Our IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. is retiring on January 1, 2024 after an illustrious and successful career.
He is the first Latino International President in the History of the American Labor movement. “Bob” as he is affectionately called, has been responsible for the groundbreaking growth of the IAM under his dynamic leadership.
Through Bob’s leadership, the IAM has grown into new industries, including healthcare professionals, gig workers, tech workers, veterinary technicians, museum workers, architectural workers and more.
His innovative and entrepreneurial spirit took the IAM into the most stable and strongest financial position in decades. This was largely due to the fact that he had dedicated his life to this union and it’s membership. He brought in new organizing tactics and strategies, created membership programs to assist members and their families and made history by initiating a rank and file membership vote for the IAM’s endorsement for U.S. president in 2020 and again in 2023.
From assisting military veterans with free service in VA claims assistance, introducing an addiction services program, starting a woman’s leadership initiative and launching a Committee on the Future, Bob has helped the IAM bring about an immense change in its overall trajectory and vision.
Another ‘feather in his cap’, was presiding over delegate action at the 39th and 40th IAM Grand Lodge Conventions and passing a Membership Bill of Rights expanding resources for organizing and increasing strike benefits and implementing electronic meetings.
You’re a true professional who’s shown by example that excellence is something to aim for daily. You inspire everyone around you to be more, and I know that will only continue in your retirement.
Congratulations Bob on an outstanding career. On behalf of LL1231, the Executive Board and it’s membership we wish you the best for your retirement!
We are also excited for the IAM’s next chapter under the leadership of our next International President Brian Bryant.