UAW Local 685

Local 685 News

  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
USW Oppose the Trans –Pacific Partnership
There has been an awakening in the American public regarding imbalanced trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Recent polls show that over 70 percent of Americans feel that elected officials have let the United States “fall behind” other countries that don’t play by the rules because they won’t stand up and do anything about it.
USW members, their families and communities know the impact of bad trade deals, from the over 13,500 steel workers laid off across the steel industry to the 1,400 USW members at Carrier receiving notice earlier this year that their company was moving their jobs to Mexico just to pay lower wages. The ripple effects of job losses like this are then felt throughout the communities they affect, from the pizza parlor to schools and hospitals and the local government – no one is immune to the effects of bad trade deals.


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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.


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