WASHINGTON, May 12, 2021 — Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), released the following statement:
“The IAM is proud to announce our support for President Biden’s appointment of Kiran Ahuja, as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). No one is better equipped to protect our federal career workforce from patronage, discrimination, corruption and political overreach. Kiran will fight for all federal workers, regardless of their political affiliation or connections. The OPM provides critical support for government employees in all branches of the federal government, including many of our National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members. The IAM looks forward to working with Kiran in uplifting our nation’s career public workforce.”
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.