Machinists Union Concerned About Sanders's Continued Push to Close Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016 — Following Sen. Bernie Sanders’s trip to Washington state, IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement in response to Sanders’s comments on the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank:

“The IAM continues to be concerned about Sen. Sanders’s push to end the Ex-Im Bank. The bank means jobs for our members, especially for tens of thousands of working men and women in Washington state. Sen. Sanders’s extreme rhetoric and misguided voting record on this issue is alarming for the 85,000 families across the state who rely on the success of the bank.

“Sen. Sanders is simply wrong on the Ex-Im Bank; it is not ‘corporate welfare.’ It drives the Washington economy, including the high wage aerospace industry, one of the last sectors in which the U.S. enjoys a positive balance of trade with the rest of the world. At no cost to taxpayers, this is a winning program for workers and businesses.”

The IAM is one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing more than 35,000 workers at Boeing among 600,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries.

Machinists Union, Labor Coalition Reach Agreement with New Jersey Transit

Washington, D.C., March 11, 2016 — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU), part of a coalition of 13 unions representing more than 4,000 workers at New Jersey Transit, have reached a tentative contract agreement with the commuter carrier. The deal avoids a strike that would have shut down the nation’s third-largest commuter railroad at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

“A strike was always the last option for New Jersey Transit workers, who have waited almost five years for a fair contract,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I’d like to thank the membership of the IAM and TCU, and the entire Union Coalition, for their dogged determination and solidarity. Now, they will collectively decide whether this deal is acceptable or not.”

A strike would have been the first work stoppage at New Jersey Transit in 33 years. Numerous New Jersey politicians, including U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), called on New Jersey Transit to come to terms with its labor force before an impending strike.

“IAM and TCU members and the entire New Jersey Transit Rail Labor Coalition deserve commendation for their solidarity through this painstakingly long process,” said TCU National President Bob Scardelletti. “Today’s tentative agreement is only because of their unity and solidarity, and now subject to an up or down vote.”

“I want to thank the members for their solidarity and Sito Pantoja and Bob Scardelletti for the leadership that made this tentative agreement possible,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez.

The tentative agreement will be subject to a full membership vote to be held within the coming weeks.

Details of the accord will be posted on www.goiam.org as they become available.

IAM-TCU is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in transportation, aerospace, manufacturing, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. Visit www.goiam.org for more information about the IAM.