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We Must Build More Navy Ships

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Our fleet is shrinking to dangerously low levels, weakening our defense & shipbuilding industry

In the first days of the war on terrorism, the U.S. Navy amassed 50 ships in international waters in the Arabian Sea, 500 miles south of land-locked Afghanistan. From that distance, they were able to launch missiles and send jet fighters on sorties into the interior of Afghanistan 500 hundred miles away.

Reporter  V41N3

Use Your Contract To Protect Your Pension

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Pension reform bills in Congress are weak

In the months following the Enron collapse, members of Congress started talking about all kinds of reforms -- tax reforms, accounting reforms, pension reforms.

Reporter  V41N2

We Should Fully Fund Amtrak, Not Sell Off Pieces of It Like Scrap

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

The U.S. needs reliable passenger trains to complement our highways and airlines — not more corporate handouts

In January, the Amtrak Reform Council (ARC) reported that Amtrak had failed to meet the deadline for self-sufficiency that Congress gave them in 1997, and ARC unveiled their plan to privatize our passenger rails.

Their "cure" for America's ailing intercity passenger rail system is worse than the disease as diagnosed by Congress: poor service caused by lack of competition and unprofitability, which leads to government subsidies.

Reporter  V41N1

Want To Stimulate The Economy? Put Money Into The Hands of Consumers

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Corporate tax giveaways won't rev up economy

In the days and weeks — now months — following the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans have slowly gone back to their regular routine, trying to get back to that comfortable feeling of "business as usual." In Washington, recovery seems to have taken place more rapidly. Even with the anthrax threat, politicians went back to their old ways within days of the attacks.

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Save Your Tax Rebate - You'll Need It

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Bush has wiped out the budget surplus — now he's looking at Medicare and Social Security

If you get a tax rebate check this fall, consider yourself lucky. Many working families will get nothing from Bush's tax cut. And even though your $300 or $600 check is chump change compared to the million-dollar tax cuts that America's wealthiest families will realize, you'd better hang onto it.

Reporter  V40N4

Trade Pacts Threaten Sovereignty

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

NAFTA, FTAA, and the WTO may force Canada and the U.S. to lower our standards to match third-world countries

In the past five years, a quiet revolution has been occurring in the world of international trade. You might even call it a silent coup, because in a sense a small group of people is seizing the reins of governments all around the world.

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We Must Stop Bush's Rampage

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

His radical agenda and tax-cut budget weaken worker protections, rob Medicare to give the rich a big tax cut

In the first hundred days of his presidency, George W. Bush has been on an anti-worker rampage. Just look at a few of his deeds:

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Congress Should Stop Company Raids On Retiree Medical And Pension Funds

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Companies lower benefits and use surpluses to make profits

The next time you hear a report on how much profit some large corporation has made in the past year, or how some corporate executive has made a couple of million dollars by cashing in stock options, I want you to think of Jim Sanders.

Jim and his wife, Dorothy, used to work at the Inspiration mine in Miami, Ariz., where they were members of Local 187. When Cyprus Mines bought Inspiration, they refused to recognize the union and managed to convince a majority of the workers there to go along with their plan.

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Regardless Who Is President, Our Union's Mission Remains The Same

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We must fight for labor law reform so working families get a fair break

The presidential election took place three weeks ago, yet we still don't have a winner. The closest election in more than 100 years has spawned an electoral tangle that may take months to resolve.

Both candidates claim that their lawsuits and legal wrangling are merely attempts to ensure that the results of the election reflect "the will of the people."

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