Pete Buttigieg Fires Up Pennsylvania IAM Union Members as Election Efforts Ramp Up

Pete Buttigieg Fires Up Pennsylvania IAM Union Members as Election Efforts Ramp Up

YORK, Pa., June 12, 2024 – Pete Buttigieg spoke today in York, Pa., at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania State Council of Machinists, the political body in Pennsylvania for the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the nation’s largest aerospace, airline, transportation and defense labor union.

The conference brings together hundreds of IAM activists from across Pennsylvania who are mobilizing for the 2024 election. In 2023, the IAM overwhelmingly endorsed President Biden for a second term through a rank-and-file membership vote.

The IAM represents tens of thousands of airline, manufacturing, aerospace, defense and other workers in Pennsylvania.

“As someone who has been engaged in Pennsylvania and national politics my entire life, I’ve never seen a more pro-worker White House than the Biden Administration,” said Pennsylvania State Council of Machinists President C.A. “Obie” O’Brien. “We’re so grateful to Mr. Buttigieg for joining on us on his own time as IAM members in the Commonwealth do everything we can to win a second term for President Biden and Vice President Harris.”

IAM members are benefitting from the Biden Administration’s historic investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, while making large corporations adhere to Buy American requirements. President Biden’s signature legislation victories, such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act, are laying the groundwork for the creation of thousands of good union jobs. Dozens of IAM-represented plants closed during the Trump administration.

“The IAM is gearing up to launch the largest political mobilization effort in the 136-year history of our union,” said IAM International President Brian Bryant, who also serves on President Biden’s Export Council. “In battleground states like Pennsylvania, we are using every resource necessary to return President Biden to the White House and continue to remake this country for working families and the unions that fight for them.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transportation, automotive, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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Important Schedule Changes for the 2024 IAM Legislative Conference

Important Schedule Changes for the 2024 IAM Legislative Conference

This year’s IAM Legislative conference will take place from June 17-19, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The IAM Legislative Conference is a crucial platform for IAM members to voice their concerns in Washington, DC, and advocate for policies that directly impact working families.

As part of the conference schedule, attendees will lobby members of Congress and remind them who they were elected to represent. IAM members will meet with their congressional representatives and provide their perspectives to advocate on behalf of IAM members and their families on the issues that matter most.

Given the Juneteenth Holiday, it’s important to note that all congressional offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. To maximize the effectiveness of lobby visits, delegates planning to attend the 2024 IAM Legislative Conference are strongly advised to pre-schedule meetings with their congressional representatives and Senators for Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

The 2024 IAM Legislative Conference Schedule: 

Monday, June 17

9:00am – 12:30pm Registration

1:30pm – 2:30pm General Session

Tuesday, June 18

8:00am – 8:45am Registration

9:00am – 12:00pm General Session

5:30pm – 7:30pm Congressional Reception

Wednesday, June 19

9:00am – 12:00pm General Session

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IAM Urges Support for Spokane-Based Aerospace Technology Hub’s Grant Application

IAM Urges Support for Spokane-Based Aerospace Technology Hub’s Grant Application

IAM International President Brian Bryant, on behalf of the 600,000 active and retired IAM members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest aerospace manufacturing union in North America, wrote a letter to President Biden strongly urging support for the Spokane-based American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center Technology Hub’s application for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) Phase 2 Implementation Grant.

“This grant is not just about the hub, but about the livelihoods and future of our members who are at the forefront of aerospace innovation and manufacturing,” said Bryant. “The continued hard work and partnership of labor, industry, government, and educational institutions will ensure the United States remains the undeniable leader in advanced aerospace development and manufacturing for generations to come.”

“By investing in the Spokane Aerospace Tech Hub, we’re not just securing America’s place as a leader in aerospace,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary R. Allen. We’re fueling innovation that will propel us to new heights in air travel and space exploration. It’s an investment in the future of aerospace innovation and the continued strength of our nation.”

The IAM commends the administration, Congress, and leaders like U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), for championing the historic Chips and Science Act. This legislation designates 31 EDA Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs, fostering expertise across the nation and bolstering U.S. economic and national security through investments in innovative technology and advanced manufacturing leadership domestically.

The award of an EDA Phase 2 Implementation Grant to the Spokane Aerospace Tech Hub will ensure we remain not just the global leader in aerospace manufacturing but will ensure we become the global leader in innovation and manufacture of the next generation of materials and processes used to build the future of air travel and space exploration.

For these reasons, the IAM urges support and prioritization of the Spokane-based American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center Technology Hub’s application for an Economic Development Administration Phase 2 Implementation Grant.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, automotive, railroad, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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