, Raytheon made unilateral changes to the retirees’ healthcare benefits that were spelled out in the IAM/Raytheon agreement. The retirees won numerous court decisions against Raytheon’s actions, but Raytheon kept appealing and delaying justice.
Union members nationwide performed community service this week to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among their projects, delegates to the AFL-CIO’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Observance in Philadelphia helped paint the interior of a local recreation center.
Among the uninformed, it’s fashionable to suggest that unions spend a disproportionate amount of time, money and resources defending the small percentage of members who face disciplinary problems at work.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling until May, staving off one of three quickly-approaching deadlines, each of which threaten to put the country back into recession.
Right now, the U.S. is projected to reach its debt limit by mid-February. The House bill, if passed in the Senate, would suspend the federal government’s borrowing restrictions until May 18.
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In an Inauguration Day address that sought to harness the energy of the Civil Rights movement, President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda that included protection for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The President surprised many listeners when he listed action on climate change and ensuring equal justice for Gay Americans among the priorities for his second term.
It is tempting to think that the first days of a new administration might be an opportunity for old adversaries to rise above the partisanship that marked the last four years, but the conservative blogosphere wasted little time renewing its attack on one of the far right’s favorite targets; the National Labor Relations Board.
The AFL-CIO’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Observance kicked off today in Philadelphia with the theme “We Are One: Workers’ Rights and Civil Rights – Protecting and Expanding Democracy.”
Proving once again why it’s one of the most respected and valuable news programs ever, FRONTLINE, the documentary series on PBS this week aired ‘Can You Afford to Retire?’ Click here to view the eye opening program online.
New York District 15 scored a decisive organizing victory recently when 225 workers at GKN Aerospace in Amityville, NY rejected a fierce anti-union campaign and voted overwhelmingly to join the IAM. The win comes after two previous elections fell short.
The following is a statement from Tom Buffenbarger, International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), following the announcement that U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will retire.
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