International President Tours Houston Shop Floor

IAM International President Bob Martinez was in Houston to visit with the nearly 360 Machinists members who work at Wyman Gordon Forgings, a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp. It was an opportunity to meet the Machinists Union members who keep the aerospace industry flying high and running smoothly.

“It’s a privilege to witness the work these brothers and sisters do on a daily basis,” said Martinez. “Our members here represent what’s great about American workers and the Machinists Union.”

The members at Wyman Gordon Forgings make aerospace parts for companies like General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and more. They also make unique seamless pipes used at power plants and offshore applications. 

“These workers are an integral part of the aerospace industry, manufacturing many of the parts used around the country and the world,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “We are proud of that dedication and hard work you find in shops like this one across the Southern Territory. It’s great to see hard-working Machinists members excelling in good-paying middle class jobs that provide the benefits needed to build the American dream.” 

Martinez toured the facility just before the upcoming negotiations of District 37 and Local 15 start next week. Securing work and economic security are two major issues sure to cross the table, as well as potential classification merging. The Southern Territory will assist in these negotiations using all the tools available to make sure these workers receive a fair contract at the bargaining table.