Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued a joint statement of support for the Boeing flight readiness technicians in South Carolina who voted to join  the International Association of Machinists (IAM). 

“We congratulate the Boeing flight readiness technicians for voting to join a union,” said the Senators. “This week’s victory is a win not just for the Boeing technicians, but for all workers trying to advocate for themselves in the workplace, often in the face of significant employer opposition.  We urge Boeing to respect the decision its workers have made, and come to the negotiating table in good faith.”

Click here to view the joint letter from the Senators.


Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians Join Machinists Union

Boeing South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians Join Machinists Union

Bob Martinez, Machinists Union International President: “The South Carolina Flight Readiness Technicians at Boeing have spoken loud and clear. They want to be a part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. I commend them for the courage and integrity they have demonstrated through this contentious process. I am asking Boeing to respect their freedom to choose and not retaliate against them for expressing their rights. The historic votes cast by the 176 Flight Readiness Technicians are not a collective vote against Boeing; it was a vote for the return of American prosperity. Unions are the best mechanism for protecting the interest of working men and women. When unions and business collaborate, the American economy prospers and all Americans benefit.

“Our members work at Boeing plants across the country. We are glad to add the South Carolina plant to the list. Our members build the best products in the world, including Boeing products. I hope the company will accept the results and join us in a dialogue about the future of North American industry and the North American worker. When we unite, no worker in the world can outperform, drive more innovation, or produce more than the North American worker.” 

Mike Evans, IAM Boeing South Carolina Lead Organizer: “Today was a victory for the American worker. The 176 men and women Flight Readiness Technicians stood up with South Carolina pride and voted for a better life. They exercised their freedom to join in union and speak with one voice. This election was never just about wages. The men and women wanted dignity and consistency in the workplace. And this vote put them closer to achieving those goals. We hope Boeing does the right thing by agreeing to sit down and negotiate in good faith with the dedicated Flight Readiness Technicians.”  

Vinny Addeo, IAM Organizing Director: “I want to personally welcome the 176 men and women to your Union! We pledge the full support and resources of your union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The same way we do now, for more than 35,000 Boeing employees at 24 locations nationwide. You now have the power to negotiate for a better life for your families. Your vote today is historic and it will help knock down barriers in workplaces all over the nation.”

Jon Holden, District 751 President: “We want to congratulate the flightline mechanics in Charleston, SC who have successfully stood up to the Boeing Company and very strongly stated that ‘we want rights on the job.’ All the captive audience meetings had no impact. The workers were not intimidated and chose to be represented by the IAM. This is the first step in their efforts to gain fairness and a voice on the job.”

The IAM represents more than 35,000 Boeing employees at 24 locations nationwide. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents 600,000 active and retired members in the North American aerospace, defense, airline, manufacturing, transportation, woodworking, the federal sector and other industries. Machinists Union members work at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, General Electric, United Airlines, Harley-Davidson and more. Visit  for more information.

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Amtrak Celebrates 47th Anniversary

Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson recently announced several improvements underway at the national intercity passenger railroad as it marked its 47th anniversary.

“While we celebrate our history, we have a keen eye on the future and are making necessary changes to provide our customers with an unparalleled travel experience,” said Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. “Many customers have already noticed these improvements and can look forward to several more upgrades that are on the way.”

Some of the customer-focused improvements underway include:

  • Refreshed trains: Refurbishing the interiors of more than 450 coaches for trains serving the Northeast and Midwest – all by the end of this summer.
  •  New Fares: Restructured fare discounts and expanded the use of targeted and flexible sales.
  • Upgraded connectivity: Enhancing Wi-Fi on Northeast Corridor (NEC) trains and at select stations.
  • On-time service: Improving on-time performance on the NEC, updating charter and private train guidelines to minimize impact on operations, and re-doubling our work with freight railroads hosting Amtrak on their lines.
  • Improving schedules: Working with our state partners, Amtrak is providing customers more flexibility and options for travel on the Piedmont, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin
  •  Seat assignments: Introducing assigned seating on select routes to improve the boarding process and allow customers to select their preferred seat before traveling.
  • Improved facilities: Rehabilitating and improving the passenger areas of major stations and increasing staff on board trains to keep busy NEC trains clean.
  •  Expanded communications: Offering real-time and frequent information via social media, specifically @AmtrakNEC.
  • Enhanced connectivity: Added Thruway connections and will continue to expand to more cities this summer. Amtrak is also working toward providing seamless ticketing for mass transit services and ride providers to make “last mile” connections.
  • Maximizing mobility options: In the last year, nearly 50,000 small pets and more than 55,000 bikes have traveled with customers, with additional options coming soon.
  • New Onboard Experience Options: Starting in June, Amtrak will offer contemporary and fresh dining choices and amenities for sleeping car customers on the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited.

Click here to read the full story on the Amtrak website.

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