In 1888, 19 Machinists met in a locomotive pit in Atlanta, GA and formed what is now the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
In 1899, 33 railroad clerks gathered in the back room of a cigar shop in Sedalia, MO and formed what is now Transportation Communications Union/IAM.
These two great unions, with railroad roots, will become one on January 1st, 2012. Joining the ranks of the Machinists makes TCU’s membership and the entire labor movement stronger. Both unions are constantly fighting for the dignity, welfare and prosperity of our members. Workers are the foundation of our nation: they drive our economy and country forward. TCU and IAM understand the values of hard work, faith, family and community – they are the keys to success. This is what makes the merger of TCU and IAM so strong.
Continuing education for local leaders has long been a TCU priority. Our local reps now have access to the top-of-the-line educational facility, the Winpisinger Educational and Technology Center, in southern Maryland.
“We, at the new TCU/IAM, are proud to be ‘Fighting Machinists’,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “IAM is one of the strongest and most effective unions in North America, TCU is proud to be part of that tradition.”
The TCU/IAM merger was recently honored on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), where he stated, “TCU and IAMAW were fundamental in building the American middle-class, and have a vital role today in preserving the American dream for working families. Their combined strength will provide continued leadership throughout the labor movement, particularly in the transportation industry. It is my pleasure to honor this historic event and congratulate their members as they join forces under the new TCU/IAMAW.”
Click here to read the full congressional record of the merger statement by Congressman Lipinski.
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