The 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference was held last week in Fort Worth, TX with nearly 300 delegates in attendance. Local Lodge President Harry Brown represented our Local Lodge at the event. International President Bob Martinez hosted the conference, which included a tour of the Lockheed Martin F35 production facility in Fort Worth.
The conference focused on issues surrounding the aerospace industry in the areas of collective bargaining, healthcare, new technology and organizing. Attendees took part in breakout sessions discussing these areas with experienced members of each field.
In attendance were two of the IAM’s newest members who helped their fellow Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina stand up to Boeing’s anti-union pressure and voted to have a voice in their workplace. They joined IAM Organizing Department Director Vinny Addeo in a panel discussion about their fight for union representation.
IAM District 776 hosted the Lockheed Martin F-35 plant tour and cookout that followed.
Local Lodge President Harry Brown will provide a briefing about the conference to the Membership in attendance at the September Union Meeting, Thursday, September 20th.