Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 7, 2007
The American labor movement built Middle-Class America, allowing millions of families to enjoy good wages, healthcare benefits and a secure retirement. But that contribution is being ignored, according to "FOCUS," the feature article in the Spring 2007 IAM Journal published by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
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"Improving the lives of its members is the first imperative of any union and we do that at the bargaining table every single day," said Tom Buffenbarger, IAM International President. "And yet, organized labor's role in creating, maintaining and defending North America's broad middle class goes unrecognized. That must change."
"FOCUS" chronicles the successes of collective bargaining and the solid return on investment that union membership brings. From high-profile battles with airline and aerospace giants to small shops with a handful of workers, union members have carried the fight for workplace rights and economic fairness to a new level.
"Now is the time to focus on our members," said Buffenbarger. "Their courage, their sacrifices, their willingness to fight for their families make these men and women the indispensables of the American Labor movement and they deserve a new spotlight that is focused on them and their accomplishments on behalf of all workers."
Founded in 1888, the IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 700,000 active and retired members in transportation, aerospace, woodworking, shipbuilding and manufacturing sectors. For more information about the IAM, visit their website at http://www.goiam.org.