from the IAM communications department
R. Thomas Buffenbarger
GVP IAM Headquarters
|Wednesday, March 14, 2001
IAM Prepares Major Organizing Drive at Boeing
Seattle’s IAM District 751 filed a petition this week with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to represent some 15,000 Boeing “NSP” employees (New Salary Payroll, Pay Codes 2 and 6). The group includes buyers, mail clerks, secretaries, health and safety, and data processing employees.
“Joining the IAM is the best way for an employee to protect their own future,” said IAM Aerospace Coordinator Dick Schneider. “Working together, we can win the kind of benefits and job security other Boeing employees now enjoy.”
Bogus Tax Bill Lures Bogus Backers
Lobbyists for Corporate America and the super-rich earned their pay with the huge tax cuts President Bush handed their well-heeled clients. These corporate flacks worked hard to put a blue-collar spin on the bill and make it appear that working families were solidly behind this “welfare for the wealthy” scheme.
A memo circulated by the National Association of Manufacturers urged lobbyists to show up at tax cut rallies wearing blue jeans and hardhats “which our construction and contractor and building groups are working hard to provide,” the Washington Post reported.
“WE DO NEED BODIES—they must be DRESSED DOWN, appear to be REAL WORKER types…we have hard hats for people to wear. Other groups are providing waiter/waitresses, and other types of workers,” the memo added.
“It’s as easy to tell real working Americans from these spiffed-up phonies as it is to tell a real working family tax cut from a golden handshake for the richest taxpayers,” scoffed IP Tom Buffenbarger.
Union Cities Plan Gains Steam
Building power for unions and working families in America’s communities is the main focus of AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils. The strategies labor councils are using to energize the trade union movement--with growing success nationwide --- are called collectively Union Cities, communities where workers are free to organize, where working families elect union-friendly politicians and where unions have a real voice in community life.
“Magazines often rank cities on livability,” says IP Tom Buffenbarger who chairs the federation’s State and Local Central Bodies Committee. “They seldom analyze what makes a city livable. To me, the most livable cities are those that have strong, mutually supportive unions, cities where a worker never stands alone. That’s the ultimate goal of the Union Cities campaign.”
Since the campaign kicked off in 1996, 163 central labor councils across the country, both large and small, have signed on and begun alliances with community organizations to increase worker power and give unions a stronger voice against employer abuse of workers’ rights.
Buffenbarger explained that IAM members may nominate their
communities for Union Cities status by filling out a simple form available
from the AFL-CIO. Nominations can be made online at www.aflcio.org/unioncity.
For additional information, call 202-637-5280.
IAM Member Named to AFL-CIO Post
The Atlanta Labor Council tapped IAM member Ray Swann as AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison. “We are pleased to welcome Ray to the vital work of helping union families and building stronger unions through humanitarian service in communities,” noted Marilyn Sneiderman, AFL-CIO Field Mobilization Department.
IAM Legislative Conference Nears
The IAM Legislative Conference will be held May14-17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC. The cut-off date for room reservations is April 16. The hotel number is
202-737-1234. A special group rate is available for IAM members. Please identify the group when making reservations. For additional assistance, contact Mary Howell at Metropolitan Travel, phone: 830-964-2453.
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