Machinists Union Demands Employers Bargain Over Vaccine Mandate

September 16, 2021 Admin 0

September 14, 2021

The Biden administration recently ordered the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require unvaccinated workers to produce a weekly negative COVID-19 test result. 

The IAM will closely examine the final rule and its full effect on different industries and employers once the rule is final.

“The IAM places the highest priority on the health and safety of our members at all times,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We continue to demand that employers … Read More...

DL 142

Joe Tiberi appointed Special Representative

July 2, 2021 David Supplee 0

Sisters and Brothers:

As the airline industry is rebounding, we are getting a better picture of the road ahead of us. Most of our members who took voluntary leaves are returning and our membership count is reaching the level we had prior to the pandemic. With our staff and many of our members vaccinated, the travel restrictions we had earlier in COVID had been lifted and we are now out having meetings and visits with our members.

With these improvements, I have appointed Joe Tiberi to fill a vacancy as Special Representative for District 142. Joe will be assigned by … Read More...

Machinists Union Postpones 40th Grand Lodge Convention to 2022

June 4, 2021 Admin 0

The IAM Executive Council has voted unanimously to postpone the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention, previously scheduled for September 12-17, 2021 in San Diego. The IAM will immediately begin planning for a 2022 Convention and communicate details as soon as possible.

A letter will be sent to Local Lodges soon with further information on delegates and constitutional proposals.

The decision to postpone the Convention was made to protect the safety and health of Convention delegates and guests. Further reasons include:  

  • The IAM’s Canadian delegation would almost certainly be unable to attend the Convention due to current pandemic conditions and
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Richard Johnsen to Oversee Transportation Department

June 4, 2021 Admin 0

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Richard Johnsen to serve as a Chief of Staff to the International President and to oversee the IAM Transportation Department. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I welcome Brother Johnsen into this new role as Chief of Staff and look forward to continuing to represent our airline and railroad membership with vigor and strength,” said Martinez. “As global travel ramps up and we begin emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAM will lead the way in demanding fair and just treatment for the men and women who make our world move every day. … Read More...

A Holiday Message from GVP Pantoja

December 23, 2020 Admin 0

December 23, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This holiday season is ending a year unlike any other. 2020 began with a prosperous transportation industry. National rail negotiations were underway, the first joint collective bargaining agreements with American Airlines were wrapping up, and negotiations with several airlines were expected to yield tremendous benefits to tens of thousand of IAM members. 

COVID-19, however, had a different year planned for us. The global pandemic brought our industry to a screeching halt. The airborne virus’ deadly nature kept people from traveling by air or rail. The economic impact crushed the industries that rely on … Read More...

What I’m Thankful For

November 26, 2020 Admin 0

November 26, 2020

Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the IAM,

While this year has been unlike any other, there is still much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

This challenging time has given us all a new perspective. I know I’m especially grateful for our Machinists Union family—and the work all of our members have done day in and day out during these difficult times.

I am also thinking of those who have been affected most by this pandemic—the families who are mourning the loss of a loved one or picking up the pieces after losing their job. We see … Read More...

IAM Transportation

Turbulent Week for Airline Members Ends

October 3, 2020 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers:
This week has been a very uncertain time for many of our members. Many of our carriers had issued WARN notices a month or so ago and furlough notices were given to affected members earlier in September. During this time, all the airline executives told all the workers that if the CARES Act were extended, all furloughs would be rescinded, and everyone would continue employment.

Unfortunately, despite airline CEOs, labor leaders from all unions, and phone calls, office visits and social media pleas to US legislators, we are now past the original CARES Act expiration date and … Read More...

Help Us Save Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs on Thursday’s IAM Airline Day of Action

September 15, 2020 Admin 0

September 15, 2020

IAM airline members are mobilizing this Thursday, Sept. 17 in 32 cities in over 20 states, either in person or virtually with Senators and Senate staff, to demand that Congress act now to pass legislation that would stem hundreds of thousands of layoffs slated to begin on October 1, 2020.

The Senate has taken two vacations and still hasn’t passed a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the CARES Act. Time is running out. IAM members must act now to tell your Senators to support a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the … Read More...

Decisions & Choices: Layoff Resource Manual

August 21, 2020 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers,

Understanding that the loss of a job will undoubtedly put great physical and emotional strain upon workers and their families, I want you to know that you are not alone. To get the help you may need, you must know where to find it

The IAM has created this manual to assist you if you have lost your job or are anticipating unemployment. I urge you to review its contents thoroughly, and take advantage of the resources available.

Additionally, each state has its own rapid-response entity. They exist to help those affected by layoffs, and are generally … Read More...