Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians Join Machinists Union

Bob Martinez, Machinists Union International President: “The South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians at Boeing have spoken loud and clear. They want to be a part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. I commend them for the courage and integrity they have demonstrated through this contentious process. I am asking Boeing to respect their freedom to choose and not retaliate against them for expressing their rights. The historic votes cast by the...

Striking WV Machinists Standing Strong

Striking IAM Local 818 members were joined on the picket line yesterday by dozens of other union members and supporters to show solidarity with the workers in the eighth week of their strike at Tecnocap. The skilled trade workers voted unanimously to strike the Glen Dale, WV manufacturer after rejecting the company’s offer in April. “Our members deserve better, and they’ve earned it,” said District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright....

Remembering Brother Billy Stivers

On May 27, 2018, labor lost one of its own as Billy Edward Stivers Sr. took his last breath in New Albany, Indiana after 63 years of life.  “The Machinists Union family lost a great leader, member and friend with the passing of Brother Stivers,” said International President Bob Martinez. “He was a true journeyman who dedicated his life to helping others. He was always there for anyone who needed him, asking for nothing...

GDA Summer Auction Begins June 1

Guide Dogs of America’s Doggone Fun Summer Auction is just one day away. There’s no time like the present to look through more than 200 items including: A day with the GDA trainers Summer concerts Gift cards to a variety of restaurants And there are so many more. Take a look at all the items and decide what speaks to you. Then, get ready to bid to win when the auction opens on June 1st. The success of...

Another Attack on Federal Workers

The attack on federal workers continues, as multiple executive orders were signed last week aimed directly at the rights of the two million federal employees and the unions that represent them. The executive orders roll back the clock 50 years on union representation and federal workers’ rights. One of the newly issued orders limits the amount of time an elected union official can spend in a day to resolve issues for the employees they...

CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Widens: Now 361-to-1

Once again there’s more for them and less for us. The imbalance between the pay of CEOs and working people continues to increase. In 2017, CEO pay at S&P 500 Index companies increased to an average of nearly $14 million while production and nonsupervisory workers received on average just $38,613. The AFL-CIO recently released its annual CEO-to-worker pay report: Executive Paywatch. The report not only exposes the gap in earnings but it shows which...

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We know that you’re connected to stay up-to-date with the IAM, but we need your help to get the message out. Tell your fellow members and friends to sign up for IAM’s twice-weekly free electronic newsletter iMail. It’s easy to subscribe by going to: iam4.me/iamemail Let them know they’ll get insider IAM news, compelling stories, videos, photographs and the first word on Machinists Union events. Help us get important information out to IAM members...

Mark Your Calendars for LCLAA’s 2018 Convention

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is hosting its 22nd National Membership Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Intercontinental Hotel from August 8–11, 2018.  As Puerto Ricans confront extensive infrastructure and public health issues caused by Hurricane Maria, LCLAA will hold this year’s convention to stand in unity with Puerto Rico’s working families. Conference delegates will strategically work on the priorities of Latino and immigrant workers in the nation. Topics will include...

In High Waters We Bring Hope

Lilliam Betancourt Lopez, a nurse practitioner and IAM Local 2725 member, received assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. It was historic for all the worst reasons. The devastation caused by 2017’s hurricanes, floods and fires resulted in at least $300 billion in damage—the costliest year on record for natural disasters in the United States. The price tag tells only part of the story. Lives and livelihoods have been...

The New IAM Journal is Here

The Summer 2018 edition of the IAM Journal is online and will be at the doorstep of IAM members soon if it isn’t already. This issue includes a celebration of the Machinists Union 130th anniversary, as well as stories of our members. Learn how a Boston area local lodge worked with the community and elected officials to prevent the privatization of their jobs. See how a Texas IAM member and U.S. Army veteran honors...