America’s pensions are under attack. And it could be getting worse.Right now conservative members of Congress are preparing to introduce a bill that would allow trustees of “deeply troubled” pension plans to cut benefits for people who have already retired. The bill would give Corporate America and others the green light to further slash retirees’ payouts and reduce already-earned credits for current workers.This all comes at a time when more than approximately half of American workers have less than $2,000 saved for retirement. Thirty-five percent of Americans over the age of 65 rely almost entirely on Social Security payments alone. And, only 20 percent of American full-time employees have a defined benefit pension plan.This nation’s pension system is not broken, busted or in need of a radical overhaul that shifts ever more wealth from the nation’s middle class to the top one percent. Click here to tell your Senators and Representative to vote “NO” on any proposal that cuts America’s pensions.
IAM District 166 organized 15 employees at Tropical Wellness Center, a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility near the shores of Palm Bay, FL.After the employees signed Authorization Cards requesting the IAM as their choice for representation, the employer voluntarily recognized the Union without hesitation. The IAM is looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship.“These new members provide an important service to this community and our society,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “They do what unions do on a daily basis, help people and improve their lives. Congratulations to District 166 and Organizer Javier Almazan for a great job.”
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on our nation. Each year, we remember those who died in that tragedy and the thousands of courageous individuals who helped save lives during the disaster and its aftermath.Twelve years later, Osama bin Laden is dead and his network is severely compromised. The Pentagon is rebuilt and work on the new twin tower complex in New York is well underway.Today we remember those who died, including Boston Local 1322 members Marianne MacFarlane and Jesus Sanchez, who were aboard United Flight 175. And, we remember the tens of thousands of transportation industry workers whose lives were affected by the financial firestorm created by the attacks.But just like the people of Boston, Americans find a way to overcome adversity. Also killed that day was Keith Maynard, who left his job as a Continental Ramp Serviceman to be a New York City Fireman, but continued to organize for the IAM on his own time. Ten years later, in a merger that had its roots in the realignment of the airline industry caused by 9/11, Maynard’s dream came true and his brothers and sisters on the ramp are now IAM members. His brothers and sisters at customer service followed in 2012.So today, let us pause and remember all those at the Pentagon, in New York and on Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania, and all those who gave so selflessly to help our nation rebuild.R. Thomas BuffenbargerInternational President Robert Roach, Jr.General Secretary-Treasurer