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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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The Easiest Way to Slow the Economy

America's wages are not what's hurting manufacturing. It's currency manipulation and unfair trade practices. Germany’s average manufacturing hourly pay was $48.98 in 2013, one-third higher than in the U.S. Yet Germany’s manufacturing sector has remained stable in the face of competition from China, while the U.S. has lost 5.4 million manufacturing jobs since 1997. If higher wages hurt manufacturing competitiveness, we would expect Germany to be doing worse than the U.S.

Check out these articles from the Economic Policy Institute:

The new Steering Committee met on December 2nd to discuss the issues at Triumph. Read more >>>

“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 >>>

The following can be attributed to UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department, Cindy Estrada:

“Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. Taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time.

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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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Take Action: Sign me up for Fair Trade

I took an action on Action Network called "Sign me up for Fair Trade."

Early in 2016, Congress will probably vote on yet another of their secret "free trade agreements." Like NAFTA and the others, it was all planned out by corporations without any workers or environmentalists. Big Pharma was among those corporations and high drug prices are always their priority! Sign up to fight for Fair Trade, not "free trade!"

Can you join me and take action? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-me-up-for-fair-trade

Thanks!

Gene Lantz
Retiree President
UAW Local 848
 

MSF Policy Changes

Marshall Street management continues to make policy changes that, at best, appear very questionable. At the membership meeting on Sunday, August 16th, many members voiced their concerns over several policy changes that Triumph management has announced recently. The most recent change regarding the Quality Policy was the most discussed.

Members talked about how the Company is not accurately distributing WT’s to the appropriate employee. Their statements were followed with suggestions by leadership. Brian Caldwell expressed that all assemblers should regularly check what WT’s, tags, or other defects may be charged to them. If there is an error, immediately address it with your supervisor and Steward. Another scenario that was discussed was to make sure planning is concurrent to any WT or defect. One member pointed out that she had built an assembly to one planning that was then changed after she built it, and the Company attempted to discipline her on the new planning.

Grievance Chairman Fernando Argumaniz, the Grievance Committee, and our Stewards have been very busy preparing to resolve issues these new policies have created. Several policy grievances have been filed, and charges to attain relief through the National Labor Relations Board are also being sought.

We will keep the membership informed with any results we see in our attempts to resolve these issues that have not been negotiated with us, and attempt to find positive remedies.

James Ducker
President
UAW Local 848
 

848 Continues its Efforts to Secure a Red Oak CBA and Jefferson Street Closure Effects Agreement

On July 29, 2015, UAW Local 848 and its Red Oak negotiating team again went to the bargaining table with Triumph in an attempt to secure a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Red Oak facility. Unfortunately, no Agreement has been reached at this time. The next date that the Company has available and has agreed to meet with the Union is August 25, 2015.

On August 28, 2015, the Union will meet with Triumph and continue to negotiate the effects of the closure of the Jefferson Street facility.

Please keep the efforts of Local 848 and its bargaining teams in your prayers and prayer circles.

In Solidarity,
James Ducker
President
UAW Local 848
 

Ongoing Negotiations

Local 848 has been extremely busy since the beginning of the year and it appears there’s not any slowing down in sight. Early this year, Local 848 began its collective bargaining efforts with Raytheon and completed an Agreement, but left unfinished business with respect to effects bargaining that has yet to be completed. We look forward to receiving dates from Raytheon soon to enter into those talks relating to the closure of its present facility and the move to its new facility in Richardson, TX. Those dates will be published when they are known.

On March 23, 2015, the Triumph Marshall Street negotiations began and by the 24th of April, the Company’s last, best, and final proposal was presented to the negotiating committee. On April 27, 2015, the membership ratified the Agreement. During those negotiations, effects bargaining for the closure of Triumph’s Jefferson Street facility began, however both sides agreed that the effects negotiations would have to continue outside of the Marshall Street negotiations. Those dates will be publicized when they are set.

That brings us to our latest efforts to secure an Agreement for Triumph’s Red Oak facility. In early May, the temporary negotiating committee started putting together the Union’s proposals based on a survey of the bargaining unit employees, coupling both economic and non-economic proposals to be presented to the Company. The temporary committee is manned by Adam Rondon, Corey Gregg, and Jimmy Ricks and they have worked fervently to prepare the Union’s proposals for the first-time Agreement at the Red Oak facility.

The Company and the Union continue to set dates for further negotiations in an attempt to get an Agreement. Both the International Union and Local 848 are committed to reaching a fair and equitable Agreement for the collective bargaining unit at Triumph’s Red Oak facility.

There has been an informational meeting set for the employees that signed Union membership cards. If you are a bargaining unit employee at Red Oak who has not yet signed a membership card and wish to attend the informational meeting, there will be membership cards available for you to fill out and turn in at the meeting location. This is an important meeting and a great opportunity for Red Oak bargaining unit employees to gather information and voice their opinions. The meeting is set for June 30, 2015 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. There will be a meeting for second shift employees at 1:30pm and one for first shift employees at 3:45pm. I strongly encourage the bargaining unit employees of Red Oak to attend. Again, there will be membership cards available for employees that have not yet signed a membership card but wish to do so and attend the meeting.

As I previously stated, negotiations are ongoing with much work to do for the Red Oak facility, Jefferson Street closure effects, and Raytheon’s move effects bargaining all still in front of us. I ask all of our members, their families, and prayer circles to include these tasks in your prayers. Pray that favor goes before us in all three of these daunting tasks so we may achieve fair and settled Agreements.

In Solidarity,
James Ducker
President
UAW Local 848

 

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Triumph Benefits Coordinator

Per Letter of Agreement 8 in the 2010 Triumph CBA and due to the decrease in the number of Marshall Street bargaining unit employees, the Triumph Benefits Coordinator's (Brett Buie) hours have changed. He is now available Monday through Friday in the afternoons at the Union Hall. Brett can be reached during this time (or you can leave a message for him at any time) at 972-264-2439 or bbuie@uaw848.org.

Negotiations Update - December 9, 2014

Arbitrator Rules

Brothers and Sisters,

Late on Friday, December 5, 2014, the Union was notified that the arbitrator had made his decision known. It is a great disappointment that our policy grievance arbitration did not go our way. We have not received the written decision yet, but we expect it soon.

I held informational meetings at the plant for first and second shift Triumph employees on Monday, December 8, 2014. We are in the process of calling a special call Executive Board meeting so that we can hold a special members meeting on December 14, 2014 to discuss this turn of events and how it affects our Local and our membership.

In Solidarity,
James Ducker
President
UAW Local 848

The second installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>

The first installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>

Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving” is a series of articles submitted by UAW Local 848 members and posted on the website for the purpose of uplifting our members in this time of struggle. This series is intended to be posted from November 26, 2014 until January 2, 2015.

The wheels of justice can turn slowly in labor law cases. Read more >>>

An article in the November 9, 2014 Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News talks about the Jefferson faciltiy, brings up part of its historic past, and sheds a bit of light into the future. Read more >>>

 Results from the November 4, 2014 Special Election Runoff. Read more >>>

Results from the October 28, 2014 Special Election. Read more >>>

Arbitration Update - October 24, 2014

Final briefs were submitted by both parties to the arbitrator on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. We are hoping to have an answer within 45 days, as this is the time period in which most arbitrations are settled. We will let you know when we learn the outcome of this very important judgement.
 

Information for Members on Layoff

To remain a UAW Local 848 member in good standing after being laid off, the following steps must be adhered to:

• Within the last ten (10) days of the first six (6) months of being laid off, you must submit a letter to the Financial Secretary of Local 848 requesting to remain in good standing.
• To remain in good standing, a similar letter must be delivered in person or sent via certified or registered mail within the last ten (10) days of each successive month.
• In other words, your letter must be received within the last ten (10) days of the month before the month you wish to remain in good standing.
• The letter should contain the following information:
   o Request to remain in good standing
   o Name
   o Address
   o Phone Number
   o Clock Number

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and your desire to remain a member in good standing with Local 848.

Jeffery Benge
Financial Secretary
UAW Local 848
 

Triumph Contract Negotiations

Check for updates on the Triumph Negotiations under the "2013 Contract Negotiations" category here!

UAW 848 Leadership

Executive Board
President, James Ducker
1st Vice President, Chase Buie
2nd Vice President, Anthony Esparza
Recording Secretary, Kimberly Thomas
Financial Secretary, Jeffery Benge
Trustee, Eddie Conway
Trustee, Claude Cooper
Trustee, Keith Patterson
Sergeant-at-Arms, Ricky Reed
Guide, Erica Rogers
Retiree President, Gene Lantz

Triumph Leadership
Chairperson, Fernando Argumaniz
Committeeperson (Zone 2), Dana Hamilton
Steward (District 20), Kenny Nimmo
Committeeperson (Zone 7), Phil Alley
Steward (District 76), Shannon Moore
Committeeperson (Zone 8), Terry Brooks
Steward (District 80), Brian Caldwell

Lockheed Leadership
Chairperson, Kyle Dubberke
Committeeperson (Zone 1), Frankie McIntire
Steward (District 10), Lorenzo Taylor
Committeeperson (Zone 2), David Sartor
Steward (District 20), Robert Wilson

Raytheon Leadership
Chairperson, David Berrera
Committeeperson (Zone 1), Carlos Estrada
Committeeperson (Zone 2), Ken Lovelace
Steward (Districts 1-4), Ray Besherse
 

Information to all UAW Local 848 members regarding the passing of a union dues increase at the UAW Constitutional Convention. Read more >>>

Learn how to update your address with the Local here. Read more >>>

Click here for a list of Union-Made Vehicles and Tires. Read more >>>

Retiree Leroy Hudgens explains why he volunteered to increase his retiree dues. Read more >>>

Listen to Retirees, Learn History

Listen to Retirees, Learn History

by Gene Lantz

Fidel Conde was one of about 500 Mexican Americans brought from the Valley to LTV while Lyndon Johnson was President. Many of them, and their descendants, made aircraft parts there for the rest of their careers.

For a video interview with Fidel Conde, click on http://youtu.be/2p6IqebYG2A.

 

Without Labor Unions You Would Not Have...
  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch break
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Medicare
  8. Minimum Wage
  9. Civil Rights Act / Title VII (Prohibits discrimination in hiring)
  10. An 8-hour work day
  11. A 40-hour work week
  12. Overtime pay
  13. Child labor laws
  14. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
  15. Worker’s Compensation
  16. Unemployment Insurance
  17. Pensions
  18. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  19. Employer health care insurance
  20. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  21. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  22. Wrongful termination laws
  23. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  24. Whistleblower protection laws
  25. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – Prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  26. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  27. Compensation increases and evaluations
  28. Sexual harassment laws
  29. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  30. Holiday pay
  31. Privacy rights
  32. Pregnancy and parental leave
  33. Military leave
  34. The right to strike
  35. Public education for children
  36. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 and 2011 – Requires employers to pay men and women equally for the same work
  37. Laws ending sweat shops in the United States

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Local 848 celebrates 70 years!

"Veteran" designation available on Texas driver license. Read more >>>

The latest edition of Solidarity magazine is online!

The March-April 2015 edition of the Solidarity magazine can be viewed at: http://digital.turn-page.com/t/13433.

UAW President Dennis Williams and 59 other unions joined the AFL-CIO in writing a letter against the latest so-called "Free Trade Agreement" and the "Fast Track" congressional rules that would whisk it into law. Read more >>>

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