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Worker's Memorial Day
April 28, 2002
Read all about how it helps to remember the injured  and honor the fallen.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online resource contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.

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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, April 19, 2002

Labor Leads Fight to Oust
Lockheed Director
The battle to prevent Enron Corp. board member Frank Savage from being reelected to the Lockheed Martin Corp. board of directors is shaping up to be one of the largest labor-led shareholder revolts against a management nominated director in history.

Last week's recommendation by a major investment research firm was the latest blow to the controversial nomination by Lockheed CEO Vance Coffman. Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) advised clients to withhold their vote for Savage due to his performance at Enron and pending lawsuits by shareholders, investors and former Enron employees.

"It will be hard for any responsible fund manager to justify a vote for Frank Savage after his role in the collapse of Enron," said Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

The nation’s largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), publicized it is withholding its vote for Savage. Funds in Ohio, New Hampshire, Florida and New York City joined the call for the removal of Savage from the Lockheed board. Money managers Barclays and Lazard also decided to withhold their votes.

‘Fighting Machinists’ Never Quit

Retired GVP Ross Mathews (center with cane) joins the Local 709 picket line against Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA.

Those pampered CEOs and feather merchants at Lockheed Martin could learn valuable lessons from retired IAM GVP Ross Mathews---and they won’t have to travel far to find him. They can find him on the picket line just outside the company’s facility in Marietta, GA.

“I wanted to come and support my brothers and sisters on the line,” declared the 93-year-old Mathews, who came to show solidarity with striking members of Local 709, who’ve been on strike since March 11.

It was not his first time on the line in Marietta. “I was assigned to the strike here in 1958,” he said. “We worked hard during that strike, too.”  His typically IAM militancy won new admirers. “The more he walks, the stronger he gets,” marveled Local 709 striker Carolyn Hill. “It’s so inspirational to us to have him here.”

Mathews retired as GVP of the Northeast Territory in 1972.

Equal Pay Day
Demands Paycheck Fairness

A coalition of unions, political leaders and women’s organizations joined together on April 16—Equal Pay Day—to demand legislation that removes the gender gap in pay rates and ensures that women receive equal pay for equal work, notes Cheryl Eastburn, who heads the IAM Women’s Department. April 16 marks the day when women’s wages finally catch up to men’s wages from the previous year. In 2001, the average woman worker was paid 73 cents for every dollar a man was paid.

“The wage disparity is unjust—it’s unfair—and we are determined to close the gap,” pledged Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIO executive vice president. At a Capitol Hill press conference, Chavez-Thompson and other coalition members urged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT.

Senate Drills White House Energy Plan
Eight Senate Republicans broke party ranks and joined a Democratic majority in voting against President Bush’s plan to drill for oil and gas in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The ANWR ploy was part of a comprehensive energy plan worked out in closed meetings between Vice President Dick Cheney and industry executives.

Critics of the administration’s energy scheme decried those secret meetings and have demanded records be made public. After initial stonewalling, the White House has released some of the documents.

Yesterday’s decisive 54-46 vote dealt a heavy blow to an administration basking in high poll ratings.

West Coast Governors on GOIAM.ORG
Three West Coast governors – John A. Kitzhaber, Gary Locke and Gray Davis -- were interviewed recently on the IAM’s Third Shift program.  Jobs, healthcare and college costs were some of the issues affecting working families that the governors addressed.

To see these Third Shift interviews please click on the links below:  Governor Kitzhaber  Governor Locke  Governor Davis.

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