AFSCME Local 0451 backs local UAW

AFSCME Local 0451 backs local UAW
Date June 18, 2004
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

To UAW Local 997 and the citizens of Newton: We support you in your struggle for a fair and equitable contract with Maytag. Our hope is the entire community of Newton stand behind you in this struggle. Let everyone remember that it was the brave men and women of the labor movement that brought people the eight-hour work day, overtime, the weekend, workplace safety and a fair work environment.

We would like to thank the members of Local 997 publicly for the use of their union hall for the past seven years for our meetings. We stand with Local 997 as brothers in the common cause of the labor movement. Let those in the community remember that some of the things Maytag has tried to take away are things that were won in strikes and previous negotiations.

Let us remember what a former president said: “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” (Abraham Lincoln)

Maytag holds the threat of moving jobs out of Newton over the heads of union members and the entire community. Let us remember that the Third World countries like Mexico purchase very few Maytag appliances. Who does Maytag think is going to purchase their products if Maytag continues to move manufacturing facilities to other countries?

Union members purchase goods made by union members. Take away the union seal, take away the jobs and you take away the people willing to purchase the very product it is trying to manufacture cheap in a Third World country. Maytag needs to realize by not settling the contract with the UAW, it will be shooting itself in the foot.

United we stand, divided we fall. Yours in solidarity.

Eddie Jones

Members of AFSCME Local 0451

Newton Correctional Facility

Iowa Correctional Institute


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