Date Set for Boeing South Carolina Union Election

IAM Lead Organizer Mike Evans speaks to the media after announcing a union election for North Charleston, SC Boeing workers. Nearly 3,000 workers at the Boeing South Carolina 787 assembly facilities will soon get their chance to have a voice in the workplace. An NLRB supervised election will take place February 15. Boeing is using a portion of their $1.63 billion fourth quarter profits to hire a union-busting law firm, so workers at the North Charleston…

Gains in New Contract for District 751 Hytek Members

IAM District 751 members at Hytek Finishes in Kent, WA voted 95-percent “yes” last week on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, which includes across-the-board benefits. “This is a good contract that makes improvements in wages and other areas,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “Our members at Hytek work hard, and this contract rewards them for their skills and dedication. I’d like to thank Business Representative Joe Crockett for his dedication to getting this deal…

‘We Are Still In This’

The IAM negotiating committee at Huntington-Ingalls shipyard in Norfolk, VA continues to fight for a first contract for its membership. Pictured from left are members Tony Poslik, Samuel L. Lovett and LaTasha Greene, District 74 Directing Business Representative Larry Young and Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Joe Greaser. “We emphatically believe we are worth what we are asking for,” says Samuel L. Lovett, a bargaining committee member at Huntington-Ingalls shipyard in Newport News, VA. That was…

Machinists to Lobby Canadian Parliament to Protect Pensions

With more than 50 participants, the Machinist delegation will be the largest contingent involved in a Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) lobbying effort to stop Bill C 27, which would amend a longstanding pension protection law. “Bill C-27 proposes to amend the Pensions Benefits Standards Act to allow federal employers to amend existing defined benefit pension plans to create target benefit plans in their place,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “This allows employers…

Union Membership Equals Higher Wages, BLS Report Again Shows

The most recent annual Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on union membership shows that median weekly earnings for full-time nonunion workers were only 80 percent of earnings for unionized workers. Click here to the BLS’s 2016 median weekly earnings chart. Although overall union membership is down, big business and its legislative allies cannot hide is the fact that union members make more money. The report also shows that public sector workers have the highest…

IAM to Host Guide Dogs 5K at Winpisinger Center

Bring the family out to the IAM No Joke April Fools 5K Walk/Run for a morning of running, walking, food and fun, while bringing freedom and mobility to the visually impaired by raising money for Guide Dogs of America. The April 1, 2017 event will be a perimeter trail run held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The race is not a timed event, with prizes awarded to the…

Boeing South Carolina Workers to Vote Feb. 15 on Union Representation

January 27, 2017, North Charleston, SC – Approximately 2,850 employees at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner facilities in North Charleston, SC will vote on February 15, 2017 on whether to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The IAM and the Boeing Co. came to an agreement on the date and time of an election today, January 27. “It’s a great day for Boeing South Carolina employees and the entire Charleston community,”…

IAM, St. Louis Labor Joins District 9 Strike Rally at American Pulverizer

Nearly a hundred Machinists, labor union brothers and sisters, and community supporters converged upon St. Louis, directly in front of anti-union manufacturer American Pulverizer headquarters, to stand in solidarity with IAM Local 41 and 313 members on strike there.                     IAM leadership – International President Bob Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, Midwest General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, and Headquarters General Vice President Rickey Wallace – stood…

Round One Goes to Working People in Ohio Township RTW Fight

Union members across southwest Ohio flooded the city hall in West Chester Township Tuesday evening to protest a proposal to institute a so-called “right-to-work” (for less) designation for the township. Fighting Machinists stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other local unions in victory as the trustees withdrew the proposal citing the legality of the issue. Two of the trustees had proclaimed the anti-worker law a priority for the township in 2017 and worked with legal counsel to draft…

600 Californians Win Right to be IAM’ers

After an eight month battle, more than 600 workers at K&N Engineering in Riverside, CA received word last week that the National Labor Relations Board certified the IAM as their exclusive collective bargaining representative. The new members of IAM District 725 originally voted in favor of the IAM in May of 2016, but the company challenged the results of the election citing the inclusion of a group of employees that were not petitioned for.  Ultimately…