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.
Secretary-Treasurers from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions across the nation received a front row seat to the IAM’s premiere showing of “Pensions 101: Surviving Bankruptcy,” an introductory video to a new program the IAM is building to teach unions and union representatives how to better protect their members at companies facing corporate bankruptcy.
One of the people interviewed for this video is Kelly Cleaton a plant chair for Local Lodge 733 at Beechcraft.
MAPP, or rather the Machinist Advantage Partnership Program, is charting a new course in Kansas. The brainchild of District 70 in Wichita, this discount program is making big strides to save money for the nearly 13,000 machinists that call this community home.
DISTRICT LODGE #70
I bet many of you didn’t know that we have a Retirees group that meets at District 70! Well, we do! This is a club that has been in existence for many years. We get together once a month, eat some great food that has been brought by our members and then have our meeting where we do our monthly business. But, one of the best parts is meeting new people and even running into some old friends.
This is a group where you can get involved, stay informed on topics that are important to retirees and have fun in the process. The officers of the club are elected annually, so there is a great opportunity to be a leader as well!
Choosing a Union Hotel Just Got a Whole Lot Easier
UNITE HERE’s brand-new Union Hotels Guide app makes it a snap to find and book a union hotel around metro DC or anywhere in the country. Just download the free app to your iPhone or iPad, search for the city you’ll be visiting and click on the green pins for union hotels while the red pins show which hotels are being boycotted. You can also search for hotels by name to find out if they’re union. The app includes hotel addresses and phone numbers, so you can easily call in your reservation. “Best of all,” says UNITE HERE, “you know you're travelling ethically and directing your dollars to responsible hotels that provide good jobs and top-notch service.”