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Shop Reports,
State Budget,
State of the Union
Fill District 11 Agenda


From a Chicago-area warehouse and State of Iowa offices, workers brought their triumphs and concerns to the District 11 Council meeting here June 22-24. Delegates from a wide variety of locals in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska packed the room.

Leading the shop reports, Patrick Grant of Local 1166 shared with delegates the outcome of his new local’s tough fight for a first contract with GATX Logistics — an agreement that includes a wage increases of around $1.80 over three years, back pay increases, language limiting the number of temporary workers, improvement in shift differential and other improvements.

Gathered in the home of the University of Iowa and UE Local 896-COGS, delegates were treated to a pictorial review of Iowa Labor History prepared by the Iowa Labor History project and a workshop on education presented by Deb Herman and Mike Evces, Local 896 members.

Iowa State Senator Joe Bolcum, who offered official greetings, briefly discussed the Iowa budget problems and stated that he expected next year’s budget to be tight as well. He challenged labor to create a more favorable attitude toward labor by publicizing the benefits of a unionized work force and working to keep community colleges affordable. These two things, Bolcum said, "will help to raise the average income of all Iowans."

Dir. of Org. Bob Kingsley and Genl. Sec.-Treas. Bob Clark reviewed the modifications to the National financial plan. Those changes were made by the General Executive Board following a round of discussions throughout the union’s districts and locals during the spring. Delegates participated in a spirited discussion regarding the national finances and the modified plan.

The District 11 Council discussed and acted on 12 separate resolutions for the UE National Convention submitted by the District 11 Executive Board and several locals. Delegates also heard political action reports from around the district.

Local 896 hosted what was generally regarded as a wonderful barbecue Saturday night.

UE News - 06/01

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