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Updated: Locked out UAW members at Honeywell receive contract offer

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:15

UAW Local 9 members in South Bend, Indiana, and those at Local 1508 in Green Island, New York, have received an offer from Honeywell for a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement and have agreed to present it positively to membership.

The UAW members, who have been locked out of their jobs for over nine months, have been fighting to protect wages and benefits. On Tuesday, the company moved off demands that would have allowed it wide latitude to modify and even terminate benefits during the term of the contract.

Details of the proposal will not be released publicly until after the offer is presented to UAW members, and a ratification vote is held.

Update 2:45pm Est: Statements from UAW bargaining committee members regarding Honeywell contract offer

Statement of UAW Local 1508 Vice President Tim Waters, an employee of Honeywell Aerospace Green Island (New York) manufacturing

“After almost 10 months of being locked out by Honeywell, we are pleased that the company has finally made an offer that we can recommend to our members. This lockout was not necessary, and the company could have avoided all the pain they caused our members and their families had they not engaged in a strategy of corporate greed. We are grateful for all the support we had from the UAW, the labor community at large and our community allies. We are looking forward to taking our plant back from the scabs and making the high-quality, union- made aviation brake pads we are known for.”

Statement of UAW Local 9 President Todd Treder, an employee of Honeywell Aerospace South Bend (Indiana) manufacturing

“It has been a long 10 months of negotiations and we feel that Honeywell has finally moved on key issues with our members. The bargaining committee has voted to recommend the company’s most recent offer. Honeywell has moved far enough for the members to consider ratifying the mediated offer. We want to thank our members and their families for their sacrifice and solidarity during a difficult year, and for all of the support our local communities and brothers and sisters from the UAW and labor across the country have given us.”

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UAW reaches tentative agreement with Challenge Manufacturing to end strike

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:12

Kansas City, Mo.– Over 300 UAW members at Challenge Manufacturing have reached their first tentative agreement to end a three-week strike.

“We congratulate UAW members of Local 710 at Challenge Manufacturing on their first contract after difficult negotiations,” said UAW President Dennis Williams.

Members of Local 710 at Challenge Manufacturing reached their first tentative agreement after the Michigan-based company located a stamping supply facility in Kansas City. “We welcome Challenge Manufacturing members into the Region 5 UAW family,” said Gary Jones, director of UAW Region 5.

“I would like to thank UAW Local 31 and UAW Local 249 along with the many friends and family of UAW Local 710 who aided members on the picket line,” said Jones.

Jones also thanked UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada for her great work helping to reach a contract that is fair for Challenge workers and the surrounding community.

“Challenge Manufacturing workers stuck together through difficult bargaining to achieve their first contract,” said Estrada. “The solidarity they demonstrated led to significant economic gains and workplace protections.”

Jones said the terms of the agreement will be released to UAW Local 710 members prior to a membership ratification vote.

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Union Front: Providing Hope to Struggling Military Families

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:45

The UAW Staff Council, in partnership with the International, provided financial support, as well as labor, for the construction of the home on the VFW’s campus that is named after the late UAW President Stephen P. Yokich.

UAW Members Give $13,000 Donation to VFW National Home for Children

The UAW Staff Council, an organization that represents the interests of the union’s International Representatives, has long supported the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

And the International has also been a tireless supporter of the home, which helps struggling military members and their families. The combined efforts of both have:

  • Funded the construction of a home on the campus, which was built in 2005 and named after UAW President Stephen P. Yokich.
  • Provided games and bounce houses for children during the annual UAW Carnival, which gives them a respite from Michigan’s long, hard winter.
  • Donated bikes for children.
  • Volunteered to help at the Moving Wall display when it visited the National Home in 2010.
  • Volunteered to clean up the campus after it was heavily damaged by a storm over Labor Day 2014.

But nothing shows more commitment by the UAW staff and International Executive Board (IEB) than Staff Council’s annual Black Lake Golf Outing, which this year raised $13,000 to support the home.

“We are honored and proud to have a continuing role in helping the VFW National Home for Children,” Staff Council President Scott Andrews said.

“UAW members have always stepped up for veterans and the International staff and the IEB believe that if there’s a way to ease the burden on military members and their families, then we will be there,” Andrews added.

UAW members, through the International Executive Board and Staff Council, have donated more than $150,000 to the VFW home with the golf outings alone.

Patrice Green, executive director of the VFW National Home for Children, said the UAW has shown “tremendous commitment” to the organization’s mission, which is to provide children and families of active-duty military, war veterans opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community, and to serve as a living memorial to all veterans. Oftentimes, this means providing housing on the campus in south-central Michigan in addition to many other services.

“With the outstanding support of the UAW Staff Council and its members, we are able to serve the children and families of our veterans when they need us,” Green said in a thank you letter to the council. “You help us give hope to struggling military and veteran families.”

Know a military or veteran family that is struggling? Encourage them to call the National Home Helpline at (800) 313-4200. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families. It can also be the first step to moving to the National Home.

Vince Piscopo

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Union front: Remembering a Civil Rights Warrior, Ernie Dillard: A Fighter for Equality and Social Justice

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 05:00

Ernie Dillard Sr.’s sincere belief was that many politicians scapegoat African-Americans and others with stereotypical propaganda to win votes.

He made it his purpose in life to reach out to white people and communicate how many were led to vote against their own interests by politicians who appeal to racist sentiments.

“White people in the United States have been born into, grew up, worked and lived in a social environment polluted by anti-black, stereotypical propaganda, spread by white politicians, for the sole purpose of getting the vote of white people,” Dillard wrote in the 1990s.

Dillard, a longtime UAW activist and civil rights champion, died in July at age 101, knowing that his life’s work was unfinished business. Whatever setbacks we may have realized recently in civil rights, younger people can look to Ernie Dillard’s life and work as inspiration to continue the fight.

“There’s value in pursuing social justice for all and perseverance and education are the payoff, and by continuing those efforts it makes it a better place for all of us,” said his son, Ernest Jr.

Dillard was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1915 and moved to Detroit in 1937 in search of work. He knew discrimination firsthand as a child of the South and as a man looking for work in the North. He hired in as an ARC welder at the General Motors’ Fisher Body Fleetwood plant in Detroit. He joined UAW Local 15 because he recognized the importance of the labor movement, particularly for African-Americans. It was there that his labor activism flourished and he held numerous positions in Local 15 between 1942 and 1964. He was the first African-American to hold leadership posts at the local.

During those years, he also became active in the civil rights movement, and, in 1956, as the executive secretary of the Committee to Communicate Truth to Mississippi, he published a short pamphlet, “An Open Letter of Truth to the White People of Mississippi.” He played prominent roles in the Detroit NAACP, and, with his wife Jessie, was a key figure in many successful sit-ins to integrate downtown Detroit restaurants in the late 1940s and 1950s.

UAW President Walter P. Reuther recognized Dillard’s dual commitment to the labor and civil rights cause and appointed him to the union’s General Motors’ Department staff in 1964, where he served for three years. He served as coordinator of the Community Action Program (CAP) from 1968-69 and 1973-76, assistant director of the Education Department from 1970-72, and assistant director of the CAP Department from 1976-79.

Dillard, a graduate of the Labor School at Wayne State University, retired from the UAW in 1980, but he hardly retired from labor and civil rights activism. He served as president of the Michigan chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute in the early 1980s. He was an instructor in leadership development for the Detroit Association of Black Organizations, head of the Democratic Political Education Committee of the 13th Congressional District; and was executive vice chairman of the 13th Congressional District. He also was a prolific writer who penned several articles and books on race relations.

His energy and enthusiasm kept him going at an age when many people seek to slow down their activities, his son said. Where he got that energy, “I don’t know. We’ve been amazed. He felt he could make a difference. He always thought he should be a part of (the labor and civil rights movements) and impact that in a positive way.”

Dillard was also the chairman of the Crusade to Communicate the Whole Truth on Race to the White People of the United States. He was highly critical of the election campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush for appealing to racial stereotypes to win votes.

A memorial service was held for Dillard last year in Los Angeles and an endowment in labor studies will be established in his father’s name at San Francisco State University School of Business, his son said.

Vince Piscopo

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Video from Media Roundtable with Dennis Williams

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:47

UAW President Dennis Williams spoke to the media today about the membership, Tesla, trade and more.

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Union Front: Lake Orion GM Plant for Autonomous Chevy Bolts

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:46

Driver or No driver, Local 5960 Workers Build Quality

UAW members at Local 5960 in Lake Orion, Michigan, have been building quality vehicles for drivers for decades. Now they will build quality vehicles for cars without drivers.

General Motors announced in December that its Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology. The plant currently manufactures the electric Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic.

“GM’s selection of the Lake Orion plant restates its confidence in the ability of our Local 5960 members and their dedication to quality,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who directs the union’s General Motors Department. “It makes perfect sense to have the same workers who build quality Chevy Bolts for traditional drivers to make the autonomous versions.”

The Chevrolet Bolt EV won the prestigious North American International Auto Show’s Car of the Year Award in January.

The autonomous technology equipment includes Light Detection and Ranging (LI-DAR) technology, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety. The test fleet vehicles will be used by GM engineers for continued testing and validation of GM’s autonomous technology already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as part of the Michigan testing fleet.

Since the beginning of 2016, GM has taken significant steps in its development of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement to have our members build these special vehicles is another step in the right direction.

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Letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Call for the release of jailed trade unionists

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:36

Dear Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

On behalf of the one million active and retired members of the International Union, UAW, I am writing to call on your government to immediately release all detained garment trade union leaders and worker activists, and drop all charges against them.

We are particularly outraged by the following actions:

– In December, 2016 the police called a meeting in Ashulia to discuss the strikes. They proceeded to arrest strike leaders who attended voluntarily. In filing charges against these detainees, they relied on section 16(2) of the 1974 Special Powers Act, which was repealed in 1991.

– Union offices in Ashulia have been forcibly shut down, ransacked and vandalized, sustaining substantial property damage and theft.

– Criminal cases have been filed against hundreds of named and unnamed workers.

– In Gazipur, police arrested union organizers, workers and at least one journalist. Some of those detained were beaten in custody.

Wages in Bangladesh’s garment industry are among the lowest in the world. It is unacceptable that the demand to increase the minimum wage is met with arbitrary detentions, suspended production at 59 factories, the firing of well over 1,600 workers and police cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders. Garment workers in Bangladesh have the unequivocal right to organize and must be paid a living wage on which they can survive.

Freedom of assembly is a well-established international legal right, binding on all states and protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Collective participation in peaceful assemblies to promote and defend the interests of members is an essential aspect of trade unionism and fundamental to the right of freedom of association.

Bangladesh is a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which has repeatedly declared that freedom of assembly, opinion and expression are essential to the normal exercise of trade union rights. The ILO’s Committee on the Freedom of Assembly has specifically found that sentencing trade unionists to long imprisonments for “disturbance of public order” can constitute repressive measures.

I urge the government to immediately and unconditionally release the detained trade union leaders and activists, and drop all related criminal cases.

Yours sincerely,

Dennis Williams, President
International Union, UAW

View the original document, here.

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