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The following are machinists members that started out
in the Sioux City area some moved on to other areas of the labor movement.
All are/were members of Siouxland Lodge 1426 through out their labor
ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF SIOUXLAND LODGE 1426, THANK YOU GEORGE, FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, AFL-CIO.
FROM THE AFL-CIO (IN PART) TO GEORGE ON HIS RETIREMENT
Kourpias was born in Sioux City, Iowa on June 10, 1932. Throughout his
life, he has been devoted to the highest goals of the trade union
movement, and he has been a committed leader and an eloquent advocate for
the cause of dignity, justice and democracy for working people and their
LABOR NEWS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS.
Joined IAM Local 1637 while
working at Wincharger, subsidiary of Zenith Corp., Sioux City, Iowa.
Brother Kourpias is now the President of the Alliance for Retired
FROM THE ALLIANCE FOR
George J. Kourpias brings a lifelong commitment to the causes of workers and retirees in his role as President of the Alliance for Retired Americans. In his previous positions -- as President of the National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC) and as President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) -- Kourpias worked to promote and mobilize programs and legislation that significantly improved the quality of life for all Americans.
Kourpias, who vigorously opposes any privatization scheme that would permit investment of Social Security funds into the stock market through individual retirement accounts, served as one of the 13 members of the Social Security Advisory Commission appointed by President Clinton. After two years of study and debate, he was one of six members of the panel who endorsed a common sense approach to "fine tuning" the Social Security system to make it solvent for the next 75 years.
As Alliance President, Kourpias is continuing to fight efforts to privatize the nation's retirement program. "The welfare of older men and women is a serious issue for all Americans," notes Kourpias, "unfortunately, most workers do not have the investment skills necessary to insure a safe, secure investment for the future. The good news is that Social Security has always provided that security and should do it for the foreseeable future."
Other key objectives of the Alliance, under Kourpias' leadership, include: the enactment of a prescription drug benefit under Medicare and the preservation of the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program under which all seniors get the same set of comprehensive benefits.
Kourpias, who served as NCSC President from 1998 through 2000, began his long involvement with the organization in 1966. One of his first assignments after being appointed to the national field staff of the IAM was to mobilize the union's older workers and retirees into an effective, cohesive force to help advance pro-worker, pro-senior programs and legislation.
Kourpias, 68, is a native of Sioux City, Iowa where he first joined the IAM in 1952. he served his union in a variety of appointed and elected positions, culminating with this election to International President in 1989. He was subsequently re-elected in 1993. In addition to serving on the Social Security Advisory Commission, Kourpias was appointed by President Clinton to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the first union official ever to serve on that body. He also serves on the boards of Northwest Airlines and Allegheny Technologies, Inc.