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Charles E. Hall was elected director of UAW Region 1 by delegates to the UAW’s 35th Constitutional Convention on June 16, 2010, in Detroit. 

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MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.

“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”

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AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments.

The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

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UAW members feed kids going back to school this week

UAW Member Miya Williamson Removed by Trump in Detroit

Hillary Clinton’s strong stance on TPP

Ernest “Ernie” Lofton committed his life to the UAW, his brothers and sisters in the labor movement and to his community. Along his life’s journey, the Local 600 member became a mentor and pioneer for many.

Lofton, who served as a vice president and director of the union’s National Ford Department from 1989 until his retirement in 1998, died Aug. 4 at age 84.

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(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – A vicious lockout of 360 UAW members by Wall Street darling Honeywell International, Inc., ground on into its fourth month this week with no sign of clearer skies ahead.

“It’s clear Honeywell planned this attack on our members months, if not years, in advance,” said UAW Local 1508 President Tim Vogt.

Honeywell locked out UAW members at its Aircraft Wheel and Brake manufacturing facilities in South Bend, Indiana, and Green Island, New York, May 9, after less than a month of negotiations for a collective agreement.

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2:30 PM — UAW President Dennis Williams Discusses Candidates, Conventions and Trade

UAW President Dennis Williams participated in a teleconference roundtable with reporters today to talk about the election and the UAW’s perspective on the issues at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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CANTON, Miss. — The UAW today criticized the Renault-Nissan Alliance for rejecting an offer to meet with a top official in France’s National Assembly who is leading the international charge to improve workers’ rights and working conditions at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Read more >>>

It’s difficult for Jason Barlow to explain the rash actions of Donald Trump to his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Barlow, president of UAW Local 402 in Springfield, Ohio, said Trump doesn’t act like a mature adult, let alone like the potential leader of our nation. Trump’s willingness to divide people through angry rhetoric and insults instead of bringing them together worries Barlow about Olivia’s future. She has heard the candidate speak about others in unflattering tones while watching television with her dad and mom, Rachele, who also attended the Democratic National Convention. Read more >>>

FCA US ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1.5 BILLION INVESTMENT IN STERLING HEIGHTS ASSEMBLY PLANT
  • Plant to be retooled to build next generation Ram 1500
  •  Brings total U.S. investment to more than $8.2 billion with nearly 25,000 jobs created since June 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) to retool it to build the next generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram brand.

The Company also confirmed that production of the Chrysler 200 will end in December 2016 in order to begin the transformation of the plant.

Future plans for the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.), which currently builds the Ram 1500, will be announced at a later date.

This production action is subject to the formal approval of incentives by state and local entities.

On July 14, 2016, FCA US announced a total $1 billion investment in its Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., assembly plants to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand.

Since 2009, FCA US has announced investments of more than $8.2 billion and added more than 25,000 (including nearly 18,000 hourly) people in its U.S. operations.

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12:30 PM — Dispatch from the UAW Delegation Meeting

UAW President Dennis Williams addressed UAW delegates attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention, reminding them that there is a lot of misdirected anger in this country and that we need to unify as a union to ensure that Hillary Clinton becomes president and Donald Trump does not.

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As UAW members who are delegates to the Democratic National Convention make their way to The City of Brotherly Love, it’s an appropriate time to talk about Philadelphia.

Or Philly. Or “Phil-delph-ya” in the language of the locals. They do “tawlk” a little funny here. It may be pronounced “wa-ter” elsewhere in the United States, but it’s “wooder” in Philly. As in, “Yo! I’ll have a churry wooder ice, please.”

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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>

Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant

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Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs

Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.

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Marquette, Michigan ?  UAW Local 6000 members today held an informational picket to bring attention to management problems that are creating a mass exodus of talented state employees at the Marquette Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) facility. Read more >>>

  • Investments in assembly plants total more than $1 billion
  • 1,000 new jobs to be created
  • Plants will be retooled to support growth of Jeep® brand
  • Brings total U.S. investment to more than $6.8 billion with more than 23,500 jobs created since June 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions. Read more >>>

  • Recognition comes on heels of announcement that plant will build Jeep Cherokee
  • Company’s Illinois assembly plant becomes 15th FCA North American facility to achieve milestone award
  • Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class

July 14, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) received two pieces of good news today – the first confirming that it would build the Jeep Cherokee when it moves from its current home in Toledo in 2017 and the second announcing that it has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Read more >>>

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the UAW Region 1 Director’s Scholarship Awards. A selection committee screened the applications and selected 32 candidates for this year’s awards. Each winner was awarded $500.00.

All winners will be notified in writing along with the paperwork they must fill out prior to the awards being sent to their college/university.

Congratulations to all of the winners listed below. It was a very hard decision since all of the candidates were well qualified. To the non-winners, thank you for applying; and, please feel free to apply again next year.

The following people were selected by the Region 1 Selection Committee:

TarShawna Bell, daughter of Willie Gray, Local 1700
Brett Beloungea, son of Norval Beloungea, Local 961
Katie Berthet, daughter of John Berthet, Local 909
Leland Boles, son of Cornelia Boles, Local 140
Jennifer Brasington, granddaughter of Ronald Chaffee, Local 653
Haley Buczniewicz, daughter of Steven Buczniewicz, Local 22
Selene Clark, daughter of DeTonya Clark, Local 2071
Richina Clay, daughter of Richard Clay, Local 7
Garrett Collett, son of Vernon Colett, Local 228
Andrew Currie, son of Bryan Currie, Local 1700
Danielle Dickow, daughter of Mark Dickow, Local 140
Alexa Ellish, daughter of Alan Ellish, Local 412
Savannah Fragoso, daughter of Robert Brady, Local 961
Tiffeny Gripper, daughter of Kenneth Gripper, Local 869
Matthew Jointer, son of Sammy Wright, Local 2071
Bret Laudenslager, son of Dennis Laudenslager, Local 412
Olivia Noorenberghe, daughter of Gary Noorenberghe, Local 251
Anastasia Pacifico, daughter of Svetlana Pacifico, Local 1979
Kinga Raduly, daughter of Ioan Raduly, Local 155
Kaitlyn Richardson, daughter of James Richardson, Local 140
Kortney Richardson, daughter of James Richardson, Local 140
Andrew Robson, son of Christoper Robson, Local 155
Vasey Rocha, daughter of Louis Rocha, Local 5960
Leonard Rowe, son of Leonard Rowe, Local 140
Nabilah Salwa, daughter of Mohammad Muhaimin, Local 155
Thahiyatul Sarah, daughter of Mohammad Muhaimin, Local 155
Kate Shonk, daughter of Kenneth Shonk, Local 228
Meagan Sindone, daughter of Mark Sindone, Local 140
Christopher Smith, son of James Smith, Local 228
Briiya Smith-Curney, daughter of Aletha Smith, Local 1700
Aaron Thomas, son of Marvin Hahn, Local 22
Brad Zdrojewski, son of Richard Zdrojewski, Local 9699

 

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We are pleased to announce that UAW Region 1 will be hosting our 17th Annual Car Show to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016, with all proceeds are used to help area Veterans and their families.

Registration is $20.00 at the door ($18.00 pre-registered). Registration Form attached.

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More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>

“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>

This blog post originally appeared on Demos.org and was written by the president of Demos, Heather C. McGhee

Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.

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Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer

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Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering

NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.

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Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.

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Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant

Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.

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Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.

Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.

Send an email to Volkswagen executives to tell them to sit down and negotiate with working people in the skilled trades division of the Chattanooga plant.

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The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.

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This article originally appeared in USA Today. To read the entire article, click here.

The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>

DEARBORN, Mich.– Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States.

The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant, represented by UAW local 182, and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant, represented by UAW local 2000, are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants.

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 2016 Veterans Stand Down

October 4-6

Detroit Rescue Mission  Banquet Hall, 3606 E. Forest Ave.

Detroit, MI

 2016 UAW, LUCA Communications Conference, August 21-26, At the UAW Education Center at Black Lake Read more >>>

 Black Lake Motorcycle Run 2016

September 10 - 13

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Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan - Request for Donations

The response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan by the UAW has been tremendous. All of the storage at the UAW Region 1D office is filled with water and it is being disbursed a case at a time to the citizens of Flint.  They are very grateful; however, they cannot take any more water at this time.

If you are interested in helping the residents of Flint, UAW Region 1D is attempting to secure monetary donations for water filters and replacement cartridges for the filers. The United Way of Genesee County is handling the funds, with no administrative fees, so that every penny will go the aid the residents of Flint.  

If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to United Way of Genesee County-Water Fund.  Checks should be mailed to UAW Region 1-D, 1940 Atherton Road, Flint, MI 48507

Thank you for your generous support to the residents of Flint, Michigan.

The Michigan Labor History Society (MLHS) is willing and able to take UAW members and their families on an exciting tour that captures the stories of labor history in our area. The society has six experienced guides who can lead bus or walking tours on your schedule. They are glad to do this as an educational program without charge. Read more >>>

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