Aery Aviation workers are forming a union and demanding fairness, respect and a voice on the job. A petition has been filed and details on your secret ballot Union election are coming soon. 


There’s strength in numbers. The IAM is  600,000 members strong and fighting every day to improve our jobs.


You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind. Unions assure our jobs are secure and protect us against undue punishment.


IAM members sit down with their managers and negotiate over wages, benefits and more. That’s having a voice on the job.

What is the Service Contract Act? 

If you are working for a defense contractor, then you are probably working under the Service Contract Act. The Service Contract Act, formally known as the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act of 1965, applies to every contract entered into by the U.S. government, whose principal purpose is to furnish services in excess of $2,500. The Act requires that contractors and subcontractors observe minimum wage, safety and health standards. For non-union workers, the U.S. Department of Labor determines minimum wages by doing periodic wage surveys in the locality in which the Service Contract employees work. Then, they issue a document called, “Wage Determination”. For Union workers who engage in collective bargaining, the wages and benefits negotiated replace and serve as the minimum prevailing wage for that particular service contract. For non-union workers, the same wage determination lists minimum fringe benefits. The Department or Labor has established two rates, a low rate and a high rate. The low rate is rising and the high rate is fixed. For Union workers, fringe benefits negotiated shall become the minimum fringe benefit for that particular service contract.


Election Details

Your secret-ballot union election at Aery will be conducted via U.S. mail. On June 15, 2021, a voting kit that includes voting instructions, a ballot, and mail ballot envelope will be mailed from the regional National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) office to each eligible voter’s current address on file with the employer. Voters must return their ballots no later than July 6, 2021. The mail ballots will be counted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Voters must sign the outside of the envelope in with the ballot is returned. Any ballot received in an envelope that is not signed will be void. If any eligible voter does not receive a mail ballot or otherwise requires a duplicate mail ballot kit, he or she should contact the Region office  no later than Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Remember, this is a secret-ballot election. No one will know how you voted. Learn more. 

The Anti-Union Campaign

Roughly 75% of companies whose workers look to form a union hire an antiunion consultant or lawyer.  Their playbook is built on 3 pillars:
    1.Attempt to rebuild trust by eliciting sympathy for your employer and front-line managers.
    2. Spread lies and misinformation about the Union. 
    3. Create an atmosphere and climate of fear among you and your co-workers. 
It’s all an effort to distract you from the problems that let you to seek out a union in the first place. Check out the video and learn more about the anti-union campaign. 

IAM Members Live Better

The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) represents roughly 600,00 workers across North America. That includes healthcare, aerospace, air and rail transport, manufacturing, distribution center and public-sector workers – just to name a few.

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The Benefits of Belonging

More Money

Union members earn roughly $200 more every week than non-members. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about negotiating with your bosses over set wage increases that can’t change at management’s whim.


A union-negotiated contract puts rules in place that allow you to do your job without fear of retaliation or unjust treatment. If you feel those rules have been broken, you have the legal right to appeal through a grievance procedure. As a result, everyone is treated with respect.

Free College

The IAMAW Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online — for FREE.

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Paid Time Off

Some 87 percent of union workers have access to paid sick days, compared to 69 percent of non-union workers. Roughly 89 percent of union workers get paid vacation and holidays, compared to roughly 75 percent of non-union workers.

Your Rights Under the Law

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you and your co-workers have certain rights when it comes to forming a union.

You have the right to form, join or assist a union.

You have the right to distribute union literature, wear union t-shirts, ask co-workers to sign authorization cards and discuss the union with co-workers on non-work time.

Supervisors and management are not allowed to spy on you, coercively question you, threaten you or bribe you regarding your union activity.

You have the right to organize a union to negotiate with your employer over your wages, benefits and other working conditions.

Your employer cannot prohibit you from talking about or soliciting for a union during non-work time (including before and after work or during breaks).

You can’t be fired, disciplined, demoted,  or penalized for engaging in any of the above mentioned activities.

Source: NLRB.gov

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