IAM Mourns Oregon Woodworker Killed On Job

Thu. January 08, 2015

The IAM mourns the death of District W24 member Justin Simons, 31, who died in December 2014 after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery at a Weyerhaeuser sawmill facility in Cottage Grove, OR.

Solis Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

Thu. January 08, 2015

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 725 Organizing Director Joe Solis to the position of Western Territory Special Representative.

Seattle IAM Members Lend Hand to Parents in Need

Tue. January 06, 2015

IAM District 160, Local 289 members collected thousands of infant-care products to in-need Seattle-area families over the Holidays.

Hollibush Appointed Western Territory Special Representative

Tue. November 25, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed IAM District 190 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mark Hollibush to serve as a Special Representative to the Western Territory, effective December 1, 2014.

District 751 Golf Tournament Raises $15K for Guide Dogs

Thu. November 20, 2014

Seattle IAM District 751’s annual Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Charity Golf Tournament raised $15,000 for the IAM charity.

Washington State IAM Members Win Milestone Arbitration Case

Thu. November 13, 2014

IAM members at Simpson Lumber in western Washington state are celebrating a landmark arbitration ruling that protects bargaining unit jobs by returning duties to union safety coordinators after the company had eliminated the position and given its duties to a salaried “safety supervisor.”

IAM Mourns Loss of CAL FIRE Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt

Thu. October 09, 2014

The IAM is mourning the loss of California Local 946 member and Dyncorp pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt who was killed in a crash in Yosemite National Park while flying a CAL FIRE S-2T Airtanker. Hunt was helping fight the Dog Rock Fire that was threatening dozens of homes in the nearby community of Foresta.

Victory for Fighting Machinists of Long Beach Local 1930

Tue. September 09, 2014

The California Court of Appeals has upheld a 2012 Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) decision that the City of Long Beach illegally furloughed its employees in 2009.

IAM Western Territory Conference: ‘Mentor, Organize and Win’

Thu. September 04, 2014

Business Representatives, Organizers and Local Lodge officers from the IAM Western Territory recently descended upon Denver for the 2014 Western Territory Staff Conference.

Local Lodge 568 Annual Car Show for GDA

Thu. August 28, 2014

On Saturday August 16, 2014, Local Lodge 568 held its 6th annual car show in support of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) in Stansbury Park, UT. The support from the community was overwhelming with over 90 cars participating and 33 awards handed out.

Jorgensen Forge Workers Vote to Join IAM District 751

Tue. August 19, 2014

By a 3-to-2 margin, workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle.

Hardwick Appointed Western Territory Communications Representative

Tue. August 19, 2014

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has appointed District 947 Business Representative Jason Hardwick as the new Western Territory Communications Representative.

Bill Filed to Make Union Organizing a Civil Right

Thu. July 31, 2014

Los Angeles truck driver Alex Paz was fired when he attempted to organize his coworkers. Keyona Dandridge, a food service worker in Washington, DC, was told not to show up to work anymore after she struck for higher wages.

Seattle District 751 Flight for Sight Run Raises $14K for Guide Dogs

Thu. July 24, 2014

More than 140 runners took part in IAM District 751’s annual Flight for Sight fun run, generating more than $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

Seattle District 751 Members’ Son Receives Medal of Honor

Thu. June 26, 2014

IAM District 751 member Curt White was filled with pride as he stood in the White House recently to watch President Obama present his son, Kyle, with the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor.

Machinists Warn Jobs at Risk in Water Quality Debate

Tue. June 17, 2014

The IAM is calling on Washington state Governor Jay Inslee to update the state’s water quality standards in a way that protects the health of residents without imposing extreme measures that would threaten thousands of current and potential jobs.

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage, Highest in Country

Tue. June 03, 2014

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, making the Emerald City’s minimum wage the highest in the country.

Kessler Appointed to California Health and Safety Commission

Tue. May 13, 2014

The IAM congratulates 32-year IAM member and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council Shelley Kessler on her appointment to the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC).

Military Base Victim Advocates Get Justice Through IAM

Tue. April 15, 2014

After a long and tenacious struggle, 13 Victim Advocates who work under a Service Contract at Joint Base Lewis McChord have gained a bit of justice. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) has just finished its investigation and reached a settlement with their previous employer, Strategic Resources, Inc. (SRI), for a back pay settlement that could be well into the millions.

Machinists Union Steps Up to Support Native Rights

Tue. March 25, 2014

The labor movement has a strong record of advocating for minority groups and women with allied organizations like the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Kevin Cummings has been working hard to add the cause of North America’s First Inhabitants to the list.

Washington State Leads Nation, Shines in Minimum Wage Fight

Thu. March 06, 2014

Opponents of measures to increase federal and state minimum wages have long said higher wages will cost the country jobs and economic growth. Well, a recent Bloomberg report debunks that theory.

Machinists at Boeing Ratify 777X Proposal

Tue. January 07, 2014

On January 3, 2014, IAM members employed by Boeing in Portland, OR, Wichita, KS and the Puget Sound area voted by 51 to 49 percent to accept an eight-year contract extension that includes $15,000 signing bonus and assures the 777X will be built in Puget Sound by IAM members.

27th Annual Western Territory Retirees Reunion Renews Old Friendships

Wed. November 27, 2013

To conclude IAM Retirees and Guide Dogs of America festivities in Las Vegas, a group of retired IAM officers, staff, and surviving spouses from the Western Territory spent Saturday, Sunday, and Monday discussing matters relevant to retirement while enjoying the company of friends and stories of days long past.

IAM Members to Vote on Boeing 777X Proposal

Thu. November 07, 2013

IAM members at District 751 and District W-24 will vote on November 13, 2013 on a proposal from the Boeing Company that, if approved, would guarantee the Boeing 777X wings and fuselage will be built by IAM members in the Puget Sound.

San Fran MTA and Public Workers Complete Bargaining Prep at WWW

Tue. November 05, 2013

IAM-represented city and county workers of San Francisco along with San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MTA) employees are preparing for tough negotiations.

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