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District 7 Welcomes
Newly Organized Local 741

FORT WAYNE, Ind.

The District Seven Council meeting here Oct. 16-17 welcomed Local 741, representing bus drivers, custodians, cooks, secretaries and other staff of the Highland School District in Ohio.

District Pres. Joyce Clayborne encouraged local leaders to become more self-sufficient so that staff can devote more time to organizing. "If locals need more training, please take advantage of the education programs offered by the National office," she said.

Reporting on the decisions of 64th UE National Convention, Pres. Clayborne raised the possibility of conducting a state political action conference. After discussion, delegates endorsed the proposal. An Ohio political action conference will take place in conjunction with the February district council meeting in Columbus.

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Ed Havaich, Local 751, traveled to Mexico during the summer as part of the worker-to-worker exchanges coordinated by UE and the Authentic Labor Front (FAT). The Mexicans he met in a number of factories, Havaich said, are hard-working people the same as ourselves who face considerable odds in fighting for basic human rights. That they earn $46 a day, instead of the $22 an hour some UE members make, is a result of economic and political decisions that we must struggle against together on both sides of the border, Havaich said.

A workshop prepared by the National union on workplace stress was well-received by delegates.

Shop reports revealed a wide variety of disputes with employers, including victories in grievances and arbitration.

Delegates elected Joyce Clayborne, president; Jerome Kieffer, vice president; Rich Tarnaski, secretary; Phil Bishop, treasurer; Virginia Garrette, Bill Callahan and Eileen Ginley, board members; Leonard King, Ellis Williams and Jeff VanMeter, trustees; and Diane Sprow, sergeant-at-arms.

UE News - 11/99


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