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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 40, Number 3
May 2001 to Jun 2001

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Boilermakers' first convention in 21st century begins July 23; A look at past conventions; The state of our union; Bush wants us to roll out the fast tract for FTAA; Economics; Lightning safety awareness; Recent contract settlements; and much, much more ...

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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.

Reporter  V40N3

Grievance Handling -- But We've Always Done It That Way!

Using past practice to win grievances

Most grievances are based on a violation of the contract, but no contract can cover every minute detail of what occurs on the job. On the job, procedures and practices are often worked out between the supervisors and the workers verbally, and nothing ever gets into the contract.

These unwritten agreements and standing policies give rise to the term "custom and practice," or what we more often call "past practice."

Reporter  V40N3

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