Month: February 2017

IAM Joins with Thousands to Protest Government’s Anti-Worker Labor Reforms in Puerto Rico

IAM Local 2725 Business Rep. Jose Rodriguez Baez, pictured being interviewed by a Puerto Rican news crew, was among the several thousand union members who marched in protest to express their opposition to recent government-led measures to reform labor laws. A vocal group of more than 5,000 union members marched through parts of San Juan, …

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Indiana Local 153 Ratifies Two-Year Contract with Grote Industries

Prior to entering negotiations with Grote Industries, members of IAM Local Lodge 153 Bargaining Committee received negotiation preparation training at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. Members of IAM Local Lodge 153 recently approved a new two-year contract with Grote Industries, an LED light and lighting company located in Madison, IN. The committee …

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‘Solidarity Lunch Walks’ Help Milwaukee Members Secure New Contract

It took six long weeks for Milwaukee IAM Local 66 and Boilermakers Local 1503 to hammer out a joint agreement with the Perlick Corporation. The membership’s creative show of solidarity is what finally got the company talking. Read their story in the latest edition of the Local 66 Badger Lodge News. Leading up to negotiations …

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Snowstorm Be Damned; California Army Depot Workers Vote IAM

The IAM is proud to welcome 216 new members who overwhelmingly voted “union yes” at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, CA. The AECOM employees handle the storage and repair of equipment for the U.S. Army. Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen congratulated the new members for standing up to a ruthless anti-union campaign. …

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Don’t Believe Anti-Union Hype, Cadence Workers Say

IAM 751 Union Steward Gary Naple, Business Rep Greg Campos and Union Steward Mike Powell. After one year of membership in the Machinists Union, union stewards at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens have this advice for workers at companies in the midst of union votes: Don’t believe what the company’s anti-union consultants say. About anything. “None of it …

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Independent Drivers’ Guild Solidarity Ends In Uber CEO Ditching Trump Panel

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from President Trump’s economic advisory council after a petition started by the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) that represents Uber drivers garnered huge support. The growing pressure from customers and employees led to an email from Kalanick explaining to employees he had advised the president that due to the …

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Machinists Lobby to Protect Pensions in Ottawa

The IAM members and other unions of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) lobbied Parliament to stop Bill C-27, an attack on defined benefit pension plans. From left: CLC President Hassan Yussef; IAM Canadian Vice President Stan Pickthall; Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu; and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists President …

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Right-to-Work Passes in Missouri, But Working People Look to Counterpunch

The ink was barely dry on Missouri’s new “right-to-work” law when working people struck back by filing a referendum petition to freeze the law and put it on the ballot in 2018. The law forces unions to give a “free ride” by allowing people to opt out of paying union dues while still receiving representation …

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