IAM Members Ratify First Contract at Illinois IKEA Distribution Centers

A group of nearly 170 IKEA warehouse workers in Joliet and Minooka, IL have ratified their first contract with IAM Local 701. The warehouse workers at the Joliet and Minooka distribution centers voted to be represented by IAM Local 701 in June 2019.  Local 701 Business Representative (BR) Rich Handler along with Special Representative (SR) … Read more

Machinists Union Testifies in Support of Paycheck Guarantee Act

The IAM is continuing its push for bold solutions to combat the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paycheck Guarantee Act would provide grants to employers of all sizes to pay for wages and healthcare benefits for their employees. “Machinists Union members and millions more workers across the nation who are currently laid off … Read more

ICYMI: Union Plus and Employee Assistance Program on Activate L!VE

On this week’s edition of the IAM live webcast Activate L!VE, hardship help, financial assistance for higher education, and the IAM Employee Assistance Program were all discussed. Mitch Stevens from Union Plus talked about the various benefits union members can apply for, due to the impact of COVID-19. Among them are mortgage assistance and free … Read more

Machinists Urge Inclusion of Labor Unions in Paycheck Protection Program

The IAM is joining 106 members of Congress in calling for labor unions to be included in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a loan program aiding small business and non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis. Led by U.S. Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), the letter to House leadership points out … Read more

Machinists Call for Help Saving Washington State Alcoa Jobs

Company leadership at Alcoa Intalco Works recently announced plans to shut down their aluminum smelting operation, one of the few facilities of its kind remaining in the United States. Read: Alcoa to shut Ferndale smelter, throwing 700 out of work Seattle Times IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr., and Western Territory General Vice President Gary … Read more

IAM Demands Safety at VA Facilities

The IAM is calling on top Veterans Affairs officials to ensure that employees and veterans at VA facilities are adequately protected from COVID-19. IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. says the agency must provide all workers with personal protective equipment, clean and sanitize workplaces in a timely manner and follow all CDC guidelines. “When it … Read more

IAM Members, Families Can Complete Bachelor’s Degree for Free This Summer

Because of the current economic and public health uncertainty, IAM members and families who enroll in the IAM’s Low-Cost Degree Program by Monday, May 18, 2020 can complete a bachelor’s degree with no out-of-pocket costs. Get started by calling 888-897-9671 or enrolling online at FreeCollege.goIAM.org. Your union is making it possible for all students who enroll … Read more

ICYMI: Workplace Safety Amid COVID-19 on Activate L!VE

On this week’s live webcast, IAM Safety and Health Project Coordinator Shaun Trude explains the role of the department and offers ideas on how workers can protect themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Trude also talks about the multitude of masks and respirators out there and explains their differences and proper applications. Activate … Read more

Union Plus Offering Hardship Help

As the world collectively battles the coronavirus pandemic, Union Plus is focusing on providing resources to support IAM families who participate in Union Plus programs. Union plus has increased their benefits and loosened some of the requirements in an effort to better serve union members during these difficult times. $300 grant to Union Plus credit … Read more