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Political action can change nation’s course

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN FEBRUARY the Executive Council voted unanimously to endorse Senator Barack Obama for president of the United States. Our endorsement was not an easy decision. Many good candidates presented themselves. We studied them all and in the end determined that Obama is our best hope to unite our nation, jump-start the economy, and return the United States to its rightful place as not only the most powerful nation, but also the most respected nation.

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Organizational changes will improve industrial sector service

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

New sector director, IVP provide support and advocacy for industrial sector lodges

THE INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE Council (IEC) announces the establishment of the Boilermakers Industrial Sector Services Department (ISSD) to provide service, support, and advocacy for lodges and members in the industrial boiler, forge, shipbuilding, cement, and stove industries. Headed by a Director and overseen by an International Vice President, the new department will enable the International to improve service to industrial sector lodges while reducing the International’s administrative costs.

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Secret agreements and fast-track voting do not inspire confidence

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

In May, the Democratic leadership in Congress and the White House announced they had reached an historic agreement on trade. Democrats announced that they had won guarantees to protect labor rights in all future trade deals, starting with Peru, Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. The specific labor rights protected include the right to organize, bargain collectively, as well as bans on the use of child labor and workplace discrimination.

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Let's hold on to the solidarity we displayed in the 2004 elections

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

We face many challenges, but working together, we can face them with strength and move forward

IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS, OUR members and our union were more active than in any other election that I can recall. We jumped in early, and we worked hard right up until the last voting precincts closed.

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Actions speak louder than words

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Bush vowed to protect the American people, but his policies protect only the rich

IN POLITICS, YOU LEARN early that you can’t judge a candidate by his words. Every candidate says we need a strong economy, good schools, and affordable health care. Every candidate says he hates terrorism, loves economic opportunity, and wants to provide a comfortable retirement for our senior citizens.

To choose between the candidates, we must look at their actions and their proposals, not their sentiments and their promises.

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Boilermaker members are taking political action

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

This year's elections are too important to ignore

ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, Boilermakers are getting involved in political action at a greater level than I remember ever seeing.

Members are taking the Boilermaker message to rallies, marches, and meetings. They are knocking on doors to urge workers to vote this November for candidates who stand up for our jobs as well as our rights.

They are raising money for the Boilermakers Campaign Assistance Fund, raising awareness of issues that affect our families, and registering their friends and neighbors to vote.

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We Must Stand And Work Together

International President Newton B. Jones

“I pledge to you that my life is devoted to our cause.”

First, let me say what an honor and a privilege it is to have been elected by our International Executive Council to succeed International President Charles W. Jones as your International president.

The president's job, and the inherent responsibility of this office, more than any other job in our union, requires that I devote my life to the service of our members and to the cause of our union.

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It's Up To You - Register And Vote!

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Political action can protect our jobs, but only if we vote — and you can't vote unless you register

When I see what has happened to working families in the United States since George W. Bush became president, I am reminded of one of his own sound bites: "Shock and awe." I am shocked and awed by how much damage this president has done to the lives of working families in fewer than three years in office. Since Bush took the oath of office, our nation has lost more than three million jobs.

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Boilermakers Endorse John Kerry

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

John Kerry will listen to workers' needs and work with us to address our concerns.

When Congressman Dick Gephardt withdrew as a candidate for president of the United States, working families lost our strongest champion in the race.

It was a great honor to endorse and work on behalf of a man of such honor and integrity - a true hero to working men and women, union and non-union. Dick Gephardt has been a pillar of strength and dignity his entire political career, and it is the country's loss that he won't be the next president.

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