You have reached the Home Page of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 24. Local 24 represents over 400 highly skilled men and women who work on Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, the home of Air Force One! We provide worldwide airlift and logistical support for the U.S. President, the Vice President, Cabinet members, and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials.
About Local 24: Local 24’s history began in 2001 when the Air Force converted active duty aircraft mechanics and support personnel to civilian positions.
These civilians soon realized that they needed a strong union to have a voice in their work place. They asked the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to represent them and began an organizing drive. The choice of the IAM was easy due to the IAM’s experience representing Federal contract employees.
A representational election was held in May of 2005 and Local 24 was chartered soon after. With the IAM we have seen significant increases in our wages and benefits. Just as important is the respect, dignity and strength that a strong union brings.
The brothers and sisters of Local 24 are extremely proud of the mission they perform. We maintain the air fleet of our nation’s leaders. We see history being made and are part of that history.
About our Website: When you mention Andrews Air Force Base the first thing most people think of is Air Force One. Although Air Force One is the call sign of whatever aircraft the President is flying on, most people think of the VC-25A which is a Boeing 747 or of the older and now retired VC-137 a Boeing 707 as being Air Force One. Both aircraft built by IAM members.
When the first VC-137 was to be delivered, President Kennedy asked American industrial designer Raymond Loewy to help design the interior along with a paint scheme for the exterior. Loewy came up with the now famous two shades of blue, white and polished aluminum finish. The typeface that spells out “United States of America” is known as Caslon, the typeface that was used on the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Our website color scheme is based on two shades of blue with a white main column. The letters in the masthead are a stylized form of Caslon. The Local 24 logo is based on the IAM’s aerospace logo but with the color changed from gold to silver to represent the polished metal of Air Force One and of the silver wings that Air Force aviators wear.
There is a great deal of information on our website. Some of it is geared towards Local 24 members like information on meetings and news of what is going on in our local. Other information is aimed at our members, other union members and anyone who ever had questions about union membership. These pages concern the rights that union members enjoy. There is also general information like the pages on the history of the IAM and labor history in the United States. We know from our server statistics that these pages are some of the most popular on our website with many visits from schools.
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