iMail archives


visit goiam.org

print version

iMail signup

Preliminary findings from the biennial State of Working America from the Economic Policy Institute.

Keep up to date on Boeing negotiations on the "IAM Boeing News" page on goiam.org. Video, press releases, updates and news stories are available.

President Bush signed Fast Track legislation that will usher in a new round of NAFTA-style agreements.

To get the Facts about 'Free Trade'  and its damaging effect on America's workers, read "The Real Cost of 'Free' Trade" from Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders.

Live Here if You Dare

Join Eastern Territory IAM members in a tour of the Maquiladora area in Tijuana, Mexico to see firsthand the deplorable living and working conditions of Mexican workers.

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.


Tuesday,  September 3, 2002

IAM Negotiators Arrive in Washington
In hopes of reaching a negotiated settlement with Boeing, IAM negotiators flew to Washington DC today. They will meet at the headquarters of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Wednesday morning.

   “The IAM is going the extra mile, here. We asked Boeing last week, in the presence of the federal mediator, to continue negotiations and to extend the contract past Sept. 2, but Boeing refused. Well, at least the FMCS was listening. They asked Boeing and the IAM to Washington to do exactly that – extend the contract and continue bargaining to avert a strike,” said IAM Chief Negotiator Dick Schneider.

   “We believe Boeing is trying to incite a strike. We say that based on Boeing’s demands for deep takeaways in job security and health care and the blatant scare tactics they’ve used at the bargaining table and against our members and the public,” Schneider said.

    “Boeing might save money by forcing a strike. We’d rather stay on the job building airplanes. That keeps $27 million a week in wages flowing to our members and through the local economies where we live,” Schneider said.

EPI Report: Grim News for Workers
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) sees little positive news for working families in its just-released “The State of Working America 2002-2203” biennial report. The document looks at what matters most to working families--their jobs and their paychecks. It examines the surging economy that persisted through the latter years of the 90s when historically low unemployment combined with faster productivity growth to lift the economic fortunes for working families for the first time in decades.

However, rising unemployment and stagnant job growth bodes ill for workers. “American workers are headed back to an economy marred by slow wage growth and no job growth, with wage and income disparities widening again,” said Lawrence Mishel, EPI president and one of the book’s authors.

Despite all the attention focused on the stock market, the vast majority of American families still depend on their paycheck, not their portfolio,” pointed out co-author Heather Boushey. “For most families, the real prosperity of the second half of the 90s had little or nothing to do with the stock market.”

Although about half of all households now hold some stock—either directly or through retirement plans---these holdings only amount to about $4,000 for the bottom 60 percent of families. By contrast, the top 1 percent of families holds almost half, 47 percent, of all stocks by value. The bottom 80 percent owns barely 4 percent of total stocks.

For more details, log onto www.economicpolicyinstitute.org.

Union Leaders at UAL to Meet
Leaders of the Machinists, Pilots and Flight Attendants unions at United Airlines will meet in Chicago on September 4 to discuss recent management changes at UAL and the recovery proposals put forward by the previous management team.

The union summit comes two days after the UAL Corp. board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of former Texaco president Glenn Tilton to become the airline’s next president, chairman and chief executive officer.

Additional management changes at the airline include the immediate resignation of UAL president Rono Dutta and Chief Operating Officer Andy Studdert.

United’s previous management last met with union representatives on August 28 to outline the company’s financial condition and to present so-called ‘recovery proposals’ they said were necessary to avoid bankruptcy and to secure government loan guarantees.

Congress Returns to Full Agenda
Members of both the House and Senate returning from their extended summer break face a full agenda of issues ranging from a war on terrorism to privatizing Social Security. The broad array of hot-button issues cluttering the congressional dockets and the November election battles make for a zesty brew.

Most political observers see a lot of rhetoric but not much action as both parties try to seize the initiative and tip the political balance in their favor. President Bush and his party have tried to muddy the waters on such issues as Social Security, a prescription drug benefit and similar social issues.

Democrats believe the slumping economy makes the President’s party vulnerable and are turning up the heat in that area. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-MO, reminds voters that “the drug companies wrote the bill” on prescription drugs that narrowly passed the House. “It was a total capitulation to special interests,” he charged.

Gephardt and other Democrats believe economic anxiety will bring voters to their party on a host of issues ranging from healthcare to the environment. It promises to be an interesting session as Congress positions itself for the November 5 vote.

Union Ratings Rise in New Poll
There’s a silver lining in the black clouds of corruption billowing from such Big Business icons as Enron, WorldCom and Arthur Andersen. As business scandals proliferate, Americans become increasingly skeptical about corporations and more open than ever about joining unions, according to a new poll conducted by Peter D Hart Research Associates for the AFL-CIO.

More than 39 percent of those surveyed held negative views of large corporations, up from 25 percent last year. That’s the highest negative ratings for corporations in the nine years pollsters have asked the public for their views. More than 58 percent have negative views about CEOs, who’ve raked in fortunes while their corporations toppled into bankruptcy.

By contrast, for the first time since 1984, fully half of workers who don’t already have a union say they would join a union tomorrow if given the chance. That figure is up from 42 percent just last year.