• Brazen Legal Attack on Unions Hits the Dust

    Several hundred union members protested at the U.S. Supreme Court in January against a case that would have prevented public sector unions from collecting fair share fees from workers who opt out of their union.

    A corporate-funded legal effort to gut unions has died. The eight-member U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it was split four to four in a case challenging fair share fees collected from workers who choose not to join the union at their workplace but still fall under the union’s collective bargaining agreement.

    The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, involved public-employee unions, but would have greatly diminished the bargaining power of all workers and their unions.

    IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider explained the case in this Machinists News Network video: “[The plaintiffs] claimed that everything, even collective bargaining, is basically political speech… it’s really a life or death case.”

    The plaintiffs, backed by a legal team funded by special interests, were looking to make the entire public sector “right to work.” Workers and unions caught a break when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was expected to rule against the union, died in February. The split decision means the case reverts to the lower court’s decision, which sided with labor and over 40 year of precedent.

    “I have no doubt they’re going to come right around after us next,” said Schneider. “It will be slightly different arguments in a private sector context, but there will be an effort in the private sector to make the entire private sector right to work.”

    Learn more about the Friedrichs case from America Works Together.

  • Maryland NFFE-IAM President is a Trailblazer for Women

    NFFE-IAM Local 178 President Lisa Foust received the “Trailblazer in the Women’s Labor Movement Award” at the Baltimore Teacher’s Union Women in the Labor Movement Luncheon.

    Lisa Foust, president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) Local 178, recently received the “Trailblazer in the Women’s Labor Movement Award” from the Baltimore Teacher’s Union.

    Foust, a 17-year member, is the first woman of color elected president of her local and the first woman to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Maryland-District of Columbia State Council of Machinists.

    “I am honored to be recognized alongside all these great women,” said Foust, a program manager at the Edgewood, MD Chemical and Biological Center. “I work extremely hard to do right by our members and the community. Inclusion and empowerment of others is very important to me.”

    The award recognizes Baltimore-area working women who have made significant contributions to their unions and worked to improve the lives of working men and women.

    “We are very proud to see Sister Foust recognized for all the work she does in the labor and women’s communities,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux. “She is a great example of the difference women in the labor movement can make.”

    Foust was nominated for the award by her colleagues at the Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO where she serves as a delegate.

  • Do You Know Where Your Oreos Come From? Support IAM Jobs at Nabisco by 'Checking the Label'

    Do you know where your Oreos come from? The next time you go to buy cookies or other products made by snack-maker Nabisco, check the label. If it’s not made in America, don’t buy it. Save your hard-earned dollars in support of IAM jobs.

    Support the “Check the Label” campaign.

    Last summer, Nabisco/Mondelez announced plans to lay off some 600 union workers at its plant on Chicago’s south side and move those jobs to Mexico. The Chicago bakery employs nearly 100 IAM members. The IAM estimates the layoffs could affect some 15 to 20 IAM-represented workers.

    “Nabisco made claims the company is not making money. We know that not to be true,” said IAM District 8 Directing Business Representative Steve Jones. “The truth is the company wants to cut good middle-class U.S. jobs and ship them to a country where wages are low and regulations are nearly non-existent.”

    The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and International Union of Operating Engineers also represent workers at the Chicago location.

    “We need to send a clear message to Nabisco and other U.S. corporations like them that the American people are sick and tired of being taken advantage of,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “We’re sick and tired of corporations building companies on the backs of U.S. workers, receiving tax breaks from the U.S. government and then taking production overseas. The time has come for America to reinvest in our own communities. We must support American jobs.”

    IAM-supported presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Nabisco workers in early March, pledging to go after companies like Nabisco who take U.S. tax breaks, but outsource U.S. jobs.

    Support American jobs: Do not buy Nabisco products made in Mexico and tell your grocery store manager to stock American-made Nabisco products only.

    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.

    More information on the “Check the Label” campaign.

    Video from the “Check the Label” campaign.

  • Deadline Approaches for Grand Lodge Convention Ad Book

    The Commemorative Convention Book is a great way for IAM Lodges and employers across North America to send their greetings to thousands of delegates at the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention, to be held September 4-9 in Chicago. Ads and payment must be received by the IAM Communications Department on or before Monday, May 2, 2016.

    IAM Lodges and employers are encouraged to consider purchasing an ad. Proceeds from the book help offset the cost of the quadrennial convention.

    For Lodges:

    Lodges can design their own ad, or select one of the ready-made options from these three templates: Template A | Template B | Template C

    Please refer to the Lodge ad order form for detailed information on ad choices, pricing, specifications and sizes.

    For Employers:

    Employer ads should depict IAM members at work or the products and services they provide. The company’s logo and web address should be prominently displayed so IAM members can readily locate and recommend your company to their family and friends.

    Click here to download the business ad order form.

    The Convention’s theme is ‘Forward Together,’ as it accurately describes the IAM’s proud heritage and hopes for tomorrow.

    Please contact the IAM Communications Department at 301-967-4520 with any questions.