IAM Saves Thousands of Aerospace Jobs
The IAM’s Political and Legislative Department’s strong advocacy for a new federal aerospace job protection program has saved thousands of IAM jobs.
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded funding to more than 300 companies as part of a new federal program to save aerospace manufacturing and repair jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IAM aggressively advocated and won the successful passage of the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program (AMJP), which is part of the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. The program provides $3 billion in payroll support funding to aviation manufacturing employers, allowing them to keep aerospace manufacturing workers on their payrolls, avoid additional furloughs, and re-hire workers previously furloughed during the pandemic.
This program will help ensure our nation’s aerospace industry will keep moving forward with the critically important workforce it needs.
The U.S. DOT announced the release of $482.3 million in funding to 313 businesses, including approximately 20 with IAM-represented employees like Spirit Aerosystems, Pratt & Whitney, Hexcel Corp., and Learjet.
The IAM, the largest aerospace union in North America, urged U.S. aerospace employers to apply for funding from the federal program.
Machinists Union members were among many workers in the aerospace industry who experienced layoffs and furloughs because of COVID-19. While air travel dropped significantly during 2020, so did the need for parts, repairs, modifications, and other services, hurting aerospace supply chain companies.