The Machinists Non-Partisan Political League is the political arm of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. It was created in 1947 to allow IAM members to gather individual contributions, coordinate political activity, and elect candidates who support IAM members and their families.
Candidates we support know that the MNPL stands for economic justice, security in the workplace and equality for every member. They do not take us for granted.
The MNPL scrutinizes each candidate thoroughly. We ask tough questions such as their positions on trade, labor law reform, economic conversion, transportation policies, and enhancement of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Who We Are
Who are the members of District 190 of the Machinists Union?
District 190 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO represents nearly 14,000 members from Fresno to Eureka, from San Francisco to Reno, and beyond. Our Local Unions are democratic organizations, controlled by the members. Professional Union Representatives, working with Shop Stewards, provide prompt and effective representation. We are affiliated with the nearly 650,000 member International in Washington, D.C., which provides help with research, negotiations, communications, training and the support of union members all over the United States, Canada and elsewhere.
What are some of the Employers or Companies employing IAM District 190 members?
Our members work in Auto Dealerships, Manufacturing Plants, Independent Repair Garages, Machine shops, Body shops, Parts distributors and retail outlets, Canneries, Bakeries, Waterfront repair and maintenance, as well as many other private and public entities dealing with Automotive & Truck repair and Machine & Manufacturing.
How many Employers or Companies have contracts with the Machinists District 190?
Approximately 1,000 Employers or Companies have contracts with Machinists District 190. They cover members in the smallest one-employee shops to workers at large facilities with statewide, national and international affiliations, as well as several large public employee groups.
Are most Machinists District 190 members actually "machinists"?
No. Originally, District 190 members were skilled craftsperson's. Today, however, the District's membership includes, professional, office, clerical, computer, technical and medical employees, as well as journeypersons, apprentices, helpers, production, maintenance and specialist in all the various machinists trades. Membership includes, men, women and workers from nearly all racial, ethnic and religious groups.
What does District 190 provide to the members?
A Union Contract. That's what it's all about. A Union contract is a legally binding agreement guaranteeing your wages, benefits and conditions of employment under which you work. No favoritism, No discrimination, and no Special deals. When District 190 negotiates a contract with your Employer, or when a professional District 190 representative meets with your Employer to work out a solution to a specific problem on the job, you've got the strength of thousands of other workers behind you.
We stand for Fair Treatment on the Job
You deserve to be treated with respect. When you are covered by a Machinists District 190 contract you cannot be fired or suspended without a good reason, specified in the contract. You have the right to file a grievance if you feel you have been treated unfairly. You have a right to a hearing, with a Union Representative on your side.
We stand for better Health Care and other Benefits
You deserve decent Health Care, Vacation and other benefits. Employees covered by a Machinists District 190 contract enjoy a full range of benefits, including, medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, life insurance and more, fully paid for by the Employer in most cases. You have numerous choices in selection of the medical and dental programs for you and your family. Other typical benefits include paid sick leave, disability, jury duty and bereavement leave.
We stand for a great retirement benefit
You deserve a dignified and secure retirement. Almost all the members of Machinist District 190 receive a lifetime pension benefit upon retirement. The specific amount depends on the company they have worked for and the number of years of service. We now have members retiring with as much as $5,000 per month in benefits. Under many contracts, retirees and their spouse also receive full health coverage in addition to their monthly pension check. Most District 190 members are also eligible to participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. This plan provides tax benefits that reduce the cost of retirement savings -- it allows you to pay taxes on a reduced amount of wages, and put your money to work to build up your retirement fund.
Because we are united, the wages negotiated by Machinist District 190 are some of the best in the industry. They allow members to pay their bills, raise their families in dignity and security to enjoy some of the good things in life. While there is a substantial range depending on the industry, journeypersons currently earn between $18 and $36 per hour, depending on their specific contract.
1940 – 2014
After a long battle with cancer, retired Local Lodge 1484 Secretary Marilyn Baldwin died in March. She was 74 years old.
If you were a member of Local 1484 in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, and ever came to the Wilmington office to pay dues or attend a meeting, you'd have known Marilyn. She was the Local's secretary for 40 years.
Marilyn loved her family, friends and pets. She understood the importance of serving her community and the labor movement. After Marilyn retired from the Machinists Union, she volunteered for her local community church and for the L.A. Federation of Labor's Community Services Department. You could always count on Marilyn.
Marilyn will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with her.
Ellen Corbett for Congress
The Sparkplug does not usually include endorsements, but a real friend of the IAM and champion for labor, first in the California Assembly and then in the Senate, is currently in an uphill battle for congress in the 15th Congressional District (Southern and Eastern Alameda County—Hayward, Pleasanton, and Western Santa Clara County—Los Gatos, Cupertino.)
For mechanics, Corbett carried a bill that specifically prohibited county tax assessors from assessing hand tools for purposes of property tax. If you supply your own tools and have never had to pay taxes, thank Ellen Corbett for that.
If you’re in the 15th Congressional District, we encourage you to vote for Ellen Corbett in the June primary, and in November.