Month: January 2017

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 …

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‘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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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