Ohio IAM Local 1297 Ends Strike, Gets Better Deal

IAM Members of Local 1297, District 54 employed at Vesuvius USA Corporation overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year deal on Friday, September 28, ending the brief, but effective strike. The strike came after members voted unanimously to reject a so-called last, best, and final offer from the employer that made draconian cuts across the board. The new accord, ratified by a 3-to-1 margin, features a wage increase of nearly two percent over the life of...

Connecticut Local 62A on Strike for Fairness at UTC

About 200 members of IAM Local 62A(District 26) at United Technologies Corp., in Cheshire, CT are striking for a fair contract. Pay at the plant is among the lowest for UTC aerospace plants, said IAM Local 62A President Mary White. The company also failed to budge on its proposal to raise health insurance costs.  Read: Pay, health insurance costs driving UTC aerospace strike Hartford (CT) Business Journal Members have been receiving support from the Connecticut State Council...

IAM CREST’s New Jersey Apprenticeship Program Secures $230K Grant

IAM CREST’s Youth Transition to Work Program received another year of grant funding starting September 1, 2018. The nearly $230,000 grant is from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  Since October 2009, IAM CREST and District 15 have worked together on the program, which is designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to jobs in the automotive and diesel technology fields. The program has seen consistent growth and...

Standing Strong; West Virginia Machinists Win New Deal

IAM Members of Local 818, District 54 employed at Tecnocap in Wheeling, WV ratified a new three year deal over the weekend, ending the 130 day strike. The strike came after members voted unanimously to reject the contract and to strike the employer. “Congratulations go to our members, they realized that job security language is an important protection for working families, and they proudly held the line for 130 days,” said IAM District 54...

Help Needed for Families of Letterkenny Explosion Victims

A second NFFE-IAM Local 1429 member has passed away after a July 19 workplace explosion at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA. Richard L. Barnes, 60, left us on August 9 due to injuries sustained during the incident. Eric Byers, 29, passed away on July 19. A third member, Cody Ash, remains hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the families. Please consider giving whatever you can to these families during...

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...

Ohio Service Contract Workers Vote IAM Yes

Sixty-one Engineering Technicians, Computer Operators, Technical Writers, Drafters and Clerks at The Bionetics Corporation in Heath, Ohio recently voted to join the IAM. The 61 new District 54 members fall under the Service Contract Act (SCA) guidelines, which allows for wages, benefits and working conditions to be set by union bargaining, replacing previously established wages and benefits under Area Wage Determination. “I want to personally congratulate and commend the workers at The Bionetics Corporation....

Machinists Call Out Harley’s Outsourcing Blame Game

Harley-Davidson is blaming newly-imposed European Union tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles for the company’s most recent plans to offshore production. Harley-Davidson already has plants in Brazil and India, and plans to open another this year in Thailand. “Harley workers are left wondering if Harley is still committed to manufacturing in America,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Isn’t Harley afraid that replacing ‘Made in America’ with ‘Made in Thailand’ will destroy their iconic brand? If 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....

Pennsylvania Machinists Ratify New Contract

Nearly 300 IAM Local 1842 members recently voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract with modular and manufactured home builder Commodore and Colony Homes. The new five-year agreement includes wage increases, pension increases and continued health care coverage with cost containment measures. The contract also has increases in life and accidental death insurance and sickness and accident benefits. “We were able to put to use all the tools available to us as IAM members...