Month: July 2019

House Advances Butch Lewis Act for Senate Action

The House this week passed a bipartisan bill intended to stabilize multiemployer pension plans, advancing the legislation for Senate consideration. House members voted 264-169 on the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 (H.R. 397), better known as the Butch Lewis Act. Twenty-nine House Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats to vote in favor of […]

Congress Votes to Repeal So-Called ‘Cadillac Tax’

The bipartisan middle-class Health Benefits Tax Repeal of 2019, H.R. 748, passed in the House of Representatives with a 419-to-6 vote. This important piece of legislation will now head to the U.S. Senate for a vote. This vital legislation would repeal the 40 percent health benefits tax on employer-sponsored healthcare. Send a letter now urging […]

Congress Votes to Raise Wages for 33 million Americans

The 2019 Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), historic legislation that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025, passed in the House of Representatives. According to the Economic Policy Institute, gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 would increase wages for up to 33 million people. Once fully phased in, this translates […]

Machinists’ Part of the First Moon Walk, and Beyond

Fifty years ago today, the Apollo 11 crew was speeding through the 240,000-mile space flight, placing the first man on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Machinists Union inked its part in NASA’s epic eight-day mission, which included the first-ever moon steps by astronaut and honorary IAM member Buzz Aldrin. His steps followed astronaut […]

50 Years Ago, Machinists Push to the Moon

Fifty years ago, NASA launched its epic Apollo 11 flight placing man on the moon for the first time. The mission was aided by scores of Machinists Union members. The eight-day Apollo mission started with the July 16, 1969 takeoff of a Saturn V rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On July 20, […]

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