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The IAM is holding a members-only photography contest this year and if your photo wins, you could win a cash prize and your picture could appear in the 2003 IAM Calendar. The deadline is June 30, 2002. For complete contest information and an entry form, click here.

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer interviewed Amtrak president David Gunn, who recently took over the troubled rail service. Gunn talks about Amtrak's financial situation, the proposal to break up Amtrak, and the role Congress played in creating the crisis at the nation’s passenger rail carrier.

Three West Coast governorsJohn 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.

Find out about health care in your state:

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.

Get Your Convention Gear Check out gear for the 2004 IAM Convention


Executive Council

International President 
R. Thomas Buffenbarger 

Secretary Treasurer
Donald E. Wharton 

GVP Western 
Lee Pearson 

GVP Canada
Dave Ritchie 

GVP Midwest 
Alex M. Bay 

GVP Headquarters
Robert V. Thayer

GVP Southern
George Hooper 

GVP Eastern
Warren L. Mart 

GVP Transportation
Robert Roach, Jr.


Friday, June 21, 2002

IAM Poised to Open
‘Master Contract’ Talks With Boeing

Contract talks covering more than 25,000 IAM aerospace workers open with the Boeing Co. next week in Wichita, Kansas. The “master agreement” with Boeing is the IAM’s largest aerospace contract and is viewed by both labor and management as an industry pacesetter for wage and non-wage related issues, alike.

“Job security; affordable, high-quality health insurance and decent pensions – those will be the key issues in our talks with Boeing,” explains Dick Schneider, IAM aerospace coordinator and chief negotiator.

“Boeing’s profits rose 152 percent during the past four years, while they eliminated thousands of jobs. Ninety-five percent of the membership say their jobs are ‘not secure at all’ or only ‘somewhat secure.’ It’s not right that people at a profitable, world-leading corporation should live in daily fear of losing their jobs,” Schneider said.

With strong corporate profits and a $3 billion surplus in the Boeing pension fund, Schneider said the IAM will press for substantial increases in retirement benefits - including a supplement through the IAM National Pension Fund – and improved, lower cost health insurance coverage.

The IAM’s current three-year contract with Boeing expires Sept. 1. It covers some 20,000 members in Washington state, 5,000 in Kansas and 1,100 in Portland, Oregon.

Survival Crisis Looms for Amtrak
In remarks before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta said the administration’s Master Plan for Amtrak funding remains at $521 million, well below the $1.2 billion Amtrak says it needs to survive.  Secretary Mineta’s remarks can be read at (

“Amtrak serves a critical role in our nation’s transportation system,” said General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “Failure to properly fund Amtrak signs a death warrant for our nation’s passenger rail service.” Responding to the Bush administration’s plan, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, challenged the Bush administration to request enough funding to keep or "be prepared to explain to the American people why it will allow Amtrak to go bankrupt in the middle of the summer travel season."

Senator Murray’s comments can be read at

IAM members can add their voice to the debate over Amtrak’s future. Click here ( to send a message to President Bush and Congress.  Tell them to protect America’s national passenger rail system.

IMF Conference Endorses Aerospace Resolution
An IAM-supported resolution to promote the exchange of collective bargaining information among international trade unions was unanimously approved at the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) World Conference on Aerospace this week in Toulouse, France.

“Despite common challenges faced by the world’s aerospace workers, we have yet to establish an effective framework for trade union cooperation on a global level,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger.  “This resolution establishes the framework for substantive coordination on issues including labor laws, organizing and collective bargaining.”

The IMF resolution establishes Aerospace Steering Committees and Task Forces with representatives from the USA, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Spain, France Germany, Sweden, Italy and Japan.

“It will be a bright day for labor when one multinational corporation receives similar proposals from aerospace workers in different countries,” said the IP. “Then and only then will multinational corporations understand what true international solidarity means.”

UAL Active Ownership Committee Responds
In a letter to all IAM-represented employees at United Airlines, the Machinists UAL Active Ownership Committee addressed comments by UAL CEO Jack Creighton. Creighton indicated the recently approved shareholder resolutions were ‘advisory in nature’ and the UAL board of directors was not required to implement the resolutions.

 “While it may be that, as a matter of corporate law, stockholder proposals of this kind must be advisory in nature, the IAM is committed to seeing the board of directors implement the proposals approved by the stockholders,” said the ownership committee.  “Failure to respond to the employee owners would indicate that United’s words of cooperation are just words. Now is the time for deeds, not empty promises.”

Text of the letter can be read at

Local 623 Member Wins CLUW Scholarship
The Coalition of Labor Union Women named union activist Nancy LeMont as one of 10 winners in its annual scholarship competition. LeMont is a member of IAM Local 623 in St. Cloud, MN.  She chairs the union’s Women’ Committee and takes an active role on many additional committees.

LeMont serves as educator for her local union and holds the same position in District 165. She is a shop steward and “I am a proud member of the 2002 Blue Ribbon Commission,” she said.

“I have dedicated my life to the work I do and I will fight as hard as I can to make life better for my union brothers and sisters,” LeMont pledged.

Photo Contest Deadline Near
Get those contest entries into the mails ASAP. The deadline for entering the IAM Photo Contest is June 30. Winning photos may be included in 2003 IAM calendar and may even qualify for a cash prize.

This year’s theme is “North America’s Might” and our panel of independent judges will be looking for photos that show IAM members at work doing what they do best. The contest is absolutely free and open to all IAM members. You can obtain a complete contest entry form at or by contacting the IAM Communications Department, 301-967-4520.