IAM International President Bob Martinez sat down with the Machinist News Network to discuss the IAM’s future, organizing new members, how the union deals with employers and the challenges ahead.
Since taking office in January 2016, Martinez says he understands his important responsibility as the union’s president and realizes the shoes he has to fill. He talked about the importance of solidarity and putting the “fight” back in the “Fighting Machinists.”
“To me unity is everything. The IAM is a family,” said Martinez. “So what I want to do is unify our ranks, bring our membership together, be focused and move forward together as an organization.”
Martinez explained that the union needs to rethink the way it deals with employers that haven’t been treating our members fairly.
“I’m sick and tired of this business with these employers where they want to be your friend one day and the next day they want to rob our members or their families blind at the bargaining table,” said Martinez. “And then they want us to work with them and help them with everything else.”
Martinez emphasized that organizing new members is a key focus for the future, to strengthen the IAM for all its members.
“We have to change our strategy in the way we look at organizing,” said Martinez. “Anybody that works for this organization needs to be thinking organizing 24/7, every day, every week.”
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IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came away with a clean sweep of all five Democratic primaries held Tuesday, March 15. Victories in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina put Clinton even further on her path toward the Democratic nomination.
“Good paying jobs are the ticket to the middle class and we’re going to stand up for the American middle class again,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters Tuesday after results were announced. “We’re going to stand up for American workers, and make sure no one takes advantage of us, not China, not Wall Street and not overpaid corporate executives.”
Her “Super Tuesday Sequel” comes as Clinton, an honorary IAM Sister, is making a strong case for an economy that works for American workers. Her “new bargain” to revitalize U.S. manufacturing is built on corporations doing right by their communities, employers treating workers like assets instead of costs and government investing in sources of future good jobs.
While coming out against the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, Clinton has kept up steady support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank and federal defense funding that sustains thousands of IAM jobs in the aerospace and defense industries.
“We’re finally at a point where we can all rise together,” former President Bill Clinton told Machinists at IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO just days before the primary. “We have to elect a president that will allow us to rise together.”
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