Friday, February 26, 2010

Rally for Space "Jobs Worth Fighting For"

Tomorrow is the day. The rally site is ready and the rally will go on rain or shine. The speakers are in town. Bring your chairs and tents. The event begins at 3 pm. We still need a portable generator and tents. Call if you have one available. See you tomorrow.


Rally Volunteers Meeting

Rally Volunteers are asked to meet at 12:00PM tomorrow for instructions and task assignments. The meeting will take place at the stage, that is setup for the rally behind BCC in the Chain of Lakes Park. If you have not volunteered, you still can do so by contacting Lew and/or show up at 12:00PM for the meeting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rally Flyer

Making Rally flyer available to download for anyone who wishes to print and post them. We ask you to use color printing if possible for copies.


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Monday, February 22, 2010

T-4 to launch of SOS Rally

There are just four days to the rally which some are predicting could be the largest one day rally in the history of Brevard County. We have been joined by hundreds of businesses and community groups throughout Brevard in forming a formidable group of community activists. Our message is clear-maintain America's presence and leadership in human space flight. We protest against no one. Our purpose is to persuade Congress to return sufficient funding to the 2010 NASA budget enabling America to continue to have a full time human presence in space. We need your help. Every member of the Machinists Union has a stake in the success of this rally. An effort of this magnitude requires not just your participation but your help, as well. We are still in need of volunteers to serve as marshals and in other supporting roles. I ask you again; please call and volunteer to help. Your job may well depend on it.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NASA Budget Cuts Could Cost 7,000 Florida Jobs

Rather then return to the moon, NASA could be forced to send 7,000 workers at the Kennedy Space Center to the unemployment line.

President Obama’s proposed budget calls for an end to NASA’s Constellation program, which involves the development of a new manned space vehicle and a return to the moon by 2020. Instead, the White House is proposing hiring private companies to develop and build the spacecraft.

The Washington Post wants to gauge the public’s reaction to the president’s proposed plans with a poll entitled “Should Obama cut NASA funding for manned lunar missions?” Click here to show your support for workers at the Kennedy Space Center.

In a letter to President Obama, IAM President Tom Buffenbarger warned of significant domestic job losses, potential security breaches and the loss of important new technologies if the administration moves forward with its plan to have NASA rely on the private sector to develop and operate the nation’s manned space program.

“The push to privatize space travel is similar to efforts to privatize other critical government services,” said Buffenbarger. “These efforts are based on anti-government ideology and are promoted by companies that want to profit from government outsourcing.”


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Time for Action

The date, time and venue for the rally have been set (Saturday, February 27th at BCC North Campus, Titusville, 3:00 p.m.). National AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, presidents of national and international unions, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, elected officials and perhaps some celebrity guests will speak. However, this is not a union rally. This is a community event intended to protect local business, our schools and the quality of life we presently enjoy. Concerned citizens from across the state and country have already committed to join us. Now it's up to us to make the rally a resounding success. The future of manned space flight and our jobs depend on our ability to convince the administration and Congress that the budget, as proposed, is a grave mistake and threatens our world leadership in technological advancement while posing a risk to out national security. I will be needing seventy five volunteers the day of the rally to assist in parking control and aiding rally attendees. Additionally, we need help in leafletting Brevard merchants. We will be asking merchants to post flyers in their facility and publicize the rally on their marquees. This is a tremendous undertaking. A great deal of time and resources have been spent in making this event possible. Space supporters around the county have called and asked how they might help. Now it's your turn to step up and offer assistance. Call me if your willing to help in making this rally a success. Your job depends on it.


Thursday, February 11, 2010


We will be having extensive details of this rally coming as soon as we can. Unions from across the United States are being called apon to help us save America's Human Space Flight Program. This is not going to be strictly a Union event, this event is for all working men and women who are concerned about their jobs! Plan to attend this event, tell your friends and family to come as we are in this as a community. The Space Coast will not be the same without Human Space Flight and the jobs in which it brings.

All the citizens of Brevard County have a chance to show their support for NASA's Human Space Flight program and demand that it be continued!

This is an electronic communication from the Florida AFL-CIO, sent out today:

On February 27th AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Executive Council will hold a rally in Titusville to kick-off the labor movement’s national grass roots mobilization to get America working again.

President Barack Obama has recommended a budget to Congress that all but eliminates human spaceflight by NASA and instead encourages the privatization of space exploration. After leading the world in boldly going where no man has gone before, the President now seems content to let the Russians and Chinese dominate the human conquest of space. If NASA’s human space flight operations are suspended, the results would be catastrophic for Florida’s working families.
· Thousands of high skill, high wage, jobs will be eliminated in Florida.
· Communities along the space coast and other regions will be decimated leading to an unprecedented loss of jobs for our teachers, public sector workers, service industry workers and anyone else who calls these communities home.
· This will have a ripple effect across the entire state. In 2004 space, aeronautics and aviation industries accounted for nearly 148,000 jobs and nearly $7.6 billion in wages.
Florida’s labor movement must act quickly and decisively to ensure that this economic Armageddon does not happen. We owe it to our movement and to future generations of Florida’s working families to keep NASA’s human spaceflight operations in Florida and to stop the privatization of our nation’s exploration of the cosmos. Details of this campaign to save NASA and Florida’s economy are forthcoming.

What: Statewide rally to kickoff national jobs campaign
Who: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, General Presidents of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, Members of Congress
Where: Titusville on the Space Coast, specific location TBA
When: Saturday, February 27th, 3:00 PM

Monday, February 8, 2010

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International President Buffenbarger's Letter to the White House

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

LL2061 is Preparing for a Fight!

DBR Walker informed the members at the February meeting that the International was forming a letter writing campaign. Once it is ready, the details will be posted here. Also there will be national publication, so that our Brothers and Sisters across the United States, can help us in our efforts to convince Congress to save the Constellation program.

We are also formulating information (FAQ) to assist members who have questions about multiple pending issues, related to the end of the program.

As hard as it is to do, we all must stay on target with the upcoming Shuttle Missions. We must show Congress why they should keep Constellation and the workforce that would support it.

Video from a Space Center Employee.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

USA Negotiating Committee

Nominations and Elections were held last night at the regular membership meeting for the USA Contract Negotiating Committee. Your elected Committe members are:
Lew Jamieson
Jay Blair
Michael May
Carson Yates
Mike Saltsman
Lynn Beattie