Machinists Union Locals Conduct Endorsement Elections


Washington, D.C., February 9, 2014 – On February 8, 2014, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) conducted runoff elections to resolve contested nominations for IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

Under the IAM Constitution, local lodge members first nominate incumbents and/or challengers for open positions, followed by runoff votes if needed to determine local lodge endorsements. If challengers are endorsed at 25 or more local lodges, a union-wide general election is held.

While the incumbent office holders received endorsements from more than 98 percent of local lodges reporting results, preliminary results indicate a mix of challengers received endorsements from more than 25 local lodges, exceeding the threshold for a general election. The election will take place in accordance with the IAM Constitution.

The IAM is one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America and one of the few where local members directly choose the union’s top officers.