Delivering information when you need it most. October 1997, Vol. 1 No. 1
 
It's All in the Effort
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PAGE 2 Editorial Staff

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Get Involved!

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You Can't Win

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Hold-Downs
(part 1 of 2)

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Hold-Downs
(cont'd)

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Hold-Downs
(cont'd)

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One-Branch States

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Opting Guidelines

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Grieving Operational Windows

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"Operational Windows"
(cont'd)

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"Operational Windows"

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Commitment Program

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Contracts & Conflicts, a newsletter designed to provide you with information not available elsewhere in this vast networked system of words and quotes and comments and opinions.

Historically, the idea of Contracts & Conflicts has its roots buried deep in the "olden" days of the Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). Back in the late 80's I hooked up with Mark Lesch, Ontario, CA Branch No. 1439 (MLesch@aol.com). We traded newsletter articles and wished for the days we could linkup with all letter carriers via computers.

The entire premise falls under an old radio adage I used to hear: "Your right to know supersedes your right to exist." Although this may not be totally true with everything published in Contracts & Conflicts it has a foundation built on that attitude.

We want to provide you with as much information as is needed to satisfy your "knowledge hunger." No matter if you want an article for a newsletter or you need reference numbers to an arbitration or the complete arbitration we will try to offer it all.

Producing this newsletter is not easy. I have been a union newsletter editor for over 8 years. As well I have a college background in journalism, and one thing I have quickly come to realize, it's easier to put together a newsletter for print publication as opposed to an electronic one. Please bear with the adjustment process.

Gary Mills has volunteered to do layout and makeup for Contracts & Conflicts. We want to keep the newsletter short (hopefully around 10 to 12 pages). You can contact Gary at Gmills4305@aol.com

That's about all for now. Hope you enjoy this first offering. We do promise that it will improve with time and experience.

Thom Green, Editor-In-Chief, NALC Branch No. 116
Fort Wayne, IN

E-mail: ZOOSTEW@aol.com


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