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Young Machinists Strategy Workers Pilot Program

Tue. August 19, 2014

The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center launched the first Young Machinists Strategy Workers Pilot Program, aimed at future leaders. The classes ranged from Why Organizing Matters to Politics and the Legislative Process.

Employment and Earnings

Wed. August 06, 2014

Check out the latest trends in employment and earnings.

Machinists Union Wins Election for Spirit Airlines Ramp Agents

Tue. July 08, 2014

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Sririt ramp agents voted for IAM representation today: From left to right: Federico Rojas, Ricardo Santiago, Jose Camacho, Pedro Jimenez, Xavier Belen from Fort Lauderdale, FL.


In a hotly contested election overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), nearly 220 Spirit Airlines ramp agents voted overwhelmingly, by 80 percent, to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

NMB Orders Representation Election for Spirit Ramp Agents

Sun. June 01, 2014
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) determined a representation dispute exists for the fleet service class and craft at Spirit Airlines and ordered an election take place from 12:01 am EDT, June 16, 2014 to 2:00 pm EDT, July 8, 2014.

Machinists Rally Against TPP & Fast Track

Thu. May 08, 2014

Machinists members joined union painters, steelworkers and postal workers, among others, to rally on Capitol Hill against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Fast-Track approval process. Members of Congress spoke to the crowd of workers, explaining how fair trade is better than free trade. AFL-CIO leaders asked all those in attendance to contact their lawmakers about TPP and to make sure everyone votes in the November election. The rally was organized by CWA.

Union Difference

Wed. March 12, 2014

Important benefits of union membership...

Maine Lobstering Union Expands Statewide

Wed. March 05, 2014

A union that began with a few on the island of Vinalhaven has now grown to include members all along Maine's nearly 3,500 mile coastline.  With two legislative victories under its belt, the IAM's Maine Lobstering Union is now headed by Rocky Alley, who hopes to continue the union's growth and influence to help save an industry plagued by low lobster prices and rising costs associated with government regulation and boat maintenance. Some of the newest members of the union are featured in this video.

Maine Lobstering Union Expands Statewide

Wed. March 05, 2014

A union that began with a few on the island of Vinalhaven has now grown to include members all along Maine's nearly 3,500 mile coastline.  With two legislative victories under its belt, the IAM's Maine Lobstering Union is now headed by Rocky Alley, who hopes to continue the union's growth and influence to help save an industry plagued by low lobster prices and rising costs associated with government regulation and boat maintenance. Some of the newest members of the union are featured in this video.

IAM/Boeing's Graduate Apprentice Class of 2013

Wed. February 12, 2014

The IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Program's Class of 2013 includes six apprentices, who were honored with a graduation banquet at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington February 7. The graduates are Duane Erickson, Harvey Hussey, Ken Inglet, Lurelee Lorenzen, Brian Meyer and Slaveck Moraru. Meyer was also presented with the Arnie Durall Achievement Award for outsanding scholastic and on-the-job training performance.

A Message from International President Tom Buffenbarger on the Boeing Vote

Fri. January 03, 2014

A Message from International President Tom Buffenbarger on the Boeing Vote.

Time For A Transparent Fast Track

Wed. December 11, 2013

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger recently spoke to national media outlets, including C-SPAN, about a law known as Fast Track. Passed four-decades ago under the Nixon administration, Fast Track gives the president complete power to negotiate U.S. trade deals without congressional input. Yet, corporate America is allowed help craft the president’s Fast Track trade deals, meaning middle-class jobs could be put at risk.

IAM Skips ‘New’ American Airlines’ Debut

Mon. December 09, 2013
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it declined management's invitation to participate in the “new” American Airlines’ opening bell ceremony at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrating the carrier’s first day of stock trading on the NASDAQ.

Fighting Against Corporate Corruption In Politics

Fri. December 06, 2013

Labor union activists in Washington, DC protested against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing, big-business-oriented lobbying group in town to woo politicians.

Machinists Union Calls on Congress in US Airways Dispute

Tue. December 03, 2013
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has called on various state congressional delegations to press US Airways to settle its contract dispute with IAM members at the carrier.

US Airways Chooses Labor Unrest

Tue. November 12, 2013
“US Airways’ celebration is premature,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney on the announcement of a deal between US Airways, American Airlines and the Department of Justice that removed government opposition to the proposed merger. “Until the carrier negotiates new contracts for its own IAM-represented employees, the new American Airlines will not get off the ground.”

Members Win Raffle Hunt Fundraiser

Mon. November 04, 2013

IAM Local Lodge 862 President Joe Kaven and District 5 Delegate Mark Neary won a raffle prize hunting trip in Aberdeen, South Dakota that raised funds for the Grand Lodge Convention in 2016.  Kaven and Neary hunted with International President Tom Buffenbarger, General Vice President Phil Gruber and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  Kendall Stoddard of High Trails Connection donated the hunts.

Bikefest 2013

Wed. October 30, 2013

Guide Dogs of America and IAM members joined Bikefest this year in Texas to educate the public about the labor movement and this great charity.

IAM Members Ratify Contracts at United Airlines

Tue. October 29, 2013

After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees.

Setting The Curve In Auto

Fri. October 18, 2013

The Machinists are producing the next generation in Automotive.  International President, Tom Buffenbarger, asked the IAM's industry representatives at this year's Auto Conference to continue to come up with new ideas today, that will change tomorrow.

House Dems Push ‘Discharge Petition’ to Force Vote, End Shutdown

Fri. October 11, 2013
House Democrats are exploring an alternative option for breaking the political stalemate and reopening the U.S. government. They have written each of the 30 House Republicans who have expressed support for a clean government funding bill, urging the GOP members to sign onto a “discharge petition.”

IAM Steward, Firefighter & Marine Alex Catalan

Thu. September 12, 2013

IAM Chief Steward Alex Catalan of Local 933 in Tucson, AZ helped the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by performing a flag-lowering ceremony.

Mechanic Pensions on the Line in US Airways Election

Wed. July 24, 2013

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It's not often a group of workers can save their pensions and protect their seniority by the simple act of casting a ballot, but that's exactly what's happening right now right now as IAM-represented Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways vote in the current representation election.

"IAM Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways will lose the best pension plan in the airline industry if they vote IBT," said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja. "Losing IAM representation would also jeopardize valuable seniority protections that are written into the IAM-TWU joint representation agreement."

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in May for a representation election for the Mechanic and Related class and craft at US Airways, continuing the union's divisive strategy of raiding other unions instead of focusing on organizing workers who want and need a union.

"The Teamsters have a dismal track record in the airline industry," said Pantoja. "I strongly urge US Airways Mechanics and their families to watch this video in which Mechanics at United Airlines provide grim testimony about the IBT's ability to deliver promised pension benefits."

The NMB mailed voting instructions to all eligible voters on July 8, 2013. Election results will be announced on Monday August 12, 2013.

If any US Airways Mechanic and Related employee has not received voting instructions from the NMB, please click here to request duplicate voting instructions.

The deadline to request duplicate voting instructions is August 5, 2013.

A Tribute To Service Fishing Event

Fri. June 28, 2013

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, IAM District Lodge 4, the Pine Grove Program and the Maine Professional Guides Association partnered on the third annual "A Tribute to Service Fishing Event."  Veterans and active duty service members enjoyed a free day of catch & release fishing on Great Pond in Belgrade, Maine.  Machinists volunteered boats and their time to honor our military. Many of the members of District 4 are veterans, as well.

Machinists March to Georgia State Capitol

Thu. June 06, 2013

Hundreds of Machinists marched from the Hilton Atlanta Downtown to the Georgia State Capitol on the last day of the 2013 Staff Conference to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the IAM.  Staff also traveled to Grant Park to dedicate a new plaque on a statue of IAM Founder & President Tom Talbot and laid a wreath on the site.  Local Lodge 709 later hosted an anniversary celebration to close out the historic day.

GVP Michalski Helps Launch CT Manufacturing Initiative

Thu. May 30, 2013

IAMAW General Vice President Rich Michalski helped to launch a manufacturing initiative that was unveiled at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT.  Michalski was instrumental in working with the college and Rep. John Larson's office to get the program off the ground to train and certify students pursuing careers in the manufacturing industry.

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