Thursday August 8, 2002
News of the ceremonial appointment for Greenspan comes as speculation increases over his possible replacement. At 76, Greenspan is the oldest Federal Reserve chairman in history. Rumors abound that Greenspan could resign soon, giving President Bush the opportunity to appoint a Republican successor before the 2004 election. “There’s no guarantee a Bush replacement for Greenspan would do any better, but he or she could hardly do any worse,” said Buffenbarger.
Unions Oppose Bush
Threats in Dock Talks
The Bush administration recently convened a ‘task force’ with officials from Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Homeland Security departments and is considering military action if talks between ship owners and the ILWU fail.
The resolution urged President Bush to publicly pledge that he will not interfere in the collective bargaining process and under no circumstances use federal troops to interfere in a legitimate labor dispute.
Despite strong IAM support for the AFL-CIO resolution regarding collective bargaining rights, differences remain over proposed ILWU contract demands requiring port companies to abrogate existing collective bargaining agreements and replace them with ILWU agreements. “Existing collective bargaining agreements and long-standing union jurisdictions must be respected in any agreement between ILWU and port management,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger.
United Airlines’ UK
Union Meets With IAM
"The TGWU is facing some of the same obstacles we faced during two and a half years of negotiations with United Airlines,” said General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “Through meetings like this, both unions learn from each other and form a partnership to better represent working families."
"We are here to build links for the future, and hope to meet on a regular basis,” said Oliver Richardson, Regional Industrial Organizer for the TGWU. “This is the start of a new relationship for both unions. These meetings have been extremely helpful and productive we are sure our members in London will realize the benefits arising out of our discussions.”
“Bruce Darrough did a great job in Missouri. He is one of many Machinists getting involved and running for elected office,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “The more working people we elect, the more responsive government will be to all Americans who work hard and want to build a better life for their families.”
Darrough is an Assembly Inspector at the Boeing Company in St. Louis and currently serves as Local 837B’s Secretary-Treasurer.
Western Territory Marks “First” Contracts
The Bill Brandt workers had a tougher row to hoe. It took them five
months of tough negotiations and a one-day strike to win a first
Celebrate Union Label Week, Sept. 2-7
Today, American markets are flooded with sweatshop produced retail goods—clothing, tools, toys, sporting goods and other consumer items. We can help change that by getting our employers to buy union made products and putting pressure on our local governments to buy union-made products when they spend taxpayer dollars.
For more information about Union Label Week, including sample op-ed pieces, radio spots, a Union Label Week Proclamation and camera-ready artwork, go to www.unionlabel.org.
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