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.

Bangladesh Factory Deaths Prompt Inspection Accord

Tue. May 14, 2013

IAM President Tom Buffenbarger hailed the recently announced agreements with retailers H&M and Inditex to create a safety inspection system for clothing suppliers in Bangladesh.

Court: Workers’ Rights Not Welcome in Workplace

Thu. May 09, 2013

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that requiring businesses to post a notice of workers’ rights to organize violates the employers’ right to free speech.

GOP Continues March to End 40-Hour Workweek

Tue. May 07, 2013

Just two days after coming back from vacation, House Republicans are wasting no time pushing legislation that would hurt working families.

Boston Local 1726 Members Shield Funerals from Hate Group

Thu. April 25, 2013

Union members made it clear this week that hate groups aren’t welcome at the funerals of Boston Marathon bombing victims. They mobilized by the hundreds when the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, a group of Topeka, KS-based extremists known to picket high-profile funerals, threatened to make appearances in Boston.

Proposed Bill Would End 40-Hour Work Week

Thu. April 18, 2013

House Republicans have introduced a bill that would end the 40-hour work week, dismantling an important component of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 and hurting middle-class families across the country.

Workers' Memorial Day Set for April 28

Thu. April 18, 2013

Although decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions, the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.

The Lessons of Boston: Mourn the Victims, Salute the Heroes

Tue. April 16, 2013

“While we mourn for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are also inspired by the heroic efforts of first responders who instinctively ran toward the chaos and danger instead of away from it. These public service employees – more accurately called heroes – put their lives on the line every single day of the year,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

IAM Editorial: The U.S. Air Force’s Billion Dollar Mistake

Tue. April 16, 2013

In an op-ed published today in Roll Call, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger calls on the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force to reconsider their decision to award a contract worth billions of dollars to a foreign-owned company.

Solomon and de la Fuente to Lead Legislative and Political Department

Thu. April 11, 2013

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced that Assistant Legislative and Political Action Department Directors Hasan Solomon and Rick de la Fuente will lead the Legislative and Politics Department as co-directors.

President’s Budget Proposal Invests in America, But Threatens Social Security

Thu. April 11, 2013

President Obama’s proposed budget contains important benefits to create jobs, invest in infrastructure and manufacturing and help America’s middle class, but could also change the way Social Security benefits are calculated and dramatically reduce payouts. It also has a provision to increase taxes on private planes which affects IAM members in a sector of the aerospace industry that is just beginning to show signs of recovery from the recession.

Solomon and de la Fuente to Lead Legislative and Political Department

Thu. April 11, 2013

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced that Assistant Legislative and Political Action Department Directors Hasan Solomon and Rick de la Fuente will lead the Legislative and Politics Department as co-directors.

IAM Seeks New Model for U.S. – E.U. Trade Agreement

Thu. April 04, 2013

“The upcoming U.S.-E.U. trade negotiations represent an opportunity for a 21st Century trade agreement that puts people first, but only if the agreement is based on a new model -- not the NAFTA-style agreements of the past, including KORUS, Peru and Colombia, which have failed workers.” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.

Reserve Now for 2013 IAM Legislative Conference

Thu. April 04, 2013

The 2013 IAM Legislative Conference is set for May 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. You can reserve rooms by calling the Hyatt Regency directly at 202-737-1234. The cut-off date for special room rates is April 8.

Supreme Court Tackles Two Landmark Civil Rights Issues

Tue. April 02, 2013

All eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court last week as it heard arguments from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Cases were brought forth questioning the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples.

Buffenbarger to MNPL Delegates: ‘You are the Union’

Tue. March 19, 2013

Speaking less than a mile from where the battle of the Alamo took place in 1836, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger proposed an aggressive defense for a labor movement he described as no less besieged.

U.S. Air Force Needs a Time Out

Tue. March 19, 2013

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.

IAM Lauds White House Pick for Labor Secretary

Tue. March 19, 2013

“The IAM is eager to work with President Obama’s nominee for Labor Secretary,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, who urged the Senate to confirm Thomas E. Perez as quickly as possible.

IAM Welcomes Labor Secretary Nominee Thomas Perez

Mon. March 18, 2013

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.

Soldier, Son of Machinists, Fights Back From Brain Injury

Thu. March 14, 2013

U.S. Army soldier Ryan Soto, son of IAM Local 698 members Mark and Robin Ward, tells a riveting story of the attack that left him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a new Machinists News Network video.

Act Now to Support U.S. Jobs

Thu. March 14, 2013

IAM members have a unique opportunity to express their support for stronger U.S. content requirements in export transactions that are supported by the U.S. Export Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank was created during the Roosevelt administration to support U.S. exports that support U.S. jobs by providing billions in annual loan guarantees.

Winpisinger Center Hosts National Labor College Program

Thu. March 14, 2013

The Winpisinger Center hosted eight IAM members to the IAM / National Labor College (NLC) General Education week. The week-long program is part of the requirement for a NLC bachelor’s degree in one of several labor studies programs.  The National Labor College offers degree programs in several labor related fields and partners with the IAM’s Winpisinger Education Center to allow IAM members to complete part of their degree program at the Winpisinger Center.

U.S. Air Force Backs Brazil over Beechcraft

Tue. March 12, 2013

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.

Babineaux Attends International Women’s Day Rally

Tue. March 12, 2013

IAM Chief of Staff to the International President Diane Babineaux, who also heads the IAM’s Women’s and Human Rights Departments, represented the Machinists at the International Women’s Day rally in New York City.  

Railroad Retirement vs. Social Security: What You Need to Know

Thu. March 07, 2013

At a time when most Americans are gravely worried about retirement security, it’s important for employees to know what rights and benefits they may have. The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) recently released a series of questions and answers highlighting how the Railroad Retirement Act differs from Social Security.

North Carolina Local Signs Unique Pact with Spirit AeroSystems

Tue. March 05, 2013

Freshly-chartered Local 350 in Kinston, NC is kicking into high gear with a ground-breaking contract between the IAM and Spirit AeroSystems that includes language allowing for changes as the accord moves forward. This “living agreement” model has already proved its worth, with the addition of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield health care plan with the same premiums and cost-sharing as the previous plan, but with more than triple the number of providers in the network.

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