Via John P. Richards, President
– Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU
We expect that when the word of the power grab gets out to the Union at large there will be a howl that the retirees are trying to take control of the Union. That was the reaction at the last Convention that prompted some serious anti retiree comments from the Convention floor. At the next Convention in Los Angeles next year those strident voices will be heard again whether the representation question is a single issue or even if part of a comprehensive package of proposals that emphasizes retiree service to the Union. Whining about past accomplishments backed up with scant evidence except Convention oratory will get a predictable response. Retirees were initially asked only to contribute to COPA. Our record there is enviable. Onward and upward!