Legislative Issues

The IAM works hard to advance the interests of working families, promote the cause of our members and defend our members’ rights.
Just as IAM solidarity at the bargaining tables helps to improve our jobs, we as the labor force need to stand united and work together to stop the continued assault on working families through legislative action.




The Machinist Union opposes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) otherwise known as “Fast Track” because it allows the administration to railroad the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress. Free trade agreements like the TPP are driven by corporate interests and lead to the export of American jobs and downward pressure on wages and benefits.

Click here for important information on Fast Track

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Vote “NO” on Fast Track for the TPP

Let’s Be Clear: Machinists Union President Responds to TPP Signing

Be Informed: 10 Facts About Fast Track

Learn why Fast Track legislation is bad for working families

Click here to read the letter urging Congress to oppose the TPP

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Export-Import Bank

Anti-worker politicians, led by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), are threatening to let expire a charter that allows the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to operate. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, mostly in manufacturing, rely on loans the credit agency provides to foreign companies to buy American-made products, including airplanes.

Let’s Be Clear: IAM’s letter to U.S. House of Representative Members

Get the Facts: Why the Export-Import Bank be reauthorized

Take Action: Tell Congress to Revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank

Legislative Alert: AFL-CIO letter to U.S. House of Representative Members

Be Informed: Facts about the Ex-Im Bank

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Health Care

An excise tax commonly known as the “Cadillac” tax will be imposed on high-cost health care plans in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Many of the health insurance benefits the IAM negotiates fall into this category. As a result, many employers are lowering the value of their health plans to avoid paying the 40 percent excise tax. The IAM is working diligently to prevent this tax from being implemented.

Be Informed: Learn why the IAM supports repealing the 40% Excise Tax bill

Support Letters: S. 2045 | S. 2075 | H.R. 2050

Get the Facts!

Read H.R. 2050 – the bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.

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Be Informed: IP Buffenbarger letter to U.S. House of Representative Member on H.R. 2685

Take Note: IP Buffenbarger letter to U.S. House of Representative Members on F-35, 2016 National Defense Authorization Act amendment by Congresswoman Speier

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NFFE Legislative Action Center

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is an IAM-affiliated national union representing approximately 110,000 blue and white collar government workers across the United States. Ratifying its constitution on September 17, 1917, NFFE is the oldest union representing federal employees.

Click here to go to NFFE’s Legislative Action Center.

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TCU Legislative Action Center

The Transportation Communication Union/IAM (TCU) represents approximately 46,000 members in the U.S., most employed in the railroad industry. In July 2005, TCU affiliated with the IAM and fully merged with the IAM on January 1, 2012.

Click here to see TCU’s legislative outlook.

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Read the Bill – Keep Our Pension Promises Act text

Be Informed: Keep Our Pension Promises Act summary

Let’s Be Clear: Letter from IP Buffenbarger to U.S. House Members strongly opposing any legislation allowing multiemployer pension plans to solve funding challenges by impoverishing current retirees

Get the Facts!

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Air Transport

Take Action – Tell Congress to Support Passage of H.R.5090 and Deny Norwegian Air International Access to the U.S. Aviation Market

Educate Yourself – NAI Flags of Convenience Fact Sheet

Get the Facts – FAA Reauthorization Fact Sheet

Read IP Martinez’s Letter to members of the House of Representatives about FAA Reauthorization

Read IP Martinez’s letter to members of the Senate about the importance of Flight Crew Rest

Read GVP Pantoja’s letter about Customer Service Representatives

Read GVP Pantoja  and TTDAFlCIO President reminds lawmakers that Assault on Customer Service Representatives shouldn’t fly

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Be Informed: NLRB Fact Sheet

Let’s Be Clear: IP Buffenbarger letter to Members of the U.S. House urging them to vote “NO” on disapproval of new NLRB Election Rules

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