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There was a time in America at the height of industrialization when children worked long hours in factories, in coal mines, or just about anywhere where physical labor was needed in manufacturing. Injuries, abuse and exploitation were common... Read more >>>
UAW Member Dana Harris Says Hillary is a Role Model
UAW CARS (USA)
Chevrolet Bolt (electric)
Chevrolet Cruze (diesel)
Chevrolet Sonic*Read more >>>
Solidarity Sept. - Oct. 2016 is now online!
View the online magazine or view individual articles:
Index: Volume 59, No. 9 - 10
Miss the Vice Presidential Debate Last Night? We’ve got you covered.
Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence went head to head last night. We’ve pulled some of the best tweets from the evening.
Buy Union this Halloween
This year shop for these products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU).
When local UAW members want to know what’s happening in their local and what the issues are that bring them together – like who the best candidate for workers is in the upcoming election – there’s no one they trust more than their union local. The UAW members who make that communication happen work tirelessly, usually on their own time, to bring it to their union sisters and brothers. Using all the platforms available to them such as social media, photography, video, publications, websites, email, texting and more, the UAW-Local Union Communications Association (LUCA) on Aug. 25 honored those hardworking communicators for a job well done over the past year. Read more >>>
2015 UAW-FCA Contract
As we approach Nov. 8, we should be reminded that every day there are those who have served and those who are serving to protect our freedom here at home and aboard. To honor those men and women it is our civic duty to vote.
Over the years working men and women have heard from both sides of what we refer to as wedge issues!Read more >>>
MISS THE FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LAST NIGHT?
Forget Personalities and ‘Likeability’ – Who Will Lead and Who is Best on the Issues Critical to American Working Families?
Presidential political campaigns in the age of the 24/7 news cycle can be quite distracting. The media often supplies saturation coverage on inconsequential stories unrelated to the issues that directly affect our families such as fair trade, wealth inequality, the right to organize, and affordable higher education. Complex, but nonetheless critically important issues, just can’t seem to get traction in this environment.Read more >>>
Donald Trump is a salesman and in 2016 he’s selling hate. He’s branded Mexicans rapists and wants all Muslim-Americans to be registered in a database. When he attacks groups, it’s easy to forget he’s attacking real people, real UAW members. Here are two UAW brothers talking about what it’s like to live in the world Trump is creating... Read more >>>
When you cast your vote for president, your ballot will show a choice for our next president. The nominees from the two major parties and those representing the Green and Libertarian nominees have spent a lot of time addressing voters under age 35 because they’re an important voting bloc in this election. Young voters face deep concerns particular to their demographic such as repaying skyrocketing college debt, finding a good-paying job to start a family with and feeling engaged in one of the most divisive election campaigns in our country’s modern history. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate and will find commonsense solutions to those problems. She’s the best choice if you want a president who stands with Americans who work hard to support their families and want fair wages and benefits in return. Clinton understands that young people want a leader who fights against trade deals like the TPP (Trans- Pacific Partnership) because it benefits corporate profits at the expense of workers’ wages and the environment. Read more >>>
LOCAL UNION CALLS ON COMPANY TO ADHERE TO DAIMLER’S GLOBAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PRINCIPLES
VANCE, Ala. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit today upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that determined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) violated federal labor law in Tuscaloosa County, Ala.Read more >>>
UAW Member Lloyd Allen on Hillary Voting to Save the Auto Industry
Members of Congress Call for Fair and Free Elections, Champion TAs’ and RAs’ Right to Collective Bargaining
Community Petition Urging University Administrators to End Their Anti-Union Campaign Gains Momentum
NEW YORK – As support for graduate workers’ right to collective bargaining builds nationwide, more than 60 members of Congress today issued a statement urging Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and other university administrators in support of fair and free union elections. U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Jerrold Nadler along with dozens of other congressional leaders applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision to restore the rights of teaching assistants and research assistants to bargain collectively.Read more >>>
What is a UAW Women’s book club?
Of course you’ve heard of book clubs where people come together to discuss books, but what exactly is a UAW Women’s book club? UAW Women book clubs are ones where groups read books that empower and educate union women. The books recommended for our book clubs will be ones that strengthen our leadership skills and expand women’s roles within the UAW...Read more >>>
UAW Member Sheila Pedersen Says Hillary is Ready For the Job
MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.
“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”Read more >>>
Johnathan Stewart and the UAW 685/Habitat Vet Build
Martin Luther King JR Celebration 2015
Children's Christmas Party 2014
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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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.