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Labor Notes - March 2000 - Court Says Unions Must Inform Members of Democratic Rights
"This is a fantastic win for the rank and file throughout the labor movement," said Keith Thomas, the lead plaintiff.Thomas, a machinist at Boeing, is an active member of Lodge 835.In 1991, Thomas and three other members founded Unionists for Democratic Change, a rank and file group which advocates democratization and greater membership participation in the IAM.
In 1994, the group, along with a counterpart in the Seattle-area Boeing
lodge, led a successful movement to force union officials to distribute copies of proposed contracts to members at least three days before any ratification vote.Thomas
wanted the IAM to comply with section 105 because many union members, including officers, were unaware of their legal rights.He
noted, for example, that just before a local union election in 1993, the lodge circulated a set of election rules that had been adopted in 1955, before the passage the passage of the LMRDA.
Cloud became interested in the topic ...
Cloud became interested in the topic after hearing a talk by Keith Thomas, a Boeing machinist in Park City, Kan., who helped organize the strike.
said the rejection of that offer, which he
called "terrible," was his
proudest moment as a union member.
Higher-ups had been so confident of a settlement, he
said, that letters were sent out prematurely welcoming the strikers back to work.
"People on the picket lines were waving their 'welcome back' letters to the cameras and to the general public when folks would go by," he
That triumph was the high-water mark for the union caucus.
and other rank-and-file members received hate mail.
Cloud said some of the union's lost ground came from backlash due to harassment of members such as Thomas
, and some avoidable mistakes.
For instance, Thomas
decided to sue the union under the Labor Management Recording and Disclosure Act.
"One of the chapters is a dialectic chapter where (Thomas is) trying to refute everything I'm arguing," she
Wealth Builders: La-Nita and Keith Thomas
When La-Nita Thomas saw a For Rent sign in the window of a pretty house in Tacoma, Washington, seven years ago and called to inquire about it, the first thing the owner asked was if she'd be interested in buying it.He
must be kidding, La-Nita thought.She
, had been Section-8 renters, with three kids (daughter Chyna is pictured with her
parents here), bad credit and little money.But they now had good jobs, which was enough for the owner, a real-estate investor who often extended creative financing for properties he
In this case, he
offered to sell the three-bedroom, two-bath house to La-Nita and Keith
for $129,500 under a lease-option agreement.They would put up $1,500 as a partial down payment and rent the house for $1,100 a month for one year, with $500 a month of the rent going toward the down payment.After a year they would put down another $1,500, and the seller would hold a mortgage for seven years-during which time they had to find another source of financing.They got a new loan from a mortgage company within a year and paid off the seller. Now bitten by the real-estate bug, La-Nita, 35, a surgical technologist, and Keith, 39, an inspector at Boeing, bought a second property for rental income in 1999 for $112,000.
The seller of the first house held a second mortgage on this property, which he
agreed to sell to the Thomases for $7,000.Keith
company pension to buy out the seller's position."His
pension lost a lot of money when the stock market went down," La-Nita says, "so we figured that real estate was a better place to put it."Shortly after, the owner of the house, who owed the first mortgage and had retired to Montana, agreed to let La-Nita and Keith
buy the house for what he
owed the bank, $105,000.La-Nita and Keith
loan, meaning they took over the payments and didn't have to come up with any more money than the $7,000 they originally paid.
The Wichita Eagle | 09/13/2002 | Results at 12:01 a.m. Saturday on Boeing strike vote
But longtime Boeing worker and union activist Keith Thomas, who held a sign and talked to workers throughout the day at Century II, said his feeling from watching voters was that there would be enough to strike.
"I'm optimistic that we got there," Thomas
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