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Don’t Sacrifice People’s
Needs, Local 893
Convention Tells Governor


Local 893 convention delegates; pictured at right, Pres. Bill Austin

Local 893 convention delegates; pictured at right, Pres. Bill Austin.

The union is in good shape, but the State of Iowa is not, declared Pres. Bill Austin, in his "state of the union" address to the annual convention of UE Local 893, Iowa United Professionals, here Oct. 6. Governor Vilsack’s call for across-the-board budget cuts has drastically affected the bargaining units represented by UE, he said.

The women and men who belong to Local 893 are employed in the public sector, mostly by the State of Iowa.


Delegates composed letters to the Governor stating displeasure with the recent negotiations and the importance of providing adequate funding to allow workers to continue to protect the children of Iowa and provide services to the elderly and families in need. Political Action Dir. Chris Townsend addressed the group and provided direction for the upcoming legislative battles to protect the wages and working conditions of the members.

District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen, brought the delegates up to date on developments within the District and the National Union. Mary McElroy, Sub-Local 2 president from Waterloo, reported to the delegates on her recent trip to Mexico and the union women’s school in Kansas City (see: Educating and Counseling in a Border Metropolis (Juarez, Mexico).

The convention unanimously approved the amendments to the National constitution.

Delegates reelected current officers: Pres. Bill Austin, Vice Pres. Becky Dawes, Sec. Eric Marcks and Treas. Gary Walker. Also elected were trustees Mary McElroy, Mary Lou Welter, and Neal Boeding.

The convention ended with a presentation on the Highlander Folk School. Sub-Local 1 hosted a reception.

UE News - 11/01

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