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What local unions can do in remembrance of Nelson Mandela
Dec. 6, 2013
UAW President Bob King is requesting that all of UAW local unions fly U.S. flags at half-staff until sunset Monday as we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential civil rights and social justice leaders of our time. Nelson Mandela demonstrated how commitment to core principles and social justice can change the world. His actions freed millions from the chains of racism. From his humble beginnings to his imprisonment for fighting against the apartheid system in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to the world.
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DETROIT – The UAW released the following statement today on the passing of Nelson Mandela:
“The UAW deeply mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential civil rights and social justice leaders of our time. Nelson Mandela demonstrated how commitment to core principles and social justice can change the world...Read more >>>
The International Union, UAW is partnering with SEIU leader Eliseo Medina and other activists in their Fast for Families awareness immigration campaign. The purpose of the Fast for Families immigration campaign is to bring attention to the plight of 11 million undocumented workers and their families in the United States and the need for Congress to vote to approve comprehensive immigration reform. The Solidarity Fasters began their Fast on November 12, 2013 at the Capital Mall on 3rd Street and Jefferson, off of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., by drinking water only.
Bob King and Cindy Estrada are going to do a one-day Fast in solidarity with the Fasters, who are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform now. In our view, the decision to Fast is a personal decision with deep and long spiritual tradition. If anyone wants to make the personal decision to join us in Fasting for a day, we welcome you. If you want to join us in publicly announcing your one-day Fast, you may sign up as described below.Read more >>>
We are in the last few days before Black Friday and things are coming together wonderfully!
This Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the biggest shopping day of the year, we will be holding protests to call on Walmart to pay a real wage of $25,000 for full-time work and to stop retaliating against workers who speak out.
We (UAW Region1) will only be at the Sterling Heights Walmart located at 44575 Mound Rd. (just south of M-59) at 12 noon. We expect to have a decent size crowd. This location was ultimately chosen to be our main focus because a worker from that store requested an action be held there via the Making Change at Walmart website.Read more >>>
The Region 1 Women’s Council Conference will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at UAW Region 1, located at 27800 George Merrelli Drive in Warren. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. The registration fee will be $50.00 per delegate. The Local Union will be responsible for lost time and expenses for this conference, if applicable.
The main points in this year's conference will be to provide training that will focus on Empowering Women through Mentoring and The War Against Women - How Unions Remains Relevant. The Council’s biennial elections for officers and committee chairs will also be held on this day.
Representation to the Region 1 Women’s Council Conference will apply as follows:
Each affiliated Local union with 300 Women members, or less, is entitled to (3) three delegates. In addition, Local Unions with more than 300 women members are entitled to additional delegates: one for each additional 300 women members or major fraction thereof. In addition, the local union may send three fraternal delegates [preferably the president and (2) two other local union women], provided the Local Union has regular delegates as provided above. In addition, each local union is entitled to one retiree delegate.Read more >>>
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We are pleased to announce that Region 1 is sponsoring a Developmental Advisory Council Meeting to be held at UAW Region 1, 27800 George Merrelli Drive, Warren, Michigan 48092 on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The meeting will convene at 5:00 p.m.
We encourage each local union to send one (1) delegate to this very important council meeting however, there will be no lost time paid. All lost time is the responsibility of the local union.
Contact your local union if you are interested in attending the Developmental Advisory Council Meeting. All registrations forms must be returned to Region 1 no later than Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gloria Jean Morgan or Rob Burleson of my staff at (586) 427-9200.
UAW Region 1 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Michigan V-CAP Dollar Drive Drawing and V-CAP Sellers Dollar Drive Drawing (attached). Please share the attached list with your membership.
All winners will be contacted directly by UAW Region 1. Each winner will be responsible for making arrangements for pick-up of prize by contacting Mike Stone of my staff at 586-427-9200.
The Region 1 leadership and staff thank our members for their participation.Read more >>>
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Scheduled meeting dates for Region 1 Veterans Council for the remainder of 2013 and 2014 are as follows:
All meetings will be held at Region 1 Headquarters located at 27800 George Merrelli Dr., Warren, MI 48092.
WHAT IS V-CAP?
V-CAP is the UAW’s political action fund made up of voluntary contributions from UAW members, retirees and their families. The money is used to support pro-worker political candidates who have earned the endorsement of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP).
From taxes and trade policy to retirement security and health care to education and infrastructure – politics affects our daily lives. That’s why it’s essential for working families to make our voices heard in local, state and national politics by supporting candidates who support us. One of the most effective ways to do that is by contributing to V-CAP.
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DETROIT – We commend President Obama for his leadership and support for the U.S. auto industry. His actions helped prevent a second Great Depression, saving more than a million American jobs in the process. Domestic automakers have pledged investment in U.S. plants through 2015 that will mean more than 40,000 direct manufacturing jobs in the United States.
The renewed American automotive industry is now America’s No. 1 export sector. The Obama administration, American workers and retirees, and the U.S. automotive industry made tough choices and sacrifices to make this turnaround possible. The automobile sector supports over 3 million good-paying jobs in assembly plants, auto parts manufacturing, repair shops, dealerships and other supporting businesses nationwide. In 2012, U.S. automotive exports totaled $133 billion, an increase of more than $17 billion (14 percent) over 2011. Domestic manufacturing has long been the foundation of a strong middle class, and the automobile industry is the one of the most critical for U.S. manufacturing.
Under the president’s leadership, we are implementing higher fuel efficiency standards from 2017-2025, effectively doubling vehicle fuel efficiency, drastically reducing carbon emissions and creating several hundred thousand jobs. About 50,000 of these jobs will be in auto parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly alone.Read more >>>
From all reports we’ve seen, President Obama is going to propose a budget plan this week that is unprecedented for a Democratic president. It will propose a cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.
It appears the proposed cut will take the form of “chained” CPI—a discredited way of calculating annual cost-of-living increases that does not keep up with actual costs, eating into benefits.
But there’s more. The president’s budget proposal also would require middle-class seniors—people who make $47,000 a year and more—to pay higher Medicare premiums.Read more >>>
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s state capitol building will remain open to citizen demonstrations after workers filed suit and won a temporary injunction against arbitrary closure of the building during massive protests against anti-worker, anti-family legislation supported by Gov. Rick Snyder.
About 3,000 demonstrators were inside and around the Capitol today, protesting Gov. Snyder’s plan to push a radical change in Michigan’s labor laws through the legislature with little advance notice and no public hearing. Michigan State Police responded by closing the building, shutting citizens out of the legislative process.Read more >>>
All UAW members are invited to be part of the "Heart of America Memorial". This tribute sponsored by UAW Local 400 honors those brave veterans of our Armed Forces serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps that have given their life for our everyday freedom.
Order forms are available now.Read more >>>
DETROIT – Even after Chrysler Corp.'s Gualberto Ranieri, vice president of communications, said Friday, “Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” the Romney campaign put out a false and misleading ad basically repeating his bogus statement made Thursday in Ohio that Chrysler was moving all Jeep production to China.
Author Greg Palast, in his book, "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits," examines the role Mitt Romney played in the Delphi bailout and how he and other economic vultures made millions as the storied parts supplier went into and came out of bankruptcy. In this video, Palast tells how Mitt and Ann Romney made at least $15 million from the carcass of Delphi and as much as $115 million.
It also shows how Romney's cronies made more than $4 billion off the bankruptcy. These same billionaires also contributed millions to his presidential campaign.
DETROIT -- Two days after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a crowd near Toledo, Ohio, that Chrysler was moving all Jeep production to China, the GOP candidate appears to be unfazed by his incorrect remarks and remains mum on the subject.. Read more >>>
As we approach the upcoming Holiday season there are many fundraising events and volunteer opportunities for the active and retired membership of UAW Local 400. If you are interested in donating your time or have ideas on how we may better serve within our communities please contact Johnny Verellen, Vice President, (586)731-6270 ext. 22 Read more >>>