Current Actions Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:03:12 GMT Tell Your Senators to Combat Toxic Cabin Air on Airplanes <div>Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to stop the attack on Federal Workers <div>Federal employees need your help now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), are asking everyone to contact their Representatives and urge them to Vote No on the Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1461). This legislation does not help veterans or taxpayers.&nbsp; Rather, it serves only to weaken federal employee unions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tell your representative to vote No on H.R. 1461<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more than 40 years, the official time has been an important tool for management and workers to address workplace concerns regarding safety, efficiency, mission effectiveness, employee engagement, and supporting management in the implementation of new initiatives.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Official time is not “union time.”&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Activities such as political action, political fundraising, and internal union business like membership organizing are already prohibited. When these activities do take place, union officials and members are required to be on their personal time or on leave.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tell your representative to vote no on these attacks on federal workers.</div> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Protect the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Fight the Trump Administration's Budget Cuts <div>Federal Workers, including IAM government employees and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members need your help now to fight budget cuts to The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).</div> <div><br /> The Trump Administration is attempting to cut funding for HUD by $6.2 billion, which amounts to a reduction of over 13 percent from the prior fiscal year. These cuts will harm low-income families, veterans, the elderly, and disabled individuals, and will result in an increase in homelessness, starvation, and the decline of neighborhoods in urban areas.</div> <div><br /> NFFE and the HUD employees represented by Local 1450 ask that you reach out to your Congressional Representatives and Senators and ask for the following:</div> <div><br /> 1) Increase the FY17 and FY18 Federal Budget to increase spending for HUD programs, not decrease them.</div> <div><br /> 2) Demand that HUD leadership work with NFFE 1450 to increase efficiencies and properly staff programs to ensure efficacy and quality of results.</div> <div><br /> HUD employees do not currently have the adequate resources to be as efficient as possible, and defunding the department will be devastating to them and the people they serve.</div> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Protect Federal Workers' 'Official Time' <div> <div>Federal Workers, including IAM government employees and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members need your help now to protect their rights to fair union representation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Congress is targeting the very existence of federal employee unions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>House Republicans have proposed bills H.R. 1293 and H.R. 1364. Both are unnecessary attacks on federal employees who work on labor-management relations and represent federal employees. The laws would impose a penalty of reduced pension accrual on those who agree to serve as employee representatives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your representative to vote No on H.R. 1364 and H.R. 1293.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more than 40 years, official time has been an important tool for management and workers to address workplace concerns. Current law explicitly prohibits union activities while on official time, including any internal union business, solicitation of new members, election of union officers and any partisan political issues.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The IAM and NFFE-IAM represent more than 100,000 federal workers. Tell your representative to vote no on these attacks on federal workers.</div> </div> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Hands Off Federal Workers' Rights, Say No to the PAGE Act <div>Federal workers, just like the rest of us, deserve basic protections on the job.</div> <div><br /> But a bill being circulated by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) seeks to undermine our fundamental American values of decency, opportunity and fairness.</div> <div><br /> Under the PAGE Act, all new hires in the federal government would become “at will” employees who serve at the whim of their managers or political appointees overseeing federal agencies. Due process would be sharply reduced and federal worker pay would be subject to a highly subjective rating system.</div> <div><br /> The IAM and its affiliate union, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), represent more than 100,000 federal workers.</div> <div><br /> Tell your Representative to oppose the PAGE Act, a destructive piece of legislation that seeks to destroy federal worker moral and the unions who represent them.</div> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Say No to So-Called 'Composite' Pension Plans <div>The IAM and a coalition of union and retiree groups stand adamantly against legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that would make it even easier for multiemployer pension plans to cut benefits.</div> <div><br /> Retirement security for working Americans should be strengthened, not weakened.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The proposed legislation would allow multiemployer pension plans to transition to so-called “composite” plans, reducing the amount they are required to pay into the plan and weakening the financial base for all plans. Reducing contributions would make them vulnerable to market downturns and inevitably result in deep benefit cuts to retirees.<br /> <br /> This is a raw deal for American workers. Tell Congress to reject this pension-killing scheme and protect our retirement security.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Tell the Senate to Support U.S. Space Superiority, Machinists Union Jobs <div> <div>Members of Congress and supporters of a non-union and unproven launch company, SpaceX, have attempted to prevent United Launch Alliance (ULA) from buying the rockets it needs to continue supporting U.S. military and defense capabilities in space. These actions will drive up costs of the program, weaken our national security and put IAM members out of work.</div> <div><br /> ULA, which uses Russian-made RD-180 rockets, have successfully completed over 100 launches, including many critical national security launches, with 100 percent mission success rate—the only U.S. launch provider to do so. A U.S. produced rocket engine isn’t expected to be ready until 2019.</div> <div><br /> The IAM is urging the U.S. Senate to support the bipartisan Gardner-Nelson amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would authorize the use of up to 18 highly reliable RD-180 rocket engines in the Department of Defense’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.</div> <div><br /> The IAM, NASA’s largest union, represents hundreds of members at ULA and the EELV supply chain, which spans more than 20 states.</div> <div><br /> Take action today and tell your Senator to support the bipartisan Gardner-Nelson amendment to the 2017 NDAA and authorize the use of up to 18 RD-180 rocket engines in the Department of Defense’s EELV program.</div> </div> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Tell the Senate to Reject Amendment Outsourcing U.S. Shipbuilding Jobs <div> <div>Sen. John McCain has proposed an amendment that would undermine the Jones Act, which performs a critical function in maintaining the shipbuilding capabilities of our nation’s defense industrial base.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If passed, the amendment will result in the outsourcing of U.S. shipbuilding to foreign nations. This will damage our defense capabilities and devastate U.S. shipbuilding and lead to the loss of American jobs. Both the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense strongly support the Jones Act.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your Senators to reject the proposed amendment.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Repeal the Health Plan Excise Tax <div> <div>Health insurance is expensive enough today, but a new tax scheduled to go into effect in 2018 is already making doctor’s visits and medical procedures pricier for middle-class workers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent excise tax, frequently mischaracterized as the “Cadillac Tax,” would be imposed on plans that exceed individual coverage costs of more than $10,200 and more than $27,500 for family coverage. Some employers already have or are planning to increase out-of-pocket limits, co-pays, and deductibles to pay for the tax, thus making workers the “pay-for” for the bill.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Keeping our current medical health plan was a promise made under the ACA – tell Congress to repeal the health insurance excise tax on middle-class families.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Protect Rights for Workers of Native-Owned Businesses <div>Because of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), most American workers have the freedom to organize into unions and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, hours and working conditions. This protection applies to employees of many tribal-owned and -operated businesses.</div> <div><br /> But a union-busting bill in Congress would deny these basic on-the-job rights to the hundreds of thousands of workers employed by Native enterprises, including casinos, mining operations, power plants, saw mills, construction companies, ski resorts, high-tech firms, hotels and spas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The IAM is calling on Congress to oppose the misleading Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (H.R. 511), which would strip all workers of Tribal-owned businesses their right to protection under the National Labor Relations Act.</div> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Keep Its Pension Promises <div> <div>Congress snuck a cruel provision into last year’s must-pass spending bill, allowing troubled multiemployer pension plans to cut already-earned benefits for current retirees, many of whom gave up pay raises for the promise of a secure retirement. More than 10 million Americans depend on a multiemployer pension plan for their retirement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is an alternative to leaving our retirees out to dry.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Keep Our Pension Promises Act (S. 1631, HR. 2844), introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), would restore the anti-cutback rule in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and strengthen multiemployer pensions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Revive the Export-Import Bank <div>A far-right minority of Congress has put the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, a crucial tool for creating and sustaining American jobs, at the brink of extinction. GOP leadership caved to Tea Party demands and the Bank is no longer granting new loans after June 30, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, many in manufacturing, rely on loans the credit agency provides to foreign companies to buy American-made products, including airplanes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Foreign competitors like China, India, France and Germany all have export credit agencies that dwarf the amount of financing the U.S. provides through the Ex-Im Bank. Letting the credit agency die for good means more good paying American jobs will go overseas and will result in a deepening of our already massive trade deficit.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Don’t let far-right ideology kill a government agency that actually works for American workers, without costing taxpayers a dime.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your Representative to support H. Res. 450, which would finally permit the House to vote on a full reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank, and H.R. 597, which would reauthorize the bank.</div> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Urge Your Representative to vote "No" on H.Con.Res. 27 <div> <div>Thursday, March 26,on H.Con.Res. 27, the proposed Concurrent Resolution on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The IAM urges all members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to vote "No" on this budget bill. This extreme budget would gouge hundreds of billions from dedicated civil servants and makes hard-working federal employees scapegoats for a dysfunctional Congress.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>No other group of Americans has contributed towards deficit direction at the level federal employees have in recent years. Federal employees have already contributed $159 billion toward deficit reduction since fiscal year 2011, and this latest budget would seek hundreds of billions in additional cuts balanced on the backs of federal employees.</div> </div> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT Tell the New Mexico Senate to Reject Right-to-Work Law <div> <div>New Mexico's working families breathed a collective sigh a relief when their state Senate tabled a so-called "right-to-work" bill, but the fight may not be over.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Indications are that Big Business outsiders may try to attach a right-to-work provision to a different bill, which could pull just enough support to pass. We need to continue to put pressure on New Mexico state lawmakers until the current legislative session ends on March 21.</div> <div><br /> For more information on what right-to-work really means, visit <strong><a href=""></a></strong>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We've seen this before: Anti-union groups make grand promises of economic prosperity to struggling states if they pass right-to-work legislation, only to then take advantage of their low wages and lack of bargaining power. Workers in right-to-work states make about $1,500 less annually and have fewer benefits than workers in non-right-to-work states.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>New Mexico residents are encouraged to tell their New Mexico State Senator that they shouldn't let their state become the next victim of corporate false promises. Vote NO to any "right-to-work" bill.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT Pineville Jobs Worth Fighting For <div> <div>The 300 plus employees at the Pineville, Louisiana General Electric plant, formerly Dresser Inc. were informed by the company they will be closing the Pineville plant in about a year and moving all production to Florida, because of breaks and incentives offered by that state.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pineville plant has provided good jobs for decades, and many employees have family that has worked there for generations. The workers at the Pineville plant are skilled and productive, and the plant has always been profitable.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We believe the plant is worth saving, and we are asking our elected officials to take a stand to save the plant and the jobs for the families that rely on them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manufacturing jobs are some of the most important for a community, and when a workforce is as skilled and productive as the Pineville workforce is, there's no excuse for letting these jobs fly away. Please let us know what you will do to help us save the jobs for our families that depend on those jobs every day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Enter your address below to send your Louisiana elected officials a message.</div> </div> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to Reject Right-to-Work (For Less) <div> <div>Big Business outsiders have their sights on making New Mexico the latest right-to-work (for less) state.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A bill (<strong><a href=";legtype=B&amp;legno=75&amp;year=15">H.B. 75</a></strong>) recently passed by the New Mexico House Business and Employment Committee would force unions to represent workers who don't pay their fair share of dues, weakening the bargaining power of all workers and further tilting power toward corporate interests. The dubiously-named Employee Preference Act now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We've seen this before: Anti-union groups make grand promises of economic prosperity to struggling states if they pass right-to-work legislation, only to then take advantage of their low wages and lack of bargaining power. Workers in right-to-work states make about $1,500 less annually and have fewer benefits than workers in non-right-to-work states.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> New Mexico residents are encouraged to tell the New Mexico House of Representatives that they shouldn't let their state become the next victim of corporate false promises. Vote NO on HB 75.</div> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Vote 'No' on Bill to Cut Retiree Pensions <div> <div>In a stunning betrayal of America's highly vulnerable retiree population, lawmakers are preparing legislation for the lame duck session of Congress that would overturn a key tenant of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and allow drastic cuts to the multiemployer pensions of current retirees.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell Congress to vote "No" on any legislation that would fund troubled pension plans on the backs of American retirees.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT Tell Kentucky Legislators to Stop Allsource Global Management's Reckless Behavior <div>170 members of IAM Local Lodge 219 who work at Bluegrass Station near Lexington, KY, went on strike on Oct. 1 against Allsource Global Management (AGM), a Lockheed Martin subcontractor.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The IAM contends that the company has committed several Unfair Labor Practices, and the National Labor Relations Board already ruled in the IAM's favor on one charge that the company refused to give information to the Union. But, the company flaunted that ruling and still refuses to provide the legally-required information. The IAM currently has six NLRB charges against AGM.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> AGM's reckless behavior affects our military preparedness. We want our elected leaders in the state to take action to bring the company to the negotiating table, provide the legally-required information and bargain in good faith to end the strike quickly.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Give Department of Veterans Affairs Nurses and Doctors Meaningful Collective Bargaining Rights <div> <div>Over the last several years, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare professionals have seen their collective bargaining rights practically eliminated. Agency management's improperly broad interpretation of a certain provision in federal labor law has allowed them to circumvent the bargaining process on numerous critical issues, and the effect is taking its toll on the morale of VA healthcare providers.</div> <div>It is time for Congress to do what is right for VA workers and the veterans for whom they provide care.</div> <div>Tell your Senate and House Representatives to pass H.R. 4580/S. 1556, which will eliminate the collective bargaining exceptions under Sec. 7422 of Title 38.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT Tell the House to Vote "No" on Amendments to Harm Service Contract Act Workers <div> <div> <div>House members are preparing to vote on three GOP amendments to the Defense budget bill that will eliminate key worker protections under the Service Contract Act (SCA).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>GOP Rep. Mike Rogers (AL) has offered an amendment that would prohibit contracted union members from exercising their right to strike. Roger's amendment appears to be in direct retaliation to the recent IAM Local 2003 strike at Fort Rucker, in which members fought - and won - against the contractor's proposed radical changes to members' seniority rights.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) has offered an amendment to eliminate important SCA protections for fast food workers and others working on our nation's military bases, many of whom are related to enlisted personnel.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another amendment by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) would eliminate SCA protections for nursing home workers caring for U.S. veterans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your Representative to vote "No" on the Rogers, Rigell and Fleming amendments to the Defense budget bill.</div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 May 2014 04:00:00 GMT Tell the House to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits <div> Nearly 2.8 million Americans have lost their economic lifeline since House Republican leaders forced unemployment insurance benefits to expire last December. The Senate just voted to extend those benefits. But it's now up to the House.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Speaker John Boehner refuses to take the bill up and Congress is due to leave town for a two-week recess.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Boehner and GOP leaders must not be allowed to leave the unemployed out to dry. Demand action now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tell your House members to pass the emergency unemployment benefits extension today!</div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Stop Listening to the Tea Party and Focus on Jobs <div> A small group of disgruntled leaders from the Tea Party are staging an attempted coup d'etat. They've shut down government offices, filled the airwaves with incendiary rhetoric, encircled the Nation's capital with truck convoys, stacked barricades around the White House and demanded that this crisis end - but only on their terms.<br /> <br /> If you love your country and revere our Experiment in Democracy, let your President, Vice President, Senators and Member of Congress know. Tell them you believe in majority rule - always have, always will.<br /> <br /> Tell them to end this manufactured crisis by repudiating the Tea Party and V-O-T-I-N-G to reopen the U.S. government, raise the debt ceiling and start dealing with the real crisis our country faces, the JOBS CRISIS.</div> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to Vote "No" on Privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority <div> Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law as part of the New Deal in 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been the lifeblood for generations of families in the American South. It provides cheap, clean, reliable energy to over nine million people and is a driver of economic activity for most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.<br /> <br /> Now Washington wants to sell the TVA. Tucked in President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget is a single paragraph to "reform TVA." It sounds harmless, but privatizing the TVA would undoubtedly raise energy costs for millions of working families and make little to no impact in reducing the deficit. It would also put the jobs of 13,000 people, many of them union, at risk. It's the last thing we need as we try to recover from the Great Recession.<br /> <br /> Do your part to protect good American jobs and clean, reliable energy for millions by telling your congressman to vote against any budget that privatizes the TVA.</div> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:00:00 GMT Tell Congress to pass the RAMP Act <div>Job-creating legislation to increase funding for harbor dredging and maintenance is awaiting final changes by U.S. House and Senate conferees. <br /> <br /> Both chambers have approved H.R. 4348, an overall transportation bill that includes the Realize America&rsquo;s Maritime Promise (RAMP) Act. The RAMP Act is an amendment to ensure funds designated for commercial harbor dredging and maintenance are used for that purpose. But both chambers must agree on a unified version before final passage. <br /> <br /> The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund currently has enough money to dredge all of the nation&rsquo;s deep-draft ports and waterways. But only half of the $1.6 billion in taxes collected each year is utilized for the original intent of the fund. <br /> <br /> Send a letter to Congress urging final passage of the RAMP Act today!<br /> &nbsp;</div> Thu, 10 May 2012 04:00:00 GMT America Needs Jobs Now! <div>Without immediate legislative action, the U.S. job market will continue to spiral, as will our country's economic sustainability. JOBS Now! is a comprehensive strategy for creating jobs - immediately - through the passage of a national jobs package focused on the U.S. manufacturing and transportation sectors.</div> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT The Time Is Now To Hire US America! <div>Hire US, America demands policies that discourage the outsourcing of American jobs, creates a national industrial policy, creates a Works Progress Administration-style jobs program, extends unemployment insurance benefits, uses discretionary funds to create emergency job creation programs in communities with the highest levels of unemployment and builds a revitalized, green economy by investing in green jobs.</div> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT