• Watch: IAM Legislative Conference Shakes Up Washington

    Delegates to the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference took part in a rally outside the White House to deny Norwegian Air International its bid to access the U.S. aviation market.

    Hundreds of IAM activists converged on Washington, DC for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference to strategize and lobby Congress on matters key to the security of IAM and other American jobs.

    WATCH: IAM Legislative Conference

    “This is your opportunity to actively participate in the legislative process and promote our union’s legislative agenda,” IAM International President Bob Martinez told delegates.

    Delegates canvassed Capitol Hill and lobbied elected officials on matters vital to working Americans, such as workers’ rights, retirement security, healthcare and trade.

    With the November election rapidly approaching, delegates mapped out a plan to get out the vote like never before. Guest speakers included several legislators who have proven to be friends of labor. Among them was Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) who reminded the group of an old adage.

    “Change doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington,” said Booker.

    The delegates also canvassed Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress on issues vital to working men and women. The IAM joined with hundreds of other activists in a rally outside the White House to deny Norwegian Air International access to the U.S. aviation market. The Department of Transportation proposal will allow the foreign carrier to steal U.S. jobs.

    Stay up-to-date with IAM legislative news and urgent alerts by downloading the “IAMAW Legislative” app in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

  • Enroll Now for Federal Employees Advanced Program

    The IAM will hold the 2016 Federal Employees Advanced Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, July 17-22, 2016. The registration deadline for this class has been extended to June 8, 2016.

    In order to attend this program you must have first completed the Basic Federal Program.

    Helpful for stewards, officers and business representatives, the Advanced Program involves training in areas specific to the federal sector such as Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) and grievance handling, preparations for arbitration and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), collective bargaining including negotiability appeals, mediation and impasse procedures and a more in-depth look at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).

    Click here for a Submitter Authorization Form that must be completed by your Local Lodge President, Business Representative or General Chairperson. Members cannot submit class enrollments for themselves.

    Click here to download the official Advanced Program call letter and registration form.

    For further information, contact IAM Government Employees Director Jim Price at 301-967-4753.

  • Become a Workplace Hero at the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference

    As IAM members know all too well, our jobs can be dangerous.

    Whether you’re building the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, ensuring airline passengers’ bags get to their destinations, battling wildfires, or any of the thousands of jobs Machinists Union members do, safety is a top concern. It’s ultimately up to us, IAM Brothers and Sisters, to make sure we go home safe every day.

    Become a workplace hero — sign up now to attend the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference.

    We’ll gather August 14-19, 2016 at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. Return all forms by Monday, June 6 to reserve your spot.

    The conference will tackle safety and health issues affecting IAM members today — Zika and Ebola virus prevention, distracted driving, opioid addiction, conflict resolution and more. We’ll share best practices on how to set up and run a safety and health committee at your own local and offer certifications for CPR training. Click here for more topics we’ll cover.

    Don’t delay! Click here for the forms you’ll need to sign up for the 2016 IAM Safety and Health Conference.

  • IAM Organizers Chart Path for Future of Union Growth

    IAM International President Bob Martinez speaks to a group of organizers at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center in Hollywood, MD to map out a plan to grow the IAM’s membership.

    More than 50 IAM organizers from across North America, including International President Bob Martinez, came together recently at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD to plan how the union will organize new members today and in the future.

    WATCH: Paving a Path for Union Growth

    Thanks to special interest groups and their endless attacks unions, organizing new members has proven to be a challenge across the labor movement, but the IAM has seen success in certain sectors. To build on those successes, and learn from failed campaigns, the Machinists Union is taking a new approach in organizing that includes using new technology like never before.

    “We’re really looking at all phases of social media as well as electronic signatures for electronic authorization cards,” said IAM Organizing Director Don Barker. “We currently have 34 different campaigns going on in the U.S. where we’re using electronic authorizations, which we feel are just another tool to put in our tool box to move forward.”

    New tools and technology will not replace personal contact and relationship building however, which are crucial to recruiting new IAM members. The organizing summit is the first of several planned at the Winpisinger Center to develop a cutting-edge organizing philosophy and a plan of action for the future.

    “The people who came before us built this union and it’s up to us to continue to grow,” said Barker.