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To Fence-Sitting Congressman Kind —
Union Members Demand,
‘No Fast Track!’


Marching in the La Crosse Labor Day parade: 'No Fast Track!'

Among those marching in the La Crosse Labor Day parade were Charlene Winchell, Local 1121 (waving), Jeff Tilson, Local 1121 chief steward (with microphone) and Joni Anderson, Local 1107 (at right). Joining the Wisconsin UE members were District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen and retired District 11 Pres. Frank Rosen.

Not just out for a nice stroll: the nearly 20 UE members who took part in the Labor Day parade here took a strong stand in opposition to trade promotion (fast track) authority. The UE Locals 1121 and 1107 members got the attention of Congressman and potential gubernatorial candidate Ron Kind.

The Democrat told the press, "I’m one of the people who’s keeping an open mind about this." That’s not what UE members wanted to hear. Concerned by the threat of further job losses due to an expansion of NAFTA, UE and other union members urged Kind to defend jobs and vote "no" on fast track.

As Kind came by to shake hands before the parade got underway, UE members said, "Now don’t forget us when it comes time to vote on fast track." He gave an inconclusive reply.

"The trade deals we have now work against working families," District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen told the Madison Capitol Times. "For Kind to vote to give Bush that authority would be to abdicate his responsibility to American working families."

Local 1121 consists of workers employed by Aramark in La Crosse; Local 1107 represents Farnam Sealing (Freudenberg/NOK) workers in Necedah.

Editor's Note: Representative Kind voted against "Fast Track" on December 6, 2001.

UE News - 11/01

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