March 25, 2004
The IAM Makes its Mark at FOSE
The IAM added a new wrinkle to its
organizing efforts as it became an official exhibitor at the 27th annual
FOSE information technology trade show in Washington, D.C. FOSE is
designed to help government and industry come together to discuss the
technology, issues, and developments of the day, and it also attracts a
great number of government workers, service contract employees, and
independent contractors. The IAM was there to explain the benefits of
"It might be a new workforce," said the Organizing Department's Steve
Hantzis. "But workers still face the same old problems. As a union, we are
offering them solutions to some of those
Hantzis reported a great number of "solid
organizing leads" resulting from the IAM's presence at the show.
GOP Quails in Face of Vote On Bush OT Takeaway
Fearing a successful vote on an amendment to bar the Bush administration
from taking away overtime pay protections from more than 8 million
workers, Senate Republican leaders pulled from consideration a bill that
would have included these overtime protections.
The Foreign Sales Corporation tax bill, designed to end a trade dispute
with Europe and cut taxes for U.S. manufacturers, is keenly sought by the
Bush administration, because the United States faces steep fines following
rulings by international trade courts that declared current U.S. tax
breaks for corporations an illegal export subsidy.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), author of the overtime pay protection amendment,
says the Republican leaders’ action shows “the lengths they are willing to
go to try and prevent an up or down vote on overtime….The Bush
administration and the Republican leadership would rather pay tariffs to
Europe than pay overtime to American workers.”
Machinists Call for Jobs
to the Connecticut AFL-CIO Legislative Conference this week
Directing Business Rep. Everett Corey declared flawed trade agreements as
nothing more than one-way tickets for the exportation of our jobs and the
destruction of our communities. Corey called on labor, community and
religious groups from across the state to join the IAM “Grow Connecticut”
“This is not a union issue. It is an American issue,” said Corey.
The campaign would create a coalition using all necessary avenues,
including legislation, to stop the destruction by American corporations
though vending, off-loading, out-sourcing and off shoring.
Corey explained that the Connecticut Machinists, with support from the IAM
Eastern Territory, created the “Grow Connecticut” jobs campaign in 2000 as
a response to the out-sourcing of work by companies, such as Pratt and
Whitney and Stanley .
Georgia State Acquires NFFE Archives
Georgia State University’s Southern Labor
Archives recently acquired the complete records of the National Federation
of Federal Employees (NFFE), comprised of photographs and convention
proceedings, early sound recordings, scrapbooks and correspondence,
Executive Council records, and a substantial number of publications.
Established in 1917, NFFE was the first union in the United States to
represent federal employees. Many privileges enjoyed by today’s federal
employees, such as retirement benefits and the equal pay for equal work
classification system, are due to NFFE’s pioneering efforts.
The newly-acquired records are housed in the Southern Labor Archives, the
largest curatorial area of the library’s Special Collections Department
and the largest collection of labor records in the Southeastern United
States. The Southern Labor Archives are the official repository of more
than 500 labor union offices and individuals including the IAM.
NFFE affiliated with the
IAM in 1999.
IAM government employees.
IAM Federal District 1
Show Us the
Fifty-one American workers, one from every state in the country and the District
of Columbia, will travel to 8 states and 18 cities to talk about the horrific
impact the country's current economic policies have had on the average American
and their families. The
Show Us the Jobs bus tour
kicked off on Wednesday, March 24 in St. Louis.
Show Us the Jobs Tour will stop in Iowa, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and culminate at a
rally March 31 on Capitol Hill where bus riders and others will lobby for
legislation that encourages job growth in this country.