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Boeing SC Flight Techs to Vote on IAM Representation

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A group of 178 Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians have the right to vote on IAM representation, the NLRB ruled Monday. The board has set an election date of Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Flight Technicians are standing strong in the face of the company’s anti-union campaign, even after Boeing lost its legal battle to block their voice at work. SIGN THE PETITION: Tell working people at Boeing that we have their backs “Boeing has done everything in its power to take away freedom at work for its South Carolina teammates. Today the National Labor Relations Board spoke loud […]

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Proposed ‘right to work’ constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate

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Proposed ‘right to work’ constitutional amendment heads to Missouri Senate Protestors line the street outside the abandoned Amelex warehouse in Springfield, Mo. where Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens held a ceremonial signing of “right-to-work” legislation on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The governor and other backers of right to work say it will bring business to the state and give workers the choice not to pay into a union if they don’t want to join. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP) By SKy Chadde St. Louis Post-Dispatch JEFFERSON CITY • A proposed constitutional amendment to make Missouri a “right to work” state is […]

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Machinists Stand Up for Worker Freedom

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Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. joined the Senate and House sponsors of the Workplace Democracy Act at a Capitol Hill press conference.  U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) and introduced the Workplace Democracy Act legislation, a bill that would strengthen the middle class by restoring workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. The Workplace Democracy Act will restore the right of every American to join together in union—whether you live in Vermont, Wisconsin, North Carolina or Texas,” said Machinists Union President Robert Martinez, Jr. “Unions strengthen democracy. Unions mean freedom […]

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Volunteers needed for Day of Action May 12 to defeat RTW (Prop. A)

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Canvassers will focus on education about Prop. A, voter registration to union members By TIM ROWDEN Editor The Missouri AFL-CIO is holding a Statewide Day of Action on Saturday, May 12, knocking on union members’ doors to talk about Proposition A (“right-to-work”) and help members make sure all their family members are registered to Vote NO on Prop. A. “To beat Prop A and the so-called ‘right-to-work,’ we need to make sure we are talking to our family members about the dangers of ‘right-to-work’ and that all of our family members are registered and ready to Vote NO on Prop A,” said Merri […]

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A tale of two golf courses: one bad in St. Peters, one good in High Ridge

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DON’T DUFF YOUR COURSE CHOICE when you’re golfing this summer. Sugar Creek Golf Course in High Ridge (left) is the ace choice, offering special low rates for union members, retirees, first responders and active duty and retired military. St. Peters Golf Course and Banquet Center (right) is not recommended, as work there is being done by a non-union electrical contractor. Golfers, union tournament planners, please take note By ED FINKELSTEIN Publisher If you’re a golfer, there are two courses you need to be aware of: • The St. Peters Golf Course has turned its back on unions, despite the fact the course […]

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Machinists Take Over Capitol Hill

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IAM members from across the country are joining together in Washington, DC this week to meet legislators and advocate for working people. “Our message for every elected official is simple: represent the people who make this country move,” IAM International President Bob Martinez said as a part of his opening remarks for the 2018 Legislative Conference. “The most important part of this Legislative Conference will be the conversations our members have on Capitol Hill. We have to let every elected official know that the Machinists will fight for our families, our union and all working people.” Martinez discussed trade, strengthening […]

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IAM Machinists On Strike Against ULA

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Strike Line Cape Canaveral, FL The first day of a strike always garners a lot of attention; from the media, the community and even union members. But it’s the second day that separates the real heroes. Day two makes it clear who is willing to talk about change and who is willing to fight for it. Strike Line Decatur, AL     “Our members have delivered the reliability and experience that has helped United Launch Alliance create a world-class U.S. space program,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The Machinists Union members at ULA connect the world with our […]

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Top Boeing executives in St. Louis to introduce first Super Hornet jets to get upgrades

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By Brian Feldt St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 4, 2018 Boeing executives, including president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg, welcomed on Friday the first of potentially hundreds of well-used Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets that will return to the company’s north St. Louis County campus for upgrades designed to extend the life of the Navy’s workhorse aircraft. The fighter jet, with just under 6,000 flight hours under its belt, is one of four Block II Super Hornets that will be delivered to Boeing this year to undergo an 18-month Service Life Modification (SLM) program meant to extend the flight hours of the aircraft […]

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IAM Celebrates 130 Years!

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The International Association of Machinists is celebrating its 130th birthday. Founded in a railroad pit in Georgia, the union would become one of the backbones of the American manufacturing sector by producing things like military jets, trains and steel.