• Why We Say ‘No’ to Kavanaugh

    The Machinists Union sent a letter to every U.S. Senator urging them to oppose the confirmation of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing on Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Call your senator now and urge them 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.

    IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider called Kavanaugh a troubling pick. His confirmation would likely tilt the court toward corporate interests and away from working people for a generation.

    “In terms of the business community, corporate interests and money, he is their dream choice,” said Schneider. “He’s been very hostile to organized labor and working people throughout his time on the court.”

    WATCH: Troubling Supreme Court Pick

    READ: Brett Kavanaugh Sided With a Union-Busting Employer After It Violated Workers’ Rights

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

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  • A Labor Day Message from the International President

    Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends of Our Union,

    Happy Labor Day to you and your families. Today we recognize the accomplishments and progress we have made—and continue to make—for working people everywhere.

    Throughout our history, we have always faced challenges. Today is no different. For 130 years, our union has never backed down.

    I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to all working people and our movement for dignity, justice and respect on the job. Without your dedication, we would not be as strong as we are today.

    Thanks to you, the Machinists Union is becoming bolder and stronger by the day. We are standing up to companies that attack our members. We are organizing in places like South Carolina, where they said we could not bring people together. We are turning back anti-worker policies in Missouri and across the country. Our members are moving this nation forward on the job and at the ballot box. We are not looking back.

    Together, we will continue our march toward a better life for every working family. I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday.

    In solidarity,

    Robert Martinez Jr.
    International President

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  • Labor Icon Linda Chavez-Thompson to Appear on Activate L!VE

    Coming up Wednesday on Activate L!VE, retired AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson will share her union story, her work with LIUNA and AFSCME and her hopes for workers moving forward.

    Chavez-Thompson was the first person to hold the post of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President and the first person of color elected to one of the federation’s three highest offices.

    You can see the show live at 3pm ET, 2pm CT and Noon PT on:

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    If you’re unable to see the show live, you can watch and post your comments anytime.

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  • Workers’ Rights Remain Critical as NAFTA Negotiations Continue

    A joint statement from six labor leaders, including International President Bob Martinez,  on the latest North American Free Trade Agreement announcement:

    “NAFTA is a rigged game that has been decimating communities and pushing working people down the income ladder for a quarter century, and today’s announcement is another step in the continuing process of renegotiating NAFTA. Renegotiation is a mammoth undertaking. Meaningful renegotiation will upset the powerful global corporations that have made huge profits off the backs of North America’s working people. Getting it right is not easy, which is why we appreciate U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s close consultations and willingness to consider new ideas. However, more work needs to be done.

    “North America’s economies are so integrated that it is hard to see how this new deal could work if our brothers and sisters in Canada are not included. We think it is a mistake to move ahead on a bilateral basis and will continue to push to be sure that Canada is included in any final agreement.

    “We look forward to reviewing a complete text of the agreement and any side deals once the negotiations have been completed. We welcome the improvements made so far to the labor chapter, including, most importantly, new rules to eradicate wage-suppressing protection contracts in Mexico. But these changes will be meaningful only if we can be certain that the international labor standards in the agreement are strong and that specific changes to current labor law in Mexico are adopted and enforced. We continue to work with the Trump administration and both parties in Congress to ensure the deal contains swift and certain enforcement tools.

    “We will be relentless in advocating for trade terms that ensure working people in the United States, Mexico and Canada have the freedom to join together in unions and negotiate for better wages and working conditions. This deal is more than just a labor chapter. Effective measures to stop the outsourcing of manufacturing to Mexico in many sectors, like auto, aerospace, service jobs and others, are of paramount importance. We will reserve final judgment on the value of this deal for working families until we can review the full and final text. We will work with the administration and Congress as the process unfolds.”

    Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

    Robert Martinez Jr., International President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

    Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW)

    James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    Gary Jones, President, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union (UAW)

    Christopher Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America (CWA)

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  • Machinists Condemn Announcement Cancelling Federal Worker Pay Increase

    The White House recently announced plans to cancel scheduled pay raises for civilian federal workers. An across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase and locality pay increase for federal workers had been slated to take effect in January.

    The announcement was quickly condemned by IAM International President Bob Martinez and other labor leaders.

    “The President has decided to pull the rug out from under the people who make this country move every day,” said Martinez. “It seems we can afford lavish tax cuts for the rich, but not decent wages for the men and women who keep our war fighters prepared for battle, print the money we spend and put out fires in the West. It is also a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of veterans who proudly continue our nation’s mission upon their return home. We are approaching a dangerous national security situation when we will be unable to attract the best and brightest to fill important roles within our federal government.”

    READ: Trump cancels pay raises for almost 2 million federal workers POLITICO

    Congress could override Trump’s decision by including a pay raise in legislation.

    Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and at goiam.org for the latest updates on this developing issue.

    READ: Trump says he’ll eliminate pay raises for civilian federal employees next year Wall Street Journal

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  • Labor Day Around Our Union

    IAM members across the U.S. and Canada were out in force on Labor Day showing the world that organized labor is making a resurgence. Check out some of these Labor Day social media posts, but first a brief message from the International President:

    “Throughout our history, we have always faced challenges. Today is no different. For 130 years, our union has never backed down.

    “Thanks to you, the Machinists Union is becoming bolder and stronger by the day. We are standing up to companies that attack our members. We are organizing in places like South Carolina, where they said we could not bring people together. We are turning back anti-worker policies in Missouri and across the country. Together, we will continue our march toward a better life for every working family.”

    Read the entire message here.

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    Posted by IAMAW Midwest Territory on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    A LABOR DAY MESSAGE FROM GVP PANTOJALabor Day is the time to honor our IAM members for their hard work and solidarity…

    Posted by IAM Transportation Department on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    To all of my Brothers and Sisters in the Labor Movement, Thank You for what you do! Not just for this Country but for…

    Posted by IAMAW Southern Territory on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    Happy Labor Day!

    Posted by Machinists Union on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    You should never be too big or too busy to reach out to others. This brave little boy loved Big Andy’s big truck! A hand…

    Posted by Barry Reed on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    Labor day parade about to start!

    Posted by Local 387 on Monday, September 3, 2018

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    Great day at the Pittsburgh Labor Day parade!!!

    Posted by Potomac Air Lodge 1976 on Monday, September 3, 2018

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  • Maryland Car Show to Raise Money for Guide Dogs

    Enjoy a day of fun with cool cars, trucks and motorcycles while raising money for a great cause at the 2018 Rides for Guides Car Show. The event benefiting Guide Dogs of America, the IAM’s favorite charity, is October 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    There is a $20 show entry fee. There will be trophies for the Top 25 vehicles, including a Best of Show and Top GM, Ford and Chrysler.

    The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is located at 24494 Placid Harbor Way in Hollywood, MD. Please Contact IAM Education Representative Dave Miskolczi at 301-373-8828 with any questions.

    This year’s Rides for Guides Car Show is held in memory of IAM Brothers Joe Brame, Bill Winpisinger and John Snoddy and is hosted by the William W. Winpisinger Center in conjunction with IAM Automotive Local 1486 of Washington, DC.

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  • Union Until I Die

    “I will be Union until the day that I die,” Larry Keel says without pause. This sentiment is one of many reasons that the organized labor community in Alabama presented him with the 2018 Labor Person of the Year Award.

    “When they told me, I said ‘Oh My God, I would be honored.’ It was such a humble feeling,” says Keel remembering when he found out the news.

    “Honesty, integrity and loyalty are the three words that exemplify Larry Keel’s commitment to the labor movement for more than half a century,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “His actions and his words have literally changed the lives of thousands of workers and their families, not just in Alabama but around the world. Because when one worker succeeds we all do and that’s a life lesson Larry has always lived by.”

    It was December 1966 when Larry James Keel took his father’s advice and applied for a job at Hayes International Corporation in Napier Field, Alabama as a material handler. He later moved to supply as a Stock Clerk, to Storekeeper and eventually to Lead Man in supply when he retired in March of 2011.

    “My dad told me, ‘Son, come out here. You are working too many hours for too little pay at your current job. And the first thing you need to do is sign up for the Union,’” remembers Keel like it happened yesterday.

    So in April 1967, as soon as his probation was over, that’s exactly what Larry did and started his legacy of 51 years that he has been a dues paying member of the IAMAW. For 42 years, he served as the Recording Secretary of Local Lodge 1632 after being elected in 1973 and has held a variety of union positions since that time. From Vice President of District Lodge 75 for nearly 25 years to President and Vice President of the Alabama State Council of Machinists for close to a decade to serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission of the IAMAW, Larry admits he couldn’t have done it without the support of his wife and his daughters.

    “I married my wife Patsy in 1968 so she has been on this journey with me the entire time. The union life is a give-and-take situation and you spend a lot of time away from home. Patsy and my daughters have stood by me all these years and I couldn’t have done it without them by my side,” explains Larry.

    And they are still in his corner as Larry continues to take an active role in the movement. He currently serves as one of the Vice Presidents of the Alabama AFL-CIO, VP of the IAM retirees in Alabama, a member of the MNPL planning committee and President of the Wiregrass Labor Council. He has yet to miss a scheduled union meeting as a retiree in his new Local Lodge 2003, mentoring the next generation as to why the Union is going to revive this country and put workers back on top.

    Larry says, “A lot of the younger people don’t know who brought them to the dance and how they got there. It’s our responsibility to change that. But at Local 2003, I am seeing some younger members really making a difference. I see a lot of hope for the future.”

    In 2017, Larry was presented with the unique privilege of being made a Lifetime Member of the Machinist Union. A proud moment for him and the IAMAW.

    “One of the best decisions I ever made was to join the IAM. It has fed my family for many years and continues to do so. I will be a Fighting Machinist until the day I die,” Larry states proudly.

    Here’s to you Brother Keel!

    #iamsouth

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  • U.S. Senators Call on Boeing to Negotiate in South Carolina

    Twenty-three U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), sent a letter urging the Boeing Co. to respect the decision of Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina who voted on May 31, 2018 to join the Machinists Union (IAM).

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    Boeing has refused to bargain with 180 workers at its North Charleston, S.C. manufacturing facility who chose by a 2-1 margin to join the IAM.

    “We oppose these efforts to deny these workers their right to union representation, and we urge Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers through their selected union representative,” reads the letter.

    “I want to thank each of these Senators for standing up for the rights of working people,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We hope this effort will encourage Boeing to finally negotiate with its South Carolina Flight Line and agree on a contract that will make the company and the entire aerospace industry stronger.”

    Read: Democratic US Senators want Boeing to negotiate with North Charleston union workers The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier

    The IAM represents 35,000 Boeing employees at numerous locations nationwide.

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  • Machinists Show Solidarity to Puerto Rico

    Machinists Union members recently delivered a strong message of solidarity to Puerto Rico at the labor movement’s chief gathering of Latino activists.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez, the first Latino president of a major international union, gave the keynote address to the Labor Council for Latin-American Advancement (LCLAA).

    “I am here to tell you that the Machinists Union stands with LCLAA—shoulder to shoulder—today, tomorrow and forever as we face every challenge together,” said Martinez. “And I am here to tell you that we all stand with Puerto Rico.”

    WATCH: LCLAA Convention Highlights

    Without sufficient assistance from the federal government, Puerto Rico has been slow to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which slammed into the U.S. territory in September 2017. Most of the island was without power and clean water for months. The Puerto Rican government recently raised Maria’s official death toll to nearly 3,000.

    A large part of the efforts were carried out by Machinists Union Business Representative José “Lole” Rodríguez-Báez, who also serves as president of the Puerto Rico Federation of Labor. Rodríguez-Báez’s lifetime of service to working people was recognized by receiving LCLAA’s Montemayor Barraza Award.

    “The workers of Puerto Rico, the people of Puerto Rico are not alone, they can count on the power of workers in the United States,” said Rodríguez-Báez.

    IAM members also gave back by cleaning and painting a public school that is being transformed into a women’s shelter.

    “I am very proud of our work here today,” said Jose Perez, a member of Puerto Rico Local 2725. “I am a proud member of LCLAA and I am equally proud to be an IAM member. When you see the efforts and the work being done today, it makes being a member very much worthwhile.”

    WATCH: Service to the Community in Puerto Rico

    “We’re here to help out,” said George Mejia, Recording Secretary for Chicago Local 701. “It’s just an amazing feeling to give back.”

    View photos of IAM members at the LCLAA’s 22nd National Convention.

    Martinez and Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen serve as LCLAA Vice Presidents. General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes and Political Director Rick de la Fuente serve on the Executive Board.

    For more information and to join LCLAA, visit lclaa.org.

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