The IAM kicks off a campaign to organize Automotive Technicians and Mechanics in Las Vegas, Nevada

Jose Alfonso Rodriguez, son of retired Grand Lodge Representative Sam Rodriguez, administered last rites to Father Michael Judge. 

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Executive Council

International President 
R. Thomas Buffenbarger 

Secretary Treasurer
Donald E. Wharton 

GVP Western 
Lee Pearson 

GVP Canada 
GVP Canada
Dave Ritchie 

GVP Midwest 
Alex M. Bay 

GVP Headquarters
Robert V. Thayer

GVP Southern 
GVP Southern
George Hooper 

GVP Eastern
Warren L. Mart 

GVP Transportation
Robert Roach, Jr.

Tuesday, January 15, 2002 

Labor Dept. Pick Draws Fire
President Bush’s recess appointment of Eugene Scalia to a high labor Dept. post drew scorching fire from union leaders. “It’s another installment on Bush’s debt to his fat cat corporate cronies,” scoffed IP Tom Buffenbarger. “How could any President pick such an avowed foe of working families to a position that is supposed to support policies and programs to aid working people?”

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney called it a “slap in the face of American workers” to appoint such an outspoken opponent of ergonomics and other worker protection measures to be solicitor of Labor.

Scalia has openly and public ally called ergonomics “quackery” and questioned whether repetitive strain injuries are real. He has said, “employees most likely to complain of musculoskeletal discomfort are those who do not like their jobs.”

He is the son of Justice Antonin Scalia, one of five Supreme Court justices who handed Bush a favorable decision in the disputed Florida electoral vote affair. The new solicitor will have jurisdiction over an array of issues ranging from workplace safety to pension.

Since the appointment was made while Congress was in recess, Scalia will not face Senate confirmation hearings where his record would have come under close scrutiny

IAM, UAL Go Back to Work
Negotiations resumed today between mechanic-and-related employees represented by District 141-M and United Air Lines. The talks began after Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) hearings ended last week. Negotiators for District 141 will meet separately with United next week.

The three-member PEB has until Jan.19 to issue its recommendations to President Bush. The board urged both parties in the dispute to bend every effort to reach agreement on a new contract.

“The board recognized that it is in the best interests of everyone for the parties to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a voluntary settlement,” said Transpo GVP Robert Roach, Jr.

Earlier, a federal district court judge in Washington, DC, rejected the IAM’s request for a preliminary injunction to set aside the presidential order establishing the PEB

National Rail Talks Resume
Rail negotiations covering more than 10,000 IAM members of District 19 covered by the national agreement are underway in Nashville; TN. Job security remains a priority in the negotiations to replace the contract that became amendable in Jan 2000.

A rail labor coalition made up of representatives of the Sheet Metal Workers, Boilermakers and Machinists are meeting with members of the National Carriers Conference Committee in an effort to hammer out a new contract.

Working Woman Survey Ends Feb.25
The AFL-CIO’s Ask a Working Woman online survey wraps up Feb.25. “If you haven’t filled out the survey, please do so immediately,” urges Cheryl Eastburn, IAM Women’s Dept. director. The federation’s Working Women’s Depart. Says the survey reports and analysis will be released by early summer. Make your voice heard by filling out the survey. Simply go to website at http://www.goiam.org/women_survey.asp

IAM Offers Sites to Locals, Districts
To vastly expand the number of local and district lodges with their own websites, the IAM will launch its Micro Site Program on March 1, 2002. This new service will provide pre-designed website templates, an easy way for lodges to add news and other content to their sites, and free website hosting on the IAM server.

“Internet websites are the fastest and the most revolutionary means of mass communication since the invention of the radio,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “More members than ever before are using the web as the primary means to acquire and distribute union information. The Micro Site program is aimed at increasing member’s access to this important communications technology.”

Letters have been mailed to each local and district lodge announcing dates and details of the new program. Sites will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Fatal Accident at Boeing
Guy Pillow, 49, a 17-year IAM member, died yesterday after an accident during routine maintenance of a hydraulic press at Boeing's Auburn, Washington facility. The accident is under investigation.

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