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Convention & Conference 2002

May 20, 2002


General Executive Board



FROM:  Bruce J. Klipple, General Secretary-Treasurer


The Second Constitutional Convention of the Labor Party is now less than two months away. It will be held at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., July 25 through 28. Please take note that the deadline to register and renew your membership is June 28th. I want to urge your participation in this event. Our union plays a leading role in the work of the Labor Party, and we need your attendance to continue this important work.

The need for the Labor Party is more obvious than ever, although the challenges of building, maintaining, and expanding the organization are greater than ever. The recent battle to stop passage of the disgraceful, job-killing "fast track" scheme provides us with all the reasons why we need the Labor Party, and why you should consider attending as a delegate. Working people here in the United States continue to suffer under a two-party political "system" that increasingly joins hands with big business to assault ordinary people.

Enclosed you will find the May 2002 Labor Party Press. On page 6, you will find the Convention Call. Please take a moment to review this important information as it contains the specific rules and deadlines for delegates who plan on attending. Be aware that individuals, districts, and locals will need to be current in their dues/fees or renew their Labor Party memberships if they plan on attending the Convention. See page 2 for membership form; an affiliation form is enclosed. There is also a $75 delegate registration fee, as was the case in prior Labor Party conventions. Registration for delegate status is accomplished by meeting the membership or renewal guidelines, then submitting a letter directly to the Labor Party on your union letterhead. This process is spelled out in detail in the Call under "Registration Information."

The delegate registration deadline - and the deadline to renew or join - is June 28, 2002.

Locals that do not plan on attending - but would like their votes carried by their respective District Council - should send a letter ASAP on local letterhead specifying this to their District Council. The District Council should then attach such letters to their request for credentials from the Labor Party.

The national union has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel, but they are expected to go quickly. Please - do not delay your decision making process. To reserve your room(s) as part of the UE block, please contact me at the national office at (412)471-8919. For questions regarding travel into Washington, D.C., please contact the UE Washington Office at (703)684-3123.

In solidarity,

Bruce J. Klipple
General Secretary-Treasurer


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