Securing Superior Wages and Benefits

IAM Members Live Better

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, (IAM) is the preferred Union for representing automotive professionals. The IAM represents more than 40,000 Auto and Truck Technicians and Mechanics in North America and Canada and those IAM Technicians on average bring home 30% more income than non-union techs do. The IAM’s years of negotiating experience has led to top quality contracts for thousands of Auto, Heavy Truck, Rail, Airline, Bus and Body Shop Technicians and Mechanics, providing them with better wages, benefits and working conditions. With nearly 600,000 members, the (IAM) is one of the largest and most diverse labor unions in North America. From Boeing and Lockheed Martin to United Airlines and Harley-Davidson, you will find IAM members across all walks of life.  Together, we have been able to bargain for increased job security, higher wages and improved benefits.


In the automotive industry, the IAM is THE nation’s MECHANICS Union, representing a variety of employees who work for companies such as Ryder Truck, International Truck, Yellow Transportation, Caterpillar, Cummins, USF Holland, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Cadillac, Mazda, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Harley Davidson, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Freightliner, Kenworth, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Lincoln, Lexus, Subaru, Jeep, Dodge, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Acura, Isuzu, Infiniti, Land Rover, GMC, Cadillac, Suzuki, Porsche, Hummer, Penske, and UPS just to name a few. Our experience in the field and at the negotiating table has proven to get results for our members.

Why join the IAM?

By forming a Union, workers provide themselves with the opportunity to secure a voice in their workplace and ensure justice on the job. Union members are able to sit down with management as equals and bargain for better workplace conditions. For some, that might be higher wages and better benefits. For others it might be job security or fair treatment. Regardless of your specific needs, the Union is here to help. Union members:


  • Earn wages, on average, 27 percent higher than non-union workers.
  • Are 54 percent more likely to have pensions provided by their employer.
  • Are more likely to have employer-provided health insurance benefits.
  • Have greater access to apprenticeships and training opportunities.


For more than 125 years, Unions have fought for workers' rights and the benefits so often taken for granted. Benefits like sick pay, leaves of absence, bereavement leave, holidays, vacations, retirement security and healthcare. The IAM’s years of negotiating experience has led to top quality contracts for tens of thousands of workers. By joining with your colleagues in a Union at your work place you benefit in many ways. On the job, your Union brings together the collective strength of you and your co-workers to insure meaningful negotiations with management for an equitable contract. Besides wages and salaries, areas that can be negotiated include: staffing and overtime, safety and health, cost of living raises, adequate pensions, vacations, equitable promotion systems and transfer policies, and a workable grievance system. Through your Union, you and your co-workers oversee carrying out the provisions of the contract

The IAM is here to help you. We have an experienced and motivated staff of organizing and servicing representatives to lead you through your campaign. As an IAM member, you'll have a collective bargaining agreement – a legal document that spells out your workplace conditions and how you are treated on the job. Your collective bargaining agreement will elevate you to an equal footing with your employer and ensure you are treated fairly and your voice is heard. At the IAM, you will find one of the largest and most experienced Unions in North America.

Click on the flyer to the left to download and view what makes up of the IAM Mechanics Union from its members to its executive council

About the IAM

The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center embodies the IAM’s commitment to providing top-notch training to members of the IAM to help them navigate the rapidly changing world of work in the 21st century.