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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 39, Number 4
Jul 2000 to Aug 2000

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Included articles:

CLGAW conference coverage; Boilermakers at Union Industries show; Boilermaker employer, Taylor Forge, earns national recognition; Right-to-Work invades Canada; Local 92 performs aqueduct work; The unfairest taxes of all; Getting members to the ballot box; International and local lodge scholarship winners; Evidence is key to winning the grievance; and much, much more ...

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Trade With China Is Not The Real Problem

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

American workers have more — and bigger — problems than China

When Congress voted to give China permanent normal trade relations, they didn't do American workers any favors. But those union leaders who want us to use this single vote as a litmus test for candidates are wrong.

Some of our best friends in Congress voted for this bill -- people who have supported us on nearly every other issue. Refusing to support them because of a single vote is political suicide. All we will do is make it that much easier for our enemies to get elected.

Reporter  V39N4

How to argue your position

Evidence is key to winning the grievance

Collect all the evidence you can, quantify it, make it trustworthy, and present it well for maximum impact

Arguing your grievance is like arguing a court case. You must have evidence to support your claims. Your evidence should be trustworthy, quantified, and positive. Many grievances (and court cases) are lost because the evidence is there, but it is not presented well enough to carry the argument.

Reporter  V39N4

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