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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.


Friday,  November 22, 2002

Action Alert: Jobless Workers
Need OUR Help

Christmas is more than a month away, but the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge stalks the halls of Congress. Without House action, more than 830,000 jobless workers will lose unemployment compensation benefits December 28. Without House action, an additional 90,000 jobless workers will lose their benefits each week.

You can help change this heartless indifference to working families. Contact your congressional representative and urge them to pass the bipartisan Senate proposal to extend these crucial benefits until these displaced workers can find jobs. (Click here to send an email message to your members of Congress or follow the action alert link at www.goiam.org).

Every worker with a sense of whatís right should be outraged at the House leadershipís callous choice to head home for the holidays while destroying the holiday season for desperate workers. President George W. Bush, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Dick Armey and Majority Whip Tom DeLay put tax relief for Big Business and the wealthy on the fast track to House passage.

Why canít they show the same compassion for jobless Americans and for their families?

Tell them to work a little longer before starting their holiday vacation. Urge them to show a measure of decency and compassion for these workers. Tell them to pass the Senate-passed bill and extend the lifeline of emergency jobless benefits to these citizens in their time of need.

Please do it now. Make your voices heard. We can make a difference. After sending a message to your member of Congress, follow up with a phone call his or her office and to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The Capitol Office switchboard number is

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.