Machinists Union Responds to Election of Donald Trump

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 — Bob Martinez, International President of the nearly 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), released this statement on the election of Donald Trump: “I want to sincerely thank the thousands of IAM members and working people who voted, volunteered and made a difference in this year’s election. To those who are saddened by the result, I offer my promise that your union’s commitment to fighting for...

Election Day is Here. Make it Count.

As the saying goes—if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Just like any other day of the year, Election Day can be pretty hectic. Having a voting plan in place will increase the chances of being able to cast your ballot for the candidates of your choosing. Here’s some helpful resources: Where do I vote? Text POLL to 235246. You’ll get a text back with your voting location and polling hours. What...

Victory for Atlanta Office Remedies Workers

After more than a year of company stall tactics, IAM District 131 members at Office Remedies, Inc. (ORI) in Atlanta have a contract. They voted to approve a two-year pact with the Bureau of Labor Statistics contractor that will net them a 3.5 percent general wage increase over the life of the contract, a 401(k) plan and a $400 signing bonus. The deal institutes grievance and discipline procedures, as well as seniority rights. “This...

Winpisinger Center 2017 Schedule is Now Available

The 2017 program schedule for the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is now available. Everyday life can be hectic with work and family schedules, so make sure you save the date for the leadership, staff or departmental program that works best for you. The 46 weeks of education classes include leadership programs in English, Spanish and French; staff programs such as arbitration, organizing and collective bargaining; and departmental programs in the areas...

IP Martinez to Pratt and Whitney: ‘Do Not Underestimate the Resolve of Our Members’

Sitting across the table from Pratt and Whitney management in Cromwell, CT, IAM International President Bob Martinez joined the bargaining committees for IAM Locals 700 and 1746 (District 26) to open contract talks with the aerospace engine manufacturer.  Pratt and Whitney, which employs about 3,000 IAM members at plants in Middletown and East Harford, CT, has an expected backlog of $1 trillion in engine business. It plans on hiring approximately 8,000 new workers in...

IAM Boston Local 100 Members Were Critical in Response to Fatal Water Main Break

“It went from nothing to a flood,” a witness said. A water main had burst at a construction site in Boston’s South End. The trench around it was quickly filling with water, overflowing onto the street and beginning to cave in. Two construction workers were trapped. Down the street, Billy O’Brian and his 14-member crew, IAM Local 100 (District 15) members who work for Boston Water and Sewer, were finishing up a different job...

Celebrating 35 Years of Labor Education at Placid Harbor

Winspisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner speaks to members attending classes at the Harbor during a recent ceremony making the Center’s 35th anniversary. Thirty-five years ago a commitment was made by the IAM Executive Council to support William W. Winpisinger’s vision of a full-time residential facility to educate and train members and staff in organizing, bargaining and leadership. That commitment of educating members remains today and is an integral part of the IAM’s cultural DNA....

Jetstream Workers Get Ready to Bargain for a Better Future

Local 2559 Negotiating Committee members at Jetstream in Phoenix are ready for their first contract negotiations as IAM members. From left: Shop Steward Joyce Amoh, District 142 General Chair Randy Griffith and Chief Shop Steward Ken Fletcher. Phoenix-based Jetstream security and aircraft cleaning workers this week prepared for first contract negotiations at IAM Sky Harbor Local 2559 in Phoenix. Jetstream Negotiating Committee members Joyce Amoah and Ken Fletcher participated in the IAM’s new Field...

Watson Tapped as Western Territory Special Representative

James “Jimbo” Watson, a longtime IAM leader in Arizona, has been appointed to serve as a Special Representative in the Western Territory. The appointment was effective November 1. Watson had served as Directing Business Representative of Tucson, AZ Local 933 and Assistant Directing Business Representative of District 947. He initiated into Local 933 in 1986 when he was hired by the former Hughes Aircraft as a Product Test Specialist. He served as Shop Steward,...