Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Under the direction of current CEO John Trani, Stanley has steadily siphoned jobs away from Connecticut to China, Mexico and other sweatshop locations, which the company euphemistically refers to as “Low Cost Countries” or LCC’s.
“For every U.S. job Stanley sends permanently overseas, three to four additional jobs in the community disappear forever,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “Manufacturers like Stanley are systematically hollowing out the economic foundations this country was built on.”
The company’s offshore aspirations drew national attention last year when CEO Trani’s tax-dodging bid to move the company’s headquarters to Bermuda was defeated by a combination of street demonstrations, legislative pressure and IAM members’ legal action. The strike at Stanley is the first since 1968.
Consider this: In 1981 then-President Ronald Reagan pitched a huge tax cut, the “Economic Recovery Tax Cut,” which then-Rep. Dick Cheney touted as: “the Republican tax cut plan that helps American working men and women the most.” Congress dutifully went along, and the nation plunged into the deepest recession since the Great Depression and more than a million jobs disappeared in less than a year.
Want more proof? In March 2001, the House passed President George Bush’s so-called “Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act,” which Rep. Bill Thomas, who chairs the House Ways & Means Committee, said would “pull this economy out of its nosedive.” Congress passed the bill and another 1,755,000 jobs disappeared in barely a year.
Most of these Republicans are slow learners. Now, they’re pushing another White House welfare-for-the-wealthy plan they’ve creatively packaged as the “Jobs and Growth Tax Act.” President Bush claims it will create 1.4 million jobs in the next year.
“Check the record of his past promises,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “The Republican record on tax policies means more mismanagement of our economy. So far, more than 2.7 million jobs have disappeared in the first two years of this administration. Another tax cut for already rich won’t cover that stark truth.”
Unions to Rally
Department of Labor
Without an extension, nearly 80,000 workers per week will lose their benefits.
According to the Labor Department, the nation’s jobless rate jumped to 6 percent last month, with nearly 9 million people now out of work. The Labor Department figures do not include people who would like to work but have given up looking or those who are working, but not as much as they would like.
Additionally, the percentage of workers who exhaust their unemployment benefits before finding work is the highest in decades.
The Washington, DC rally for an extension to the unemployment insurance program will take place at 12 noon.
Lobbies for Flight Attendant Certification
FAA certification of Flight Attendants will improve training standards, enhance knowledge and skills and heighten public confidence in the U.S. aviation system. The FAA currently uses a certification procedure to ensure qualification of pilots, dispatchers and aircraft repair technicians.
“Formal certification will also bring long over-due recognition for the critical safety and security tasks each Flight Attendant is required to perform,” said Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr.
As a prerequisite for certification, Flight Attendants would meet the federal government’s new crewmember training and proficiency requirements for security and basic self-defense as called for in the Homeland Security Act.
Working Women’s Awareness Week Marked
“Women are under attack from the Bush administration pushing a tax cut package which undermines the needs of women, children and the elderly. It is undermining the 40-hour workweek and cutting overtime pay for millions of working women,” stressed Cheryl Eastburn, Women’s Department director.
14 is National Call-In Day for Children
“Head Start, Medicaid, foster care and low-income housing are all at risk if Congress passes new tax cuts on top of earlier Bush administration cuts,” said Cheryl Eastburn, Director of the IAM Women’s Dept.
Organizers of the National Call-In Day are also urging support for the Comprehensive Dodd-Miller Act to Leave No Child Behind (S.448 – H.R.936). “Not to be confused with the under-funded Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind Act, the Dodd-Miller bill will provide realistic funding and real assistance for children and families,” according to Eastburn.