At a congressional hearing by the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, the IAM stood strong and opposed any new federal legislatiion that would allow troubled multi-employer defined benefit pension plans to cut benefits to current retirees.
From left, IAM Local 126 Directing Business Representative Joe Pijanowski presents Local 126 member Tom Symmes with signed settlement documents, alongside Local 126 Steward Juan Fuentes. Symmes recently returned to work after being wrongfully discharged from LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL.
Here’s another great example of why it pays to have a union contract. IAM Local 126 member Tom Symmes is back at work after being wrongfully discharged. Symmes was terminated when his employer, LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL, unilaterally changed the attendance policy without notification or bargaining. He was involved in an ongoing first contract effort at the company.After filing charges against LPB Manufacturing, Symmes secured a non-board settlement which put him back to work, provided over $19,000 in back pay, and restored seniority and benefits.Symmes is an active and strong supporter of IAM Local 126. He returned to work Wednesday October 9th and continues to proudly wear his IAM t-shirt.
The IAM App is embarking on its third year with the launch of IAM Mobile 3.0, a new cutting-edge tool that lets IAM members stay up-to-date with their union like never before.The new IAM Mobile 3.0, available for download on your smartphone or tablet at mobile.goiam.org, combines all of the IAM’s popular online functions including the IAM Journal, Machinists News Network videos, the IAM webpage GoIAM.org, iMail, IAM photo galleries, IAM Facebook and Twitter pages, IAM Territory pages, the TCU/IAM page and lots more, all in one easy-to-access app. Click here to watch a Machinists News Network video explaining all the new functions of IAM Mobile 3.0.“IAM Mobile 3.0 offers more features and more functions to get and share information about our union and the important issues we face,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “I invite you to take full advantage of the opportunities of the new IAM Mobile 3.0.”IAM Mobile 3.0 is not just tailored to smartphone and tablet users, anyone with a traditional computer can log on to mobile.goiam.org to access many of the app’s features.The new IAM Mobile 3.0 is available now in the Google Play store for Android devices, the Apple store for iPhones and iPads and will be in the Amazon store for Kindles shortly. Until it is available in all stores, a stand-alone web app will allow IAM Mobile 3.0 to work on any smartphone or tablet device.