• Happy Birthday IAM. Looking Good at 128.

    IAM members attending classes at the Winpisinger Center today were treated to a cake commemorating the 128th anniversary of the founding of the Machinists Union.

    IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement commemorating the 128th anniversary of the IAM’s founding:

    “May 5 marks the 128th anniversary since 19 Machinists met in secret to create the organization known today around the world as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

    “It’s an occasion to celebrate the ability of this union to endure and survive every manner of economic and political hardship, from world wars and global depressions to political attacks aimed at terminating our very existence. This achievement required tenacity and sacrifice from literally millions of men and women who believed that our union and its members were worth fighting for.

    “This day is also an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice in the workplace that remains under constant attack today. Despite great technological advances that have transformed workplaces across North America, we still face a corporate agenda that values profits over people and constantly seeks to suppress workers’ voices.

    “I ask each and every member of this great union to pause today, be proud and consider our responsibility as beneficiaries of 128 years of victories, struggles, setbacks and ultimately survival. I am totally confident we are worthy of our legacy and equal to the challenges ahead.”

  • Protect American Jobs by Avoiding Nabisco's Mexican-Made Snacks

    Nabisco is moving some cookie and snack production, along with 600 union jobs, from Chicago to Mexico, and the workers there want you to make sure you aren’t buying Nabisco munchies that weren’t made by American workers.

    The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) boycott of only the made in Mexico snack food items of Mondelez International, Nabisco’s parent company.

    IAM Local 49 represents nearly 100 members at the Chicago plant and much more at other Nabisco facilities, so it’s important to note that the boycott is only for the products made in Mexico.

    Where were your Oreos made? Check the label.

    “When given the opportunity to invest in American jobs and American workers, they chose to invest in Mexico,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Just as they decided to go elsewhere for their labor, we need to go elsewhere with our purchasing power.”

    The BCTGM and International Union of Operating Engineers also represent members at the Chicago facility.

    It is very important to emphasize that the BCTGM is only asking the public to avoid Mondelez/Nabisco brand products that are made in Mexico. This includes Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doone, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid and Wheat Thins.

    How can you tell if your Nabisco snack is made in America? Check the label. There are two ways to tell:

    1. Check for the words “Made in Mexico.”
    2. Check the plant identification code next to the product expiration date. Do not buy if the letters MM or MS follow directly behind the product expiration date.

    Watch a video explaining how to “Check the Label.”

  • Wisconsin Local 1260 Celebrates 50-Year Members

    IAM Local 1260 of New Holstein, WI, honored 85 men and women celebrating more than 50 years as members of the IAM. 

    Members had an enjoyable evening reconnecting with past co-workers, as IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, along with District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra, awarded each of the 26 members in attendance a 50-year membership certificate, pin and gold card.

    “Today is a special day in the history of this Local,” said Gruber. “Today is a day where we gather to celebrate you — the men and women of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The men and women who have dedicated 50 years of service to this great union. Who have dedicated 50 years to their craft. The heartbeat of the tri-city area. The faces behind the three words ‘Made in America.’

    “Let me be the first to say thank you for your dedication to this union. No matter the years in — it is beyond calculable. And for that — we honor you tonight.”

    Local 1260 members, in attendance, receiving awards were ArthurBangart, Shirley Bankenbush, Cordella Bender, DavidBodinger, GaryBodinger, GaryBondlander, Joseph Dyzbalys, Roger Fromm, Charles Gaier, Brian Grube, GordonHaensgen, Gary Hei, Marvin Heinrich, Diane Lenz, Janice Loppnow, Myron Loppnow, David Mehler, Thomas Nett, Thomas Reese, Eugene Rieder, Vivian Roehrig, RitaScheafer, Larry Schisel, Herbert Schultz, Donna Wirtz and Carol Zastrow.

  • Organizing Hat Trick in Canada Highlights Diversity

    Three recent organizing wins in Canada illustrate the diversity of industries and workers looking to the IAM for justice on the job. Healthcare and hospitality workers in Ontario and government employee union representatives make up 120 of the newest IAM members in Canada.

    Ontario Retirement Home Workers Choose IAM

    Employees at the Thorncliffe Retirement Home in Nepean, ON are the newest members of IAM Local 1295.

    “These workers were looking for union representation,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative and Organizer Scott Jackson. “We represent workers at three retirement homes in the Ottawa area and the Thorncliffe workers could see firsthand the benefits provided by belonging to a union.

    “District 78 Organizers Roy Bhansingh and Aurélie Sarrabezolles guided these workers through the process and ensured that they stuck together,” said Jackson.

    The 45 new members consist of nursing, dietary, housekeeping, reception and maintenance workers. The IAM represents workers at retirement homes in Orleans, Bowmanville, Toronto and North Bay.

    Hotel Workers in Ontario Go IAM

    IAM Local 1295 welcome 25 new members employed by the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Mississauga.

    “These workers wanted better wages and benefits and most importantly union representation,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative and Organizer Scott Jackson.

    “District 78 Organizer Roy Bhansingh had been working with these workers and building their confidence for over three months before they were finally ready to stand up to their employer,” said Jackson.

    The new members consist of housekeeping and restaurant workers.

    The IAM currently represents workers at 10 Ontario hotels in Brampton, London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Mississauga, Oakville and Toronto.

    Nova Scotia Government Employee Union Reps Join IAM

    Staff Representatives and support staff of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union are the newest members of IAM Local 2797.

    “These people are very aware of the value of associating with a progressive union where your voice counts for something,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative and Organizer Scott Jackson. “Their job is to speak on behalf of government employees around the province of Nova Scotia. They felt the need to have someone speak for them and they chose the IAM and we’re proud to have them become part of our union.”

    “This was a team effort and I wish to thank IAM National Communications Representative Frank Saptel, IAM District 78 Business Representative Kim Valliere and IAM Transportation District 140 General Chairperson Ken Russell for their efforts in this organizing success,” said Jackson.

    The 50 new members consist of union staff representatives and their support staff.