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Workers at JeffBoat on Wildcat on May Day

Workers at JeffBoat, the United States' largest inland shipyard located in on the Ohio
River in Jeffersonville, Indiana, are on wildcat strike as of April 30th, 2001. JeffBoat
workers were presented with a contract proposal that set them back on every point and
gave their union, Teamsters Local 89, the power to make deals with the company
without the members' consent.


Workers at JeffBoat, the United States' largest inland shipyard located in on the Ohio
River in Jeffersonville, Indiana, are on wildcat strike as of April 30th, 2001. JeffBoat
workers were presented with a contract proposal that set them back on every point and
gave their union, Teamsters Local 89, the power to make deals with the company
without the members' consent. Officials at Local 89 attempted to intimidate JeffBoat
workers into ratifying the contract. When JeffBoat workers rejected the contract
proposal by a five-to-one margin, Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman
announced--after all but twenty workers had left--that he would not sanction the strike.
Union officials and office staff were instructed to call workers' at home and demand
they report to work as usual or face penalties.

On Monday morning, several JeffBoat workers refused to enter the shipyard and
started an unsanctioned picket line. Other workers joined in and by lunchtime there
was a total walkout at JeffBoat shipyard. Monday afternoon JeffBoat workers packed
Local 89 demanding an answer from President Zuckerman who now claims a "clerical
mistake" has resulted in a year-long extension of JeffBoat workers' contract.

The wildcat strike at JeffBoat has begun.

You can help these workers by calling Local 89 and asking to speak to President Fred
Zuckerman. Demand he sanction this strike. A sanctioned strike will allow JeffBoat
workers--almost all of whom are supporting families--to receive their strike funds. That
is a small but basic first step to justice for JeffBoat workers. Teamsters Local 89 can
be reached by calling 502-368-5885 or 1-800-782-0896.

You can also call JeffBoat and ask for company President, Bob Green. Tell Mr. Green
that you do not appreciate the fact that JeffBoat workers are asked to work in
dangerous conditions and make half the industry standard while he sits in his safe
office and brings home over a million a year. These workers are entitled to at least
some of the wealth they create. You can reach JeffBoat at 812-288-0200.

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