BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2022 – Thirty members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 447 are on strike for a fair contract at Cummins locations in Dedham, Mass., Scarborough, Maine, and Concord, N.H. The strike began on Saturday, Feb. 12. Members are currently on the picket line.
Machinists Union members at Cummins voted almost unanimously to reject the company’s offer to extend the contract and voted 100% to strike after Cummins management insisted on a contract that put into place inconsistent and subjective pay for performance policies.
“Machinists Union members at Cummins are determined to get a fair contract that reflects the current economic conditions,” said IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Vartabedian.“Our members are trying to do the right thing and fight for a contract that will make life better for their families and they are a huge part of Cummins’ success. They risked the health of themselves and their families by working through a pandemic to service generators that helped keep our senior citizens in nursing homes safe and supporting our frontline workers throughout New England to save lives. We hope that they will present us with an offer that values the hard work of our members.”
“We stand in solidarity with our members at Local 447,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Brian Bryant. “The IAM will utilize all of our resources to ensure our members at Cummins receive a contract recognizing their hard work in making this company successful.”
IAM District Lodge 15 is one of the largest districts in the IAM representing approximately 19,000 active and retired members in a number of different industries.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airline, railroad, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.