NY Labor Union Endorses OFFE
Resolution for Mandatory Funding of VA
By Staff Writer: Rick Townsend
December 11, 2006
On December 8, 2006, history was made
during a labor union Christmas meeting and dinner. Sheet Metal Workers’
Local 46, Rochester, New York unanimously passed OFFE#1MF, a grassroots
resolution aimed at full mandatory funding for veterans healthcare and
services. The resolution was authored by Operation Firing Effect (OFFE),
a non-profit veterans’ rights service organization with headquarters in
Rochester, NY. The 700 members of Local 46 are the very first
labor union members to endorse this resolution.
Chris M. Hollfelder is President of Local
46, and he was instrumental in the development of the resolution. In an
FBN interview, Hollfelder said that he thought this resolution would
take off like wildfire. “We have passed the resolution along to our
state Sheet Medal Workers Union leadership asking them to endorse and
pass the resolution statewide in an effort to provide support for our
veterans,” Hollfelder stated.
OFFE national chairman, Gene Simes was
present at the vote and signing of the resolution. “I will be frank, I
was moved to tears of joy over the support our resolution received from
Local 46,” Simes told the FBN. “The union members are very sincere
about their desire to help our veterans and they have pledged to solicit
additional union endorsement nationwide,” He added.
Local 46 Union Leaders and Operation Firing For
Effect representatives Gene Simes and Bob Fink shake hands over the
OFFE #1MF Resolution.
Vietnam combat disabled veteran [Name Omitted] is OFFE Public Relations Director. “We went to great effort to
write a resolution that was very focused on one issue. We wanted anyone
to be able to read and understand this document,” [Name Omitted] told FBN.
Chris Hollfelder told the FBN that the
core principles and values of our organization and our veterans were
virtually identical. “Our labor unions protect the rights and benefits
of their members. Our military protects our rights to do that,”
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