Despite COVID-19 and logistics associated with the pandemic, the IAM Organizing Department has won a campaign for 47 medical professionals at the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Monroe, LA. The group includes doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, physical therapists, lab technicians, social workers, and dieticians, who now look forward to the benefits and security of a union contract.Read more
After petitioning the government and lobbying Congress, the IAM has successfully secured additional federal assistance for at least 700 union members at Local 2379 (District 160) who will be laid-off at the Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter production plant in Ferndale, WA. The company, which has operated in Whatcom County for a half-century, announced onRead more
In June 2019, Bradken Foundry workers in Tacoma, WA, reached out to District 160 Business Representative/Organizer Steve Miller to join the IAM. Now a year later, these 188 workers have ratified a fine first contract. Directing Business Representative Paul Miller, the head negotiator, successfully took this private sector unit through hard-fought bargaining sessions against anRead more
Joe Biden, the IAM’s endorsed candidate for president, has laid out a strong and comprehensive plan to bring back hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs to the United States by building, investing and innovating in America. IAM members voted to endorse Biden in March after a first-of-its-kind membership vote for the union’s endorsement. In multipleRead more
Please let your members of Congress know that commuter rail workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, are counting on them to pass additional transit funding. Without congressional action, passengers will be left without transit options and commuter railroads will be forced to reduce or suspend service, resulting...
When the CARES Act job and pay protection we secured expires on October 1, the number of airline industry IAM members furloughed could easily rise into the tens of thousands, literally overnight.
The HEROES Act includes a composite pension plan known as the GROW Act that would end employer withdrawal liability from multi-employer pension plans, eliminate the safety net of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) and make benefits unpredictable. The IAM cannot support any legislation that would exacerbate the current multi-employer...
Amtrak workers have been deemed an essential service and have been working throughout this pandemic. Hundreds of Amtrak workers have contracted COVID-19, but have continued to work despite the risks. Amtrak is now announcing they’ll need to furlough 20%, and dramatically reduce long-distance services. Amtrak is using the pandemic to...
On May 5, 1888 the International Association of Machinists was formed in a railroad pit in Atlanta, GA. Now, 132 years later, the IAM has grown into an organizational leader in labor.Read more
IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. marked the passing of IAM members in the past year during the 2020 IAM Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony at the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.Read more
IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. brings members up to date on the union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resources available to the membership.Read more
In Southern Maryland, IAM Local 4 Veterans Home Caregivers find themselves as the only contact with the outside world for many of their residents.Read more