reports to delegates
remains financially sound, squeaky-clean
By DEBORAH A. MILES
Addressing delegates at PEFs 25th Annual
Convention, PEF Secretary-Treasurer Jane Hallum said the
unions finances are in good shape. She applauded
PEF President Roger Benson for his integrity and values
and noted the importance of a squeaky-clean
membership, especially during the current PS&T
We are at war, Hallum said. Having any
financial discrepancies would be a distraction to our
message. We are held to very high standards of
accountability. We will exceed those standards and not
provide ammunition to the enemy. Our hard-earned rights
are at stake.
Hallum blasted the Bush administration for being
anti-labor and for the negative attitude it has toward
working families. She cited the escalating costs of
health insurance as one example, adding that Bush could
resolve this problem by stopping companies from spending
millions of dollars on advertising.
Push Bush out
We can be ready for this fight and we need to be
focused on this fight, she said. We need to
put someone in the White House who is friendly to
workers, addresses our causes and who will help us
advance. Lets unite, because there is nothing like
Hallum noted that workers safety is also an issue.
There are six million Americans injured on the job
every year, she said. There are more people
killed in the workplace each year than the number of
people who died in the World Trade Center.
Flaws in the
To inspire new delegates at the convention and explain
why she became an activist, Hallum also reflected upon
work-related incidents she has seen in her life that
illustrate how management
and the government can be unfair and abusive to workers.
She talked about two wealthy college students who raped a
mentally challenged girl, and how the district attorney
handling the case worked to free the rapists.
The law sometimes works against people and not for
them, she said. Some people who are supposed
to be your allies will sell you out for their own best
And she spoke about a bank teller who was literally
slapped in the face by a management assistant for closing
her window three minutes early.
Allowing the government to turn a blind eye to
these kinds of things is a crime, Hallum said.
Its time for solidarity and to fight the war.
That is why we conserve our money and prepare for
the challenges ahead. Our enemy may no longer send the
police to beat up workers, they just legislate our rights
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