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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman... Read more >>>

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left empty by the recent passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. Garland is a distinguished, moderate judge with more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. The Senate GOP leadership is refusing to give Judge Garland a full hearing and vote. We call on the GOP leadership to set politics aside and fulfill their constitutional duty to provide a hearing and vote for the president’s nominee. Our American judicial system deserves nothing less.

LAS VEGAS — UAW-represented table games dealers at The LINQ casino and slot attendants at the Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly ratified first-ever contracts that raise wages, protect tips received by employees, and provide a fair and just grievance system, among other improvements at the properties on the strip... Read more >>>

In continued celebration of Women’s History Month, we look to the inspirational words and quotes by notable women whose activism helps unite us as one and propel us all to know better, do better, and to be better. Check out the quotes below for your daily dose of inspiration, and click the links to read more about each woman... Read more >>>

In light of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and unfounded accusations against trade unionist and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the UAW’s two highest officers have issued the following statement.

UAW Statement in Defense of Lula

On behalf the over 1 million active and retired members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day... Read more >>>

Dept. of Labor Calls For Back Pay for Workers Terminated, Suspended for Raising Health & Safety Concerns at Ala. Lear Plant


Lawsuit Marks Latest in Series of Federal Crackdowns on Lear; Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor has petitioned a federal court to order Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired for speaking out about getting sick at the company’s plant in Selma.Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired...

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(Washington, DC, March 3, 2016) – A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fatally flawed.

“EPI’s new report quantifies what a mistake it was to leave currency rules out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with TPP countries...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Read more >>>

Yesterday, citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Read more >>>

Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn.

Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems.

The protest began today at 3 a.m.

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UAW Endorsements are available to you via uawendorsements.org.

Are you looking for the latest political information from the UAW? Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? Want to get information about how to register to vote? Want to know when your primary is?

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February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Ruben Burks.

Ruben Burks’ long history of unionism and advocacy for social justice started in 1955 when he began working as an assembler at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint where he joined UAW Local 598. He steadily rose through the ranks of the local, serving in various leadership posts, including shop committeeperson and executive board member. In 1970, then-UAW President Walter Reuther appointedBurks to be an International representative in Region 1C. By 1989, he was the director of Region 1C and held that position for three terms.

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North Carolina — Citing their records of supporting working families, the North Carolina/South Carolina UAW Community Action Program announced today that it is endorsing Roy Cooper for North Carolina governor and Deborah Ross for the U. S. Senate.

“These are two exceptional candidates who do not shy away from tough issues and are willing to stand up and make a difference for our families, community and the state,” said UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry, a Tar Heel native.

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Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42:

The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal.

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Unions and the Fight for Civil Rights

The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was written by UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember the historical importance of organized labor to black workers and their families, and unionism’s continued relevance today.

It was once legal to discriminate against minorities in hiring and wage equity. Even when it became illegal to discriminate against minorities in the workplace, bias against minorities was widely practiced and tolerated. Unions were at the forefront of the battle fighting for equal wages and an equal chance at jobs that could elevate families out of poverty.

Historically, African-Americans were given the least desirable jobs – if they were permitted to work at all alongside whites – and the auto industry was no exception. With the advent of the UAW, job opportunities and wages improved.

The UAW was formed to fight for, and ensure, workers’ rights. Fairness and justice is the epicenter of our value system and it extends to the community as a whole.

Read the full article via the Detroit Free Press…

February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Nelson “Jack” Edwards.

Jack Edwards would eventually be called Walter Reuther’s “point man for civil rights.” The road to that designation was filled with dedication to civil rights and the UAW for many years.

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Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” Read more >>>

Lordstown autoworkers show off the new Chevy Cruze

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Some of the 5,000 men and women who make the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown are showing off the result of their efforts on the assembly line.

UAW Local 1112 is displaying a picture of a blue 2016 Cruze on the union’s Facebook page.

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GM Investing nearly $150 million in Spring Hill Plant

General Motors will invest nearly $150 million in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant.

The investment will repurpose machinery and assembly equipment to allow the plant to build V8 engines, retaining about 200 jobs, according to a news release.

The upgrade will mark the first time the Spring Hill facility will be equipped to build V8 engines, and will allow the plant to quickly add capacity to build the small-block, 6.2L engines for its trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

“Spring Hill and its employees have a reputation for producing award-winning 4-cylinder engines,” UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron said in the release. “We appreciate GM recognizing these outstanding skills with the opportunity to build V8 engines for some of GM’s most popular full-size trucks and SUVs.”

Read the full article at the Nashville Business Journal…

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 >>>

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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