Headquarters

Headquarters

The IAM’s Headquarters Territory has a dual function: administration and member service.

Led by Robert Martinez Jr., the Headquarters Territory coordinates the IAM’s efforts to organize new members and service existing members across the Aerospace industry. It is also responsible for the Woodworker Department of our union and the affiliated local lodges of the Government Employees Department.

The Headquarters Territory covers much of the Washington, DC area and manages the departments of IAM Headquarters.

The entire staff at Headquarters is committed to providing whatever resources and support is needed to assist our leadership in serving our members and organizing the unorganized into our IAM Family.

We are proud of the commitment and dedication of our headquarters staff and I’m sure as you browse through the website to the various departments at headquarters you will see first-hand that commitment and dedication.

IndustriALL Adopts Emergency Resolution in Wake of Turkish Mine Disaster

Thu. June 26, 2014

One month after the mass killing of 301 mineworkers in an avoidable industrial disaster in Soma, Turkey, the Executive Committee of IndustriALL Global Union unanimously adopted an emergency resolution calling for the ratification and implementation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 176 on safety and health in mines. Union leaders also called for the reversal of illegal and irresponsible outsourcing and subcontracting in the country.

Buffenbarger Hits Airwaves to Defend South Carolina Workforce

Thu. June 12, 2014

In a recent interview on America’s Work Force (AWF) Radio, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger tells the story of an interesting encounter he had with anti-union South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) a few years back at an international aerospace trade show.

IAM: Don’t Classify Foreign Goods as American Made

Tue. June 10, 2014

A ridiculous proposal to classify goods produced overseas by American companies as “Made in the USA” would skew manufacturing statistics and have serious implications on the economy, writes IAM Chief of Staff and Trade and Globalization Director Owen Herrnstadt in a recent Economic Policy Institute article.

IAM Retiree, D-Day Vet Joe Reilly to Appear Friday on NBC News

Fri. June 06, 2014

IAM Retiree and activist Joe Reilly, a 101st Airborne paratrooper on D-Day, will be featured on NBC Nightly News’ D-Day 70th Anniversary coverage on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EDT.

IAM Communicators Attend 2014 IAM Communications Conference

Thu. June 05, 2014

IAM Communicators from across the U.S. and Canada gathered in New Orleans this week for the 2014 IAM Communications Conference.

Elizabeth Warren, Tom Perez Inspire Delegates at IAM Legislative Conference

Thu. May 15, 2014

The odds weren’t in favor of Elizabeth Warren becoming the first female Senator from Massachusetts.

Warren, the daughter of low-income parents who would become the driving force behind the creation of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, was facing an uphill battle against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

IAM Legislative Activists Descend on Capitol Hill

Tue. May 13, 2014

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are bracing themselves for an onslaught of Machinists Union activists this week.

IAM Makes the Case for a Minimum Wage Hike

Tue. May 13, 2014

Congress failed once again to help America’s most vulnerable workers when it killed the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. In an op-ed published in Roll Call, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger made a strong case for why Congress was wrong and why raising the minimum wage is good for America’s middle class and the nation’s economy.

Buffenbarger Defends U.S. Manufacturing at Senate Hearing

Thu. May 08, 2014

The besieged U.S. manufacturing industry needs a national strategy to stay competitive and create a foundation for future prosperity, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent Senate hearing.

IAM, Labor Rally Against Job-Killing TPP Trade Deal

Thu. May 08, 2014

A springtime downpour in Washington, DC didn’t dampen the spirits of IAM members and other activists from rallying against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), another free trade deal that promises job growth but instead exports thousands of U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.

126 Years Later: How a Treasured Piece of IAM History Ended Up on ‘The Walking Dead’

Tue. May 06, 2014

The first members of the Machinists Union were facing dangerous work, long hours, and unfair pay when they gathered in a dusty Atlanta locomotive pit on the night of May 5, 1888. They met in secret, since management would have responded harshly if they knew their employees were forming a union.

Machinists President Defends Retirees Pension Benefits

Thu. May 01, 2014

The IAM is calling on members of Congress to reject any legislation that allows pension fund administrators to reduce or eliminate the pension benefits of retired workers.

Machinists Urge House Support of Increased F-35 Production

Tue. April 08, 2014

The IAM urges the U.S. House to restore the previously planned production rate for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Machinists Union Taking on Autism in April

Thu. April 03, 2014

Most everyone knows a family affected by autism, or is dealing with the disorder in their own household. Machinists Union families are no different.

During the month of April, which is recognized as Autism Awareness Month, IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD, will be helping educate people about the disorder and hold numerous fundraising events.


Korean Trade Deal Promised Jobs, Delivered Job Losses

Thu. March 13, 2014

Two years ago, against the IAM’s strong opposition, the United States signed a trade agreement with South Korea (KORUS). Like other trade pacts, advocates of the deal said it would create thousands of U.S. jobs as a result of increased exports to South Korea.

Labor Wins Greater Voice on Trade Advisory Committees

Tue. March 11, 2014

The IAM’s ongoing campaign to win a greater voice for unions and union members impacted by international trade accords took a step forward last month when the United States Trade Representative announced plans to increase the number of labor representatives to trade advisory committees.

Samick Recognized for National Women’s History Month

Tue. February 25, 2014

The late Anna Samick, the first female Business Representative in the IAM to teach at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, has been named a 2014 National Women’s History Month Nominee.

IAM Hosts Brazilian Unionists

Tue. February 18, 2014

A group of ten Brazilian trade unionists are visiting the U.S. as part of an exchange program being put on by the IAM and the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center.

IAM Mourns Nelson Mandela

Fri. December 06, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued the following response to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“President Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for democracy, equality and freedom. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who strive for a better and more just world...

IAM Hosts Expert Bankruptcy Panel Meeting

Tue. November 19, 2013

The IAM recently welcomed to headquarters a key group of bankruptcy experts, attorneys and representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the State University of New York (SUNY).  

New IAM Video on Fight to Preserve America’s Pensions

Thu. October 31, 2013

The IAM will not stand idly by as Congress attempts to pass legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent IAM press conference held outside a House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing.

New Sequestration, Budget Talks Begin Ahead of Dec. 13 Deadline

Thu. October 31, 2013

A congressional budget conference committee made up of Senate and House members met for the first time Wednesday, October 30, in a joint effort to avoid another government shutdown and to address a second round of sequestration spending cuts scheduled to take effect January 15, 2014.

IAM, USW and UAW Join to Ensure Fair Trade in TPP

Thu. October 31, 2013

The IAM has joined with the United Steelworkers and United Auto Workers in a joint proposal to protect workers in each of the countries signed-on to the overly-ambitious, extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated in secrecy and with no congressional oversight.

Machinists Union Opposes Plan to Cut Pensions

Tue. October 29, 2013

At a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, IAM voiced its strong opposition to any new federal legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer defined benefit pension plans to reduce benefits to current retirees, a practice that is not permitted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Introducing the New IAM Mobile 3.0 App

Thu. October 17, 2013

The IAM App is embarking on its third year with the launch of IAM Mobile 3.0, a new cutting-edge tool that lets IAM members stay up-to-date with their union like never before.

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