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Ford Invests $350 Million, Creates or Protects 800 Jobs, Adding New Fuel-Efficient Transmission to Michigan Plant

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 – Ford is investing $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains as part of the company’s plan to fortify its core automotive business.

The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs late this year, with the majority coming next year and in 2019.

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Guardian: Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: 'Everything feels like the future but us'

“You can make it through Monday,” Michael Sanchez a Tesla worker told the Guardian. “You can make it through Tuesday. Come Wednesday, you start to feel something. Thursday is pain. Friday is agonizing. Saturday you’re just making it through the day.”

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We stand with BCTGM Nabisco/Mondelez workers rallying outside the company’s shareholders meeting today. Support union workers, fight for family-sustaining jobs, only buy AMERICAN-made Nabisco snacks!

In July 2015, Nabisco (Mondelez) announced it had decided to invest $130 million in a plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing it in its iconic Southside Chicago Nabisco bakery. Mondelez called on the workers, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, to come up with $46 million in annual savings (in perpetuity) at the Chicago facility for the company, or it would take the $130 million planned investment to its Salinas, Mexico bakery.

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Bobbie Billingsley Worked to Help Others

Renee Seals bought a small metal cross to put on the door at UAW Local 112 when her friend Bobbie Billingsley suddenly died in a car accident. The 18-inch cross helped let members know that there wouldn’t be a union meeting that night.

Seals, a quality team member at the Vance, Alabama, Mercedes-Benz plant and a trustee of the local, brought the cross home with her to honor her friend who worked hard in the ongoing drive to bring UAW representation to the facility.

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AMALGAMATED UAW LOCAL 145 BALLOT POSITIONS for the May 30 & 31, 2017
GENERAL ELECTION

 

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Town Hall Shows Unity, Community Support

James Martin is on temporary total disability because of the time he spent working at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, Ohio. He suffers from diminished lung capacity that, according to his doctor, was caused by working with isocyanate glues and primers, powerful chemicals which are known to cause asthma and other breathing problems.

Martin’s life has been drastically changed by the fast-growing Chinese company’s inattention to worker health and safety. He knows he would likely still be working if he was represented by the UAW.

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Unfair labor practices charged at Volkswagen's US plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has filed another unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for hiking health insurance premiums and changing working hours of employees who voted for union representation at the German automaker's only U.S. plant.

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May 17 is the Mondelez Shareholders Meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. (25 miles north of Chicago). BCTGM Nabisco/Mondelez workers, BCTGM local unions, supporters and activists from other AFL-CIO affiliates will be gathering outside of the meeting for a large protest rally. Read more >>>

We are rerunning this story from last year's May-June Solidarity magazine for Mother's Day this year. Mothers are an important part of everyone's life and knowing the power of a union helps them is a solid reminder that the only place women will get equal pay and benefits is when they are in a union.

 

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On May 10 workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, confronted VW leadership at their annual general meeting in Hanover, Germany, to tell VW to stop union busting. You can help support Chattanooga VW workers like UAW Local 42 President Steve Cochran who spoke up at that meeting.

The plant is VW’s only plant without a company-recognized employee union even though more than 70 percent of the skilled-trades workers voted to join the UAW...

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On a spring Saturday on May 1, 1886, workers at 13,000 businesses across America took a stand against dangerous work and low wages, and for an eight-hour workday. Read more >>>

Virtually everything working people have gained to improve health and retirement security since the 1940s is now at risk, including Medicare, Medicaid, workplace health plans, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security.

Republicans in Congress are rushing to approve legislation that effectively would end these programs without providing a replacement for the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured.

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AMALGAMATED UAW LOCAL 145 NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
FOR ALL LOCAL OFFICES & ALL UNIT OFFICES
(3 Year term)

 

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On Saturday April 8, 2017 Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Conservation & Recreation Committee sponsored the children’s Easter Egg Hunt. I would like thank Committee Chair Eric Beck, Mary Herman, Gary Hanson and Don Rohrer for getting ready for hunt and special thanks to Connor McCance for helping with hiding the eggs.

The Committee would like to thank the parents and grandparents for bringing their children and grandchildren. Thankfully we had a beautiful day and all the eggs were found.

In Solidarity,

Dusty McCance

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Attention Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Unit #2 (American Auto Works) Members:

On April 4, 2017 the Company and the Union reached a tentative agreement. At this time no details will be released. The details will be communicated to all Unit 2 members at a ratification meeting to be held on

April 12, 2017

Location of meeting:

IBEW Local 176 Banquet Hall
1100 NE Frontage Rd
Joliet, IL 60431.

The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. This meeting will last approximately 1 hour with questions and answers at the end.
The polls for the ratification vote will open at 7:00 PM and will remain open until 9:00 PM. You must be a member in good standing (current on your dues through March 2017) to be allowed to vote.

You will need your membership card or badge or other form of identification (e.g. driver's license) for identification.

In Solidarity

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 Members of UAW Caterpillar Local 974 in Peoria, Illinois, in a vote Saturday, have overwhelmingly ratified their local agreement. This is the final step in the ratification process of the recent round of UAW Caterpillar collective bargaining agreements. Read more >>>

 UAW members at Caterpillar voted on Sunday, March 26th, to ratify their tentative Central Agreement. All local agreements have been ratified except UAW Local 974 Peoria. UAW Local 974 has rescheduled their supplemental local agreement vote for April 1, 2017. UAW members should check for the location and time with their local union.

The six-year agreements cover over 5,000 members in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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Notice of Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Unit #1 Members only

Ratification Meeting & Vote

Date: March 26, 2017

Location: Plano High School Gymnasium
               704 W Abe St, Plano, IL 60545

Time: Information Meeting begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.


Vote begins: 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
You must be a Member in Good Standing (current on your dues through February 2017) to be allowed to vote. You will need your membership card or badge or other form of identification (e.g. driver's lincense) for identification.

Retirees will not be allowed to vote.

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MEMBERSHIP MEETING POSTPONEMENT

 TO ALL AMALGAMATED UAW LOCAL 145 MEMBERS:

The March 19, 2017 and April 16, 2017 Membership Meetings have been postponed by Executive Board action. Both meetings will be held on April 23, 2017

UNIT 1 NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

The UAW/CAT Bargaining Committee continues to work hard at the bargaining table. We have agreed to continue working beyond the expiration of the contract in hopes of achieving an agreement in the best interest of all members. All members should continue to report to work as they normally would at this time.

On February 2, 2017 the UAW-Caterpillar Membership voted to authorize a strike by 93%.

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Attention Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Unit #1 (Cat) Members,

Unit #1 (Cat) Bargaining Chairman Don Rohrer, will be starting new hours at the Hall beginning October 3, 2016. 

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Attention Amalgamated UAW Local 145 Members,

President Dustin McCance, will be starting new hours at the Hall beginning October 3, 2016.

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The International UAW has released the UAW App Read more >>>

 Unit #1 Steward seminar at the UAW Region 4 Pat Greathouse Center. Read more >>>

WORKERS’ COMP LAWYERS’ SCHEDULE
KATZ, FRIEDMAN, EAGLE, JOHNSON & BARECK, P.C. Attorney Richard Johnson & Keith Sparks 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (312) 263-6330 (800) 444-1525 O’CONNOR & NAKOS, LTD. – Attorney Matt Walker (Se Habla Español) 2nd & 4th Friday of each month – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (312) 546-8100 (872) 225-3601 No appointment is necessary to see anyone from these firms. Just stop by.

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