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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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 Summer is here, which means it is time to get together with our Union brothers and sisters and families for a picnic at the park! Read more >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>

 Fore! Let's hit the links for a great cause. We will be hosting our 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing at Sycamore Hills on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

 Come watch the Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, June 25, 2016! The cost of the trip is $80, which includes a ticket to the game, bus ride on a luxury charter bus, subs, chips, pop, beer and water!

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 >>>

Apprentice Program Waitlist:

 

The IRCP will open and begin online registration on Friday April 1st at 10:00am.

 

The official website is www.uawford.org/edtp/ircp  and will not be active until that time.

 

All the information about the program can be found there.

 

I have attached the flyers that will be going up around the plant.

 

There is an online option available to accommodate all shifts but if you plan on attending MCCC, I’ve attached their class and registration information and you can register in person on Friday.

 

Please share this information with anyone that may be interested.

 

If you have any questions, please give Doug Forbush a call at (586) 826-6800.

Here is the entire tentative Local Agreement between UAW Local 2280 and the Ford Van Dyke Plant. Please be sure to cast your vote on December 9 or 11!

 A tentative Agreement has been reached and dates and times for explanations and a Ratification Vote have been set!  Read more >>>

Local 2280 is once again putting on their Annual Childrens Christmas Movie on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Members and retirees are invited to bring their children and grandchildren to MJR Cinemas in Sterling Heights to see "The Good Dinosaur"!

The Women's Committee of UAW Local 2280 is sponsoring a Craft Show & Bake Sale in an effort to raise money for the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk for the American Cancer Society!

Summer General Membership Meetings - Postponed

The June, July and August General Membership meetings have been postponed and will be combined with the September 20th meeting. Fear not - should something arise pressing arise, a special meeting will be called.

 

The Officers of Local 2280 would like to wish you and your familes a fun and safe summer!

Summer is here, which means it's time to round up the family and head over to the park! The Local 2280 Picnic will be held at Lake St. Clair Metropark (Metrobeach for you old timers), on Sunday, July 12th! Read more >>>

Local 2280 is once again taking to the lanes for some fun with fellow brothers, sisters, family and friends! The Annual "9 Pin No Tap" Bowling Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Imperial Lanes in Clinton Township! Read more >>>

Applications for the Local's Annual Scholarship Program are now available for pick up! The program is open to the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of our members and retirees. Money for the Scholarship Fund is generated through your participation of our Annual Golf Outing! Read more >>>

Now is the time to submit your resolutions for the 2015 Master Agreement negotiations. If there is something you would like to see in the next contract, this is the way to let the negotiators know! Read more >>>

Can you believe that it is already Christmas time? Mark your calendars for the Children's Christmas Movie on December 14, 2014. Children and grandchildren (ages 12 and under please) of our members and retirees are invited to come see "Penguins of Madagascar" at MJR Cinemas at 15 Mile and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights! Read more >>>

A few people have called the Local requesting copies of the Local Agreement. There may be some hard copies left in the Committee Room, but we have uploaded a PDF copy for your convenience. Read more >>>

October General Membership Meeting
The October General Membership Meeting will be held at Local 2280 on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. Come on over for up to date information on what is happening in the Van Dyke Plant and at the Local!

The Women's Committee is once again sponsoring a Children's Halloween Party for the children and grandchildren of our members and retirees! The party will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Read more >>>

A subsidized Weight Watchers program is available in the plant for those looking to drop a few pounds or achieve better overall health!

Region 1 Camping Trip...

thanks go out to the Recreational Committee for a wonderful weekend!

There is another scholarship opportunity available for our members who will have children entering their sophomore year of college this fall. Read more >>>

Fore! Mark your calendars for the Local 2280 28th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. This year's Outing will be on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Read more >>>

Results are in for the Local 2280 8th Annual Scholarship Program. With the ever rising cost of tuition, books, housing, etc., we were proud to award 13 children a $500 scholarship to defray their college expenses. Read more >>>

As you may remember from the Region 1 CAP Council Meeting, we discussed starting a CAP Council in both Oakland and Macomb counties. Much interest and anticipation was generated during that meeting. Therefore, we are asking you to encourage your CAP activists to get involved. The more participants the stronger our CAP Council will be. In order for this Council to succeed, we need as many participants as possible.

The by-laws dictate that we need four (4) officers for each CAP Council. We ask that only members who reside in the respective counties take part in these councils.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brian Negovan, Region 1 CAP Coordinator, at 586-427-9200 or bnegovan@uaw.net .

Region 1 is excited to introduce 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.

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 here!!

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Retiree Meetings are typically the second Wednesday of each month (with a break for the summer months July and August) at the Local at 10 a.m. There is an Annual Picnic held at Dodge Park in June, and a Christmas Luncheon in December. Read more >>>

The following is information regarding different services that our ESSP Representatives can provide. Holidays can be stressful and they are here to help. Read more >>>

Once again, the Veterans Committees of Local 2280 and Local 228 are teaming up to put on a Halloween Party for members and friends! Let's all get together for some food, fun, drinks, dancing and an all-around spooktacular time!

Get your chips! The Local is once again holding a Better Made chip sale in the Ford Van Dyke Parking Lot. The sale will run from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013! Cases of 50 bags of fun-sized chips will be available for $14 a case.

There will be a free Flu Shot Clinic at the Van Dyke Plant for all employees with a Ford sponsored medical plan. Please be sure to bring your I.D. and Health Insurance Card for verification purposes!

The Women's Committee of Local 2280 is sponsoring a craft show in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk! Read more >>>

The Dale Carnegie Course® will help you learn to strengthen interpersonal relations, manage stress and handle fast changing workplace conditions. You’ll be better equipped to perform as an effective communicator, creative problem-solver and focused team member. And you’ll develop a take-charge attitude that allows you to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm. Read more >>>

 

WHAT IS V-CAP?

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).

WHY SHOULD I GIVE TO 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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It's that time of year again - time to hit the links! The Local is hosting it's 27th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. The purpose of the Outing is to raise money for our Scholarship Fund, used to award scholarships to the children and grandchildren of our members and retirees, all while having fun out on the course!

The General Election of Officers and In-Plant Committee of UAW Local 2280 was held on May 14, 2013, with a Run-Off on May 21, 2013, at the Ford Van Dyke Trailer. Read more >>>

Attention Members! For those of you who have children who will be college sophomores at the beginning of the Fall 2013 Term, here is a scholarship opportunity! Read more >>>

Here is another scholarship opportunity for the children of full-time, active UAW represented Ford employees! Read more >>>

Are you looking for an effective way to strengthen your leadership and communication skills while building greater self-confidence? If so, then Dale Carnegie Courses may be just the thing for you! Read more >>>

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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There will be an informational meeting held at UAW Local 228 to give an overview of the Dale Carnegie Training Program and how it will benefit you!

In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected to take up the "Bring Jobs Home" Act, which would stop corporations from deducting their moving expenses when they export U.S. jobs to other countries.

Let's take action and call our Senators and ask them to support this Act!

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Effective October 24, 2011, there will be a re-districting in the plant. Some have changed, some have remained the same.   Read more >>>

Please take a look at the letter from Vice President Jimmy Settles and the complete National Agreement Ratification Vote results. Read more >>>

Highlights of the tentative UAW-Ford Agreement are available through www.uaw.org. While we do not have any concrete information on a ratification vote, you may wish to review the proposed Agreement.

Welcome to UAW Local 2280!

UAW Local 2280 was chartered December 14, 1978 and is located in Historic Downtown Utica. Local 2280 became Amalgamated in 2008 and now represents five units - the hourly workers of the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Devon Facilities Management, Bay Logistics, Quality Plus Containment and Azar Inspection. We currently serve over 1,500 active members and have roughly 900 members in our Retiree Chapter.

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