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Protest WTO
Global Union Day of Action

Trade unions from around the world are joining together for a Global Unions’ Day of Action November 9, 2001, the opening day of the World Trade Organization meeting in Qatar. The announcement of the November action came as activists from around the world marched and protested during the G-8 summit in Genoa, Italy, in late July against a global economy that benefits the rich at workers’ expense. The leaders of the world’s richest nations, including President George W. Bush, continue to ignore the concerns of working people, including a proposal by AFL-CIO president John Sweeney that the leaders reduce the U.S. dollar’s value to avoid a global recession.


EWMC member Bridget Hall is a “Rosie the Riveter” award recipient. Bridget served her apprenticeship in the Alameda County Electrical JACT from 1984 to 1988, and turned out in August of 1988. She has volunteered for community activities, most notably Christmas in April, for which she received a special award from UC Berkeley on October 13, 1999. Bridget has been active in IBEW 595, recruiting and mentoring women apprentices and journey level electricians. She is an elected member on the IBEW Examining Board, and she is a Trustee to the Apprenticeship JACT.

EWMC Scholarship
Application Deadline Extended

The EWMC will award the second annual $500 scholarship to the child of a national EWMC member in good standing. Address scholarship request letters to the EWMC Secretary/Treasurer at PO Box 642, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

A scholarship candidate must be the child of a national EWMC member and be a high school student who has graduated or is graduating in the year of the drawing. A copy of the diploma or a letter from the high school confirming graduation in the year of the drawing must be attached to the scholarship request. Scholarships are approved for enrollment in a State certified trade school or a college certified by the Department certified trade school or a college certified by the Department of Education and credited by the local accrediting association. Only those scholarship request letters sent to the EWMC Secretary/Treasurer at PO Box 642, by certified, return receipt mail and postmarked no later than December 31, 2001, will be eligible for consideration.

The 2002 scholarship winner’s name will be drawn at our 2002 National Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

National Meeting Schedule

Please plan to attend the 2002 national meeting in Denver, Colorado. The opening session begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18th. The meeting adjourns by 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20th. The registration fee is $174.00, which includes annual dues.

Stop Fast Track

The AFL-CIO opposes Fast Track legislation vociferously because it hasn’t required the president to include enforceable protections for the environment and workers’ rights in our trade agreements. The AFL-CIO also has criticized the basic format of the legislation, since it lacks adequate procedures for consultation with Congress and the public and limits democratic debate about trade policy. The AFL-CIO worked with our allies in the environmental movement, consumer groups and fair trade coalitions to successfully defeat Fast Track in 1997 and again in 1998.

Now President Bush claims that he must have Fast Track authority in order to negotiate new trade deals, especially to complete the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas FTAA, which is based on NAFTA. Although the Bush administration is trying to make Fast Track sound better by calling it “trade promotion authority,” the administration has not proposed fixing any of the problems with previous Fast Track Proposals. Call Congress Today - No Fast Track! 1-800-393-1082.

 Affirmative Action
Defend Affirmative Action & Integration, and the Struggle for Equality

The two U.S. Supreme Court bound University of Michigan affirmative action cases will be heard by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio in late October, 2001. The “New" Civil Rights Movement is sponsoring a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio for the day that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in these cases. For more information and to confirm that the date is October 23, 2001, please check www.bamn.comfor updated information.

EWMC/IBEW members who attended the 32nd National APRI Education Conference in Cincinnati, August 29 - 31, 2001, pooled their money and donated the $250.00 they collected to help the cause. The donation was made in the name of the EWMC.

Special thanks to Russell Ponder, John Beavers, Carolyn Williams, John Easton, Jr. Harry Sorrell, Mike Davis, Keith Edwards, DiAnn Wagner, John Bogney, Stanthia Grier, Edwin Lopez, Royetta Sanford, Alfred Fortier, and Dorothy Fortier. If you are interested in making a donation or sponsoring a bus contact United for Equality and Affirmative Action (UEAA), PO Box 24462, Kensington Station, Detroit, Michigan 48224 (

Myths and Facts
Affirmative Action

Myth: Affirmative action is only an issue for Black, Latino and other minority people. Fact: Women of all races have been the beneficiaries of affirmative action programs.

Myth: Affirmative Action aids only women and minorities who are wealthy.

Fact: Working class and poor Black, Latino, other minority people, and women of all races and classes have benefited significantly from affirmative action policies in college admissions, hiring and promotions. Affirmative action as a factor in college admission offsets the weight given to standardized tests on which wealthier people of all races and both sexes tend to score higher than their poorer counterparts.

Myth: High SAT scores are synonymous with “merit”.

Fact: The purveyors of the SAT test themselves do not claim even to test “aptitude” or to predict general academic success, much less “worthiness”, “merit” or capacity for intellectual endeavor.

Executive Committee

Please mail membership status questions and new member applications to Dorothy Fortier. Address other questions or concerns to the Executive Committee member in the area closest to you.

Robbie Sparks
President/Business Manager
Local 2127, Georgia

Vice President
Russ Ponder, Bus. Rep.
Local 134, Illinois

Dorothy Fortier, ABM
Local 1245, California

John H. Beavers, Member
Local 716, Texas
(281/ 579-8879)

Mike Davis, Business Mgr.
Local 2100, Kentucky

Keith Edwards, Business Mgr.
Local 48, Oregon

Carolyn Williams, ABM
Local 613, Georgia

Edwin Lopez, Bus. Rep.
Local 3, New York

Harry Sorrell
President/Business Mgr.
Local 1700, Louisiana