1888 19 machinists meeting in locomotive pit at Atlanta, GA, vote to form a trade union. Machinists earn 20 to 25 cents an hour for 10 hour day.

34 locals represented at the first Machinists convention, held in Georgia State Senate Chamber, elect Tom Talbot as Grand Master Machinist. A monthly journal is started.

First Canadian local chartered at Stratford, Ont. Union is named International Association of Machinists. Headquarters set up in Richmond, VA. Membership at 4,000.

IAM Local 145 asks $3 for a 10 hour day.

First railroad agreement signed with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.

IAM joins American Federation of Labor (AFL), moves headquarters to Chicago.

IAM Local 52, Pittsburgh, conducts first successful strike for 9 hour day.

Time-and-a-half for overtime has become prevalent. Headquarters moved to Washington, D.C.

Specialists admitted to membership. Drive begins for 8 hour day.

Apprentices admitted to membership. There are 769 locals. Railroad machinists earn 36 to 43 cents an hour for 9 hour day.

Metal Trades Department established within AFL with IAM President James O’Connell as president.

Women admitted to membership with equal rights.

Railway Employees Department established in AFL with Machinist A. O. Wharton as President.

Congress passes Clayton Act limiting use of injunctions in labor disputes and making picketing legal.

IAM wins 8 hour in many shops and factories. IAM affiliates with International Metalworkers Federation.

Auto mechanics admitted to membership.

IAM membership reaches 331,000.

Headquarters moved to first Machinists Building, at 9th & Mt. Vernon Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. British Amalgamated Engineering Union cedes its North American locals to IAM.

Machinists earn 72 to 90 cents an hour for 44 hour week.

1999 General Vice President William Scheri retires, Robert Roach, Jr. takes over the Transportation Department. IAM Shares mutual fund created; allowed members to put money to work in a fund that invests in IAM represented companies. The National Federation of Federal Employees affiliates with the IAM. Unification effort with the Steelworkers and UAW ends because of major philosophical differences; the three unions vow to work together, however.

2000 The IAM endorses Al Gore for President. The AFL-CIO launches its New Alliance campaign, Grand Lodge Convention delegates respond with mandate that all IAM local and district lodges affiliate with their state AFL-CIO labor councils. The IAM meets in San Francisco for the 35th Grand Lodge Convention. The delegates establish Communicator and Educator positions.

2001 IAM Communications revamped with re-launch of website, online streaming of video, and repositioning of the IAM Journal as an advocacy magazine. IAM Executive Council reelected. William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center increases capacity by 50%. IAM Dedicates memorial to fallen members. IAM members perish in September 11 attack. The IAM volunteers to help in war against terrorism and to help America rebuild.

2002 The IAM establishes the Automotive Department and sets in place dozens of organizing blitzes. LL 2710’s Gary Blanke wins the IAM’s first photography contest. Members speak out at the 2002 Blue Ribbon Commission town hall meetings. Everyday Heroes, an IAM documentary, which tells the story of the workers who risked their lives in the aftermath of the 9/11/2001 attacks, goes on sale. The proceeds go to treat rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. The Transportation Department ignites a nationwide Day of Action to urge passengers back onto trains and airplanes. IAM members join with other U.S. union members for the biggest midterm election turnout ever.

2003 The IAM creates the Department of Employment Services to help members cope with the worst recession in years; Tony Chapman named its director. IAM leaders meet in Cincinnati, Ohio. IP Buffenbarger vows “No more business as usual.” Presidential candidates Howard Dean and Richard Gephardt address the IAM leaders; Gephardt endorsed for president. GVP George Hooper passes away. Robert Martinez named Southern Territory GVP. ST Don Wharton Retires, Eastern Territory GVP Warren Mart succeeds Wharton. Lynn Tucker takes over as the Eastern GVP. James Brown takes over the Midwest Territory with the retirement of Alex Bay.

2004 The IAM Executive Council marches with thousands of trade unionists in Miami to protest Free Trade Area of the Americas. President George W, Bush’s “Wall of Shame ” tours Iowa during that state’s presidential caucuses to bring job losses onto the national radar screen. CyberLodge, the innovative, open-source initiative to organize information technology workers opens for business. Former IAM President William W. Winpisinger is inducted into the International Labor Hall of Fame. The 36th Grand Lodge Convention convenes in Cincinnati and salutes North America’s Might. Vice presidential candidate Senator John Edwards from North Carolina appears at a convention rally after a unanimous endorsement of Senator John Kerry and Senator Edwards by the delegates.

2018 Led by Local Lodge 777 member and Missouri state AFL-CIO President, Brother Mike Louis, along with the entirety of the IAM; Prop A  was defeated in Missouri.  Prop A in 2018 would have made Missouri the 28th state to enact Right to Work laws.

2020 Solidarity, commitment, and dedication on display as Automotive Local Lodge 777 celebrates their 100 year anniversary, April 3, 2020!