42nd International Convention
First we would like to thank all the elected delegates for representing our membership at the International Convention. Thousands of delegates from around the Country came together in a sign of brotherhood and strength. The attack on labor unions that continue in this Country was the main topic of discussion. There were many guest speakers and we also heard from the Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. During mid week a rally was held in downtown Las Vegas to support the Food Service Workers Union. At this convention, fifty-nine resolutions were passed and ten amendments.
Our local was asked to introduce resolutions 35 which were titled Support for Fallen Heroes. We recommended a friendly amendment to add the word minimum next to $150 on line (15).
Resolution 53, which was titled AFSCME and SEIU (Unstoppable Unions that Never Quit). Our local was not happy with language on line 63, which states consideration of an institutional merger. We attempted to make a friendly amendment at the committee level but did not have enough support to remove said language. When this amendment came for ,a vote on the floor, we voted no but it passed by a super majority.
As we get closer to electing a new President of our Country, we must remember what's on the line. All Labor Unions would be at risk if they appoint a Supreme Court Judge who does not care about labor, their benefits or collective bargaining.