The South Wants Unions. The IAM Just Proved It—Again.

Nearly 300 Aircraft and Base Maintenance workers at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida have voted to join the IAM. From left: Grand Lodge Representative Tony Wirth, Robbie Davis, Mark Reeves, Jesse Barefield, Randy Jones, Jim Haas, Wade Hutto, Mac Brown and District 75 Organizer Mike Cooke. Not pictured: Scott Missildine, Billy Given and District 75 Business Representative Brad Smith. In an 18-hour stretch between December 8 and 9, the IAM won three separate...

Tell Congress: Hands off Our Medicare

The future of Medicare is in grave jeopardy. The decision to nominate U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an indication that the President-Elect doesn’t plan to back up his campaign promise of protecting the senior citizen health care program. Sign the Petition: Tell Your Congress Members to Oppose Medicare Privatization Price is an architect of Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare. The plan calls for raising...

Take a Look Inside the New Guide Dogs of America Visitor Center

More than 200 volunteers, donors, guests and guide dog teams were on hand this weekend as Guide Dogs of America (GDA) unveiled its latest expansion in Sylmar, CA. The dedication of the Macki and Phil Singer Visitor and Education Center kicked off a new era for GDA. View Slideshow 8_GDA 7_GDA 6_GDA 5_GDA 4_GDA 3_GDA 2_GDA 1_GDA 9_GDA “We’ve been doing everything we do here quite well at Guide Dogs,” said GDA President Dale...

Archive IAM History with the Local Lodge History Project

The IAM is conducting the Local Lodge History Project at the Winpisinger Center this year during the week of June 11-16, 2017. This is an opportunity to be part of archiving the rich history of your lodge. In tradition with past sessions, participating Locals are asked to recruit two retirees and one active member from your local or district lodge. Attendees will document your lodge history and the role it played in the labor...

W3 Center Prepares Ocean Spray IAM Members for Contract Talks

Front row, from left: Joe Terlisner, Kenny Mullan and Mike Oettel. Back row, from left: Hunter Scott, Jon Zancanaro and Matt Maier. The IAM Local 66 Negotiating Committee, along with a staff member from District 10, recently participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. The Committee represents employees at Ocean Spray Cranberries in Kenosha, WI, a leading producer of cranberry sauce and juice drinks....

IAM Wins Top Honors at 2016 ILCA Labor Media Awards

The Machinists Union won several top honors in the annual International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) Labor Media Awards contest, which honors the best in labor journalism. 1st Place, General Excellence, Blog: iMail 2nd Place, General Excellence, Single Issue Publication: 2015 IAM Human Rights Conference Posters 3rd Place, Best Design: Website, App, or E Publication: IAMAW Legislative App 3rd Place, Best Electronic Content: Young Machinists Inspire Change at NextUp Young Worker Summit Honorable Mention, Best...

New Women’s Committee Hits the Ground Running

In the eight short months the newly formed Women’s Committee of IAM Local 1943 in Middletown, OH has been up and running, they’ve wasted no time in making their presence known.  Almost immediately the committee organized and held the first of many self-defense classes geared for women. Later, to help fund their efforts, a “Dine 2 Donate” was held at a local establishment with the committee receiving a percentage of the sales when members...

Donna Georgallas to Retire After Storied IAM Career

IAM Assistant Communications Director Donna Georgallas will retire on January 1, 2017, following 46 years of dedicated service to the IAM and its membership. Communications Specialist Jonathan Battaglia will become the department’s next assistant director, announced IAM International President Bob Martinez. In 1970, five years after emigrating from her native Cyprus, Georgallas came to work at the IAM’s former headquarters in Washington, DC. She began her career as a senior stenographer in the Education...

Buffett-Owned Plant Accepts Workers’ Right to Unionize

A Kent, WA aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law. Click here to read the IAM District 751 blog. As part of the settlement, the general manager of Protective Coatings Inc. (ProCoat) will read aloud a letter to his employees promising to recognize their rights under federal law...

Council FIRE Fights for Native American Rights and Equality

More than five million Native Americans call the United States home, but they are often overlooked. Council FIRE, founded by an IAM member, is an advocacy group conceived to change that. WATCH: Leave No One Behind                             “Every union in here has Native Americans that are members,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative and founder of Council FIRE Kevin Cummings. “It’s just not...