Convention raises strike pay to $250
THE CONSTITUTION AND Law Committee got off to an uneven start at mid-morning on Tuesday, with a half dozen issues stretching out debate and several roll call votes slowing the committee’s report.
Delegates wrangled over raising strike payments, which had remained at $150 per week since at least the last convention. The Law Committee proposed raising strike pay to $200; however, an amendment from the floor was made and seconded to increase that amount to $250. International Secretary-Treasurer Bill Creeden offered an amendment to that amendment to meet half way and set the new rate at $225.
Delegates spoke passionately about the need to support members who are on strike and needing assistance. In the final outcome, both the amendment to the amendment and the original motion were withdrawn. International President Newton B. Jones then made a new motion from the floor to increase strike pay to $250, upon which the delegate body stood in a rousing ovation to support the new amendment, which passed without objection.
Other resolutions also met with vigorous debate:
- A motion to withdraw delegate-at-large credentials was defeated, following discussions about the importance of experienced and knowledgeable International reps and other International staff having a voice at convention.
- A motion to switch to electronic voting was withdrawn, after discussions about cost, difficulties for those not familiar with electronic devices, and the need for delegates to speak their minds on the floor rather than press a button.
- A motion to require that International vice presidents be elected only by the members from their IVP section failed, following debate over whether that would divide the union.
- A motion to require that International officer vacancies be filled by an election of all the members rather than being appointed was defeated, as delegates debated the issues of costs, delays in filling vacancies, and other issues. An amendment to that amendment also failed.
- Also defeated were motions to require the election of International representatives and reducing severance pay for International officers.
The Law Committee will resume its report on Wednesday.