New IAM Video Profiles ‘The American Dream’

A new video on the Machinists News Network showcases the real meaning of living the “American Dream.” To the five IAM members profiled, the real American Dream is having an IAM contract.

Marcus Glover has been a Machinist for 27 years. He works for Boeing in Huntsville, AL, as a Material Specialist. Glover says his IAM contract has allowed him to take care of his wife and two sons.

“I always tell people, ‘I owe the IAM,’” said Glover. “It’s because of the wages and the benefits I make. It’s a privilege to be a part of that.”

As a carpenter for Axiall, formerly PPG, in Lake Charles, LA, Chuck Bennett of Local Lodge 470 brings home nearly 25 percent more in 40 hours a week than other woodworkers in the South.  But it’s what the money gives his family that really matters, says Bennett – and that’s time to spend together.

“I’ve actually got a 23-year-old daughter, a 17-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old boy,” said Bennett. “When I was working non-union, working 16-hours a day, seven days a week, I missed baseball practice, softball practice, football, soccer. You didn’t get to see them live.”

See how having an IAM contract has benefitted these and other members in “The American Dream.” Click here.