The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is a union of more than 600,000 active and retired workers in the United States and Canada. Together, we create and operate the machinery that keeps our economy moving and keeps our military the strongest on earth. IAM Members operate the railroads and commercial aviation routes that connect the world. The IAM is the largest union of airline workers on the planet.
What we believe in.
The IAM is the most democratic union of front-line workers in the Northern Hemisphere. We firmly uphold the democratic authority of workers and strive to make the priorities of rank and file workers as necessary as those of CEOs and investors.
We believe that the workplace is improved, not weakened, by a strong, committed and united workforce. Companies are stronger when the interests of workers, customers, and management are all respected and aligned.
We believe in Economic Justice for all, regardless of race, class, wealth, religion, LGBT status or gender.
We believe in Fundamental Human Rights for all.
We believe in promoting the interests of front-line workers, including protecting the dignity of work, creating safer workplaces and industry-leading wages, benefits and working conditions. We work to advance our professions by expanding the individual and collective rights of all rank and file workers.
We believe that the front line Crewmembers at JetBlue and other workplaces create the wealth and profits within their companies. Workers should have a strong voice in determining how the wealth that they create is dispersed by the company.
We believe that preserving and promoting the interests of all front-line workers depends on strong collective action, union activism and a collective bargaining agreement that can be voted on, and directly enforced by the front line workers themselves.
Want to learn how the IAM actually works - behind the scenes? To see firsthand how committed the IAM is to workplace democracy, there may be no better example than the By-Laws of the largest district of airline workers, IAM District 141. These official rules demand that every elected officer, and every penny raised and spent... must always be subject to the will of the membership. No exceptions.