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Local 893 Convention
Focuses On Growth


Local 893 President Dan Kelley
Local 893 President Dan Kelley

Although the membership of the state-wide union is at an all-time high, UE Local 893, Iowa United Professionals places critical importance on organizing.

Addressing a unified and positive state convention here September 25, Local Pres. Dan Kelley said the times demand that "we get a lot bigger, fast" by organizing private-sector social work agencies. He said there are 1,000 workers in such agencies in Linn and Johnson Counties.

Despite the difficulty achieving 100 percent membership in a so-called "right-to-work" state, a number of Local 893-represented work units have achieved just that. They were recognized with certificates and applause.

Local Vice Pres. Bill Austin will be taking a leave of absence to service UE locals in the western half of the state, with an emphasis on internal organizing within Local 893 workplaces.


Chris Townsend, UE political action director, accused those unions that have endorsed Al Gore for President of either lying about Gore’s record or at least lying by omission. He blasted Gore’s part in the Administration’s "Reinventing Government" scheme that has made a mess of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Although Iowa’s new governor has pledged to oppose privatization, Townsend recommended a meeting with Gov. Tom Vilsack to determine the status of ongoing privatization efforts.

Field Org. Sylvia Kelley and Intl. Rep. Greg Cross conducted a workshop on grievances.

Becky Burke and Pat Hasenclever reported on their visits to Mexico this year as part of the Worker-to-Worker exchanges sponsored by UE and the Authentic Labor Front (FAT). Nearly every delegate to the state convention has signed a "Solidarity Dues Card" that authorizes a $1 dues deduction for the UE-FAT Solidarity Fund.

Local 893 members took up a collection for UE Local 150 members in North Carolina, who are also public-sector workers, who had been victims of Hurricane Floyd.

The convention was also addressed by UE District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen.

The convention unanimously endorsed candidates for District 11 office: Bill Austin, District 11 Southeast Coordinator; Dan Kelley, executive board; Mary McElroy, trustee.

Elected as district officers are: Dan Kelley, president; Bill Austin, vice president; Becky Burke, secretary; Gary Walker, treasurer; Neal Boeding, three-year trustee; Mary Lou Welter, two-year trustee; and Pat Morrissey, one-year trustee.

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