About the IAMAW and Local 470


The International Association of Machinists was formed in 1888 by 19 railroad machinists in a locomotive pit at Atlanta, Ga. These first members believed that machinists needed a union to cope with problems particular to their craft. The union was kept secret for several years since it was formed during a time when employers were often hostile to organized labor.The first Machinists union convention was held in the Georgia State Senate Chamber in 1889 and Tom Talbot was elected as their first president. Since its early beginning as a railroad machinists union, the IAM has expanded to represent workers in manufacturing, transportation, defense, and aerospace industries. By 1954, the IAM had changed its name to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. There are still many employers and groups that are very anti-labor which underscores the need for a union like the IAM. Local Lodge 470 is fully engaged with its membership on a daily basis to make sure members are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness in the workplace.      

Local Lodge 470 is part of IAM District 161. Local 470 represents the hourly operations, maintenance, and shipping employees at the Axiall Corporations Lake Charles Chemical Complex formerly known as PPG Industries.  Local 470 also represents all hourly employees at the PPG Silica Production Plant located adjacent to the Axiall facility.  There are approximately 700 dues paying members in our local. If you are not a member we encourage you to join. Contact any union member for more information.

There are seven other local lodges in district 161 which covers Louisiana and southeast Texas. The current DBR is Craig Martin. Business offices for the district and the local are at 330 Belden Street, Lake Charles, La.