Labor Day Around Our Union

IAM members across the U.S. and Canada were out in force on Labor Day showing the world that organized labor is making a resurgence. Check out some of these Labor Day social media posts, but first a brief message from the International President: “Throughout our history, we have always faced challenges. Today is no different. For 130 years, our union has never backed down. “Thanks to you, the Machinists Union is becoming bolder and...

Machinists Condemn Announcement Cancelling Federal Worker Pay Increase

The White House recently announced plans to cancel scheduled pay raises for civilian federal workers. An across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase and locality pay increase for federal workers had been slated to take effect in January. The announcement was quickly condemned by IAM International President Bob Martinez and other labor leaders. “The President has decided to pull the rug out from under the people who make this country move every day,” said Martinez. “It...

Workers’ Rights Remain Critical as NAFTA Negotiations Continue

A joint statement from six labor leaders, including International President Bob Martinez,  on the latest North American Free Trade Agreement announcement: “NAFTA is a rigged game that has been decimating communities and pushing working people down the income ladder for a quarter century, and today’s announcement is another step in the continuing process of renegotiating NAFTA. Renegotiation is a mammoth undertaking. Meaningful renegotiation will upset the powerful global corporations that have made huge profits...

Labor Icon Linda Chavez-Thompson to Appear on Activate L!VE

Coming up Wednesday on Activate L!VE, retired AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson will share her union story, her work with LIUNA and AFSCME and her hopes for workers moving forward. Chavez-Thompson was the first person to hold the post of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President and the first person of color elected to one of the federation’s three highest offices. You can see the show live at 3pm ET, 2pm CT and Noon PT...

A Labor Day Message from the International President

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends of Our Union, Happy Labor Day to you and your families. Today we recognize the accomplishments and progress we have made—and continue to make—for working people everywhere. Throughout our history, we have always faced challenges. Today is no different. For 130 years, our union has never backed down. I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to all working people and our movement for dignity, justice...