INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION of MACHINISTS and AEROSPACE WORKERS
With nearly 600,000 active and retired members, the IAM is one of the largest and most diverse labor unions in North America. From Boeing and Lockheed Martin to United Airlines, Pepsi and Harley-Davidson, you will find IAM members across all walks of life. IAM members demand respect and dignity in the workplace. Together, they have been able to bargain for increased job security, higher wages and improved benefits like a 54 percent more likelihood to have employer-provided pensions or a wage, on average, 27 percent higher than non-union workers.
Over 130 years ago, Thomas Talbot started this union’s fight in Atlanta, Georgia for workers’ rights and benefits so often taken for granted. Benefits like sick pay, leaves of absence, bereavement leave, holidays, vacations, retirement security and healthcare. From membership highs of 927,000 in 1973 to the sharp decreases in 1982 due to Reaganomics, the IAM has remained strong through all economic and social tides in order to fight for and preserve a safe and fair work environment.
To learn more about the IAMAW visit their website at GOIAM.org or enjoy a detailed timeline provided below.