Machinists GOTV Campaign Underway in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio


Washington, D.C., October 26, 2008 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) began a three-state tour today in Calvert City, KY, to educate union members about the Bush administration’s $700 billion bailout for banks and investment firms.

With a 40-foot-long banner that declared: “Wall Street Got the Gold Mine – We Got the Shaft!” as a backdrop, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger urged union members to hold elected officials accountable, not only for their vote on the bailout, but for their silence while Wall Street ran wild.

“For the last eight years, the Wizards of Wall Street have operated an international Ponzi scheme,” declared Buffenbarger in a fiery speech ( to union members in Calvert City. “They created a blizzard of worthless paper and made billions in profits for their firms and millions in bonuses for themselves.”

Local union leaders, elected officials and candidates will join Buffenbarger on the tour. Among those expected to take part in the Calvert City event are Marshall County Judge Mike Miller and Kentucky State Representatives Will Coursey, Fred Nesler, Melvin Henley and Mike Cherry.

The four-day tour will include events in Henderson, KY, Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Middletown, OH, Toledo, OH, Cleveland, OH and Erie, PA before concluding with a rally in Pittsburgh, PA on October 29, 2008.

A complete schedule of the tour is listed below:

Henderson, KY           October 27, 2008        10:00AM         Audubon Mill Park
101 North Water St., Henderson, KY.

Louisville, KY             October 27, 2008        4:00 PM           IAM Local 681
824 South 2nd St., Louisville, KY.

Cincinnati, OH            October 28, 2008        11:30 AM        IUPAT Local 387
200 Kovach Dr., Cincinnati, OH.

Middletown, OH         October 28, 2008        3:00 PM          
2320 Wederkind Rd., Middletown, OH.

Toledo, OH                 October 29 2008         7:00 AM          UAW Local 12
2300 Ashland Ave., Toledo, OH.

Cleveland, OH            October 29 2008         11:00 AM        North Shore Fed of Labor
3250 Euclid Dr., Cleveland, OH.

Erie, PA                      October 29, 2008        3:00 PM           Perry Square
6th & State St., Erie, PA.

Pittsburgh, PA              October 29, 2008        6:00 PM           IAM Local 1976
228 Moon Clinton Rd., Moon Township, PA.

The IAM is among the nation’s largest and most politically active trade unions, representing more than 700,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries. Visit for more information about the Machinists Union.




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