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Georgia Machinists Ratify Improved Contract at John Deere

Tue. November 18, 2014

IAM Local 2789 members at John Deere in Augusta, GA recently negotiated and ratified a contract that secures improved wages and benefits as the agricultural equipment manufacturer celebrates its one millionth tractor sale.

Traveling Quilt Welcomed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Thu. October 23, 2014

Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, is now the proud owner of a bright yellow quilt made by IAM members Angela Duren and Paula Skelton.

Tennessee State Council Hosts Fall Meeting

Thu. October 23, 2014

Delegates from across the Volunteer State traveled to Nashville, TN recently for a full weekend of activities at the semi-annual meeting of the Tennessee State Council of Machinists. Despite a current political environment in Tennessee that is decidedly anti-worker and anti-union, the delegates are fully engaged in the upcoming midterm elections, supporting worker-friendly candidates from Memphis to Knoxville and from Clarksville to Chattanooga.

IAM Scores Organizing Hat Trick in Texas

Thu. October 23, 2014

The Southern Territory this week announced their latest organizing victory for 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) near Texarkana, TX. The win follows a pair of successful territory campaigns earlier this year that organized 925 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX.

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Voter Suppression

Thu. October 16, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the state of North Carolina can implement a voter suppression law that cuts early voting, ends same-day registration and prohibits out-of-precinct voting.

Kentucky Local 219 Welcomes Shuler, Grimes

Thu. October 09, 2014

IAM Local 219 members on strike at Allsource Global Management (AGM) at the Bluegrass Station Army Depot in Lexington, KY, had some important visitors to the picket lines. Alison Lundergan Grimes, running against Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, stood strong with the 170 IAM members, and questioned whether Sen. McConnell was ensuring the jobs at Bluegrass Station remained good jobs.

No Surprise Here: Nikki Haley Campaign Ad Attacks Labor

Tue. September 09, 2014

Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, facing a tough re-election fight in November, is wasting no time throwing darts at her favorite target: organized labor.

IAM Southern Territory Nabs Pegasus Corp. Organizing Win

Tue. September 09, 2014

In another organizing win, the IAM Southern Territory picked up a unanimous “yes” vote by 14 workers at Pegasus Corp. at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, TX.  It is the first of many expected votes at the facility, where the IAM has active organizing campaigns with several service contract employers at the base covering nearly 1,000 workers.

Rodriguez Named Special Representative to IAM Southern Territory

Thu. August 28, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed IAM District W2 Assistant Directing Business Representative Valerie Rodriguez as a Special Representative for the Southern Territory, effective September 1.

IAM Helping Southern Workers Rise Up

Thu. August 14, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger said on his monthly call to America’s Workforce Radio (AWF) that he sees a “wave of organizing” beginning in the southern United States.

Local 1720 Preps for Ashland Chemicals Negotiations

Tue. August 12, 2014

Kentucky IAM Local 1720 Negotiating Committee members at Ashland Chemicals prepared for upcoming contract negotiations at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

Increased Pay, Retirement Security for New IAM Members in Texas

Tue. August 05, 2014

More than 900 newly-organized L3 Communications workers at Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) have overwhelmingly ratified a first contract that includes handsome raises, a cap on health-insurance cost increases and a defined-benefit pension plan.

160 Georgia Aircraft Techs Vote 2 to 1 for IAM

Tue. July 29, 2014

The Southern Territory continues its winning ways with an important organizing victory at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, GA, where 160 Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics working for L-3 Vertex voted by more than two-to-one for IAM representation.

Tennessee Volunteers Raise $6K for GDA

Tue. July 29, 2014

More than four dozen motorcycle riders kicked off this year’s annual Tennessee Hawgs for Dogs ride to benefit Guide Dogs of America (GDA). The day-long event, which raised more than $6,000 for the IAM’s favorite charity, was organized and hosted by volunteers from District 711 and Tullahoma, TN Local 1501.

Alabama Contractor Goes Full Pinocchio in Anti-Union Campaign

Tue. July 22, 2014

In a desperate bid to suppress support for the IAM in an upcoming union representation election, a government contractor at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL has begun holding captive audience meetings where employees are treated to a smorgasbord of threats, misinformation and outright lies.

Tennessee VW Workers Achieve Union Representation

Tue. July 22, 2014

Workers at the Volkswagen (VW) manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN will now have the opportunity to join UAW Local 42. The recent announcement comes despite a narrowly-lost union election in February that was heavily influenced by outside sources, including numerous Republican politicians.

Machinists Win Back-to-Back Organizing Drives in Texas

Tue. June 17, 2014

The IAM scored a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.

Unions Join North Carolina ‘Moral Monday’ Protest

Tue. June 17, 2014

IAM members were among the thousands of demonstrators outside the North Carolina Statehouse in Raleigh for the latest in a series of protests against the state’s ever-more radical GOP-led legislature.

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.

Unions Tout Training, Skills Development in Alabama

Tue. June 10, 2014

IAM members and representatives attended the 30th annual Alabama Governor’s Labor Management Conference last week in Mobile, AL, using the event to tout the ability of the IAM and labor to help develop the skilled workforce needed to grow business and create jobs.

IAM Members in Puerto Rico Ratify a Restructuring at PepsiCo Frito-Lay

Thu. May 29, 2014

IAM Local 2725 members at PepsiCo Frito-Lay in the island of Puerto Rico have ratified a new Sales Format Model by unanimous vote.

IAM District 70 Saving Big with MAPP Discount Program

Tue. May 27, 2014

Local businesses in Wichita, KS are quickly signing up to become a part of IAM District 70’s Machinists Advantage Partnership Program (MAPP), which provides exclusive discounts and benefits for IAM members in south-central Kansas.

Hertz Organizing Win Expands IAM Presence in U.S. Virgin Islands

Thu. May 22, 2014

U.S. Virgin Islands Local 340 recently notched its fifth organizing win in three years when seven maintenance and office administration workers at Hertz Rental Car in St. Croix voted unanimously to join the IAM.

MAPPS Continues Growth

Fri. May 16, 2014

MAPP, or rather the Machinist Advantage Partnership Program, is charting a new course in Kansas.  The brainchild of District 70 in Wichita, this discount program is making big strides to save money for the nearly 13,000 machinists that call this community home.

Machinists Ready to Negotiate National Pact with UPS

Thu. May 15, 2014

IAM negotiators are finalizing a package of contract proposals that will be presented to UPS representatives on May 20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where both sides will meet to hammer out a new agreement that will cover nearly 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at more than 100 UPS and UPS Freight locations nationwide.

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