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Call Issued
To the 66th UE Convention


The 66th Annual UE National Convention ...

The call to the 66th UE Convention has been mailed to all local unions and district councils. The convention will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh from Sept. 16 to 20. Signed by Genl. Sec.-Treas. Bob Clark, the call states:

"The 66th National Convention of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) will take place from Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20, 2001 in the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. We have important work to do and tough choices to make — as well as victories to celebrate. Please begin to plan now to attend this important convention.

"Last year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the union set up with the help of the bosses and politicians to take our place. Last year also marked its demise — a month after our convention, the IUE elected to liquidate itself and become part of the CWA. Fifty years later, they are gone, and we are still here. We’re a bit smaller than we were a half century ago, but we’re still fighting to advance the interests of working people, still operating on the basis of rank-and-file control. We aim to keep it that way.


"The financial plan adopted by the General Executive Board offers a sound approach to UE’s long-term stability and growth. There are no easy answers, and no real answers without membership involvement. The careful consideration of the plan by the rank-and-file delegates to the 66th Convention is essential to this process.

"These are not the best of times, not with a President and Congress largely indifferent to workers’ needs, not with the plague of plant closings and layoffs and the threat of further job loss through expansion of NAFTA. But we have victories to celebrate — especially first contracts achieved and the renewal of agreements that mean a better life for our members. We continue to make a contribution through our unique and vital international, education and political action programs. We can take pride in our independence of thought and action — as, for example, last year’s convention when we chose to reject the easy option in the presidential contest in order to promote alternatives to the two-party trap.

"Please note that proposed resolutions and constitutional amendments must be received in the National office no later than August 16. See you in Pittsburgh!"

UE News - 06/01

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