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Runoff Election Set!

Elections were held on May 16, 2017.  However, a runoff election needs to be held for three positions:  President, Vice President, and Sergeant at Arms.  The runoff election is scheduled for May 18, 2017 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at UAW Local 578 Union Hall, 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh,, Wisconsin.  Be sure to come and vote!  

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.

Read more at media.ford.com >>>

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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.”

Read more on www.theguardian.com >>>

Triennual Election!

 On April 8, 2017, nominations were taken at UAW Local 578 Union Hall.  The election is scheduled for May 16, 2017 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All elections will be held at UAW Local 578 Union Hall, 2920 Oregon Stree, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Please remember proper identification when coming to vote (work badge, union card, or drivers license).

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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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.

Read more on www.readingeagle.com >>>

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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Divots, ball marks, soft fairways, disease, pests, dollar spots, top dressing, aerifcation, irrigation, frost, gophers … and golfers!

While many courses have two or three so-called signature holes that are worthy of brochure status, every hole at Black Lake Golf Club could easily be on the front cover of a magazine promoting the course. That’s one reason it was named Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses in America.”

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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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Women's Committee Children's Easter Party

The annual Women's Committee Children's Easter Party is Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the UAW Local 578 Union Hall.  The party starts at 9:00 a.m.  An Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m.  RSVP by contacting Sandy Drifka at the union hall at (920) 231-5153.  

UAW Local 578 Cabin Fever Bash!

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UAW Local 291 on Strike!

URGENT MESSAGE FROM UAW LOCAL 578 PRESIDENT BRENDA HOLLATZ:  I want to let everyone that that LOCAL 291 AXLE TECH IS ON ULP STRIKE! They need our UAW Local 578 union’s help to walk with them starting today. Let’s go and help them, and show them our union brothers and sisters support on our off work hours.

January 2017 Fox Valley CAP Meeting Cancelled

Bob Mitchell, President of the Fox Valley CAP Council, has stated that the CAP meeting scheduled for tonight, January 12, 2017, has been CANCELLED due to the weather. 

UAW Local 578 Retiree Holiday Party 2017

The retirees will be holding their holiday party on January 11, 2017 at UAW Local 578 union hall located at 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI.  Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.  Please contact Ken Weitz at (920) 878-0760 to RSVP.

UAW Local 578 Wins First Place Award for Website!

Website Administrator for UAW Local 578, Sandy Drifka, was a delegate at the 2016 UAW LUCA Conference this August 20-26, 2016 in Black Lake.  UAW Local 578 won First Place in the Website Contest for Best SolidWeb Website!  Congratulations! 

It's September! Membership Meetings Start Again!

Summer is almost over and it's time for membership meetings to begin again.  Please be sure to attend the first membership meeting since May 2016.  The meeting will be taking place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. 

Annual UAW Retirees Picnic

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 is the date for the UAW Retired Workers Council Annual Picnic.  The picnic will be held in Oshkosh at South Park, South Park Avenue/Highway 44, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All retired UAW members are eliglble to attend.  Come for lunch, refreshments, raffles and door prizes!  See you there!

NOTICE: Special Election Date has Changed!

The Special Election for Vice President and Recording Secretary, as well as Chief Stewards, will be held on June 15, 2016, from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please see the attached notices for more information: drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4Oc2dEVGpsdjZpbEk/view

Nominations for Chief Steward (2 positions available) will be taken via ballot box starting May 24, 2016.  All nominations must be received no later than May 31, 2016.  Acceptance letters must be received no later than June 6, 2016.  The ballot box is located at UAW Local 578 union hall. 

Important Membership Meeting Coming Up!

The last Membership Meeting before summer break is Saturday, May 14, 2016.  There will be much going on at this meeting, so be sure to attend. 

Steve Krueger has resigned as President of UAW Local 578.  Brenda Hollatz, currently Vice President, will now take over as President.  Nominations for Vice President and Recording Secretary will take place at the May 14, 2016 Membership Meeting.  The election will take place on May 24, 2016.  See attached notice for more information:  drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OYmFDRWtuXzhYMTg/view

Also, Mark Harris and John Lemberger will be our special guest speakers at the May 14, 2016 Membership Meeting.  They are both running for State Senate. 

Join UAW Local 578's Education Committee for a free movie to start at Noon after the May 14, 2016 Membership.  Everyone is welcome!  We will be showing the movie, "Brothers on the Line," a documentary about the UAW.   See the attached flyer for more information:  drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4Ob2V1blRSNTJYU0E/view

Women's and Veterans Committee Scholarships Available

The Womens and Veterans Committees will be giving away two scholarships this year.  Applications are now available for the 2016-2017 school year.  Recipients must be enrolled in a program by the fall semester of 2016.  Proof of enrollment must be provided before the scholarship will be issued, or the scholarship will be awarded to the next alternate enrolled in a program. 

 Applications must be postmarked by June 2, 2016 to be eliglble. 

Please access the application by clicking the link below.  Or contact a member of one of the committees to obtain an application.  The applications are also available at the union hall.  

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Mike Andrew Cancer Fund

Mike Andrew works at the Harrison Street plant of Oshkosh Corporation.  Mike is battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer.  Mike is from Eden, Wisconsin, and his diagnosis of cancer was quite sudden.  We are asking for your support!

Donations may be directed to Verve Credit Union in Fond du Lac at 1045 East Johnson Street, Fond du Lac, WI  54935, or Oshkosh Verve Credit Union, 2900 Universal Street, Oshkosh, WI  54904, or mailed to: W2116 Cedar Road, Eden, WI  53019.

All money raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses.  Thank you for your support! 

Congratulations to our New Trustees!

Congratulations to Ron Patt and Jeff Martinez!  They were voted in as new trustees on the Executive Board. 

Website to Bid on Jobs

The union is aware that there has been problems with laid off employees accessing the website to bid on jobs.  We received information from Ann Totos, Sr. Human Resources Coordinator at Oshkosh Defense, that the bidding system has been updated. 

Here is the link to the website:  bit.ly/1PgHgCo

For assistance with the electronic bidding process, contact Defense Human Resources at (920) 235-9151.

                  Ann Totos  x-22381

                  Kelsey Waldschmidt  x-26217

                  Katie Krause  x-26831

                  Kayla Kuhlmann  x-25154

NOTE:  The Oshkosh IT Help Desk will not be available to assist with this process.

To Union Brothers and Sisters

Employees are not being recalled to additions.  Additions are posted for all of membership to bid on.

When additions are posted and it is your permanent job class and shift, you must bid on that position to return before the recall process takes place.

In Solidarity,

Local 578 Bargaining Committee

Membership Meeting

The first Membership Meeting of the new year is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016.  The meeting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Please attend your union meeting.  Thank you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Happy Holidays!   Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!

Bus Trip to Sheboygan Cancelled

The bus trip to Sheboygan scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015 has been cancelled due to low interest.  Brenda Hollatz, Vice President of UAW Local 578, will be at the JCPenney parking lot (2175 S. Koeller Street, Oshkosh, WI) at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 if anyone is interested in carpooling to Kohler. 

Bus Trip to Sheboygan on Saturday, November 21, 2015

ATTENTION:  UAW LOCAL 578 MEMBERS

Leaving Oshkosh at 7:10 a.m. and returning 2:10 p.m.  Meet the buses at the old JCPenny parking lot (2175 S. Koeller Street, Oshkosh, WI). 

This trip is to show our support for our fellow Union Brothers and Sisters at UAW Local 833 in Sheboygan, WIsconsin, while they are out on strike!

Please call the union hall (920-231-5153) to register to go and how many are attending.  We need to have an accurate count to be sure that we have enough seating.

Donations of food are needed and will be given to members of UAW Local 833.  Donations can be dropped off at the union hall to be taken with us if you can't join us.  This is much appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

In Solidarity,

UAW Local 578

 

Veteran's and Women's Commitees Gun Raffle

The Veterans Committee and Womens Committee are raffling off a Remington #870 Express Pump 12 Gauge Shotgun.  Tickets are $20.00 each.  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  The drawing for the winner will take place at the October 10, 2015 Membership Meeting at the union hall.  Need not be present to win. 

For tickets, contact:  Frank Sanchez, Jr. at Harrison Street or at (920) 379-9500; Terry Miller at Oakwood or at (920) 312-8022; or Chris Nutt at South or at (920) 410-3125. 

Winner must pass federal background check. 

Happy Independence Day 2015!

UAW Local 578 wants to wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th holiday! 

The King Run 2015

The King Run 2015 will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015.  See the flyer for more details: drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4ON25BX2Q4TFROcXM/view

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

2015 Membership Cards

Union membership cards for 2015 will be mailed out in the next day or two.  They should arrive sometime during the week of December 15, 2014.  Please look for an envelope from UAW Local 578 to arrive soon. 

REMINDER: Important Unemployment Information

1.  Any employees who locked in their unemployment benefits prior to the June 14, 2014 layoff must call in and unlock their benefit year.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose benefits.

2.  After you unlock your old benefit year, then lock in a new benefit year.  Call 1-800-822-5246.

3.  All employees who may be affected by the uncoming layoff are urged to lock in their benefit year now.

2015 Gun A Week Calendars For Sale

The Women's Committee and Veterans Committee are selling 2015 Gun A Week Calendars to raise money for 2015 scholarships.  Calendars are $30 each.  Chance to win a gun every week all year long!  Calendars are available at UAW Local 578 union hall, Terry MIller at Harrison Plant, Chris Nutt at South Plant and Thai Michael at E-Coat. 

On October 9, 2014, the company told the union that it plans to cut 250 to 300 hourly positions starting in December 2014.  In addition, 70 salaried positions will be eliminated.  Read more >>>

Candidate Meet and Greet

Please join us for a Candidate Meet and Greet on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (meal provided) at UAW Local 578 Union Hall.  Meet and talk with community members and candidates and their representatives running for office.  This event is sponsored by the UAW Wisconsin Fox Valley Area CAP/PAC Council.

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Membership Meetings Start Back Up in September

The membership meetings start up again this month.  Be sure to attend the membership meeting this Saturday, September 13, 2014.  The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. at the union hall. 

Job Transition Center Hours

The Job Transition Center is located at the UAW Local 578 union hall, 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54904.  Workers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development are here to assist you with your job search needs, i.e. resume preparation, interviewing, etc.

Hours of operation are:

             Monday thru Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. - 4:00
             Friday – By appointment only

If you need immediate assistance, please call (920) 252-3216.

Update to Wausau Manufacturing Recruitment Event

Recruiting for experienced individuals for manufacturing positions from production to skilled welders.  Wages range from $14 to $19.25 per hour.  Recruitment date is July 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wausau Labor Temple, 318 3rd Avenue, Wausau, WI  54401.  Click on this link to see the event flyer:

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UAW Local 578's Job Transition Center

UAW Local 578 has been working closely with the Department of Workforce Development over the last couple of years.  This collaboration has resulted in the creation of a Job Transition Center at the union hall.  This is for the main purpose of assisting the members who have been and will be laid off from Oshkosh Corporation.

Workers from the Department of Workforce Development are available at the union hall if you need assistance.  

Womens and Veterans Committee 2014 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners:  Kashena Van Asten and Ryan Winske. 

Free T-Shirts

The Trustees will be at the Union Hall to pass out free t-shirts to members on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop by and pick up a t-shirt on one of those days.  One free t-shirt per member.

The local's triennium election for Executive Board officers was held on May 13, 2014.  A run-off election was held on May 16, 2014 for the Recording Secretary and Chief Steward Member-at-Large positions.  The results are in.  Read more >>>

Today I had very informative meeting with Senator Rick Gudex of the 18th Senate District of Wisconsin and his assistant, Tim Lakin.  Read more >>>

The Bargaining Committee has been working very diligently over the last couple months on a variety of topics.  We are pleased to announce the following great news has happened as a result of this hard work. Read more >>>

To the entire Truck family, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all the support, prayers, visits over the past few weeks, and wonderful contributions. Read more >>>

Update on Ron Briese

Union brotrher Ron Briese passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014 with his family by his side.  Visitation will be on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fiss & Bills, 865 South Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  On Saturday, May 3, 2014, visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a service to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 338 North Eagle Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

The news of a mass layoff is disheartening to say the least.  As working families and community service, we all deserve better.  The word has to get out as the old saying coined by Walter Reuther, "The ballot box affects the bread box."  I urge us and our families (all of us) to constantly contact the elected officials in your area and demand attention to the problems we are facing. Read more >>>

Letter to Membership April 10, 2014 - Please Read!

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Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice Spring Meeting

UAW Local 578 is hosting the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice (WNPJ) Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Please come join labor leaders, peace activists, environmentalists and others to discuss how to build a peaceful, sustainable financial future with living-wage jobs in Wisconsin.  The event runs from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UAW Local 578 hall at 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  '

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  wnpj.org      (608) 250-9240      info@wnpj.org

Questions and answers regarding locking in an unemployment claim before being laid off.  Read more >>>

Womens and Veterans Committee 2014 Scholarships

Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 school year. This year we will be giving away two scholarships. Recipients must be enrolled in a program by the fall semester of 2014. Proof of enrollment must be provided before the scholarship will be issued, or the scholarship will be awarded to the next alternate enrolled in a program.

Applications need to be postmarked by April 19, 2014 to be eligible.

Please contact a member of the Womens or Veterans Committee to obtain an application. In addition, the application is available at the UAW Local 578 union hall.

The application and instruction can also be found here:  drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OQzRGUnh0VE5aRGc/edit

Frequently Asked Questions About the Waiting Week (DWD)

Regarding the voluntary layoff, here is information from the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development regarding the waiting week for unemployment insurance.

dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/faq_waiting.htm

Voluntary Layoff Announced by Company

Click on the links below for information to the members regarding the voluntary layoff.  The same information has been posted at each of the plants.

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In our continued effort to improve communication, the union will be holding three pilot informational meetings for all members.  Read more >>>

The Fox River Valley Area UAW Community Action Program Council has established an annual scholarship award in memory of Elkar Zarnott.  The annual scholarship award will be in the amount of $500.00 to be given to an eligible student to assist with the continuation of education in any accredited university, college, technical or trade school.  Application blanks and instructions for this scholarship award are attached or can be obtained from UAW Local 578.  All applications must be submitted and on file with the Scholarship Committee on or before April 25, 2014.  Read more >>>

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to the membership of UAW Local 578 and their families!  (See full size picture of this greeting under Postings.)

*** IMPORTANT MAILING ***

A mailing will be going on the week of December 23, 2013.  Please do not toss when you receive it.  This mailing contains your 2014 membership card. 

A check was recently presented to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin with proceeds from the 2013 King Run.  Read more >>>

By taking a fraction of our spending and buying US-made goods, we will create a economic tidal wave.  Watch the video and share it.  Boom, you're helping make jobs. Read more >>>

At the special meeting held on September 29, 2013, the membership voted "yes" to extend the contract. Read more >>>

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