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The Fight is Not Over

Washington lawmakers recently agreed on a spending package to avoid another government shutdown. The spending package includes a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees. It does not include back pay for more than 1 million federal contract workers, like many IAM members who work alongside federal employees from NASA to the FAA.  “The rejection […]

Iowa Prince Hydraulics Shutters Plant after 78 Years

More than 30 members of IAM Local 1426 in Sioux City, Iowa are out of work after their employer, Prince Hydraulics Company, permanently closed its doors Friday, January 18, 2019, without any advanced notice. Members of the IAM Local 1426 Negotiating Committee bargained an effects agreement which included severance pay, full vacation payout, seniority bonus, […]

A Harley Cinderella Story

During the Christmas break, machinist member Tony Daubs received a phone call from his local lodge president Sam Daniel. “I said, ‘You’re bluffing me Sam’ and I hung up the phone,” remembers Daubs and laughs as he tells the story. “I just couldn’t believe it was true.” But, it was! Thirty-three year IAM member Tony […]

IAM Members at Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ratify New Contract

Forty-two members of IAM Local 186 working as federal contractors at Aberdeen Proving Ground ratified a three-year contract with employer Jacobs Technology. The contract guarantees wage increases of 3 percent every year, improved employer contributions to health insurance, improved employer pension contributions and improved language for bereavement leave and jury duty. The members successfully resisted […]

Donate to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund Before the Next Disaster Hits

When natural disasters strike, the IAM Disaster Relief Fund quickly provides assistance to IAM members and families in need. Having money readily available is crucial to its effectiveness. “Our members are family and we must be prepared whenever they need our help,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “I am proud of how IAM districts, […]

Local Lodge 708 On Strike

After being presented with a last, best and final offer from FlightSafety Services Corporation (FSSC), the machinists who train pilots and maintain flight simulators for the new KC-46 at McConnell AFB in Kansas have voted to strike. The membership voted 100% to take such action. “The machinists on strike at local lodge 708 in Kansas […]

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: Delta Workers Deserve a Union

In a just-released Delta Workers Unite video, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich clearly explains why Delta Air Lines workers should have union representation, and why the company doesn’t want one. WATCH: Robert Reich on why Delta corporate doesn’t want us to have a union “Why doesn’t Delta want a union. Why don’t they […]

Dow Appointed as Western Territory Special Representative

International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Ernest “Red” Dow as Special Representative to the Western Territory. Ernest “Red” Dow initiated into the IAM on January 1, 1980 working as a Machinist at General Electric for 30 years at the time of its closing. Brother Ernest has held numerous positions with Local Lodge 794, in […]

Tell Congress to Save Multiemployer Pensions, Support the Butch Lewis Act

The Machinists Union is fighting to save troubled multiemployer pension plans while fully protecting the earned and vested benefits of current and future retirees. While the IAM pension plan is financially sound, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) estimates that over 100 multiemployer pension plans, covering more than 1 million participants, are in “critical and […]

Machinists Fighting for NY Members Affected by Plant Closure

IAM Members at Local 330, District 65 in Western New York employed at Ingersoll Rand learned yesterday that the company will end manufacturing operations at its Cheektowaga plant in July. The company confirmed Wednesday it will, after originally announcing their intent in late January, saying at the time the company was “in the process of […]

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