Category: National News

Solidarity Pays Off for Local 1243 Red River Army Depot Machinists

Patience and solidarity has netted a strong new contract for approximately 500 IAM Local 1243 members at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX. The IAM Local 1243 Negotiating Committee stood strong and held out for a better contract after the company’s original final offer significantly raised employee health insurance costs, especially for family coverage. […]

How the Executive Orders Affect Federal Workers

PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW The recent presidential executive orders end 40 years of legislative support for the right of federal union representatives to help colleagues file grievances, address sexual harass­ment claims, and gain whistle-blower protection. The orders will make it so that employers can use excessive punishment on employees for minimal issues, including […]

Striking Local 708 Members Back to Work

IMAIL October 22, 2019 “The members of Local 708 stood in solidarity and were able to obtain several gains in their agreement,” said Chief Negotiator Tyson Kelly. “We do not arrive at the bargaining table to negotiate strikes; we are there to bargain for reasonable agreements and that is what we were able to achieve […]

Tell the Senate to Save Multi-employer Pensions, Support the Butch Lewis Act

IMAIL   September 10, 2019 The IAM sent a letter urging members of the U.S. Senate to cosponsor and support S. 2254, the Butch Lewis Act of 2019. This vitally important legislation, led by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) would help save financially-troubled multiemployer pension plans […]

Tough Conversations in the South

From IMAIL August 27, 2019 America Doesn’t Work Without Workers was the theme of the 2019 Southern States Conference of Machinists (SSCM) held recently in San Antonio, TX.  This concept resonated with the nearly 200 delegates from the IAM’s southern territory who gathered to talk about work, politics and everything in between. “The SSCM is […]

Join the Petition to Support IAM Members at Boeing South Carolina

Let’s keep the pressure on Boeing Co. to reinstate our fellow IAM members who were unjustly fired at the company’s campus in North Charleston, S.C. Please sign the petition urging Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to immediately allow the workers to return to work. As you may know, a National Labor Relations Board region recently found merit in […]

Machinists, IBEW Reach Tentative Agreement with General Electric

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2019 – Negotiating committees for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) at General Electric reached a tentative agreement with the company that offers significant improvements to the company’s proposal that was previously rejected by the membership. The IAM and IBEW committees recommend the […]

50 Years Ago, Machinists Push to the Moon

  IMAIL July 16, 2019 Fifty years ago, NASA launched its epic Apollo 11 flight placing man on the moon for the first time. The mission was aided by scores of Machinists Union members. The eight-day Apollo mission started with the July 16, 1969 takeoff of a Saturn V rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center […]