International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

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IAM
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Full name International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Founded 1888
Members 646,933 (2006)[1]
Country United States, Canada
Affiliation AFL-CIO, CLC, ITF, IMF, IFBWW
Key people R. Thomas Buffenbarger, president
Office location Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Website www.goiam.org

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is an AFL-CIO/CLC trade union representing approx. 646,933 workers as of 2006 in more than 200 industries.

Bully tactics[edit]

Organized labor is filing trumped-up charges with the national labor board and intimidating employers into capitulating to unionizing efforts, executives and lawyers told a U.S. House committee.

Unions are displaying large inflatable rats in front of companies, staging mock funerals, running smear campaigns and filing frivolous charges with the National Labor Relations Board, employers and lawyers said today at a hearing of a House Education and the Workforce Committee panel. Democrats said those campaigns are protected free speech and Republicans are targeting the NLRB after the board filed a union-retaliation complaint against Boeing Co. (BA)

“People have the right to express themselves,” said Representative Robert Andrews, a New Jersey Democrat. Republican requests for documents about the Boeing case are “inappropriate and irregular,” he said.

The board, controlled by a majority appointed by President Barack Obama, is faulted by Republicans for pro-labor decisions on organizing efforts and worker rights. Republicans have vowed to cut agency funding, demanded information on the Boeing case and pledged to block the confirmation of acting general counsel Lafe Solomon, who filed the case.

The NLRB, an independent agency which investigates unfair labor practices, wasn’t represented at the hearing. The board is siding with unions against companies, witnesses such as David A. Bego, chief executive officer of Executive Management Services Inc., an Indianapolis janitorial company, said.

Recent history[edit]

IAM membership nearly doubled in the 1950s, in large part due to the burgeoning airline industry, from 501,000 members in 1949 to 903,000 members in 1958. As a result of the influx of members from the airlines and the new American space program, the delegates voted to change the name to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers at the 1964 convention.[2]

In 1982, due to individual and corporate bankruptcies IAM membership dropped to 820,211 from a high of 927,000 in 1973.[3] Also, in 1982 boycott was initiated by the IAM against Brown & Sharpe, a machine, precision, measuring and cutting tool manufacturer, headquartered in Rhode Island. The boycott was called after the firm refused to bargain in good faith (withdrawing previously negotiated clauses in the contract), and forced the union into a strike, during which police sprayed pepper gas on some 800 picketers at the company's North Kingston plant in early 1982. Three weeks later, a machinist narrowly escaped serious injury when a shot fired into the picket line hit his belt buckle.

The National Labor Relations Board later charged Brown & Sharpe with regressive bargaining, and of entering into negotiations with the express purpose of not reaching an agreement with the union.

From 1981 to 1990 the union owned and operated an Indy Car racing team, Machinists Union Racing.

On September 7, 2008 the union began a strike against Boeing over issues with outsourcing, job security, pay and benefits.

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