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IAM Organizing Director: Let South Carolina Workers Decide For Themselves

Thu. February 12, 2015

Workers at Boeing in North Charleston, SC should not have to deal with harassment and intimidation when it comes to joining a union. They should be able to decide for themselves, said IAM Organizing Director Don Barker in a recent one-on-one interview with the Machinists News Network.

Keeping SC Gov. Haley Honest on IAM, Boeing

Tue. February 10, 2015

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s anti-union crusade is becoming increasingly at odds with her obligation to uphold labor law, says IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider.

Spirit Machinists Win Big Profit Sharing Payout

Wed. February 04, 2015

IAM District 70 members at Spirit AeroSystems will receive a profit sharing payout significantly higher than previous years thanks to forward-looking negotiations and company earnings that exceeded expectations. The payout will occur on February 26, 2015 and covers 7,324 hourly employees in Wichita, KS; Chanute, KS and Kinston, NC.

Wirth Appointed Southern Territory Special Representative

Thu. January 29, 2015

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of District 75 Business Representative Anthony Wirth to Southern Territory Special Representative, effective February 1, 2015.

Like the IAM Southern Territory Facebook Page

Thu. January 29, 2015

Social media was at the top of the list for discussion during the recent IAM Southern Territory Staff Conference, and the attending leadership of the territory was excited about the use of social media and increased communications with region’s membership.

IAM Southern Territory Pledges to Continue Organizing Success

Tue. January 27, 2015

The 2015 Southern Territory Staff Conference in Bay St. Louis, MS wrapped up last week with a look back at a successful 2014 in organizing, and a new commitment for 2015.

Tell the Senate to Reject Keystone Amendment That Hurts U.S. Ship Building

Thu. January 15, 2015

A shortsighted and unrelated amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill in the U.S. Senate would end the U.S. ship building requirement of the Jones Act, severely damaging our defense capabilities and putting good-paying American jobs at risk.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to reject a harmful amendment which offshores U.S. ship building jobs.

IAM Shines a Light on Alabama’s Blue Collar Heroes

Thu. January 15, 2015

The IAM is launching an initiative aimed at highlighting the contributions of the highly-skilled, front-line production workers behind Alabama’s recent aerospace explosion.

L-3 Helicopter Mechanics, Supply Personnel Negotiate First IAM Contract

Tue. December 09, 2014

The IAM’s campaign to organize the South continues with a strong first contract for 201 helicopter mechanics and supply personnel employed by L-3 at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.

IAM Districts Donate Holiday Dinners to AGM Strikers

Tue. November 25, 2014

About 135 IAM Local 219 families at Bluegrass Station, KY have been on an Unfair Labor Practice Strike against government sub-contractor Allsource Global Management (AGM) since October 1. As the holiday season approached they stood tall and proud at their Local Lodge meeting Monday, November 24 when the Local leadership distributed a full Thanksgiving dinner package to each family, including a turkey, sack full of fixings and pumpkin pie. District 27 of Louisville, KY, District 711 of Nashville, KY and District 75 of Enterprise, AL provided all the food.

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.

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