Friday, June 14, 2002
‘Summit to Save American Jobs – A Matter of National Security’ was
organized by the IAM, the industrial unions of the AFL-CIO and the US
Business and Industry Council (USBIC).
of the House and Senate heard the labor and business leaders bluntly
describe the human cost of U.S. policies that are destroying
manufacturing jobs by the hundreds of thousands. The point was driven
home by new figures that show U.S. factories cut 1.5 million jobs from
their payrolls in the last 14 months.
IAM-Boeing Negotiations Draw Near
With 11 days before the June 25 start of negotiations; IAM members at Boeing are itching to confront the aerospace giant across the bargaining table. Layoffs in Seattle and Wichita and the company's strategy of shifting work overseas is stiffening the union’s resolve to focus the upcoming contract talks on job security.
layoffs in the face of declining aircraft orders are one thing, but
Boeing's strategy of dismantling production facilities and shipping them
overseas will damage U.S. employment opportunities and our national
industrial and defense base for years to come," said IAM Aerospace
Coordinator Dick Schneider who will lead the talks with Boeing.
IAM members can follow the progress of negotiations with Boeing at
http://www.goiam.org and on
local and district lodge websites at: District
70 (Wichita), http://iamdl24.org
(Portland), Local Lodge 834 (Wichita)
and http://www.iam751.org/ (Seattle
and Puget Sound).
response to United’s proposal, District 141 and 141-M Presidents Randy
Canale and Scotty Ford said, “We feel the company has overstated the
need for employee participation in such a recovery program.
Additionally, UAL has not provided any documentation or communication to
its employees demonstrating such a need.” Both presidents have said
they will not endorse United’s proposal.
Backs Union Rights
not hard to see where the administration is headed with this
proposal,” said Frank Carelli, IAM Director of Government Employees,
who, along with Rick Brown and John Paolino, met this week with staff
members of the Government Reform Committee. “We’re going to make
sure our members’ representational and collective bargaining rights
are fully protected.”
employees with direct national security duties, including FBI, CIA and
the military, are excluded from union membership. Currently, about 55
percent of the 1.8 million federal employees are covered by union
to newspaper reports, a spokesperson for the administration’s homeland
security office said it was possible that a new department would seek
‘flexibility’ in its personnel matters.
by the Air Transport Association (ATA), an industry trade association
made up of 22 U.S. member
airlines and four foreign-flag associate members,
airline CEO’s are urging Congress to amend the Railway Labor Act to
include mandatory binding arbitration in labor negotiations. This would
effectively take away an airline employee’s right to vote on
collective bargaining agreements.
GVP Robert Roach, Jr. sent a letter this week to Carol Hallet, President and CEO of the ATA, outlining the IAM’s stern opposition to such a scheme. “Baseball arbitration would take the employees out of the process and certainly lead to unnecessary disruptions in service,” said Roach. The full text of GVP Roach’s letter to the ATA can be viewed at http://www.goiam.org/territories.asp?c=3163You can help preserve airline employees rights by urging your Senators to oppose forcing mandatory arbitration into airline negotiations. You can email or fax Congress directly. Click on "Oppose Phony Labor Law Reform" at the IAM’s Political Action web site at www.goiam.org/politics.asp.
Good News for Shipyard Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to authorize $54.1 million for an important program that makes affordable loans available to those who commit to build in U.S. shipyards.
Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantee program is helping to preserve the
shipbuilding base in this country and is responsible for securing tens
of thousands of shipbuilding jobs over the past ten years. According to
recent studies, the program generates $20 worth of economic activity for
every dollar invested in it.
number of IAM retirees has doubled over the last decade,” says IAM
Retirees and Community Services Director Maria Cordone. “We are
pleased to make these resources available to such an important part of
our union. Cybersober.com offers help to those who have given all of us
members have a special section of Cybersober.com that can be accessed by
going to cybersober.net/iamaw.
The User Name is IAMAW and the Password is Union.