• Time Running Out to Apply for IAM Scholarships

    Don’t let the opportunity for a 2016 IAM Scholarship Award pass you by.

    The deadline to apply for is almost here. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2016 to be considered.

    Click here for more information on the IAM Scholarship Competition.

    The competition is open each year to eligible IAM members in the United States and Canada and their eligible children entering college or currently enrolled. A panel of impartial judges decides the winners.

    “Furthering education is an important goal for our members and their children,” said IAM Safety and Health Department Director Jim Reid, whose department administers the program. “The IAM Scholarship Competition is a great way to help with the expense.”

    For information on eligibility requirements and how to request an application, click here. Application packets have been mailed to all local and district lodges.

    If you have a question about the scholarship program, please call the IAM Safety and Health Department at 301-967-4708.

    Delegates to the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention first established the IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make these awards possible.

    Click here for a list of the 2015 scholarship winners.

  • Congress Poised to Vote TODAY on Airline Worker Assault Protection

    The House Transportation Committee is considering the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4441) today, Feb. 11, 2016.

    We need every IAM member to contact members on the Transportation Committee and tell them to vote “YES” to Representative Michael Capuano’s Flight Crew Fatigue Amendment to the FAA bill when it is considered.

    It’s time to put Congress on notice, that airline workers are done being treated as second-class citizens. Congress needs to realize they are a critical part of aviation safety and we demand to be treated that way.

    We need each of you, along with your family and friends, to call at least two or three representatives in your state. If you are from a state with no members on the Transportation Committee, then call a committee member in a state where you fly on a regular basis.

    Please click here for a sample script and Transportation Committee members’ contact information.

    Thank you!

  • NFFE-IAM Army Depot Workers in Pennsylvania Score Major Pay Boost

    NFFE-IAM Members at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA, will see pay increases as a result of a much-needed expansion of the government’s locality pay system. 

    Effective January 1, 2016, NFFE-IAM members at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA began seeing major benefit increases from an expansion to the General Schedule locality pay system of the Office of Personnel Management.

    The increases follow years of advocacy by NFFE-IAM and other union allies pushing for a much-needed expansion of the locality pay system. While employees around the country see benefits from the new and expanded pay localities, Letterkenny workers have now been placed in “Washington-Baltimore” pay area. The change resulted in a sizable pay bump from their previous “Rest of U.S.” locality.

    NFFE-IAM Local 1442 members won increases at the start of 2016 and Local 1429 members, also at Letterkenny, will also see a significant pay boost in March when the regional wage survey is completed. All told, hundreds of NFFE-IAM members will be earning higher wages in 2016 because of the hard work of local officers, the NFFE-IAM and union allies.

    “This is a huge win for the WG workers at Letterkenny,” said NFFE-IAM Local 1429 President Chris Barlow. “In recent years, the increased cost of living was greatly outpacing the minor pay adjustments our members had been receiving. Employees were ecstatic to hear the news of this pay raise. Being a dues-paying NFFE-IAM member really does pay, and this pay bump is the clearest example of that.”

  • Tell the Senate to Protect U.S. Shipbuilding Jobs

    Once again, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has proposed an amendment that would cost American jobs by allowing foreign-built petroleum tankers to engage in domestic coastal shipping. In a letter to the Senate committee in charge, IAM International President Bob Martinez urged legislators to reject the amendment.

    “Passage of Senator McCain’s amendment would result in the outsourcing of U.S. shipbuilding to foreign nations,” said Martinez. “Which would not only severely damage our defense capabilities, but would also devastate U.S. commercial ship building and lead to a loss of good paying American jobs.”

    Tell your senators to vote NO on this harmful amendment that offshores U.S. jobs.

    “IAM members are proud of the critical role that they perform for the U.S. ship building industry at locations across America,” said Martinez. “Our members know that our national and economic security depends upon their vital work. We must not undermine these capabilities; reject Senator McCain’s amendment.”