Category: National News

One Year Deal for Machinists at McConnell AFB

From IMAIL, June 13, 2019 IAM Local 708 members in Wichita, KS have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with FlightSafety Services Corporation (FSSC), securing a one-year contract that comes with substantial increases and security for the future. “I admire the strength and solidarity of these Machinists, many of whom fought for this country. They […]

IAM Voices Activate in Las Vegas

June 6, 2019 The 2019 IAM Communications Conference in Las Vegas concludes today and its nearly 200 delegates took part in a program that included guest speakers, discussion panels and group sessions. IAM International President Bob Martinez opened day two with remarks to the delegates about the importance of communications in its ongoing organizing efforts. […]

IAM Files Charges Against Delta Air Lines for Anti-Union Tactics

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today filed election interference charges with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines. The IAM has overwhelming evidence that Delta Air Lines has interfered with the Flight Attendants and Ramp employees’ lawful right to seek a vote for union representation […]

IAM Campaigns Strike a Nerve with Delta Bosses

  Washington D.C., May 9, 2019 — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today issued the following statement in response  to continuing attacks from Delta Air Lines: “Delta Air Lines’ all-out assault on their employees’ legally-protected right to unionize with the Machinists Union is confirmation that our campaign to bring the benefits of […]

Honoring the Fallen on Workers’ Memorial Day

  Nearly 200 IAM members, family and friends gathered Wednesday to mourn and honor working people who have been killed, injured or sickened on the job this past year. The IAM Safety and Health Department hosted the annual Workers’ Memorial Ceremony at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. “This year we […]

Kansas Governor Kelly Supports Striking Machinists

For nearly 60 days, retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot instructor Paul Powell of Local 708 has been on strike against FlightSafety Services Corporation (FSSC). For him, it was an important moment when he heard that Kansas Governor Laura Kelly was going to stop by the strike line to show her support. “Governor Kelly […]

‘We Need Action!’: IAM Transportation Members Growing Solidarity

More than 800 members of the IAM’s largest territory, the Transportation Department, joined together in Las Vegas this week for the 2019 IAM Transportation Conference. The IAM, which represents more than 160,000 members in the airline and rail industries, is North America’s largest union in the sector. Speakers at the conference highlighted American Airlines negotiations, […]

Air Force Union strike nearing the end at McConnell

42 days. That’s how long flight safety service workers have been on strike outside the McConnell Air Force base. Daniel Rodriguez had just uprooted his family from Texas. “We heard there was a new opportunity here in KS for the KC-46. They were like hey would you want to come start up this program,” says […]

Machinists Union, AFL-CIO, Congress Fighting to Secure Back Pay

  The Machinists Union, the AFL-CIO and members of Congress are still fighting to secure back pay for federal contract workers. More than 1 million federal contract workers went without pay during the longest government shutdown in history. After GOP Senators blocked inclusion of federal contractor back pay in the funding bill that ended the […]

Six Weeks In

Six weeks on strike is tough; ask anyone who has ever walked in those shoes. But for the members of Local 708 on strike against FlightSafety Services Corporation (FSSC) in Wichita, KS, there’s really no other choice than to carry on. “What we so often forget when a strike is taking place is the passion is […]