Machinists Fighting Back Against Right to Work for Less

As the battle against “right-to-work” laws heats up across the country, some IAM members have gone into full “Fighting Machinist” mode. In the past two weeks, legislators in Missouri, New Hampshire, Kentucky and even West Chester Township, Ohio have either passed or are in the process of passing the anti-worker legislation.

IAM member and Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis is working to turn the table on Missouri lawmakers by filing several versions of an initiative petition that would amend the state constitution to protect union negotiating rights. The amendment would reverse “right-to-work” laws by granting employers and employees the right to negotiate contracts requiring all employees to pay fees to cover the costs of union representation.

Township trustees in West Chester, Ohio are working to pass a resolution to make the township a “right-to-work” community. IAM Local 1943 President and Directing Business Representative Neil Douglas is taking a stand against the trustees of the township where he lives.

“West Chester needs to be focused on other things besides stomping down worker’s rights for a voice in the workplace,” Douglas told WLWT-TV during an interview this week .

Expect to see more of these legislative battles waged against unions all over the U.S. Contact your local or district to find a way to get involved and let your lawmakers know “right-to-work” is wrong for your state.

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Tell Your Representative: Hands Off Federal Workers’ Rights, Say No to the PAGE Act

Federal workers, just like the rest of us, deserve basic protections on the job.

But a bill being circulated by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) seeks to undermine our fundamental American values of decency, opportunity, and fairness.

IAM International President Bob Martinez sent a letter to members of Congress detailing the reasons this is such an irresponsible piece of legislation.

“The proposed legislation will undermine the civil service system and make federal employment subject to the corrupt cronyism of political bosses demanding ideological loyalty,” said Martinez. “According to the bill, all new hires would become ‘at will’ employees serving at the whim of their managers or the political appointees overseeing federal agencies.”

Tell Your Representative to say no to the PAGE Act.

Under the PAGE Act, all new hires in the federal government would become “at will” employees who serve at the whim of their managers or political appointees overseeing federal agencies. Due process would be sharply reduced and federal worker pay would be subject to a highly subjective rating system.

The IAM and its affiliate union, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM), represent more than 100,000 federal workers.

Tell your Representative to oppose the PAGE Act, a destructive piece of legislation that seeks to destroy federal worker moral and the unions who represent them.

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