|IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., draws a raffle ticket from a jar held by General Vice President Diane Babineaux at the 2015 IAM Industrial Conference in Chicago. Numerous fundraisers were held to raise money for Guide Dogs of America and the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention.|
In Chicago, the signs of industry can be seen around every corner. So it only makes sense that the Windy City played host to the IAM’s 2015 Industrial Conference.
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The conference, themed “Bargaining for Today and Tomorrow,” brought together members from the aerospace and automotive sectors, energy and natural resources, public and government employees, shipbuilding, brewery, electronics and manufacturing and tool and die and machine tooling.
“Those are the major sectors of our union that provide the kinds of work our members do,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.
More than 500,000 aerospace jobs have been lost in the last 20 years. Manufacturing has seen a 16 percent decrease overall. But IAM members are coming up with ways to smooth the path of labor for generations to come.
“It should be a point of pride for everyone in this room that they are part of a union that fights back against corporate bullies and political thugs who would return us to a time when unions were banned, workers were silenced and resistance was met with blunt and terrible force,” said IAM General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr.