Current Actions http://www.congressweb.com/goiam Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:19 GMT Tell your Senators and Representative to support the Workplace Democracy Act http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/127 <div> <div>The Workplace Democracy Act would strengthen the middle class by restoring workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Declining unionization has fueled rising inequality and corporate profits are at an all-time high, while wages as a percentage of the economy are near an all-time low. The middle class is disappearing, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tell your Senators and Representative to support the right to join together in union by cosponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act.</div> </div> Tue, 15 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/127 Tell Congress to support the WAGE ACT http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/126 <div>The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to strengthen protections for workers who want to organize and promote change through forming a union or other collective action. The WAGE Act would provide stronger protections for all workers, whether they are part of a union or not, who want to talk with their coworkers about equal pay, advocate for safety improvements, or increase wages.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Tell your Senator or Representative to support the right to join together in union by supporting the WAGE Act(Senate Bill 2143 and House Resolution 4548).</div> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/126 Tell Congress to Say No to So-Called 'Composite' Pension Plans http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/118 <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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/118 Tell Congress to Repeal the Health Plan Excise Tax http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/109 <div> <div>Health insurance is expensive enough today, but a new tax scheduled to go into effect in 2022 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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/109 Tell Congress to Keep Its Pension Promises http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/104 <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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/104 Tell the New Mexico Senate to Reject Right-to-Work Law http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/100 <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="http://www.rtwexposed.org/">www.rtwexposed.org</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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/100 Pineville Jobs Worth Fighting For http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/99 <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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/99 Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to Reject Right-to-Work (For Less) http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/97 <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="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&amp;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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/97 Tell Congress to Vote 'No' on Bill to Cut Retiree Pensions http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/95 <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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/95 Tell Kentucky Legislators to Stop Allsource Global Management's Reckless Behavior http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/92 <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 http://www.congressweb.com/goiam/92