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On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2002, the ITF asks all its unions to join in a worldwide campaign to fight for women's rights is a new website run by the USBIC Educational Foundation, dedicated to protecting American interests against the damaging effects of international trade.

With more than 700 people dying of hypothermia yearly, the IAM Safety Department wants you to know how dangerous it is to work in cold environments.

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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.


Friday, March 8, 2002

Lockheed Members to Vote on Improvements
The latest round of negotiations with Lockheed-Martin concluded Friday after nearly 30 hours of continuous bargaining. The meetings were conducted under the auspices of the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service during which the company presented its last, best and final offers to the various negotiating committees.

IAM Negotiators forced major improvements to the company's original wage and benefit package. The respective negotiating committees will present the new terms to the membership for a vote on Sunday, March 10th.

Lockheed members should contact their local representatives or check their local lodge's website for additional information, including time and location of the Sunday meetings.

Senate Sends Economic Stimulus Bill to Bush
An overdue recession relief bill, including a much-needed extension of unemployment benefits is on its way to the White House after the Senate voted 85-9 to approve the legislation.

The final vote follows three months of partisan bickering that held up any additional assistance for the millions of unemployed Americans whose 26 weeks of jobless benefits were rapidly running out. More than 1.5 million workers exhausted their UI benefits since the 9/11 attacks.

The measure would extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks and allow for additional extensions in states with high unemployment rates. The bill does not include all of the large tax breaks for business and wealthy individuals sought by President Bush and the House Republican leadership.

Canale Tapped for UAL Board Seat
The IAM announced Wednesday that Stephen R. (Randy) Canale will replace John Peterpaul as the IAM representative on the UAL Corporation board of directors. Peterpaul will step down officially on May 16, 2002 after 8 years on the UAL board.

Canale will continue to serve as president of District 141, administering contracts for 30,000 United employees including Ramp and Public Contact employees. As the IAM representative on the UAL board, Canale will represent the shareholder interests of all IAM-represented employees at United, including 15,000 mechanic and related members of IAM District 141-M.

“This appointment will place an elected IAM official on the UAL board – one who is responsive and responsible to the membership on a daily basis,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “It means a more aggressive involvement by employees in the direction of United Airlines.”

Canale will serve on the UAL board for two years and then be replaced by the president of IAM District 141-M. Scotty Ford is the current president of District 141-M. The position will be rotated between the district presidents every two years.

“Randy Canale’s experience as a union official and his proven ability to communicate with the members makes him an excellent choice for the UAL board of directors,” said GVP Robert Roach, Jr.John Peterpaul is owed a debt of gratitude for over forty years of dedicated service to the Transportation Labor Movement,” added Roach.

US Airways Names New CEO
The US Airways Group board of directors named former Continental Airlines executive David N. Siegel as president and CEO of US Airways. Current US Airways CEO Stephen M. Wolf will retain the position of chairman at the airline and serve in a non-executive capacity.

“US Airways is facing many challenges, and we look forward to working with Mr. Siegel to resolve them together,” said Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr. “The IAM worked with Mr. Siegel previously to reach the first agreement for Continental Express Flight Attendants.”

Prior to his appointment as president of Continental Express, Siegel developed and implemented the route and fleet restructuring plan that was considered the reason for Continental's operational and financial turnaround. He is currently CEO of Avis Rent a Car System, Inc.

Double Standard Threatens Amtrak Survival
“No other segment of America’s transportation system is forced to meet its capital and operating needs without substantial government assistance,” said Edward Wytkind, Executive Director of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, in testimony before the House Railroads Subcommittee. “Operational self-sufficiency is the wrong answer for Amtrak.”

Wytkind testified on behalf of 12 AFL-CIO rail unions, including 10,500 IAM rail workers and 800 IAM members at Amtrak. The first step in turning around the nation’s troubled passenger rail system, according to Wytkind, is to end the mandate for Amtrak to operate subsidy free. “No other national passenger rail system in the world operates subsidy free. Congress must put an end to this double standard.”

Canada to Limit Airport Security Debate
The IAM and the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) blasted the government of Canada for its decision to exclude the airline workers and their representatives from decision-making roles on a national aviation security board. The move reverses a previous decision to include front-line employees in the policy–making debate.

“Tell me who knows better about what’s going on at an airport than the ground crews, the ticketing staff, the pilots and flight attendants and the people at the security checkpoints?” asked Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labor Congress, representing a coalition of Canadian labor unions, including the IAM.

"The membership of the Machinists Union have again been slapped in the face by a government not prepared to listen,” said Dave Ritchie, IAM General Vice President, Canada.  “Instead, they continue making the same mistakes over and over and covering them up with shortsighted band-aid solutions.”

The Canadian government created the Aviation Security Advisory Committee in response to pressure from Canadian transportation unions to include airline workers in the debate over new airport security measures following the events of September 11. Since its formation, the government has repeatedly ignored the input of the committee and implemented changes without regard to the concerns of airline workers.

The government cannot have a vision or long-term strategy to deal with aviation security without the participation of frontline workers. Working together will ensure a vibrant and safe air transport industry in this country," said Ritchie.

IAM Microsites Program Gains Momentum
More than 120 local and district lodges have already signed up for the IAM’s free web site service known as Microsites. The program is rapidly catching on and has the potential to become the most significant IAM communications breakthrough in years.

Taking advantage of technology that allows a non-expert to build and maintain a simple website, the program provides the training, tools and free server space for lodges to quickly and easily update their site with information about local activities and events.

The latest feature of the program is a Microsites Resource Center, with articles, content and suggestions for inclusion in the locally maintained websites. Local or district lodges interested in having a basic website, without the cost and hassle of traditional websites, should contact the IAM Communications Dept. at 301-967-4520, for additional information or an application form. The program is open to any local or district that does not already have a website.