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THE PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL 28 AS WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY WAS READ AND PRESENTED TO LABOR AT THE APRIL 21, 2003 CITY COUNCIL MEETING Workers at Oil Gear in Fremont, Nebraska say YES to the IAM!  Report on Iowa State Council of Machinists held May 17-18, 2004
Des Moines, Iowa
District Lodge No.  6 meeting of 
November 15, 2003

Delegate Report
Forty-Seventh Convention
IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO
August 13-15, 2003
Waterloo, Iowa

Northwest Iowa Labor Council Meeting, November 20, 2003 PHOTO'S FROM THE LABOR DAY PICNIC RESOLUTION:
NATIONAL LABOR HISTORY MONTH
04/10/04
FOURTH ANNUAL "HAWGS FOR DOGS" RUN
Award Plaque Presented at Our Lodge Meeting,
October 11, 2003
'Wall of Shame' Tours Iowa. Visits Sioux City January 15, 2004 03/27/04
DETAILS OF THE UPCOMING 
MNPL  Fund Raiser
Cedar Rapids, IA
June 12, 2004
04/27/04
PENSION SEMINAR
APRIL 14, 2004
09/02/04
DISTRICT 6 MEETING
AUGUST 28, 2004

DES MOINES, IOWA

09/02/04
IOWA STATE COUNCIL OF MACHINISTS AUGUST 7-8, 2004

WATERLOO, IOWA

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The signed proclamation (below) declaring April 28th as Workers Memorial Day was read at the City Council meeting April 21, 2003
On behalf the of Executive Board, our Memorial Day Committee, and membership of our Lodge I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in making Workers Memorial Day a recognized day to remember our fallen, disabled, and injured brothers and sisters in the labor movement. I would also like to thank the Mayor of Sioux City, Craig S. Berenstein and the City Council of Sioux City Iowa for recognizing this day as a special day for all working men and women in the Siouxland area. Members present at the April 21, 2003 city council meeting for the reading of the proclamation were; John Hamm, President Northwest Iowa Labor Council; Milt Jenkins, President Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW; John Herrig, Secretary/Treasurer Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW and Stan Teasley, Trustee Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW. John Herrig and Stan Teasley are also members of Siouxland Lodge 1426's Memorial Day Committee. It was discussed by the members present at the city council meeting to have a copy, suitable for framing, of this proclamation made available to all local lodges in the Sioux City area. Check with the Northwest Iowa Labor Council for details.
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District Lodge No. 6 Delegate Report
Meeting of November 15, 2003
Des Moines, Iowa

Meeting called to order at 10:10 a.m. by President Jerry Nowadzky & Pledge of Allegiance recited

  Roll Call of Officers by Brother Nowadzky

                --Those present were; President Nowadzky, Vice President Kruse, Recording Secretary Auxier, Secretary-Treasurer Heckman, and Trustees Cousins, Herrig, & Rohr.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Recording Secretary Jim Auxier

            --Motion made to accept the minutes as read/seconded/carried.

  Financial Report given by Secretary-Treasurer Scott Heckman

            --Bills from August through the present were reviewed.

            --Motion made to accept those bills/seconded/carried.

            --Financial Report for August through the present was given.

            --Motion made to accept Financial Report/seconded/carried.

 

Communications submitted by Bob Connett, DBR for delegate’s perusal

  Officers & Business Representatives Reports
(DBR Connett)

            --        

            --Gephardt Pins, T-shirts, Bumper Stickers are available through your BR

            --Set-up an organizing account [funded by 10% of monthly per cap].

            --Next District 6 Meeting is February 21, 2004.

            --District 6 audit will be February 20, 2004.

            --Grievances/negotiations active in all areas.

            --Organizing leads in several areas.

            --GVP Alex Bay retirement and Staff meeting in November.

            --Attended State Federations of Labor and Councils.

(ADBR Richard Olson)

            --Voluntary lay-off at Snap-On (Algona) and Toro (Windom).

            --Total recall of laid-off workers at Prince (plus hiring off the street).

            --Negotiating Jefferson Smurfit contract (Company is offering “crap”).

            --Settled Brickyard grievance (was going to arbitration).

(BR Joe Ironside)

            --Gephardt plans on being at January Iowa State Council.

            --Settled 2 contracts, currently negotiating one with one more to open soon.

            --Gephardt T-shirts are free to members – $6.00 to others (proceeds to MNPL).

(BR Ed Miller)

            --One plant closing – Laudins(?) established in the 1860’s.

            --GLR Mike Woltz is overseeing an internal organizing campaign at Amana.

            --GLR Sue Wilson is helping with the grievance load at Amana.

 

 Delegate Reports (given by respective delegates)

            --Lodges reporting were: LL 31 (Omaha) LL254 (Des Moines), LL1728 (Cedar

   Falls)  – other Lodge reports were submitted in written report or covered by the

   BR’s report.

 

Unfinished Business

            --Need auditors for February 20th audit – President Nowadzky appointed Russ

               Leigh, Harold Rohr and Kay Trimpe.

            --Motion made to pay lost time/lodging/expense for the auditors/seconded/carried.

            --Motion made to move the District Meeting time from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. [to

               better accommodate those delegates who travel long hours]/seconded/carried.

 

New Business
--None.

 

Good and Welfare of the Order

--Gephardt is going to be at the Marina Inn in S. Sioux City Nov. 16th (Leigh).

--Americans for Democratic Action put on a Trade Seminar in S.C. on

   October 29th (Leigh).

--Amana, (which has 2100 IAM members), is not yet producing any products in

   Reynosa, Mexico yet – LL1526 will inform the district what models will be

   made in Mexico and when (Brother from LL1526).

 

Motion made to adjourn/seconded/carried
Meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

 

In attendance were 19 delegates/alternates, DBR Connett, ADBR Olson, BR Ironside, BR Miller (BR Laufenberg was excused), and 2 guests.

Delegates present from Siouxland Lodge No. 1426 were Russ Leigh (Delegate) & John Herrig (Alternate).

 

Report submitted by John P. Herrig, District Lodge #6 Trustee/Alternate Delegate

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WORKERS AT OILGEAR
IN FREMONT, NEBRASKA SAY 
YES to the IAM!
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Vote Yes signs on Autos 
Helped send the message
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GLR Mike Woltz and Organizing Apprentice Tony Scislowicz with Oilgear
employees after their victory
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Vote Yes yard signs
Helped send the message

The employees of Oilgear have went 3 years without a pay increase, have had their pension froze and have had increases in health insurance costs. They decided Enough is Enough and won't work under false promises, intimidation and lies any longer.

In an NLRB election held July 10th and 11th 2003 the employees made the right choice. They voted 103 to 57 to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. These new members will be a part of Local Lodge 31 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Grand Lodge Rep. Mike Woltz, District 6 DBR Bob Connett and Organizing Apprentice Tony Scislowicz were assisted in the organizing efforts by members from Siouxland Lodge 1426, Sioux City, Iowa; Lodge 1569, Seward, Nebraska; District 5, Aberdeen, South Dakota; Lodge 543, Beatrice, Nebraska and Lodge 31, Omaha, Nebraska.

CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL OILGEAR EMPLOYEES
ON MAKING THE RIGHT
DECISION

 UPDATE  01/20/04
IAM Members at Oilgear Win First Agreement
After months of tough negotiations, new IAM members at Oilgear in Fremont, NE reached their first labor agreement. The 170 Machinists at Oilgear produce hydraulic pumps. The new three-year agreement includes a solid grievance procedure and seniority clauses, according to IAM District 6 Business Representative Joe Ironside.

The big improvements include solid wage increases in each year of the contract and a good employer contribution into the IAM Pension Plan. Benefits include vacation and leaves of absence. In addition, the contract includes options for MNPL and dues check off.
“I am really proud of the committee,” said Ironside. “This contract was achieved after seven long hard-fought months of negotiations. These guys stuck together to get the wages, benefits and working conditions they deserve.” Ironside also complimented the attorney who negotiated for the company for being professional and straightforward.

ON BEHALF OF OUR LODGE, 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE, DISTRICT 6 BR JOE IRONSIDE
AND EMPLOYEES OF OILGEAR ON THEIR FIRST AGREEMENT.
IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU IN YOUR ORGANIZING EFFORTS.

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Report on Iowa State Council of Machinist
held August 17-18, 2004
Des Moines, Iowa

Welcome:               

-Meeting was called to order at 1:45 p.m. and the delegates were welcomed to Des Moines ( Altoona ) byPresident Joe Ironside.

                                        -All rose for the Pledge of Allegience.

                              -Roll call of Officers.   Russ Leigh was excused.

                                               

                       

Reports:

-Financial Report given by  Bob Connett.

MM/S to approve Financial report. MC

-Reading of Executive Board Meeting minutes. MM/S to accept minutes as read. MC

  -Temporary Appointments.

  -Communications were read and approved.

 

                             

Guest Speakers:               

-Council Address by R. Thomas Buffenbarger, International President;                                
a)   The “Wall of Shame” tour covered over 1,000 miles in Iowa – over 1,500 names of jobless Iowans on it.
b)      Since GWB took office the IAM has lost about 111,000 jobs.
c)   The IAM’s $100 million operation is in the black “…during difficult times, without cut backs in staff – the only union in
the U.S. to achieve this.
d)   Organizing is our #1 priority – we gained about 3,000 new members in December (not attributed to recalls)
e)      The IAM’s two pension plans are over-funded – when pension plans are over-funded one of two things happen;
1)      the cost to the employer is lowered, or
2)      the benefit to the employee is increased.
“Guess which one the IAM opts for?
f)        The Department of Labor is coming after unions.
1)      All unions will be required to file LM Reports on-line.
2)      All union officer’s personal data (e.g. wages, address, phone #’s, SSN, etc.) will be available to anyone on the DOL’s Website.
g)      Our 3 main goals this year;
1)      Have GWB sign the vacant brick on the “Wall of Shame”.
2)      Recind the DOL’s regulations attacking unions.
3)      Elect someone with a Jobs Recovery Plan.

 

-Report on the Midwest Territory by Jim Brown, GVP Midwest Territory ;

a)      Membership in the Midwest is down about 26,000 from 5 years ago (better than the other territories and Transportation).
b)      Iowa ranks 6th in the Midwest in MNPL contributions.
c)      On the Presidential race;

1)      3.3 million jobs have been lost under GWB.
2)      44 million are without health insurance.
3)      The “Bush Recession” is in it’s 30th month.

 

-Report by Rich Michalski, MNPL Director;

a)      Bush has had a rough week – O’Neill’s  denouncing of Bush and his WMD lie – announced his big plans to go to Mars to help divert attention.
b)      There’s going to be a big fight on Monday night in Iowa (caucus night).
c)      Disappointed in Sen. Harkin’s endorsement of Dean and other endorsements that didn’t go to Gephardt “…but come Tuesday morning they will all be carrying our water.”
d)      GWB has lost on overtime and comp-time efforts but will come back after both of these issues.
e)      We need to fight these “bums.”
f)        Gephardt will be there for us to oppose bad trade deals.

BREAK ( 3:15 p.m. ) – Financial Officers were excused for the Financial Officers Seminar.

  (NOTE: Report on Council Business, Guest Speakers and Delegate Reports given coincidentally with the Financial Officers Seminar will be unavailable until Official State Council Minutes are published.) 

Click here to go to Financial Officers Seminar.

 

 

Council Meeting (Sunday, 01/18/2004 )

 

Council Reconvened:           -Meeting called back to order at 9:35 a.m. by President Ironside.

 

Reports:                 

-Credentials Committee;
a)      Saturday – 23 delegates, 6 in financial officers seminar, 10 visitors for a total of 39.
b)     
Sunday – 25 delegates, 5 visitors for a total of 30.

-Audit Committee:
Books were found to be in order. MM/S to accept Audit Committee’s report. MC

-Financial Report for this Council;

            Raised $500 in the raffle (the most in many, many years).

 

Guest Speakers:

Sunday:                  -Mike Woltz, GLR Assigned to District 6;

a)      Political action.

1)   Participate in your precinct caucus.

2)   Educate your members (and friends, family, etc).

3)   Register as many people as possible to vote.

4)   Mobilize the voters.

                                    b)   Spoke on International Executive Council’s organizing challenge to organize 250 new members per district per year.

                                 -Jan Laue, Executive Vice-President of IFL;

a)      Had some tough fights last session and this session is already proving to be filled with more of the same.

b)      Senate make-up is 27(R) and 21(D); House make-up is 53(R) and 47(D).

c)      C.O.P.E. Convention will be April 17th at the Steelworkers Hall in Des Moines .

Donations:              Donations were made by the Council to the following organizations;

                                          MNPL - $1,500

John L. Lewis Museum - $75

                                          ICAN - $750

                                          IPP - $200

  Misc.:                     -The next meeting of the Iowa State Council of Machinists

                               will be in August (the Saturday and Sunday prior to the IFL

                               Convention.

-Lodge 254 was thanked for the hospitality.           

-MM/S to adjourn. MC

-Meeting adjourned 10:00 a.m.

 

                             

                                                Financial OfficersSeminar

Conducted by Dan Holub, U. of I. Labor Center

01/17/2004

3:20 p.m.                      -New LM-2/Form T-1 Requirements;

a)      Require electronic filing.

b)      Far-reaching and intrusive in regards to privacy, time consumption, excessive financial burden, etc.

c)      On November 10th  [less than 24-hours after the U.S. House of Representatives, spurred by union-member lobbying, voted to block GWB’s attack on overtime]  the Bush administration announced it would begin enforcing the changes January 1, 2004 .

d)      The AFL-CIO filed suit to block the rules and U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote that Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao “…has simply failed to offer any reasonable justification for requiring such far-reaching changes to take place in seven weeks….”   Kessler said such a short period of time for unions to come into compliance would cause unions “irreparable harm.”   As a result, the earliest date that the revised Form LM-2 must be filed is now March 2005.

e)      A hardship exemption may be obtained from the DOL and filed [for this year] for those unions without a computer.

f)        The new reporting rules- which could cost local and national unions as much as $1 billion a year- are part of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and involve the LM-2 annual report all unions file with the Labor Department.

g)      New LM-2 threshold has been increased from $200 thousand to $250 thousand annually. (NOTE: These changes will not affect our Lodge since our receipts total less than $250 annually – as a result, this report will not go into detail with regards to the LM-2 reporting changes.)

                              -In the event that the DOL contacts you regarding an Audit.

a)      Immediately call your Grand Lodge Auditor to let them set up an appointment with the DOL.

b)      Do not give the DOL direct access to your records [which would allow them to go on a “fishing expedition”].

1)      Ask them which record(s) they want.

2)      You get the record(s) [and nothing more than what they ask for].

3)      Make sure that you [or your GLA] is always present with the DOL agent.

  Report submitted by John P. Herrig, Delegate from Siouxland Lodge No. 1426

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Delegate Report;
Forty-Seventh Convention
IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO
August 13-15, 2003
Waterloo, Iowa
click here

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PHOTO'S FROM THE LABOR DAY PICNIC
An estimated crowd of over 725 attended the picnic


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THE GATHERING

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Location: Riverside Park Shelter 5, Sioux City, Iowa

THE PRESENTATION

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President of Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW, Milt Jenkins presenting George Kourpias with his plaque

MIC. PROBLEMS

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Your president learning how to use a microphone 

FRIENDS REUNITE

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Macdonald Smith, our labor attorney and George Kourpias, retired International President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and member of Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW, with their plaques honoring them in the Northwest Iowa Labor Council's Labor Hall of Fame. George was a life long friend of Harry Smith, Mac's father.

 

GEORGE WITH OUR
E-BOARD AND BR's

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Members of the E-board of Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW and BR's from District 6 had a chance for a photo op with brother Kourpias

THE PLAQUE

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GEORGE KOURPIAS


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George with his plaque and a life long friend

MACHINISTS MEET

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Friends and brothers and sisters in the Machinist Union and from other unions had a chance to reunite during the celebration of this holiday set aside for working men and women

PUBLIC SPEAKER?

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If you loose your place, pick your mustache.

ORIGINS OF LABOR DAY

THE CALL NEVER CHANGES

LABOR DAY LETTER

 

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RESOLUTION:

Dear Union colleagues:

I have attached a document (body is also found below) of a resolution we first passed at the IAM Transportation Conference in New York, August of 2001 to establish a National Labor History Month. Congressman Lampson of Texas is working on introducing the Resolution in the U.S. House, but we need sponsors throughout the country as well as resolutions coming out of St. Machinist Councils and AFL-CIO Conventions this year to give this project full steam.

A Labor History Month will help us with activities and resources within our local and outside in the community to further the story of labor activists who have made important contributions to American history. These stories often get ignored in the classroom because the information in simply not there. 

Please consider introducing a similar resolution with your "stamp" on it within any union or political bodies where you have particular influence to help us in our coalition building to get this passed, hopefully this coming September. Finding sponsors may not be as difficult as garnering the necessary resources afterwards to turn this resolution from a gratuitous gesture to a meaningful forum for educating the public about union history.

I would appreciate your feedback, and let me know how you're doing!

Ginny Stogner
LL 2339H, Continental Airlines
Houston, TX
4126 Bellefontaine
Houston, TX 77025
(832) 778-1915-home


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RESOLUTION
ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL LABOR HISTORY MONTH
2003

Whereas: The Labor movement has had a monumental impact on the quality of life all Americans experience through tough battles fought in the business and political arena dating more than 2 centuries in out country's history,

Whereas: Many Americans, union and non-union households alike, are unaware of many of these struggles due to lack of information, time, and other inadequacies of the media and educational outlets,

Whereas: The United States currently has recognized other constituency groups with National History Months to make the public more aware of the contributions certain groups have made to this country, such as National Women's History Month and National Black History Month,

Whereas: The celebration of Labor Day the first Monday of September, while certainly a cherished holiday by all accounts, is woefully inadequate in and of itself in educating the public about the contributions Unions, union members, and other working people have made to the lives of working families,

Whereas: Many resources exist with various colleges, universities, non-profits, and training centers at international unions and the AFL-CIO to help educate union members as well as the public on the importance these labor struggles have had on our current lifestyles,

Be It Resolved That: The IAMAW encourage its members, the National AFL-CIO, and other International Unions to join in a coalition urging Congress to pass a resolution recognizing the month of September of every year from point of passage as "National Labor History Month." This coalition will work with existing educational sources to develop curricula for public schools and organizations, Public Service Announcements, film and music festivals, and other events and activities to disseminate the labor message to the American public in order to recognize the history of our hard-fought struggles and victories to date and further our efforts for empowerment of working families.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Ginny" Stogner, LL 2339H
Legislative Co-Chair, Air Transport District 142

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Award Plaque
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Don Schinke, a 30 year member of our lodge was awarded a plaque at our October 11, 2003 membership meeting. The plaque reads: "Presented to Donald E. Schinke by the membership of Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW in appreciation of the volunteer service in the outside care and upkeep of our lodge.  2003"

Brother Schinke is employed at Prince Hydraulics. He has been doing the mowing and snow removal for our lodge on a volunteer basis for a number of years.

In a statement when he received the plaque he said, in part, "The pay I've received comes from the representation this Lodge, District and International has given me as a member. And volunteering is my way of repaying the membership and lodge."

On behalf of the membership of Siouxland Lodge 1426, I want to say thank you to Brother Schinke. More members with his attitude is exactly what this lodge needs.

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Northwest Iowa Labor Council Meeting
November 20, 2003

Sioux City , Iowa

  NOTE: Community Services Meeting preceded the NWILC Meeting at 6:30 p.m. (see Committee Reports).

 

Meeting called to order at 8:00 p.m. by President John Hamm & Pledge of Allegiance recited

  Roll Call of Officers by Brother Hamm.

Guest Speakers were:

            --Gene Blanshan for U.S. Representative from Iowa District 5 (vs. Steve King).

            --Dick Sokolski for Iowa House District 53 (vs. Dan Huseman).

            --Representatives from the Kucinich, Edwards, Gephardt and Dean campaigns.

 

The Recording Secretary read minutes of the previous meeting.

            --Motion made to accept the minutes as read/seconded/carried.

  Minutes of the Executive Board were read.

            --Motion made to accept the E-Board minutes as read/seconded/carried.

  Financial Report given by Secretary-Treasurer Dale Finken.

            --Motion made to accept Financial Report/seconded/carried.

  Committee Reports

(Community Services – Mike Peters)

            --Christmas baskets will be put together December 17th at 6:00 p.m.

            --Christmas baskets will be available for pick up by Local Lodges on December

               18th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or before the regular meeting.

            --NWILC Christmas Social will be December 18th (monthly meeting).

(Food Bank – Chuck Clayton)

            --Food usage is up due to the job market (a.k.a. Bush’s Economy).

            --The new Board takes effect January 1, 2004 .

  Unfinished Business

            --Skip Jahde thanked labor for their support in his bid for City Council.

  New Business

            --Motion made to pay for the food and snacks on December 17th & 18th/seconded/ carried.

  Good and Welfare of the Order ( Hamm )

--Get the Union membership out to the Iowa Caucuses and vote this November.

-- Caucus School at the Sanford Center this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (sponsored by the Iowa Democrats).

            -- Caucus School at UFCW Local 222 on January 10th at 2:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor – Ken Sagar will be the instructor).

            --The NWILC Annual Legislative Meeting will be January 15, 2004 at UFCW Local 222 
– Mark Smith, IFL President will be in attendance.

  Motion made to adjourn/seconded/carried

  Meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

  Report submitted by John P. Herrig, IAM Delegate to the Northwest Iowa Labor Council.

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'Wall of Shame' Tours Iowa
Visits Sioux City January 15, 2004

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ADBR Rich Olson, International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger, and GVP Midwest Territory Jim Brown

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VP Lodge 1426 Russ Leigh, IP Tom Buffenbarger and Sheila Merrow

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Labor activists at the rally

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IP Buffenbarger addresses rally

On a day as cold and bleak as George W. Bush's economic recovery scheme, about 3 dozen faithful braved the elements to participate in a rally at the Anderson Dance Pavilion. The featured speaker was International Association of Machinists President, R. Thomas Buffenbarger, and the backdrop was a flatbed trailer with the infamous "Wall of Shame" mounted on it.

The "Wall of Shame" bearing the names of 1,007 members of IAM Lodge 831 who have lost their jobs since GW Bush has taken office, is touring Iowa to heighten awareness of the jobless rate and failed trade agreements, and also, to amplify the necessity to remove Bush from office. Said Buffenbarger, "We need someone in the White House who has a real Jobs Recovery Plan so that each of these people can find a job and remove their names from this "Wall of Shame" and replace it with George W. Bush's name."

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DETAILS ON THE UPCOMING M.N.P.L. FUND RAISER

WHAT:       M.N.P.L. FUND RAISER

WHEN:       JUNE 12, 2004 6:00 PM

WHERE:    LODGE 831 MACHINISTS UNION HALL   
222 PROSPECT PLACE SW
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA 52404

SERVING FREE PIZZA AND BEVERAGES

WILL BE HAVING 5 DRAWINGS FOR $100.00 EACH TIME

ALSO WILL BE RAFFLING OFF MANY OTHER NICE PRIZES

SO COME OUT FOR A FUN FILLED EVENING!

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PENSION SEMINAR

Linda Scearce from the IAM National Pension Fund office held a pension seminar at our lodge April 14, 2004.

There was a sparse turn out for the 9:00 am, 12:30 pm sessions. But a good turn out from the members of Prince at the 4:00pm session.

Linda left packets for all participants on the pension plan. See our Secretary Treasurer, John Herrig, if you want yours.

On behalf of our lodge I would like to thank Linda for a very informative seminar. 

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FOURTH ANNUAL "HAWGS FOR DOGS" RUN

From the Office of the 
General Vice President, Midwest Territory

TO: All Midwest Territory Directing Business Representatives & Local Lodge Recording Secretaries

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The Midwest Territory will be holding its Fourth Annual Midwest "Hawgs for Dogs" Run on Saturday, June, 19, 2004. Registration will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Wilwerts Harley Davidson located at 145 N. Crescent Ridge, in Dubuque, IA. The run will travel along the Mississippi River, with our final destination back at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds in Dubuque, IA. Following the run, a dinner and party with drawings for cash and prizes will be held for all participants and attendees. All pledges collected form the run will be given to the Guide Dogs of America (GDA).

Guide Dogs of America, incorporated in 1948, dotes not receive any federal or state funding and was started by a blind Machinist. Since that time, GDA has helped more than 2,000 blind and visually handicapped men and women free of charge.

Now in its fourth year, this has become a special GDA fundraising event for the Midwest Territory. We are asking you to encourage all of the members in your Locals and Districts who ride Harleys to participate. Harley-Davidson is a Machinist made product. We should be proud to promote our products in conjunction with a fundraiser for such a worth cause. Participants must collect a minimum of $100.00 in pledges in order to participate in the run and be eligible for prizes. Make checks payable to: IAM Midwest GDA and mail to IAM Midwest GDA, 5 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 100, Westchester, IL 60154. Members, their family and friends are welcome to celebrate with us at the dinner and party following the run. A $35.00 fee will be charged to those who only wish to have dinner and enjoy the party after the riders return.

Ask your employers for donations or products that we can use as prizes for raffles. Guide Dogs of America is a charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible! Contributions and sponsors will be given special recognition.

[Copies of the announcement/registration form are available at our lodge, ask any member of the e-board for assistants]

Kits outlining the route, pledge requirements, and other general information will be mailed to each person who registers to ride.

Hotel information for the event is listed below. If you have any questions about the special event, contact Russ Wittkop at (920) 406-1501 or rwittkop@iamaw.org . He will be corrdinating this event for the Midwest Territory, or you may contact a member of the committee (also listed below) listed on the registration form.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation and help with this most important matter. I look forward to seeing you in Dubuque, IA on June 19, 2004.

With best wishes, I remain

Fraternally yours,

James E. Brown
GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT

The pictured rug will be raffled off and proceeds will go to Guide Dogs of America.
It was presented to Siouxland Lodge 1426 by Ed Hollander (right) from Oil Gear
in Fremont, Nebraska. He was raised in Sioux City and his mother made the rug.
The employees of Oil Gear organized last year and are now
working under a collective bargaining agreement.
(No! The deer is not going to be raffled)

For more information contact:
MS-SD-ND
Steve Cohan
(952) 496-1199 or
stevehawg@aol.com
MO
Steve McDerman
(314) 731-0603 or
mac837@swbell.net

 

IA-NE
Wayne Laufenberg
(563) 583-0122 or
district134@mwci.net
WI
Ron Junger
(414) 643-8771
IL-IN
Russ Wittkop
(708) 562-3098 or
rwittkop@iamaw.org

HOTEL INFORMATION
Special rates on a "first come-first serve" basis for the following hotel:
Midwest Motor Lodge
3100 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA
Phone: (563) 557-8000
Rate: $55.00 Plus Tax (single)
         $65.00 Plus Tax (double)
Other area hotels:
Best Western
3434 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA
(563) 556-7760
Days Inn
1111 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA
(563) 583-3297
Comfort Inn
4055 McDonald Dr.
Dubuque, IA
1-800-228-3006
Fairfield Inn
3400 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA
(563) 588-2349
Glenview Motel
1050 Rockdale Rd.
Dubuque, IA
(563) 556-2661
Heartland Inn
4025 McDonald Dr.
Dubuque, IA
1-800-334-2477
Heartland Inn
2090 Southpark Ct.
Dubuque, IA
(563) 556-6555
Julien Inn
200 Main Street
Dubuque, IA
(563) 556-4200
Holiday Inn
450 Main Street
Dubuque, IA
(563) 556-2000
 

 


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