• IAM on TPP Signing: 'A Corporate Driven Rigged Economic System'

    International President Robert Martinez, Jr.The IAM immediately responded to the Obama administration’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand this week. The deal remains deeply flawed and bad for workers around the world, IAM International President Bob Martinez said in a statement.

    Congress still has to approve the TPP for the U.S. to officially sign on to the pact.

    “We are deeply disappointed by the announcement of today’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which by all accounts will increase the U.S. trade deficit and lead to the export of more family wage American jobs,” said Martinez. “The TPP fails to include the International Labor Organization Conventions which explicitly define basic labor rights.”

    Click here to read Martinez’s full statement on the TPP signing.

    The TPP, one of the biggest multinational trade deals in history, was signed by 12 Pacific Rim member nations. The massive pact, which was secretly negotiated for more than five years, will cover more that 40 percent of the world’s economy.

    The IAM, and many in Congress, have been outspoken opponents of the deal and its anti-worker, corporate-driven rules and unprecedented scope. Many of its policies go far beyond NAFTA and its devastating results.

    “We must reject this agreement because it stacks the deck against working families,” said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “We must reject trade policies that will destroy jobs, slash wages and give corporations even more unencumbered power.”

    WATCH: A Strong Stand Against TPP

    “I want you to hear me loud and clear,” said IAM Legislative Director Hasan Solomon. “Any member of Congress-whether you’re Democrat or Republican-any member that supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, don’t call the Machinists Union for any political contributions. Don’t call for help or support during election season. You need to call Vietnam where you’re sending our damned jobs.”

    Contact your member of Congress and tell them to vote NO on the TPP.

  • Indiana Local 1227 Members Attend Negotiation Prep at WWW

    IAM Local 1227/District 90 Bargaining Committee members completed the Negotiation Prep class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, prior to entering contract talks with Regal-Beloit. Front row, from left: William (Joey) Jessen and Gary Howard. Back row: IAM District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham, Scott Jessen and Joe Pancek.

    IAM Local 1227 Negotiating Committee members from Regal-Beloit in Valparaiso, IN recently completed the Negotiating Preparation for Bargaining Committees Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The week-long Negotiating Preparation class included training in drafting contract language, presenting proposals, analyzing the company’s strengths and weaknesses and identifying a broad array of potential tactics.

    “Negotiating prep is the type of training that is needed for our negotiating committees,” said District 90 Directing Business Representative Tony Wickersham. “Points such as structured communications with our members, company analysis, proposal writing and negotiating simulations are instrumental in order for the committee to understand all aspects of the negotiation process.

    “Negotiation preparation is a must have for future contracts,” said Local 1227 President and Committee member Joey Jessen. The demanding schedule of the class made it “well worth the long days and nights to learn how to successfully run negotiations.”

    “I want to thank the instructors at the Winpisinger Center along with the other departments within the IAM that helped in our preparations,” said Wickersham. “The work the committee has done in this class will set the stage for what we hope to be a productive negotiation for our members.”

    The Local 1227 members in Valparaiso manufacture and service bearings, couplings, gearing, drive components, and conveyer systems. The current contract expires July 2, 2016.

  • Help IAM Flight Attendants Get Adequate Rest, Keep Our Skies Safe

    IAM Flight Attendants recently lobbied on Capitol Hill for adequate rest between duty days. They are working this week to include the changes in the FAA reauthorization bill.

    As safety professionals and first responders, Flight Attendants are tasked with handling emergencies and caring for thousands of passengers every day. It’s imperative for Flight Attendants to be adequately rested every time they take off.

    The current minimum rest, even after a full 14 hour “duty day,” is nine hours, which can be reduced to eight hours. Even in the best of circumstances, this often amounts to a rest opportunity of less than six hours. A recent FAA-sanctioned study recognized scheduling and missed meals as a reason for fatigue and concluded work rule changes are necessary to combat it.

    This Thursday, February 11, the House Transportation Committee will be considering the FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 4441). The IAM is lobbying every member of the committee to vote “YES” to the Flight Crew Fatigue Amendment, which would mandate 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants after a full duty day.

    Here’s how you can help:

    1. Send a pre-written message to your member of Congress.
    2. Call a member of Congress who serves on the Transportation Committee. Click here for a list with contact information. If your member of Congress is on the committee, call them. If not, pick a member from a district containing an airport you fly in or out of often.
    3. Share your message on social media using the #IAMfor10 hashtag.

    “It’s time to put Congress on notice that we done being treated like second-class citizens,” said IAM District 142 General Chair Sara Gonzales. “They need to realize that Flight Attendants are an integral part of aviation safety and demand to be treated like it.”

  • Countdown to 2016 Grand Lodge Convention Continues

    Chicago skyline with Navy Pier in the foreground, where the inaugural Host Committee Welcome Reception will take place on September 4, 2016.

    The countdown to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention is here! To help you keep track, a Grand Lodge Convention countdown clock has been added to www.goiam.org. The quadrennial event will commence on September 4, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel and is expected to conclude on September 9, 2016.

    In accordance with the IAM Constitution, the Official Call for the 39th Grand Lodge Convention will be mailed to all local lodges in the U.S. and Canada on February 15. The Official Call contains information regarding nomination, election and qualification of delegates in addition to dates when nominations and elections must be held.

    Additional information and reminders regarding elections and cut off dates will be posted on the IAM web page at www.goiam.org and via iMail, the IAM’s e-newsletter, which is published twice a week.