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On June 9th, at the request of UAW Local 685 President, Carl Greenwood, Jerome Davison Rapid Response Coordinator from USW (United Steel Workers) presented information on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to our local membership. The USW, along with the UAW urges opposition to the TPP. For those who could not attend, the Education Committee would like to share an overview of this information received from Jerome Davison, USW below. (To view UAW statements on TPP, visit UAW.org)
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New Pacificas for the DAV by Mike Rankert
Local 685 member Frank Stotts, who is also an Indiana Veterans Advocate, was concerned about the aging fleet of three vans used to transport disabled veterans to and from the Marion Veteran's Hospital. One morning in November of 2015, Frank sent an email to FCA hoping to get a good discount on three new vans to replace the current fleet that was becoming old and unreliable. Within an hour of sending the email, Frank was told to go to the plant manager's office at ITP1 where he met with Plant Manager Don Dekeyser. After the meeting the wheels were set in motion with the help of Bob Varsanik, General Manager Powertrain Transmissions, Casting and Components Division, for FCA to donate three 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to the DAV to be used at the Marion Veterans Hospital. The presentation of the vans was made at the DAV Convention in Indianapolis on June 3rd with Frank Stotts giving the keys to Dave Ward of the DAV as Dekeyser and Varsanik looked on. Thanks to UAW member Frank Stotts for bringing a need of the veterans in the community to the attention of FCA management, and thanks to Don Dekeyser and Bob Varsanik for stepping up to the plate to give much needed help to the DAV.
Local 685 March Of Dimes 2016
Thank you to all who supported March of Dimes 2016, whether you purchased a t-shirt, donated money or attended the walk, because of you we were able to donate $2,300 to March of Dimes. Denny Butler (ITP1) and his family including infant son, Cameron were chosen as our UAW Local 685 ambassador family. Denny had blue t-shirts made with Cameron’s footprints . The park was filled with close to 100 participants in yellow and blue shirts in honor of Cameron Butler.
Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are:
A Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams Regarding the Orlando Attacks
UAW members are heartbroken over the senseless attacks in Orlando. We join our brothers and sisters in the labor movement and Americans everywhere in denouncing the hate that has yet again taken innocent lives and devastated our nation. We offer our prayers to the families of those killed and injured, the city of Orlando and the LGBT community. We continue to stand in solidarity in our commitment to the values that unite us, and not divide us.
UAW members are workers who believe in collective bargaining rights. We know they’re the foundation of fair treatment in the workplace, good health care coverage for our families, job safety, retirement security and everything we negotiate as equals with management. Voting for Donald Trump for president in November is the same as voting against your own collective bargaining rights. Trumps words and actions tell us that. Read more >>>
The generous donation of $10,000 was a collaborative gift from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell’s “Making Our Children Smile (MOCS)” charity and the UAW Chrysler NTC Kokomo Training Center. UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz joined the local UAW leadership from all three Kokomo Indiana FCA plants to present the monetary donation to Open Arms, the local women’s shelter, on March 21, 2016.
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MLK Monument Dedication kokomo IndianaThe unveiling and dedication of the MLK Jr. statue at the MLK Jr. Memorial. April 4, 2016 in Kokomo, Indiana
From the UAW Training CenterClasses are open to all active and retired Local 685, 1166 and 1302 members. The registration form can be picked up at the Training Center, all benefits reps offices and the union hall.
Check out the prize list for the Region 2-B V-CAP drive. The drawing for the 2016 prizes will take place in the first quarter of 2017.
UAW REGION 2-B
GRAND PRIZE: - $3,500.00
SECOND PLACE - $1,500.00
THIRD PLACE - $500.00
The Drawing will be conducted using the ticket stub bearing the contributor’s name and address, all members who contribute to VCAP are entered into the drawing. For those contributing to VCAP through checkoff directly from their paychecks, one ticket is entered into the drawing for every $2.00 contributed. The drawing for the 2016 VCAP prizes will take place in the first quarter of 2017.
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2015 UAW-FCA Contract
Solidarity Magazine March/April 2016
Johnathan Stewart and the UAW 685/Habitat Vet Build
Historic partnership launches crowd funding campaign to create park, historical site in southwest Detroit
DETROIT – A large and diversified group of partners have come together to create an urban park in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, and they are seeking support from the community.
The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge.Read more >>>
VIDEO: Nissan technician Robert Hathorn speaks in Washington at DNC platform committee hearings
Thank you to Nissan technician Robert Hathorn for speaking in Washington, yesterday to the committee drawing up the platform for the Democratic Party. Hathorn discussed the temporary worker issue, the threats Nissan has made toward union supporters, and the unequal playing field.
UAW President Dennis Williams addresses UAW Members across the country on the occasion of Workers Memorial Day. Watch the full address below. Click "read more" for transcript.Read more >>>
by Mike Rankert
Local 685 member Frank Stotts, who is also an Indiana veterans advocate, was concerned about the aging fleet of three vans used to transport disabled veterans to and from the Marion Veterans Administration Hospital...Read more >>>
UAW Members Helping with Accident Fund
The UAW represents more than just autoworkers and in this on-going web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. #WeAreTheUAW
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UAW President Dennis Williams says it’s important to take seriously what a presidential candidate says. What Donald Trump has said on the campaign trail should be concerning for UAW members and America’s working families. “When candidates are seeking worker’s support, you really pay attention to what they say... Read more >>>
We’ve heard presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump say, over and over, he wants to “make America great again.” We think America is great and always has been. So, what exactly does Trump mean? It’s hard to know for sure. As UAW President Dennis Williams says, “What are the details of making America great... Read more >>>
More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>
Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable
“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>
Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.Read more >>>
Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife
What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Columbia Graduate Workers Win Parental Leave, Childcare Subsidies, Other Changes from Administration
Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering
NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.Read more >>>
Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.
As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.Read more >>>
Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant
Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.Read more >>>
Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.
Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.Read more >>>
“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. Read more >>>
The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.Read more >>>
The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.Read more >>>
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>
Brings total announced investments in Tennessee to $936.7 million in 2016
Bay City Powertrain operation to get $118 million to support engine project
SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.Read more >>>
The following article appeared as part of the Labor Voices series in the Detroit News. It was authored by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles.
Strong communities are based upon a workforce that earns livable wages and benefits. Well-paying jobs are the basic building blocks for creating well-established homes, communities and securing our country’s economic future.Read more >>>
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Read more >>>
UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award
Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity.
UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired.
Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he was named one of the 2016 Michigan Heritage Award recipients, which honor individuals who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. The awards program is administered by the Michigan State University Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Kelly will receive the award in a ceremony on Aug. 14 in Lansing. You can read more about Brother Kelly in the March-April issue of Solidarity magazine.
Marick F. Masters, director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, is pleased to announce that Labor@Wayne will honor Dennis Williams, president of the UAW International Union, at the sixth annual Labor Leaders on Labor Forum on April 28. Williams will give a keynote speech titled “The State of Labor and the Auto Industry” from 1:15 to 2 p.m. at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Read more >>>
Photos: Fight for $15 National Day of Action
UAW members around the country join with Fight for $15. Click the photo to view the full gallery:
Days after millions of workers in California and thousands in Pennsylvania won historic pay increases to $15/hr and amidst ongoing negotiations for $15/hr for millions more in New York, the unstoppable momentum of the Fight for $15 campaign for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they waged one of the largest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.
Fast-food workers went on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care and higher education workers—led hundreds of protests from Manchester, NH to Memphis, Tenn. to Marina Del Rey, Calif. Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.
American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.
The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation.
A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. Today’s order, in effect, upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised.Read more >>>
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After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.Read more >>>
New Programs and Renovations unveiled at Chapel Vision Community Development Corporation
In honor of National Love Our Children Day, UAW-Ford unveiled its community contributions to Chapel Vision Community Development Center during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 2.Read more >>>
Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Ford Mexico Announcement
The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding Ford Motor Company’s announcement today that it will build a new assembly plant in Mexico:
Today’s announcement that Ford is investing in Mexico is a disappointment and very troubling. For every investment in Mexico it means jobs that could have and should have been available right here in the USA. This is another example of what’s wrong with NAFTA and why the TPP would be a disaster for the citizens of the United States. Companies continue to run to low-wage countries and import back into the United States. This is a broken system that needs to be fixed.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has worked tirelessly to provide water to the residents of Flint ever since its water supply was contaminated.
“The food bank has put out 12 million pounds of water in three months”, said Bill Kerr, president of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.Read more >>>
A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly
A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly:
While today’s announcement of a shift reduction at Sterling Heights Assembly is unfortunate, it is not unexpected. FCA is not the only company experiencing a slow market for small cars. On a bright note, there is a strong demand for larger-sized vehicles. The company has been planning to increase its capacity to build more trucks and SUVs. I believe that in the long term this move will be a positive one for our members and the company.
Martin Luther King JR Celebration 2015
Children's Christmas Party 2014
Local 685 Delegates at the Constitutional Convention
Local 685 Delegate Rick Ward presents the resolution for: SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS, HONORING OUR VETERANS, at the 36th Constitutional Convention.
Local 685 Delegates Matt Jarvis, Chris Steward, Craig Smith, Rob Seals, and Mike Barger. (Left to Right)
50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's March in Detroit
The Civil Rights Committee would like to thank the Local for allowing us to go to Detroit to attend the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.
The speech was written at UAW Solidarity House in an office provided to Dr. King by UAW President Walter Reuther. It was read at a march in Detroit before the march in Washington, DC.
We were able to hear speeches from the son of Dr. King, Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and many more.
UAW Local 685 Civil Rights Committee
UAW Campground at Black Lake
If you and your family like to camp, the UAW Campground at the Education Center at Black Lake, Michigan offers a great value to UAW members and retirees.
Click here for more information and an application: UAW Camping
UAW Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP)
Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) benefits for active UAW-represented Chrysler Group LLC seniority employees have been reinstated for classes that began after 1/1/2012. Employees may file a TAP application for job-related, degree seeking courses at nationally and regionally accredited universities. The tuition assistance benefit level provides up to $5000 per calendar year for job related, degree seeking courses.
For more information please log on to: www.uaw-chrysler.com/training/tap.cfm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ACTIVE AND RETIRED EMPLOYEES
Vicki Smock, Marcie Walker, and Mike Kemp, Benefits Representative
Our Local represents approximately 6,000 hourly workers at the Kokomo Transmission Plant, Indiana Transmission Plants 1 & 2, Tipton Transmission Pant, American Food & Vending Services (AFV), Staywell and Caravan Knight. Most of our members build transmissions and transaxles for Chrysler products, while others provide support through food services, healthy lifestyles programs and janitorial services.