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Robert Martinez, Jr. is the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. A former aircraft assembler at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Martinez knows personally how vital service members are to this nation. 

Veterans Day Message from the Machinists Union

Nov 11, 2021

Mike Klemm,
IAMAW District 141 President & Directing General Chair

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is the largest union of defense and aerospace workers in the world, meaning our commitment to military service members is a fundamental part of who we are as a union. 

On this Veterans Day, I ask everyone to take some time with friends and family members who have served. Listen to their stories. Try to learn from the example that they have set. Let them know that their service is inspirational to you and this nation. 

If you are one of the thousands of IAMAW Members who have worn this nation’s uniform, I want to thank you for your service personally. Know that this entire union stands behind you, from our frontline membership to our International President. 

We take our commitments to you seriously. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year. Whether it’s building, maintaining, or servicing the vital hardware that helps keep our nation safe – or working to keep our transportation grid flowing smoothly. Veterans at IAMAW workplaces are the highest-paid and most respected workers in their classifications. As a union, we champion calls to expand veterans’ benefits eligibility and improvements at the VA. We led efforts to protect crucial programs such as the F-35 fighter jet program and “Buy American” rules for renewed investments in our nation’s infrastructure. These efforts have provided veterans with high-paying and secure jobs, and you have my word that we will continue to uphold this critical work on your behalf. 

So again, it is an absolute honor to wish our nations’ men and women in uniform a happy Veterans Day.

Richard Johnsen
IAMAW Chief of Staff to the International President

Today is a day we all get a chance to honor those who served. So many IAM Transportation members have bravely defended our nation in the armed forces.

Their service allows all of us to enjoy so many freedoms. Like the military, transportation careers are made up of individuals who form a team to accomplish the task at hand. Our union is fortunate that so many veterans choose to be a part of the IAM family.

On Veterans Day and every day, please take some time to say thank you to a fellow IAM member who has served in the military. Their bravery has contributed significantly to the transportation industry and our great union.