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This is the day IAM editors and web stewards have been waiting for; The Winners of the 2002 Newsletter & Website Contest and a report for the judges, too.

Financial markets will not generate adequate
retirement income for average household; a briefing paper from the Economic Policy Institute.

The Fall edition of the IAM Journal focuses on the
November 5 election. Read the online edition of the IAM Journal at:

Winners of the 2002 IAM Photography Contest.

First Place
Edward W. Griffith,
Local Lodge 2061
Rockledge, Florida, United Space Alliance
Ready for Blast Off
Click here to see the winning entries.

Smart Enough to Vote
Voter Turnout
A Fresh Approach to Human Rights
IAM Leads on Health Care
Don't Vote Don't Vent

Another HPWO and Harley Success Story

Gore Attacks Bush On Economy

Homeland Security Stalemate

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,  November 14, 2002


Homeland Security on Fast Track
A Homeland Security measure sailed through the House and is on its way to the Senate where it is expected to meet with similar success. Critics contend the so-called “compromise” version still gives managers the right to ride rough-shod over workers assigned to the new federal department.

The proposal gives the administration the ability “to waive virtually all civil service rules and eliminate decades-long collective bargaining rights” for workers who will be transferred into the new Department, according to William Samuel, the AFL-CIO’s legislative director.

“The AFL-CIO has stood with the Administration in its war on terrorism, and the firefighters, emergency personnel and construction workers who put all else aside during the tragic events of 9/11 showed that being a union member does not serve as an obstacle to doing one’s job or performing feats of bravery and patriotism,” Samuels noted in a letter to Congress.

“Our nation’s government workforce deserves better treatment than they are about to receive from the new Republican majority,” he added.

OSHA Ergonomics Standard Misses Mark
More than 18 months after Congress and the Bush administration overturned a comprehensive ergonomics standard, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued draft guidelines for a single industry—nursing homes. The proposal falls far short of the exhaustively researched standard trashed by the administration.

The guidelines “pale in comparison to the scope of the massive ergonomics problems in the industry,” according to a spokesman for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents thousands of nursing home workers.

Workplace safety experts support a mandatory, all-industry ergonomics standard rather than the voluntary guidelines OSHA proposes to issue for specific industries.

UPS Negotiations to Resume December 3
A week of contract talks between the IAM and United Parcel Service (UPS) will begin on Dec. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia, on behalf of 3200 IAM members who maintain Big Brown’s familiar fleet of delivery vans and trucks.

Both sides will pick up where they left off last month in Ft. Lauderdale, when negotiations came close to an economic accord for IAM-UPS workers nationwide.

“We’re well prepared for the upcoming week of talks with UPS,” said Boysen Anderson, IAM Automotive Coordinator and lead negotiator. “I fully expect these negotiations to establish the benefits of coordinated bargaining.”

Starting Dec. 3, regular updates regarding the progress of negotiations will be posted on a special section of the IAM website.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Expanded
Workers who lose jobs because companies move production overseas will be eligible for subsidies covering 65 percent of the cost of maintaining their health insurance as part of an expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

The new program, to be administered by the Labor Department, was spawned by the parliamentary wrangling that produced last August’s fast track trade legislation.

Workers certified as having lost jobs due to trade and who participate in job training programs will also be eligible for 104 weeks of cash assistance, up from 78 weeks under previous rules.

The law also extends TAA benefits to so-called “secondary workers” who lost jobs at “downstream” companies adversely affected by trade deals. Cash allowances for worker relocation and out of area job searches was increased from $800 to $1,250 under the new program.

Post Workers Ratify New Agreement
A three-year agreement covering 1,450 employees at the Washington Post was ratified on Nov.7, bringing an end to a high profile dispute that included two byline strikes by journalists and support from union members nationwide.

The contract calls for annual wage increases of $10.50 per week, a 50 percent increase in the night shift differential and a signing bonus of $1,350 for full time employees and $1,000 for part time employees.

The contract dispute gained national attention when Post management sought to eliminate union security language and allow bargaining unit employees to drop out of the union while continuing to benefit fully from negotiated terms and conditions.

“I applaud the union members at the Post for standing strong and protecting this important contract language,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger. “The paper that symbolizes free speech and constitutional rights for so many had no business trying to deny such basic rights for its own employees.”