Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileChams Plc provides enterprise technology solutions for identity management and transaction payments to the public and private sectors in Nigeria. The company builds robust, secure and adaptable platforms to facilitate identity management, identity transactions and verification systems. Established in 1985, Chams Plc has executed identification and verification projects for major institutions including INEC, NCC, NHIS, PeNCOM, ICAN, Customs, Nigeria Air Force, NAHCO, Head of Service of the Federation as well as government departments and private education institutions. The company has also handled identity management and transaction payments for the governing bodies of the states of Osun, Anambra, Ogun, Adamawa, Benue and Oyo. Chams Plc handled the execution and deployment of identity management solutions for the Bank Verification Project which was a multi-million dollar initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Banker’s Committee. It was the first banking industry biometrics identity matching solution in the global financial markets. Chams Plc is the front end partner to the national Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). Other notable accolades include pioneering Nigeria’s first payment card scheme, Valucard; and is the first homegrown company in Nigeria to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall. Chams Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Chams Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN.ng) 2017 abridged results.Company ProfileMTN Nigeria Communications Limited provides cellular telecommunications services in Nigeria. It offers cellular network access and information and communications technologies (ICT) solutions. The company also provides Internet services, such as video calling, data services and Internet browsing, mobile Internet, and mobile wi-fi services. In addition, it offers international roaming services, including data roaming, in-flight roaming, and wi-fi roaming services. Further, the company provides voice short message service (SMS), fashion and lifestyle tips, mobile television (TV), bulk short message service (SMS), mobile newspaper, radio, back up, conference call, and missed call alert services MTN Nigeria Communications Limited is listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange
France’s rugby union national team (C) prop Dimitri Szarzewski lifts weights during an indoor training session on July 1, 2011 at the training center of Marcoussis, south of Paris, as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Advantages of Olympic lifts:Acceleration – jump height and sprint speedMobility – identify problems, prevent injuryStrength – especially in the scrumImportance of good techniqueInjury preventionLift more weight – gain more advantageWho is Giles Greenwood?A former British weightlifting champion, he coaches at Greenwood Weightlifting (GWL). For details of weightlifting and strength training courses, go to greenwoodweightlifting.comThis article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. All Black prop John Afoa lifts weights during a recovery sessionOLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING can help improve your performance on the pitch, writes former champion Giles Greenwood.Rugby players spend their time in the gym doing heavy strength exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench-presses. These form the bedrock of many serious programmes and have the advantage of being highly effective all-round strength builders.They’re directly applicable to forwards who apply ‘slow’ strength during the scrum, but this training benefits tendons and joints as well as muscles, helping to prevent injury.It’s all in the technique: French hooker Dimitri SzarzewskiIt’s less obvious how pure, slow strength benefits players who require power and speed; for example, when accelerating from a standing start, changing direction while running at speed, and jumping. This is where the Olympic lifts and their variations form a vital part of strength training.The most common lifts used are power cleans and high pulls but the full classical lifts (snatch, clean, jerk) are highly beneficial when carried out correctly. They use strength and speed to ‘throw’ the weight up, which is then caught either overhead (snatch and jerk) or on the front of the shoulders (clean). This will help improve sprint acceleration and vertical jump height.The mobility required to get into some of the positions used in Olympic weightlifting can be developed with time, and coaching an athlete in the Olympic lifts can often identify areas in which he or she lacks flexibility. Work on these weaknesses can reduce the risk of injury.The better the technique employed, the more weight the player will lift and the more benefit they will get from the exercises. Most athletes who have already shown a talent for one sport will pick up the techniques required fairly easily, and the technical work can be fitted into a programme as a warm-up before deadlifting, for example, so that their time is used efficiently.It can be extremely difficult to change bad habits, so it’s important to learn from a qualified weightlifting coach so that good habits are learned from the start.
Cindy Clark Selby says: By Pat McCaughanPosted Jan 20, 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Beth Thrift says: Sally Rowan says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 23, 2015 at 9:33 am I have used Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s Global Forgiveness Challenge with good results. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm …forgiveness is about asking a question and getting an answer Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY January 23, 2015 at 8:23 am Forgiveness is truly a gift we give ourselves. And it doesn’t require an apology from the one(s) we need to forgive, only that we cleanse our hearts and let go. As Wayne Dyer said, “Love is for giving…and forgiving.” This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Susan Zimmerman says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Comments (6) Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopalians tackle the toughest lesson – forgiveness Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm The Church tells people to forgive but fails to tell them HOW to forgive. Many years ago, Edith Stauffer, Ph.D. led a workshop at my Santa Monica parish on forgiveness. I saw people relieved of years of bitter resentments and failure to forgive. Adopting Dr. Stauffer’s method, I have been able to do the same for individuals and, from the pulpit, helped whole congregations learn to forgive. I highly recommend Dr. Stauffer’s book, “Unconditional Love and Forgiveness,” (Triangle Publications, 1987) which outlines her approach. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Dan Heard says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 [Episcopal News Service] Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22At least 90 percent of Georgia neuropsychologist Ona Graham’s counseling work with individuals and families involves assisting those “who feel resentment and carry grudges and … teaching people how to identify where they’re holding onto anger and hatred” and to seek and extend forgiveness.“Anger is like a cloak we wrap ourselves in that cuts us off from God. I tell people that being resentful is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. This is not what God wants for you,” said Graham, 62, a parishioner at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Georgia.Richard Blackburn, executive director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Lombard, Illinois, said rising societal anxiety impacts families and congregations. Minor misunderstandings can accelerate into chronic church conflict and damage congregational and even diocesan life.“Forgiveness is crucial if we’re going to be able to get beyond conflict and stay focused on mission and the purpose we have as the church,” said Blackburn, in an interview with the Episcopal News Service. He estimated that he spends about 180 days yearly either educating about conflict or mediating disputes with a wide variety of church groups, including Episcopalians.“Part of the fallout of chronic anxiety … is that people seem increasingly less able to look at [themselves] and to acknowledge their own part when conflict develops,” Blackburn said. “People get stuck in this blaming mode and can’t even see their own part. That is the key to forgiveness – all parties being willing to look at themselves and acknowledge that whenever there’s conflict in relationships we all play a part in it.”It also helps, he said, to nurture a culture of forgiveness, reconciliation and awareness of God’s ever-present grace given to everyone.Forgiving self, cultivating transformationAbout four decades ago, Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno shot and killed a man, something he still remembers daily.Before he was ordained a priest and a bishop, he was an undercover police officer in Burbank, California, and had to make a split-second decision to save his partner’s life.A suspect had opened fire on them, Bruno told ENS recently. “He took one shot and it landed in the pole next to me,” he recalled. “My partner stood up with a flashlight in his hand and shined it on him, which you’re not supposed to do. The man turned and raised his arm to fire, so I shot him.”The suspect was someone he had come to know during his undercover investigation, Bruno said. “He had invited me into his home. I had bounced his kids on my knees,” he said. “I shot him with a double-barreled shotgun and he died there at the scene. For a long time I woke up every night dreaming about what had happened. It was very painful to relive that every night of my life.”An investigation and coroner’s inquest cleared Bruno of any wrongdoing but it wasn’t until he sought counsel with an Episcopal priest that he was able to begin a process of forgiveness that ultimately led to transformation.“He gave me absolution after I’d done the Reconciliation of a Penitent in the prayer book,” Bruno recalled. “I had believed we had to suffer the reasonable consequences of our actions. I was convinced that I had committed a sin against God. At the time, I thought, what is this, that’s going to take these things away? But I went home that night and slept peacefully.”It led to transformation. “It changed my attitude about what forgiveness was, it comes from the heart and mind as well as the presence of the holy, all in parallel at the same time and I’ve been open to forgiving people ever since.”Now, “every time I hear about a police-involved shooting, I pray for those people,” Bruno said. “For years, I’ve been a chaplain for the police department here in Los Angeles, and I work with guys who’ve killed people. And what I tell them is, you need to forgive that person so you can forgive yourself, because the sin of anger is just as bad as the taking of a life.“It tears you away from your center. It doesn’t allow you to be fully human, it doesn’t allow you to be a true follower of God.”Maryland: A tragedy turned transformationalFrank Kohn says he didn’t have to search for ways to forgive his sister’s murderer, but only to remember how she’d lived her life.His sister, the Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, co-rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, was fatally shot in a widely publicized May 2012 incident. Also killed were the parish administrator, Brenda Brewington, and the shooter, Douglas Jones, who turned the gun on himself.“Apparently, he was a frequent visitor to the church’s food pantry and nobody knows what really happened because there aren’t any living witnesses,” Kohn told ENS.“Obviously I didn’t know this person and there’s certainly anger I had for somebody who would do something like that in my family and affect my life that way, but I’m pretty certain that’s not the way my sister would have dealt with it,” he said. “She would have understood the situation he was in.”His sister was seven years his senior. She’d dedicated her life to ministry to the marginalized and those affected by trauma, said Kohn, 57, a plant pathologist. When the shooting occurred he immediately left his St. Louis home and headed to Baltimore where “the whole parish and community support enveloped me, and they were wonderful. As a result I have become very good friends with some of her close friends,” he said.More than a month after the funeral, on another trip to Baltimore, he also met members of Jones’ family in a transformational moment. “They were actually renting a house adjacent to the church property. That may be the reason this guy was hanging around there. So the parish and this family knew each other well,” Kohn said.“It was immediately apparent how much suffering his family was going though because of what happened,” he said. “They were certainly victims and they had nothing to do with what their brother and brother-in-law did.”Extending forgiveness was immediate, Kohn said. “I said I didn’t think they had done anything to be forgiven for, but it was obvious it was like a huge weight off their shoulders. I had a chance to express our sympathy and understanding for what they going through as well.”The Rev. Tom Slawson, St. Peter’s vicar, said the church renovated the space where the shootings happened, enlarging a chapel which since has been dedicated in commemoration of Kohn’s ministry there.The shootings also sparked “an almost collective repentance” among the previously conflicted congregation.Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton said the entire diocesan community has focused on cultivating a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. “The real issue is, the church constantly announces the kingdom has come with a spirit of reconciliation, compassion, forgiveness, justice and peace, and nobody else is saying that. The church is the institution that’s going to get us there,” Sutton said.Forgiveness in baby stepsSutton and others say the church is uniquely positioned to help society move toward forgiveness, Sutton said.“The church is the only place saying that during every Eucharist whoever’s sitting next to you or around you, you wish them God’s blessings and peace … that I’m reconciling with you and I need to do that because God has forgiven me and I can’t go to the table of the Lord and be fed by the Lord if I don’t try to be a good host to those who’ve wronged me.“We’ve all wronged the Lord and he still bids us welcome,” Sutton said.The Rev. Jeff Jackson, rector of St. Nicholas in Hamilton, near Atlanta, said the rite of reconciliation is another “wonderful way of teaching forgiveness.“The Episcopal Church has a wonderful tradition, that God has given priests the gift of being able to listen and to pronounce that forgiveness, that absolution and it allows us to tangibly hear the words that God is speaking to us intangibly all the time, that we are forgiven and loved and that he will make us whole.”Graham, the neuropsychologist, offers a prescription for learning to forgive:• Forego seeking vengeance• Forbear or “stop pressing the replay button”• Forgive or release the anger• Forget the pain associated with it “and take the lesson that’s there for you.”“If you’re angry at someone,” she said, “for the next two weeks ask God to give that person everything you want in your life and I guarantee you that, at the end of two weeks, you will see that person differently.“You will start to see that person from God’s point of view and then you’ll have freedom of spirit.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent with the Episcopal News Service. Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm It’s possible to forgive someone who has hurt oneself without ever having an apology from them – it’s one way to resolve wounds from many years ago, done by someone no longer alive. Few are ever able to truly forgive soon after the offense, and it can be very hard to see one person say immediately that they forgive another who has betrayed them and destroyed their life as it was. “Forgiving is what Christians do, and I’m a Christian….. 7 x 70…. ” That forgiveness does not eliminate process in court.It’s probably harder for a parent to forgive someone who has hurt their child in any way, but especially in a way that is long-lasting. It will be hard to forgive a youth minister, teacher, theater staff, baby sitter, family members or others who sexually abuse a son, daughter, or spouse; it will be hard to forgive adults in their school to say or do things that hurt the child.The Catch-22 of forgiveness is that it is only going to hurt oneself to not forgive someone who has wounded one deeply. It could be minor, and the person who did it might not even remember it, but it has been painful ever since it happened. The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME January 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm Great article! Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
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16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 October 2009 | News The Events Management Forum (EMF) today launch a revamped website featuring a community forum, blogs, survey builders and other tools for its members.Developed by web agency TripleFirst, the site allows users to create their own profiles and connect with each other online.Tara Sherjan, EMF Chair said: “We’re really proud of the new EMF website and hope that it provides a more creative and intuitive space for members to network with their peers and add value to our profession. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Events “We wanted to build somewhere where fundraisers felt part of a community, and could easily contribute links, ideas, and debate – and TripleFirst have created something easy to use and navigate”.The new website is available to any event fundraisers working in the third sector at an annual cost of £10 a year. This income is used to hire venues, and ensure the administration of the 774-member group.The EMF was set up and is run by volunteers, professionals working in charity event fundraising, in 1994. Last year it became a specialist interest group of the Institute of Fundraisingwww.the-emf.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Events Management Forum redevelop their website About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: corporate AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 March 2010 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Marks & Spencer’s Your Green Idea competition offers £100,000 to winner’s chosen charity 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Marks & Spencer’s new ‘Your Green Idea’ competition is now open for entries, and offers the chance for someone to win £100,000 to spend on ‘greening’ an organisation of their choice, such as a school, a local community group or a charity.‘Your Green Idea’ invites people to share their ideas for new, positive ‘green actions’ that M&S could implement under Plan A, its environmental and ethical plan.Entries must be received by the end of 16 May 2010. M&S’ panel of experts will select the best three green ideas which will be put to a public vote later in the year. The final winning idea will be implemented by M&S and rolled out across its over 700 UK stores within the next year.M&S has launched several Plan A customer-led initiatives over the last three years. For example, the Oxfam Clothes Exchange has seen M&S’ customers recycle four million garments, and carrier bag charging means that over 80% of customers now bring their own bags to M&S when shopping, saving over 600 million food bags.www.yourgreenidea.co.uk
In an act of defiance that caught everyone following the situation off guard, United Autoworkers members have rejected a four-year tentative agreement between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW union by a whopping two-to-one margin. Clearly, both FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and UAW International President Dennis Williams — who stated that, without question, “they will ratify it” — underestimated the rank and file. In fact, some UAW members underestimated their own co-workers. Toledo, Ohio, rally against two-tier contract.Skilled trades workers, higher-paid first-tier production, and lower paid second-tier workers did not realize that all three groups would take a unified stand against two-tier pay. Even longtime anti-concessions activists, who developed leaflets to encourage a protest vote, were not anticipating this unprecedented development. The other remarkable aspect of the struggle was the groundswell of grassroots activism on the shop floor. Workers who opposed the contract became organizers overnight. In some plants, they made message bearing T-shirts. In California, the message was “Solidarity, No More Tiers, Vote No” and in Toledo the words were “No Deal.” Inside UAW Local 1248, representing parts depot workers in Metro Detroit, a one-on-one educational campaign convinced a wide majority to turn down the contract. Local 1248 was one of the first to vote and set the trend for the rest of the union. Toledo Jeep workers rallied outside a contract “roll-out” meeting, chanting “Hell no, Sergio!” and carrying signs against two-tier pay and plans to move work out of Toledo. One sign read, “Vote No to the Culture of Poverty,” a reference to Marchionne’s comment during the 2009 Chrysler bankruptcy that the UAW members had to “get used to a culture of poverty.” Toledo workers rejected the contract by a whopping 87 percent, after definitively sinking the concessionary contract.The Sterling Heights Michigan assembly plant, which stands to gain high volume work if FCA goes ahead with an announced business plan, roughly followed the national pattern of 65 percent against the agreement. Even after the outcome was known, workers at the Warren, Mich., stamping plant and the Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant came out in large numbers to oppose the contract.This is more than a protest vote. This is a movement.Issues behind the worker revoltWorkers have a multitude of issues with this contract, but top on their list is that it maintains the unequal two-tier system. The company pays inferior wages and benefits and denies a pension to production workers hired after October 2007. The new contract actually creates more tiers by introducing a lower wage for workers at certain facilities, for temporary workers, for workers hired under this contract and by lengthening the time needed to reach top pay to eight years. Skilled trades workers hired after October 2011 still get the same wage but not the same benefits.What has provoked widespread anger is a broken promise to institute a 25 percent cap on the number of “entry level” workers. With 47 percent of FCA production workers being second tier, this cap would have allowed 22 percent of the lower-paid workers to become “traditional” employees. On the front page of the 2011 contract summary, then UAW Vice President General Holiefield stated that at the end of the contract the cap would kick in.Thousands of workers, now betrayed, have waited four years to move up. International Vice President Norwood Jewell, who sounds like a company spokesperson, claims the language on the cap was never put into the 2011-15 contract, and if the cap was instituted the company could not raise pay for all second-tier workers. While Jewell “can’t find” the language, rank and filers have found it in the 2009 bankruptcy modifications, knowing that if it was not deleted or modified in 2011, it was automatically carried over. Now that path to the top has been choked off, thus institutionalizing a divisive and unequal system that was supposed to be a temporary measure. Few workers are buying the either/or argument that the cap had to be eliminated to get everyone a pay raise, not when FCA made $3.8 billion in profit, and Marchionne paid himself $72 million last year.Two-tier — never mind the multiple tiers in this contract — is an affront to union principles and another tool of the bosses to pit workers against one another. This scourge began to appear in the 1980s in the airline and retail industries; now it is widespread. Typically, when a company’s financial performance is weak, two-tier is presented as an alternative to current workers having to take a pay cut. Thus, to sell a contract with this provision, union leaders have to appeal to bourgeois individualism, to get the workers to put their narrow self-interest above the interest of future workers. In 2007, the contract was almost voted down at Chrysler because of opposition to two-tier. Now two-tier is not a hypothetical situation at FCA.Building a culture of struggle For years we have been working together, side by side, and it is no longer acceptable that some union sisters and brothers are making substantially less than others. The primary contradiction of capitalism, as Karl Marx recognized, is that while ownership of the means of production is individual, production is social. Thus, workers who are not directly affected by two-tier, including skilled tradespeople who voted “no” overwhelmingly, are joining with the second tier workers in demanding equal pay for equal work. The Detroit Free Press pointed out that “UAW negotiators failed to understand the deep hostility of entry-level workers who, instead of taking a substantial raise, chose to join forces with higher-paid veterans to resoundingly defeat a proposed, four-year deal with Fiat Chrysler.” (Oct. 4) The problem now is not just one of rearranging how the money on the table is spent — Williams has stated he will not take one dollar out of the promised investment — and convincing workers it is a good deal. The bosses and their labor statespeople have to deal with an awakened membership that believes union principles of fairness and equality are worth fighting for. This vote represents an unequivocal repudiation of the labor-corporate “partnership” promoted by the UAW leadership. At the opening of negotiations, Williams and Marchionne were caught in a big bear hug. Now, the union leaders have two choices: change course or get out of the way. A new leadership on the shop floor is trashing “the culture of poverty” and embracing a culture of struggle.Next: the auto contracts and the fight for jobsMartha Grevatt is a 28-year UAW Chrysler worker and works at Warren Stamping.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this