Machinists Win Support for Members in Long-Overdue Relief Bill, But Much More is Needed

The Machinists Union, along with allies in labor and on Capitol Hill, won critical provisions to help IAM members and working people who remain deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis in the latest emergency relief legislation poised to be passed by Congress.

Top-Line Impacts for IAM Members

– Direct Payments: An additional round of Economic Impact Payments of $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000 per year, as well as a $600 payment for each child dependent. This means a family of four will receive $2,400 in direct payments.

– Airline Worker Relief: The airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) has been extended until March 31, 2021. Thousands of IAM airline members will go back to work. This extension prohibits any airline accepting additional PSP funds from involuntarily furloughing employees for the duration of the program.

– Transit Worker Relief: The package includes extended and enhanced unemployment benefits for railroad employees, plus an extension of waiver of the seven-day waiting period. Amtrak is restricted from furloughing additional employees.

– Unemployment Assistance: Those who are out of work will get an extra $300 per week in federal cash through March 14, 2021. The legislation also extends employment benefits to self-employed individuals, gig workers and those who’ve exhausted their state benefits. 

– Eviction Ban Extended: A federal eviction ban has been extended through the end of January

Click here for a full detailed summary of coronavirus relief provisions.

“Working people are receiving a down payment of much-needed assistance with Congress’ long overdue passage of a relief package,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The IAM has been leading this fight on Capitol Hill and with the help of our sisters and brothers in organized labor, we were able to secure assistance for our members, their families and communities.

“The bill includes a long overdue clean extension of the airline Payroll Support Program, which will help bring thousands of laid-off frontline airline workers back to work. While this bill affords many of our members some of the aid they need, far more relief is needed for members in other industries, like aerospace and manufacturing. 

“We urge Congress to return next year and immediately work with the incoming Biden-Harris administration to expand upon this legislation with a more comprehensive package that will safeguard the livelihoods and futures of all IAM members and working people.

“I want to thank our Legislative Department, as well as Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja and TCU/IAM National President Arthur Maratea for all their hard work and unrelenting pressure behind the scenes to get this deal done.

“We will not relent in our pressure until every member and their family has the support they need during these unprecedented times.”

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Omaha Local 31 Ringing Bells to Help Others this Holiday Season

Omaha Local 31 Ringing Bells to Help Others this Holiday Season

For the 20th consecutive year, members of IAM Local 31 in Omaha, NE rang bells last week to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. The community service opportunity showcases IAM Local 31’s commitment to the Omaha area and fulfills the “Service in the Community” pledge as stated on the IAM flag.

Retiree and volunteer coordinator Mark Patach had no problems filling time slots as volunteers enjoy being involved and helping out in the community.

“It always feels good to be able to do something to help people in the community, but with the COVID situation, this year seems extra special,” said volunteer and District 6 Business Representative Doug Day. “This is something Local 31 has been doing for a long time and I’m glad I was able to participate and help out this year.”

“I’m proud of the work Local 31 has done with the Red Kettle Campaign,” said District 6 Directing Business Representative Randy Krewson. “Volunteering for this campaign is something they continually do to have a positive impact in their community.”

“I want to thank these members for their dedication to volunteering for this campaign,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “Serving our communities is something we take great pride in here in the Midwest Territory, and I’m proud of Local 31 for their continued commitment to helping others.” 

The Salvation Army relies on money raised in red kettles to serve more than 25 million people nationwide in need each year.

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More Than 100 Washington State Registered Nurses Choose IAM

Last Friday, 114 Registered Nurses from CHI Franciscan Hospice Care Center in University Way, WA joined hands to vote for the IAM by an 82 percent majority. Just two and a half weeks ago, their co-workers who work as Master Social Workers and Bereavement Counselors at the same facility chose the IAM as well.

The two successful organizing victories were made possible through the team work between the Organizing Department and the Western Territory. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, both were 100 percent virtual campaigns.

“We now represent approximately 160 health care workers at this location and this latest victory sends a clear message that these front line workers want and deserve better,” said IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo. “These workers winning a voice on the job is a result of the hard work and dedication of GLR Gabby Rogano, and the assistance of District 751 President and Directing Business Representative Jon Holden and District 751 Organizing Director Jesse Cote.”

“These RN’s stuck together and overcame the adversity they faced because they knew that joining the IAM was going to give them the professional representation that they need,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Gabby Rogano.

“Our efforts to fight for healthcare workers continues with this very impressive win,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “We will always help those who strive for a better standard of living through collective union power. I congratulate and welcome our newest members and assure them all that we will be fighting alongside them as they negotiate a first contract.”

“I couldn’t be happier for these nurses and healthcare professionals who worked so hard to join the Machinists Union and have a seat at the table,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “I am so proud of this organizing team that helped these workers join together and have their voices heard.”

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