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Showing posts from March, 2009

Demonstration Tomorrow Morning

Speak OUT for a
Fair Labor Agreement NOW
for Georgia Pacific Workers

Tuesday March 31 at 8:15 a.m.
Where: Hampton Inn, 1451 Silhavy Rd.,
(behind Strongbows at Route 30 & 49)
Valparaiso, IN

Georgia Pacific workers in Wheatfield, Indiana have tried for two years to reach a fair agreement after they decided to form a union.
Georgia Pacific has insisted on wage and benefit concessions - despite making over $40 million in profits. This is a clear attempt to bust the union.

This is the best example I know of as to why the Employee Free Choice Act should be passed by Congress.

Rekooklicans, you should all be so proud

Now here's a great ticket for the Rekooklicans:
Alaskan nutcase, Sarah Palin for President

Wild Eyed Rep from Minnesota, Michelle Backmann for Vice President

Pick Yer Own

Free Lady Bugs.
Pick yer own.
Great for the garden.

Buy American Press Release-Knox and Starke Co. IN.


Contact: Robin Rich, 219-881-6224, or Charlie Averill, 574-772-3332

USW Celebrates ‘Buy American’ Win
Resolution Urges Keeping Tax Dollars, Creating Jobs at Home

Knox, IN – The United Steelworkers (USW) said today that it appreciates the passage by the Starke County Commissioners and the Knox City Council of a “Buy American” resolution that ensures our tax dollars are used to create jobs at home.

The resolution has been introduced by USW activists in over 800 cities, states, boroughs, counties and towns. It’s part of the union’s Make Our Future Work economic renewal campaign, which aims to refocus the American economy on manufacturing and rebuild the middle class.

The resolution, which can be found at, calls on our local and state governments to:

Maximize the creation of American jobs and restore economic growth and opportunity by spending…

New website for Employee Free Choice

The Indiana AFL-CIO now has a great website devoted to the Employee Free Choice Act which is before both houses of Congress and would level the playing field for workers when it comes to joining a union.

The URL for this web site can be found here with new articles daily.

A couple days ago, a neighbor of mine asked, "if workers organize a union, will the company move out of town?" An interesting article from this new website provides the following briefing paper from the Economic Policy Institute titled, "STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Unionization Has No Causal Effect on Firm Closures" which you can get here.

Released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Still Open for Business looks at research over the past two decades into union membership, wages and firm survival and finds that there’s no evidence to suggest that firms where workers have a union are more likely to go out of business than any other firm.

This research provides evidence that this causal effect of uni…

Why the Employee Free Choice is Needed

Click on the flyer to enlarge it.

Go Obama Go!!

Dear Barack--

Eight years of RepubliCRAP.

The RepubliCANTS have dug us a pretty deep hole and now want to tell you to use a small shovel to dig us out of it.

Don’t listen to these crooks.

You got the steam roller. Keep it rolling. Get everything we voted for you to get. Don’t let up. Forget about trying to placate these ReCANTlicans.

Go for it. Put it all in one big package. Up or down vote.

Employee Free Choice Act.

We’re behind you Barack. Don’t let them stop you.

Charlie Averill

Damn Basketball !!

Well, here goes another month without a wife.

Although having been married 43 years (on paper)---being married to a woman who loves college basketball so much that she'll watch each and every game no matter who is playing--also means I have to do some math......

Let's see now...........43 years times 12 months equals.......516 months.

516 months minus one month for each month of March....or 516 minus 43 equals 473 months.

473 months divided by 12 months equals 39 years.

So we've been married 39 years......not 43.

Oh well, I know she still loves me...................I know because last month she told me so.

If my math is wrong, blame Hobart High School.

It's about democracy and rights, not secret elections

By Jon GeenenThe American business community is pulling together to ensure that workers' democratic rights in the workplace are preserved. In fact, they are spending millions and millions of dollars on behalf of the workers whose rights they seek to protect. What? The absurdity of this is obvious. These are the same people who have fought every initiative to increase minimum wage. These are the people who provided unwavering support of NAFTA and other offshoring efforts that have decimated our manufacturing base. These are the people who worked tirelessly to defeat new health and safety regulations and environmental efforts related to cleaner water and air and safer chemicals, not to mention their vehement opposition to health care reform.The American business community claims there is a travesty associated with the Employee Free Choice Act, and they are right. But the travesty has nothing to do with secret ballots. Like the master illusionist creating an act of prestidigita…

The Buy American Resolution

2009 Resolution on the Spending of
Federal Economic Renewal Grants to


WHEREAS, the economic downturn is having a critical impact on everyday Americans who are struggling to maintain or find jobs in an increasingly difficult environment, and

WHEREAS, those same Americans are the taxpayers that provide the revenue needed to operate essential government services, and

WHEREAS, Congress and President Obama are planning a taxpayer-sponsored economic recovery package that will provide billions of dollars to help economically devastated cities and states immediately provide jobs to millions of out-of-work Americans through considerable infrastructure rebuilding, green energy projects and other projects that will require manufactured components, and

WHEREAS, our taxpayer dollars should be spent to maximize the creation of American jobs and restoring the economic vitality of our communities, and


Go Steelworkers

Yesterday, the United Steelworkers and SOAR members went to Indianapolis to promote a “Buy America” resolution in both houses of the General Assembly and asked representatives and senators to seek the support of Governor Daniels.

This resolution will ensure that American jobs are created through the billions of taxpayer dollars coming to our state. It commits our state to purchase only products and services made or performed in the USA whenever possible with our economic recovery fund, and also to publish any requests to waive the “Buy American” requirement.

The United Steelworkers District 7 represents nearly 70,000 Indiana workers and retirees.

The 9.2% unemployment rate and the loss of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs is creating a tremendous stress on families, communities and public institutions.

We called on our State Legislators to take these positive steps to bring hope and relief to Indiana working people.

NIPSCO the fire expert

Early in January, NIPSCO had a pretty bad fire at their Michigan City generating station which started in a coal conveyor belt chute which is enclosed in a 500 foot long enclosure. I hear the plant is still out of commission.

This month, it was the NIPSCO generating station in Wheatfield, Indiana that had a pretty bad fire. The fire was also associated with coal, destroying a building and a coal conveyor. According to the newspaper, the Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department has had to respond several times over the years. It took five hours to put this fire out.

What prompted me to mention these fires on my blog is because I was looking at the NIPSCO website which gives tips on how to prevent fire related tragedies.

I used to work at the Wheatfield generating station and know that they just don't have enough workers to keep the place clean. Oh, they have plenty of bosses walking around, but just not enough people doing the real work.