The IAM’s Headquarters Territory has a dual function: administration and member service.
Led by Richard Michalski, 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 newly affiliated local lodges of the Government Employees Department.
The Headquarters Territory covers much of the Washington, DC area and manages the sixteen departments of the IAM.
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.
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.
The February “Special Edition” issue of the IAM Journal is now available on the IAM App. The “Special Edition” reports the results of nominations of Grand Lodge Officers, the Committee on Law, and Delegates to the AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress.
The IAM took an active role in Feb. 20-22 International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Global Dialogue Forum (GDF) on the Effects of the Global Economic Crisis on the Civil Aviation Industry.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended new enrollments in its Job Corps programs that could affect almost 30,000 prospective students and cause layoffs of up to 10,000 staff members. The Job Corps program provides opportunities for low-income youths to earn a high-school diploma, receive vocational training or earn certifications in more than 100 specializations.
Western Territory GVP Gary Allen is pleased to welcome Mike Goddard to the Western Territory staff – as Grand Lodge Special Representative, effective March 1.
NFFE/IAM National President William Dougan appeared on Washington DC-area television station WUSA 9 to discuss the negative impacts of sequestration and urge federal workers, on their non-work time, to contact Congress.
U.S. lawmakers are rapidly approaching the onset of a “fiscal doomsday” scenario, known as sequestration, which promises, among many other things, to sacrifice more than a million U.S. jobs and hinder military readiness.
The fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 now rests in the hands of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, including one who openly expressed contempt for the law.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger joined fellow members of the AFL-CIO Executive Council in calling on President Obama to immediately nominate a slate of five members to fill all vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
A unique group of workers, Lobstermen from Maine, met at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center to plan organizing not only themselves, but potentially thousands of Lobstermen up and down the Maine coastline.
As multinational corporations expand their reach and move work across the globe, unions in Europe, Asia and most recently Australia have joined forces to fight for the rights of all workers. At the National Conference of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), delegates endorsed a new alliance with the IAM. "Together, through the good times and the bad, the IAM and the AWU have stood together fighting for the rights of workers in North America, Australia, and around the world," said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in his address to the Conference.
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.
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.
February 5, 2013 marked the 20th birthday of the Family and Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA.
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.
Effective February 1, 2013, IAM Reports Technology Clerk Rebecca McMullen will become Assistant Director of the IAM Membership Services Department.
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 new education partnership between the IAM and UMass-Amherst has recently yielded some very exciting results. Eight IAM members just completed their first graduate-level session at the Amherst campus.
Top Pentagon officials say the Department of Defense (DoD) has already begun eliminating some 46,000 temporary civilian workers ahead of possible mandatory budget cuts.
A five-member negotiating committee, representing 163 IAM members in five separate states, recently participated in the William W. Winpisinger Center Bargaining Prep Program to train, plan and build negotiating strategies for upcoming talks with their employer.
Four years ago today, a newly elected President Barack Obama delivered on a campaign promise and signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The law makes it easier for women to effectively challenge unequal pay.
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.
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