The Air Capital
Wichita, KS. is the Air Capital of the World. General Aviation was founded here, with legendary Companies such as Cessna, Stearman and Travel Air.
The IAM grew with Wichita. District Lodge 70 was chartered in 1942, and the union workforce helped win World War II at the Bomber Plant in Southeast Wichita, with thousands of Rosie the Riveters working around the clock.
With the end of the war, Boeing made airliners in Wichita, and general aviation took off, and Wichita continued to boom with Cessna, Beechcraft, and in the sixties, Learjet started production in Wichita.
The Union Advantage
With tens of thousands of unionized workers in Wichita earning high paychecks and good benefits, Wichita prospered. Aircraft workers spent their money at local merchants, fueling the local economy and fed the tax base, so Wichita could have god schools and Police and Fire protection.
Aviation companies pull money from around the world, and the paychecks for workers are how the money from the companies benefits the local community. The IAM bargains hard to make sure Wichita gets its cut, and the strikes occur from time to time are a benefit to the community in the long run.
The Greatest Aerospace Workers In The World
Wichita has a history of aerospace manufacturing clear back to the beginning of the industry. Wichita aircraft workers are multi-generational, with the craftsmanship passed down through three and four generations. Most aircraft workers have grandfathers or grandmothers who worked in the plants.
Highly Skilled Workforce
Aircraft is in the blood of Wichita Machinists members. The skills and knowledge are passed down through the generations in and out of the factories, but pride is the most important factor that makes Wichita great.
Skills For The Future
The Machinists Union doesn’t just bargain for pay and benefits. We look to the future, and realize that a highly-skilled workforce is important to keep jobs in Wichita. So, we bargain with the companies for increased skills training, and lobbied and worked with the local government and the companies to help create the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.
The Last Great American Industry
As corporations climb on the outsourcing bandwagon, so many of our industry have left our shores. The aerospace industry is the last one where America still leads on innovation and quality. The Machinists Union bargains with our companies and lobbies our government, both local and national, to keep the industry in America – and Wichita.
Breaking New Ground
The IAM in 2010 negotiated a ground-breaking partnership contract with Spirit AeroSystems that guaranteed that all jobs remained in Wichita for the 10 years of the contract. The IAM tries to put job guarantees into our contracts, and lobbies the government to include job guarantees in government assistance.
Support Our Community
The Machinists Union and its members support the AFL-CIO and United Way partnership, giving millions of dollars every year, volunteering for charity, and being there when disaster hits, such as tornadoes and storms. The IAM is there when our community needs us.
Wichita Strong, Wichita Proud
The Machinists Union has been an important part of Wichita for decades, and we’re here to make sure the aerospace industry stays in Wichita and Wichita remains the Air Capital of the World.
We've had a date change and we are still needing volunteers. The date has changed from July 11th to July 18th.
Good morning! I hope all is going well for you; I have a project that I need volunteers for on Saturday July 18, 2015.
The Medical Services Bureau (MSB) has asked me if I could find some volunteers to move office furniture, desks, file cabinets, so they can have some of the area office carpeted. We (Labor) have helped the agency several times, painting, moving agency location twice. Labor has had a really good relationship with MSB for many years; the agency provides clients assistance with the purchase of prescription medications. I can’t begin to tell you how many union people the agency has helped over the 30 years I’ve been associated with the agency, back when I was still at Boeing and received assistance for many laid-off workers, TERMINATIONS, WORK-STOPPAGES/STRIKES.
The agency has a special place in the hearts of labor for a long time; they are a great UW partner and provide a valuable service to the community.
I’m working to get 6 to 10 volunteers for Saturday July 18, 2015, possibly starting around 8 – 9am. MSB is located about a half a block north from the intersection of Harry and Oliver, eastside of the street; I can provide you the physical address if you find anyone interested in helping out. Depending on the number of volunteers we have I don’t think it will take more than a couple of hours.
Medical Services Bureau is so important to our union families so thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide.
AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
Department of Labor Participation
United Way of the Plains
tel 316.267.1321 ext 4209
The Greater Wichita YMCA is hosting the 2015 National Gymnastics Championship and they need volunteers! The dates are Tuesday, June 23 – Saturday, June 27 and everything will be held at Century II. This will bring over 6,000 gymnasts, family members and coaches from all over the country to Wichita! Attached please find an information sheet as volunteer opportunities and a volunteer form. There are shifts available to meet all busy schedules.
The greatest volunteer needs are for Thursday and Friday, June 25th & 26th
Training will be provided for all positions.
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.
Becky Springer | Volunteer Coordinator
United Way of the Plains
245 N. Water | Wichita, KS 67202
316.267.5111 ext. 4217
Volunteer Signup Form
Prairie Land Foods June 2015 Menu is now available. PLF is a food buying group that specializes in bringing you the best quality food at unbelievable prices. Thousands of people save money by stretching their grocery money. If you haven’t tried PLF now would be a good time to experience the great food products at a cost savings.
In response to an April 29 ruling by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Michael Rosas, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 70 in Wichita, KS, said today it will appeal the decision to the NLRB.
“We are aware of the decision and believe it was wrongly decided on the facts and the law,” said District 70 Directing Business Representative Frank Molina. “We intend to appeal it to the NLRB and we are confident that the NLRB will reverse it.”
The IAM represents more than 4,000 members at SpiritAerosystems in Wichita, KS, in addition to more than 600,000 active and retired members across North America.
Local Lodge 774's 10th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Guide Dogs of America.
April 25th, 2015
Sand Creek Station Golf Course
View the flyer for all the information to get registered to play or become a sponsor for this wonderful yearly event. Play golf, have fun while benefiting a great cause.
Get signed up today.