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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.

Report Reveals Child Labor in U.S. Tobacco Fields

Thu. May 15, 2014

Few people realize that in 2014 child labor is still a major concern in the United States. Even fewer people realize a significant amount of that concern is centered around children working in tobacco farms in the South.

Alabama Local 2003 Rocks the Vote at Fort Rucker

Tue. May 06, 2014

Nearly 3,000 Machinists of Local 2003 in Daleville, AL are back at work at Fort Rucker today after voting by a 92 percent margin to ratify a new contract offer from L3 Army Fleet Support (AFS). The vote ended a week-long strike that idled flight training at one of the world's largest helicopter bases.

IAM President Salutes Tennessee Machinists

Tue. May 06, 2014

IAM President Tom Buffenbarger and members of the Executive Council traveled to the Tennessee State Council of Machinists meeting to deliver personal thanks to IAM activists in the Volunteer State who endure and prevail in what may be the most extreme anti-union political environment in the U.S.

Alabama Local 2003 on Strike for Respect

Tue. April 29, 2014

Nearly 3,000 members of IAM Local 2003 in Daleville, AL are on strike against Army Fleet Support (AFS) at Fort Rucker after voting to reject a “last, best and final” offer from parent company L3 Communications.

Contract Talks Underway for 3,500 at Fort Rucker

Tue. April 08, 2014

Negotiations are moving forward on a new contract that will cover 3,500 members of IAM Local 2003 employed by Army Fleet Support (AFS) at Fort Rucker in Daleville, AL.

Territory Notches Big Organizing Win in Texas

Thu. April 03, 2014

The Southern Territory announced an important organizing victory for 450 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX.

Don Barker Named Aerospace Coordinator

Tue. January 07, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Don Barker to the position of Aerospace Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014.

Parker, Almazan Named to Key Southern Territory Posts

Thu. December 12, 2013

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed Southern Territory Education Representative James Parker and District 166 Organizer Javier Almazan, Sr., to serve as Grand Lodge Special Representatives for the Southern Territory, effective December 1, 2013.

Guide Dogs Visits Corpus Christi Bike Fest

Tue. November 05, 2013

In a new video produced by the Machinists News Network, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) roars into the Corpus Christi Bike Fest in Corpus Christi, TX.

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