Garza Appointed Director of New IAM Healthcare Department

IAM International President Bob Martinez has appointed longtime healthcare worker advocate Marti A. Garza as director of the IAM’s Healthcare Department. Garza comes to the IAM with over two decades of organizing, collective bargaining and strategic campaigning experience. He has spent more than a decade supporting workers in the healthcare industry, organized and unorganized, in standing up and fiercely advocating for their profession and their patients, including serving as one of the founding organizers...

Call Now to Stop Kavanaugh

The majority in the U.S. Senate plans on voting as soon as Friday to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Call your senators now and urge them to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The next justice confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the Court will play a pivotal role in new cases addressing voting rights issues, health care coverage for pre-existing conditions, worker safety issues and collective bargaining rights for generations to come....

Wichita Hits a Hole-In-One for GDA

There was no seven-year itch between the Machinists of District 70 and the Guide Dogs of America as the two recently hosted the 7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, KS. 10_04_2018_1_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser 10_04_2018_2_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser 10_04_2018_3_7th Annual Robert Martinez Jr. Invitational Golf Fundraiser “Each and every year our Machinist Brothers and Sisters...

Chicago Airport Workers Vote IAM Yes

Swissport workers at Chicago’s O’Hare airport voted overwhelmingly in favor of IAM representation last week. Workers cited safety, work-life balance and respect on the job as the primary reasons for voting to join the IAM. The group consists of more than 100 ramp service agents and lead ramp service agents. “All these workers wanted was a chance to make their job a little bit better and be treated with the respect they deserve,” said...

Boeing Urged by Bipartisan House Coalition to Respect South Carolina Workers

A bipartisan group of 177 members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA), sent a bipartisan letter urging Boeing Co. to respect the decision of Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina who voted to join the Machinists Union. In August, 23 U.S. Senators urged Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers. Boeing has refused to negotiate with 178 workers at its North Charleston, S.C. manufacturing facility who...

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...

Arizona IAM Local 933 Opens Negotiations with Raytheon

Nearly 1,300 IAM Local 933 members at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ are standing together for a fair contract in negotiations that kicked off this week. IAM International President Bob Martinez and Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen opened negotiations alongside the bargaining committee. Healthcare, wages and retirement security are important issues. “Our members are the backbone of Raytheon,” said Allen. “In light of Raytheon’s huge profits and the windfall they received...

IAM International President Martinez Announces Retirement of GVP Philip J. Gruber

IAM International President Bob Martinez has announced the retirement of IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, effective December 31, 2018. “Our great union will forever be grateful for the contributions of Phil Gruber,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For more than four-and-a-half decades, Brother Gruber has served our membership with dignity, passion and skill. From the strike line to the negotiating table and everywhere in between, Phil has been the...

House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill, Senate Votes Next

The House yesterday passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that will renew the agency’s funding for another five years. The bill will provide long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation.   “This bill has provisions that help protect IAM members and the traveling public,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “It will also ensure...

Solidarity Changes the Game

“This is what happens when we stand together in solidarity,” said IAM General Vice President Mark A. Blondin happily as he looked over the details of the latest contract coming out of the Machinists’ Southern Territory. When the Remote Pilot Operators or RPOs working for CNI Federal Services at the FAA Center in Oklahoma approached the table, things didn’t go as planned. “The company’s first offer was all takeaways; a decrease in wages, no...