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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>
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.
2015 UAW-FCA Contract
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 >>>
AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments.
The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.Read more >>>
UAW members feed kids going back to school this week
UAW Member Miya Williamson Removed by Trump in Detroit
Hillary Clinton’s strong stance on TPP
Ernest “Ernie” Lofton committed his life to the UAW, his brothers and sisters in the labor movement and to his community. Along his life’s journey, the Local 600 member became a mentor and pioneer for many.
Lofton, who served as a vice president and director of the union’s National Ford Department from 1989 until his retirement in 1998, died Aug. 4 at age 84.Read more >>>
(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – A vicious lockout of 360 UAW members by Wall Street darling Honeywell International, Inc., ground on into its fourth month this week with no sign of clearer skies ahead.
“It’s clear Honeywell planned this attack on our members months, if not years, in advance,” said UAW Local 1508 President Tim Vogt.
Honeywell locked out UAW members at its Aircraft Wheel and Brake manufacturing facilities in South Bend, Indiana, and Green Island, New York, May 9, after less than a month of negotiations for a collective agreement.Read more >>>
2:30 PM — UAW President Dennis Williams Discusses Candidates, Conventions and Trade
UAW President Dennis Williams participated in a teleconference roundtable with reporters today to talk about the election and the UAW’s perspective on the issues at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.Read more >>>
CANTON, Miss. — The UAW today criticized the Renault-Nissan Alliance for rejecting an offer to meet with a top official in France’s National Assembly who is leading the international charge to improve workers’ rights and working conditions at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Read more >>>
It’s difficult for Jason Barlow to explain the rash actions of Donald Trump to his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Barlow, president of UAW Local 402 in Springfield, Ohio, said Trump doesn’t act like a mature adult, let alone like the potential leader of our nation. Trump’s willingness to divide people through angry rhetoric and insults instead of bringing them together worries Barlow about Olivia’s future. She has heard the candidate speak about others in unflattering tones while watching television with her dad and mom, Rachele, who also attended the Democratic National Convention. Read more >>>
FCA US ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1.5 BILLION INVESTMENT IN STERLING HEIGHTS ASSEMBLY PLANT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) to retool it to build the next generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram brand.
The Company also confirmed that production of the Chrysler 200 will end in December 2016 in order to begin the transformation of the plant.
Future plans for the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.), which currently builds the Ram 1500, will be announced at a later date.
This production action is subject to the formal approval of incentives by state and local entities.
On July 14, 2016, FCA US announced a total $1 billion investment in its Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., assembly plants to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand.
Since 2009, FCA US has announced investments of more than $8.2 billion and added more than 25,000 (including nearly 18,000 hourly) people in its U.S. operations.
PHILLY: THE CRADLE OF LIBERTY AND A STRONG, DIVERSE UNION CITY HOSTS THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
As UAW members who are delegates to the Democratic National Convention make their way to The City of Brotherly Love, it’s an appropriate time to talk about Philadelphia.
Or Philly. Or “Phil-delph-ya” in the language of the locals. They do “tawlk” a little funny here. It may be pronounced “wa-ter” elsewhere in the United States, but it’s “wooder” in Philly. As in, “Yo! I’ll have a churry wooder ice, please.”Read more >>>
Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant
Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs
Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.Read more >>>
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions. Read more >>>
July 14, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) received two pieces of good news today – the first confirming that it would build the Jeep Cherokee when it moves from its current home in Toledo in 2017 and the second announcing that it has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). 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 >>>
Johnathan Stewart and the UAW 685/Habitat Vet Build
Martin Luther King JR Celebration 2015
Children's Christmas Party 2014
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.
MLK Monument Dedication kokomo IndianaThe unveiling and dedication of the MLK Jr. statue at the MLK Jr. Memorial. April 4, 2016 in Kokomo, Indiana
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.