• Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy

    Machinists Union members are proud to build and maintain the state-of-the-art planes, helicopters, ships and other military equipment that keep our service men and women safe. We are also honored to work on military bases across the country. Many IAM members are veterans themselves.

    This Saturday, October 13, we salute the U.S. Navy for 243 years of defending our nation.

    “This union gave me what it has given to so many others—a solid, dependable union job to come home to after military service,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez, a U.S. Navy veteran. “I will always be proud of the critical role we play in keeping our military strong and supporting our veterans.”

    Are you an IAM member who is a veteran of the U.S. or Canadian military? The IAM Veteran Services Department is here to help.

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  • IAM Canada Local 1231 Ratifies First Contract with Spectrum Healthcare

    IAM Local 1231 members employed by Spectrum Healthcare have ratified their first collective agreement.

    “Due to the size of this group and the nature of their work we conducted a mail-in ballot and the response has been a 92 percent acceptance of their first agreement,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Ralph Martin.

    The five-year agreement provides wage adjustments and general wage increases ranging from a guaranteed 5.8 percent to a potential 10.8 percent. Other agreement highlights include:

    • Inclusion in the IAM Labour Management pension plan
    • Enhanced vacation benefits
    • Bereavement benefits
    • Benefit retention of two months in the event of loss of hours
    • Grievance procedures
    • Arbitration procedures

    Local 1231’s new leaders recently took part in the IAM’s Leadership I program at the Winpisinger Center.

    “I saw the passion and dedication of these men and women first hand when I met them at the Winpisinger Center,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “I am so happy that they have ratified their first agreement and look forward to standing side by side with them and their families for years to come.”

    “They are like family now. They are working together,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “There’s that connection and that solidarity that they’ve built among themselves. We as the IAM are facilitators of that process.”

    WATCH: A New Local Lodge and New Leaders for the IAM in Canada

    “Now when we talk, we know the union is there. Somebody is there to back you up and have your back,” said Rootisha Rampat, Local 1231 Shop Steward.

    The 2,400 members provide in-home healthcare to patients across the Greater Toronto area. The group, organized in April of this year, is the biggest organizing victory in Canada in several years. IAM Local 1231, Canada’s newest IAM local, received its charter in August 2018.

    “We’re a diverse group and we are dispersed,” said Liza Thambaiah, Local 1231 Shop Steward. “Now we are able to have one voice and put forth whatever issues we have.”

    WATCH: IAM Charters New Canadian Local Lodge 1231

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  • Act Now to Help with Hurricane Michael Recovery

    Part of being a union member is knowing that your union family is here for you when you need it most. The time is now to help Machinists Union members in the path of Hurricane Michael.

    If you can, please consider donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund.

    The IAM is doing everything we can to help our members recovering from this destructive hurricane. Every dollar you give to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund goes directly to IAM members and their families in need.

    If you have been affected by Hurricane Michael and need financial assistance, click here for information on how to apply for help from the IAM.

    IAM members can also receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program. Services include assistance with addictions, mental health, stress, depression and financial hardship. You can reach the confidential IAM Assistance Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing iameap@iamaw.org.

    If you participate in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.

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  • The Lochner Era’s Dangerous Labor Legacy

    Recent nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court have given it an anti-labor ideological leaning. Some legal observers are concerned that the Supreme Court may soon re-embody what scholars call the Lochner Era, a time from 1897 to 1937, when the Court was openly hostile to the vital needs of American workers.

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  • Garza Appointed Director of New IAM Healthcare Department

    IAM International President Bob Martinez has appointed longtime healthcare worker advocate Marti A. Garza as director of the IAM’s Healthcare Department.

    Garza comes to the IAM with over two decades of organizing, collective bargaining and strategic campaigning experience. He has spent more than a decade supporting workers in the healthcare industry, organized and unorganized, in standing up and fiercely advocating for their profession and their patients, including serving as one of the founding organizers of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

    “The thousands of IAM members across North America who work in the healthcare industry as caregivers and supporters of quality patient care will be well-served by Marti’s expertise,” said Martinez. “Marti shares my belief that healthcare workers and their patients all do better when healthcare workers have a strong voice on the job. We are proud to welcome him to the Fighting Machinist family.”

    Garza’s experience organizing, bargaining on behalf of, and representing healthcare professionals runs the gamut of caregiver careers in the industry—including registered and licensed vocational nurses, other licensed healthcare professionals, nursing assistants and healthcare technicians, and service and clerical workers. He is the son of migrant farmworkers in Texas.

    The IAM Healthcare Department provides IAM healthcare members with a center of resources to organize new members and grow power in a rapidly changing and evolving industry. The IAM Healthcare Department works to bargain strong and effective agreements with employers that ensure our members have a voice in quality patient care, and strategically advocate on legislation and policies that impact and govern our professions and the conditions under which we provide care to our patients.

    Garza can be reached at mgarza@iamaw.org or 301-967-4795.

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  • Wichita Hits a Hole-In-One for GDA

    There was no seven-year itch between the Machinists of District 70 and the Guide Dogs of America as the two recently hosted the 7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, KS.

    “Each and every year our Machinist Brothers and Sisters at District 70 in Wichita, KS continue to show the world what matters to the IAM and that’s taking care of each other through an organization like the Guide Dogs of America (GDA),” said the IAM’s Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “For every par scored on that course, the Machinists took one step closer to ensuring the future for a person who is blind or visually impaired. I am proud to know these members are part of our IAMAW Family.”

    And this year the team at District 70 hit a hole-in-one with the event. 75 golfers, on 19 teams raised more than $53,000 on the greens and later with a raffle and live auction that sold items donated by hole sponsors and local businesses in the community.

    Directing Business Representative of District 70 Cornell Beard kicked off the event on a crisp, September morning in Kansas with a smile on his face and a warm feeling in his heart.

    “It’s one thing to give your time and money to a charity when it’s convenient or easy. But an event like this makes it clear what fills the hearts of our Kansas members. District 70 will always support an organization like the GDA and not because it was created by a Machinist, but because it exemplifies who we are as union members. We have worked hard to secure a good life for ourselves and our family and we believe that our community should share in that success,” said Beard and added with a laugh, “Plus, throw in a round of golf and the Machinists will be there!”

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  • Call Now to Stop Kavanaugh

    The majority in the U.S. Senate plans on voting as soon as Friday to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

    Call your senators now and urge them to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

    The next justice confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the Court will play a pivotal role in new cases addressing voting rights issues, health care coverage for pre-existing conditions, worker safety issues and collective bargaining rights for generations to come.

    Kavanaugh has a dangerous track record of putting big corporate interests ahead of working peoples’ rights and safety. And his record shows that he has put working people at risk by defending corporations with dangerous and unsafe working conditions.

    The Machinists Union sent a letter to every U.S. Senator urging them to oppose the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

    Call 1-844-899-9913 and urge your senators to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

    “Kavanaugh is no conservative,” writes IAM International President Bob Martinez. “He is not a judge who has sought to preserve and learn from what is best in our history. He is instead a judicial activist whose decisions have repeatedly and consistently protected and extended the power of business interests, and undermined the rights and prospects of working Americans and their families.”

    Read the full letter.

    WATCH: Supreme Corp.

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  • Machinists Union Statement on NAFTA Renegotiations

    October 1, 2018, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. issued the following statement regarding NAFTA renegotiations:

     “Hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Canadian manufacturing jobs have been lost to Mexico since NAFTA was approved.  At the same time, workers in Mexico have yet to enjoy fundamental rights, like the right to form their own union and engage in meaningful collective bargaining. The bottom line for the Machinists Union as we review the newly proposed NAFTA is whether it will eliminate the continued outsourcing, improve the standard of living for workers in all three signatory countries, and protect the rights of workers to enjoy fundamental human rights covered by conventions of the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency. Far too many details of the text have yet to be finalized for us to make a final judgment. Given the past failures of NAFTA, and other trade agreements, we will be carefully reviewing the entire deal in the days ahead.

    “The Machinists Union remains hopeful that USTR will address the outsourcing of manufacturing work to Mexico, especially aerospace production jobs. Mexico’s average wage for a manufacturing worker is less than $3 per hour, and its repression of workers’ rights is a major contributing factor. Mexico’s manufacturing industry has dramatically expanded since NAFTA, with a direct negative impact on U.S. and Canadian workers. For example, since NAFTA, aerospace has become one of Mexico’s largest industries, employing approximately 40,000 workers. At the same time, U.S. aerospace facilities are being shut down. For example, UTC will be shutting down its aerospace facility in Chula Vista, Calif. A few years ago the company moved jobs to Mexico and continues to outsource jobs, as do many other U.S. employers.

    “The Machinists Union also continues to express strong concerns that the final language in the deal will contain strong and effective labor standards and, of course, enforcement. While current language includes some welcome improvements, it also retains some of the most serious flaws of the proposed TPP, including provisions that limit the types of labor violations that would be covered by the agreement. We will be reviewing language concerning standards and enforcement once they are finalized.”

    The Machinists Union represents 600,000 active and retired members in the North American aerospace, defense, airline, manufacturing, transportation, woodworking, the federal sector and other industries. Machinists Union members work at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Electric, United Airlines, Harley-Davidson and more. Visit goIAM.org for more information.

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  • Arizona IAM Local 933 Opens Negotiations with Raytheon

    Nearly 1,300 IAM Local 933 members at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ are standing together for a fair contract in negotiations that kicked off this week.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez and Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen opened negotiations alongside the bargaining committee. Healthcare, wages and retirement security are important issues.

    “Our members are the backbone of Raytheon,” said Allen. “In light of Raytheon’s huge profits and the windfall they received via the corporate tax cut our members should receive their fair share of the profits they help create. Their efforts deserve nothing less than a stellar agreement that will ensure our members’ and their families’ economic security well into the future.”

    In 2015, IAM Local 933 members ratified a three-year contract that was much improved from the first offer presented by the company.

    “Our entire union stands fully behind our Brothers and Sisters at Raytheon,” said Martinez. “These highly-skilled men and women are responsible for the success of Raytheon. We will use every resource necessary to ensure we get a fair contract from this company.”

    IAM members at Raytheon build missiles and other sophisticated weapons that are vital to the U.S. military around the world to ensure America’s defense.

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  • Ohio IAM Local 1297 Ends Strike, Gets Better Deal

    IAM Members of Local 1297, District 54 employed at Vesuvius USA Corporation overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year deal on Friday, September 28, ending the brief, but effective strike. The strike came after members voted unanimously to reject a so-called last, best, and final offer from the employer that made draconian cuts across the board.

    The new accord, ratified by a 3-to-1 margin, features a wage increase of nearly two percent over the life of the agreement, and tremendous improvements to the 401(k) savings plan match. The plan will increase to a 7.5 percent match, with a 4 percent total yearly gross salary match that will also be dropped in their 401(k) plan once a year. On October 1, a $2,000 lump sum drop-in will also be added by the company.

    In addition to the 401(k) increases, an Early Retirement Agreement (ERA) was added for employees 61 and over.

    The Negotiating Committee also beat back attacks on healthcare, removing a proposed surcharge for spousal coverage. The new contract will go into effect immediately, and the workers reported to work as normal on Monday, October 1.

    “The addition of the ERA was a major achievement,” said IAM District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright Jr. “The Negotiating Committee and the membership stood strong on the issues and the result was one hell of a retirement package for our members. I am extremely proud of what we were able to achieve and my thanks go out to the committee and this membership for their solidarity.”

    The 401(k) savings plan is in the top 3 percent in the country, and as a result, several eligible members took steps immediately Monday to put their retirement in motion. The senior-most member doing so is estimated to receive more than $60,000.

    “Workers across this country are saying enough,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “Nearly 80 percent of working families in America say they are living paycheck to paycheck, and the assault on workers doesn’t end there. Healthcare is being decimated, while costs are on the rise. The dream of a decent, carefree retirement is slipping away. Congratulations go out to PDBR Wright and everyone at Local 1297 for standing together to achieve an agreement that reflects their dedication and hard work.”

    The company also called back all workers currently on layoff and plans to hire nearly a dozen more, replacing all members taking the improved retirement.

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