UAW Local 400


Graduate employees commend administration behavior as state labor board confirms majority support

HARTFORD, Conn. — University of Connecticut (UConn) graduate student employees won union recognition today after the State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) verified that a super majority of the workers signed cards authorizing the Graduate Employee Union/United Auto Workers (GEU-UAW) to represent them in collective bargaining.

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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, April 17, 2014. 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. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gloria Jean Morgan or Rob Burleson of UAW Region 1 staff at (586) 427-9200. Read more >>>

On Monday, April 14th – the day before tax day – the Michigan Democratic Party and Democratic State legislators will be crisscrossing the state to shine a spotlight on the Republicans’ massive tax shift onto middle class families and seniors, all to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporations and CEOs. These efforts will be similar to the successful SnyderHole events a few weeks ago and are intended to draw the local media’s attention.

These events will highlight people with real stories to tell about how Governor Snyder and Legislative Republicans’ tax hikes are hurting them. These validators will include seniors hit by the retirement tax, middle class families hit by any variety of tax increases, including the cutting of the per-child tax credit and families hit by deep education cuts.

The following is a list of the rally locations and times in the Region 1 area:

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The group will convene, elect its officers, and begin planning rides. Members of your local who are in good standing, retirees and their spouses who love and support the UAW and enjoy riding American-made motorcycles are invited to participate. Our next meeting will be held at two different times to accommendate our membership:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12 Noon (Afternoon Shift) and 6:00 p.m. (Day Shift), at
UAW Region 1
27800 George Merrelli Dr.
Warren, MI 48092

Questions may be directed to Tony Feyers at 586-427-9200.

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4 - Person Scramble

Thursday, May 8, 2014

10am Shotgun Start

$25 Tickets must be purchased in advance (No walk ons)

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Summit Bowling Alley

Saturday, May 3, 2014

$20 per Player

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UAW Region 1 is offering five (5) weeks of FREE educational workshops beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and Thursday, April 17, 2014. Participants will have a choice between mornings (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or evening workshops (5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Each workshop is for five (5) consecutive weeks.

Participants must attend four (4) out of five (5) training sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion. Workshops being offered this season are:

Tuesday Classes – Morning or Evening: (Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6, and 13)

  • Social Unionism: This is an eye-opening workshop. Participants will learn about our history and what we as a Union need to be doing now. Participants will also examine the need for Labor Unions to be an effective force in the broader community.
  • Member-to-Member: -This workshop will consist of the Introduction to the M2M Action Network and Building The M2M Structure; Building Effective Communication and Listening Skills; How to Overcome Obstacles for Recruiting Greater Activism and mapping out a location to maximize effectiveness.

Thursday Classes – Morning or Evening: (Apr 17, 24, May 1, 8, and 15)

  • Costing an Agreement: Workshop consists of computation of costs associated with bargaining proposals and contract terms. It will also include costing of economic items in contracts and projected collective bargaining agreements; and identifying internal and external factors that may influence negotiations.
  • Organizing 101: One way we can help build the union movement primarily through identifying, training, and developing organizers from our membership. Participants will receive training in the fundamentals of organizing.
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Region 1 is excited to announce the formation of the UAW Region 1’s Solidarity Riders. This motorcycle rider’s group will serve to (recreationally) build camaraderie and social networks for the brother and sisters in our region who ride. Solidarity Riders will also be supporting and advancing the causes of Region 1 and our International Union (E.g. the Labor Day Parade) by simply doing something many of us love to do, RIDE.

To this end, we will be holding our first open assembly on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at Region 1. At this meeting, we will begin shaping this group, determine leadership, decide and schedule meetings, and take suggestions for the Solidarity Rider’s persona.

All active and retired members of UAW, Region 1 and their spouses are invited. We must insist, however, that only motorcycles made in the USA (preferably Union Made) participate.

Please direct questions to your local union local officers or contact Tony Feyers at 586-427-9200.

Riding season is nearly here!!

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You are invited to attend as Mark Schauer accepts the Michigan State AFL-CIO’s endorsement for governor.

WHAT: Stand with Schauer Endorsement Rally
WHERE: AFSCME Council 25 at 600 W. Lafayette Blvd. in Detroit
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19 at 11:45 A.M.

Please arrive promptly so that speakers can start at noon.

Michigan working families are proud to Stand with Schauer because he stood by the auto industry and helped save good middle class jobs. Mark supports raising the minimum wage and will defend quality public education. Mark has also promised to repeal Snyder’s job-killing retirement tax.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Potholes are everywhere and Governor Snyder is responsible. Please join us in Southfield on Friday, March 7 at 11:30 A.M. to help kickoff statewide campaign against SnyderHoles. Time and location are as follows:

What: SnyderHole Rally and Press Conference
When: Friday, March 7 at 11:30 A.M.
Where: Oakland County Democratic Party HQ – 24445 Northwestern Highway, Southfield

We are also encouraging our fellow citizens to snap pictures of their local Snyderholes and send them to a new website –, we will draw attention to the fact that the governor gave a $1.8 billion tax cut for corporations and CEOs ? money that could have gone for roads.

This launch event is designed to hold Governor Snyder accountable, but it should also be a lot of fun. Hope you can join us. Yard signs will be provided so that SnyderHoles can be easily identified in pictures.

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The 59th Annual Region 1 Invitational Bowling Tournament, sponsored by UAW Region 1 and the UAW Department of Recreation and Leisure Time Activities, held on Saturday, February 22nd, was extremely well attended. Thank you to each participant for their contribution in the success of this event.

Listed below are the “Unofficial Results.” All qualifying Team Captains has been be notified.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Kenny Kapa at 586-427-9200.

Good luck to our qualifiers in the National Tournament.

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The 2014 Leadership Institute will be held at beautiful Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center beginning in March. The dates to choose from are listed below:

  • March 16 - 21, 2014
  • March 23 - 28, 2014 (Available in Spanish)
  • March 30 - April 4, 2014

Delegates will have core in the morning and skill in the afternoon or the reverse. All three weeks will consist of a new format, which includes three skill classes and one core class.

The skill workshops that our delegates can select from are:

  • Grievance Handling
  • Collective Bargaining
  • UAW 101

The core class being offered this year is geared towards membership engagement entitled “Stronger Together.” All delegates will participate in this workshop designed around stimulating discussion of current events, sharing of ideas and exploring how to better serve our membership.

(A detailed description of each workshop is attached)

Registration Fees: This Leadership Institute week at Black Lake cost only $75 for the entire week! The $75 registration fee covers room and board for the week including meals. Local unions must submit a $75 per person, non-refundable registration fee with each completed application to the Regional office as soon as possible.

Delegate eligibility is limited to active members of your local union, including members on lay-off or on strike. The payment of lost-time is the sole responsibility of the local union.

This three-year cycle allows past participants the opportunity to attend another Leadership Institute once during the 2014-2016 cycle. If you have any questions, contact Nancy Adams Johnson at 586-427-9200.

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The Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center is accepting applications for its campground.

Applications are good for the 2014 season.  The campground is open from May 2nd through November 1, 2014, with UAW members having a two (2) week maximum stay per year.  Read more >>>>

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UAW Region 1 is offering five (5) weeks of FREE educational workshops beginning Tuesday, February 18, 2014 and Thursday, February 20, 2014. Participants will have a choice between mornings (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or evening workshops (5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Each workshop is for five (5) consecutive weeks. Participants must attend four (4) out of five (5) training sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Workshops being offered this season are: Collective Bargaining, Effective Communication and Grievance Handling

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UAW Region 1 is pleased to announce that scholarships are available to those students who are children or grandchildren of Region 1 local union members; graduating from high school this year, or are current college students. The scholarships will be awarded through the UAW Region 1 Director’s Scholarship Fund, administered by the Community Caring Program.

In recognition of the increasing importance of higher education, UAW Region 1 is now offering the UAW Region 1 Director’s Scholarship by awarding scholarships in 2014. The number of scholarships awarded and the stipend amount will be determined depending on the program fund levels.

We hope that all Region 1 active members and retirees will encourage their children and/or grandchildren who are in college or entering college in the fall to apply for these scholarships.

To receive an application and complete list of instructions, please click on the link below, Applications must be returned to the Region 1 Headquarters, (27800 George Merrelli Drive, Warren, Mi 48092 - Attention: Nancy Adams Johnson) no later than April 18, 2014 to be eligible for consideration NO EXCEPTIONS.


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 >>>

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