• IAM Members Affected by Hurricane Maria

    IAM members in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been slammed by two powerful hurricanes in the last two weeks (Irma and Maria). IAM members in the affected areas are facing a long and trying road to recovery, including IAM members in Florida (Hurricane Irma) and Texas (Hurricane Harvey). They are helping their own communities, but they need our help, too. 

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    Donate to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund today to help IAM members and their families get back on their feet.

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

    If you are an IAM member who participates in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.

    All IAM members can receive confidential help through the IAM Employee/Member Assistance Program. Our services include, but are not limited to, 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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  • IAM Locals come together before upcoming ULA negotiations

    A trio of local lodges from Alabama, Florida and California sent representatives to the William W. Winpisinger Center recently for an intensive week of training in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations with United Launch Alliance (ULA).

    Formed in 2006, ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed-Martin and employs IAM members of Local 44 in Decatur, AL, Local 2786 at Vandenberg AFB and Local 610 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

    The Negotiations Prep Class at the WWW Center provided the IAM committee with training in the areas of bargaining strategies, contract costing, strategic planning and contract labor regulations and law. The committee also received training and guidance from representatives of the IAM’s Strategic Resources Department and IAM Communications Department.

    The three-year agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) expires in 2018. Opening day for the IAM’s coordinated negotiations with ULA is scheduled for May 2018 in California. The committee’s overall goal is to address members’ key issues and produce a tentative agreement that can be recommended and ratified by members at all three locations.

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  • IAM Supports Medicare for All; Oppose Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act

    IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement on the Machinists Support of Medicare for All Act of 2017 and sent letter to every U.S. senator voicing IAM’s opposition to the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

    Medicare for All Act of 2017

    “While the Affordable Care Act has been successful in providing access to millions of previously uninsured Americans, an estimated 27 million people in this country remain without health insurance. This is why the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union supports the Medicare for All Act of 2017. For decades the IAM has strongly supported a single-payer, universal healthcare system as the best, most efficient way to ensure access to healthcare for all Americans.

    “We believe in a single-payer system that retains workers’ health care plans and provides quality, affordable care. The Medicare for All Act would create a single-payer healthcare system that improves and expands the already existing Medicare program to all U.S. residents. And most important it would replace the current profit-seeking incentives with the incentive to simply provide quality, efficient healthcare.  It is our view that healthcare is a fundamental human right, and until we guarantee comprehensive healthcare to all, our work is not complete.”

    Here is a copy of the letter asking Senators to support this smart, comprehensive, and humane healthcare policy.

    Opposition to Cassidy-Graham plan

    IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter to every U.S. senators describing the devastation that that could be brought on by passing the Cassidy-Graham health plan.

    “Like previous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this version would be severely detrimental and disruptive to the United States healthcare system”, said President Martinez.  “The vast majority of Americans are once again rightly opposed to this latest repeal plan which would strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans, while raising costs for millions more, destabilizing individual insurance markets, eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and thoroughly gutting Medicaid in the process.

    “Ramming this highly partisan repeal bill through the Senate, as its sponsors are proposing, will leave no time for regular order; adequate hearings, consultation with experts, constituent input, and the congressional amendment process.  Perhaps by design, there will be no time for the public to fully understand the impacts of this horrible legislation on their health care and their families.”

    Read the rest of the letter here.

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  • Don’t Give Away the MBTA

    Elected officials and community members rallied together to support MBTA Mechanics at IAM Local 264.  The community is taking a stand against the privatization efforts by Gov. Charlie Baker and his transit administration.

    IAM Local 264 recently launched a new website.

    Read: MBTA Mechanics Bring Fight Over Privatization To The Public With Internet Campaign

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