After a painful election cycle in 2016, democrats in Washington are vowing to fight for the middle class, boost the economy and build trust with union voters.After a painful election cycle in 2016, democrats in Washington are vowing to fight for the middle class, boost the economy and build trust with union voters.
The IAM and more than 80 labor and community organizations strongly oppose the choice of U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to become Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.
The stated mission of HHS is to “enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.” But rather than promote the interests of all, Price has consistently promoted the interests of the well-to-do and the well connected at the expense of the vast majority of Americans. In fact, Price has fought to weaken the very programs that he has been nominated to oversee.
“Tom Price is clearly the wrong person to oversee our nation’s health,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Among his radical positions is the a desire to privatize Medicare, which would end the healthcare guarantee for more than 57 million seniors and put at risk medical care to our country’s most vulnerable patients.”
Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3120 and ask to speak with your Senator and tell them to oppose the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary.
Sign a petition urging legislators to oppose the nomination of Tom Price to be the HHS secretary.
Trump campaigned on the promise that he wasn’t going to make changes to Medicare. His pick of Price to head the HHS sends a very different message to America’s working families.
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As the battle against “right-to-work” laws heat 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 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.
“The push for so-called right-to-work laws has nothing to do with giving workers the freedom to choose,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “It is the influence of big corporate special interests to cut wages, weaken the middle class, and taking away the tools unions have to defend the rights of working families. The IAM, our members, and working families across the U.S.A. will continue to push back against anti-worker legislation wherever it rears its ugly head.”
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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