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District 70 IAMAW Holiday Program WR%HQHĂ€W/DLG2II Union Members The Machinists Union and the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation are gearing up for the 2009 holiday program which will help laid-off union members from the Wichita and the surrounding areas provide gifts for their children this Christmas. The program will EHQHÂżWFKLOGUHQXQGHUUHVLGLQJ with the union member. If you or someone you know who LVDYHULÂżHGPHPEHURIWKHXQLRQ needs a helping hand this ChristPDVSOHDVHFRQWDFWXVDW $SSOLFDWLRQVDUHDYDLODEOH DWWKH0DFKLQLVWV+DOO6 0HULGLDQ$YH

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November 2009

Rogers Receives Award from NAACP

Rita Rogers, District 70 ADBR, presented with leadership award at NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet 3KRWRVDQGVWRU\E\/DUU\:LOVRQ'LVWULFW&RPPXQLFDWRU

Rita Rogers, a member of presentations about unions and EHFDXVHRIWKHLUDJHUDFHJHQGHU IAMAW Local Lodge 733 in the aerospace industry to High RUUHOLJLRQ´ Wichita, KS, and Assistant 6FKRROVWXGHQWVDQG+XPDQ 6LVWHU5RJHUVKDVZRUQPDQ\ Directing Business RepresentaResources graduate students at KDWV6KHZDVWKHÂżUVWZRPDQWR tive for District Lodge 70, was :LFKLWD6WDWH8QLYHUVLW\ be both a Business Representapresented the Ronald A. Wal6KHZDVDOVRFKRVHQLQE\ WLYHDQGLVFXUUHQWO\WKH$VVLVWDQW ters Achievement Award at the Directing Business Representative the Wichita Eagle Newspaper as annual Freedom Fund Banquet RQHRIWKHWR:DWFKLQ IRU'LVWULFW/RGJH,$0 $: of the Wichita Branch of the “Rita does what it takes to $V$'%5KHUUHVSRQVLELOLWLHV NAACP. service our membership and have included $ORQJZLWK continues to work for social contract negotiaher husband MXVWLFH´VDLG-XG\3LHUFH6HFWLRQVJULHYDQFH DQGPRWKHU UHWDU\7UHDVXUHUIRU'LVWULFW and arbitraRita’s union ,$0$:Âł,FRQJUDWXODWHKHUDQG WLRQKHDULQJV brothers and WKDQNKHUIRUDOOWKDWVKHGRHV´ unemployment sisters were compensation 6RXWKHUQ7HUULWRU\*93%RE in attendance KHDULQJV1/5% Martinez added his voice to the at the Oct. hearings and accolades: HYHQWWR )0/$FDVHV “There are so many good Rita Rogers, right, with Rev. Wanda cheer her on 'LVWULFW$'%55LWD5RJHUVZDV 6KHLVDPHPEHU people in this union who 0F'DQLHOIRUPHUSUHVLGHQWRIWKH:LFKLWD and witness presented with the Ronald A. Walters of CLUW (Codeserve to have their efforts her shining EUDQFKRIWKH1$$&3DWWKH2FWHYHQW alition of Labor &LYLF/HDGHUVKLS$ZDUGIURPWKH UHFRJQL]HG´KHVDLGÂł5LWDÂśV moment. :LFKLWD.6EUDQFKRIWKH1$$&3 8QLRQ:RPHQ  work as an ambassador for the When her name was called they CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade ,$0DQG gave her a standing ovation. Unionists) and a tireless Other honorees included Reu7KH5RQDOG$:DOWHUVDFKLHYH/&/$$ /DERU advocate for EHQ(FNHOV'HQLVH:UHQ7UXG\ ment award is presented to someCouncil for Latin social justice %DNHU5RG%UHPE\$.$ÂśV5RQ one who enhances and develops $PHULFDQ$Gplaces her +ROW'RURWK\%LOOLQJV/LQZRRG the transforming of leaders needed vancement). in a special 6H[WRQ$QLWD%XUQH\=HQRELD to tackle the challenges of the 6KHZDVDScategory of :DVKLQJWRQ%RE.QLJKW:DQGD VWFHQWXU\7KLVSHUVRQZRUNVWR pointed by former dedicated 0F'DQLHODQG*HQH-DFNVRQ GHYHORSDQGSURYLGHWKHKXPDQH governor Kathindividuals *XHVWVSHDNHUIRUWKHEDQTXHWZDV effective and timely leadership OHHQ6HEHOLXV who serve as :LFKLWDQDWLYH7DPDUD&RWPDQ needed to improve the overall to the Kansas Rita Rogers, left, with Steve Rooney, an inspiraQRZ([HFXWLYH'LUHFWRURI657 quality of life and civic engage6WDWH:RUNHUÂśV tion for the '%5'LVWULFW RIWKH$WODQWD3XEOLF6FKRRO PHQWRI$IULFDQ$PHULFDQVWR Compensation rest of us. On 6\VWHP empower and improve their own $GYLVRU\%RDUG behalf of the Exhibits included displays on lives and expand their opportuni6KHVHUYHVRQWKH8QLWHG:D\ HQWLUH,$0,ZDQWWRH[WHQGRXU the Brown vs Topeka Board of WLHVWRIXOO\SDUWLFLSDWHLQ$PHULof the Plains Labor Participation thanks and congratulations to Rita (GXFDWLRQDQG$IULFDQ$PHULFDQ FDQVRFLDOHFRQRPLFDQGSROLWLFDO %RDUGDQGWKH$PHULFDQ+HDUW on receiving this most deserved 6FKRROVLQ:LFKLWD life. $VVRFLDWLRQ%RDUG6KHPDNHV DZDUG´ “I believe everyone has the right WRDJRRGMREUHVSHFWMREVHFXULW\ DQGGHFHQWEHQHÂżWV´VDLG6LVWHU Rogers. “No one should have to ZRUU\DERXWEHLQJGHQLHGDMRE unjustly terminated or laid off

Rita works tirelessly for her community and her union. Congratulations, Rita, on receiving the Ronald A. Walters Civic Leadership Award!

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Health Care Reform and the Role of Insurance Companies: Why we NEED a public option! %\'HERUDK6%DOODUG5HLVFK3K'.DQVDV+HDOWK)RXQGDWLRQ'LVWLQJXLVKHG&KDLULQ6WUDWHJLF&RPPXQLFDWLRQ at WSU’s Elliott School of Communication They drag down earnings and ZDJHVVORZMREJURZWKDQG decrease dollars available for research and development.  I am sure that shifting the burden of health care insurance and health care costs to American families is NOT the answer VHHDERYH )RUWKRVHÂżUPV SURYLGLQJFRYHUDJHQHDUO\WKV RIWKRVHVXUYH\HG SHUFHQW VD\ they are struggling to continue to provide coverage due to high LQVXUDQFHFRVWV 6PDOO%XVLQHVV 0DMRULW\ ,QWKH+HZLWW $VVRFLDWHVWKDQQXDOKHDOWKFDUH UHSRUWUHVXOWVRIVXUYH\VZLWK H[HFXWLYHVÂłIRXQGWKDWRYHU KDOI  RIHPSOR\HUVEHOLHYH the economic downturn will affect their health care programs in ,QDGGLWLRQSHUFHQWRI these employers are planning to move away from directly sponsorLQJKHDOWKFDUHEHQHÂżWVLQWKHQH[W WKUHHWRÂżYH\HDUVZKLFKLVDOPRVW four times as many who reported WKLVLQ´ 1DWLRQDO&RDOLWLRQ RQ+HDOWK&DUH   I am sure that increased competition is critical. From where I sit the provision of health insurance in many states looks a lot like a monopoly and one that is rapidly growing. ,QWKH$PHULFDQ0HGLFDO $VVRFLDWLRQUHSRUWHGWKDWDVLQJOH insurance carrier controlled at OHDVWRIWKHLQVXUDQFHPDUNHW LQPRUHWKDQRILQVXUDQFH PDUNHWV)RURIWKHVWDWHV UHSRUWLQJWKHWRSWZRLQVXUDQFH SURYLGHUVFRQWUROOHGRUPRUH of the market. Twenty-two more VWDWHVKDYHWRRIWKH market controlled by the top two insurance companies. For a breakdown of the percentage of the market is controlled by the top two insurance proYLGHUVLQWKHVWDWHVDQGWKH 'LVWULFWRI&ROXPELDVHH+HDOWK &DUHIRU$PHULFD1RZDYDLODEOHDWKWWSKFIDQFGQQHW GDGGHHEBJPLVOWO pdf $ORRNDWWKH*RYHUQPHQW$FFRXQWDELOLW\2IÂżFHUHSRUWRQ6PDOO *URXS+HDOWK,QVXUDQFH&DUULHUV E\6WDWHUHOHDVHGLQ)HEUXDU\ FRPSDULQJDQG

UHVXOWVLOOXVWUDWHVKRZWKH dominance of a few insurance companies is growing: ,Q ‡7KHPHGLDQPDUNHWVKDUHRIWKH largest carrier in the small group PDUNHWZDVDERXWZLWKD UDQJHIURPDERXWLQ$UL]RQD WRDERXWLQ$ODEDPD,Q RIWKHVWDWHVVXSSO\LQJPDUNHW VKDUHLQIRUPDWLRQWKHWRSFDUULHU KDGDPDUNHWVKDUHRIDUGÂą RUPRUH ‡7KHÂżYHODUJHVWFDUULHUVLQWKH VPDOOJURXSPDUNHWZKHQFRPELQHGUHSUHVHQWHGWKVÂąRU PRUHRIWKHPDUNHWLQRIWKH VWDWHVVXSSO\LQJWKLVLQIRUPDWLRQ DQGWKH\UHSUHVHQWHGRUPRUH LQRIWKHVHVWDWHV ‡7KLUW\VL[RIWKHVWDWHV supplying information on the top FDUULHULGHQWLÂżHGD%OXH&URVVDQG %OXH6KLHOG %&%6 FDUULHUDVWKH ODUJHVWFDUULHUDQGLQDOOEXWRQH RIWKHUHPDLQLQJHLJKWVWDWHVD %&%6FDUULHUZDVDPRQJWKHÂżYH largest carriers. ‡7KHPHGLDQPDUNHWVKDUHRI DOOWKH%&%6FDUULHUVLQWKH states supplying this informaWLRQZDVDERXWZLWKDUDQJH RIOHVVWKDQLQ9HUPRQWDQG :LVFRQVLQDQGPRUHWKDQLQ $ODEDPDDQG1RUWK'DNRWD In comparing what states reported LQWRZKDWWKH\SUHYLRXVO\ UHSRUWHGWR*$2LQDQG WKH\IRXQG ‡7KHPHGLDQPDUNHWVKDUHRI the largest small group carrier has LQFUHDVHGWRDERXWLQ IURPWKHUHSRUWHGLQ DQGWKHLQ Twenty-four of the 29 states providing information in both 2002 DQGVDZLQFUHDVHVLQWKH market share of the top carrier that UDQJHGIURPDERXWWZRWRSHUFHQWDJHSRLQWV,QFRQWUDVWWKHWRS FDUULHUVLQÂżYHVWDWHVORVWPDUNHW share with decreases ranging from DERXWRQHWRSHUFHQWDJHSRLQWV ‡7KHQXPEHURIVWDWHVZLWKD FRPELQHGPDUNHWVKDUHRIWKHÂżYH ODUJHVWFDUULHUVRIRUPRUH has also increased since 2002. The FRPELQHGPDUNHWVKDUHRIWKHÂżYH largest small group carriers repreVHQWHGRUPRUHRIWKHPDUNHW

LQRIVWDWHVFRPSDUHGWR ‡+XPDQD0LFKDHO0F&DOOLVWHU RIVWDWHVUHSRUWHGLQDQG   RIVWDWHVUHSRUWHGLQ ‡8+HDOWK*US6WHSKHQ-+HPVOH\   The full report can be found at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ ‡:HOO3RLQW GUSGI  $QJHOD%UDO\       I am sure that it’s time we stand up to insurance companies  /*ODVVFRFN   who DO NOT have our best   interests at heart – as evidenced ,QVXUDQFH&RPSDQ\ &(2ZLWK by CEO compensation pack7RWDO&(2&RPSHQVDWLRQIRU ages.%HORZIURPWKH6HWRQ+DOO ‡$HWQD5RQDOG$:LOOLDPV  8QLYHUVLW\6FKRRORI/DZ+HDOWK   Law and Policy Program website ‡&LJQD+(GZDUG+DQZD\  http://www.healthreformwatch.   FRPKHDOWKLQVXUDQFH ‡&RYHQWU\'DOH:ROI FHRVWRWDOFRPSHQVDWLRQLQ   are the total compensations for ‡+HDOWK1HW-D\*HOOHUW CEOs of insurance companies for   DQG)ROORZLQJLVD ‡+XPDQD0LFKDHO0F&DOOLVWHU ÂłKXPRURXV´DQDO\VLVRIMXVWKRZ   PXFKPRQH\WKLVLV ‡8+HDOWK*URXS6WHSKHQ-+HPVOH\ “Perhaps a slight bit of context is   LQRUGHUKRZHYHULWKDVVWUXFN ‡:HOOSRLQW$QJHOD%UDO\ PHWKDW$HWQDÂśV5RQDOG:LOOLDPV   UHFHLYHGODVW\HDU  I am sure that a public option 7KDWÂśVSHUZHHN That’s a house. Maybe not a house will offer competition to private insurance companies, and if WKDW0U:LOOLDPVZRXOGOLYHLQ properly formed, will help bring but a house nonetheless. The man the cost of health care insurance PDNHVDKRXVHDZHHN$QGLQWHUdown. HVWLQJO\HQRXJKLI0U:LOOLDPV This video (KWWSSROPRYHRQ were to eschew the purchase of a RUJFDOORQHRIIVLQGH[B house on any given week and instead look to deposit the money in KWPO"FSBLG  WJ )6.6B )6.6B LG  a bank– in order to remain FDIC ,TJ*B[ W  E\5REHUW5HLFK LQVXUHG XSWR ÂąKH Professor at UC Berkeley and would actually need to open more 6HFUHWDU\RI/DERULQWKH&OLQWRQ than one account–every week. DGPLQLVWUDWLRQRXWOLQHVVXFFLQFWO\ Lest we lament the fate of the the points that it’s not too late to RWKHU&(2VRQWKHOLVWLQ get a public option and that insurMs. Braly had to get by on ance companies want it to fail. SHUZHHNDQG0U  I am sure that it is up to us, Hemsley had to somehow manthe American people, to hold DJHRQSHUZHHN EXW our Congressional leaders acperhaps he was able to save a little from last year when he made countable and to demand that this GHFDGHVROGSUREOHPEHDGGUHVVHG SHUZHHN 0D\ WKDWDZRUNDEOHVROXWLRQEHIRXQG 2009 by Michael Ricciardelli before we permanently damage Health Reform Watch weblog the economic viability of families 6HWRQ+DOO8QLYHUVLW\´ DQGEXVLQHVVQDWLRQZLGH3KRQH ,QVXUDQFH&RPSDQ\ &(2ZLWK 7RWDO&(2&RPSHQVDWLRQIRU WZHHWEORJHPDLOZULWH\RXU Congressional representatives and ‡$HWQD5RQDOG$:LOOLDPV  demand that they get the job done   on health care reform. ‡&LJQD+(GZDUG+DQZD\  Health care should be a right,   not a privilege! ‡&RYHQWU\'DOH%:ROI KWWSGEDOODUGUHLVFKZRUGSUHVV   FRPKHDOWKFDUHUHIRUPDQG the-role-of-insurance-companies-why-we‡+HDOWK1HW-D\0*HOOHUW QHHGDSXEOLFRSWLRQ   Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. –Jackie Windspear

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Health Care Resources for Consumers

Letter to the Editor in Wichita Eagle, Oct 25, 2009

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How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. A child is resentful, negativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

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Tell Tiahrt you WANT health care reform!

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Local Union Bulletin Board

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Inter-Faith Ministriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Operation Holiday is beginning its 49th year of providing needed holiday assistance of food and warmth to families in the Wichita area.

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Ray & Bubba, hillbilly mechanical engineers, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to find the height of the flagpole,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Bubba, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a ladder.â&#x20AC;? The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from herpocket, took a measurement, announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eighteen feet, six inches,â&#x20AC;? and walked away. Ray shook his head and laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that just like a woman! We ask for the height and she gives us the length!â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.â&#x20AC;?

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