• Arizona Army Base Workers Vote IAM 'Yes'

    Nearly 800 new members will be joining the IAM at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, reports Western Territory Grand Lodge Representatives Don Gresham and Steve Nickel, along with Local 2009 Directing Business Representative Paul Shepard.

    The campaign was unique in that negotiations had started for the smaller units prior to the rest of the unit organizing.

    “The Negotiations Preparation class at the IAM’s William W Winpisinger Education Center was critical in this campaign in that it not only prepared the negotiations committee for bargaining, but also helped organize the rest of the unit,” said Gresham.  “The negotiations committee played a key role in organizing the remainder of the workforce.”

    The civilian workers support men and women of the armed services in various important missions.

    “I welcome and congratulate these workers for unifying and choosing to invest in themselves and their families’ future prosperity by joining the Machinists Union,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “A strong IAM contract in Yuma will go a long way toward bringing economic security to our members and the community they live in.”

  • Martinez Announces Beginning of 'Historic Journey' to Grow, Unite IAM

    IAM International President Bob Martinez signaled a change in direction for the IAM at its recent staff conference, calling for more emphasis on organizing and unity.

    The IAM is making structural changes to refocus resources toward organizing and membership services while working to foster a more united culture, says IAM International President Bob Martinez.

    “It’s a new day with a new vision. A vision we’re putting into action,” Martinez told delegates at the IAM’s recent staff conference in National Harbor, MD. “I believe we’ll bring a vision of unity and fight back to the ranks of our great union.”

    The IAM’s future begins and ends with growing the organization, said Martinez. Organizing strategies of the past are simply not working anymore. Employers and anti-union consultants have become too familiar with the IAM’s tactics.

    IAM organizers gathered at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center earlier in the week to begin formulating a more flexible organizing strategy.

    “We’re entering a historic journey to change our strategy, our culture and the way we think about organizing,” said Martinez.

    Martinez says part of that culture change means a tougher stance toward employers who attack the IAM’s membership. He called for an end to long-term collective bargaining agreements without strict job security language. The IAM has put service contractors on notice that the union will fight their bids for government work if they disrespect Machinists at the bargaining table, especially if they’re coming after defined benefit pension plans.

    “We must protect, defend and preserve our members in all sectors against corporations, politicians, anti-union and firms anyone else who wishes to hurt our membership and our union,” said Martinez. “We must stand up and fight.”

    The IAM must also fight the rise of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who is talking the talk on trade, but is “one of the most anti-union candidates in history,” Martinez said.

    Trump’s actions speak louder than his words: He exploits cheap labor from Mexico and China instead of keeping jobs in the U.S. Trump would gut or get rid of federal agencies like the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board and appoint anti-labor officials throughout the government and to the Supreme Court. Social Security and federal workers would have a target on their backs.

    It’s up to IAM members and their State Councils to ensure Trump is stopped, and that IAM-endorsed candidate Hillary Clinton is elected the next president of the United States, said Martinez.

    Delegates broke into territorial meetings and gathered to hear more details on political issues from U.S. Legislative Director Hasan Solomon and Canadian Legislative Director Gord Falconer, who it was announced will become Canadian Chief of Staff once Stan Pickthall replaces Dave Ritchie as General Vice President, effective May 1, 2016.

    “I am not naïve enough to think that this vision of unity and fight will happen overnight, but I am convinced that if we cut costs and refocus resources and assets into a new organizing strategy and new membership programs, that we will grow our great union and put the fight back into the Fighting Machinists,” said Martinez.

  • An Interview with IAM International President Bob Martinez

    IAM International President Bob Martinez sat down with the Machinist News Network to discuss the IAM’s future, organizing new members, how the union deals with employers and the challenges ahead.

    WATCH: ViewPoint with IAM President Bob Martinez

    Since taking office in January 2016, Martinez says he understands his important responsibility as the union’s president and realizes the shoes he has to fill. He talked about the importance of solidarity and putting the “fight” back in the “Fighting Machinists.”

    “To me unity is everything. The IAM is a family,” said Martinez. “So what I want to do is unify our ranks, bring our membership together, be focused and move forward together as an organization.”

    Martinez explained that the union needs to rethink the way it deals with employers that haven’t been treating our members fairly.

    “I’m sick and tired of this business with these employers where they want to be your friend one day and the next day they want to rob our members or their families blind at the bargaining table,” said Martinez. “And then they want us to work with them and help them with everything else.”

    Martinez emphasized that organizing new members is a key focus for the future, to strengthen the IAM for all its members.

    “We have to change our strategy in the way we look at organizing,” said Martinez. “Anybody that works for this organization needs to be thinking organizing 24/7, every day, every week.”

    Click here to watch the entire interview.

  • Clinton Sweeps 'Super Tuesday Sequel'

    IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came away with a clean sweep of all five Democratic primaries held Tuesday, March 15. Victories in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina put Clinton even further on her path toward the Democratic nomination.

    “Good paying jobs are the ticket to the middle class and we’re going to stand up for the American middle class again,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters Tuesday after results were announced. “We’re going to stand up for American workers, and make sure no one takes advantage of us, not China, not Wall Street and not overpaid corporate executives.”

    Her “Super Tuesday Sequel” comes as Clinton, an honorary IAM Sister, is making a strong case for an economy that works for American workers. Her “new bargain” to revitalize U.S. manufacturing is built on corporations doing right by their communities, employers treating workers like assets instead of costs and government investing in sources of future good jobs.

    READ: Why Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for U.S. Manufacturing Workers

    While coming out against the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, Clinton has kept up steady support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank and federal defense funding that sustains thousands of IAM jobs in the aerospace and defense industries.

    READ: Only One Presidential Candidate is Standing Up for IAM Jobs, Ex-Im Bank

    “We’re finally at a point where we can all rise together,” former President Bill Clinton told Machinists at IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO just days before the primary. “We have to elect a president that will allow us to rise together.”

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