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Gore Attacks Bush on Economy

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

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.


Thursday,  October 3, 2002

Buffenbarger Prods Senate Dems on Jobs
Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger spoke up for tens of thousands of unemployed Americans when he charged Senate Democrats with failing to speak out forcefully enough about the dramatic loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to foreign competitors.

“We’re bleeding jobs like a firehose and we’re frustrated and tired with inaction and inattention from our government,” said Buffenbarger after a meeting between labor representatives and the Democratic Steering Committee.

The IP singled out Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for mentioning jobs only twice during a recent debate with her right wing Republican rival. “We’re working hard to elect her governor, and she needs to hit that issue before every audience she faces,” said Buffenbarger.

“Democratic candidates cannot afford to forget that jobs are the issue, not Iraq or something else. We met with the Senate leadership repeatedly on this issue and so far they have done nothing. We are running out of time and patience.”

Transpo Unions Demand Airline Worker Aid
The IAM joined with 35 AFL-CIO transportation unions to oppose any legislation that reimburses airlines for financial losses unless more than 150,000 laid off workers receive jobless benefits and hiring preference for the thousands of federal airport security jobs that remain unfilled.

The union leaders called on Congress to assist laid-off aviation workers with six months of extended unemployment insurance, 75 percent health care subsidies and job training in addition to hiring rights for the unfilled aviation security jobs.

In a separate resolution, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Dept. slammed the federal loan guarantee program created by last fall’s airline bailout bill for imposing grossly unrealistic demands for employee wage and other concessions.

Noting the fraction of available aid that has been granted, the resolution stated, “It was not Congress’ intent to permit the ATSB to exercise such broad powers to directly intervene in the collective bargaining process as it has on several occasions.”

Key States Set to End Voter Registration
Residents in 15 large states must register by October 7 if they plan to vote in the upcoming November 5 elections.

The registration deadline is fast approaching in Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State and the District of Columbia.

Many states end voter registration 29 or 28 days before the election, including: Arizona; Colorado; Florida; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Missouri; New Jersey; New Mexico and Virginia.

New York State allows voter registration to continue until 25 days before the election.

In California, voter registration is permitted up to 15 days before the election.

With polls showing many House, Senate and Governor’s contests tightening, turnout by union voters stands to make the difference in many critical races.

Additional information and registration deadlines for each state can be found on the ‘Register to Vote’ link at www.goiam.org.

GOP ‘Courts’ NJ Senate Seat
Republican campaign strategists said they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to step into the contentious New Jersey Senate race, a move that fanned memories of the last presidential election and the Florida vote-count debacle.

The furor stems from incumbent Sen. Robert Torricelli’s sudden resignation amid allegations of financial scandals. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Democratic party could replace Torricelli’s name on the ballot with that of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, despite a state law that sets deadlines for such actions.

The seven-member court’s unanimous ruling said the move was necessary to preserve the principle of a “full and fair ballot choice for the voters of New Jersey.”

The fight takes on added importance as Democrats battle to hang on to their razor-thin Senate edge and Republicans struggle to overcome the difference. A half-dozen Senate seats are up for grabs in the November election and both sides are rolling out the heavy artillery.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the GOP a White House victory in a 5-to-4 ruling that let the Florida vote count stand. “The best way to resolve these differences is to let the people’s voice be heard,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “Print the ballots and let them vote, that’s the democratic way.”

New Benefit for IAM Retirees
IAM retirees may want to check a new benefit available through the union’s Community Services/Retirees Department. A Medicare supplemental insurance plan is available for union retirees, explained Maria Cordone, the department’s director. The plan is offered by Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha. For additional information, visit www.e-insurancepartner.com/iamaw.

Midwest Territory Staff Changes
Administrative Assistant James W. Seidl retired effective October 1, announced GVP Alex Bay. “All of us here thank him for his hard work and many years of dedication to the IAM and to its members. We wish Jim and his wife Marilyn a long, healthy and happy retirement,” he said. Seidl, a 35-year IAM member, joined the union in 1967 and spent most of his time in the federal sector.

“As they say around the race track, ‘it’s been a good ride,’” Seidl said.

On a related note, Bay announced that Sue Wilson, District 102 business rep, has been appointed a special representative for the Midwest Territory. Wilson, a 32-year member, served at the District 102 level for the past three years. Prior to that, she held many positions in IAM Local 2063 in Galesburg, IL.