Civil Service Workers to Unite at Government Employees Conference

Join government workers from all different sectors and parts of the country at the 2017 National Government Employees Conference September 17-21, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The conference will be a great leaning experience with government representatives, expert subject matter speakers and panel discussions to help sharpen your communication and representative skills. Each federal sector council will also have the opportunity to discuss topics with representatives at all levels of the IAM and...

South Florida IAM Members Fight to Save U.S. Sugar Industry

A bitter debate underway in southern Florida could result in job losses for several hundred IAM-represented sugar production workers and wide-ranging repercussions on local businesses.            WATCH: Protecting Sugar Workers’ Way of Life “I’ve worked in the sugar industry for 40 years,” said IAM District 166 Business Representative Robert Miller. “We probably supply the sugar for the whole Northeast, the Southeast and a little of the Midwest.” State lawmakers are...

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker Meets with IAM CREST on Future of Apprenticeships

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) visited apprentices in Passaic, NJ to discuss expanding apprenticeship programs through the LEAP Act, which he co-sponsored. Pictured from left are IAM diesel apprentice Byron Rivera, Booker and District 15 IAM CREST Project Coordinator Ira Stern. American workers need more job training opportunities like IAM District 15’s Youth Transition to Work program, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said at a recent meeting with labor and business leaders. A roundtable discussion hosted...

Social Media Leads to Organizing Victory at Toronto Airport

Thirty-five drivers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport voted overwhelmingly to join the IAM recently. The campaign relied mainly on social media – texting and Facebook – to get information to Sky Café employees due to limited job site access for the organizers. “We couldn’t access these workers on the job site to conduct a traditional campaign so we opted for social media, which has the added bonus that the company couldn’t interfere on private...

Activate Your Voice at the IAM Communications Conference

Technological advancement and social media have greatly changed the way the world communicates. Is your Local or District up to date on the latest trends? Are you communicating with our members and the public in the best ways possible? As Communicators, these are the questions we need to be asking ourselves. Find the answers at the 2017 IAM Communications Conference. Join us May 21-24, 2017 in Austin, TX for a fresh take on the...

Better Hurry: IAM Scholarship Deadline is Friday

Everyone could use some help with tuition, and the IAM Scholarship Competition is a good place to find it. But you better act fast because the submission deadline is Friday, February 24. Click here to see the eligibility rules and download applications. The IAM awards scholarships to: Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for college Children of IAM members (parent or guardian) applying for vocational or technical school IAM members applying for...

How to Fight Right-to-Work if You Live in Missouri

Reposted from the St. Louis Labor Tribune. It was standing-room-only at the Tri-County Labor Club’s most recent meeting, as union members jockeyed for position to learn, “What do we do now that Missouri’s ‘right-to-work’ legislation has been signed into law?” “We’re getting nothing but calls asking ‘What we can do?’” said Club President Steve Bailey. “We have to live with what we’ve got, but we’ve got to stay in the fight.” Early this month,...

President Trump Should Urge Boeing to Bring Jobs Home, Says Machinists Union President

February 17, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Robert Martinez, Jr., International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, released the following statement in anticipation of President Trump’s visit to the Boeing manufacturing plant in North Charleston, S.C.: “During his visit to South Carolina, we hope the President will urge Boeing, which receives billions in taxpayer money, to bring work back home to the United States, instead of continuing to ship jobs overseas....

A Win for Workers as New Hampshire Rejects ‘Right-to-Work’

New Hampshire workers are the real winners today as state legislators not only voted down “right-to-work” for the state, but also banned consideration of the anti-worker law for the rest of the two-year session. New Hampshire would have been the first New England state to go “right-to-work.” New Hampshire was all set to become the 29th state to pass the measure. States with “right-to-work” laws have lower wages and income than other states. “Right-to-work...

Puzder Out: Collective Action Leads to Victory for Workers

Pressure applied to the Senate from workers across the U.S paid off yesterday, when Andrew Puzder withdrew as the labor secretary nominee. Ultimately, it was the advocacy of union workers, including many IAM members, calling and writing their elected that kept the fast food CEO from being confirmed. IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter urging senators to vote no on Puzder’s confirmation prior to his withdrawal. “Unfortunately, few nominees have been so...