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(en) May 1--JeffBoat shipyard wildcat!--WE NEED YOUR HELP

From john in seattle <bp172@scn.org>
Date Tue, 1 May 2001 02:53:34 -0400 (EDT)

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contact: maywildcat@hotmail.com
   Workers at JeffBoat, the United States' largest inland shipyard located 
in on the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana, are on wildcat strike as of 
April 30th, 2001. JeffBoat workers were presented with a contract proposal 
that set them back on every point and gave their union, Teamsters Local 89, 
the power to make deals with the company without the members' consent. 
Officials at Local 89 attempted to intimidate JeffBoat workers into 
ratifying the contract. When JeffBoat workers rejected the contract proposal 
by a five-to-one margin, Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman announced--after 
all but twenty workers had left--that he would not sanction the strike. 
Union officials and office staff were instructed to call workers' at home 
and demand they report to work as usual or face penalties.

   On Monday morning, several JeffBoat workers refused to enter the shipyard 
and started an unsanctioned picket line. Other workers joined in and by 
lunchtime there was a total walkout at JeffBoat shipyard. Monday afternoon 
JeffBoat workers packed Local 89 demanding an answer from President 
Zuckerman who now claims a "clerical mistake" has resulted in a year-long 
extension of JeffBoat workers' contract.

   The wildcat strike at JeffBoat has begun.

   You can help these workers by calling Local 89 and asking to speak to 
President Fred Zuckerman. Demand he sanction this strike. A sanctioned 
strike will allow JeffBoat workers--almost all of whom are supporting 
families--to receive their strike funds. That is a small but basic first 
step to justice for JeffBoat workers. 

Teamsters Local 89 can be reached by calling 502-368-5885 or

   You can also call JeffBoat and ask for company President, Bob Green. Tell 
Mr. Green that you do not appreciate the fact that JeffBoat workers are 
asked to work in dangerous conditions and make half the industry standard 
while he sits in his safe office and brings home over a million a year. 

These workers are entitled to at least some of the wealth they create. You 
can reach JeffBoat at 812-288-0200.

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