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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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Rising Health Care Costs Threaten The Future of Employee Coverage

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Congress and the president can ensure that all Americans have access to health care - will they?

America's health care system is in crisis. That's the word from the street and from the boardrooms as well.

When the Kaiser Family Foundation asked people to rate their greatest personal concern, the cost of health care was number one. Nearly 40 percent of Americans rate health care costs as a bigger worry than the economy, the stock market, the war in Iraq, or the threat of global terrorism.

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Let’s ensure a good future for all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN HIS FIRST TERM, President Bush’s number one priority was lowering taxes. He succeeded to a degree that still amazes many observers. Though his tax cuts primarily benefited the wealthiest Americans and created our nation’s largest budget deficits in history, they sailed through Congress.

The tax cuts of 2001-2004 shifted more of the tax burden to middle-class working families and saddled our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of government debt.

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Administration's Budget Doesn't Offer Much For U.S. Workers

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Funding makes working families a low priority

IT IS THROUGH the federal budget that a president and his administration show their priorities. The budget for fiscal year 2005 makes it clear that taking care of American workers is not a high priority for this administration.

While the U.S. loses manufacturing jobs by the millions each year, the White House is proposing a 60 percent funding cut for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program with a proven track record in helping manufacturers modernize, increase productivity, and create and retain jobs.

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U.S. needs a healthcare policy

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Healthcare costs are out of control, killing jobs and destroying lives

IN JUNE, GENERAL MOTORS (GM) announced they would lay off 25,000 workers over the next three years. One reason they cited was the growing cost of health care, which now adds more than $1,500 to the cost of each new GM vehicle sold and is rising at doubledigit rates, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

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Hurricane inspires heroic deeds

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

TRAGEDY OFTEN REVEALS our inner natures. We either give up, or we struggle to survive. We either withdraw into ourselves, or we reach out to help those around us. Hurricane Katrina has revealed the heroic natures of many of our Boilermaker members.

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Unions Keep Holiday Spirit Alive

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

THIS TIME OF YEAR, we often remind our members that the only reason
workers now enjoy weekends off and paid holidays is because of the
efforts of union organizers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the
early decades of the Industrial Revolution, employers like Ebenezer
Scrooge were not the exception, they were the rule.

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The U.S. Navy needs to build more ships

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN THE FIRST DAYS OF THE IRAQ War, the U.S. military launched 1,700 sorties in a strategy they called “shock and awe.” News media inspired the public with stories of the high-tech weapons in use — “smart bombs,” the stealth bomber, and remotely-guided, unmanned assault aircraft. But that was a distorted picture of the war effort.

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