US Department of Labor Approves Grand Lodge Executive Election Results


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.

According to the DOL, IAM members in 884 Local Lodges cast ballots in April 2014 and properly elected R. Thomas Buffenbarger as International President, Robert Roach, Jr. as General Secretary-Treasurer and the following nine U.S. General Vice Presidents: Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Robert G. Martinez, Jr., Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark A. Blondin, Diane M. Babineaux and Dora H. Cervantes.

International President Tom Buffenbarger

International President Tom Buffenbarger

“Our members have spoken loud and clear,” said International President Buffenbarger. “The IAM tradition of democracy and accountability is equal to any challenge it faces. Now it’s time to focus all our energy on building an even stronger union for the next generation of IAM members.

“On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I would like to thank the members and their Local Lodges for their support,” said Buffenbarger. “I’m proud to serve with the outstanding individuals on our Executive Council and with the many dedicated representatives and staff at every level of our union.”

Click here for the Report of Grand Lodge Election Tellers.

The Executive Council


For more information on the Members of the Executive Council click here

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IAM and TWU to Jointly Represent 30,000 at American Airlines

The IAMAW and the TWU put Workers and Union Solidarity first in signing an historic agreement to share joint certification in the new merged American Airways created from the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
For details, please read the press release below.

The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country. 

The Machinists have 180,000 active member in the aerospace sector and a total of 700,000 members in over 1,000 Local Lodges.

us airways and AA
material below source:
Tue. May 14, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) today announced a partnership to jointly represent nearly 30,000 ground workers at the “new” American Airlines following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

This week the two international unions have signed joint agreements to cover the Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service, and Stores employee work groups at the soon to be merged airline. The new labor partnership, to be known as the TWU/IAM Employee Association, will ask the federal National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold elections among the combined employees for each classification after the close of the American-US Airways merger.  The election will formalize the joint-council agreement reached this week.

“I am proud that our two great unions put the members first in a true demonstration of solidarity,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “These agreements protect our members’ representation, pensions and seniority. Working jointly with the TWU, we will ensure both unions’ members are rewarded in this merger.”

“This agreement allows us to use our combined strength and resources on behalf of all our members as we move forward at the new American Airlines,” said TWU International President James C. Little.  “Both unions have decades of experience representing workers at US Airways and American Airlines and both unions are members of the AFL-CIO.”

Following certification, negotiating committees comprised of an equal number of representatives from each union will begin working out the details of collective bargaining agreements to cover the combined carriers’ employees.

The accords reached this week, designate which union will enforce a post-merger agreement in specific cities, as well as providing a mechanism to designate contract enforcement responsibilities if the carrier expands to new markets.

The IAM currently represents Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service, and Stores employees at US Airways; TWU represents these classifications at American. TWU also currently represents aircraft dispatchers, flight crew training instructors and flight simulator engineers at both airlines. Additionally, IAM represents Maintenance Instructors at US Airways.

The full agreements and a Question and Answer document are available at both the IAM website and at the Transport Workers Union’s website:

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Air Canada Court Decision Proves We Were Right!

Thursday February 7, 2013

For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON – “The court decision handed down this week ordering Air Canada to maintain repair and overhaul operations in Canada proves we were right all along,” said a pleased Dave Ritchie, IAM General Vice President.

On Monday, the Quebec Superior Court sided with the Quebec government’s contention that Air Canada was obligated to do their maintenance work in Canada. The Manitoba Government also supported this legal action.

The Air Canada Public Participation Act of 1988 required the privatized airline maintain maintenance facilities in Winnipeg, Mississauga and Montréal. The workers at these facilities are represented by the IAM.

In 2007, Air Canada sold off its heavy maintenance division to Aveos Fleet Performance Incorporated. After Air Canada significantly reduced the amount of work it gave to Aveos, the aircraft overhaul company filed for bankruptcy in March 2012 throwing 2,600 Canadian workers off the job. Air Canada has since moved almost all of its aircraft heavy maintenance previously performed by Aveos, out of the country.

While the IAM itself was precluded from taking legal action, it asked the Quebec and Manitoba governments to seek legal enforcement of Air Canada’s obligations. “I want to thank the governments of Quebec and Manitoba for acting upon our suggestion,” said Ritchie. “This ruling is a victory for all Canadian workers.”

“This doesn’t mean that Air Canada will have to reopen its heavy maintenance division and that everyone will get their jobs back. But it does mean that the airline will have to maintain and overhaul its aircraft in Montréal and Winnipeg and that’s good news because good paying jobs will come back to Canada.”

“We are disappointed that Air Canada has announced it is appealing this decision,” added Ritchie. “We urge them to drop their appeal and move quickly to meet their legal and moral obligations to these communities and Canada. I have made this request today by letter to Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu.”


For further information:
Dave Ritchie – IAM Canadian General Vice President
416-386-1789 Ext #6323
Fred Hospes – IAM District Lodge 140 President and Directing General Chairperson
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext #6331/416-735-9765

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38th Grand Lodge Conducted With Style In Toronto


International President Tom Buffenbarger displays the custom-made gavel he used to chair the Convention

On Friday, September 14th, 2012, International President Tom Buffenbarger declare the 38th Grand Lodge Convention of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers adjourned. This capped a week of education and business conducted under his friendly and relaxed style of chairmanship.

General Secretary Treasurer Robert Roach reported the Machinists are the best funded large Union in North America. The dues adjustment of four years ago has returned financial stability to our organization.

There were minor amendments to the constitution made and resolutions passed.  Full report on these will be made once the offical documents are published. But for most delegates, the panel discussions and guest speaker were the most memorable interludes.

Obama receives the endorsement of the Machinists

Jerry Springer’s speech stands out as a real crowd pleaser. We are all familiar with his TV show where the occasional chair gets thrown between his guests. Most of us are unaware Jerry is a friend of Unions in general and the Machinist Union in particular. He served as the Mayor of Cincinnati and has been a life long Democrat. His defence of Health Insurance was humourous and cutting. Before the current law, popularily dubbed Obama Care, was enacted, 30 million Americans had NO health insurance. Now all will be covered. People who got sick, or worse whose children got sick, could be denied coverage when insurance needed to be renewed. No longer is this allowed. Obama Care is still hobbled by the decision to continue to use private insurers, unlike the single payer (i.e. the government) system the rest of the industrialized world uses. But it is a giant leap forward considering where they started.

Jerry told an anecdote to illustrate his point. Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for the presidency, promises to repeal the health laws on the first day in office. This would strip the insurance from 30 million Americans immediately. Jerry suggested that not one Repulican would turn down aid to a sick child if a desperate parent came to their door. But, as a group, they are willing to do just that to a whole phlanax of children with the stroke of a pen.

Yukio Manaka, President of the Japanese Association of Metal, Machinery and Manufacturing Workers

The IAM is involved with Unions around the world. The new global alliance Industriall brings together Aerospace unions to challenge multi-national corporations on their own playing field. As Valter Sanches of the German National Conferation of Metalworkers pointed out, corporations running just-in-time or lean-manufacturing operations, where parts from around the world are brought together on the morning of their use, are now vunerable to disruptions in far off countries if local Trade Unionist can delay a part for even a day. International Solidarity can effectively support brother and sisters in another country in a way that never existed in the old era of large inventories. Now a lack of a $5 part can bring an entire assembly line to a halt.

Thomas Mulclair, leader of the Offical Opposition

Human Rights are important to our Union. What we desire for ourselves, we desire for all. One panel tackled the issue of Labour Rights, a second the toxic legacy of Corporate Criminals. Also speaking that day were Thomas Mulcair, leader of the Officical Opposition and leader of the NDP and Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian labour Congress. General Wesley Clarke gave an inspirational presentation of leadership.

Britsh Columbia’s own Tania Canniff, Chair of the Women and Human Right Committee

Health Care was the front and center for both in the US and the world, Jobs Now! was the theme on Thursday and Women Around the World was the focus on the last day.

The Canadian Women at Convention

Highlight videos of the proceeding are available for viewing at the International Machinists’ web site

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New Global Union Faces Global Corporations at Farnborough Airshow

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.
IndustriALL challenges the power of multinational companies and negotiates with them on a global level. IndustriALL fights for another model of globalization and a new economic and social model that puts people first, based on democracy and social justice.
IndustriALL strives to:
•Build stronger unions
•Organize and increase union membership
•Fight for trade union rights
•Fight against precarious work (including contract and agency labour)
•Build union power to confront global capital
•Promote industrial policy and sustainability
•Promote social justice and globalization
•Ensure equal rights and women’s participation
•Create safe workplaces
•Improve democracy and inclusiveness
Founded on 19 June 2012, the new organization brings together affiliates of the former global union federations: International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and International Textiles Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF).
IndustriALL Global Union represents workers in a wide range of sectors from extraction of oil and gas, mining, generation and distribution of electric power, to manufacturing of metals and metal products, shipbuilding, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, chemicals, rubber, pulp and paper, building materials, textiles, garments, leather and footwear and environmental services.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), joinED with representatives from IndustriALL, the newly formed global union, at the Farnborough Air Show on July 10-11 to remind visitors, vendors and customers that there would be no aerospace industry without the contributions of thousands of highly-skilled workers who belong to some of the world’s most progressive trade unions.

“It’s time to give proper credit to the men and women at aerospace companies and vendors who consistently produce the world’s most technically advanced products with a degree of skill that is unmatched anywhere in the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, who also serves as one of three IndustriALL vice presidents. “We also will be monitoring the growing aerospace industry in countries like China, often with the help of U.S.-based aerospace companies.”

Bombardier business jet are made by IAMAW members in Montreal. Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets are manufactured.

Nowhere on earth is there a greater concentration of IAM-made products than at the international air shows held alternately each year in Farnborough, UK and Paris, France. Lined up, wing tip to wing tip are the latest commercial and military offerings from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, General Electric, Pratt Whitney, Spirit AeroSystems and others. Also lined up is an extraordinary traffic jam of Bentley’s, Rolls Royce’s and BMW’s used to transport well-heeled buyers from around the world.

In addition to the gleaming displays of new aircraft are stadium-sized exhibition halls filled with hundreds of vendors and suppliers to the world’s aerospace industry. It is here where buyers and sellers of everything from the smallest metal castings to the largest avionics systems will haggle, deal, and ultimately provide the industry with billions in revenue.

A relatively new addition to this bazaar-like atmosphere is the gaggle of governmental representatives from Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Ostensibly there to promote their own relatively new aerospace industries, they also seek to persuade existing aerospace companies to relocate manufacturing from near and far with promises of tax incentives, start-up assistance and invariably, inexpensive labor costs.

Not to be outdone, individual U.S. states have joined the fray, with South Carolina aggressively promoting its status as a right-to-work state where workers’ rights are fewer and workers’ wages are lower.

New stretched regional jet assembled by Machinists in Dorval, Que.

IAM representatives from the union’s aerospace sector are also at Farnborough, to monitor this dubious marketplace of manpower and material, to meet with employers and to make sure buyers and sellers know that without the highly-skilled contributions of aerospace workers around the world, there would be no aerospace industry.

“It’s time to give proper credit to the men and women at aerospace companies and vendors who consistently produce the world’s most technically advanced products with a degree of skill that is unmatched anywhere in the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, who met with representatives from vendors and suppliers as well as primary manufacturers at the exhibition.

Adding to the union presence at this year’s exhibition are leaders of IndustriALL, the newly-formed global industrial trade union representing 50 million workers in 350 unions around the world. The delegates, representing the world’s largest aerospace companies, pledged to coordinate their organizing and bargaining activities to a greater degree than ever before.

“We can no longer allow a global corporation to move work from one state to another, or from one country to another and then pit its workers against one another,” declared Buffenbarger, who also serves as one of three IndustriALL vice presidents. “We are union brothers and sisters, no matter where we live and we will not allow our family to be harmed in that way.”


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