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Endorses Candidates for Governor, Senate ...
Local 893 Readies for
Bargaining with State

WATERLOO, Iowa

Local 893 Political Action  
State Sen. Tom Vilsack (right) receives petitions demanding a moratorium on privatization by Iowa from Local 893 leader Dan Kelley in this 1994 photo. Local 893 recently endorsed Vilsack’s gubernatorial candidacy.

After carefully considering the records of the two candidates for governor, delegates to the annual meting of UE Local 893-Iowa United Professionals endorsed Tom Vilsack, a Democratic state senator.

Vilsack has worked to win comparable pay for comparable work, regularly supported minimum-wage increases, worked for increased funding for state schools and two years ago supported the Local 893-IUP call for a two-year moratorium on privatization of state services.

His opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim Lightfoot (R.), earned a 14 percent pro-worker rating from UE and 96 percent approval rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for support for NAFTA, the TEAM Act, welfare repeal, overtime repeal and opposition to minimum wage increases.

The result of the gubernatorial election could have a major impact on the outcome of negotiations between Local 893 and the State of Iowa in 1999. A statewide amalgamated local union, Local 893 represents many hundreds of state employees.

The Local 893 annual meeting unanimously adopted a plan for greater membership involvement in next year’s negotiations that includes workplace activity and public demonstrations.

Local Pres. Dan Kelley led a workshop for state workers that focused on building contract support groups and negotiations process. Meanwhile, delegates from school, city and county bargaining units represented by Local 893 met with UE Political Action Dir. Chris Townsend for a discussion on methods of affecting local political structures and building alliances.

District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen congratulated the statewide local on its success in consistently achieving better contracts that other state employees unions and pledged the support of the district and National union in next year’s bargaining with state government.

Speaking at the first Local 893 meeting since the Iowa and Nebraska locals became part of District 11, Rosen encouraged the Local 893-IUP members to become fully involved in the district and take advantage of the educational programs and resources offered by the district and National union.

The Local 893 convention also endorsed David Osterberg, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, who addressed the meeting. Osterberg, an economics professor and former state legislator, contrasted the falling incomes of workers with the rising profits of corporations and blasted the pro-business record of incumbent Sen. Charles Grassley. Delegates passed the hat to raise funds for Osterberg’s underdog campaign.

Speaking on behalf of Genl. Pres. John Hovis, Townsend stressed the importance of voting in the November election. He also led a workshop for public sector workers taken from the Labor Party’s "Corporate Power and the American Dream" presentation.

UE News - 10/98


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