iMail Tuesday, November 2, 2004
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A Misstep For the Bush Department of Labor
The Monday September 27, 2004, Washington Post reports that the DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy, didn't practice what they preach.

Mobolize, Organize, Get Out the Vote
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia spoke to the delegates and the Grand Lodge Convention on Friday, September 24th.

Campaigns Fail to Reach Young Voters
Politicians are not reaching young people because campaigns are failing to think outside the box, according to a recent poll.

Early Ballots Allow Election Day Ease
In some battleground states this year, voters will be able to cast their votes nearly six weeks before Election Day.

Poverty On the Rise in America
Data released by the Census Bureau last week shows that a frightening number of Americans are now living below the poverty line and without health insurance.

Where Do Your Dues Dollars Go?
This video package focuses on where the IAM's workers' dues dollars go. This video is a valuable resource that shows members and potential members alike how the IAM works for its members and the value that comes with IAM membership.

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Officers & Territories

R. Thomas Buffenbarger
International President

Warren L. Mart

Lee Pearson
GVP Western Territory

Dave Ritchie
GVP Canada

Robert V. Thayer
GVP Headquarters

Robert Roach, Jr.
GVP Transportation

Lynn Tucker
GVP Eastern Territory

Robert Martinez
GVP Southern Territory

James Brown
GVP Midwest Territory

Today is Our Day

November 2, Election Day, is finally here. It is the day where action will take the place of words. After all the speeches, phone calls and commercials, the final outcome rests with who shows up to vote. Union members cast about 25% of all the votes in every election. We have the power to decide today’s contest if we get to the polls like never before and we take along our family members, neighbors and friends.

We have a lot at stake today. The IAM has led the way sounding the alarm about the jobs crisis in North America. Our members in manufacturing are held hostage to shifts in production to Mexico and China. Our transportation members are ignored by government and left out in the cold. Our federal employees are stripped of their bargaining rights and their jobs are outsourced to corporate pirates. More than one hundred thousand of our brothers and sisters have lost their good IAM-represented jobs.

We have made our cry, JOBS Worth Fighting For! part of the debate in today’s election. Now it’s up to each and every IAM member to make sure the candidates they vote for understand the need for good jobs in North America.

When each of us steps into the voting booth today, we must remember those one hundred thousand members who lost their jobs. Ask yourself who in government helped them and who ignored them. Who we vote for today can accelerate or slow down the outsourcing of the jobs that allowed us to raise our families and live in vibrant communities.

Take the time today to vote and to make sure your family members vote and your friends do too. Because our jobs are indeed JOBS Worth Fighting For!


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