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  • Lockheed Martin $40 Billion F-35 Deal Means IAM Jobs

    Lockheed Martin is nearing a deal worth between $35 billion and $40 billion to supply 440 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets to the United States and 10 allied nations over the next several years.

    The proposed deal announced at the International Paris Air Show promises job security for hundreds of IAM members in Texas.

    “IAM members at Lockheed Martin who build the F-35 know its value to our allies,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “They produce the most sophisticated fighter jet ever made and can take pride in the fact that 11 nations recognize the capabilities of this aircraft.”

    The announced deal will more than double the total amount of F-35 aircraft under contract, and promises to create new jobs in Fort Worth, TX and Marietta, GA.

    Paris, as one of the aviation world’s largest gatherings, provided the first public stage for an F-35A to demonstrate its capabilities and maneuverability. During a six-minute flight, the fighter displayed a full power takeoff, steep climb, slow speed pass and tight radius turns.

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  • IAM Holds First Annual Al Granado Guide Ride in Mobile

    The IAM’s Mobile, Alabama office raised more than $7,000 for Guide Dogs of America on Saturday as part of the first ever Al Granado Hawgs for Dogs Guide Ride. The event honored IAM organizer Al Granado, who led the Mobile office before his unexpected passing last fall.

     “A special thanks goes out to all of our IAM members and staff from the Organizing Department, the Southern Territory, Districts 75 and 73 who helped make this such a special event,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez, Jr. “Al would have been proud to see all the teamwork that went into bringing the IAM together with the local Mobile community to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

    Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs to visually impaired men and women across North America free of charge. The ride was sponsored by the IAM’s Grand Lodge, Southern Territory, Districts 75 and 73, and Locals 18, 37, 1133, 2452 and 2919, as well as the Homewood Suites Mobile, the Gardner Law Firm and the Mobile Building and Construction Trades Unions.

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  • Liberals make good on election promise with Bill C-4 in Canada

    True to their word, the Liberal Government in Canada, led my Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has eliminated anti-union legislation with the passing of Bill C-4.

    Two old pieces of legislation, both created by the Harper Conservatives through private members bills from backbenchers, were a sore point with the IAM and other unions. Bill C-377 required labour organizations to make a series of public financial disclosures including all transactions of more than $5,000.00. Bill C-525 replaced the card-check system with a forced secret ballot vote for any decision to certify or decertify a union. The newly passed Bill C-4 repeals both pieces of legislation.

    “I wish to thank the IAM for its efforts in trying to make changes for the working people of Canada,” said federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu. “We made a commitment to improve our relationship with organized labour by reversing this legislation and the proof is in our actions. We’re working on a decent work agenda to modernize Canada’s Labour Code.”

    The Liberal government took another step in the right direction on Wednesday June 14, 2017 when it ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98. The convention reinforces the right to collective bargaining and protects all workers from anti-union discrimination, including being forced to give up union membership in order to get a job, or job termination for participating in union activities.

    “This is a very significant step because successive Canadian governments since 1949 have refused to sign this agreement,” said IAM Canadian Chief of Staff Gord Falconer.

    “By ratifying Convention 98, Canada is committing not just to respect collective bargaining rights, but to promote and uphold them abroad and at home,” explained Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff. “By signing this convention, Canada is finally recognizing the crucial role that strong unions and collective bargaining rights play in reducing inequality and building stronger, fair and inclusive economies.”

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  • Mondelez Feeling Heat for Shipping Nabisco Jobs to Mexico

    Seventeen U.S. senators have joined a coalition of AFL-CIO unions, including the IAM, to pressure snack maker Mondelez to reverse its devastating decision to shift production and jobs to Mexico.

    In a letter to Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld, the senators expressed their deep concerns about the corporate giant’s decision to close many of its Nabisco plants and offshore jobs to Mexico, resulting in thousands of working people in the U.S. losing their jobs. Most recently, the company moved 600 jobs from its iconic Nabisco location on Chicago’s southwest side when workers would not take a 60 percent cut in wages and benefits.

    “Taking such an egregious approach to negotiating with your own workforce, not only hurts Mondelez’s reputation, it also deals a major blow to hard working Americans, many of whom are your customers,” the senators said. “We urge you to reverse course and bring back jobs to your bakeries in Chicago, Fairlawn, NJ, Richmond, VA, Atlanta, GA and Portland, OR.”

    The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) and the IAM represent workers laid off at the plant, which has been in operation since the 1950s.

    A “Check the Label” campaign was initiated to help consumers determine where Nabisco products are made and to boycott those made in Mexico. With the additional support from so many legislators scorning Mondelez and Rosenfeld, pressure has risen on the corporation to bring back the good jobs it shipped to Mexico.

    “Nabisco’s actions represent a full-on assault on the middle class,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The time has come for the U.S. and Canada to reinvest in our communities.”

    “We extend our deepest gratitude to the 17 Senators who wrote and signed this letter for their principled commitment to preserving and creating good, middle-class jobs,” said BCTGM International President David Durkee.

    “It is long past time for all corporations, including Mondelez, to end offshoring practices that foster an economic race to the bottom and put short-term profits ahead of American workers and their families,” the senators said.

    Read the letter here.

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