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March 2013

Engineers Accept While Technical Workers Reject

SPEEA Members Split On Boeing Contracts

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Press Release from SPEEA Communications Director Bill Dugovich, February 20

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EATTLE – Engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Company returned a split decision in voting on new fouryear contract offers with engineers accepting their offer and technical workers rejecting the offer and giving their negotiation team

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authority to call a strike. Votes tallied Tuesday (Feb. 19) by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, show engineers in the Professional unit accepted Boeing’s latest offer for a new four-year contract 5,691 to Accept and 4,810 to Reject. However, SPEEA members in the SPEEA Technical Unit rejected the company’s offer to them by 2,868 to Accept and 3,203 to Reject. Technical workers granted strike

provide inside support to technical workers if Boeing forces a strike. “There are pathways to a negotiated agreement available,” said Ray Goforth, executive director. “With this second rejection by technical workers of Boeing takeaways, it’s time for the company to stop wasting resources and improve its offer to reflect the value and contributions technical workers bring to Boeing. That way, we can avoid a strike and focus on fixing the problems of the 787 and restoring customer confidence in Boeing.” While the company offers extended most elements of the previous contracts, including 5% annual wage pools and no increases to employees for medical coverage, union members found fault with the elimination of the pension for future employees. In its place, Boeing offered a 401(k) retirement package that slashed the retirement benefit by 41%. Boeing also refused to ensure existing employees their benefits would not be affected by changes to the Social Security

“With this second rejection by technical workers of Boeing takeaways, it’s time for the company to stop wasting resources and improve its offer...” authorization by a vote of 3,903 Do grant strike authorization to 2,165 Do Not. While engineers and technical workers bargain at the same time, the contracts are separate and independent agreements. With engineers accepting Boeing’s offer, the 15,550 employees in SPEEA Professional Unit are in position to

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cap on taxable income or raising the Medicare eligibility age. Both are being considered by Congress and would dramatically impact existing retirement packages. On Friday (Feb. 22), SPEEA is holding a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to outline the impact a strike by technical workers will have on airlines, defense programs, trade and the tourist industry. SPEEA last struck Boeing in 2000 when more than 19,000 engineers and technical workers walked off the job for 40 days. That strike slowed airplane production to a crawl and prevented Boeing from delivering aircraft. SPEEA contracts expired Nov. 25. Negotiations to secure new

contracts started in November, 2011. SPEEA presented a full proposal to Boeing on June 15, 2012. It then took Boeing three months to present a counter offer. That offer was overwhelmingly rejected by 95.5% of the engineers and 97% of the technical workers. While the majority of covered employees are in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, these contracts include employees in Oregon, Utah and California. A local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), SPEEA represents 26,560 aerospace professionals at Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, and Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. in Spokane, Wash.

Message From Professional and Technical Negotiation Teams

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Press Release from SPEEA Communications Director Bill Dugovich, February 20 he Professional and Technical Negotiations Teams express their gratitude to the membership for their hard work and support over the course of these negotiations. Members overwhelming rejected Boeing’s contract

offer on October 1. It was members’ activism that forced Boeing to improve that offer. The Professional Bargaining Unit voted yesterday (Feb. 19) to accept those improvements. The Technical Bargaining Unit voted to send the Technical Negotiations Team back to the table to seek additional

improvements. The Negotiations Teams were heartened to see that both units granted strike authorization. Even those members who voted to accept the contract offer showed their willingness to stand with their co-workers in the democratic tradition of your union.

The Technical Negotiations Team has contacted the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to coordinate the next round of talks with The Boeing Company. A telephone survey of Technical members will be conducted to assess members’ priorities for this next SEE MESSAGE pg 6

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Machinists Advantage Partnership Program: MAPP We hope that you have been able to take advantage of many of the MAPP Program benefits and discounts. We have received a lot of great comments on the coupons and hope that you’ve had a chance to use one or more of the coupons as well as utilizing discounts that are offered. The MAPP program is being used in the internal organizing drive that will be starting soon at your local lodge. Using the MAPP program in conjunction with organizing drives is a great tool and will show the non-members that the Union leadership is looking out for their members. If you want to be a part of this organizing drive at your local, make sure that you contact your Local Lodge President. There are over 100 different locations that you, as a member can receive discounts from. Log onto the website www.d70mapp.org and check out all the different ways you can save money today!

Begin talking with the non-members in your plant and let them know that the Machinist Union is moving forward! It is a true benefit to be a Machinist Union Member!

We are putting together a survey concerning the MAPP program and hope to have it out to our members very soon. We would appreciate your participation.

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Reposted with permission from Jake Lowen, Working Kansas Alliance, www.workingkansas.com ere’s a brief summary of major anti-labor bills currently introduced. Take action and contact your legislators today. Tell them to oppose these attacks on working families.

HB 2023/SB 31, keeping teachers and other public employees out of politics and advocacy. This so-called “paycheck protection” bill prohibits the use of any money collected via payroll deduction from being spent on “political activities” which is defined so vaguely and broadly that it likely goes way beyond campaigns and includes any advocacy work done on behalf of a unions members. HB 2023 has passed the House on a vote of 68-56 and is now awaiting action by the Senate Commerce Committee. SB 31 is in the Senate Commerce Committee and has not yet had a hearing. This is the bill that the top Kansas Chamber of Commerce lobbyist, Eric Stafford, said he needed to pass to “get rid of public sector unions.” HB 2085 is a bill designed to essentially eliminate collective bargaining for teachers. Under this bill, bargaining cannot be exclusively granted to a bargaining agent as is the case now. Now, teachers in a district vote to choose a bargaining agent (mostly KNEA) and school boards negotiate a contract with that bargaining agent that applies to all teachers. HB 2085 says the board must negotiate with any individual employee who wants to negotiate his/her own deal. The bill further makes all collective bargaining permissive. The school board could decide simply not to bargain with anyone and impose whatever they felt like imposing. The bill has had a hearing in the House Commerce Committee but no action has yet been taken by the Committee. HB 2123 would make mandatory collective bargaining laws and payroll deduction for association dues illegal. It applies to public sector unions only. This bill is in the House Commerce Committee and has not yet had a hearing. HB 2221 would remove exclusive use of school facilities from the professional negotiations act and require school boards to open functions to any and all groups offering professional development or liability insurance. This would create chaos for administrators who would be forced to open events such as convocation to a potentially unlimited number of groups. Also open to all groups would be bulletin boards and school mail services. Under current law, a school district must bargain exclusive use but is not required to grant it.

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At the Rail Column by Martin Hawver

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February 16, 2013

PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LU441

The continuing issue for this legislative session is very simply “what comes first?”

Richard L. Taylor, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer

Do lawmakers assemble a state budget as tightly as possible, and see whether it can meet the responsibilities and needs of the state and then raise or lower taxes? Or…do they put together a tax policy of cuts or increases and then make the budget fit within available resources?

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Seems like two fairly straightforward choices. But there’s a third factor here that nobody’s talking out loud about…and that is just how much money the state needs to have in its bank account when the taxing/spending decision has been made. That third factor—called the State General Fund (SGF) ending balance— is itself a question those lawmakers at some point need to decide. Gov. Sam Brownback proposed a budget—with significant cuts that lawmakers are now assessing, whether he cut too much or not enough— that winds up with more than $450 million in ending balances. That’s the amount that the state plans to have in the bank on July 1, 2014. Now, it’s always good to get back from a date with a little cash left in your pocket, but is $450 million the right amount? There have been years when the ending balance was much more and years when the state ended a fiscal year with less than $1,000 in cash on hand. Those years, with small ending balances? They were made legal with two lines in appropriations bills that suspended the 7.5 percent ending balance law one fiscal year at a time. The discussion gets interesting when some legislators believe a fat bank account is a good thing. Who doesn’t want a big bank account? Yet there are legislators who think that if the state has money parked in the bank it’s a sure sign that the state took more money from Kansans than it needs, and that is not a good thing. Do you want your money lounging in a state bank account, or do you want it in your pocket? Now, a fat ending balance means that there’s plenty of money next year to have on hand if revenues drop: Say, those big tax cuts that lawmakers and the governor approved last year reduce revenue so much that the state can’t pay its bills. That’s a projection…that taxes were cut too much and revenues are going to drop in coming years, meaning spending cuts or raising taxes. And, that’s where a fat ending balance that will shift from year to year to fill those budget holes is handy. So… Ending balance? Tax increases? More spending cuts? It’s almost surprising that the ending balance is a big deal for many legislators. While it provides cash on hand at the end of a fiscal year, and of course, some ready cash on hand after a fiscal year starts, it has generally not been enough to tide the state over in months when tax flow is low. When the cash flow is a little behind the state’s due date on bills—or paying salaries—the state borrows money, as much as $700 million some years (and repays within the fiscal year, sort of like a payday loan) to make those payments on time. The ending balance? While $450 million sounds like a lot, it’s not always coming in the back door in time with payments going out the front door. We’ll see this session just what happens to that ending balance, whether it becomes a factor in the tax/spend discussion. It hasn’t yet…

March 1, 2013, will mark the ten year anniversary of Local 441. Looking back it was a difficult change for all of us and required a great deal of adjustment not only for the membership across the state, but the contractors as well. The United Association selected Wichita and former Local 171 as the charter location for the new local. This decision initiated a process that would greatly modify the way business was conducted on day to day basis. Overnight, the office transitioned from a local managing 600 members to 1400 members with a much larger geographical area. The one on one and face to face interaction that had been routine became much more difficult. Change is never easy, especially when it is placed upon you with very little warning or the ability to control it. But, ten years later this membership has persevered and made the adjustments necessary to succeed. We were able to take this situation and recognize the added benefits it provided. The local’s political clout expanded. We became recognized by the business leaders as an important partner in economic growth and development, which provides jobs for our membership. Our contractors soon took advantage of the opportunities they were given to expand market share. As a local we will continue to prosper and grow. We will continue to strive to better ourselves through education and hard work. And we will continue to overcome any challenge that is set before us through unity and support for all our Brothers and Sisters. Congratulations to the members of Local 441. NEW ITEM…. Take time to visit the new Local 441 website. The new website is easy to navigate with added information and uses for the membership. The address is www.ua441.org. New t-shirts with new design and logo are in. Designer sunglasses with UA Local 441 engraved above the lens. We also have golf shirts and camp shirts and stainless steel pocket knives with Kansas Local 441 engraved on them. And as always, don’t forget Local 441 golf balls, t-shirts (long sleeve and short sleeve), and hats are available for the membership to purchase. Come by and get outfitted with Local 441 apparel.

DEATHS We are sorry to report the deaths of Brother Kenneth J. Coester, 62, retired Pipefitter Welder, residing in Girard, KS, passed away on January 29, 2013, and Brother James M. Brown, 74, retired Plumber, residing in Topeka, KS, passed away on January 24, 2013. Brother Brown was the founder and owner of Topeka based contractor Piping Contractors of Kansas before retiring in 2000. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

POLITICAL Several Bills have been submitted in various committees designed to attach labor and the middle class. Please be willing to help when asked to make a phone call or send an email. Direct contact with your legislator is the best way to relay concern or a voice of support and does have an impact.

MEETINGS Local Union 441 meetings are being conducted on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Hall located at 1330 East First Street in Wichita. If other meetings are scheduled, you will be duly notified. NOTE: Please take the opportunity to attend Union meetings in your area. The teleconference system is working well and has much better sound and video quality than in the past. The good news is that it is being provided for no additional cost to Local 441. Richard L. Taylor Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer Local Union # 441

Retirees Club The next Retirees meetings will be on March 6, April 3 and May 1 at 10 a.m. at the Hall. Please come and join us! Breakfast is the second Wednesday at 9 a.m., at Village Inn, 7020 W Central from January through November. All retired members and their families are invited to join us. Come enjoy the fellowship! James Wilbert 722-6859

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UMWA Miners, Retirees And Families Protest Cut-Off

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Press Release, umwa.org, February 13

America’s Unions: Our Values At Work

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By Jackie Tortora, aflcio.org, February 19

t. Louis - More than 1,000 active and retired coal miners and their families from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, marched on Peabody Energy Headquarters in St. Louis today.

nion members have been called many stereotypes over the years: thugs, relics, selfish—the list goes on. But the truth is union members are people who work and make contributions to their communities every day. Union members are innovating on the job and training the next generation of skilled workers, among many other things.

Ten people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience in front of Peabody’s office tower in downtown St. Louis, including United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Secretary-Treasurer Dan Kane.

Most people are familiar with the idea that as the number of workers in unions has declined over the past three or so decades, so has the middle class. That’s because unions are just regular working people who come together to bargain for better living and working standards.

The rally, organized by the UMWA to protest financial maneuvers which threaten to cut off health care benefits to former Peabody Energy employees, was also joined by union and community supporters, including members of the UAW, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Jobs with Justice. The event came a day after Patriot executives filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis, seeking $6 million in “retention bonuses” for 120 “key executives” at Patriot Coal, while the company is demanding a cut-off of health care benefits to more than 22,000 retirees in desperate need of ongoing medical care. “Peabody executives may know how to wheel and deal and hire $900-an-hour corporate lawyers,” said Kane. “But they don’t know the United Mine Workers. We’re not going to abandon our retirees, who spent their lives working underground and now must have the benefits they were promised.” “If I can’t get my medication for my heart disease, I won’t be around much longer,” said Shirley Inman, a retired member of UMWA Local 2286 from Madison, West Virginia, who was among those arrested today. “I’m a breast cancer survivor and I have coronary artery disease. Health care isn’t an option for me; it’s what I need to survive. I’ll do whatever it takes to make these corporate executives keep the promises they made - and if that means going to jail, so be it.”

“Peabody executives may know how to wheel and deal and hire $900-an-hour lawyers, but they don’t know the United Mine Workers.”

Inman spent 18 years driving a coal truck for Arch Coal in West Virginia. In 2007, Arch Coal, along with Peabody Energy, spun off a large chunk of its health care and retirement obligations to a new entity called Patriot Coal.

Peabody assigned Patriot some 40 percent of its health care and pension liabilities but gave the new company only about 10 percent of its revenue-producing assets, and Arch Coal made a similar assignment of assets and liabilities. To no one’s surprise, Patriot was not financially viable in a normal coal market, and the new company filed for bankruptcy protection in New York in July of this year. At the request of UMWA, the case was transferred to St. Louis, closer to homes of more than 22,000 retired mine workers who are former Peabody and Arch employees, and are at immediate risk of losing their health care. “We’re enormously grateful to the union and community members who came out to support us today,” said Kane. “We’re in this fight for as long as it takes, and we will do everything in our power to level the playing field between millionaire executives and retired miners who have critical illnesses and injuries after years of labor in hazardous conditions.” Further information about the UMWA’s efforts to protect retired miners is at FairnessatPatriot.org.

Many things unions do are familiar to people who regularly visit this blog but are probably less visible to people who know very little about unions. Like that union members run one of the largest worker training programs in this country, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler wrote in a Daily Kos diary. “That innovative work by union members fuels today’s green technology. And that union members supply a great deal of the man- and woman-power, as well as the funding for community service programs, from running food drives to disaster recovery and winning health care benefits for people who don’t belong to unions.” The new @Work section on the AFL-CIO website highlights the amazing work union members are doing all over the United States, from taxi drivers in New York City winning increased take-home pay and expanded access to health care, to UAW members leading the way in creating more fuel-efficient cars. Check out the new @Work site and share with your friends who might only know unions in the frame of stereotypes. You just might surprise them.

Statement On State Of The Union By Sarita Gupta, www.americanrightsatwork.org February 12

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ashington, D.C. – Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work Executive Director Sarita Gupta issued the following statement:

“We’re encouraged to see President Obama tackling the toughest issues facing America today, and making a commitment to bring good jobs back to the United States. As the President said, everyone in this country deserves a fair shot, and everyone should pay their fair share. Working families should not have to pay more just so the wealthy pay less. Congress should follow his call to support working families by raising the federal minimum wage, closing the wage gap, and protecting the social safety net programs on which hardworking Americans rely.

 “We can create new ladders of opportunity for those who work hard for a living by guaranteeing that workers’ rights protections are at the forefront of the immigration reform debate. Immigrant workers today deserve full access to strong, enforceable employment and labor laws. We cannot raise standards for all workers – immigrant and U.S.-born alike – until we guarantee the rights of each and every worker.

 “We look forward to engaging our network of local coalitions to stand up for these issues, and agree with President Obama that it’s time to get things done.”

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U.S. Department of Labor: Hostess Workers Eligible To Apply For Trade Adjustment Assistance Posted by BCTGM, bctgm.org, Februrary 20 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. “As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, ‘to grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require,’ ” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “Trade Adjustment Assistance enables workers to pursue training in the skills that today’s employers need, contributing not just to a stronger middle class, but to a stronger American economy.” This TAA certification was based on a Labor Department investigation to determine whether the layoff event met the group eligibility criteria set forth by the Trade Act of 1974. An investigation found that increased imports of baked products contributed importantly to the company’s sales declines and worker separations. Workers covered by this TAA certification will be contacted by their respective state workforce agencies with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those who qualify may receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and/or trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

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phase of negotiations. SPEEA will attempt to contact each Technical Unit member. Your response will be critical to guiding the Technical Negotiations Team. Additional communications to the Technical Bargaining Unit are forthcoming. Many members of the Professional Bargaining Unit have already pledged solidarity with the Technical Bargaining Unit. Please visit www.speea. org for more information and ways to show your support of our Technical members as their negotiations continue.

VIDEO: Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director www.speea.org

While TAA is open to eligible workers of all ages, workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance instead. If a worker obtains new employment at wages less than $50,000 and less than those earned in the trade-impacted employment, the RTAA program will pay 50 percent of the difference between the old wage and the new wage, up to $10,000 over a two-year period. RTAA participants may also be eligible for retraining and the HCTC.

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Slowing mail service and degrading our unmatchable last-mile delivery network are not the answers to the Postal Service’s financial problems. If the Postmaster General is unwilling or unable to develop a smart growth strategy that serves the nearly 50% of business mailers that want to keep six-day service, and if he arrogantly thinks he is above the law or has the right to decide policy matters that should be left to Congress, it is time for him to step down.

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Posted by NALC, nalc.org, Februrary 6 ostmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to end Saturday delivery is a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the Postal Service and on millions of customers. It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication.

This maneuver by Mr. Donahoe flouts the will of Congress, as expressed annually over the past 30 years in legislation that mandates six-day delivery, which remains in effect today. In the last Congress, which ended in January, a bi-partisan majority of Representatives co-sponsored legislation backing the continuation of Saturday delivery. This misguided and counterproductive decision is in keeping with the Postmaster General’s slash-and-shrink approach to dealing with the Postal Service’s financial challenges. Instead of offering a real business plan to tap the full potential of this essential American institution, he is offering a plan that will doom USPS to failure.

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America’s letter carriers condemn this reckless plan in the strongest terms. We call for the immediate removal of the postmaster general, who has lost the confidence of the men and women who deliver for America every day. And we urge Congress to develop a real reform plan that gives the Postal Service the freedom to grow and innovate in the digital era.

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Local Union Bulletin Board

NFU’s 111th Anniversary Convention - March 2-5 http://www.nfu.org/convention

Saturday, March 2 Machinists Local 639—

E-Board, 8 a.m., Regular Meeting, 9 a.m., Wichita

LL733—

E-Board, 8:30 a.m., Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., Wichita

Thursday, March 7 Operating Engineers LU101— Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Friday, March 8 APWU Local 735—

National Farmers Union When: Sat. March 2 - Tues. March 5 Where: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, Springfield, Massachusetts Cost: See online website for registration details

Regular Meeting, 8:00 a.m., 6920 W. Pueblo, Wichita

Saturday, March 9 Machinists Local 834 —

Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

The convention features presentations by delegates, break out sessions, tour options, and speakers on the hottest issues facing lawmakers on farm bills.

Machinists Local 839—

Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Can’t make it? No problem! The convention will be in Wichita, Kansas March 14-March 17, 2015.

Monday, March 11 Plumbers & Pipefitters LU441– Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 1330 E. 1st, Wichita

Tuesday, March 12 Machinists Local 708—

Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Wednesday, March 13 Machinists Local 1989—

www.historicdelano.com E-Board, 3:40 p.m., Regular Meeting, 3:50 p.m. 2005 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, 67530

Thursday, March 14 Wichita Area Union Label—

E-Board, 5:30 p.m.; Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 Machinists LL2799— Machinists Local 774—

E-Board meeting 9:30 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita Regular Meeting, 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Regular Meeting, 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Monday, March 18 NALC Branch 201— USW Local 01350— SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001—

7:30 p.m., NALC Br 201 Union Office 227 S. Pattie, Wichita Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Union Hall 427 N. Main, Hutchinson, 67501 Membership Recruitment / Organizing Committee 973 S. Glendale, Wichita

CWA Local 6402—

E-Board, 5:30 p.m., 530 E. Harry, Wichita Stewards, 7 p.m., 530 E. Harry, Wichita Midwest Council Meeting, 973 S. Glendale, Wichita

Thursday, March 28 Wichita/Hutch Labor Fed—

E-Board, 5:30 p.m.; Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

District 70 Retirees—

Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

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When: March 16, Noon. Where: Historic Delano District, Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67213 Cost: FREE parade, $7 breakfast The parade will take place on Douglas Avenue from McLean Boulevard to Walnut Street. Arrive early from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to enjoy a St. Patrick’s breakfast, at the Downtown Senior Center 200 S. Walnut. The meal includes sausage links, bisquits and gravy, and hash browns.

Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center - March 16 State of the Art Education When: Sat. March 16, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Wichita Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd, Wichita, Kansas 67210 Cost: $8.95 adults, $7.95 adults ages 65+, $6.95 Ages 4-12 The opening of the center is complete with hands-on activities, flight simulators, educational computer software for all ages, and an active play area.

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Thursday, March 21 SPEEA—

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade - March 16

Kansas Coliseum Flea Market - March 17 http://www.midamericafleamarkets.com/wichita.nxg

Treasure Chest When: Sun. March 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Where: Kansas Pavilions, 1229 E. 85th St. North, Valley Center, KS 67147 Cost: $1 adults, FREE for ages 12 and under Mid-America Markets hosts the largest indoor market in Kansas. Visitors will find a wide range of merchandise including antiques and collectibles.

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Missouri Voters Urge Senate To Reject Anti-Worker Legislation By Kenneth Quinnell, aflcio.org, February 19

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oters from across the state of Missouri wrote letters to their state senators this week, urging them to reject “right to work” for less and paycheck deception legislation. Both proposals are currently before the state’s General Assembly.

We Are Missouri reports: “These tired attacks on working families are just wrong,” said Mike Melson, an auto worker from Wentzville, Mo. “Divisive bills like ‘right to work’ and paycheck deception are all about politics—not economics. Our leaders in Jefferson City should be working to create jobs and move Missouri’s economy forward, not focusing on political paybacks.”

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The Value of being a Union Member?

The History of Organized Labor?

How Community Service benefits us all?

The importance of a Community Services Committee? Member Assistance?Organizing?

The importance of the United Way and AFL-CIO Partnership? Why we should support?

UCAN - Union Community Activist Network Training UCAN is a tool which helps educate union members on the importance of legislative, social and economic involvement in their community. Empower your membership with the knowledge that will help them better serve and strengthen your union, help when hardships arise, not just during lay-offs/job losses, but when faced with life’s everyday challenges. Beginning in April 2013 - For more information and to register for classes Contact: Mario Cervantes AFL-CIO CS Liaison United Way of the Plains- 267-1321 EXT 4209

US Airways-American Merger Offers Workers Opportunity

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Posted by CWA, cwa.org, February 14

“At a time when the economy continues to struggle to recover and many families are still waiting for employment to pick up, Missourians need more economic security, not less,” said Diana Arends, of Independence, a former steelworker and member of Jobs with Justice. Progress Missouri has taken a closer look at the bills and sees the fingerprints of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) all over them. At least 11 sponsors or co-sponsors of the various House and Senate bills have ties to ALEC and side-by-side comparisons of the bills to ALEC’s model legislation border on plagiarism. “Legislators need to be listening to ordinary people, not corporate special interests pushing an extreme agenda,” said Sean Soendker Nicholson, Progress Missouri’s executive director. “The bills being pushed by ALEC put corporate profits ahead of the well being of average Americans. It’s time to make sure that ordinary people—not corporate interests—are in charge of our government.”

his merger is a positive development for employees at both airlines. CWA commends the management of US Airways for recognizing the value of its partnership with union workers and its work to build an even stronger airline going forward. CWA will actively support this merger throughout the review process.

Under the US Airways management team, this merger offers a huge opportunity for union workers from the reservations office to the cabin to ground operations to work together and create a global model of what flying and work life can be. That’s a big plus for customers as well. Passenger service agents at American Airlines now have an opportunity to get the union voice they want and to join with their colleagues at US Airways, where some 6,000 agents already have union representation. US Airways agents know that negotiation and bargaining rights are the only way to make real improvements in wages and working conditions, and are bargaining now for a new contract. Piedmont fleet and passenger service agents have a first contract at US Airways, more evidence that the process works when workers and management are committed to bargaining rights. Flight Attendants at US Airways, represented by AFA-CWA, now are voting on a tentative agreement. CWA looks forward to working with our alliance partner, the Transport Workers Union, and other employee groups in this new partnership.

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http://www.wearemissouri.org


March 2013

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Trumka Statement On Congress By Richard L. Trumka, aflcio.org, February

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ullies in Congress are threatening to tank the U.S. economy unless they get their way—again. They are threatening to let across-the-board budget cuts take effect in March unless Democrats agree to cut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits and protect the lavish tax breaks enjoyed by Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans. We’re not going to let them bully the 98% until they get their way. We’re putting the pressure on them right now to make sure we’re able to protect every working family. Sign the petition and tell Congress: Protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare from benefit cuts; close loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans; and repeal the across-the-board cuts that could tank the economy. Republicans in Congress could close tax loopholes for Wall Street, drug companies and the richest 2% of Americans. Savings from closing those loopholes would save trillions of dollars—money that could be invested back into our economy. These extreme legislators are holding the economy hostage because they want to push through a wildly unpopular economic agenda that voters overwhelmingly rejected in the last election—benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and tax breaks for Wall Street and the richest 2%. Once again, they are ignoring the real problems Americans are facing— like unemployment, underemployment and flat wages—so the people getting the short end of the stick are working families. They’re throwing a temper tantrum to get their way, and apparently tanking the U.S. economy and putting us back to work isn’t a concern for them. Some members of Congress have been a little hard of hearing lately, so we’re going to keep raising our voices. We’re getting as many signatures from working families as we can— families who want to make clear our priorities are fixing the economy first and restoring economic security. Please sign the petition today: go.aflcio.org/no-hostage-takers

Union St. Paddy’s Day Posted by Labor 411, LALabor411.org

Saag’s Thumann’s Winter’s Premium Deli

beer brands

corned beef

Celebrate the Irish holiday this year with union produced products. Complete your meal of corned beef and cabbage with a beer made by union workers. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bass Beck’s Boddingtons Bud Light Budweiser

Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve

Michelob

Kirin

O’Doul’s

Miller Beer

Keystone Light

Pabst

Labatt’s Blue

Rolling Rock

Mad River Brewing Co.

Stella Artois

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March 2013

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32nd Annual Wichita Area Union Label & Service Trades Council

Chili and Hobo Supper

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he cooks arrived at 5:30 a.m. Hours later a line of union workers and their families snaked around the Machinists Hall while waiting anxiously for dinner at the annual chili feed on February 9. The smell of chili permeated the air while a sense of solidarity was felt by all in attendance. The event, sponsored by a number of local businesses and contributing individuals, featured dinner and dessert, competitive BINGO games, and door prizes. Lucky winners took home a Kindle, flat screen TV, a safe, and many toys. Event Sponsors: Kansas State Union Label, Red Wing Shoes, Aqua Connections, Mark Love, LL834 Executive Board, LL839 Community Service Committee, Dr. Kitty Wong-Robertson, and Bomber Burger.

PERFECT PRIZE: LL733 Joe Ewers and LL834 member Garland “Bear” Moore pause at the door prize table to see how many attendees entered the drawing. Moore served as an emcee during the evening of union solidarity.

SOLIDARITY SUPPER: According to volunteers, approximately 300-400 bowls of chili were served during the

annual meal. Dan Briggs, LL839, made sure the chili was hot and ready to serve while volunteers like LL774 member Brian Alexander served the spicy stew with a welcoming smile. Desserts were stacked high in the Machinist Hall kitchen prior to the start of the event.

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PlainDealer March 2013  

Pro-Labor newspaper, based in South-Central Kansas

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