About IAMAW District Lodge 70


International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 70 is located in Wichita, Kansas, home of the “Fighting Machinists”. District Lodge 70 was charted March 24, 1942, and included the following Local Lodge’s: 708, 774, 784, 733, 778, 779, 781, 794 and Local Lodge 834 was added May 1942.

Roosevelt Local Lodge 1308 was chartered on April 27, 1934, making it the oldest local among District 70 affiliates. Members of Local Lodge 1308 were employed by Santa Fe Railroad and Continental Bus company garages. Due to the closing of Santa Fe and Continental facilities in Wichita, Local Lodge 1308 was merged with Local Lodge 708 on August 31, 1987.

Current (2021) Local Lodges in District 70:

Local Lodge 639 – Bombardier/Learjet Local Lodge 839 – Spirit Aerosystems
Local Lodge 774 – Textron Aviation, Flight Safety Services Inc., DynCorp, T.R.D.I., Valiant, & Yulista.  Local Lodge 1989 – Great Bend Industries & Tyson Meats (Holcomb)
Local Lodge 2799 – Garnett/Jobbers, Sherwin Williams, Johnson Controls, & Nortrak 

A large number of our District membership is comprised of workers associated with the Aviation and Aerospace industry. For nearly 100 years Wichita Kansas has been considered the “Air Capital of the World,” since the late 1920s. First as a self-proclamation, but today as the city produces more aircraft than any other city on earth. Wichita is home to Textron Aviation (Cessna Aircraft & Beechcraft), Bombardier/Learjet, Spirit Aerosystems and Stearman/Boeing Plant II, etc. through various buyouts and name changes.


The various labor our members perform has a huge economic impact on the local and State economy. Members pay taxes and purchase goods and services throughout the community allowing for a better standard of living and in turn, helping to provide better local and State services for everyone.


The District membership contributes annually to a variety of local and national charities such as; The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, KANSEL, the Lord’s Dinner, United Way of the Plains, and Guide Dogs of America, and others. We actively participate in local community outreaches and community projects that benefit our community as a whole like; appropriating the District Lodge building to the Red Cross as a disaster headquarters for the tornado of 1999, contributing to the remodel of KANSEL headquarters, and constructing playground equipment for Rainbows United. Our members give generously throughout the year and especially during the holiday season to help those less fortunate than themselves.