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Broken Promise: Electrolux in Minnesota

After operating for almost eight decades, Electrolux closed its factory in St. Cloud, Minnesota in November 2019, resulting in the loss of jobs for about 900 IAM Local 623 members. The plant, which accounted for roughly 17 percent of the town’s manufacturing jobs, was consolidated to the company’s non-union facility in Anderson, SC. “Ever since […]

IAM Local 1855 Members at AstenJohnson End Strike, Win Contract Gains

Eighty-nine IAM Local 1855 members at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wisconsin last week voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new deal ending a nine-day strike over healthcare cost sharing. The new accord includes locking in an insurance plan design and premiums for the next two years. “We came up with a decent proposal that everyone accepted,” said […]

Maine Passenger Drivers Join IAM, Expand Union Presence

An additional 20 drivers employed by Kennebec Valley Community Action Partners (KVCAP) in Waterville, ME voted to join the Machinists Union. The group follows the 17 drivers in Augusta, ME who joined IAM and ratified their first contract earlier this year. The new members will in IAM Local S-89 will fall under the same contract […]

Broken Promise: Siemens in Iowa

After 148 years of operations, Siemens closed its plant in Burlington, IA, in December 2018, resulting in the loss of jobs for 92 IAM Local 1010 members. The plant’s jobs were outsourced to countries like India, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic and other foreign countries.  “They knew they could offshore those jobs to the Czech […]

Broken Promise: Ingersoll Rand in New York

In July 2019, Ingersoll Rand shut down its manufacturing plant in its Buffalo-area plant in Cheektowaga, NY, affecting over 300 IAM Local 330 members. “When Ingersoll came in things began to change,” said IAM District 65 Assistant Directing Business Representative Pete Cooney. “They weren’t interested in keeping the union as part of a team.” “We […]

Time is Up, Mitch McConnell—Stop Blocking Real Relief for America’s Families

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Our membership has stood strong throughout this pandemic. We have held up our end of the bargain to keep our economy moving, even while thousands of our own Brothers and Sisters have been laid off or furloughed. Even worse, far too many have been sickened or passed due to the fumbled […]

Broken Promise: Schneider Electric in Indiana

In February 2019, Schneider Electric announced they were closing the Peru, IN plant where electrical components have been produced for over 100 years, and moving the work to Mexico and other locations. The 300 highly-skilled IAM members working at the facility have since lost their jobs. “I was crushed. I mean, I planned on retiring […]

IAM Mourns the Passing of Retired Midwest Territory Chief of Staff Dean Kocina

The IAM mourns the loss of life-long labor activist and retired Midwest Territory Chief of Staff Dean Kocina, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the age of 89. Kocina served his country honorably during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 as a combat engineer. He served as a […]

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