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Congress must adjust Pension Protection Act

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Those who framed the tight funding rules for the PPA did not expect a credit tsunami and stock market collapse

THE EXTRAORDINARY COLLAPSE of America’s financial system in October has plunged the country — in fact, the world — into a recession that may be longer and deeper than any downturn we’ve seen in 25 years. What former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described as “a credit tsunami” has resulted in bank failures, mortgage foreclosures, a shrinking economy,

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McCain presidency would be disaster for working families

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

McCain doesn’t understand workers; Obama does

MANY OBSERVERS have concluded that, if elected, John McCain will continue the failed policies of the past eight years. They are right, but they don’t go far enough. He will actually make many of them far worse. For working families — including Boilermaker families — a McCain presidency would be a disaster.

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McCain policies are bad for Boilermakers

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

GOP candidate promotes corporations and the wealthy over workers

THE CANDIDACY OF Senator John McCain is an enigma. His reputation as a “straight-shooter” and a “maverick” has convinced many Democrats and Independents he would be a welcome change from the current administration. But his voting record and public statements — particularly during the past two years — depict a candidate who offers no change at all.

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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.

Reporter  V43N4

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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