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Capitol Hill brinkmanship imperils U.S. Navy

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Sequestration will hit shipbuilders, country hard

AS THIS COLUMN is being written, it appears that Congress will fail to halt the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. These cuts will strip away about $500 billion from the U.S. military and an equal amount from discretionary federal spending on a host of necessary programs.


It’s time to renew promise for fossil fuels’ future

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

“All-of-the-above” remains best energy strategy

EARLY IN HIS first White House term, President Barack Obama took a public position for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. That strategy asserted that every energy source should be part of America’s portfolio, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables.

Reporter  V51N4

Romney win would damage our unions

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Challenger places profit ahead of working people

AS THE NOVEMBER 6 general election nears, the United States faces a pivotal decision about its future. Do we elect a champion of working people or a champion of big business? It is a simple question, but the answer carries far-reaching implications.

Reporter  V51N3

War against coal is hurting America

Newton B. Jones, International President

U.S. must re-assess its path to reliable energy

ACROSS THE NATION, thousands of good-paying jobs are disappearing and the communities that depend on them are withering as scores of coal-fired power plants shut their doors.

Reporter  V51N2

Debates highlight GOP’s war against labor

Newton B. Jones, International President

Party candidates vie for extremist mantle

THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL debates have illustrated just how far right the Republican Party has shifted — and the struggle that awaits organized labor should one of their candidates succeed in unseating President Obama in November.

Reporter  V51N1

Austerity measures threaten national security

Newton B. Jones, International President

THE FAILURE OF the congressional “super committee” to reach agreement on $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next 10 years creates a super-sized problem for the security of the United States. Without intervention by Congress, automatic cuts will go into effect in 2013, and the Defense Department will shoulder half of the rollback.

Reporter  V50N4

Convention strengthens Brotherhood

Newton B. Jones, International President

NOTHING SHAPES OUR Brotherhood more dramatically and profoundly than our consolidated conventions. This has been true throughout our long history. Our conventions bring together the ideas, innovation, and ingenuity of our members — allowing us to develop workable solutions to the challenges we face.

In this regard, I believe the 32nd Consolidated Convention this past July will serve us especially well.

Reporter  V50N3

Tumultuous times precede convention

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN THE FIVE years since our last convention, historic changes have challenged us and tested our resolve. As Boilermakers have done throughout our 131-year history, we have risen to meet those challenges — adapting to change with innovative approaches, making sacrifices where necessary, and above all, standing together as brothers and sisters to advance our future.

Reporter  V50N2

GOP-backed budget cuts could strangle economy

Newton B. Jones, International President

Defunding government programs will cost jobs, threaten unions

FACED WITH A national debt that has grown to over $14 trillion over the past decade, Washington is debating how best to proceed with deficit reduction — and Republican-sponsored budget cuts are quickly spiraling out of control. The unfolding budget battles could have a dire impact on job growth and the nation’s continued economic recovery. Those battles will also define what kind of nation we leave our children and grandchildren.

Reporter  V50N1

Labor progress is still possible, despite midterm results

International President Newton B. Jones

Unions continue to have key friends in government

WHEN A SPLIT 112th Congress begins session in January — with the GOP in firm control of the House and Democrats holding a slim majority in the Senate — we can expect labor opponents to block key legislative initiatives backed by unions. The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409) will not go forward. Nor will the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) or the Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 (H.R. 5663).

Reporter  V49N4

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