The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) this week pressed the US Treasury Department to adopt a special rule to treat Flight Attendants as full-time employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Two women who have survived cancer are now fighting for their jobs at Mercy Health's Hackley Hospital Campus in Muskegon, Michigan.
The women are X-ray technologists whose doctors have restricted their exposure to radiation. For years, the hospital had assigned them to rotate in other areas, but now wants to lift their restrictions. The workers say they were threatened with termination if they didn't comply. IAMAW is servicing the bargaining unit there for the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).
The suits are hot, bulky and hard to maneauver but learing this skill saves lives.
The IAM honors our fallen heros by recommitting themselves to making sure that everyone comes home from work safe and sound.
Hundreds of people rallied outside the United States Supreme Court in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, as justices heard oral arguments about whether or not the act is constitutional.
Health advocates from across the US gathered in Washington, DC for Health Action 2012, a national conference that brought together activists, public officials and private sector policy experts to talk about ways to make healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone.
August 30, 2011 - The IAM just finished its annual Safety and Health Conference at the Winpisinger Center last week. And now, more than ever, these safety representatives are ready and willing to make sure everyone comes home safe from work.
As a welder and 10-year member of IAM Local 1297, Melvin Reese knows a thing or two about working when the “heat is on,” but when illness kept him off the job, his stress level hit a boiling point. The costs of his wife’s monthly prescriptions were also adding up. Fortunately, Reese discovered the Union Plus Disability Grant and the Union Plus Prescription Discount Card to lessen the financial stress of illness.
May 5, 2011 - A Workers' Memorial ceremony was held this year at the William W. Winpisinger Center to remember our fallen brothers and sisters.
Many lawmakers who campaigned ferociously against the Obama
administration’s health care legislation are far less vocal when it
comes to their own government-subsidized health insurance.
The hundreds of bricks surrounding the IAM Workers’ Memorial at the
William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center, each inscribed with a name and a
date, are poignant reminders of how lethal going to work can be.
October 29, 2010 - When it comes to safety the motto for every workers should be to go home the way they came to work. These are the words that the IAM's Safety and Health Department live by.
The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Division levied fines against furniture-maker Swedwood in Danville, VA,
for numerous unsafe conditions and for improper record keeping.
October 1, 2010 - At US Congress, the New York City AFL-CIO, and pro-labor lawmakers rallied for the long-term federally subsidized health care benefits for Ground Zero first responders.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a Spanish version of the agency’s new site, healthcare.gov
, designed to help people find answers and information on the health care bill passed six months ago.
provides Latinos with the same information, including public and private health coverage options tailored to their needs.
August 30, 2010 - According to the Departmemnt of Labor, about 14 Americans die on the job everyday from causes that are entirely preventable.
April 1, 2010 - The last few weeks have been a whirwind for healthcare. Although the bill that left capitol hill wasn't exactly what labor hoped, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
Efforts are under way in Congress to do away with the temporary
extensions on legislation that allows laid-off workers to receive help
with COBRA health care premiums. The Senate passed a bill to extend the
65 percent subsidy through the end of 2010. The measure is now under
debate in the House.
President Barack Obama signed the controversial $938 billion health
care bill into law today, with opponents and advocates still arguing
over what the legislation will or will not accomplish. The ceremonial
signing follows a 219-212 vote earlier this week in the U.S. House of
Representatives, where last-minute deals with moderate Democrats were
enough to secure the 216 votes needed to pass the measure.
IAM members delivered a bipartisan thumping to both political parties
as well as the White House in an online survey of workers’
attitudes. But there can be no mistaking their strong opposition to key
provisions of health care reform.
March 11, 2010 - Thousands gathered recently in DC with a very clear message to the insurance industry. Now is the time for health care reform!
in The Washington Post confirms what the IAM has been saying all along:
the Senate-proposed “Cadillac Tax” on health care benefits will not
only affect union workers, but non-union workers, as well.
Resistance from union households is causing headaches for lawmakers and
labor leaders who agreed to support health care reform that included a
40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance plans.
February 3, 2010 - It's the second most common cancer found in women and it's almost 100% preventable.