• Tap into the IAM Advantage

    IAM Membership brings industry-leading contracts, good pay, respect on the job and much more. Find out more about the IAM Advantage, and spread the word about what our union offers its members.

    As part of the Machinists Union family, you have access to unique scholarship and educational opportunities, a broad variety of worker-based assistance programs and discounts available only to union members.

    Learn more about:

    Education

    Scholarships

    Employee Assistance Program

    Union Plus

    Visit IAM Advantage for information on these and other benefits of IAM membership.

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  • IAM Members Working Toward a Bright Future in Aerospace

    The 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference was held last week in Fort Worth, TX with nearly 300 delegates in attendance. International President Bob Martinez hosted the conference, which included a tour of the Lockheed Martin F35 production facility.

    View photos from the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference.

    The conference focused on issues surrounding the aerospace industry in the areas of collective bargaining, healthcare, new technology and organizing. Attendees took part in breakout sessions discussing these areas with experienced members of each field.

    In attendance were two of the IAM’s newest members who helped their fellow Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina stand up to Boeing’s anti-union pressure and voted to have a voice in their workplace. They joined IAM Organizing Department Director Vinny Addeo in a panel discussion about their fight for union representation.

    IAM District 776 hosted Activate Live for the F-35 plant tour and cookout.

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    Activate Live: Aerospace Conference ( Fort Worth, TX)

    Activate Live: Aerospace Conference (Fort Worth, TX) in our IAMAW Southern Territory.

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    Solutions to bargaining issues was skillfully taught by Mary McHugh, there were some discussion on effective…

    Posted by IAM Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 44 on Friday, September 14, 2018

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    Some of our own at the 2018 Aerospace Conference

    Posted by IAM&AW Local Lodge 2003 on Friday, September 14, 2018

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    Not all but many of the Southern Territory Family making a difference at the 2018 Aerospace Conference #iamsouth

    Posted by IAMAW Southern Territory on Thursday, September 13, 2018

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  • Help Needed for IAM Members Affected by Hurricane Florence

    Just days after Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast, the monstrous storm’s havoc continues to spread across much of the eastern United States. With a toll of more than 30 lives lost and floodwaters rising, it will take months to assess the brunt of its impact.

    Hurricane victims include Machinists Union members and they need help now in the recovery process. You can help your Brothers and Sisters by donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund today.

    If you are an IAM member affected by the storm, you can apply for assistance from the IAM Disaster Relief Fund here.

    If you participate in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.

    IAM members can also receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program. Services include assistance with addictions, mental health, stress, depression and financial hardship. You can reach the confidential IAM Assistance Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing iameap@iamaw.org.

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  • A New Local Lodge and New Leaders for the IAM in Canada

    The Machinists Union recently welcomed more than 2,400 new members, as Local Lodge 1231 was chartered to represent Personal Service Workers in the Toronto area. A group of new leaders took part in the Leadership I program at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.

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  • 2019 IAM Scholarship Competition Is Now Accepting Applications

    The 2019 IAM Scholarship Competition is now accepting applications. The competition is open to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

    SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    This scholarship competition is open each year to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this Announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

    The Scholarship Competition
    Scholarships to make possible the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification are determined in a competition among eligible applicants that is judged by a special Selection Committee.

    Amount of the Awards
    Awards to members are $2,000 per academic year. They are granted for a specific period from one to four years to enable the member to earn a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification.

    Awards to Children of Members are: College — $1,000 per academic year. All awards are renewed each year until a Bachelor’s degree is obtained up to a maximum of four years. Vocational/Technical School — $2,000 per year until certification is reached up to a maximum of two years.

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    ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPETITION

    An Eligible Applicant Must Be Either —

    • an IAM member; or
    • the son, daughter, stepchild or legally adopted child of an IAM member.

    A Member Applicant –

    • must have two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of the competition which is February 22, 2019;
    • may apply either when entering college or vocational/technical school as a freshman or at a higher level with some college credits already completed;
    • may apply as a full-time or part-time student; and
    • if not a winner, may apply again the following year.

    Child of a Member Applicant –

    • must have one living parent with two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of February 22, 2019;
    • will be eligible if the parent member died after the son or daughter entered high school, and the parent had two years of “continuous good-standing membership” at the time of death;
    • a “continuous good-standing membership” is understood to be a period of membership during which the member continuously paid monthly dues uninterrupted by withdrawal cards;
    • must be planning to graduate high school during the winter or by the end of the spring 2019 school year
    • must plan to take a regular college or vocational/technical program on a full-time basis, maintaining qualifying grades.

    Ineligible Applicants Include –

    • applicants who do not intend to work without interruption for a bachelor’s degree or completion of a vocational/technical school certification;
    • members’ children who are attending or have already attended college or vocational/technical school;
    • children of members on the payroll of the Grand Lodge,
    • graduate students; and
    • applicants who do not plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational/technical school.
    • retired members

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    HOW TO APPLY FOR A 2019 IAM SCHOLARSHIP

    There are three different Application Packets. Please choose the appropriate link below to apply for an IAM Scholarship. The Application Packet must be completed and postmarked by February 22, 2019.

    1. Children of members (college) ENGLISH | FRENCH
    2. Children of members (vocational/technical school) ENGLISH | FRENCH
    3. Members (college or vocational/technical school) ENGLISH | FRENCH

    To be valid, an application must be submitted on the appropriate form. If you do not qualify under the above requirements, please do not send an application. No exceptions can be made to the rules. Application Packets for the 2019 competition may also be obtained by calling our scholarship department at 301-967-4708 or by emailing scholarship@iamaw.org.

    Application packets postmarked later than February 22, 2019, will NOT be acknowledged or considered. No exceptions will be permitted even if a third party is responsible for the delay.

    IMPORTANT: Complete the application and MAIL TO:
    IAM Scholarship Program
    9000 Machinists Place, Room 204
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687

    All Scholarship Applicants are advised –

    • to obtain guidance from their high school teachers and counselors in pursuing a college education or for attending vocational/technical school;
    • not to wait until awards are announced before making other plans for financing a college education;
    • to apply early for scholarships or awards from several other sources; and
    • to make early application for admission to at least three colleges.

    The Selection Committee
    Award recipients will be chosen by an independent Selection Committee composed of three qualified educators from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

    The Selection Procedure
    The Committee attempts to select from each IAM territory applicants who have demonstrated learning ability and all-around suitability for college work or for attending vocational/technical school. In reaching this determination, many factors are taken into consideration, including: grades, attitude toward study, personal references, available test scores, the opinion of counselors and teachers and activities outside of school. For member applicants, weight is given to participation in local lodge responsibilities. Canadian students are judged according to Canadian scholastic standards. The IAM scholarship winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the summer of 2019 on the IAM website.

    All Award Recipients –

    • are responsible for obtaining admission to the college or vocational/technical school of the student’s choice;
    • must take a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent if attending college or the required courses for vocational/technical school; and
    • may attend a two-year accredited college and transfer for the last two years.**

    The Sponsoring Member and Member Applicants –

    • must maintain continuous good-standing membership throughout the life of the award or have been issued an honorary withdrawal card due to a lay-off, plant closing or retirement after the scholarship has been awarded.

    ** For college scholarship recipients only.

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    GENERAL INFORMATION

    When proper notification is submitted to the Scholarship Committee, the following may be approved: If the recipient enlists in the military, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than three years.

    If the recipient enters the Peace Corps, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than two years.

    The recipient must apply for reinstatement of the scholarship within three months after discharge from the military service or Peace Corps and must enroll in college.
    A request for temporary suspension for academic reasons may be granted for a period not exceeding one year.

    In the case of illness or accident, the award may be held in reserve for a period not to exceed two years. The student would be expected to resume college or vocational/technical work as soon as possible.

    The IAM will set aside the total amount in the Scholarship Fund necessary to finance the student through the period of the award. The Program was established in the confident expectation that it will remain indefinitely, as long as donations continue. If unforeseen circumstances should cause the Program to be discontinued, scholarships in effect would be continued for their duration, and all money remaining in the Fund would be used solely for educational purposes.

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    ALTERNATE RESOURCES

    Union Plus Credit Card Scholarships.

    Send a postcard with your name, return address, telephone number and union to: Union Plus Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 34800, Wash., DC 20043-4800 or download the application from the Union Privilege website in early September: www.unionplus.org/scholarships.

    Federal Student Aid Information Center.

    Call 1-800-433-3243 for a free copy of “The Student Guide.” The website is www.StudentAid.ed.gov then link to publications or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Vocational-Technical Information.

    The website is: http://www.trade-schools.net for information

    on Vo-tech schools in the U.S. and Canada or www.accsct.org

    for an alternate U.S. site.

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  • Liderazgo español que surgiré en octubre

    En este difícil panorama político actual, las clases de Liderazgo en español son más importantes que nunca. Hoy, más que nunca, la diversidad se ha convertido en la clave para mantener lo que tenemos, una visión puesta en el crecimiento solo puede suceder con una logia sólido llena de miembros dedicados y educados. La última clase en español este año, Liderazgo en Español I, tendrá lugar del 21 al 26 de octubre.

    Necesitamos educar a nuestros miembros para que puedan ser más activos en sus locales,  comunidades, en todo el IAM, y el movimiento laboral. Las clases de Liderazgo en español en el Centro Winpisinger proporcionan las herramientas necesarias para que nuestros miembros activistas promuevan y protejan el movimiento obrero, estos son la próxima generación de líderes que saldrán y educarán a la población de habla hispana dentro de nuestras comunidades.

    Los miembros de la unión bilingüe son el puente para los que no hablan inglés dentro de nuestra unión, las comunidades y juegan un papel vital en la organización. W3 continúa como la vanguardia de la educación unionista en la nación y debemos aprovechar los abundantes recursos disponibles en nuestro Centro de Educación.

    La fecha límite de inscripción se acerca rápidamente. Hable con su membresía, con los líderes de su logia, a nivel local y distrital y en todos los niveles, sobre la importancia de estas clases de español. Identifiquemos a los participantes y anímelos a participar y envíe a estos miembros de habla hispana a la próxima clase de Liderazgo en español en el Centro Winpisinger.

    Este programa capacita a la próxima generación de líderes y organizadores dentro de nuestra unión. Tenga en cuenta que las inscripciones en cualquiera de los programas de liderazgo en español no cuentan en contra de las asignaciones de escuela de liderazgo regulares de su logia.

    Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción en español o inglés directamente desde el sitio web del Centro Winpisinger.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los Programas de Liderazgo en español o si necesita información adicional, comuníquese con Edmundo Osorio al (301) 373-8814 o eosorio@iamaw.org

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  • Spanish Leadership I Coming Up In October

    In today’s difficult political landscape the Spanish Leadership classes are more important than ever before. Today, more than ever, diversity has become the key to maintaining what we have with a vision set on growth, this can only happen with a robust lodge filled with dedicated and educated members. The last Spanish class this year, Spanish Leadership I, will take place October 21st to 26th.

    We need to educate our members so they can become more active in their locals and communities throughout the IAM and the labor movement. The Spanish Leadership classes at W3 provide the tools necessary for grassroots activists to promote and protect the labor movement, these are the next generation of leaders who will go out and educate the Spanish speaking population within our communities.

    Bilingual union members are the bridge to the non-English speakers within our union and the communities and play a vital role in organizing. W3 continues as the vanguard of unionist education in the nation and we must take advantage of the rich resources available at our Education Center.

    The enrollment deadline is fast approaching. Talk to your membership, lodge leaders, at the local and district and all levels, about the importance of these Spanish classes. Let’s identify participants and encourage them to participate and send these Spanish speaking members to the upcoming Spanish Leadership class at the Winpisinger Center.

    This program trains the next generation of leaders and organizers within our union. Please note that enrollments in any of the Spanish Leadership programs do not count against your Lodge’s regular Leadership school allotments.

    Click here to download enrollment forms in either Spanish or English directly from the Winpisinger Center’s website.

    If you have any questions about the Spanish Leadership Programs or need any additional information, please contact Edmundo Osorio at (301) 373-8814 or eosorio@iamaw.org

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  • Support GDA with Teddy the Dog Purchases this Month

    September is National Guide Dog Month and Teddy the Dog Apparel will donate  $3 from each purchase of their custom “Always by my Guide” T-shirts and bags to Guide Dogs of America.

    Show off your style and place order by September 30, 2018 to support the IAM’s No. 1 charity, Always by My Guide

    Guide Dogs of America empowers people who are blind and visually impaired to live with increased independence, confidence and mobility by providing expertly matched guide dog partners.

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  • IAM Mechanics Local 701 Joins Vocational Training Partnership with Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Chicago AFL-CIO

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces a $12 million investment in career and technical education at Chicago’s Prosser Career Academy High School. IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 will assist the school in developing a 21st-century training program in automotive tech.

    IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Federation of Labor in announcing a $12 million investment in career and technical education at Chicago’s Prosser Career Academy. Local 701 will assist the high school in developing a 21st-century training program in automotive tech.

    See photos from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement

    “Prosser will soon serve as a national model for specialized trade schools and showcase what our students can accomplish when given the opportunity to succeed,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By infusing our schools with strong partnerships like these, the future is brighter not only for our students but for employers across the city. I want to thank the Chicago Federation of Labor and all of our industry partners who are helping Chicago students to gain the skills necessary to access a 21st century career.”

    Representing IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s, center, announcement were training department program director Dan Donahue, not pictured, and organizers Rich Handler, left, and Mike Wendling, right.

    Prosser’s automotive department, where high school students learn basic automotive and small engine repair, will benefit from the investment as the plan calls for major facility improvements and outdated equipment replacement. The Chicago Public School system has requested the IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 Training Fund work with the school in defining a pre-apprenticeship program curriculum and identifying the most relevant automotive training tools and equipment.

    IAM Local 701 is home to the IAM Local 701 Union and Training Facility – a first-rate automotive training center, which offers classes and on-the-job training on everything from basic auto mechanics to brakes, electrical, welding and cooling systems.

    “We’ve been talking with the mayor and his administration for over a year, trying to patch in the high school students,” said IAM Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli. “We see this as a great growth opportunity for our organization and our trade. We’re certainly lacking with back-filling people and we have a lot of people retiring. This is a great opportunity to capitalize on the shortage of mechanics, as well as be the frontrunner in organizing and growing the automotive industry.”

    “The Mechanics Local 701 Training Fund looks forward to working with the automotive technology program at Prosser Career Academy in the development of the next generation of mechanics,” said IAM Local 701 Training Fund Program Director Dan Donahue. “Working closely with Prosser students and instructors, the training fund will be able to credit promising technicians for their high school work which will shorten the classroom time it takes to progress from an apprentice to a productive journeyman mechanic.”

    “Congratulations to Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli and the staff of IAM Local 701,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “For years, we’ve been telling our children that to make it in life you have to finish high school and go to college. Get a four-year degree. That was a huge mistake to our future workforce and to our country. The truth is jobs that require a four-year degree today make up less than half of the job market.

    “Over the last 50 years or so, we’ve watched as public school systems have cut funding to vocational school programs one by one. Today’s announcement was a huge step in the right direction and the first step in rebuilding America’s middle class. I’m proud to see Local 701 and their state-of-the-art training center continuing to lead the way in automotive training for mechanics of the future.”

    The $12 million investment will include other labor partners in their respective industries, as well. Other labor partners include UNITE HERE Local 1 in culinary arts and food service, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 in electrical and alternative energy, and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in carpentry and construction trades.

    See photos from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement

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  • IP Martinez, GVP Allen Visit Members in San Diego

    International President Bob Martinez along with Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen, and other Grand Lodge and District Lodge staff members toured United Technologies (UTC) and Solar Turbines facilities to visit and connect with Machinists Union members in the San Diego area.

    “Whenever I have the opportunity to visit our members on the job, my pride in this union increases,” said Martinez. “The future is being built here in Southern California by the Machinists of Local 389 and 755, and I am privileged to meet them.”

    General Vice President Gary Allen also commented, “Machinists in San Diego are extremely hardworking and committed to their community.  All of the Locals in the area have been committed to organizing new members, helping to bring the benefits of IAM membership to working families in San Diego.”

    The visit coincided with the recent decision by UTC to close their Chula Vista, CA facility and ship those jobs to Mexico.

    “We have had enough of greedy corporations stealing the livelihoods of highly-skilled IAM members and other working people,” said Martinez. “The trend of shamelessly moving jobs off shore or south of the border cannot be allowed to continue, and we are committed to the fight here in Chula Vista.”

    “We will continue to do everything in our power to make the decision by UTC to send good paying jobs over the border the worst decision they ever made,” said GVP Allen.  “Our Union has fought to maintain working class jobs in San Diego and will continue to fight to keep those jobs in San Diego.”

    The plant closure stands to send 344 jobs to Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

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