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Delegates of the Connecticut State Council of Machinists, representing more than 10,000 active and retired Connecticut workers, voted unanimously to endorse Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for re-election as leaders of Connecticut’s state government.
Members at IAM Local 1943 in Middletown, OH overwhelming ratified a new three-and-a-half-year accord. The deal comes nearly three months early after the employer AK Steel approached local leadership to enter into early negotiations. The current agreement covering nearly 1,700 IAM members at Middletown Works was set to expire September 15, 2014.
The IAM mourns two Boone County, WV coal miners who died on the job on Monday, May 12, 2014.
Nearly 600 new jobs are expected at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, ME by year’s end, say shipyard officials in a recent Kennebec Journal article. BIW will also be launching an on-site training facility to help tailor those workers’ skills.
The only way to reverse the downward trend of the American middle class is through an economic boost in U.S. manufacturing, job creation and skills training, said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to IAM leaders and members at the New England State Council of Machinists Annual Conference in Groton, CT.
The IAM mourns the death of District 4 Directing Business Representative Joe Flanders.
Flanders died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home in Mechanic Falls, ME. He was 58 years old.
IAM members at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in IAM District 4, Local S6 in Bath, ME, will be building an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, one of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships ever put to sea.
The Navy awarded BIW a $642.5 million contract, bringing the total number of DDG-51 ships to be constructed by IAM members at BIW under a multi-year procurement to five. The total value of the contract is valued at approximately $3.4 billion.
The IAM Maine Lobstering Union, a union that began with a few members on the island of Vinalhaven, has now grown to include members all along Maine's nearly 3,500-mile coastline.
Click here to watch “Maine’s Lobstering Union Expands” on the Machinists News Network.
IAM Local 175 members who work at the Harley-Davidson plant in York, PA, were recently featured in a commercial created by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for the Super Bowl.
The IAM mourns the passing of lifelong trade unionist Frank Darcy who passed away on December 27, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in Providence, RI, Darcy was raised in Ireland. After his return to the United States, Darcy maintained an active career as a skilled machinist, furthered his education in labor and other fields and was active in politics, all with the goal of improving the lives of fellow working men and women.
IAM members employed at two Pratt & Whitney sites in Connecticut ratified a new agreement with the company early this week. The new three-year accord covers about 2,800 employees at plants in Middletown and East Hartford, CT.
Hundreds of IAM District 26 members employed by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) in East Hartford, and Middletown, CT, marched through the factory this week, shouting “solidarity forever” and blowing whistles, to demonstrate their support for their Negotiating Committee currently in talks for a new agreement.
IAM Local 1871 in Groton, CT, completed its 23rd year of providing Thanksgiving baskets for out-of-work members and needy families in the community, and, in what has also become a tradition, they broke last years record.
IAM District 26 and Pratt and Whitney (P&W) recently opened a new round of contract talks covering 2,700 members at Local 700 in Middletown, CT and Local 1746 in East Hartford, CT.
A new website launched by the IAM Eastern Territory and designed by Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward caters specifically to automotive professionals and facilitates their efforts to organize a union shop where they work. The site, unionmechanic.org, is an innovative “Virtual Garage” that contains a variety of information from the types of employers with IAM-represented employees to hands-on tools to get an organizing drive started in non-union shops.
The Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM) endorsed Cuyahoga County Executive and former FBI Agent Ed FitzGerald for governor at its fall meeting in Columbus, OH. The OSCM counts 30,000 IAM workers and retirees in Ohio.
The IAM’s year-long campaign to help establish the Maine Lobstermen’s Union was given extensive print and photo coverage in the October 10 edition of the New York Times. The article, titled “Some Wary as Lobstermen Unite,” dominated the front page of the paper’s National section and described how organizers signed up more than 600 men and women to create the first IAM local lodge dedicated exclusively to Maine’s lobster fishermen.
With more than 5,000 contracts covering workers in dozens of major industries, the IAM is recognized as one of the most diversified labor unions in North America. But a recent contract negotiated for paralegals and office personnel in Maine brings that diversity into sharp relief.
IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Walsh, a 47-year IAM member, was awarded the first-ever R. Thomas Buffenbarger Journeyman Award at the 2013 IAM Automotive Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The Machinists Union applauds the election of IAM Local 700 member Lori Pelletier to become the next Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
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The IAM and other labor groups stand in solidarity with Detroit city employees who have unjustly become scapegoats for the Motor City’s bankruptcy. The police officers, firefighters and other city workers who previously made deep concessions to keep the city afloat should not be subject to further cuts in wages or their pensions, which they have paid into and rightfully earned.
Major music artists often shy away from putting their name out in front of a political cause, but not so with the Dropkick Murphys, a famous punk-rock band that hasn’t been bashful in their support of organized labor.
Three members of Local 264 in Boston, MA were honored recently for their bravery and quick thinking in the immediate aftermath of the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Members of Local 743 in Windsor Locks, CT, have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new three-year contract with aerospace manufacturer UTC Aerospace Systems, formerly known as Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.