District Lodge 19

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Why Organize

Why Organize

The IAM has over 700,000 active and retired members and is the largest Railroad Labor Union in North America. District Lodge 19 represents over 10,000 of these members at many different railroads and railroad related companies all across the United States. Here are just a few of the railroads in which District Lodge 19 represents members under the Railway Labor Act... Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Sante Fe, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Amtrak, Metra, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, San Joaquin Valley Railroad, and the Indiana Southern.

District Lodge 19 also represents members under the National Labor Relations Act; several of these Companies include ALSTOM, Progress Rail Services, and National Equipment Company.

IAM members demand respect and dignity in the workplace and together we have been able to bargain industry leading contracts, with increased job security, higher wages, improved benefits, and work rules second to none.

If you are interested in joining the IAM family, or just need questions answered, you have come to the right place. The IAM and District 19 are here to help you secure a voice on the job. Contact us for more information by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (303) 562-5202.

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Why a Union?


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, 15 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 120 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.

Why the IAM?

workerThe 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.

The Machinists Union strength can be seen and felt in everything that keeps North America moving, on or off the rails. You too can be a part of North America's Might. Call the District Lodge 19 Organizing Department at (303) 562-5202 or click here to fill out some contact information so we can contact you. Do it today! Let's get started organizing right away!

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