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UCubed When our friends and neighbors are hurting, IAM members have always stepped up and taken a leadership role to help ease their pain. Natural disasters – hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods and forest fires – have brought out the best in each of us. This time, the disaster is man-made. Over 30 million Americans have been idled by this Grave Recession, an economic International President disaster brought on by Wall Street greed and made longer by Pennsylvania Avenue ineptitude. R. Thomas Buffenbarger

Taking care of the bankers, insurance brokers and hedge fund operators became Washington’s highest priority. But the fate of the jobless – well, they still wait for a jobs bill to match their cries for help. That’s why the IAM launched “Ur Union of Unemployed,” nicknamed UCubed. It is our community service project. And its goal is to unify the unemployed in a unique and useful way. How can you help end this Grave Recession? Pass this IAM Journal along to an unemployed friend, neighbor, relative or co-worker. Hand out the three enclosed UCubed cards to jobless Americans you meet. Ask them all to visit But don’t stop there. Even those who still have jobs can create a cube and invite the jobless to be part of ending this Grave Recession. Take the lead. Build a community that cares for the jobless. Please be part of getting America back to work.

IAM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, AFL-CIO R. Thomas Buffenbarger International President Warren L. Mart General Secretary-Treasurer

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The IAM Journal (ISSN 1083-0413) is published quarterly by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 9000 Machinists Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687. PHONE: 301-967-4520 FAX: 301-967-4586. The IAM Journal is mailed to every member in accordance with convention and referendum action. Subscription price $10 per year. Printed by Kelly Press, 1701 Cabin Branch Road, Cheverly, Maryland. Postmaster: Change of Address Form 3579 should be sent to: IAM Journal, 9000 Machinists Place, Upper Marlboro, MD. Periodicals postage paid at Upper Marlboro, MD and additional mailing offices.

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Donna Georgallas, Cornel Dunmore, Frank Larkin, Valana Reid, John Lett, Deirdre Kaniewski, Bobbie Sullivan, Kiley Hernandez, LaToya Egwuekwe and Joyce Bond.

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Cover Story: UCubed PAGE 10

Delta Campaign Moves Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The campaign to organize Delta workers and protect the IAM contracts at Northwest is moving forward with efforts to make election rules fairer.

Cover Story: UCubed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 The IAM launches “Ur Union of Unemployed,� UCubed for short, to organize the 30 million unemployed and underemployed Americans into a potent force to demand action for JOBS Now! Honoring Civil Rights Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 In 1960, four brave African-American men sat down at an all-white lunch counter and helped spark the nationwide civil rights movement. The labor community honored the 50th anniversary of the famous sit-in in Greensboro, NC.

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DEPARTMENTS Noteworthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 TCU News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Aerospace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

On the cover: IAM Local Lodge 639 member Donna Gainer of Wichita, KS, was one of the first to join UCubed. Gainer was laid off from Bombardier Learjet after working there for nine years. Photo by Randy Tobias.

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NOTEWORTHY IAM Mourns Passing of Gene Glover

From left, Hiroya Yamaguchi, Chairman of the Japan Federation of Aviation Workers’ Unions (KOHKUREN), and IAM Transportation General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., sign an historic alliance agreement at KOHKUREN’s National Convention in Japan.

IAM Signs Historic Agreement With Japanese Aviation Federation The IAM is the first North American transportation union to enter into an alliance agreement with the Japan Federation of Aviation Workers’ Unions (KOHKUREN), the largest federation of air transport workers in Japan. Both the IAM and KOHKUREN represent workers at the same airlines, including Northwest/Delta, United and others. “With the potential of a merger between United and Continental, Delta’s attempt to consolidate in Asia and the impact foreign carrier alliances have on domestic airlines, the IAMKOHKUREN alliance provides the unprecedented 4 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

opportunity to jointly protect the wages and benefits of our combined membership,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “The alliance agreement sends a wake-up call to any international airline that still believes an ocean can separate our members,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., who addressed KOHKUREN’s National Convention in Tokyo. “It’s a testament to our continuing efforts to strengthen our coordination of organizing and collective bargaining activities with our brothers and sisters in Japan.”

The Machinists Union lost a member of its own “greatest generation” when former General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) Eugene D. Glover passed away at age 86. Glover served as GST from 1969 until 1987 and was instrumental in the creation of the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center. Born in Jonesboro, AR, Glover grew up in St. Louis, MO, where he joined Local 688 as an apprentice machine operator for Universal Machine Co. In 1941, Glover enlisted in the Army Air Force, Eugene Glover and fought in North Africa and Europe. After the war, Glover worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis as a member of Local 837. He was the Midwest Territory General Vice President when he was elected GST. “Gene Glover’s vision for a first-rate education facility became the renowned Winpisinger Center, which has trained more than 60,000 IAM activists,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “Gene will be deeply missed and his contributions to this union will live on.”

Former GST Gene Glover, top row, third from left, served in the U.S. Army Air Force over North Africa and Europe during World War II.

IAM Dedicates Memorial to Anna Samick

Local 655 President Pat Stashek bagged a bull caribou on the last day of a dream hunting trip sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance TV show, “Escape to the Wild.”

IAM Member Wins Trip of a Lifetime Local 655 President Pat Stashek of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, knows that unions protect the rights of workers on the job, but when he went to the 2008 Grand Lodge Convention, he found out that the IAM and other AFL-CIO unions are working to protect their members’ hunting, fishing and outdoor interests, as well. Stashek was introduced to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and its TV show, Escape to the Wild, where union members can win trips to world-class hunting and fishing destinations. After filling out an application, Stashek became the talk of his town when Escape to the Wild host Tom Ackerman showed up on his jobsite to tell Stashek he was going to Manitoba to hunt caribou. “My local news station covered [the surprise],” Stashek said. “I went to our annual Labor Day picnic, and I couldn’t walk 10 feet without someone coming up and congratulating me.”

Friends, family and co-workers gathered from across the country at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center to dedicate a memorial to Anna Samick, the first female business representative to become a teacher at the Center and one of the IAM’s trailblazing female union leaders. Samick’s memorial plaque joins others at the Winpisinger Center honoring prominent leaders in IAM history and the North American Labor Movement. The room that now bears Samick’s

name is decorated with Anna Samick reminders of her IAM career, from a photo of her first leadership class to a display of cards arranged in a royal flush, a testament to her renowned poker playing. “Anna Samick was a pioneer for women in the IAM and an inspiration to all who knew her,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “She brought a unique spirit of respect, determination and fearlessness to everything she did.”

Anna Samick’s son, Michael, right, shares memories of his mother at the Anna Samick Room dedication ceremony. Samick was a pioneer for women in the IAM. Others at the ceremony included Samick’s family, Winpisinger Director Chris Wagoner, at podium, and IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, seated at right. Spring 2010 IAM JOURNAL 5

Delta Volunteers Hold the Key to Victory Northwest/Delta Merger

Non-union employees at Delta Air Lines have a chance to win the benefits of a strong union contract. “In such an unstable industry, we need the solid foundation of a strong union,” said Delta employee Greg Wynn of Atlanta.

Immediately after the 2008 announcement of a merger between Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines, the IAM began marshaling resources to preserve the union contracts for 12,500 Northwest employees and to extend union benefits to 16,000 Delta workers. With elections drawing closer, Delta employees who volunteer to talk with their co-workers about the IAM advantage play a crucial role. 6 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

Under National Mediation Board rules, these “in-house” committee volunteers are able to speak freely with their coworkers during non-work periods in non-work areas.

Democratic Rights Delta management has prohibited IAM representatives from addressing employees in the workplace about union representation and continues to largely segregate Northwest’s IAM members at

Delta from the airline’s nonunion workforce. The volunteers are able to provide Delta workers with information about their legal rights and give employees an opportunity to ask questions about the benefits of professional representation. “Many Delta workers are afraid to speak with full-time IAM organizers for fear of losing their jobs,” said Delta Atlanta Organizing Committee member Troy Bacon. “I understand that without a union, Delta has the right to fire anyone for any reason. But I refuse to be intimidated. I have a legal right to support a union, and there’s too much at stake for me not to get involved.” That determination is shared by in-house volunteers nationwide. “The in-house committees are the first step toward a more democratic workplace,” said Salt Lake City Committee member Kerry Bevan. “After the representation election, we’ll have the opportunity to vote for a contract, for shop stewards and our own grievance committee representatives. This election provides us the chance to determine our own destiny.”

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The National Mediation Board has proposed changes to representation election rules that will allow voters who actually cast a ballot to determine the outcome of the election, similar to every other union representation and public election in the United States.

NMB Proposes Election Rule Change For more than 70 years, National Mediation Board (NMB) representation elections have had a unique rule that considered eligible voters who do not participate in air and rail union representation elections, for whatever reason, to have voted against unionization. In October 2009, the NMB proposed to change their election rules to allow voters who actually cast a ballot to determine the outcome of the election, as is done in every other union representation and public election in the United States. “Every employee should be able to choose for themselves whether to vote yes, no or to abstain in union elections,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., in testimony at the NMB’s public hearing about the proposal.

“The government should not employ a process that assigns a viewpoint to voters who do not cast a ballot.” IAM members and supporters also submitted more than 24,000 comments in favor of the rule change, although the NMB stopped counting at 20,000. Delta Air Lines, the only major airline to actively object to the proposal, persuaded only 500 of its 70,000 employees to oppose a fair election process. “The Railway Labor Act was designed so that carriers would be neutral parties in the election process,” said Roach. “Today, carriers are no longer

neutral. The system is rigged against representation, and needs to be corrected.” The NMB’s proposal garnered broad Congressional support. Nearly 180 Democratic and 13 Republican members of the House of Representatives and 36 U.S. Senators signed letters to the NMB in support of democratic voting rights for air and rail workers. “After 70 years, the NMB’s voting process would be squarely in line with American ideals of democracy,” said Roach. At press time, the NMB, was still considering the election rule proposal.

During the National Mediation Board’s public comment period, IAM members sent in more than 24,000 messages supporting the NMB plan for fairer representation elections for workers covered by the Railway Labor Act. Spring 2010 IAM JOURNAL 7

Health Care Reform at the Crossroads tive federal-level cost-control measures.

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No Benefits Tax

Without a credible reform bill, millions of Americans will be left without health care or held hostage to private insurance companies.


s Congress and the White House drew the final battle lines in the fight to reform health care, no better example of America’s dysfunctional insurance system occurred when Anthem Blue Cross of California proposed a 39 percent premium increase even as the five largest insurers in America posted $12 billion in profits in 2009. Anthem’s whopping increase is just the tip of the iceberg. Other eyepopping premium increases include a 24 percent increase request in Connecticut, a 56

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percent increase request in Michigan and a 20 percent increase request in Oregon. To hold the line on costs, extend insurance to the millions of Americans now without coverage and give more rights to consumers, the House and Senate each passed a version of health care reform that corrects the worst excesses of the current private insurance-based system. But the Senate bill contains serious flaws that threaten to derail the entire historic effort. The IAM has strongly opposed any health care plan that taxes benefits, does not have a public option or effec-

The most serious flaw in the Senate health care bill is a 40 percent excise tax on the value of benefits above $23,000 for families and $8,500 for individuals. The House version of health care reform does not tax benefits and funds reform with a surcharge on households making more than $1 million per year. The Senate’s proposed tax was a big factor in the election of Scott Brown as the new GOP Senator from Massachusetts. The AFL-CIO’s own poll showed union households voted for Brown by a 49 percent margin, versus 46 percent for the Democratic candidate. That’s a shift from 70 percent union household support for Democratic candidates in the 2006 midterm election, versus 28 percent for Republicans. “The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace Ted Kennedy, a Democrat who was a champion of health care for all Americans, is a clear indication that working families will make incumbents pay if they try to reform health care on the backs of workers or don’t get

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In an effort to salvage health care reform, President Obama held a summit of Congressional Democratic and Republican leaders to try and craft a solution that would pass in the House and Senate.

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moving on job creation,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. The IAM is fighting hard against the excise tax, even the “compromise” worked out at the last minute that delayed implementation of the tax until 2019. Supporters of the tax claim it will hold down costs and only apply to workers with “lavish” plans. But a new analysis of the excise tax conducted by professors at the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center, including a former member of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, shows that at least 80 percent of the workers whose

plans would be subject to the tax in 2019 would be in nonunion jobs. Other research shows the tax would do little to hold down costs and would also impact large numbers of middle-class workers in high-risk occupations, plans with large groups of older workers and people in geographic regions with high health care costs.

Bad Compromise In late February, President Obama proposed a compromise measure between the House and Senate bills. As the Journal was going to press, the president’s plan tilted heavily toward the flawed Senate version. It kept the excise tax on health care benefits, set up a Many of the worst elements of the Senate bill were the result of unanimous opposition by Republicans and a small group of Democratic Senators who watered down the bill. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), left, threatened to filibuster the Senate bill if it contained the public option or lowered the eligibility for Medicare coverage to age 55.

system of state-run health exchanges instead of a national exchange that ensures quality coverage, and did not include a public option to compete with private insurers. It does, however, increase subsidies to make health care more affordable for working families, keeps important reforms like prohibiting the denial of coverage for preexisting conditions, and it closes the “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage for seniors. “The present health care system is clearly unsustainable. But there’s no point passing a reform bill that does more harm than good,” said Buffenbarger. “Costs won’t come under control without a strong public option and a federal-level insurance exchange. Without these foundations for reform, and elimination of the excise tax in the final legislation, we will continue to oppose the entire reform bill. The voices who sounded the alarm in Massachusetts will be heard nationwide in November.”

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UCubed Ur Union of Unemployed been laid off from her job at Bombardier Learjet. She’d been out of work for two weeks. “I know I’ll be back to work,” said the Wichita, KS, resident. “It may take some time, but I’ll be back.”

Photo by Randy Tobias

“You just have to get up each day and say this is going to be the day that something good is going to happen,” said IAM Local 639’s Donna Gainer in April 2009. The nine-year aerospace worker had just

IAM Local Lodge 639 member Donna Gainer of Wichita, KS, was one of the first to join UCubed after she was laid off from Bombardier Learjet. Gainer hopes to return to her aerospace job, but the industry is slow to recover. In the meantime, “When a decent job comes up, it’s gone in a heartbeat,” says Gainer. 10 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

It’s now been almost a year, and Gainer has yet to receive that call back – or any call back for that matter. “I don’t think things are turning around as quickly as they thought they would for the aircraft business,” she says today. She, like thousands of other Wichita residents, is still struggling to regain her footing after the one-two punch dealt to Wichita’s private jet industry last year. One hit from the economy. The other, media backlash against the industry’s biggest customers. “I never thought it would take this long. I didn’t. I really thought I’d be back to work by the end of summer,” she says. For Gainer, much has changed over the last year. Morale is waning. As is money. “I have us budgeted pretty much down to the penny,” she says. “I know I’m going to

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More than 30 million Americans are unemployed or forced to work fewer hours in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

have to find other work for a while – but there just aren’t many jobs out there. When a decent job comes up, it’s gone in a heartbeat. “Of course what saves us now is that my husband is still working.” But, for how long? Gainer believes, with the economy the way it is, no one in her town is safe. “It’s starting to worry me.” Sadly, she’s not alone. Gainer is one of over 30 million Americans left idled by a recession the likes of which many of us have never encountered. She’s also one of the current 6.1 million workers reeling from long-term unemployment after having been

“There is strength in numbers. And the more jobless Americans work together, the quicker they can end this devastating downturn.” Tom Buffenbarger International President

out of work longer than six months. “Being jobless is devastating,” says IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “It robs people of their sense of worth, sense of purpose and

sense of identity. Being jobless changes everything. “Try looking your kids in the eye as they leave for school. Try waiting for calls that never come from prospective employers. Try walking down the block knowing your neighbors know you’re out of work. Try shopping NOT for groceries but for NECESSITIES – a few dollars at a time. It’s not easy. “Our country is in the midst of an historic jobs crisis,” warned Buffenbarger during the 2009 No Limits Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. “Thirty million is a crisis – a long-term crisis. Thirty million means it is Spring 2010 IAM JOURNAL 11

midnight in America and the dawn is a long way off.” The Machinists Union is not without its own recession struggles. More than 35,000 of our own members have been laid off or are working fewer hours due to halted production schedules. But as 122-year advocates for the working class, the IAM refuses to face this jobs crisis lying down. On January 15, 2010, the Machinists launched “Ur Union of Unemployed,” nicknamed UCubed, a grassroots online community that aims to unify the unemployed and underemployed in a unique and useful way. “When you’re out of work, it’s easy to feel alone,” says Buffenbarger. “And it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that

”Working together, we can get millions of Americans back to work.” Tom Buffenbarger International President

millions of Americans share your strains. “There is strength in numbers. And the more jobless Americans work together, the quicker they can end this devastating downturn. That’s the idea behind “Ur Union of Unemployed.”

Organize the Unemployed UCubed organizes the unemployed and underem-

ployed according to their zip code into community activist groups known as “cubes.” Six activists combine to make a cube. Nine cubes create a neighborhood. Three neighborhoods create a block. “Multiply that again and again, and what you have is a powerful community that can effect real change – a power block that politicians and merchants cannot ignore,” says Buffenbarger. While UCubed is open to all of America’s jobless, there is an element of self-interest in its creation. “We desperately want jobs for our members, but most members will not return to work until the broader economy starts to grow again,” says Buffenbarger. “By working together, we can get ourselves – and millions of Americans just like us – back to work. We’re all in this together. UCubed is our opportunity to speak as a single voice on the single most important issue of our time: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!” UCubed provides a means for the unemployed to work together to rise up from the depths of this recession using their skills The IAM’s “Ur Union of Unemployed,” or UCubed, is a grassroots online community for America’s unemployed and underemployed to join together, share resources and demand action to create jobs. 12 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

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Without a bigger federal stimulus program to create jobs, long-term unemployment will increase and competition for fewer and fewer jobs, such as at this job fair in New York, will get more intense.

and talents to help each other – and themselves. By connecting and working together, jobs activists share resources while taking advantage of a wealth of employment resources available on the site. UCubed provides information on everything from writing a resume and navigating the tough job market to budgeting and re-assessing one’s skills set.

Getting Connected Donna Gainer was among the first unemployed workers to join UCubed.

She was also the first jobs activist to complete a cube of six people. “For me, it actually helps more to talk to other people who have been laid off because they know where I’m coming from and how

UCubed is a way for the unemployed to work together to rise up from this recession.

I feel,” she says. “I think it’s a great way to network with other Machinists and other laid-off people, getting ideas from not just people here locally, but everywhere. I am now friends with people all over, and it’s interesting to hear other stories, see how people are coping and see how their coping techniques may help people here. We all kind of learn a little bit from each other.” UCubed jobs activists are encouraged to hold meetings to get to know one another, exchange ideas and plan events.

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“About one-third of the people in my town, including some people in my family, worked for GM. When the plant closed, everyone lost their job. I have friends who lost their houses because they had to accept what work there is at half the pay they used to make. I plan to share UCubed with my fellow members, family and friends.”


Mike Mills II, Local 1943 Journeyman Maintenance Technician AK STEEL Middletown, OH

Turn Up the Heat Activists can also join forces in turning up the heat on politicians. State legislators, governors, Congress and the White House need to be reminded daily of the reason voters – amid a plummeting economy, financial system and housing market all racing to see which can make it to the bottom first – flocked to the polls in the fall of 2008. Many of those voters will return to the polls later this year, warns Buffenbarger. “When one-fifth of America’s workforce is idled to some degree, the full force of government, business, labor and academia must be marshaled to get them back

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to work,” said Buffenbarger in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. “No such comprehensive strategy has been outlined. The growing anger and frustration of the jobless will find an outlet, most probably in the 2010 midterm elections.” UCubed’s legislative action center enables jobs activists to command their state and national leaders’ attention and demand they act in addressing the jobs crisis immediately. Activists can e-mail leaders on important issues such as JOBS Now!, the “Jobs for Main Street” bill, unemployment compensation extensions, COBRA and food stamps.

“The American people need immediate relief from this wretched economy,” says Buffenbarger. “Already meager unemployment benefits are running out. Families are turning to food stamps or going to food banks in record numbers. Mortgage foreclosures are on the rise. And, hard-earned life savings are being wiped out. “This country cannot rebuild its economic foundation unless the driving force behind it is based on manufacturing and selling products made by American workers. The only answer to this crisis is JOBS Now!” JOBS Now! is a comprehensive strategy for getting millions of unemployed Americans immediately back to work by rebuilding America's industrial foundation. The initiative calls for a second stimulus package, one focused on investing more in the manufacturing and transportation sectors of our economy. JOBS Now! also calls for a rigorous “Buy American” clause and incentives for workers who wish to return to school and upgrade their skills. UCubed jobs activists must tell Congress a second, targeted stimulus plan for rebuilding America's manufacturing and transportation sectors is the only way to

jumpstart the economy, and create the long-term growth and sustained job creation Americans desperately need.

For many unemployed workers who have chronic health problems, keeping health care coverage is a challenge. UCubed is focused on extending the federal subsidy under COBRA that allows workers to keep their medical coverage at a reduced rate if they get laid off.

need to make sure legislation helps Main Street.” House members passed the “Jobs for Main Street” bill (HR 2847) last December.

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“Jobless Americans are angry. And they have every right to be,” says Buffenbarger. “They were last in line when Washington doled out trillions of dollars to the banks, insurance companies, investment firms and government contractors. Now the politicians have the gall to say, ‘Wait! We need to focus on deficit reduction.’ What they really mean is, ‘We got the gold mine; you got the shaft.’ “Well, the days of bailing out Wall Street, Executive Boulevard and EverybodyElse Turnpike stops here. We

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Jobs for Main Street

Using UCubed, thousands of jobs activists can focus their power on politicians at the local, state and federal level to take action to end the recession and get American families back to work.

The measure proposes to help create and save jobs by making targeted investments in areas that will grow the economy over the long run, including highways, public transit, construction, small businesses, job training, and hiring and retaining teachers, police officers and firefighters. The bill also helps those who are currently looking for work by extending unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage. House members hope to pay for the estimated $150 billion legislation by taking $75 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) used to bail out Wall Street and redirecting it to “Main Street.” The Senate recently

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UCubed offers resources for the unemployed to find work, share ideas and become activists to fight for JOBS Now!

passed its own jobs legislation, but the $15 billion measure pales in comparison to the House version. American families are hurting. And, they want to get back to work. UCubed activists must demand lawmakers pass a comprehensive

“Jobs for Main Street” bill immediately.

Extend Unemployment Benefits While the “Jobs for Main Street” bill provides for an extension of unemployment benefits until June 30 of this

“No one’s been untouched by this recession. Everybody knows somebody who’s unemployed and lost their job. When UCubed first came out, I immediately sent it to my brother and brother-in-law saying this is another resource. Something you can join to connect with people in your neighborhood. When you’re looking for a job, it’s all about contacts. You never know what might come of that. UCubed has a unique perspective coming from a union and people who really care about workers.”

Christine Diaz, Local 2339-H Flight Attendant


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year, economists argue that is not enough. According to the National Employment Law Project, jobless workers have remained without work for an average of 29 weeks, and 39.8 percent have been out of work for six months or longer. Worse, the Economic Policy Institute estimates that, because of the stimulative and stabilizing impact of unemployment benefits on local communities, up to 800,000 additional jobs could be lost this year if benefits are not extended through the end of the year. UCubed activists must demand Congress craft a longterm unemployment benefit strategy. “Congress’ June 30 extension is nothing more than a stopgap measure,” explains Buffenbarger. “It signifies their failure to address the real

“I thought I was going to retire here, but now I don’t think so. It’s corporate greed. Their pockets get fatter and fatter, and they don’t care about us. We really have to stick together. Through UCubed, we can try to get more benefits and food stamps for the unemployed because they’re starving. There are so many people out there who don’t have anything.” Tech II Mechanic

Renee MacLean, Local 743 HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND Windsor Locks, CT

underlying problem: the hemorrhaging of jobs in this country. America’s jobless deserve better! “With the ranks of longterm joblessness continuing to grow and this Grave Recession achieving record depths, the unemployed need policies that will support them throughout their climb towards re-employment,” says Buffenbarger. “America’s workers need more than band-aids put in place just to keep folks quiet for the moment. Americans need jobs! And until those jobs are created, working families need to pressure Congress in order to ensure workers are not left out to dry.”

COBRA Losing one’s job is bad enough. Losing one’s health insurance adds insult to injury. According to the Kaiser

Family Foundation, the average full cost of COBRA family health insurance for a worker who just lost their job is $1,137 per month. The average cost under the 2009 COBRA premium reduction program is $398 per month. While the House bill’s

call for a 15-month extension of the 2009 COBRA premium reduction program is better than no action at all, the bill's arbitrary June 30 deadline for eligibility, again, stops short of providing real relief to America’s unemployed. “Laid-off workers struggling financially to

UCubed members get access to the Machinists Mall, an online retail center offering discounts on hundreds of necessary family items.

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“The company has never laid off anyone. But now they want to cut 110 jobs, which they will do by attrition. Before I came to Omaha, I was laid off by the phone company after I’d worked there for 11 years. A friend who still works there said they’re laying off another 100 workers and that the company expects to close its doors in six months. It’s going to be hard for him to find a job. I’m going to pass out the UCubed brochures at all three of my work locations. It’s a good way to get our members involved.”

Scott Palma, Local 31 Machinist


Food Stamp Appropriations When 17 million U.S. households - that's 49 million people - are having difficulty keeping enough food on the table, and one-in-four children live in a household that struggles with hunger, it is up 18 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

to our nation's leaders to act. Food-stamp use is increasingly becoming a necessity for households looking to keep

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make ends meet should not, at any point in time during their unemployment period, have to worry about premiums that exceed 80 percent of their unemployment income,” says Buffenbarger. UCubed activists must demand Congress act now to create legislation that provides America's laid-off workers the affordable COBRA coverage they need.

food on the table. The program now helps to feed onein-eight Americans. But in a recession bigger than most of us have ever seen, studies have shown that recent increases and temporary improvements to the program through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are not enough. For most families, most of those benefits, if not all, are usually gone before the end of the month. Record job loss and soaring long-term unemployment has pushed the situation far beyond where we were a year ago when the legislation originally passed. Today, more needs to be done. UCubed activists must demand Congress’ support of an extension and expansion of state food-stamp programs immediately.

With workers facing a year or more of unemployment, UCubed activists are advocating for increased monthly food stamp benefits because many families must turn to food banks when they run out of food stamps before the end of the month.

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Unemployment benefits are critical to many families trying to survive long-term unemployment. UCubed allows activists to pressure Congress to extend unemployment benefits and call for increased benefit levels.

To help alleviate the strain on unemployed workers’ wallets when it comes to buying food, clothing, personal care products, household goods, over-the-counter medications and other important services, members of UCubed also have access to the Machinists Mall, a program that offers steep discounts and rebates. Savings are highlighted each week.

Build a Movement ”I am convinced that this unique, useful and unifying idea will add a real sense of urgency in efforts to get all Americans back to work,” says Buffenbarger. As the IAM Journal went to press, UCubed had jobs activists in more than 1,288 zip codes and 318 cubes in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

But, as with all change, it must start at home – here, within our own Union. “IAM members – employed, unemployed and underemployed – can help organize the jobless by creating cubes in their own zip codes,” affirms Buffenbarger. “Efforts to help the unemployed get back to work, and the machines in our nation’s factories hum-

ming, must start with us. “Your life will change a little bit at first. But the lives of those you connect with via UCubed will change dramatically,” says Buffenbarger. “With your activism, UCubed can grow exponentially. Help us. Help yourself. Help your country. I urge all IAM members to join UCubed and start a movement today.”

“My son’s been unemployed almost a year now. He’s trying to maintain, but they’re sending most of our jobs to Mexico. Those jobs will never come back. If we aren’t looking out for each other, who will?”

Charlotte Washington Local 774 Certified Sealer CESSNA Wichita, KS

Photo by Randy Tobias

Machinists Mall

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Start a Cube Today! Join UCubed 1. Click “Join Now” to register. 2. You will be given an avatar (graphic) to represent you. If you'd like to upload your own avatar, browse your computer and upload an image. 3. Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation activation notice in your e-mail. Click the activation link and you'll be taken to a page where you “Log In.” 4. Enter your username and password. 5. You are now ready to either find and join an existing cube by zip code, or create a new cube.

Create a Cube 1. On the “Cubes” page, click “Create a Cube.” Fill in your location and other information so activists can easily find your cube. Then, click “Continue.” 2. Click “Comment Wire,” if you want to allow members to chat. Click “Discussion Forum,” to allow activists to post articles or comments. Click “Next Step.” 3. You will be given a random avatar that will identify your cube or you can upload your own graphic. Click “Next Step.” 4. Finally, “Invite Others to Join UCubed.” Enter their e-mail addresses separated by a comma. 5. Click “Submit” and you’re done.

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Find a Cube 1. Under “Build a Community” on the UCubed home page, enter your zip code and click the arrow to find existing cubes. 2. From the list of cubes in your area, click a cube’s name to find out details, or click “Request Membership” to join that cube. The creator of that cube will be sent a message that you are waiting to join. 3. If there is no cube in your zip code, or if the cube is filled, create a new cube by clicking “Create a Cube.”

6 Activists = 1 Cube

Become a Cube Leader The person who leads the fight for jobs in their area.

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Labor Honors Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-In Heroes

Three of the original students who staged the famous sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, in 1960 returned to Greensboro as part of the 2010 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration. From left, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain and Jibreel Khazan.

peaker after speaker at this year’s AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Observance in Greensboro, NC, struggled to find the right words to describe the impact of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in that began in that city on February 1, 1960. One called it the most significant event in U.S. civil rights history; another described it as the inspiration for the movement that toppled apartheid rule in South Africa, while all agreed it paved the way for the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But it was Franklin McCain, one of the four North Carolina


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Agricultural & Technical College students who began the historic protest, who riveted the audience with his recollection of how he was just plain fed up with not being able to get “a lousy cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie” because of the color of his skin.

Segregated South Describing the entrenched segregation that flourished for more than 100 years after the Civil War, McCain recalled the separate drinking fountains, separate libraries, schools, housing and health care facilities. “It was a system that was designed to make a segment of the population feel inferior and

limit opportunities for growth,” said McCain, who recalled how, at age 17, he preferred jail or even death to raising his own children under such a system. Two others who took part in the original Greensboro sit-in, Joseph McNeil and Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair, Jr.), joined McCain at the AFL-CIO event. The fourth student, David Richmond, passed away in 1990. The three men described how they planned and executed their non-violent protest, and were ultimately joined by dozens and then hundreds of supporters, black and white. All were determined to end the

IAM Executive Assistant Diane Babineaux and Assistant Legislative Director Hasan Solomon help distribute clothing and other supplies for non-profit agencies in Greensboro as part of the AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr., Day community activities.

practice that encouraged African-Americans to shop in the chain’s stores, but denied them service at the store’s lunch counters. Jibreel Khazan described how his parents approved of his taking part in the risky sitin, but insisted he wear his best Sunday suit. “But mama, suppose I get killed?” he complained. “Well then, my son,” she replied calmly, “you’ll be dressed to kill.”

Movement Begins The resulting photographs of four well-dressed and serious-looking students are among the most iconic and dignified images of the American civil rights movement. Equally iconic are the photographs of the same students being punched and beaten but never relinquishing their seats at the counter.

Despite store management’s efforts to limit publicity, word of the Greensboro students’ non-violent protest spread quickly. Within weeks, sit-ins were being held across North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The protests reached as far as Woolworth’s headquarters in New York City, where activists sought a national policy of desegregation. Meanwhile in Greensboro, bomb threats, assaults and demonstrations organized by the Ku Klux Klan failed to discourage the protestors while negotiations between students, civil rights leaders and

store owners continued for months without a resolution.

Big Victory The stalemate lasted through April, when Woolworth’s store managers ordered the lunch counter closed, a move that triggered increased picketing at the remaining downtown stores that practiced segregation. Forty-five students were arrested on April 21 when they entered the chained-off lunch counter at Kress, less than a block away from Woolworth’s. Finally, on July 25, 1960, Woolworth and Kress relented and began serving all customers at their lunch counters, regardless of their skin color. While the fight to end discrimination continues to this day, Franklin McCain’s dream of coffee, apple pie and justice was finally on the menu at Woolworth’s. On the second day of the Greensboro Sit-In, Joseph A. McNeil and Frank McCain are joined by William Smith and Clarence Henderson at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC.

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TCU News TCU Prepares for Tough Negotiations An Interview with TCU President Bob Scardelletti Q: Negotiations with the national freight carriers opened on January 1, 2010. What should TCU members expect in this bargaining round? Scardelletti: This promises to be the toughest bargaining round we’ve faced in decades. Wages and health insurance will be the battle lines. The railroads point to the recession – traffic is down, thousands of employees are furloughed. The carriers have already made it clear they are seeking far-reaching changes to our insurance plan. They point to last year’s double-digit increase in the cost of the plan, even though benefits stayed the same.

Q: What is your response? Scardelletti: We will fight for wage increases that reflect the railroad’s long-term health, not the short-term economic downturn that will certainly end, hopefully sooner rather

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Bob Scardelletti

than later. Long term, the railroad industry has perhaps the brightest prospects of any American industry. In that regard, we agree with Warren Buffett. Even today, rail freight profits are strong, stock prices are solid. Going forward, the industry will benefit from ever-increasing global trade. Unique among American industry, the railroads face no foreign or domestic start-up competition. There are no bankrupt railroads. I will continue TCU’s policy of standing arm-in-arm with the railroads against external threats to their economic health, whether it be shipper efforts to re-regulate rates, or

attacks on coal production. My view is that the stronger the industry is economically, the more jobs are available for our members, and the more the industry can afford to pay our members’ wages and health insurance. But the key is that this industry is not structurally hurting. Each railroad is on a level playing field with the others in terms of labor costs. Rail workers play a vital part in the industry’s success, and the upcoming contract should reflect that.

Q: What about the carriers’ stated priority to bring down the costs of the National Health Plan? Scardelletti: I guess we’re headed for a collision, because protecting our health plan is my top priority. Our plan does what it’s supposed to. It protects our members when they need medical care without bankrupting them. Our members are already paying enough. My goal is to hold the line. It’s a cost of doing business. You cannot bring down costs without bringing down

benefits, or cost shifting, and we will fight that with all our power.

Q: Is the bargaining outlook as tough in other negotiations? Scardelletti: Unfortunately, yes. Most of our commuter and transit contracts are either in negotiations now, or will be soon. And in each case, the public agency is facTCU members are gearing up for tough rounds of negotiations at freight rail, ing unprecedented commuter and transit carriers. At Amtrak, a turnaround in federal funding should budget deficits and mean a turnaround from the eight-year delay tactics practiced by the Bush adminpolitical pressure to istration in the last round of negotiations. scapegoat the workers. But just like with the Amtrak engaged in the sorri- Thanks to President freight railroads, we take est, most-inexcusable barObama and the the long view. Democratic majorities in gaining strategy I’ve ever We will fight with Congress, Amtrak has the seen. They set out to starve everything we have to funds to do it. I will do our members into concesmake sure that the current sions and put our members everything in my power to fiscal crisis does not through eight years of hell. reach a fair settlement become a pretext to roll In the end we prevailed and quickly. back the historically good achieved a good contract. wages and benefits our But, in my mind, Amtrak Q: Overall, what mescommuter and transit needs to demonstrate that sage do you have for members have earned. it has changed its ways by your members? stepping up to the plate and making a fair contract Scardelletti: It's going to Q: What about be real hard. But we are immediately; one with Amtrak? ready for the fight, and we good wages and one that Scardelletti: Amtrak is a will get the very best conholds the line on employee different story. Last round, tracts possible. insurance contributions.

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Transportation New Yor k Pay ch e ck Vic tor y The value of an IAM contract was on prominent display in a recent ruling from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), settling a dispute over how often IAM members at Northwest Airlines in New York would be paid. The dispute began when Delta management, following Delta’s acquisition of Northwest, notified IAM Local 1894 members at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports that Northwest employees would be paid every two

weeks, to bring them in line with Delta employees. Northwest’s IAM members in New York State are paid weekly, in accordance with their contract and New York State law. Delta requested a waiver from the New York State DOL to pay Northwest employees less frequently. However, under New York State law, if the affected employees are represented by a union, a waiver cannot be granted unless their union agrees.

The IAM Legal Department notified the New York State DOL that the Machinists Union would not agree to any waiver. In late December, the New York State DOL ordered Delta to continue paying Northwest IAM members as they have always been paid, on a weekly basis. In the absence of a legally-binding contract, Delta would be free to set wages, benefits and working conditions as they see fit, without any input from employees.

IAM members of Local 1894 in New York celebrate after the IAM stopped Delta Air Lines’ attempt to change their long-standing weekly pay schedule. From left, Randy Milteer, Dave Chiello, Don Pollicino, Victor Rossi, Jay Robinson, Kenneth Tsui, Charlie Harris, Fred Dallas, Ernie Goldstein and Eric Torres. 26 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

Bill Burke, Page One Photography

At a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, IAM Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr., right, calls for bankruptcy reform to better protect workers when companies declare bankruptcy and demand concessions from their employees.

IAM Calls for Bankruptcy Law Changes Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr., testified before the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law and called for changes to bankruptcy laws that have been used to extract massive concessions from workers while restricting their right to employ the self-help provisions in the Railway Labor Act. “If employees are called upon to sacrifice in order to res-

urrect their bankrupt employer, then bankruptcy laws must require that everyone from the breakroom to the boardroom share the pain,” said Roach at the hearing titled Protecting Employees in Airline Bankruptcies. “In recent airline bankruptcies, much of the financial sacrifices made by employees were diverted into the pockets of the people responsible for the company’s failure.”

The Machinists are calling for bankruptcy reform that would allow airline workers the right to engage in self-help if the bankruptcy court terminates their collective bargaining agreement. “The right to self-help fosters good-faith bargaining by ensuring that the bargaining parties understand the consequences of failing to reach a negotiated agreement,” said Roach.

A new $8 billion high-speed rail plan covering 13 corridors in 31 states, including California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast corridor and the Gulf Coast, will create thousands of U.S. jobs and add a much-needed boost to domestic manufacturing. “Our goal is to develop a national high-speed rail network, create good jobs here in America and help reinvigorate our manu-

facturing base,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “If we’re going to really save this industry and commit to high-speed rail, what we have to do first is have a workforce and a management team that understands each other’s value, and then we tackle it as partners,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, who joined LaHood at a conference announcing the plan.

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High-Speed Rail Gets $8 Billion Boost

The Obama administration’s $8 billion investment in high-speed rail will mean more jobs and better service for America’s rail passengers.

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A erospace

District 26 DBR Everett Corey, left, congratulates Assistant DBR Jim Parent at a press conference announcing the court decision that halted Pratt & Whitney’s plans to close two facilities in Connecticut. They are joined by IAM members, state lawmakers, including State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, center, and area labor leaders who all worked together to save jobs in the state.

Machinists Prevail in Pratt and Whitney Lawsuit Local 700 and 1746-A members, labor leaders and state officials throughout Connecticut are celebrating a federal court decision that halts Pratt & Whitney’s plans to close a pair of profitable factories that would have cost more than 1,000 jobs and devastated local economies. U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall ruled that Pratt & Whitney failed to honor IAM contract language that required the company to make “every reasonable effort” to work with the union to avoid closing the facilities. 28 IAM JOURNAL Spring 2010

“This decision confirms the value of a union contract when jobs are at stake,” said Gregg Adler, one of the attorneys who argued the IAM’s case. “Without a contract, employees have no ability to negotiate over the effects of a closure and the company retains absolute authority to send work and jobs overseas.” The dispute began in July when Pratt announced that it was considering shutting plants in Cheshire and Middletown, CT, and moving the work to Singapore, Japan and a non-union facility in Georgia.

In negotiations that followed, the IAM proposed more than $80 million in savings, and state officials proposed more than $100 million in tax incentives to keep the company from closing the plants. When the company rejected both proposals, the IAM filed suit and argued that Pratt made the decision to move in advance of any discussions with union representatives. The IAM continues to seek support from President Obama to stop additional outsourcing of sensitive defense-related work.

Boeing Tactics Raise Ethics Questions In the wake of Boeing’s decision to build a second 787 assembly line in South Charleston, SC, rather than Everett, WA, both states are coming to terms with a deal that sets a new standard for sham bargaining and corporate greed. A preliminary tally of the taxpayer-funded incentives Boeing will get for agreeing to move to South Carolina exceeds $900 million, including $399 million in taxpayer-funded bonds and another $456 million in long-term property tax breaks from Charleston County. Boeing will receive additional

Washington state workers and taxpayers gave Boeing billions in incentives to assemble the 787 in the Puget Sound area, but now Boeing is raking in hundreds of millions from South Carolina to open a second 787 assembly plant there.

millions in income tax credits and investment refunds as construction and hiring proceeds.

Planned to Leave “There’s no longer any doubt that Boeing never intended to expand the assembly line in Washington state,” said IAM General Vice President Rich Michalski. “As far back as 2003, Boeing was systematically laying

the groundwork for moving largescale manufacturing capability out of the Puget Sound area.” During discussions with the IAM over the new assembly line, Boeing officials repeatedly claimed that long-term labor stability was essential. However, when the IAM proposed a long-term labor agreement, Boeing officials abruptly terminated all talks.

Spirit Talks Aim for Stability The members of Local 839 and Wichita, KS-based Spirit AeroSystems have been battered by the worst recession in decades, draining jobs and profits and raising questions about the industry’s ability to survive. As part of the preparations for talks for a new contract that begin in March, IAM leaders and the Local 839 Bargaining Committee met with Spirit’s President and CEO Jeff Turner and Vice President of Labor Relations Sam Marnick.

Both sides are exploring a new collective bargaining model that would protect IAM members while bringing a level of long-term stability. “We need to move beyond the old ways of collective bargaining,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “If there is a way to protect our members’ long-term job security and assure their families’ steady economic improvement, then we have an obligation to do so.”

Front row, left to right: Local 839 President Kathy Peterson, 1st Shift In-plant Rep. David Eagle, District 70 DBR Steve Rooney and BR Becky Ledbetter. Middle row: 2nd Shift In-plant Rep. Howard Johnson, Headquarters GVP Rich Michalski, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger and Local 839 Communicator Dennis Williams. Back Row: IAM General Counsel Chris Corson, Grand Lodge Representative Don Barker, Aerospace Coordinator Ron Eldridge and District 70 BR Mike Burleigh. Spring 2010 IAM JOURNAL 29

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Announcing the 2010

IAM Photography Contest

Local Lodge 2323 member Jim Stewart of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada won the 2009 Photo Contest with his photo “De-icing Air Force One” that shows Local 2413 members Nigel George and Al Johnston of Servisair de-icing Air Force One during U.S. President Barack Obama’s first visit to Canada.

The IAM is holding its annual members-only photography contest and you are encouraged to enter. TCU members can also enter the contest. You can download a contest entry form by going to Be sure to read the contest rules and photography tips. Entries should catch IAM or TCU members at work in unposed photos. If your entry wins, you’ll receive a cash prize and your photo will appear in the 2011 IAM Calendar. A portion of the sale of each calendar is donated to Guide Dogs of America. Photos may be in film or digital format.

Digital photos must be shot with a camera with at least three megapixels and must be set at the “fine” setting. It costs nothing to enter, and you may win! The deadline for entries is June 1, 2010. To download a contest entry form, go to: or write to: IAM Photo Contest Communications Department 9000 Machinists Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-967-4520

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