Better Jobs. Better Lives

Working people across North America are joining together in union and demanding fairness, respect and a voice on the job.  


There’s strength in numbers. The IAM is  600,000 members strong and fighting every day to improve our jobs.


You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind. The IAM assures our jobs are secure and protect us against undue punishment.


IAM members sit down with their managers and negotiate over wages, benefits and more. That’s having a voice on the job.

IAM Members Live Better

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) represents roughly 600,00 workers across North America. That includes aerospace, air and rail transport, manufacturing, distribution center and public-sector workers – just to name a few.

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The Benefits of Belonging

More Money

Union members earn roughly $200 more every week than non-members. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about negotiating with your bosses over set wage increases that can’t change at management’s whim.


A union-negotiated contract puts rules in place that allow you to do your job without fear of retaliation or unjust treatment. If you feel those rules have been broken, you have the legal right to appeal through a grievance procedure. As a result, everyone is treated with respect.

Work-Life Balance 

We are often at the mercy of our managers when it comes to scheduling, which generally means long and inconsistent hours. As union members, you will have a say in notice and scheduling to adequately plan for your work and family responsibilities.

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Paid Time Off

Some 87 percent of union workers have access to paid sick days, compared to 69 percent of non-union workers. Roughly 89 percent of union workers get paid vacation and holidays, compared to roughly 75 percent of non-union workers.

Your Rights Under the Law

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you and your co-workers have certain rights when it comes to forming a union.

You have the right to form, join or assist a union.

You have the right to distribute union literature, wear union t-shirts, ask co-workers to sign authorization cards and discuss the union with co-workers on non-work time.

Supervisors and management are not allowed to spy on you, coercively question you, threaten you or bribe you regarding your union activity.

You have the right to organize a union to negotiate with your employer over your wages, benefits and other working conditions.

Your employer cannot prohibit you from talking about or soliciting for a union during non-work time (including before and after work or during breaks).

You can’t be fired, disciplined, demoted,  or penalized for engaging in any of the above mentioned activities.


Building Stronger Communities

IAM members are  lending a helping hand in many ways and in many places.

Guide Dogs of America (GDA)

The IAM’s flagship charity, GDA provides guide dogs to the visually impaired free of charge.

Habitat for Humanity

Every year, IAM members volunteer to build and rehab homes for families in need.

Disaster Relief

We are on the front line of disaster relief. When hurricane maria hit , IAM members jumped on a plane and traveled to Puerto Rico to help.

Toys for Tots

IAM Districts and Locals all over the country take part in the toys for tots program around Christmas.

Charity Runs

The IAM has held 5k runs to raise money for injured veterans, children centers and more.

Building Wheelchair Ramps

IAM members are helping the elderly and handicapped by building wheelchair ramps at their home.

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Latest News

Here’s some of the latest happenings around the IAM and the union movement.

Milwaukee Art Museum Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Machinists Union

A group of 141 employees of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) voted by 72 percent to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). The vote was held over[…]

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Creating Career Paths for Young Workers

A full residency Job Corps program not only helps young people from disadvantaged background complete their high school education, it trains them for their choice of 73 different career paths.Enter[…]

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CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Widens: Now 361-to-1

Once again there’s more for them and less for us. The imbalance between the pay of CEOs and working people continues to increase. In 2017, CEO pay at S&P 500[…]

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The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

9000 Machinists Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Send us a message for more information on how to join the IAM.

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