October 1, 2002
The survey, conducted by the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, looked at turnout in 37 states that have held primary elections this year. Voter turnout picked up slightly in primaries held after July. “This may mean that voter interest is picking up and that there may be a somewhat higher general election turnout,” said Curtis Gans, the study’s director.
Those figure show that working family voters play a pivotal role in the looming elections. Their votes can make a major difference, especially in a low-turnout election. In the last election cycle, union households made up 26 percent of the vote.
“We can make the difference,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “Our votes can determine whether working families will be heard in the new Congress. We can’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers. Let’s make our votes count. Let’s make our voices heard.”
Absentee Ballots Can Tip Close
Absentee ballots typically make up about five percent of the votes cast in a national election. In a tight race, these votes can tip the balance.
To check out the rules governing absentee ballots or registration in your state, visit www.absenteeballot.net or contact local and state election officials in your area. The League of Women Voters and the public library are useful sources for information.
Industry Targets Maine Bill
The industry lost its fight in the lower courts, but has taken its case to a higher level. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. Not surprisingly, the Bush administration is challenging the legality of the law.
The Maine legislation was the first law ever enacted to put price controls on prescription drugs and set the stage for other states to pass similar legislation.
Mark Your Calendars
IAM Joins Fray at Washington Post
“We are prepared to extend our full support to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild in their effort to secure a fair contract,” he said. “The Post’s profits and reputation should be reason enough to abandon this ill-advised bid to crush legitimate bargaining rights for Post employees,” Buffenbarger added. He said the IAM and its members would strongly support the Guild in this effort.
A Post spokesman denied the IAM’s charges.
Guide Dogs Gala Slated
For information about the banquet reservations, contact Debbie Sands or Rhonda Bissell at 818-362-5834, ext. 226 or 229.
Cubic Worldwide Members Win First Contract
Gets Conditional OK From ATSB
The Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB) conditionally approved a $148.5 million loan guarantee for the Indianapolis-based carrier. The board said that ATA demonstrated a "reasonable assurance" that it could repay the loan.
IAM District Lodge 142 represents 500 Fleet Service employees at ATA, where contract negotiations are set to resume with a federal mediator on October 14.
Only one airline, America West, has won full approval for an ATSB loan guarantee. Conditional approval has also been given to US Airways, which is restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. United Airlines and Aloha Airlines are still awaiting an ATSB decision on their applications.
Bidder Emerges for US Airways