Today in Labor History September 13th

The Post Office Department ordered 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail. – 1926 Three workers died during a strike in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, fighting for a minimum wage for textile workers. Over the course of September, more than 420,000 workers joined the strike. – 1934 One … Read moreToday in Labor History September 13th

Activate L!VE: IAM President Martinez and Preparations for 2020 Convention

This week on Activate L!VE IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. joined the show from the International Staff Conference to bring us up to date on preparations for the 40th Grand Lodge Convention to take place in San Diego in September 2020. In case you missed this, or any other episode of Activate L!VE, they … Read moreActivate L!VE: IAM President Martinez and Preparations for 2020 Convention

IAM Urges Senators to Support Export-Import Bank

The IAM is urging members of the U.S. Senate to support and vote “yes” to pass the Export Import Reauthorization Act of 2019 (S. 2293). This bipartisan legislation would help create and sustain U.S. jobs in manufacturing and other strategic industries and help improve the balance of trade between the U.S. and high export nations … Read moreIAM Urges Senators to Support Export-Import Bank

Two IAM Eastern Territory Locals Celebrate Anniversary Milestones

West Valley, NY Local 2401 celebrated its 50th anniversary on August 17th with a picnic recognizing the milestone. Its members are employed at the West Valley Demonstration Project in West Valley, NY. These members work in a dangerous environment decontaminating, and decommissioning a former nuclear fuels reprocessing center. Local 1363 in Cleveland, Ohio will mark  … Read moreTwo IAM Eastern Territory Locals Celebrate Anniversary Milestones

Today in Labor History September 12th

Somewhere on or around this date, the first African-American trade union called the Colored Caulkers’ Trade Union Society of Baltimore was founded, with Isaac Myers as the union’s first president. – 1866 Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, was sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I.  On June 16, 1918, Debs had … Read moreToday in Labor History September 12th

Today in Labor History September 11th

75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended a 10-week strike after winning an 8-hour day, semi-monthly pay and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores where they had been forced to shop. (Remember the song, “Sixteen Tons,” by coal miner’s son Merle Travis, in which there’s this line: “I owe my soul to … Read moreToday in Labor History September 11th

NLRB’s Anti-Worker Ruling Won’t Stop the IAM’s Organizing at Boeing South Carolina

The GOP-led National Labor Relations Board panel recently ruled that the IAM can’t unionize the 176 flight line workers at the Boeing South Carolina campus. The four-member panel’s ruling voids the IAM’s 2018 win at the North Charleston, S.C. facility. The IAM denounces this anti-worker ruling and vows to keep pushing an organizing effort at … Read moreNLRB’s Anti-Worker Ruling Won’t Stop the IAM’s Organizing at Boeing South Carolina

Tell the Senate to Save Multiemployer Pensions, Support the Butch Lewis Act

The IAM sent a letter urging members of the U.S. Senate to cosponsor and support S. 2254, the Butch Lewis Act of 2019. This vitally important legislation, led by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) would help save financially-troubled multiemployer pension plans while protecting the … Read moreTell the Senate to Save Multiemployer Pensions, Support the Butch Lewis Act

New York Local 2310 at Special Metals End Strike, Net Contract Gains

Nearly 250 IAM members of Local 2310 (District 65) at Special Metals Corp. in New Hartford, NY voted to ratify a new deal recently ending a strike after more than three weeks. The members voted overwhelmingly to strike on August 16, pushing back against the employers draconian use of overtime, including weekends and holidays. Sixty-hour … Read moreNew York Local 2310 at Special Metals End Strike, Net Contract Gains