Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on our nation. Each year, we remember those who died in that tragedy and the thousands of courageous individuals who helped save lives during the disaster and its aftermath.Twelve years later, Osama bin Laden is dead and his network is severely compromised. The Pentagon is rebuilt and work on the new twin tower complex in New York is well underway.Today we remember those who died, including Boston Local 1322 members Marianne MacFarlane and Jesus Sanchez, who were aboard United Flight 175. And, we remember the tens of thousands of transportation industry workers whose lives were affected by the financial firestorm created by the attacks.But just like the people of Boston, Americans find a way to overcome adversity. Also killed that day was Keith Maynard, who left his job as a Continental Ramp Serviceman to be a New York City Fireman, but continued to organize for the IAM on his own time. Ten years later, in a merger that had its roots in the realignment of the airline industry caused by 9/11, Maynard’s dream came true and his brothers and sisters on the ramp are now IAM members. His brothers and sisters at customer service followed in 2012.So today, let us pause and remember all those at the Pentagon, in New York and on Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania, and all those who gave so selflessly to help our nation rebuild.R. Thomas BuffenbargerInternational President Robert Roach, Jr.General Secretary-Treasurer
The next meeting of Local Lodge 1202 will be held at Union Hall on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM.
Maytag Machinists: Daley Owes Galesburg, IL Families an Apology
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is calling on Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley to apologize to the City of Galesburg and hundreds of former Maytag workers who lost their jobs when Maytag closed the Galesburg plant in 2004.
“Bill Daley is quick to tout the benefits of free trade, but Galesburg and its workers paid a high price for that policy when Maytag shuttered the Galesburg plant moved more than 1,500 U.S. jobs to Mexico,” said IAM Midwest Territory Vice President Phil Gruber. “Daley was unforgivably silent as Galesburg workers and families were abandoned to the cruelest economic environment in decades.”
Daley is scheduled to appear at Galesburg’s 121st annual Labor Day Parade, the longest continuous running Labor Day parade in America.
Also taking part in Galesburg’s Labor Day Parade will be Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who earned the respect of Galesburg’s Maytag workers when he vigorously opposed the closure, speaking out forcefully during a Maytag shareholders meeting.
“Maytag workers will not forget who spoke up for them in their hour of need, nor will they forget who was silent,” said Gruber. “The best thing Bill Daley can do now is to acknowledge his mistake, apologized for the damage done to Galesburg and pledge to defend American jobs in the future.”
The IAM represented Galesburg’s Maytag workers for decades and remains among the largest industrial trade unions in North America. For more information about the IAM, visit www.goiam.org.