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December 2004

Threat to Retiree Health Care Sparks Jersey Strike
FirstEnergy Corporation, the profitable parent of Jersey Central Power and Light came to contract negotiations with the IBEW in September demanding major increases in retiree health care costs and language that, according to a leading negotiator, could "void all retiree health care" in the future....December 30, 2004.

Fed Regulators Reject Union Pacific Effort to Contract Out Safety Inspections To Mexico (update)
The Department of Transportation has rejected Union Pacific’s (UP) proposal to the Federal Railroad Administration to outsource its cross-border train inspection responsibilities to Mexico....December 21, 2004.

Harmon, N.Y. IBEW Joins To Help Military Families
With holidays on the horizon, union workers of the Metro-North Railroad in Harmon, New York took time to consider the plight of local families whose loved ones are deployed to Iraq. Then, mustering the spirit of solidarity, they went into action....December 20, 2004.

IBEW Takes Aim at Federal Contract Workers
While the federal government has sought to limit the number of full-time employees on the national payroll, it has millions of workers under private contract....December 17, 2004.

Rail Labor Slams Union Pacific Proposal on Mexican Freight Inspections
U.S. transportation unions are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to reject a request by Union Pacific Railroad Company to exempt the company from compliance with safety and inspection requirements for trains entering the U.S. from Mexico....December 15, 2004.

China Cancels Meeting On Workers Rights
The government of the China has revoked the visas of business and labor leaders who were scheduled to attend a meeting to review that nation’s record on workers rights....December 12, 2004.

Arbitration Board Approves RR's Health Care Hikes
After five years of conflict, the hot issue of increases in health insurance cost sharing for 5,300 IBEW members employed by the largest U.S. freight railroads was resolved in arbitration on October 26, the arbitrator gave the rail carriers the green light to raise employee contributions....December 9, 2005.

National Labor College Winter Semester Jan.22-28
When college students converge on campuses after the holidays, some will be reluctant to get back to the books....December 8, 2004.

Las Vegas Photojournalists Say Yes to IBEW!
Unions have won some big battles in Las Vegas, Nevada, improving the lives of hotel and casino workers, the building trades and others....December 8, 2004.

NLRB Smacks Down Organizing Rights Of Temps
The Republican majority on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a November 19 ruling, gutted the rights of the nation’s expanding temporary work force to organize into unions....December 6, 2004.

IBEW Member Featured In Wal-Mart Documentary
When Wal-Mart came to town, Steve Ratcliff never linked the giant retailer to the shut down of Thomson Inc.’s Circleville, Ohio, TV glass-making plant where he worked for almost 31 years....December 2, 2004.

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