Organized Labor Responds to Day of Infamy
Silver State unions mobilize people and resources to aid east coast disaster
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Vegas casinos lay off hundreds
VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN FUNDRAISING FOR FALLEN NEW YORK BRETHREN
MINDEN, Nev. (Sept.
13) An idea sparked Wednesday afternoon in Douglas County, Nev.,
may reach across the U.S. East Fork firefighter Robert Lekumberry said
the district and the International Association of Firefighters Union Local
3726 will begin at 8 a.m. today raising money (at local supermarkets)
to help firefighters in New York.
to determine what the needs for firefighters are," Lekumberry said. "We
don't know if they need family relief or what, we just don't know what
their need is." As of Wednesday, more than 202 firefighters were unaccounted
for after the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed following
the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.
be mailed to:
New York Firefighters Relief Fund
East Fork Firefighter and Paramedic District
P.O. Box 218 Minden, NV 89423
may also be deposited directly into account number 004 964 150 966 at
any Bank of America branch.
Read the full
story from the Carson
City Nevada Appeal.
Valley firefighters collect $45,000 in one day
CARSON CITY, Nev.
(Sept. 14) By
Thursday afternoon, Douglas County firefighters had raised $45,000 to
help families of firefighters lost in New York City's terrorist attack.
overwhelmed," said Capt. Robert Lekumberry of the East Fork Fire and Paramedics
District. "We never dreamed there would be this much of a response. We
thought if we could get $10,000 over three days, we would be thrilled.
We never dreamed we would have this."
Read the full
story from the Carson
City Nevada Appeal.
fundraising tops $500,000
WORKERS OF AMERICA GENERAL PRESIDENT LISTS HIS UNION'S FATALITY NUMBERS
From: Morton Bahr,
General President Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO
UPDATE - September
13, 2001, 15:30 EDT
With the help
of the management of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority, we have been
able to account for all of our members. Unfortunately, four are presumed
So the apparent
final totals are as follows:
-- company names apply to the fallen union members' employers.]
At the Pentagon
World Trade Center
4 (Port Authority of New York)
1 (Passenger on plane - CWA Local 1365)
to the above, one member, an employee of the PortAuthority, is
in the hospital with a broken back.
I expect to write
to all the locals tomorrow with all the information available and suggest
plans to help those families who have lost loved ones, as well as injured
We need to keep
in mind that between 50,000 and 100,000 people are unemployed today. One
of our employers advised a local president that he is wiped out and can't
pay our 65 members past wages. So there will be an awful lot for us to
do within the CWA family bearing in mind the families of those
heroic firefighters and police officers who lost their lives trying to
NEVADA CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL VOTES TO SEND MONEY TO WORKER RELIEF
SPARKS, Nev. (Sept.
12) The Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO voted Wednesday
to send $500 to support national AFL-CIO disaster relief efforts. The
organization is the umbrella body for a wide range of construction, manufacturing,
service and public employee unions in northwestern and central Nevada.
For more information contact: Rich Houts,
Secretary-Treasurer (775) 355-9200 or Todd
Koch, President (775) 356-8567.
The national AFL-CIO
website has devoted all its resources to disaster relief issues. Go to
you can do" page.
& Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO
Hymer Avenue * Sparks, NV 89431 * (775) 355-9200
WORKERS SHUTTER RENO OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN MEMBERS
RENO, Nev. (Sept. 13) -- Ron Fairbanks, Business Manager of International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 401/AFL-CIO, has declared
that Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, will be a day of mourning for union members
who fell in the line of duty in the east coast disasters of this week.
of respect for the brave men and women who performed electrical work at
the World Trade Center, the IBEW 401 union hall at 2713 E. Fourth Street
in Reno will be closed on Friday. Business will resume during normal hours
on Monday, Sept. 17.
Local 401 represents workers throughout northern Nevada. For more information,
contact Wendy Jones, (775) 329-2566
or (775) 329-7174.
(10-17-2001): Local 401 members have pledged to send one-hour's pay or
more to New York City relief in care of IBEW Local 3. By Sept. 14, IBEW
locals had raised over $800,000.
following commentary has been all over the Internet. If anyone has the
URL of the originating television station, please
From a Nevada union member:
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to
a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a
Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his
remarks as printed in the Congressional Record.
The Good Neighbor
by Gordon Sinclair
This Canadian thinks it
is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly
the least appreciated people on all the earth.
Germany, Japan and, to
a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of
war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other
billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the
interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger
of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their
reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris.
I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant
cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring,
59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and
the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries.
Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering
I'd like to see just
one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United
States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the
world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star,
or the Douglas DC-10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why
do all the international lines except Russia fly American planes?
Why does no other land
on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk
about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German
technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy,
and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times - and safely
You talk about scandals,
and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody
to look at.
Even their draft-dodgers
are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most
of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American
dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France,
Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans
who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central
went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times
when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can
you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in
trouble?[Editor's note: Scandinavian countries
sent aid to U.S. homeless people in the 1980's despite federal government
protests. Some European countries sent weather disaster assistance in
the 1990's. Search and rescue teams from Israel, Japan and Europe came
to the aid of Oklahoma after the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
bombing. Similar international aid came to San Francisco after the 1989
Loma Prieta earthquake.]
I don't think there was
outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced
it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get
They will come out of
this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled
to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present
I hope Canada is not
one of those.