Broken Promise: United Technologies in California

In July of 2018, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) informed IAM Local 755 they were going to lay off approximately 300 members from their Chula Vista, CA facility. IAM members have been making aerospace components at that location since 1941.

“They’ll go to the cheapest corner of the world to make a profit,” said Juan Villalobos, IAM Local 755 member and 20-year employee who is laid off.

UTC has been steadily outsourcing the work performed at the plant to facilities in Mexico. UTC in Chula Vista is one of dozens of IAM-represented facilities that have closed during the Trump administration.

“When I was there they were getting 118 pesos, which was less than $10, a day,” said Villalobos. “Not an hour, a day.”

“When is it going to be important for us to have U.S.A made stuff,’” said Local 755 member and 22-year employee Kimberly Lepper. “I thought Trump was going to save my job, and I wish he would’ve.” 

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“Unfortunately we live in a time where corporate greed knows no boundaries and hard-working American families are the ones who suffer,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We need elected officials who will hold these companies accountable for offshoring jobs, not reward them with tax breaks like the current administration does. This employer and all others shipping our jobs to Mexico and elsewhere should be ashamed of themselves, putting corporate profits over American jobs”

“It makes my blood boil every time another U.S. based corporation sends our work across the border or overseas, these corporations are guilty of economic treason against the United States,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “We need leaders in Washington that will hold corporations accountable and penalize these companies for the economic devastation caused by outsourcing and off-shoring good paying union jobs. My heart goes out to our members who fall victim to the greed of this country’s elite – it’s time to fight back at the ballot box!”

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Machinists Union: Reported U.S.-Brazil ‘Mini’ Trade Deal is Another Example of Trump’s Broken Promises

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 — Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. released the following statement regarding a reported “mini” U.S.-Brazil trade deal:

“If recent reports are true, the Trump administration is working on a trade deal that will send more U.S. jobs out of our country, this time to Brazil. As reported today , in announcing the new pact, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ‘urged U.S. companies to learn more about the incentives that Brazil is offering to attract more foreign investment from the U.S.’”

“Despite all of his promises and all of his boasts, this deal is yet another example of Trump’s broken promises to U.S. workers. Dozens of Machinists Union-represented facilities have closed since Trump took office.

“We are still waiting for all of our jobs to come back from Mexico and China, as Trump promised they would. Instead, U.S. jobs continue to flow to Mexico and China unabated. As recently reported, Carlisle Companies is shutting down its assembly plant in Kent, Wash. and throwing nearly 600 people out on the street. Guess where they are moving the work? Mexico and China, where wage rates and labor standards are low, and in some cases, non-existent.

“U.S. workers are tired of an administration that says one thing and then does another. Americans cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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Machinists Union Strikes for Fair Contract at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wis.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2020 – Eighty-nine Machinists Union (IAM) Local 1855 members at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wis. began striking for a fair contract today at 7 a.m. CT.

The striking IAM members at AstenJohnson, who produce specialty fabric for the paper industry, are seeking reasonable healthcare expenses and cost sharing.

IAM Local 1855 members rejected company contract proposals on Oct. 14 and Sept. 30. Despite mediator assistance, the company refused to budge off its concessionary proposals.

“The reasonable offer put forward by our negotiating committee would have benefited our members, the Teamsters and non-union employees at the facility, and the company as a whole,” said IAM District 10 Business Representative Jeremy Terlisner. “I am proud of our Local 1855 membership and the negotiating committee for standing strong for what they deserve—a fair contract.”

“Because of the pandemic, affordable healthcare is now more critical than ever,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “These increases in cost put our members, their families and public health as a whole at risk. I stand shoulder to shoulder with the skilled workers at AstenJohnson in their fight and I call on management to come back to the table and negotiate a fair contract.” 

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Broken Promise: Prince Hydraulics in Iowa

Shortly before 2 p.m. on an otherwise normal day on January 18, 2019, Prince Hydraulics corporate executives called IAM Local 1426 (District 6) members into a breakroom.

Management read a brief statement informing employees that the plant, which had roots in Sioux City, IA since 1941, would be closing.

“Pack your stuff and get out,” Kurt Lambing, a 30-year employee and IAM Local 1426 member, remembers the company saying.

By 2:30, the locks had been changed at the plant.

“That place is like family down there, and they took that all away,” said Rick Pickens, a 31-year employee and IAM Local 1426 member.

Prince Hydraulics in Sioux City, which made hydraulic cylinders, valves and pumps, is one of dozens of IAM-represented facilities that have closed during the Trump administration.

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“President Trump told our members that he would stand up to companies that slash our jobs in search of even greater corporate profits,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Time and time again, that promise has been broken and working families and their communities have suffered the consequences.”

“Working families have paid a heavy price for Trump’s broken promises,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “Sadly, the hemorrhaging of jobs and the closing of U.S. plants has not stopped. More than 53 Machinists Union plants have not been saved, as promised. Thousands of IAM brothers and sisters, and their families, have been destroyed. Our country will continue to see this decline as long as the Trump corporate tax cuts and other anti-worker policies are still on the books. What union members need in the White House is a candidate who will put workers before corporations.”

READ: Iowa Prince Hydraulics Shutters Plant after 78 Years

“It’s been almost a year now since I had to find employment again,” said Lambing. “The wages aren’t what they were with the union, that’s for sure. I miss the union. I miss being a part of that.”

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Texas District 776 Raises $100K for Guide Dogs

IAM District 776 raised more than $100,000 for the Machinists Union’s favorite charity, Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines , in the 8th annual Bob Martinez Charity Golf Tournament.

The tournament brought together 120 golfers and dozens of volunteers on Saturday, October 10 at Squaw Creek Golf Club in Willow Park, TX. All proceeds benefit GDA/TLC.

“I want to thank Brother Eloy Rodriguez, Sister Anna Ritchey and all the volunteers who put together another tremendous event for such a great cause,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “I am so proud of District 776 and every participant and sponsor for joining together to support the important mission of Guide Dogs of America.”

“During these difficult times, it is a testament to the generosity of our membership at District 776 and across the Southern Territory that we continue to support Guide Dogs,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “This important work will do wonders for the men and women who benefit from the services of GDA/TLC.”

“Top Dog” Sponsors: IAM Grand Lodge, IAM Southern Territory, IAM Aerospace Department, IAM District 776, Texas State Council of Machinists, Employee Benefit Systems, The Granger Family, Spirit AeroSystems, Elbit Systems.

At the beginning of this year, GDA completed a merger with Tender Loving Canines, and now provides hardworking service dogs for people who are blind/visually impaired, veterans, individuals with autism, and facilities to become trusted companions that bring confidence, independence, and mobility. Their services are provided free of charge to residents in the U.S. and Canada.

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Machinists Union Begins Video Series Highlighting Trump’s Broken Promises to Stop U.S. Plant Closings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today began a video series exposing the human cost of President Trump’s broken promises that U.S. workers “won’t lose one plant ” and declarations that “[plants] are all coming back .”

The first video highlights workers at Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) Local 6016 in Roanoke, Va. FreightCar America announced in July 2019  that it would be closing and laying off 198 TCU/IAM members. The work moved to Mexico and Alabama. 

In September 2020, FreightCar America announced that its Alabama facility would also be closing and shifted production to Mexico.

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“President Trump told our members and the nation that he would not only stop our jobs from going overseas, but that he would bring jobs back that we’ve lost,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “These promises have been broken time and time again over the past three years. This administration has turned their backs on tens of thousands of our members and their communities. We need a White House that walks the walk and will defend critical U.S. manufacturing jobs.”

“Trump’s broken promises are on full display at FreightCar America,” said TCU/IAM National President Artie Maratea. “It’s a damn shame that our government continues to let these greedy corporations ship our jobs to Mexico. For some corporations, simply being profitable is never enough – especially when they can ship jobs overseas and pay workers pennies on the dollar. With these kind of broken promises from the Oval Office, I fear the days may be numbered for all the hard-working people in this country.”

“That was one of the things that Trump was really big on, about not letting companies go across the border or overseas,” said TCU/IAM Local 6016 member John Peake. “So, I mean, what’s the deal? Step up and do your job. Stop letting these companies run all over the American people.”

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 The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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Michigan Local 435 Members Reach Agreement to Retain Pension, End 3 Week Strike

Nearly 20 members of IAM Local 435, District 60 voted to protect their retirement and accept a one-year contract this week, bringing an end to a three week strike with Miller Tool and Die in Jackson, MI. Their employer was attempting to cancel their pension contributions and withdraw from the pension fund, forcing the group of machinists to strike.

The new one-year contract extension protects their pension and includes a $1,000 signing bonus.

“The solidarity of this membership is what made this contract possible,” said District 60 Business Representative Thurman Crider. “They were willing to do whatever was needed to keep their retirement intact, and weren’t going to take no for answer. I’m proud of what they were able to accomplish in these difficult times.”

“I am very proud of this group of Fighting Machinists for standing up and protecting their pension and their future,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “They have shown IAM members across the country how to fight when employers attack their retirement security. These members did what was needed to secure the benefits of a dignified retirement, not just for themselves, but for their families. There is honor in that.”

“The members of Local 435 showed what can be accomplished through solidarity,” said International President Robert Martinez Jr. “I’m proud of these members for drawing a line in the sand when it comes to their retirement and fighting for their futures. It was quite an accomplishment that deserves recognition.”

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Biden Campaign’s ‘Made in America’ Tour Visits Closed Iowa Siemens Plant Where IAM Members Lost Jobs Under Trump

Last week, the Joe Biden for President “Made in America” tour kicked off with a press conference in Burlington, IA, where 92 IAM Local 1010 members who worked at the former Siemens plant lost their jobs to India and Europe in 2018. The press conference highlighted Biden’s plan for re-investing in good-paying union jobs, while outlining Trump’s failures, broken promises and plant closings.

“The many failed policies of the Trump administration have decimated not only the livelihoods of these 92 IAM members, but thousands of working-class families around the country,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “Union workers have always been the backbone to a strong American economy, and on November 3, we must take the first step in creating jobs and revitalizing our workforce by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

IAM Special Representative and former Local 1010 President Chris Tucker, joined by former Local 1010 member Bob Morrison, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and other local labor leaders, discussed the impact of closed factories and outsourced jobs across eastern Iowa.

“I was a machinist for over 31 years here working in Burlington until Siemens shut our factory down and shipped our jobs overseas,” said Morrison. “They shipped our jobs to the Czech Republic, India, and a non-union plant in North Carolina. In October 2015, President Trump came to Burlington and he made a promise to American workers that he would be the best jobs president God ever created, and no more good American jobs will be shipped overseas — not on his watch.”

READ: ‘Made in America’ in-person event with Congressman Dave Loebsack and local union officials focuses on Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ campaign The (Burlington, IA) Hawkeye

“They moved to China, they moved to Mexico, they moved to India. And they did it to exploit workers and make money off their hard work,” added Tucker. “We’re tired of it. We want to stand up for middle-class Americans, middle-class workers, and take back what’s ours. Joe Biden said he was going to be the best president for working-class America that we’ve ever seen. It’s time we put the power back where it belongs — with unions and working families.”

All speakers said they back Biden’s Build Back Better economic recovery plan to give working families the tools, choices and freedom they need to recover from the economic and social impact of COVID-19.

Read IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr.’s statement supporting the Biden-Harris “Buy America” plan .

Read IAM Policy Paper on the Failure to Reshore U.S.  Jobs

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IAM Pushes Congress for Urgent Airline Relief

The IAM continues to push Congress for an extension of the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) and keep tens of thousands of IAM members employed.

“There is strong bipartisan support for an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) in both the House and Senate, but a bill still has not been passed,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Republicans in both chambers have nixed standalone bills that would have ensured the futures of our airline members.”

Keep Up the Pressure!

Continue to call your Representative at 202-224-3121 to urge them to extend the airline Payroll Support Program through March 31, 2021, and to save hundreds of thousands of frontline airline workers’ jobs.

The IAM, along with a coalition of airline unions and carriers, yesterday sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to enact legislation to extend the airline PSP.

“Airline workers are already experiencing the impact of inaction and simply cannot wait any longer for federal aid,” the joint letter reads.

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IAM District 751, Congressional Allies Say Boeing Wrong on 787

The Boeing Co. on Thursday made official its decision to consolidate the production of the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina. 

“IAM District 751 believes this is the wrong decision and just another in a string of bad decisions Boeing has made that fails to capitalize on the strengths of our workforce,” said IAM District 751 President Jon Holden . “Boeing leaders discount the efficiency, quality, and productivity of our Puget Sound workforce.”

“We fully support our talented and dedicated membership at District 751,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Our members in the Puget Sound have made Boeing successful for generations and will be key to getting the company through this historically difficult time in the aerospace industry. We are extremely disappointed that Boeing management has decided against keeping this work with IAM members.”

“I stand with my Brothers and Sisters of District Lodge 751 in condemning this shortsighted and vindictive decision by Boeing,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. “If they want the best aerospace workers on the globe, they’re in Puget Sound where the best aircraft in the world are built.”

Boeing management chose to end 787 productions in the Puget Sound, despite an objective study  showing that Washington State remains far and above the best place for aerospace design and manufacturing.

“For decades, talented and dedicated engineers, machinists, and workers across our region proudly contributed their skills and ingenuity around the clock to power Boeing, our economy and this country to new heights,” said U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal  (D-WA). “The company’s misguided decision to dishonor workers throughout the Pacific Northwest by turning their back on our region is wrong.”

“Boeing’s decision to pull its 787 productions out of Washington state is shortsighted and misplaced,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen  (D-WA). “The Pacific Northwest is home to the best aviation and aerospace workforce in the world.” 

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