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Graduate employees commend administration behavior as state labor board confirms majority support

HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Connecticut (UConn) graduate student employees won union recognition today after the State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) verified that a super majority of the workers signed cards authorizing the Graduate Employee Union/United Auto Workers (GEU-UAW) to represent them in collective bargaining.

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Standing in Solidarity with the UAW


 The narrow loss by the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., illuminated not only the modern Republican Party's anti-union extremism, but also its rank hypocrisy. Standing In Solidarity With the UAW

2014 Work Mem Day

March of Dimes Donation

Thank You Local 685 Retirees!


John Scott,right, and Mike Rankert, left, present a $500 check from the UAW Local 685 Retiree Chapter to Danny Ernstes for the UAW Region 2B March of Dimes drive.

A Couple Retirees in Florida

Former Local 685 President John Morris (right) and former Local 685 Committeeman Ron "Big O" Owsley (left) in Florida with their wives.


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A Message from Director Ken Lortz: Make Worker Memorial Day a Priority

April 28 is Worker Memorial Day. This year our theme is: "Safe Jobs, Save Lives, Make Your Voices Heard." I am asking each Local Union President and Bargaining Unit Chairperson to plan a Worker Memorial Day event at your worksite or Local Union hall, and to do all you can to encourage participation of our members and employers.

Assuring work place safety should be a priority in everything we do. I am proud of the efforts Region 2-B Leadership and our membership has put forth in 2013, and I am even more pleased to report that there has not been a single work place fatality in the UAW in the entire calendar year 2013 and there has not been a fatality so far this year. Congratulations and thank you to all who have made that extra effort to assure our members go home to their families at the end of their shift.

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Ret Election 2014

UAW National CAP Conference

Former Local 685 President John Morris with Local 685 Retirees Chapter Sgt.-At-Arms Mike Rankert at the UAW CAP Conference in Washington, DC.

Region 2B Director Ken Lortz at the 2014 CAP Convention

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 The design and layout for the new union hall was shown at the January 21st  union meeting. This layout is subject to chages as it is reviewed by the officers, membership and retirees. Click on "read more" to see photos of the layout. Read more >>>


Temporary Union Hall Location
Temp hall location

Union Hall Tornado Destruction

Union Hall Demolition

Defibrillator Training

 Tony Nelson demonstrates the use of the ADE Plus Defibrillator at the November Retiree Meeting. The last meeting before the tornado!

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2013 Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

State Court Rules Indiana RTW Law Unconstitutional

 The Superior Court in Lake County has ruled that Indiana's falsely labeled right-to-work law violates the state’s constitution – a victory for working families across Indiana and around the nation.

Read the letter from Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott:  Indiana State AFL-CIO

Locals 685 & 292 Retirees Louisville Lunch Cruise

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