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They Fought Then - We Fight Now

Having hired into, and retired from, a company where a local union already existed and whose workers already had a contract, I can’t fully appreciate what it must be like for workers to organize and then have their company refuse to recognize them as a union or to refuse to bargain, eventually to result in such a tragedy as that which took place at Republic Steel in South Chicago on May 30, 1937, the day we memorialize today. I can, however…….imagine.

Unfortunately, workers today face the same determination of companies to remain “union free” albeit with somewhat less violence.

My own experience was in 1980, when members of USWA Local 12775 and 13796 were forced to strike the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) for 242 days. Billed as the longest utility strike in American history at the time, it was a dispute where getting a contract seemed futile. That experience will be in my memory forever.

Not long after President Reagan’s firing of the PATCO workers, former USWA Pre…

Celebrate the Memory

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Sonia Sotomayor is a great choice

How do I know?
Here's proof.
Hannity says she is a judicial activist.
Limbaugh says she's a racist.
Carl Rove says she is stupid.
Remember this....

Whatever the right wingers say, the very opposite is true.

Therefore, She will make a great Supreme Court Justice.

Congressman of the Year

GRAYSON PROPOSES FIRST-EVER PAID VACATION LAW
May 21, 2009

(Washington, DC) – In a bold and historic move to help rejuvenate the American economy, Congressman Alan Grayson introduced the Paid Vacation Act of 2009 today. The bill will dramatically improve productivity at American companies and provide a much-needed spark for the U.S. travel and tourism industries.

Congressman Grayson said, “Why are paid vacations good enough for the Chinese, French, Japanese, and German employees, but not good enough for us? In other countries, it’s a matter of right. Everyone is entitled to it. In our country, it is a matter of class. Over time we are coming to realize that whatever your background, wherever you grew up, wherever you live, there are certain basic elements that people need to have enjoyable lives. They need health care. They need a decent paying job. And for a good life, they need time off.”

The Paid Vacation Act will require at least one week of paid vacation for employees at compa…

Where Have All The Republicans Gone?

I don't think there has been a good Republican since maybe Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was the last. I liked Ike.
Now, Dick Cheeney is the modern day republican.
Disgusting.
As a child, I knew, as did all my friends that torture was wrong and it was something only our enemies did. Torture is still wrong. We all know it.
Does torture work? Dick Cheeney wants to claim that torture works and therefore it's ok to do.
Shameful.

GM to American Workers: Pay for Your Own Execution

by Leo W. Gerard
The proposition General Motors has presented to the United Auto Workers and American taxpayers in its latest restructuring plan is simple: You must pay for your own execution. GM, which already took $15.4 billion in bailout money, wants another $11.6 billion and is offering in return this deal: It will close 16 of its American manufacturing plants, terminate 21,000 of its factory workers and double the cars it builds in low-wage Mexico, China and South Korea and ships back to the U.S. to sell. There it is: GM is demanding that Americans pay to send their own jobs overseas.In the world where corporate executives live, the one in which boards of directors grant CEOs multi-million dollar bonuses even after companies tank, maybe that's not a perverse proposition. But in the world where real Americans live, we've had enough of this crap. Decades of foolish tax and other federal policies that encouraged American manufacturing firms to throw Americans out of work and …

The Recession Won't Bankrupt Social Security

The Recession Won’t Bankrupt Social Security

By NCPSSM April 1, 2009

Let’s start off by stating the obvious…unless you’re an economist or policy analyst, the details of Social Security’s funding mechanisms, trust fund operations (OASI & DI) and projection methodology for both, are far beyond what the average American knows (or even cares to know) about the program. Unfortunately, this is exactly why it’s so easy for those who want to see the program dismantled to continue their “Social Security is bankrupt” memo, regardless of the facts.

The latest headlines claim Social Security is running out of money to pay benefits because of the recession. This is based on CBO’s forecast included as part of its final budget projections and economic outlook. The headlines screamed: “Slowdown Slashes Social Security Surplus” and “Recession Puts a Major Strain on Social Security Trust Fund”.

Thankfully, the Associated Press provided a more thorough description of what’s actually happening. Here’…

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Come to an event in your area:

Town Hall Rally
Where: 1520 Profit Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
When: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 4pm
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Where: Radisson Hotel Star Plaza
When: May 11, 2009
Merrillville, IN.
Time: 1:00 pm
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Town Hall Rally
Where: UAW LU# 685 Hall,
929 E. Hoffer St., Kokomo, IN., 46902
When: May 12, 2009
Time: 11:30 am- 1:30pm
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Town Hall Rally
Where: USW LU#3261 Hall,
356 West Broadway, Logansport, IN. 46947
When: May 12, 2009
Time: 9:00am- 10:00am
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Town Hall Rally
Where: UAW LU#5 Hall
1426 S. Main St. South Bend, IN 46613
When: Monday May, 11 2009
Time: 4:00 pm- 6:00pm


AAM/USW Auto Supply Chain Bus Tour Campaign

The Alliance for American Manufacturing and the United Steelworkers have partnered with the Mayors and Municipalities Automotive Coalition, elected officials, UAW, and the auto industry supply chain stakeholders to raise public awareness of the economic importance of the American auto industry supply chain. Our research shows that over seven million jobs are tied to the fate of the auto industry beyond the direct employment and economic impact of auto production and assembly.

The campaign will deploy four coach buses during the week of May 11, 2009 (see routes on succeeding pages). Each bus will operate for three days and make at least nine stops for a total of at least thirty six locations. The objective is to draw community and mediaattention to the importance of auto supply facilities to communities where they operate. Stops will be generally organized into three styles. One would be a stop at an operating auto supply facility where management and labor would explain and discus…

What a Party

Republicans--more than "no," Republicans are the party of:

nowhere,

nothing, and

nonsense.
Source: USW website

Health care now

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Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan is calling for a RALLY on May 20 in Indianapolis. As representatives of endorsing organizations of HCHP's single-payer efforts, we want you and your members to be there.
HCHP has chapters in seven Indiana cities now, and organizers in those cities are already recruiting people to come. We have speakers and music lined up to make a fuss at Monument Circle. We want to be heard on this issue to keep Washington from throwing more money at the
commercial insurers to solve the problem those insurers created. The flyer above has the details of the rally. Please duplicate it and distribute it to members of your organization.

Best, Milton Fisk for HCHP, 812-336-7184

The New Post-9/11 GI Bill

Starting today, veterans can apply online to receive education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The new education benefits package is the most comprehensive since the original GI Bill for World War II veterans.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You should complete and submit the application form available online and will receive a letter explaining VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program. The application form requires that individuals currently eligible for benefits under the Montgomery GI BILL-Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For individuals eligible for MGIB-AD Normally, your months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be equal to the number of months of entitlement you have remaining under the MGIB…