Machinists Host Global Union Meeting

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is hosting a meeting of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) at IAM Headquarters on May 9 and 10, 2006.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) held a meeting of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) at IAM Headquarters on May 9 and 10, 2006.

“Air transport workers from around the world are facing unprecedented layoffs, mergers, bankruptcies and outsourcing,” said IAM General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “There are global forces affecting aviation workers, and unions must work to develop innovative global solutions. The Machinists Union is calling for a worldwide Day of Action on May 17, 2007 to demonstrate the solidarity of unions around the world.”

During the two day event, representatives from the IAM are meeting with more than fifty trade union colleagues from around the world, including Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; the Czech Republic; France; Germany; Great Britain; Jordan; the Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland and Thailand.

“Air transportation unions have formed an Airline Alliance Coalition to enable coordinated, multi-union initiatives to defend airline workers worldwide,” said Ingo Marowsky, Secretary of the ITF’s Civil Aviation Section. “Our work this week will greatly strengthen our coalition’s ability to face the international alliances formed by airlines, such as Sky Team, One World and Star Alliance.”

The IAM is the largest transportation union in North America, representing more than 100,000 airline and railroad workers. This meeting represents the fourth in a series of international air transport workers meetings hosted by the IAM. More information about the Machinists Union is available at http://www.goiam.org.

Contact: Joseph Tiberi, IAMAW, 301-967-4554 (office), 301-529-9341 (cell)

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