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MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.

“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”

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AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments.

The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

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UAW members feed kids going back to school this week

UAW Member Miya Williamson Removed by Trump in Detroit

Hillary Clinton’s strong stance on TPP

Ernest “Ernie” Lofton committed his life to the UAW, his brothers and sisters in the labor movement and to his community. Along his life’s journey, the Local 600 member became a mentor and pioneer for many.

Lofton, who served as a vice president and director of the union’s National Ford Department from 1989 until his retirement in 1998, died Aug. 4 at age 84.

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(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – A vicious lockout of 360 UAW members by Wall Street darling Honeywell International, Inc., ground on into its fourth month this week with no sign of clearer skies ahead.

“It’s clear Honeywell planned this attack on our members months, if not years, in advance,” said UAW Local 1508 President Tim Vogt.

Honeywell locked out UAW members at its Aircraft Wheel and Brake manufacturing facilities in South Bend, Indiana, and Green Island, New York, May 9, after less than a month of negotiations for a collective agreement.

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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>

Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant

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Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs

Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.

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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!

More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>

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. 

Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable

“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>

This blog post originally appeared on Demos.org and was written by the president of Demos, Heather C. McGhee

Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.

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Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer

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Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering

NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.

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Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.

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Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant

Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.

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Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.

Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.

Send an email to Volkswagen executives to tell them to sit down and negotiate with working people in the skilled trades division of the Chattanooga plant.

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“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. Read more >>>

The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.

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This article originally appeared in USA Today. To read the entire article, click here.

The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>

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.

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4Od3JWSXI4ZTR1NXc/edit

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:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OS3pHTVNhMTlUa0k/edit

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!

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OZXhVUVFpSUN5aEk/edit

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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drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OTVZqd3pxdzlSN1E/edit

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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