• Like the IAM Federal Workers Facebook Page

    IAM and NFFE-IAM members in the federal sector have a new forum to discuss, share and highlight their issues online.

    Like the IAM Federal Workers Facebook page.

    The page aims to mobilize and inform federal workers in real time on issues ranging from pay and benefits, legislation and government shutdowns.

    “I’m proud that federal workers in our union will now have another place to make their voices heard,” said IAM Government Employees Department Director James E. Price Jr. “We will use the IAM Federal Workers Facebook Page as a listening tool to better serve our membership and as a way to quickly let our members know important information.

    The IAM Government Employees Department asks that members are respectful in their comments, responses and dialog. If you have suggestions to make the page a better forum, please comment or message the page.

    Visit Facebook.com/IAMFederalWorkers.

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  • El programa de Español de Winpisinger se Destacó en El Tiempo Latino de DC

    El Programa de Liderazgo en español del IAM en el Centro de Educativo William W. Winpisinger fue el tema de esta semana en el periódico preeminente en español de Washington D.C., El Tiempo Latino.

    Lea el artículo en español o la traducción en inglés.

    El esfuerzo de la Unión de Maquinistas para promover y aumentar el liderazgo de nuestros miembros hispanohablantes es el resultado de más de una década de desarrollo por parte del Grupo de Liderazgo en Español.

    “Cuando los estudiantes están aquí, tenemos seis instructores de tiempo completo que provienen de diferentes lugares de trabajo”, dijo Edmundo Osorio, Representante de Educación del IAM. “Los alentamos a que alcen sus voces en sus comunidades y consideren los derechos humanos, y hacerlo sin temor a represalias del empleador, porque es importante que se sientan seguros y entiendan su protección bajo las leyes laborales, que conozcan sus derechos y sepan lo que pueden y no pueden hacer”.

    A lo largo de 2018, los cursos de español incluirán Liderazgo I, Liderazgo II, Liderazgo avanzado, Negociaciones colectiva, Organización y Entrenar-al-Entrenador. El primer curso, Liderazgo I, tendrá lugar del 11 al 16 de marzo.

    Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de inscripción en español o inglés directamente desde.

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  • Winpisinger Spanish Program Highlighted in D.C.’s El Tiempo Latino

    The IAM’s Spanish Leadership Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center was the topic this week in Washington D.C.’s preeminent Spanish language newspaper, El Tiempo Latino.

    Read the article in Spanish or the English translation.

    The Machinists Union’s effort to promote and increase leadership by our Spanish-speaking members is the result of more than a decade of development by the Spanish Leadership Working Group.

    “When the students are here we have six full-time instructors that all come from the workplace,” said IAM Education Representative Edmundo Osorio. “We encourage them to raise their voices in their communities and to consider human rights, to do so without fear employer retaliation, because it is important that they feel confident and understand their protection under the labor laws, that they know their rights and know what they can and cannot do.”

    Throughout 2018, Spanish courses will include Leadership I, Leadership II, Advanced Leadership, Collective Bargaining, Organizing and Train-the-Trainer. The first course, Spanish Leadership I, will take place March 11–16.

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

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  • Save the Date: Machinists Union Aerospace Conference on Sept. 10-14

    If you are an IAM member working in the aerospace industry, you won’t want to miss out on the Machinists Union Aerospace Conference September 10-14, 2018 held in Ft. Worth, TX.

    Save the date on your calendar, a call letter will be sent to local and distributed through imail soon.

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  • Labor Leaders Deliver Unified Trade Message to President Trump

    Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed. We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America. Real solutions for any new trade deal must dramatically improve workers’ rights and raise wages and living standards in all three countries.

    Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President

    Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America President

    Robert Martinez. Jr., International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers International President

    James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President

    Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers (USW) International President

    Dennis Williams, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture Implement Workers of America (UAW) President

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  • New York Machinists to Fight Dresser Rand Plant Closure

    Nearly 250 IAM Members in a tiny community of Western New York were left reeling Monday afternoon when Siemens officials suddenly announced the impending sale, and closure of the historic Dresser Rand plant in tiny Wellsville.

    Siemens officials met with members of IAM Local 1580 at the facility dropping the bombshell announcement that Curtiss-Wright is purchasing the Dresser-Rand government business and services portfolio, and that the commercial Power Generation Services work performed at Dresser-Rand will eventually be transferred to Charlotte and other Siemens facilities.

    “The announcement by Siemens officials on Monday came without warning, and without any regard to the workers, their families, nor the future of their families,” said District 65 Directing Business Representative Ron Warner. “I met with the Representatives of IAM Local 1580, and the company on Tuesday, but at this time they have not provided information on how the closure will proceed, and more importantly a detailed timeline.”

    “I will work with the Local 1580 Representatives, and the IAM International to assist our members in every way possible, and assure that our members have the resources necessary going forward,” said Warner. “Make no mistake, this will eviscerate this community. These are good jobs, that reach deeply into this community, and in many cases two, and even three generations deep.”

    “Sadly, this is becoming an all-too-familiar method of doing business by Siemens,” added Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “Acquiring long-standing companies deeply rooted into communities, cherry picking the product line they want, and selling what remains to the highest bidder without regard for the communities, or the working families. Workers in Mount Vernon, OH at Local 90 – that traces its roots in the community back nearly 112 years, faced a similar situation last year when the Rolls-Royce plant was purchased by Siemens.”

    “Dresser-Rand and their dedicated employees have been a staple in the Wellsville community for over 100 years,” said International President Bob Martinez. “This decision by Siemens shows that they have no loyalty to working families and local communities.”

    The IAM has represented workers at the plant since 1942.

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  • Register Now! Basic Communicator Class Deadline is March 9

    Registration is now open for the May 6-11 Basic Communicator Class held by the IAM’s Communication Department. The last Communicator Class filled up quickly, so get registered now in order to secure your spot!

    This a basic course geared toward lodge Communicators to upgrade their skills and take lodge communications to the next level. Instruction will be provided in messaging, news writing, internet research, desktop publishing, photography, video and social media practices.

    Because the course is designed for the entry-level Communicator, priority will be given to participants who have not attended previous Communications Department courses at the Winpisinger Center.

    The deadline to register for the Basic Communicator Class is March 9, 2018.

    Official Call – English | French 

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  • Join Us at the Working People’s Day of Action

    The Supreme Court will soon hear a case that will have a big impact on our voice at work. That’s why working people across the country are making a clear stand to keep the freedoms that we’ve fought for.

    On Saturday, Feb. 24, there will be a day of action, with local events happening coast to coast, to defend our voice on the job and demand an end to an economy designed to favor the rich and powerful on the backs of working families.

    Click here to find a Working People’s Day of Action event near you on Saturday, Feb. 24.

    Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, as they fought for the freedom to join together in a strong union and be treated with dignity and respect at work. They carried signs that boldly proclaimed: “I Am a Man.”

    Fifty years later, corporate lobbyists and special interest groups are bringing a case against working people, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, to the Supreme Court. These are the same extremist voices that actively work to limit voting rights, roll back economic protections, and gut civil and labor rights laws. They’re ratcheting up their fight to break us up because they know we are strongest together.

    Let us know you’ll attend a Working People’s Day of Action event near you.

    When working people speak with a unified voice, we are able to affect the issues and win. That makes it much harder for wealthy elites to tip the economic scales further out of balance.

    Bring your family. Tell your neighbors. Invite your friends. Now is the time for working people to band together, hold the line on our freedom to join together to make improvements at work and demand an economy that works for everyone.

    Click here to RSVP for a Working People’s Day of Action event near you on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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  • IAM/Lockheed Martin Negotiations Update

    According to an article published in the Washington Post this week, Lockheed Martin’s largest customer is the U.S. Government.

    “Of Lockheed Martin’s $51 billion in sales last year, nearly 70 percent, or $35.2 billion, came from sales to the U.S. government. It’s a colossal figure, hard to comprehend.

    So think of it this way: Lockheed’s government sales are nearly what the Trump administration proposed for the State Department next year in its recently released spending plan. Or $15 billion more than all of NASA. Or about the gross domestic product of Bolivia.” – From an article titled “Lockheed Martin got $35.2 billion from taxpayers last year. That’s more than many federal agencies.,” Washington Post, February 16, 2017

    “Our negotiating committee will remain steadfast and resolved at the negotiating table to ensure our members and their families reap the reward for their labor that continues to make Lockheed Martin profitable. We demand nothing less than a fair contract for their effort,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen.

    “Lockheed Martin needs to know that we are here to represent the Machinists. The company needs to share its profits with those who helped to achieve them.  We should not give up what we have worked for over decades of collective bargaining,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark A. Blondin. “We want to make sure no one gets left behind.  In addition to good wages and strong benefits, things like seniority and job security mean something to union families.”

    Let’s not take away the pride our members have on Lockheed shop floors across the U.S.A. by offering them substandard wages when compared to the success the company is currently experiencing.  The IAM is honored to provide the U.S. Government all that it needs to protect this great country and is hopeful that the company will provide the workers the wages they need to maintain these awesome jobs.

    For more information, log on to www.iamlockheed.com

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  • Missouri Lawmakers Urge Harley-Davidson to Reconsider Closing Kansas City Plant

    Missouri U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and Congressmen Sam Graves and Emanuel Cleaver II joined together to urge Harley-Davidson to reconsider plans to close its assembly plant in Kansas City.

    “When Kansas City beat out 30 other cities across the country as the company was looking to build a new facility in 1996, it came with a considerable incentive package from the city, Platte County, and state of Missouri,” wrote the delegation to Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich. “We understand that the domestic and global sales environments are key drivers in business decisions like this. But we also believe Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City Assembly Plant and its workers produce a top-quality product that can compete with any other facility in the United States or around the world. We urge you to reconsider the decision to close the plant.”

    Read full letter here.

    Meanwhile, more than 800 members of IAM Local 176 and USW Local 760 have approved an agreement with the company, outlining new language, pay and severance benefits until the 2019 scheduled plant closing.

    The new agreement includes changes in language issues for the betterment of the hourly workforce. Workers will receive a 3-percent wage increase, plus a 0-3 percent local plant incentive if all financial and non-financial performance targets are met. All full-time employees will receive a ratification signing bonus, plus a severance package based on their years of service. Employees will receive six months of continued medical benefits from their last date of employment, at no cost to the employee. And, workers have the option of transferring to the York facility.

    “Although an agreement has been approved, we will continue to fight for our membership and urge Harley-Davidson to reconsider its decision,” said International President Bob Martinez. “I am deploying all resources necessary to help our members.”

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