Machinists Making Presence Felt on Capitol Hill

Hundreds of IAM members from across the country are advocating for all working people in Washington, DC this week at the 2019 IAM Legislative Conference.

Members are hearing from political allies and meeting with elected officials on Capitol Hill for Buy America rules, fair trade, universal healthcare, good jobs, retirement security and a host of other issues affecting IAM members.

“We want everyone on Capitol Hill to hear a simple message from 600,000 Fighting Machinists: ‘You’re either with us or you’re against us,’” IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. told more than 300 delegates in his keynote address. “It is your activism here in Washington, DC and back home that has the power to change the rules back toward working people.”

With the 2020 campaign season already in full swing, Martinez formally announced a member-driven process for the IAM’s 2020 U.S. presidential endorsement. Members in good standing can now register to vote in the IAM’s endorsement election at IAM2020.org .

READ: You Now Have a Voice in the IAM’s U.S. Presidential Endorsement

“The candidates are already reaching out to me asking for the IAM’s endorsement,” said Martinez. “I’m telling them to go talk directly to our membership at their locals, districts, state councils and conferences because they will be making our endorsement decision.”

READ: Machinists union to announce new endorsement process for 2020  Politico

IAM Legislative Director Hasan Solomon reminded delegates of the reason the IAM is active on Capitol Hill.

“I have always said, ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,’” said Solomon. “Your presence here this week sends a clear message that the Machinists are engaged and holding our elected officials accountable every day of the year.”

Conference attendees on Tuesday heard from Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. More elected officials, several of whom are running for president, will address delegates on Wednesday.

See below for some highlights and follow along on Twitter with @MachinistsUnion  and #IAMLegConf19 .

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