Federal Workers Speak: Kim Valadez

As the White House wages war against unionized federal workers, NFFE-IAM members are fighting back by sharing their stories about labor’s pride, power and patriotism. In part one of an on-going series we meet Kim Valadez, an NFFE-IAM member from San Francisco who works at the Veterans Administration.   The post Federal Workers Speak: Kim Valadez appeared first on IAMAW. Here is the original post on GOIAM...

Federal Workers Speak: Lisa Fells

As the White House wages war against unionized federal workers, NFFE-IAM members are fighting back by sharing their stories about labor’s pride, power and patriotism. In part one of an on-going series we meet Lisa Fells, an NFFE-IAM member from Alabama who works at the Veterans Administration.   The post Federal Workers Speak: Lisa Fells appeared first on IAMAW. Here is the original post on GOIAM...

La Crosse IAM Locals 21 & 1115 on Strike Against Trane

Members of IAM Local 21 and 1115, employed at heating and air conditioning-manufacturer Trane Co., are on strike today after voting down the company’s proposed contract offer in La Crosse, WI Saturday. Key sticking points include wages, mandatory overtime, healthcare, no-fault attendance system, contingent work force, and retirement benefits. The nearly 500 production, maintenance and tool and die makers’ current contract expired at the stroke of midnight Saturday night. Negotiations are expected to resume...

Missouri Families Win as RTW is Defeated

Missourians sent a clear message to their state lawmakers Tuesday by overwhelmingly voting to overturn the anti-worker right-to-work law by a 2-1 margin. Union supporters in the state worked extremely hard the past year educating voters on the negative impact right-to-work will have on everyone in the state, not just union workers. Watch the Live Celebration “Working Families across Missouri and this nation won tonight,” said International President Bob Martinez. “I want to especially...

Stop the Layoffs at Red River

Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) President Randy L. Erwin sent a joint letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressing serious concern regarding the impact of the planned layoff of 306 IAM members at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texarkana, Texas. The planned layoff comes less than three months after 600 RRAD workers lost their jobs.  “RRAD is the main economic driver for the Texarkana area with...

Martinez Appoints Williams as Education Representative

IAM International President Robert Martinez, Jr. has appointed Douglas Williams as an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, effective August 1, 2018. “I am proud to be able to fill the vacancy at the Winpisinger Center created by the retirement of Education Representative Greg Murray,” said Martinez. “Douglas is a community activist, an organizer, and an effective adult educator. He has been involved in a broad...

Uber and Lyft Drivers Celebrate Passage of Historic Legislation

After a two-year campaign by the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City officials voted to pass the nation’s first legislation to close the minimum wage loophole for companies like Uber and Lyft and require a minimum pay rate for app-based drivers. The City Council also passed additional FHV bills, including the temporary cap on for-hire vehicles and new data reporting requirements. See photo of IDG members rallying in favor of the bills at City...

Missouri Victory, A. Philip Randolph Institute and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement on Activate L!VE

Live reports from Missouri, Arizona and Puerto Rico made for a big show on this week’s Activate L!VE. If you weren’t able to see it live, you can watch it now or anytime on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Kelly Street and Brian Simmons brought us up to date on how IAM members in Missouri tirelessly got out the vote on August 7th to soundly reject the corporate-driven anti-union Proposition A. IAM Government Employees Director...

Missouri Members Out to Defeat Prop A

All eyes are on Missouri today as the people of the state get the chance to overturn the anti-worker “right-to-work-for-less” legislation. Workers across the state are hitting the polls and encouraging others to “Vote No on Prop A.” Social media is abuzz with posts supporting the working families of Missouri. Here are just a few:   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;...

District 751 Retiree Appointed to Women’s Commission by Gov. Inslee

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of nine women to serve on the new Women’s Commission, IAM District 751 Retirement Club President Jackie Boschok was one of the appointees. “Sister Boschok has long been a leader in the causes of fairness and equality for all people,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Her determination, experience and caring heart will serve this committee well. She is the only appointee...