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IAM Fights to Ensure Fair Treatment of Flight Attendants

Wed. March 20, 2013

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).  

Cancer survivors fight for their hospital jobs

Thu. November 29, 2012
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).


Tue. July 03, 2012

The suits are hot, bulky and hard to maneauver but learing this skill saves lives.

A Brick to Remember

Mon. May 21, 2012

The IAM honors our fallen heros by recommitting themselves to making sure that everyone comes home from work safe and sound.

Affordable Health Care Rally

Thu. March 29, 2012

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 Action 2012

Thu. January 26, 2012

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.

So Everyone Comes Home Safe

Tue. August 30, 2011

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.

IAM Workers' Memorial 2001-2011

Fri. August 26, 2011

August 25, 2011

Union Plus Helps IAM Welder Cut Health Care Costs

Thu. August 25, 2011

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.

Remembering the Fallen

Thu. May 05, 2011

May 5, 2011 - A Workers' Memorial ceremony was held this year at the William W. Winpisinger Center to remember our fallen brothers and sisters.

Health Care Hypocrisy

Thu. December 16, 2010
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.

Life and Death on the Job

Tue. November 02, 2010
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.

The Way We Came To Work

Fri. October 29, 2010
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.

OSHA Slaps Swedwood for Safety

Tue. October 05, 2010
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.

Health Care Legislation for 9/11 Responders

Fri. October 01, 2010
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.

U.S. Debuts Latino Health Care Site

Thu. September 30, 2010
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.

A Grave Mistake

Mon. August 30, 2010
August 30, 2010 - According to the Departmemnt of Labor, about 14 Americans die on the job everyday from causes that are entirely preventable.

A Step In The Right Direction

Thu. April 01, 2010
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. 

Act Now to Preserve COBRA Subsidy

Thu. March 25, 2010
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.

Senate Poised to Weigh ‘Fix-it’ Amendments

Tue. March 23, 2010
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.

Machinists Poll Confirms Excise Tax Opposition

Thu. March 18, 2010
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. 

Health Care's Crime Scene

Thu. March 11, 2010
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!

Health Care Excise Tax Hits Millions

Tue. February 23, 2010
An article 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.

Opposition Intensifies to Health Care Excise Tax

Tue. February 16, 2010
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.

Talk Loud, Talk Proud

Wed. February 03, 2010
February 3, 2010 - It's the second most common cancer found in women and it's almost 100% preventable.

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