• Machinists Union Signs Alliance Agreement with Spain’s Federación de Servicios a la Ciudadanía

    GVP Pantoja and CCOO Civil Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sanchez Rollon as they completed signing the Alliance Agreement.

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) signed an Alliance Agreement with Spain’s Federation de Services a la Ciudadania (CCOO). IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja signed the Affiliation Agreement with CCOO Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sanchez Rollon.

    “This alliance further strengthens the bonds that our two great unions have formed working closely together for years,” said International President Robert Martinez, Jr.

    CCOO represents more than 12,000 workers employed in Spain’s civil aviation industry, both on the ground and in the air. There are CCOO members in all Spanish aviation companies, including Iberia, Vueling and Iberia Express, in addition to ground handling companies and air traffic management services.

    “Airlines depend on international alliances such as One World, Star Alliance and SkyTeam,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Unions representing workers in these airline alliances need to coordinate their efforts as well. International trade union alliances such as this one overcome the barriers that geography and language may put in our way and ultimately allow us to improve our members’ lives.”

    The Alliance Agreement, signed this week in Malaga, Spain, states in part:

    We know that we must build an even stronger relationship if we are to successfully face the challenges that lie ahead. Globalization in the transportation industry has expanded the world to the point that what impacts each of us, impacts the other. Therefore, we must forge new and dynamic strategies that will have real and meaningful impact on our respective members. 

    In our continued cooperation, we will develop concrete programs aimed at strengthening trade union and human rights for transportation workers in North America, Spain and around the world.  Our cooperation will also include building a more solid understanding of the general and specific challenges, both domestic and international, that each of our members confront in today’s global economy. Our efforts will be guided by our joint commitment to oppose those air transport companies and third party providers which are oriented solely at obtaining bigger profits at the expense of the workers that are responsible for their success.

    This is the sixth international Alliance Agreement the IAM has signed. It is the third agreement signed with a labor union that represents transportation workers. In 2017 the Machinists signed an Alliance Agreement with Italy’s FIT-CISL, and in 2010 the IAM signed an Alliance Agreement with the Japan Federation of Aviation Workers’ Unions (KOHKUREN).

    From left to right: CCOO Civil Aviation Organization & Finances Secretary Jon Hettera, IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, CCOO Civil Aviation General Secretary Manuel Sánchez Rollón, IAM Transportation Chief of Staff Joseph Tiberi, Head of CCOO Civil Aviation for Andalucía Region Fernando Gordillo.

    Read the Spanish language Alliance Agreement.

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  • Watch International President Martinez’s Compelling Speech on Unity

    The time is now for working people to unite like never before, said IAM International President Bob Martinez in a rousing speech to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

    “I firmly believe that the time is now for a united, strong, unbreakable movement of working people standing for a better life,” said Martinez. “I cannot think of a more important time than right now to fight like hell for working people.”

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    Ready to Fight for What’s Right

    MUST WATCH: IAM International President Bob Martinez delivers a powerful speech on race, class and our moral duty to unite all working people.

    Posted by Machinists Union on Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Martinez addressed more than 800 CBTU delegates with a message focused on solidarity, justice, respect and dignity.

    The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, founded in 1972, is the largest independent voice of more than 2.2-million African-American workers in labor unions today. With more than 50 chapters in major U.S. cities and one in Ontario, Canada, CBTU is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of black workers and their communities.

    Join the CBTU.

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  • Machinists Call on Boeing to Negotiate in South Carolina

    After voting nearly two-to-one for the IAM, Boeing Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina officially have the legal right to negotiate a better life for themselves and their families.

    “The Machinists Union represents 35,000 members at Boeing locations throughout the nation,” said Mike Evans, IAM Boeing SC Lead Organizer. “For some reason, Boeing executives are choosing to ignore the wishes of hard-working men and women in South Carolina.

    Boeing has refused to bargain while their yet-to-be-filed appeal is being reviewed by the NLRB.

    “Boeing workers in South Carolina have the same rights to freedom at work as every American worker,” said Evans. “We will continue to call on Boeing to treat every worker with respect and join us at the negotiating table to continue our partnership for the betterment of every Boeing employee.”

    Read: Boeing won’t recognize union win at North Charleston plant as it appeals historic vote – Post and Courier

    Watch: Boeing won’t negotiate with union after Lowcountry flight line workers vote to join – Live 5 News Charleston

    The Machinists Union represents 35,000 Boeing employees at numerous locations nationwide and 600,000 active and retired members in the North American aerospace, defense, airline, manufacturing, transportation, woodworking, the federal sector and other industries. Machinists Union members work at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Electric, United Airlines, Harley-Davidson and more. Visit goIAM.org for more information.

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  • First Master’s Degrees Conferred in IAM’s Empire State College Partnership

    Grace DiBartolo and Edison Fraser became the first two IAM members to earn master’s degrees through a partnership with SUNY Empire State College. The school’s graduation ceremonies took place June 7 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

    DiBartolo is a Lead Customer Service Representative at United Airlines and serves as the grievance committee secretary and trustee at IAM Local 914 in Newark, NJ.

    “I am very excited. It’s been a long time and I’ve worked very hard,” said DiBartolo. “I dropped out of school over thirty years ago but it’s always been a dream of mine to go back to school.”

    Fraser currently serves as a Grand Lodge Representative for the Transportation Territory and initiated into Baltimore IAM Local 846 as a Customer Service Agent for Southwest Airlines.

    “I believe this is a wonderful program that the IAM has put together,” said Fraser. “As a leader, if I’m doing higher education, I’m going to encourage all my members to do the same.”

    Watch a short video of DiBartolo and Fraser on their graduation day.

    The SUNY Empire State College Labor Union Partnership Program gives IAM members a practical and affordable opportunity to earn associate, bachelors and master’s degrees.

    “It reflects a really remarkable amount of hard work and dedication on their part,” said William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center Director Chris Wagoner. “ And we’re really proud and excited that this partnership has come to fruition in this way.”

    Click here to get information on the program.

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  • Machinists Honor U.S. Army on 243rd Birthday

    On National Flag Day, the Machinists Union is proud to congratulate the U.S. Army, as celebrates another year in its distinguished history.

    “On this day 243 years ago, one of the world’s most respected organizations was born,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For nearly a quarter century, the men and women of the U.S. Army have bravely served and made our nation like no other in history. Today I speak for all Machinists when I say happy birthday to the U.S. Army.”

    The IAM represents thousands of members currently serving in the Army or who are veterans. The IAM Veteran Services Department was established to assist veteran U.S. and Canadian armed forces members.

    The 2018 IAM Veterans Services Program will convene September 30–October 5 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    Click here for information and the registration form.

    The deadline to register is July 30, 2018.

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  • Machinists: White House’s Attack on Federal Workers is Illegal

    WASHINGTON – The Machinists Union (IAM) and a dozen other unions have filed suit against the Trump administration to stop the president’s executive orders that take away rights from federal workers.

    “We refuse to sit on the sidelines while the president oversteps his constitutional authority and tramples on the freedom of working people to join together,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Federal employees who fulfill our country’s mission every day should not be used as pawns in a political game.”

    The lawsuit contests the legality of the president’s May 25 executive orders that override Congress to slash federal employee rights to collective bargaining and due process.

    The IAM filed the lawsuit on June 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It includes six counts challenging the president’s executive orders.

    “Freedom of association and our system of checks and balances are at stake,” said Martinez. “The courts need to seriously consider the ramifications of allowing the executive branch to unilaterally change law passed by the Congress.”

    Other unions to sign on to the Machinists’ lawsuit include:

    • National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM)
    • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
    • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
    • Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
    • Federal Education Association (FEA)
    • Patent Office Professional Association (POPA)
    • National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO)
    • National Association of Government Employees (NAGE-SEIU)
    • Seafarers International Union (SIU)
    • Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA)
    • Federation of Indian Service Employees (FISE)

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents approximately 110,000 federal workers in the Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, and more than 30 federal departments and agencies. Visit goIAM.org for more information.

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  • Utah and Idaho IAM Locals Raise $7K for Guide Dogs

    Salt Lake City, UT IAM Local 568 teamed up with Blackfoot, ID Local 2006 recently and held their 10th annual car show raising $7,000 for Guide Dogs of America. More than 30 cars came out to Magna, Utah to show their support for the Guide Dogs of America Car Show.

    “We moved the show to this new location to build more participation for the future and for the first year we raised good money for the dogs,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Mike Wardle.  “Many thanks to Local 568 President, Andy Allen, for his hard work and support, along with all of the volunteers from Local 568, and all of the Car Guys/Gals that pitched in to help make this event a success, it couldn’t have been done without them.”

    “Mike and Glenna Wardle’s dedication to this great cause is immeasurable, I would like to thank them for their continued hard work to make this car show a success year after year,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “The generosity of Local 568, 2006 and the local community is astounding.”

    Numerous awards were presented along with raffle prize and auction items provided through tremendous support from the community.

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  • IAM Local 701 Auto Mechanics Receive ‘Solidarity Award’ for 2017 Industry-Leading Strike

    Members of Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 receive the DePaul University Labor Education Center “Solidarity Award” for their “courage, dedication, unity and solidarity” during a seven-week strike last year that ended with industry-leading increases in mechanic wages, benefits and working conditions.

    Members of Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 were recently honored for their “courage, dedication, unity and solidarity” during a seven-week strike last year that ended with industry-leading increases in mechanic wages, benefits and working conditions.

    Chicago’s DePaul University Labor Education Center presented the more than 1,900 members with the 2018 Solidarity Award Sunday.

    Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli accepted the award on behalf of the members – but under one condition, said Cicinelli.

    “I took a call from the Director of DePaul’s Labor Education Program in early March,” said Cicinelli. “She said she wanted to award me for ‘leading a successful strike’ and for doing a ‘great job maintaining the continuity of the members.’ My response was that I was honored to accept the award under the condition that the award wasn’t for me, but rather should go to our members, all 1,949 of them, who laid their tools down and took the initiative to say enough is enough and fought for a respectable agreement.

    “She agreed and then renamed the award the ‘Solidarity Award’ to encompass our members. With that change, I was honored to accept the award on our members’ behalf.”

    The Chicago IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 is the largest mechanics union in the U.S., representing more than 6,000 highly-skilled craftsmen in the automotive industry. The strike, which took place at 130 new car dealerships across the city of Chicago, had a tremendous effect on the automobile industry across the country, setting new standards and shedding a much-needed light on the industry’s shortcomings when it comes to fair wages and attracting younger workers.

    Read Chicago Auto Mechanics Reach Agreement with Dealerships, End Seven-Week Strike

    “Congratulations to the members of IAM Automobile Mechanics Local 701 on such a prestigious honor and much-deserved award,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “Your members are the strength of this union. Without their conviction, determination and resolve to stick together throughout what was a tough seven weeks, they would have never gained the industry-leading contract they so rightfully deserved.”

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  • Just Be You

    As he does every day, Bruce Mills glanced at his phone this morning to see the daily text from Tamara, his wife of twenty-one years.  The message read, “I believe in you.”

    Armed with those words, Bruce Mills will start his day in his new job as the Interim President/DBR of IAM District Lodge 27 after the untimely death of the former DBR Billy Stivers. He knows, firsthand, he has some big shoes to fill.

    “I’m excited but also nervous because I want to do great,” said Mills.  “To carry on Billy’s name and be a good successor.”

    “Losing Billy was tough, not just for the Machinists Union but for all working people in the South.  But the Southern Territory is enthusiastic to welcome another true unionist to oversee the District,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin.  “Bruce Mills’ background shows that he understands that our work is not for ourselves.  It’s to make sure that all the working men and women in the South, and across the country, are given the chance to succeed under a strong, Machinist contract that offers a fair wage, security and a voice on a job.  Just like the bastions of Wall Street, the working people of the U.S.A. deserve a chance at the American Dream.”

    Recording Secretary Bob Boehnlein was the one to recommend Mills for the job.  At 80 years old, with more than 4 decades at District Lodge 27, he knows Mills is the right person for the job. “He is a very impressive young man.  He listens, ascertains and responds and those are traits I find lacking in many Union Representatives.  If you have the right person, in the right position, the Membership is a whole lot happier and better taken care of…and that’s why Bruce will be a great DBR.”

    In 2007, Mills became an IAM member when he started working for Raytheon in Louisville, KY as an Electronics Mechanic.  One personal grievance fight against management early on in his career was all he needed to spark his desire to do more for his Brothers and Sisters in the shop.  He soon signed on to become a trustee at his local, Lodge 830, which eventually led him to the position of Vice-President and later President of the same local.  He was soon the Vice-President of the District and hungry to learn what more he could do.

    “Billy gave me the best advice. He told me it all boils down to motivating people to do their best. And the way to do that is to Just be you,” remembers Mills.

    And that’s exactly what he has tried to do throughout his union career and his life.

    “My Father was in the military, as well as my brothers and my son.  Working at Raytheon was my way of giving back. I have a passion to contribute,” said Mills.

    As a father, husband, church leader and community volunteer, Bruce understands how a guiding hand can change everything.  His way of looking at things is very simple.  Unapologetically, Bruce explains.  “Come to work, do your job and if we have disagreement, we can work it out. It’s about fighting for what’s right for all of us.  I believe in what’s fair for everyone, not just me.”

    Like Billy said, “Just be you.”

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  • U.S., Canadian Machinists are United on Trade

    The Machinists Union is raising strong concerns regarding the recently announced direction of the Administration’s trade policy.

    “Criticizing Canada’s trade practices does not contribute to improving the lives of our members, who have been so devastated by a trade agenda that favors corporations over workers,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Administration should be focusing our efforts on stopping China from violating trade rules, not insulting our closest ally.”

    Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall echoed these objections.

    “In the current environment, with the U.S. President alleging Canada to be a ‘national security threat,’ it is absolutely crucial that we stand together as union Sisters and Brothers across our borders and work together in solidarity. This is even more important where we have industries in common such as aerospace and defense.”

    The IAM continues to strongly support efforts to stop China from forcing the transfer of technology and production through tariffs and multilateral actions at the World Trade Organization. The Machinists also continue to support tariffs on dumped steel and aluminum from China.

    But Martinez says the IAM is 100 percent opposed to tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, or any action that would start a trade war with our friend and ally, Canada.

    “Instead of targeting Canada, the Administration should also be focusing its energy on negotiating dramatic changes to NAFTA that will benefit all North American workers,” said Martinez. “Among many other provisions, negotiators must not settle for a labor provision that copies what was proposed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

    The IAM is continuing its demand that a renegotiated NAFTA explicitly state that labor standards are defined by conventions adopted by the International Labor Organization, an agency under the United-Nations.

    Canada’s proposal most closely reflects this demand. Moreover, Canadian negotiators have it right: so-called right-to-work laws in the U.S. are nothing more than cover for preventing workers to unionize. The IAM continues to urge U.S. negotiators to explicitly include ILO conventions in the proposed labor chapter.

    The national security of the U.S. and Canada are dependent on each other. U.S. and Canadian procurement laws must recognize that products made by workers in both countries are essential for the safety and security of our two great nations. Recent legislative amendments regarding Buy American laws, which are supported by the IAM, would not change current waivers for national security, which can be relied on to procure goods from Canada.

    “The IAM also recognizes and supports the critical importance in maintaining the Canada- U.S. Defence Production Sharing Arrangement (DPSA) and the Defence Development Sharing Agreement (DDSA),” said Martinez. “These programs are further proof of our interdependent economic relationship, which is essential for U.S. and Canadian security.”

    “It is vitally important that the Canada-U.S. DPSA be maintained to the benefit of workers in both countries,” said Pickthall. “We as the IAM will fight for this arrangement to be continued, and to treat our Canadian Sisters and Brothers equally in bidding this work.”

    “Supply chains in manufacturing industries such as aerospace have developed a level of partnership that goes beyond our borders. We will all lose if we persist on this path, which could lead to job losses and a weakening of economic activity in both our countries,” said IAM Quebec Coordinator Dave Chartrand.

    “In these growing times of uncertainty, it more critical than ever that we adopt trade policies that bring the U.S. and Canada closer together—not rip us apart,” said Martinez. “We urge the Administration to refocus its efforts on curtailing China’s unfair trade practices and renegotiating NAFTA to include strong and enforceable labor standards explicitly reflected by ILO Conventions. Insulting our closest friend and ally is not in the best interest of U.S. and Canadian workers.”

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