This past weekend in Chicago, I attended the AFL-CIO Next Up Summit, which is a young workers conference. While there, I had the privilege of not only representing my union, the Machinists (IAM) and my Local Lodge 2323, but also of representing Canada as one of only seven Canadian delegates in attendance. More than 1,000 young workers from across the United States descended on the shores of Lake Michigan and came together in the Chicago Hilton’s Grand Ballroom to discuss the labor movement. We were a diverse group with different backgrounds: race, gender, sexual orientation and age, united in a common passion to change the world around us.
Nearly 12,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants have signed authorization cards seeking union representation by the Machinists (IAM). More than two dozen Delta flight attendants hand-delivered those cards Tuesday to the National Mediation Board’s (NMB's) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to some holiday solidarity and support from their fellow union members, about 135 families of Machinists (IAM) Local 219 members who have been on an unfair labor practices strike since Oct. 1 were able to enjoy full Thanksgiving dinners. The workers are employed by government sub-contractor AllSource Global Management at Bluegrass Army Depot, south of Lexington, Ky.
The Machinists (IAM) unveiled the winners of the union’s annual photo contest with this year’s theme “IAM members at work.” The first place winner (above) was taken by Donnie Rogers, IAM Local Lodge 2535, Magellan Aerospace, Middletown, Ohio. It shows Local 2535 member Ed Baker handling a part cut by a water jet that will be welded into a cone for an Airbus A340 jet engine.
Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Members of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition on Tuesday held a one-day unfair labor practice strike at Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District offices near the bridge’s tollbooths. The 450 workers in the unions that make up the coalition have been working without a contract since July 1.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Exciting things are happening in Texas. The Machinists (IAM) today announced a second important organizing victory, this time for 475 office and clerical personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi. This follows an April organizing win for 450 helicopter mechanics and technicians at the same facility.
Mother’s Day is less than a week away (May 11), so you have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice tribute for Mom that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.