UAW Local 848



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statements reacting to the decision by the National Labor Relations board to order a representation election for skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility despite the company’s efforts to block the election.

Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer and director of the union’s Transnational Department: “It’s unfortunate that, in the middle of Volkswagen’s widening emissions scandal, we had to spend weeks debating workers’ rights that clearly are protected under federal law. Volkswagen’s attempt to sidestep U.S. law was a waste of employees’ time and energy, and a waste of government resources. Looking ahead, our hope is that the company now will recommit to the values that made Volkswagen a great brand — environmental sustainability and true co-determination between management and employees. We have no doubt that Volkswagen can make a comeback in the U.S. and around the world, but the company needs to refocus on its core principles.”

Mike Cantrell, president, UAW Local 42: “We’re pleased that the NLRB upheld our members’ rights. We’re asking the company to respect the decision and not attempt to further interfere with the election for our skilled trades colleagues. As a union, our goal always has been — and still is — moving toward collective bargaining for the the purpose of reaching a multi-year contract between Volkswagen and employees in Chattanooga. There are multiple paths to collective bargaining, and this is a step in the right direction. We hope the company will support the same rights for employees in Chattanooga that are enjoyed by our Volkswagen co-workers around the world.”

LOS ANGELES – The all-new Gen Six Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Colorado with its all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine won the 2016 Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year awards on Monday night.

It is the second consecutive Truck of the Year award for Colorado, the mid-size pickup introduced as a 2015 model.

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Stand with striking members of Local 833 at Kohler

MILWAUKEE—On Sunday, United Auto Workers Local 833 voted overwhelmingly to go on strike at Kohler Company in order to win a fair contract. Kohler was the site of one of the longest strikes in UAW history in the 1950s and 1960s. You can read more about that strike by clicking on the image below.

Today, citizens wanting to support the workers are encouraged to join the picket line, which will operate 24/7 from the Clock Tower, 444 Highland Drive, Kohler, and to donate by mailing a check to: UAW Local 833 Strike Fund, Emil Mazey Hall, 5425 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53083.

In addition, please sign this petition in support of striking workers at Local 833.

Clear Path to Traditional Wages for Current Members; $8,500 Ratification Bonus

Tentative Agreement Approved Overwhelmingly by UAW National Ford Council,

Now Heads to Vote by UAW Ford Membership

DETROIT- New U.S. investments worth $9 Billion are expected to create or secure 8,500 jobs for UAW members under a new Tentative Agreement...

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Gene Lantz
Retiree President
UAW Local 848

RO Negotiations & MSF Updates - October 9, 2015

Red Oak Negotiations and Marshall Street Updates

The Union asked the Triumph Red Oak negotiating team to enter into full bargaining during the most recent round of non-economic negotiations. The Company agreed that the parties will commence both economic and non-economic negotiations October 26-29, 2015. Additional dates are to be determined between the parties.

Prior to the October 6, 2015 Red Oak negotiating session, the Union filed unfair labor practice charges against Triumph Red Oak. Both the International Union and its Local 848 have and will continue to work towards a resolution and a first-time Agreement for Red Oak employees.

Local 848 Chairman Fernando Argumaniz has filed several charges and policy grievances at Triumph Marshall Street in an attempt to curtail labor practices that are in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and/or labor law. When Triumph Marshall Street management announced the contractual issues they are experiencing with Boeing, they created many questions and concerns for the membership of Local 848.

While management cannot provide us with the ultimate outcome of the situation, Local 848 with the support of the UAW International will continue to work towards a positive resolution. I am calling for the support of the membership to help in this effort. I will ask the Executive Board at our upcoming meeting to assemble a steering committee to review and develop an effort to meet the challenges that we are facing.

As individual members, the most immediate things we can do are to review personal and family goals, both financial and career, and develop contingency plans. The members of Local 848 have met a great deal of adversity during the last 2 years as a result of Triumph’s business decisions. We can overcome. We cannot afford to quit performing our jobs, nor can we let the Company divide us. Together we may be able to influence the outcome, divided we would most certainly escalate negative outcomes.

Please include our efforts in all of your prayers; that God will give us favor in all of the UAW’s efforts and for positive resolution to our challenges. There will be further information communicated as it becomes available. In the meantime, get involved! If you would like to volunteer for a steering committee, contact me at the Hall (972-264-2431).

In Solidarity,
James Ducker
UAW Local 848

UAW members at Deere & Co. ratify new agreement

Detroit – UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell released the following joint statement announcing the passage of Deere & Company’s contract ratification.

“A new labor agreement has been ratified by UAW members at Deere & Company. The new agreement provides many improvements for UAW members which include compensation and working conditions for nearly 10,000 members while giving Deere & Company the necessary tools to grow its business.

“The UAW applauds the bargaining committee and union members for their resolve and patience during the negotiation process.”

Statement of UAW President Dennis Williams on the 2015 UAW FCA US tentative agreement ratification vote

DETROIT – The International Union, UAW announced today that UAW members at FCA US have voted down the tentative agreement by 65 percent.

The following statement is from UAW President Dennis Williams:

“As I said at the press conference: “What I love about our organization most of all is that no matter what we do, what action we take, the ultimate decision and the power of the union is our members and they make the final decision.”

That is the design of our constitution and who we are.

We will gather the issues together; notify FCA that further discussions are needed.

We don’t consider this a setback; we consider the membership vote a part of the process we respect.

We will be meeting with the UAW-FCA National bargaining committee and council to discuss the issues.”

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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
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
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
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

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
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” 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 >>>

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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


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!

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