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Labor responded positively to

President Obama's State of the Union address Jan. 27. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the president is "absolutely right that jobs must be our number one focus in 2010" and asserted that the administration "must act on a scale that will be meaningful." He said the nation needs to create 10 million jobs "just to get out of the hole that we are in."

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Anna Burger, chair of the Change to Win federation and secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, praised the speech as a "dramatic reminder of why so many of us joined [Obama's] unprecedented call for change two years ago." She said Obama "acted quickly to move us out of the Dark Ages of the Bush Administration" as she called for "bolder solutions" to the problems working men and women face. Laborers International Union President Terence O'Sullivan noted that construction unemployment is 22.7 percent. He said good jobs can be created with greater infrastructure investment in roads, bridges and new energy systems.

organized labor offered mixed

reactions to U. S. Supreme Court's broad ruling which overturned restrictions on direct corporate and union spending in political campaigns. CtW's Anna Burger said decision opens the door for corporations to outspend unions which "threatens to drown out the voices of the people..." AFL-CIO Political Director Karen Ackerman, however, said in a conference call with reporters that the federation does not believe it will have a "major impact" on federation's political program. On Jan. 21, High Court by 5-4 ruling swept aside laws and court precedents dating back to 1907 which placed limits on corporate and union spending in federal elections. Majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy said First Amendment protects corporations the same way it does individuals. He said limits on political spending amount to "censorship to control speech." But ruling left intact existing limits on corporate and union contributions to federal candidates and political parties.

"It is reprehensible that a minority

in the U.S. Senate has blocked an up-ordown vote on Craig Becker, nominated seven months ago by President Obama to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)," said AFL-CIO Feb. 9 after Senate fell short by eight votes to close debate and approve Becker's nomination. By 52-33 vote, Senate failed to stop Republican-led filibuster against

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Becker, with two Democrats, Senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), joining them. AFL-CIO called on President Obama to make a recess appointment of Becker to the board, noting that the board has had only two of its five members for more than two years. Currently, more than 60 administration nominations are being blocked by Republicans. Becker served as an associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union for 14 years and has been staff counsel for the AFL-CIO since 2004. emergency-only services. Prime Minister George Papandreou has called for pay freezes, higher taxes, pension cutbacks and "any necessary measures" to reduce Greece's deficit which has roiled worldwide markets. According to news reports, unions regard the austerity program as "a declaration of war against the working and middle classes." They believe crisis has been engineered by external forces, such as "international speculators and European central bankers." Possibility of Greece or other financially stricken countries being unable to pay their debts and either needing an EU bailout or having to abandon the euro has been called the biggest threat yet to the single currency.

Definition of "green cleaning" in

the workplace is subject of two negotiations in California and Minnesota where Service Employees International Union is seeking new contract language that would reduce janitors' exposure to chemicals, the union reported. "It is a cutting-edge issue and we want to get some standards in the contract, but it's just one of the many frustrations of negotiating contracts with employers," said Mark Sharwood, SEIUUnited Service Workers West Local 1877 lead bargaining representative. Local 1877 represents 650 janitors working for contractors cleaning Safeway stores and Save Mart Supermarkets, which also operates Lucky stores, in Northern California. Union is negotiating a contract to replace pact that expired Oct. 31. SEIU Local 26 is negotiating with major cleaning contractors in Minnesota-St. Paul area that employ about 4,000 janitors. They have been working without a contract since Jan. 8. In both talks, union is seeking to write "green cleaning" language in the contract which employers are resisting.

to help them build a strong union and we will negotiate a solid contract, just like we have done for the Teamster-represented mechanics at Continental." Unions had failed five times over the past 13 years to organize Continental's fleet service workers. Under Railway Labor Act rules, union must win 50 percent plus one of all eligible voters (not those who actually vote).

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Spanish unions Feb. 12 called for

nationwide demonstrations against a plan to raise retirement age from 65 to 67 as part of the government's plan to cut its huge budget deficit. World markets have been rattled recently by the prospect of Spain having a debt crisis similar to Greece. But unions are resisting government's action to raise retirement age and change the pension formula. General Workers Union leader Candido Mendez called for a series of rallies to protest the government's decision. The first was held Feb. 23 in about 10 cities including Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. In Spain, as in many countries including the USA, real estate prices soared after 2000. But when the bubble burst, Spain was left with reduced domestic demand and growing budget deficits. photo used under Creative Commons from 0neiros


In 2009, union-represented workers

earned about 21 percent more per week than those who were unrepresented, in both the private sector ($845 versus $697) and government ($943 versus $782), Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Jan. 22. But unions lost 771,000 members as the proportion of workers who belonged to labor unions held steady at 12.3 percent in 2009, BLS said. Decline in union members to slightly more than 15.3 million workers reflected overall loss of 4.2 million jobs in the economy. In 2008, unions gained 428,000 members, for a total of 16.1 million, despite 3.1 million in job losses. Share of private sector union members fell to 7.2 percent last year from 7.6 percent in 2008, while the number of union members in government rose to 37.4 percent from


Teamsters won election to represent more than 7,000 fleet service workers nationwide at Continental Airlines. More than 4,102 workers voted for Teamsters, according to the National Mediation Board. Fleet service employees include baggage handlers, ramp workers, and cargo agents. Election culminates organizing campaign Teamsters began in July 2009. "This is a great day for the Teamsters and for the fleet service workers at Continental," Teamsters President James P. Hoffa Jr. said in a statement. "The union will work with the fleet service workers



thousands of Greeks marched in

the streets during a national public sector strike Feb. 10 in protest over deficit-cutting measures proposed by the government. Rallies spread across Greece throughout the day, with thousands of striking workers and pensioners gathering in the capital, Athens. Flights were grounded, many schools closed and hospitals provided

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36.8 percent. A majority of union members for the first time last year were employed in government as the number of private sector jobs fell by 834,000 to 7.4 million. "As workers across the country have seen their real and nominal wages decline as a result of the recession, these numbers show a need for Congress to pass legislation to level the playing field to enable more American workers to access the benefits of union membership," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said. at AFL-CIO. "These programs are a priority." She said the proposed $3 million cut in the voluntary compliance program represents an important shift in "priorities" from the Bush Administration. decision to drop its Pontiac line at the plant as the reason for its closure. Speakers at the rally denounced the move, calling Toyota "a danger to America."

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Iowa building trades praised Iowa

Gov. Chet Culver's Feb. 1 executive order that requires all state departments and agencies to consider using project labor agreements on large-scale construction projects. Order applies to all state projects costing at least $25 million. Bob Gilroy, Secretary-Treasurer of the Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council, said only two public project PLAs have been performed in the state, and expressed optimism that Culver's order could open the door to more. He said the trades were "happy" with the order despite some restrictions. According to a spokesperson for the governor, a number of public projects are planned, including two correctional facilities and a veterans' home, that should exceed the amount required to allow for consideration of a PLA. The University of Iowa is also planning to replace a number of facilities that were damaged by flooding in 2008 that should exceed the threshold.


identified Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Brazil, China and the Philippines as the "top six countries" linked to products that use child or forced labor. U.S. Department of Labor for the first time, as a result of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress, released a report listing goods produced by child or forced labor in foreign countries. Department looked at 122 products in 58 countries and found children and forced laborers are mining gold, sewing clothing and harvesting cocoa around the world. India is the source for the biggest number of products made by these workers, reported the Reuters news service. International Labor Organization (ILO) has found that 69 percent of child labor worldwide is in agriculture.




Association, which represents Major League Baseball's 67 umpires, recently approved new five-year contract that offers pension buyouts and a "modest" pay increase. "It wasn't unanimous, but it was the most overwhelming vote I've ever participated in," said Joe West, veteran umpire who is president of the umpires' union. "Everyone is very happy and pleased that we could work through this. This was a good day for baseball and a good day for the umpires." Old contract expired Dec. 31. As part of the agreement, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will have more flexibility to dictate expansion of the instant replay system and umpires will now be able to work in successive World Series. Under prior agreement, the six umpires who called a particular World Series would not be able to do so again for two years, although they were available to work the Division Series and the League Championship Series the next postseason. With this contract, MLB concluded agreements without a single

President obama Feb. 1 proposed

$573 million budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for fiscal year 2011, a 2.7 percent increase over the $558 million in fiscal 2010. According to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, budget would include "significant" cuts to the agency's Voluntary Protection Program while federal enforcement will be increased $233 million, up 4.5 percent from FY 2010. Solis said 25 new inspectors would be hired. Labor applauded Obama's proposed increase for OSHA, particularly after the President announced a three-year spending freeze on discretionary programs in his State of the Union speech. "In times of tight budgets, with the discretionary spending being under attack, the Obama administration has demonstrated they have a commitment to funding worker protections, including OSHA," said Peg Seminario, safety and health director


International Brotherhood of Teamsters led Jan. 28 rally outside Embassy of Japan to urge intervention of Japanese government in decision by Toyota Motor Corp. to close its New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont, Calif. Rally also protested Toyota's decision to move work from auto transport companies with Teamsters-represented drivers that have delivered Toyota vehicles for decades. "We appeal to you for timely intervention in these matters, which are critical to both our countries' interests," said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles and IBT President James P. Hoffa Jr. in a letter delivered to the embassy for Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Toyota announced in August that it would close the NUMMI plant, a joint venture with General Motors since 1984, by March 2010. Toyota cited GM's




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work stoppage involving either the players or the umpires during the past decade for the first time.

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Members of the International

Association of Fire Fighters comprised the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams recently deployed to Haiti to assist in disaster relief, reported the IAFF. Union members performed rescue operations, provided medical care and other needed emergency services, the union said. "Our members are well-trained in providing life-saving and life-preserving assistance during multi-hazard situations," said IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "Our thoughts and prayers are not only with them as they face what will certainly be total devastation, but also with the people of Haiti." In unrelated news, IAFF Executive Board last month elected Thomas H. Miller as General SecretaryTreasurer. He will fill the unexpired term of Vincent J. Bollon, a former New York City fire fighter, who retired on January 15. Miller holds the second-highest position in the IAFF which represents some 300,000 paid, professional fire fighters in the U.S. and Canada. He has served as IAFF's 8th District Vice President, representing midwest states, since 2000.

United Food and Commercial

Workers Local 7 members ratified 52-month contract this month covering some 7,000 clerks, bakery workers, and meatcutters at Safeway stores in Colorado and Wyoming. Local 7 represents some 14,000 grocery workers stores in both states. According to Local 7 spokesman Dave Minshall, union members recently ratified similar deals at King Shoppers/ City Market and Albertsons. Contracts at all three stores expire Sept. 9, 2013. Safeway contract includes plan to transfer $12 million from the active workers' account into the retirees account in the multi-employer health care trust fund that covers workers at all three chains. "Without the infusion of cash, retirees would be facing a 21 percent increase in the health insurance premiums," Minshall said. Contract also includes signing bonus, wage increases, expanded health care benefits and some changes designed to stabilize the employees' pension plan, he said.

said AFSCME President Gerald McEntee. "They're seriously talking about risking millions of Americans' retirement security in the same market that nearly collapsed our economy last year."McEntee said "gambling" Social Security on the stock market is a plan that "only Wall Street honchos, and their pet Congressmen, can love." He recalled President Bush offered a similar plan in 2005 that was "overwhelmingly" rejected and vowed AFSCME would fight any privatization proposal.

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Service Employees International

Union won significant legal case when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Jan. 28 ruled that certain portions of Houston's ordinances on holding outdoor events violated First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fall 2006, SEIU Local 5 sought to conduct parades, marches, and rallies in downtown Houston in support of a strike by 5,300 janitors who were in a contract dispute. City denied several of the union's requests for permits based on its sound and parade ordinances. Union sued and won a preliminary injunction allowing various planned activities. Federal district court later overturned some of the city's rules, but the appeals court went further. Fifth Circuit struck down as unconstitutional a restriction in the city's sound ordinance allowing only two permits for the same location during a 30-day period, restriction on weekday parades in the downtown area except from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the entire parks ordinance, which "fails" to define a "public gathering" and "fails" to designate which park areas require a permit.

UnItE hErE members voted

overwhelmingly to ratify first contract covering some 350 food and beverage and custodial employees workers with Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Meadow Lands, Pa. Three-year pact provides wage increases, defined benefit pension and employer contributions to 401(k) accounts, plus full family health care benefits with no employee premium contributions required, union said. Grievance and arbitration provisions, seniority rule, and provisions protecting workers' jobs from subcontracting were also included. "We are proud of the agreement we have reached with the Meadows, and we look forward to building a cooperative relationship with the company at the property," Chris Magoulas, deputy director of the union's gaming division, said in a Jan. 19 statement. New 350,000 square-foot casino, built as part of the decades-old racetrack, opened April 2009 outside of Pittsburgh. Meadows employs more than 1,000 workers and features two large restaurants, eight "micro restaurants," and 3,700 slot machines.

american Federation of State,

County & Municipal Employees sharply criticized recent proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to privatize Social Security. Ryan, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, included the proposal, along with replacing Medicare with private insurance, in his alternative Republican budget plan. "The Republicans may be morphing from the Party of `No' to the Party of `You Gotta Be Kidding Me',"

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AFSCME President Jerry McEntee speaks at a rally to protect Social Security and stop privatization. photo used under Creative Commons from stgermh

Protecting Working Families


William lucy Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees and reduce our incomes. Unfortunately, that's exactly what China is doing.

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china 's double-cross

america's trade avalanche

As America's downward economic spiral continues--costing us good jobs and livable wages--it's time to examine a primary cause: we import more and export less. The result is a trade deficit that rose almost $2 billion between August and September of last year. Unless we do business differently with other countries--more export and less import--our unemployment may stay above 10 percent for a long time. Some economists seem to believe it's okay when international trade causes us to lose a hundred manufacturing jobs in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania, as long as we add a hundred construction jobs elsewhere. But here's the reality: When the housing bubble burst, those construction jobs disappeared. In the end, we traded good manufacturing jobs for no jobs at all! Improving economic growth and increasing overall job creation means creating good trade agreements with good trade partners. Unfortunately, that's not the current situation. Since being admitted to the World Trade Organization, China has headed the list of bad trade partners--unfortunately other Asian nations are following suit. As Economic Policy Institute (EPI) economist Robert Scott noted in his July 2008 EPI briefing paper, "Trade with less-developed countries has reduced the bargaining power of all workers in the U.S. economy." In fact, the annual salaries of all workers without a four-year college degree--the majority of our workforce--are roughly $1,400 lower today because of this competition. We certainly don't need trade partners who steal our jobs

Between 2001 and 2007, growing trade deficits with China displaced over two million American workers. More than one-third of these workers held manufacturing jobs and dropped out of the labor force altogether, while average wages of those who secured reemployment fell between 11 and 13 percent. Lost jobs and smaller paychecks in the private sector mean decreased spending and lower tax revenues. These last two hit public sector workers in the form of layoffs and less money for critical government programs at a time when they are most needed. China 's dishonest trade practices have hurt America deeply. For example: Their government illegally subsidizes products-- like glass--so they can be sold cheaply. And when Chinese tire manufacturers first open for business, they're required to export 100 percent of their products for the first five years. None can be sold in China! How can we honestly compete when cheap products are easy to come by? Fortunately, President Obama has put restraints on the tire industry. But more needs to be done as other nations adopt China 's ways. The result of poor trade practices is that demands for goods produced in every region of America have been reduced, costing jobs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to EPI, the biggest losers were California, with a job loss over 300,000; Texas, which lost more than 200,000; and New York with a loss of over 125,000.

And facing the threat that they can be replaced by cheap foreign labor, workers have lost bargaining power. Let's encourage our legislators to revamp trade policy. It's a critical step in reinvesting in our nation and our workers so we can truly repair our economy.

ail/nilicO's FOOd Bank assists WOrkinG Families

Launched years ago as a community service, AIL/NILICO's grass-roots food bank program has grown to assist thousands of needy working families, particularly during the current economic downturn. The program operates on a simple premise: AIL/NILICO sales representatives ask for a food donation for the local insurance agency's food pantry during every home visit. With more than 1,500 sales agents collecting an average of 6-8 cans of food a day, AIL/ NILICO has made tons of food available each year to help economically distressed working families. To access the program, local unions contact their local AIL/NILICO agency and request help for individual workers, laid-off families or workers on strike. Distribution is handled by each local agency without formal interviews or paperwork. A union member also can simply call the agency to request assistance and they will receive it. AIL/NILICO Regional Public Relations Director Tim Farr has seen firsthand the impact the program has had on people's lives. "We are there as a stop-gap or emergency supply of food that families need until they get approved for assistance with a government program or get help from the United Way," he says. "We don't just give out a can or two. We give a family an entire bag of groceries easily worth $50 or $60 to tide them over." Farr points out that AIL/NILICO is an insurance company, not a food relief organization. But this program is the

america's Bottom line

The next time someone tries to sell us a bill of goods about how unchecked globalization won't hurt, we must counter with our experiences of economic insecurity and permanent wage losses. The promise that imports lead to new job opportunities in expanding export sectors like China are false. They've led to trade imbalance and less lucrative jobs or long-term unemployment.

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company's way of "giving back to the community," he says. "We operate very informally. If a union says someone needs help, or a member calls for help, we just tell them to come by the office. We don't check up on them and it's available immediately," he explains. Farr noted that asking people for money or a donation is "not always easy." But nearly everyone responds when an agent asks for a can of food. "I've seen some families go into financial problems that working families, both union and non-union, face today. "I started with the company in Michigan, which has seen hard times for years. We helped many families who thought they would never have to come to a food bank for assistance. It makes me proud to be with a company like AIL/NILICO," he says. The AIL/NILICO food bank program is a corporate-based grassroots effort that responds to the increased difficulties that working families are experiencing across the nation today in what is turning into a crisis. According to a recent report by Feeding America, a network of 203 food banks nationwide, one in eight Americans, some 37 million, received emergency food help last year. That's up 46% from 2005, said the nation's largest hunger-relief group. Feeding America said children are hit particularly hard. One in five children, 14 million, received food from soup kitchens, food pantries and other agencies, up from 9 million in 2005, the year of the group's last major survey. The report was released at a time when a record number of Americans are receiving food stamps, 33.7 million last year. President Obama's proposed budget also adds $1 billion annually to school-based food programs. "Our system is overburdened," Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, recently told the news media. She said companies (like AIL/NILICO), individuals and the federal government have increased donations, but food banks are still struggling to keep up with demand. The report "reinforces what we know, which is that poverty and hardship are rising," said Stacy Dean, director of food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which researches how public programs affect low- and middle-income people. She said in a news report that some of the same people who get food stamps also go to soup kitchens or food pantries, because the government aid might not be enough. The Agriculture Department reported in November that 14.6% of households didn't have enough food at some time in 2008.

nurses head tO haiti With ail's helP

AIL/NILICO recently made a significant contribution to a fund supported by National Nurses United to send volunteer registered nurses to Haiti for relief service. "Your contribution will help support the thousands of nurses who have volunteered to leave the comfort of their homes and families to join a nursing mission for the earthquake victims in Haiti," Rose Ann DeMoro wrote to AIL/NILICO President & CEO Roger Smith.

the kitchen and come back with an entire grocery bag of food items," he says. He explained that when the bags are put together for needy families, a wide variety of items are included. "It's not just a bag-full of beans. We make sure that there is a selection of healthy food stuffs that people enjoy." Farr, like most AIL/NILICO representatives, also is a union member of the Office and Professional Employees Local 277. He is particularly concerned about the

ail Joins Building trades' diabetes Fight

AIL/NILICO President & CEO Roger Smith (left) presents a contribution to AFL-CIO Building & Construction Trades Department Pres. Mark H. Ayers for the organization's Dollars Against Diabetes campaign. According to the BCTD, the national, state and local trades councils have donated over $40 million dollars for diabetes research. As part of the campaign, the department sponsors the annual D.a.d.'s Day fundraising event held each year over Father's Day weekend. A major beneficiary of the campaign is the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, Fla., a state-of-the art research facility opened in 1994 and built with 100% union tradespeople.

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AIL/NILICO reported that additional funds for Haitian relief have been raised through the individual contributions of State General Agents. NNU is a new nurse's organization formed last fall, comprised of the CNA, Massachusetts Nurses Association and United American Nurses, representing some 150,000 registered nurses. The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is a national network of direct-care RN's sponsored by the organizations that coordinate sending volunteer RNs to disaster stricken areas. With more than 12,000 nurse volunteers, the only obstacle to sending them to Haiti is the cost, for which AIL/NILICO's donation will be used. RNRN/NNU signed an agreement with the Navy to provide a continual deployment of volunteer nurses to the Navy's disaster relief efforts in Haiti. To donate to this effort, go to nation's biggest performers' unions, he brings an important perspective to the board's deliberations," said Smith. Howard was elected the 25th president of Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He replaced former SAG head Alan Rosenberg, a former member of the AIL/NILICO Labor Advisory Board, who did not run for re-election. Howard has been a working member of the Screen Actors Guild for 40 years and has earned a formidable list of credits and several awards, including his second Emmy in 2009 for his role in HBO's critically acclaimed Grey Garden. In November, he also was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, composed of three national officers and 51 vice presidents from various labor organizations. Howard's term runs until the summer of 2013. As a member of the AIL/NILICO Labor Advisory Board, Howard joins more than 50 other international and national labor leaders in a unique organization, the only one of its kind in the insurance industry. Board members represent more than nine million union members covered by the company's policies and benefits.

AIL/NILICO Vice President Debbie Enstedt (left) presents a donation for Haitian relief to Malinda Markowitz R.N., President, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. CNA is one of the sponsoring organizations of the Registered Nurses Response Network which sends volunteer RN's into disaster zones. AIL/ NILICO's contribution will assist in paying the costs of RN's who volunteer for Haitian relief.

DeMoro is executive director of the California Nurses Association/Nurses National Organizing Committee (CNA/ NNOC) and National Nurses United. She noted that AIL/NILICO is "a regular contributor" to labor and charitable causes such as Haitian relief. "Your leadership has made AIL a recognized name in the labor movement and the unions of the AFL-CIO," she said.

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Recently elected Screen Actor's Guild President Ken Howard is the newest member of the AIL/NILICO Labor Advisory Board, announced AIL/NILICO President & CEO Roger Smith. "We are delighted to have Ken join us on the board. As president of one of the

ail celebrates teamsters' chuck mack

AIL/NILICO was on hand in San Francisco in January to celebrate the recent retirement of long-time International Brotherhood of Teamster's official Chuck Mack. Mack served as Western Regional Vice President of the Teamsters Union and President of the union's state and Northern California councils. He joined the Teamsters in 1960 as a seasonal worker at a Del Monte packing plant and held many elected positions during his union service. Speakers at the event, held in the Fairmont Hotel, praised Mack for his leadership which helped create in the Bay Area "an unusual level of labor solidarity that operated on picket lines, in boycotts, organizing campaigns, corporate campaigns and contract campaigns." Shown are (left to right) Julie Beriolomeo, AIL; U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Malka Arony, AIL; Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa Jr.; Rona Pileggi Spano, AIL.

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2009 ail/nilicO cOntriButiOns

AIL/NILICO views contributions as an investment in the communities it serves. The LAB-designated charities and organizations are varied; yet, each has a bearing on improving the lives of working families. In addition, the board-directed contributions at both the national and local levels must meet the standard of enriching and strengthening the bonds of community. Listed here are 2009's most notable contributions:

ail contributes to Painters Youth Fund

Painters & Allied Trades President Jimmy Williams (right) accepts a contribution from AIL/NILICO Vice President Denise Bowyer (center) for the union's Children's Hope Foundation, or PATCH (Painters & Allied Trades for Children's Hope). Jack Hayn, assistant to the General President, looks on. Founded in 2001, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth institutions and programs "to

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help ensure that children in need have the opportunities to live lives of play and comfort that every child deserves," the union said. Painters report that to date the PATCH Foundation has given over $1 million to youth organizations throughout the United States and Canada. "The men and women of the IUPAT are proud to give back to our communities through the PATCH Foundation. Making a positive difference in children's lives is the ultimate reward for being a good neighbor in our communities," said Williams.


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