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The Union Voice

Produced By: International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 733, District Lodge 70 Wichita, Kansas

September Issue 9/12/2009

Thought of the Day “When the rich concern themselves with the poor, that’s called charity. When the poor concern themselves with the rich, that’s called revolution.” –William W. Winpisinger, President, Machinists union, 1981

Job Fair September 15th, 16th and 17th. At the Machinists Building, 3830 S. Meridian. Hours will be from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The jobs these companies are hiring for will be located in Georgia, Alabama & Texas. Relocation would be required. To view the flyer go to www.ll733iam.com click on the link. The Media, Focus, and the Facts

McCain voters in North Carolina) either think Hawaii is not part of the U.S. or are not sure. By Jamison Foser Think about that for a minute. One In a recent conversation about polls in 10 McCain voters in North Carolina showing that large numbers of Repubdoesn’t know that Hawaii is part of licans don’t believe Barack Obama the U.S. was born in the United States, I wonThe simple fact is that a heck of a dered how many of those respondents lot of Americans don’t know much might not know that Hawaii is a state. about their country or the basics of That wasn’t a shot at Republicans; I how government works. just think people in general know less In 2007, the Pew Research Center about their country than we like to found that 31 percent of Americans assume. could not name the current vice presiThe next day, The Washington Indedent. Fifty-one percent could not idenpendent’s David Weigel pointed out a tify Speaker of the House Nancy Penew poll showing that 8 percent of losi. Twenty-four percent did not North Carolinians (and 11 percent of know which political party controlled the House of Representatives – just months after Democrats took conOctober Monthly Meeting trol, when the information should have been Saturday October 3rd, 2009 fresh in people’s minds. E-Board Meets at 8:30 am If so many voters are wrong about basics like Regular Meeting at 10:00 am whether Hawaii is part of the U.S. or who the vice-president is, imagine how little they must

To the Members: I will be out of town attending the communicators conference prior to our October monthly meeting. Therefore there will not be an October edition of the Union Voice. Larry Wilson Communicator Recording Secretary LL733 know about complex public policy questions. To be clear: Much of this ignorance is not the result of stupidity, and it is not the result of lack of interest. The details of public policy are quite complex. The vast majority of Americans simply don’t have the time or the resources to develop a clear and thorough understanding of Medicare reimbursement rates, nuclear proliferation policy, the intricacies of the tax code, and the hundreds of other topics that affect them. Even citizens who make a significant effort to educate themselves about a given topic are unlikely to succeed. Give most people a week to read a 700page piece of legislation, and they’re no more likely to understand it than I am likely to be able to fly the space shuttle after reading an operating manual. Most people do not possess that specialized knowledge. Most people do not fully understand their own health care plan – so why on Earth would we think they would know anything about health care policy and proposed insurance reforms, even if they had read some legislation (which, of course, 99.9 percent of {See Media on Page 2}

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Shaun Junkins 1st Shift Plant Chair In the month of August we have received several Warn notices from the Company. In the last 40 days or so the total number of employees to be laid off is 445 starting on September 29th, October 13th, 20th and the 30th. Each notice that the Union receives has a new 60 day notice. The Stewards have been notified on the dates that the lay offs will start. The Company has not given the Union any names of the employees that will be laid off or bumping to other departments. As that information comes in we will be notifying the Stewards in those areas. We have layoff packets here in the Union offices that we can give to our Union members that are going to be laid off. Also there is a Job Fair September 15th, 16th and 17th. It will be held at the Machinists Building, 3830 S. Meridian. The hours will be from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The jobs these companies are hiring for will be located in Georgia, Alabama & Texas. Relocation would be required. Our grievances are under ten active grievances here in plant one. The issues are Work place violation, FMLA/ Leave of absence, ROC 36 and layoff issues. In Solidarity, Shaun Junkins Media {Continued from Page 1}

them have not)? Now, this doesn’t have to be a problem – which is great, because it’s pretty much unavoidable. We choose a government to represent our interests, and we look to another institution, the media, to help us understand the issues well enough to make decisions about who should represent us. Obviously, there are a few kinks in that system. One of those kinks – one that doesn’t get much attention – is the extent to which the media (and politicians and the people who work for them) overrate the amount of knowledge most voters have about politics and policy. You see it when they use insider jargon and acronyms in their reporting, assuming readers and viewers know what they mean. Do they? Do they really know what FISA is? Pay-Go? “Judicial activism”? This overestimation of how much knowledge most people possess is one of the causes of the media’s failure to clearly and consistently report the facts about health care. They think if they report the facts once, that’s often enough. They think the fact that people are satisfied with their health insurance tells us something about the quality and reliability of that insurance – though it clearly doesn’t. So the public, which – again, understandably – doesn’t know much about a complex policy and lacks the time and resources to find out for itself, is exposed to a nonstop barrage of spin, misinformation, and outright lies about health care. And the media, overestimating how much people actually know, don’t think they have to make the facts clear

every day, over and over again. Is it really any wonder that people believe things that aren’t true?

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–Jamison Foser is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog and research and information center.

IAM Asks Union Vote for 12,700 at Delta Airlines The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has taken a big step toward working out union representational issues for 12,700 fleet service, flight simulator technician and plant protection employees at the combined Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. The union asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare that the two airlines are operating as a single carrier with respect to those classifications. “Any benefits from the merger between Delta and Northwest must be shared with employees,” said IAM General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “The airlines’ bankruptcies were extremely difficult for employees and their families. The Machinists union can help these workers regain what was taken in bankruptcy and protect them as Delta navigates through a turbulent industry.” The union has represented some 5,000 workers in the three job classifications at Northwest from before the 2008 merger. Another 7,500 Delta workers in those classifications do not have union representation. The IAM also represents Northwest’s passenger service, stock clerks and office & clerical employees. “As soon as we determine that the two airlines are operating as a single carrier under NMB guidelines for other classifications, the IAM will move to resolve their representation issues as well,” said Roach. “It has been a long road, but I look forward to welcoming Delta employees into the Machinists union family.” A few days after asking the NMB to conduct an election, more than 500 IAM members rallied in New York City’s Times Square to show support for Delta workers’ right to organize into unions and to urge government investment in high-speed rail. “We call on Delta Airlines to let their employees make up their own minds about union representation without the intimidation, threats and lies,” said the IAM’s Roach. “All American workers deserve the freedom to make their own choices.”


It’s Back To School Well this is your sister coming at you again from the safety committee. We meet every second Wednesday at 4:00pm in the old first aid room at plant 2. Come and join us and let us know what is going on in your area that can be made safer for you and your coworkers. As we know it’s that time again. The little ones are on their way back to school and for those little ones who are going for the first time; they will not be looking to see if it’s safe to cross the streets. They will dart out into traffic even if you have told them time and time again to watch for cars before crossing the street. We have to be their eyes and ears. Now that the economy is the way it is, and we adults have so much on our minds. That we don’t always think about traffic before crossing the street so we have a tendency to not watch either. We might be thinking how are we going to pay for this and that, and will we even have a job to even do that. So we get in our cars and on our cell phones or turn up the music, we can’t hear what’s coming or if someone is trying to warn us of something. Because we are not paying attention and are not aware of what is going on around us. I have done it too, so in traffic let’s try to concentrate more on our driving and to be more aware of our surroundings. I know I’ve mentioned it before; those back packs are real cute just make sure they fit the child. Let your child know to watch his or her surroundings so as not to get into trouble. Backpacks can be a tool for someone that wants to snatch a child. Let them know that when going to school that’s it’s best to walk with friends, and to never go off by yourself. They may think they are strong and nothing will happen to them, but they still need to watch for strangers in and around their school yards. After school stay together in a group and go straight home. If they ride the bus and are let off at their stop they need to go straight home. Parents if you pick up your child make sure they are in the car if you

must talk to your friends. In Texas last month a friend of mine’s granddaughter was snatched because her son-in-law, the little girl’s father and a friend were so much into their conversation that a man snatched the little girl and almost got away. But thanks be to God the man got caught and their daughter was returned back to them. And to add to that they had previously taught her to scream and kick and she did that, that’s the only reason he knew she was gone from him. So be very watchful. Nothing is that important that it can’t wait. It’s better to be safe than sorry. We pray for a safe and good school year. With all Solidarity your sister, Linda Ligons GOD is good all the time, all the time HE is good.

U.S. Companies Pick Up Pace Of Sending Jobs Off Shore The number of American service sector companies that have been sending jobs off shore more than doubled between 2005 and 2008, according to a new study. The Conference Board and Duke University’s Center for International Business Education and Research reported that the most common U.S. service jobs sent to workers overseas were software development, call centers or help desks, information technology and finance and accounting. But the practice is being increasingly used for engineering, design and research and development. The number of companies sending jobs overseas went from 22 percent in 2005 to 53 percent in 2008. In addition, 60 percent of firms that off shored work in 2008 said they expected to expand the programs within the next three years. Only a “handful” of companies said they planned to relocate jobs back to the U.S. The most common reasons cited by the companies for sending jobs offshore: lower labor costs (90 percent) and other cost savings (70 percent). By industry, the proportion with plans to expand their offshore operations is highest in marketing and sales (80 percent), information technology and procurement (67 percent) and call

centers (56 September Issue percent). India and China remained the 3 most popular locations for off shored services, but small and mediumsized companies reported sending work to other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Philippines and Russia.

Laws of the Workplace • You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard • To err is human; to forgive is not company policy • Authority is inversely proportional to the number of pens a person carries • The longer the title, the less important the job

Unions Help Kids Choose Shoes Hundreds of needy school children in and around St. Joseph, Mo. went back to school in September with a new pair of shoes, thanks to the efforts of the St. Joseph AFL-CIO and several partner organizations and churches. On average, the community donates more than 700 pairs of shoes for the Soles for Christ campaign, said AFLCIO Executive Director Larry Huston. “It’s just snowballed,” he said of the program’s participation. Operating as the Soles for Christ campaign, the shoes are donated by the community and distributed every August at the St. Joseph AFL-CIO Community Services’ building, according to a report in the St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette.


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August 7, 2009

My Report While Attending The Winpisinger Education & Technology Center Greetings: Sisters & Brothers, I first want to thank our President, staff and members of Local Lodge 733 for sending me to The Winpisinger Technology Center. The instructors were amazing; there was never a dull moment during the classes (which were from 8am to 6pm). The instructors taught us the Art of: 1) Public Speaking 2) Developing a Strategic Plan in Building Up our Different Committees and Union Membership 3) How To Conduct A Personal Interview 4) Computer Technology 5) Brainstorming 6) Self Awareness. However the class that set the stage for my strength and empowerment was, 7) United States Labor History, particularly the history of Women. As we did different skits of some of the women’s movements of labor history, I went into another time zone as I enacted some of the historical events; the room was filled with emotions. We learned about the Industrial Revolution and how it impacted our economic growth, (ex) 1793 – Eli Whitney – invented the cotton gin. 1908 – Wright Brothers - built the first airplane creating aviation jobs. Political era, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to The Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. 1912 – Bread of Roses Strike in Lawrence Massachusetts for minimum wage and minors, causing one woman by the name of Anna Lopizzo to get fatally shot by a policeman, and a pregnant women to miscarriage. Let’s not forget, 08/18/2008 – Our own Brother (Jeff Hart) lost his life during our strike, while standing up for what he believed in. It’s amazing how history repeats itself. We had a session in which we listed obstacles and challenges within our Local Lodge that would defeat our Mission. As we brainstormed, I was reminded of a story in The Book. The story is about a man who, from birth thought he was physically incompetent, and so for 30 years he positioned himself in a temple, by a pool. He did this because he knew that at certain times of the day people would pass by him, and he would beg these people for money. He had grown accustomed to literally surviving off the fruits of these people. People who: burned the midnight oil, toiled in the heat of the day and made daily sacrifices so that they could better themselves. But mostly, who were willing to fight for what they believed in. But one day two men approached this man who thought he was physically incompetent, and they looked upon him, and they looked within him and realized that this man was not physically incompetent, he was incompetent in the mind. And the two men extended out their hands and said “Rise up and walk” and immediately the man leaped up and walked. Therefore, from that day, the man who thought he was physically incompetent was able to take care of himself. Being involved in your Local Union has many benefits. Some are: Strength, Empowerment, Insight, Opportunities, Education, Solidarity, but most important a Voice. One can talk all day about anything and everything, but if you are not in a position to be heard, it profits you nothing. Doris A. Moore Local Lodge 733 Wichita, Ks


Right-Wing Loopiness by Jim Hightower

If you want to take a stomachchurning ride on a loop-the-loop, you don’t have to go to the state fair – just plug in to the loony attacks rightwingers have launched against Barack Obama’s health-care reform plan. You’ll shriek as they take you on astonishing flights of fantasy. For example, did you know that the diabolical Obama is a secret socialist who is plotting a full-scale “government takeover” of health care, including putting Medicare – a government program for the last 75 years! – under government control? Far more blood-curdling, though, is what right-wingers have uncovered in the President’s reform legislation. Buried on page 425 of the bill is a demonic, bone-chilling provision to create a federal “death panel,” which will be empowered to kill old folks and people with disabilities. Impossible, you scoff? Well, none other than Sarah Palin says it’s so. The elderly and incapacitated, Palin recently revealed, “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide... whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system,” concluded the Sainted Sarah, “is downright evil.” Indeed it is, and it would terrify us all – if one iota of Palin’s statement was true. Luckily, it’s not. The provision on page 425 has nothing to do with a “death panel.” It simply promotes the common sense idea that folks should have “living wills” and other advance instructions for how they choose to be treated when their inevitable time of death approaches. This end-of-life provision didn’t even come from Obama or a Democrat. It was put into the bill by Johnny Isakson - a Republican, pro-life senator from Georgia. Isakson says that

Palin’s interpretation of the provision is: “nuts.” But on the right-wing loop-the-loop, such realities are not allowed to interfere with a good political ride. –Jim Hightower is a nationally syndicated radio commentator and the bestselling author of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. For more information visit www.jimhightower.com

Congress Considering Extension Of Unemployment Benefits Congress is looking at extending unemployment benefits for all 50 states to the end of 2010, and providing additional weeks of funding for benefits in the hardest-hit states. Although there are some differences in the proposals they are considering, the House and Senate are looking at: • Continuing the emergency funding already in place so that benefits are extended for up to seven weeks – for a total of 23 weeks – for workers across the country who have exhausted their benefits; • Continuing funding for the Extended Benefits program, which would extend benefits for workers in states with unemployment rates of six percent or higher; • Continuing funding for the Federal Additional Compensation program, under which states must increase their regular jobless benefits by $25 a week. The average state benefit is about $300 per week. Funding for all three of these measures will expire by the end of this year unless new legislation is approved. Also, the Senate plan would provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits in states with a three-month average unemployment of at least 8.5 percent. In the House plan the rate would be 9 percent. Some 640,000 jobless workers were due to run out of benefits at the end of September and 1.5 million more will lose their jobless benefits by the end of the year. The AFL-CIO, arguing for the extended benefits, says the programs would help the entire economy. Every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates $2.11 in economic activity, the labor federation says — “the greatest impact of any stimulus proposal other than increasing food stamps.”

Labor Dept. Hiring Investigators, Pledges Assertive Regulation The Obama Administration’s rejuvenated Department of Labor is hiring 670 new investigators to enforce labor regulations, many of which were ignored or

given short September Issue shrift during the George W. Bush years. 5 According to the Wall Street Journal, business groups are not enthused about the new attention to worker concerns. “Employers, especially smaller ones, are really looking for help in terms of understanding the requirements and making sure they’re doing things right,” Marc Freedman, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s executive director of labor law policy, told the Journal. Instead, Freedman said, the Labor Department’s “rhetoric” on workplace safety “seems to be heavy-handed enforcement and generation of more regulations.” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has let it be known the department will soon begin putting in practice the more assertive regulation of business she promised when she stepped into the job. One hundred and fifty investigators are being added in the Wage and Hour division to enforce wage rules and child-labor laws. Another 100 staff will be added to ensure contractors on stimulus projects are in compliance with applicable laws. The additions will increase the division’s manpower by more than one-third. The Employee Benefits Security Administration, which helps to regulate private retirement, health and other benefit plans covering 150 million Americans, is adding 75 staffers to conduct nearly 600 more criminal and civil investigations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed a task force to design an enforcement program for the most severe violators. The task force will conduct an intensive examination of an employer’s inspection history: any systematic problems found would trigger additional, mandatory inspections. OSHA also launched a program to step up inspections of construction sites in Texas after a series of injuries and fatalities. “The previous administration was not prone to fight on the side of worker protection and we’re going in that direction to level the playing field,” Solis said.


Stand With Labor on Health Care, EFCA, Trumka Warns Politicians Richard Trumka, the man expected to be elected president of the AFLCIO at the labor federation’s September convention, is warning politicians that if they don’t stand with labor on reforming labor law and real health care reform, labor may no longer stand with them. “It’s up to us to help Congress and the president do what’s right by working people,” Trumka told delegates to an August gathering of the Painters union in Las Vegas. “Trust me; we intend to help them do what’s right.”

A few days earlier he told the Huffington Post that lawmakers who don’t support the public option in the health care proposal moving through congress shouldn’t take any more labor support for granted. “We’ll look at every one of their votes,” Trumka, then secretarytreasurer of the AFL-CIO, told the website after a speech at the Netroots Nation convention. “If they’re against the Employee Free Choice Act, if they’re against health care for that reason, I think it’ll be tough for them to get support from working people.” Trumka’s remarks reportedly were echoed privately by several other labor officials at the Netroots Nation convention. Trumka told the Painters gathering that he planned to recast the AFL-CIO into an “agitating, mobilizing, organizing” machine with the Employee Free Choice Act and meaningful health care reform the first targets for his more aggressive approach. “It’s in their (politicians’) heart,” Trumka told the Painters. “Now we need to get it down on paper and make it law. We will take well-defined positions and we’ll fight to keep those positions… Politicians who vote against

(health care September Issue reform) do 6 so at their own peril.” The same is true of EFCA, he said.

Cooperation And the Lord said to the Rabbi, “Come and I will show you hell.” They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished and desperate. Each held a spoon that reached the pot but had a handle so long that it could not be used to reach their mouths. The suffering was terrible. “Come, now I will show you Heaven,” the Lord said. They entered another room, identical to the first—the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long spoons. But there, everyone was happy and nourished. “I don’t understand,” said the Rabbi. “Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room, and everything was the same?’ The Lord smiled. “Ah, but don’t you see?” He asked. “Here they have learned to feed each other.”

LOCAL 733 OFFICERS

Tim Franta - President

Linda Callen - Trustee

Kelly Cleaton - Vice President

Paul Garrett - Trustee

Larry Wilson - Recording Secretary

Linda Ligons - Trustee

Larry Oviatt - Treasurer

Larry Wilson - Communicator

Dave Dunnavent - Conductor/Sentinel

Sam Humble - Educator

District Phone: 316-522-1591 Plant 1 Union Office: 316-676-7728 / 7729 Plant 1 Fax: 316-676-6109 Plant 4 Union Office: 316-676-6345 Plant 4 Fax: 316-676-6700 Email: webmaster@ll733iam.com

1st Shift Plant Chair - Shaun Junkins 2nd Shift Plant Chair - Joe Kniep 3rd Shift Plant Chair - Donovan Walker Assistant Plant Chair - Sam Humble Assistant Plant Chair - Juice Bruner Email: plantchairs@ll733iam.com

Women’s - Linda Callen Human Rights - Larry Oviatt Retirement - Tim Franta Community Ser. - Kelly Cleaton Scholarship - Linda Ligons Communications - Larry Wilson Education - Sam Humble

Organizing - Sam Humble Legislative Res. - Shaun Junkins Insurance - Kurt Holtz Safety & Health - Kevin Rogers MNPL - Shaun Junkins Christmas - Paul Garrett Bylaws– Kelly Cleaton Applications - Darren Holland

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