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Sierra Club accounces #Readyfor100

Ready for 100 is aimed at accelerating a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by advocating for ambitious leadership at the local level and amplifying progress to make 100% clean energy “the new normal”.

Sierra Club is launching the campaign today with a challenge 100 U.S. cities: commit to 100% renewable energy! Check out the surprise message they delivered last night at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, happening this week in Washington, D.C.

 

Worker wins rule since first ever Raising Wages Summit, but challenges remain

(Washington, DC, January 19, 2016) – Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

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UAW International Executive Board Statement Regarding the Flint Water Crisis

“We are proud of the hundreds of UAW members throughout the country who have come forward in recent days to volunteer to distribute water and filters to the families of Flint many of whom are UAW members and retirees. Our members and communities have come together to act in the best interest of the Flint community and Flint’s children.

“It is also morally imperative that the public have faith in their government at this time and that starts with full and total transparency on an issue that was brought on by poor decisions by government officials who put cost savings ahead of the health of Flint residents which could plague the children of Flint for a generation. On behalf of our Flint members, retirees and their families the UAW demands that Governor Snyder release all documents related to the Flint water contamination issue to the public regardless of any public records exemptions. No law that deprives the public clarity on this issue is moral or just for the citizens of Flint who are in peril and whose children are now at risk.”

DETROIT – Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom is one of six Martin Luther King Jr. honorees to be recognized at the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy March on Jan. 18 at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School.

The event, which begins with a tour of the school at 9 a.m., a program at 10 a.m. and the march following, “honors individuals who have selflessly showcased their skills and generously contributed to making our community greater,” said Karinda Washington, MLK Legacy March co-chair and 1996 King alumna.

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Detroit – As a day of service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, UAW Region 1A Director Gamble and members from the region will take it to the streets and to the area’s homeless population. Many homeless Detroiters won’t go to shelters so deliveries will be made directly to the people where they live. The sleeping bags are designed to handle temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero. Read more >>>

Hartford, Con. — UAW Local 376 members at Colt are resting a little easier today, having learned that the company emerged from Chapter 11 Restructuring on January 13.

UAW leadership has worked closely with management over many months, and anticipated this positive outcome. Nonetheless, there is a collective sigh of relief permeating the plant floor.

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Labor Board Demands Company Make Shop Floor Announcement that Workers Have Right to Organize

Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe, Good Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The federal government has charged Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, with illegally threatening on multiple occasions to close its Selma factory in an effort to intimidate workers who are organizing for higher pay and basic health and safety protections....

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UAW Members Send Clean Drinking Water to Flint Residents In Need

Do you or your local want to help Flint residents? Contact the UAW’s Labor Liaison with the United Way, Teresa McGinnis, at

uawlaborliaison@unitedwaygenesee.org

FLINT, MI — Members of the UAW from around the state will be donating truckloads of water to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency.

UAW locals from around the state have contacted the Flint Assembly UAW Local 598 to ask how they could help residents. On Sunday, Jan 10 UAW locals south of Flint will bring a caravan of trucks to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, according to a news release.

Read more at MLive.com…

DETROIT – General Motors is adding a third shift and more than 500 hourly and salaried jobs at Lansing Grand River Assembly to meet forecasted market demand for the award-winning 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Read more >>>

Union OKs Kohler contract, ending strike

More than 2,000 Kohler Co. union employees are heading back to work after voting Wednesday night to accept a new four-year labor contract, bringing an end to a 4 ½-week-old strike at Sheboygan County’s largest employer.

The labor deal includes compromises by both sides on health care costs and a two-tier wage system that the union had hoped to eliminate.

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Kohler, union reach tentative deal on new contract

Negotiators for Kohler Co. and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract, the local union president said Tuesday night.

If approved by the membership of UAW Local 833, the deal would end a strike by some 2,000 workers that began four and a half weeks ago.

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UAW vote certified at Volkswagen Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

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Detroit casino workers ratify new contract

Workers at Detroit’s three casinos ratified a new 5-year contract Sunday — ending months of contentious and complicated negotiations and providing relief to thousands of workers.

Joe Daugherty, president of Unite Here Local 24 and head of the bargaining committee for a group of unions, said in an email that a majority of workers at all three casinos approved the contract….

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All state worker unions ratify contracts

LANSING – With Friday’s ratification by the nearly 17,000-member United Auto Workers Local 6000, members of all state government employee unions have OK’d contracts for 2016 and beyond.

With the UAW’s sign-off, collective bargaining agreements for five of Michigan’s six state worker unions, representing about two-thirds of the state government workforce, will now go before the state Civil Service Commission Wednesday morning for final approval.

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“International trade plays a vital role in our economy, accounting for roughly thirty percent of the GDP and directly impacting millions of jobs. Unfortunately, many of our trading partners routinely cut corners and break rules to get an unfair advantage both stateside and abroad... Read more >>>

Today the International Executive Board of the UAW unanimously voted to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Over the past several years we met with the Administration, trade negotiators, members of Congress, and an array of stakeholders on the TPP. From the outset we constructively worked in pursuit of an ambitious agreement that creates prosperity both here and abroad for working families.

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