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Obama/Perez Historic Rule Change on Overtime

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Overtime Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Final Rule: Overtime

Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. This long-awaited update will result in a meaningful boost to many workers’ wallets, and will go a long way toward realizing President Obama’s commitment to ensuring every worker is compensated fairly for their hard work.

In 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department to update the regulations defining which white collar workers are protected by the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime standards. Consistent with the President’s goal of ensuring workers are paid a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, the memorandum instructed the Department to look for ways to modernize and simplify the regulations while ensuring that the FLSA’s intended overtime protections are fully implemented.

The Department published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on July 6, 2015 (80 FR 38515) and invited interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed rule at by September 4, 2015. The Department received over 270,000 comments in response to the NPRM from a variety of interested stakeholders. The feedback the Department received helped shape the Final Rule.

Key Provisions of the Final Rule

The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:

  1. Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South ($913 per week; $47,476 annually for a full-year worker);
  2. Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004); and
  3. Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.

Additionally, the Final Rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.

The effective date of the final rule is December 1, 2016. The initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) and HCE total annual compensation requirement (from $100,000 to $134,004 per year) will be effective on that date. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

Although the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved the Final Rule, the document has not yet been published in the Federal Register. The Final Rule that appears in the Federal Register may contain minor formatting differences in accordance with Office of the Federal Register publication requirements. The OMB-approved version is being provided as a convenience to the public and this website will be updated with the Federal Register’s published version when it becomes available.

More on this from…Article appearing 05/17/2016

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Here are seven things you need to know about the new rules:

  1. The middle class needs a raise.

Working families are struggling to pay the bills and the middle class is shrinking. Working people have helped corporations rack up record profits, but we are not sharing in the benefits.

  1. Restoring overtime is necessary to ensure that working people get paid for all the hours we work.

One of the reasons why paychecks keep falling behind is because too many people can be forced to work overtime at no extra pay. Under the new rules, more people will get paid time-and-a-half whenever we work more than 40 hours in a week.

  1. Restoring overtime will give millions of families a pay raise.

Restoring overtime is the single most significant step the administration can take to boost wages for working people. If the new rules are what they are rumored to be, 4.2 million people will be newly eligible for overtime pay and another 8.9 million people who are already eligible will be able to prove their eligibility more easily. Restoring overtime will help working families climb the economic ladder and break into the middle class—especially women, African Americans, Latinos and millennials.

  1. Restoring overtime will create jobs and increase the hours for people who work part-time.

Even opponents of restoring overtime admit it will create more jobs. To get around paying time-and-a-half, many employers will choose to hire new employees—or allocate more hours to their part-time workers—and pay them straight time.

  1. Restoring overtime will help the economy grow.

Restoring overtime will put more money in the pockets of working people, and we will spend that money in our communities and set in motion a virtuous circle of more investment and more hiring. It’s working people, not the wealthy few, who drive economic growth.

  1. Overtime protections have eroded since 1975.

The whittling away of overtime protections is one of the ways the rules of our economy have been rewritten to favor corporations over working families. Even with these new rules, the share of people who are automatically eligible for overtime pay (regardless of their job duties) will still be lower than it was in 1975.

  1. Restoring overtime will give people more time away from work.

There is overwhelming evidence that overtime protection is effective in preventing overly long work days. Under the new rules, fewer people will be forced to work long overtime hours for no extra pay. Reducing excessive hours will make working people healthier and more productive.

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With Great Sadness

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IAM Mourns Retired GVP Bob Thayer


IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that the IAM learned today of the passing of RETIRED GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT  Robert Thayer Born Feb. 18, 1943

Fri. May 13, 2016 “Bob Thayer will be long remembered and greatly missed by his many friends in the IAM,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Bob was a close personal friend and a true mentor. All of the Machinist family grieves his loss, and we will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Thayer began his career in 1965 as an electronic assembler and tester at the Brown & Sharpe Co. in Rhode Island and initiated into IAM Local 1142. He was elected Shop Steward in 1966, Local Vice President in 1970, and served as Local President from 1973 through 1978.

In 1978, Thayer was elected Business Representative for District 64 in Providence, RI, and served until being appointed Special Representative in 1989. Bob then became a Grand Lodge Representative in 1990.

After serving many years as a Grand Lodge Representative in the IAM Eastern Territory, Thayer was elected General Vice President and served over all of IAM Headquarters staff including the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center until his retirement in 2006.

Funeral arrangements will be made available as soon as they are complete.

An Overview

Robert Thayer was initiated into IAM Local Lodge 147 in 1965 as an electronic assembler and tester at the Brown & Sharpe Co, Rhode Island. Shop Steward, 1966; Local Lodge VP, 1970; President, 1973; Board of Incorporators, Rhode Island Group Health Association; Board of Directors, United Way, S.E. New England; labor representative GATT negotiations, Geneva, Switzerland; Business Rep. District Lodge 64, 1978 Special Rep., 1989; Grand Lodge Rep., 1990; Thayer became a General Vice President, assigned to IAM headquarters in 1997 overseeing IAM Headquarters staff including the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center until his retirement in 2006.


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The Latest Court Battle Over Obamacare

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Federal judge strikes down Obamacare payments

Article via USA TODAY...Republicans win Round 1 in latest court battle over Obamacare

Richard Wolf, Gregory Korte and Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY 3:34 p.m. EDT May 12, 2016

Republicans won the first round Thursday in a separation of powers battle against President Obama that once again focuses on his most prized achievement: Obamacare.

Federal district Judge Rosemary Collyer, a Republican appointee, ruled that the law does not provide for the funds insurers need to make health insurance policies under the program affordable.

The ruling does not represent as big a threat to the health care law as two previous conservative challenges swatted down by the Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015. The first would have gutted the law; the second would have eliminated tax credits in many states.             

“It’s a setback, and it’s a distraction …

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2016 IAM Legislative Conference “Machinist On The Hill”

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Machinists Hit Capitol Hill To Talk Working Family Issues


IAM President Bob Martinez delivers the keynote address at the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

Hundreds of IAM members are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying Congress on the issues that matter to working families. The annual IAM Legislative Conference draws member activists from all corners of the country to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss trade, health care, retirement security, workers’ rights and more.

A top priority is fighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a NAFTA-style trade deal that threatens to offshore even more U.S. and Canadian manufacturing jobs, this time to Asian countries with rock-bottom wages and few workers’ rights. Congress could vote on the TPP as soon as the lame-duck session, the period between the November elections and when the new Congress takes office in January 2017.

 U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), right, speaks with IAM members after delivering a speech at the IAM’s 2016 Legislative Conference.

 U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he grew up in a household with five union cards in East St. Louis, IL.

The time to put the pressure on legislators who might be on the fence is now, said IAM International President Bob Martinez.

“We’ve seen what happens to towns that lose their main industry,” Martinez said in the conference’s keynote address. “More people compete for fewer jobs, creating a glut that drives down wages. Families that lived in the same area for generations are torn apart as young people have no choice but to leave.”

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a consistent ally against bad trade deals, told delegates the TPP is “all about corporate handouts and worker sellouts.”




Delegates are also pressuring legislators on a host of other issues affecting the IAM and its membership. “Anything we do for our members at the negotiating table can be undone in Washington with the stroke of a pen,” warned IAM Legislative Director Hasan Solomon.

Right-to-work laws are spreading throughout the country, but not without a fight. Efforts by the IAM and other labor groups beat back recent attempts at right-to-work in New Mexico and Missouri. A suit brought by IAM District 10 in Wisconsin is currently blocking the Badger State from implementing its own right-to-work law. But, “if Trump is elected, you can bet one of the first things he pushes is a national right-to-work law,” said Martinez.






IAM members are also beating the drum on GOP stall tactics being used to hamstring President Obama’s nominations to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank and the U.S. Supreme Court. Without a quorum, the Ex-Im Bank is unable to provide funding for projects over $10 million, which hurts IAM members making aircraft and other products for foreign buyers. Senate Republican leadership continues to refuse to hold hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, a moderate and respected judge who would give the High Court a full slate of nine justices.

Delegates are working to fully repeal an impending 40 percent excise tax on health care benefits that’s scheduled to take effect in 2020. The added cost is already being passed onto workers, say IAM negotiators.

Defined benefit pensions, formerly one of the most reliable ways to fund retirement, are also under attack in Washington. A law passed in 2014 allows “deeply troubled” multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees. IAM members are encouraging legislators to support the Keep Our Pension Promises Act, which would restore America’s promise of not cutting benefits to retirees.

Federal employees are continuing to battle attacks on their pay, benefits and right to join a union. In the transportation sector, the IAM is fighting for adequate penalties for assault against airport Customer Service Agents, more rest for overworked Flight Attendants and for the very well-being of the airline industry as a Norwegian carrier attempts to undercut U.S. wages and worker protections.

IAM members will be hearing from more Capitol Hill allies and lobbying through Thursday. It’s already been a busy week, but as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told delegates: “Change doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington.”

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Breaking News NC HB2 The Debate!

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Justice Department Files Complaint Against the State of North Carolina

McCrory’s Return Salvo To The Fed’s Attack On NC’s Bathroom Law

Montel Williams Joins Megyn Kelly To Respond To Gov. Pat McCrory’s Lies About NC’s HB2


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Happy Birthday IAM..128 Years

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02_23_2016_martinezIAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement commemorating the 128th anniversary of the IAM’s founding:

“May 5 marks the 128th anniversary since 19 Machinists met in secret to create the organization known today around the world as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“It’s an occasion to celebrate the ability of this union to endure and survive every manner of economic and political hardship, from world wars and global depressions to political attacks aimed at terminating our very existence. This achievement required tenacity and sacrifice from literally millions of men and women who believed that our union and its members were worth fighting for.

“This day is also an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice in the workplace that remains under constant attack today. Despite great technological advances that have transformed workplaces across North America, we still face a corporate agenda that values profits over people and constantly seeks to suppress workers’ voices.

“I ask each and every member of this great union to pause today, be proud and consider our responsibility as beneficiaries of 128 years of victories, struggles, setbacks and ultimately survival. I am totally confident we are worthy of our legacy and equal to the challenges ahead.”



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For More Than 40 Years, Prince Was A Union Member

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The world lost a musical icon yesterday (4-22-16) You’ll read about his impact as a musician and an entertainer elsewhere, but let’s take a second to look at Prince’s career-spanning fights on behalf of working people.

Prince Was a Champion for Working People

Article via AFL-CIO America’s Union Blog 04/22/2016

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

For more than 40 years, Prince was a union member, a long-standing member of both the Twin Cities Musicians Local 30-73 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and SAG-AFTRA. Beginning with “Ronnie Talk to Russia” in 1981 on through hits like “Sign o’ the Times” and later works like “We March” and “Baltimore,” Prince’s music often reflected the dreams, struggles, fears and hopes of working people. (And he wasn’t limited to words, his Baltimore concert in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death raised funds to help the city recover. I got to sit on the right side of the stage, high in the rafters, to watch joyously.) Few of America’s artists have so well captured the plight of working Americans as Prince, putting him in the line of artists like Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen as working-class heroes.

Ray Hair, president of AFM, spoke of Prince’s importance: “We are devastated about the loss of Prince, a member of our union for over 40 years. Prince was not only a talented and innovative musician, but also a true champion of musicians’ rights. Musicians—and fans throughout the world—will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans grieving right now.”

And this is a key part of his legacy. Prince was deeply talented and could have easily made his success without much help from others. And yet he was a massive supporter of other artists, from writing and producing songs for artists as diverse as Chaka Khan, the Bangles, Sinéad O’Connor, Vanity, Morris Day and the Time and Tevin Campbell (among many others) to his mentoring and elevating of women in music, to the time where he put his own career on the line in defense of the rights of artists. And every musician that came after owes him a debt of gratitude.

The music industry has a deeply troubled past, with stories of corporations exploiting musicians, especially African American musicians, being plentiful enough to fill libraries. At the height of his popularity, Prince decided that he would fight back. He was set, financially and career-wise, and had nothing to gain from taking on the onerous contracts that artists were saddled with when they were young, inexperienced and hungry. If he lost everything by taking on the industry, he still had money and fame to rely on. But he knew this wasn’t true for many other musicians, and Prince was always a fan of music, and he knew that taking on this battle would help others. So he took on the recording industry on behalf of music. On behalf of the industry’s working people—the musicians themselves.

And it cost him his name and his fame.

In the ensuing battle, Prince famously renounced his birth name and began performing under an unpronounceable symbol instead of a name. He fought the company at every turn, even writing the word “slave” on his face in protest of the conditions he worked under. He said: “People think I’m a crazy fool for writing ‘slave’ on my face. But if I can’t do what I want to do, what am I?” For the rest of his career, which never recovered to his early heights, he continually fought to change the way that record companies treated artists, explored new ways to distribute music to fans and battled to give artists more control and more revenue for the art they create. In a still-changing musical landscape, Prince was one of a handful of artists who helped shape a future where musicians, working people, get the fruits of their labor.

In honor of Prince’s passing, check out his performance, an all-time great, at the country’s largest annual event brought to you by union workers, the Super Bowl.



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Observing Workers Memorial Day April 28, 2016

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A National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents……

History…..Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in 1984, and the Canadian Labour Congress officially declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985 on April 28.

Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known is most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day. The date 28 April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading. In 2001 the International Labour Organization first observed World Day for Safety and Health at Work on this day.

Every year on April 28, in the United States the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day….. to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It’s time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.

Four decades ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.  Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses. But our work is not done.

Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

The Obama administration has moved forward to strengthen protections with tougher enforcement and a focus on workers’ rights. But much-needed safeguards on silica and other workplace hazards have stalled in the face of fierce attacks by business groups and the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives who want to stop new protections.



Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones….. was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She then helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever and her workshop was destroyed in a fire in 1871, she began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. From 1897, at around 60 years of age, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called “the most dangerous woman in America” for her success in organizing mine workers and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, upset about the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organized a Children’s March from Philadelphia to the home of then president Theodore Roosevelt in New York. Mother Jones magazine, established in 1970, is named for her.

Mother Jones’ organizing methods were unique for her time. She welcomed African American workers and involved women and children in strikes. She organized miners’ wives into teams armed with mops and brooms to guard the mines against scabs. She staged parades with children carrying signs that read, “We Want to Go to School and Not to the Mines.”

Early Years….. Born Mary Harris in Cork County, Ireland, the woman who would become Mother Jones immigrated to North America with her family as a child to escape the Irish famine. She spent her early years in Canada and trained to be a dressmaker and teacher. Historians are uncertain about her year of birth and mark it anywhere between 1830 and 1844.

In her early 20s, she moved to Chicago, where she worked as a dressmaker, and then to Memphis, Tenn., where she met and married George Jones, a skilled iron molder and staunch unionist. The couple had four children when tragedy struck: A yellow fever epidemic in 1867, which killed hundreds of people, took the lives of Mary’s husband and all four children.

Mary moved back to Chicago and returned to commercial dressmaking. She opened her own shop, patronized by some of the wealthiest women in town. According to one account of her life, Mary’s interest in the union movement grew when she sewed for wealthy Chicago families. “I would look out of the plate glass windows and see the poor, shivering wretches, jobless and hungry, walking alongside the frozen lake front,” she said. “The tropical contrast of their condition with that of the tropical comfort of the people for whom I sewed was painful to me. My employers seemed neither to notice nor to care.”

Tragedy struck Mary again when she lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After the fire, Mary began to travel across the country. The nation was undergoing dramatic change, and industrialization was changing the nature of work. She moved from town to town in support of workers’ struggles. In Kansas City, she did advance work for a group of unemployed men who marched on Washington, D.C. to demand jobs. In Birmingham, Ala., she helped black and white miners during a nationwide coal strike. Mary organized a massive show of support for Eugene Debs, the leader of the American Railway Union, after he served a six-month prison sentence for defying a court order not to disrupt railroad traffic in support of striking Pullman workers.

A Mother to Millions of Working Men and Women…..In June 1897, after Mary addressed the railway union convention, she began to be referred to as “Mother” by the men of the union. The name stuck. That summer, when the 9,000-member Mine Workers called a nationwide strike of bituminous (soft coal) miners and tens of thousands of miners laid down their tools, Mary arrived in Pittsburgh to assist them. She became “Mother Jones” to millions of working men and women across the country for her efforts on behalf of the miners.

Mother Jones was so effective the Mine Workers sent her into the coalfields to sign up miners with the union. She agitated in the anthracite fields of eastern Pennsylvania, the company towns of West Virginia and the harsh coal camps of Colorado. Nearly anywhere coal miners, textile workers or steelworkers were fighting to organize a union, Mother Jones was there.

She was banished from more towns and was held incommunicado in more jails in more states than any other union leader of the time. In 1912, she was even charged with a capital offense by a military tribunal in West Virginia and held under house arrest for weeks until popular outrage and national attention forced the governor to release her.

Mother Jones was deeply affected by the “machine-gun massacre” in Ludlow, Colo., when National Guardsmen raided a tent colony of striking miners and their families, killing 20 people—mostly women and children. She traveled across the country, telling the story, and testified before the U.S. Congress.

In addition to miners, Mother Jones also was very concerned about child workers. During a silk strike in Philadelphia, 100,000 workers—including 16,000 children—left their jobs over a demand that their workweek be cut from 60 to 55 hours. To attract attention to the cause of abolishing child labor, in 1903, she led a children’s march of 100 children from the textile mills of Philadelphia to New York City “to show the New York millionaires our grievances.” She led the children all the way to President Theodore Roosevelt’s Long Island home.

In her 80s, Mother Jones settled down near Washington, D.C., in 1921 but continued to travel across the country. In 1924, although unable to hold a pen between her fingers, she made her last strike appearance in Chicago in support of striking dressmakers, hundreds of whom were arrested and black-listed during their ill-fated four month-long struggle. She died in Silver Spring, Md., possibly at age 100, and was buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, Ill.

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U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members

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 Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members
Article appearing on Imail 14 April 2016
  • On layoff?
  • Looking for a change of scenery but still want a union job?

The U.S Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) are currently aggressively hiring in multiple trade areas at union sites in San Diego; Cherry Point, NC; Oceana, VA and Jacksonville, FL. You can be part of the team that delivers assured aviation maintenance and repair to our men and women in uniform.

U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance are required for all positions.

Several hundred civilian jobs are available with the largest numbers of positions at:

 San Diego – Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) *IAM-represented facility
Position  Jobs Available
Sheet Metal Mechanic   110+
Aircraft Mechanic 50+
Machinist  40+
Aircraft Electrician 15+
Interested candidates should express interest via:
 Cherry Point, NC – Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) *IAM-represented facility
Position Jobs Available
Tools and Part Attending  10+
Sheet Metal Mechanic   10+
Machinist 10+
Interested candidates should express interest via:

 Oceana, VA – Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) *IAM-represented facility
Position Jobs Available
Sheet Metal Mechanic 10+
Aircraft Mechanic 10+
Aircraft Electrician 8+
 Interested candidates should express interest via:
Jacksonville, FL – Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE)
Position Jobs Available
Sheet Metal Mechanic  50+
Aircraft Mechanic 30+
Electronics Mechanic 25+
Aircraft Engine Mechanic 15+
Aircraft Electrician 15+
 Interested candidates should express interest via:

Expressing interest via the above email accounts will allow Navy Human Resources personnel to direct additional qualification and specific job opening information to you.

Click here for general qualification information.

If you have any questions, please contact the IAM Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753





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