NAFTA 2.0 Lacks Meaningful Enforcement of Labor Standards, Machinists Say

Trade talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico should be reopened to improve the enforcement of labor standards not included in the current NAFTA 2.0 text, IAM Chief of Staff and Director of Trade and Globalization Owen Herrnstadt told Congress. “For over 25 years, NAFTA has wreaked havoc on hundreds of thousands of U.S. and … Read more NAFTA 2.0 Lacks Meaningful Enforcement of Labor Standards, Machinists Say

Machinists Union Applauds Sens. Brown, Wyden for Working to Improve NAFTA 2.0

April 6, 2019, WASHINGTON — A statement from Robert Martinez Jr., International President, Machinists Union: “The IAM strongly supports the effort by Sens. Brown and Wyden to curtail corporate incentives to outsource work to Mexico. Adding real enforcement provisions to NAFTA 2.0 is one of the critical changes needed in the current text of the agreement. We look forward … Read more Machinists Union Applauds Sens. Brown, Wyden for Working to Improve NAFTA 2.0

Machinists Union, IndustriALL Welcome New Independent Mexican Union Federation

The IAM was well represented at a recent IndustriALL Global Union meeting in Mexico City. Owen Herrnstadt, Chief of Staff to the International President and Director of Globalization, and Macario Camorlinga, Grand Lodge Representative, were in attendance for the IAM.  The meeting heralded the formation of the future Federation of Independent Automotive, Auto Parts, Aerospace … Read more Machinists Union, IndustriALL Welcome New Independent Mexican Union Federation

U.S., Canadian Machinists are United on Trade

The Machinists Union is raising strong concerns regarding the recently announced direction of the Administration’s trade policy. “Criticizing Canada’s trade practices does not contribute to improving the lives of our members, who have been so devastated by a trade agenda that favors corporations over workers,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Administration should be … Read more U.S., Canadian Machinists are United on Trade

Machinists Call for Crackdown on Forced Technology Transfers

The Machinists Union this week continued its push for  fair trade policies. In testimony before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the IAM again sounded the alarm on unfair trade practices that cost North American jobs, like the forced transfer of technology by countries like China.  “Over the years, China has relied on transfers … Read more Machinists Call for Crackdown on Forced Technology Transfers

Tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

If you live in North America, we need you to make sure your government representative stops a corporate power grab in the new NAFTA renegotiations. NAFTA gave vast new powers for corporations that make it easier to offshore jobs and attack the environmental and health laws on which we all rely. Deals like NAFTA give … Read more Tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

Machinists: Put Working People First or Walk Away from NAFTA

The Machinists Union told U.S. trade representatives on Wednesday that working people should be the top priority of NAFTA renegotiation talks. The trade investment deal should be tossed if labor standards aren’t drastically improved, the IAM testified. NAFTA and trade pacts like it have harmed all working people by shipping good jobs to countries with … Read more Machinists: Put Working People First or Walk Away from NAFTA

Martinez Calls on Aerospace Workers to Unite Globally

IAM leadership from the U.S. and Canada are meeting with union representatives from 10 other countries—Japan, the UK, Italy, India, Sweden, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium and Morocco—to build union power in the growing global aerospace industry. “We must take international solidarity to a new level,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. Aerospace unions in Paris … Read more Martinez Calls on Aerospace Workers to Unite Globally

IAM Mourns Death of Retired International Representative Ben Sharman

Ben Sharman, the IAM’s former international affairs representative and a 66-year member, has passed away at the age of 91. “Ben elevated the work of the IAM on a global scale,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Through his efforts, the IAM was able to reach out and connect with workers throughout the world.” Sharman began … Read more IAM Mourns Death of Retired International Representative Ben Sharman

Martinez Recommends Support of Jobs and Trade Competitiveness Act

International President Martinez recently encouraged members of Congress to support Representative Bill Pascrell’s (NJ-9) legislation that would reset America’s trade policies. The legislation promotes insourcing and strengthens the ability to enforce existing trade agreements. Click here to read Martinez’s letter “Instead of rewarding companies that offshore domestic production, as our current tax laws do, the … Read more Martinez Recommends Support of Jobs and Trade Competitiveness Act