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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Dottie Jones.... 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.

A proposed gradual increase in New York’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour would increase wages by an average of 23 percent for nearly 3.2 million workers by mid- 2021 and will not have a negative effect on overall employment, says a comprehensive new study released today by UC Berkeley... Read more >>>

On March 24, 1974, over 3,000 determined labor union women and supportive feminists from across the United States convened in Chicago to create the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Taking planes, trains and automobiles, the women gathered to outline a plan of action that would amplify their voices in the male-dominated labor movement of the time.

The UAW is proud of its role at that founding convention, which elected then-UAW Vice President Olga Madar as its first president...

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The March-April edition of Solidarity magazine is online! Check out the articles in the archive or download a PDF of the magazine. ...
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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman...
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In continued celebration of Women’s History Month, we look to the inspirational words and quotes by notable women whose activism helps unite us as one and propel us all to know better, do better, and to be better. Check out the quotes below for your daily dose of inspiration, and click the links to read more about each woman... Read more >>>

March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman... Read more >>>

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left empty by the recent passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. Garland is a distinguished, moderate judge with more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. The Senate GOP leadership is refusing to give Judge Garland a full hearing and vote. We call on the GOP leadership to set politics aside and fulfill their constitutional duty to provide a hearing and vote for the president’s nominee. Our American judicial system deserves nothing less.

LAS VEGAS — UAW-represented table games dealers at The LINQ casino and slot attendants at the Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly ratified first-ever contracts that raise wages, protect tips received by employees, and provide a fair and just grievance system, among other improvements at the properties on the strip... Read more >>>

In light of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and unfounded accusations against trade unionist and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the UAW’s two highest officers have issued the following statement.

UAW Statement in Defense of Lula

On behalf the over 1 million active and retired members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day... Read more >>>

Dept. of Labor Calls For Back Pay for Workers Terminated, Suspended for Raising Health & Safety Concerns at Ala. Lear Plant


Lawsuit Marks Latest in Series of Federal Crackdowns on Lear; Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor has petitioned a federal court to order Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired for speaking out about getting sick at the company’s plant in Selma.Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired...

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(Washington, DC, March 3, 2016) – A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fatally flawed.

“EPI’s new report quantifies what a mistake it was to leave currency rules out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with TPP countries...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Read more >>>

Yesterday, citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Read more >>>

Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn.

Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems.

The protest began today at 3 a.m.

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UAW Endorsements are available to you via uawendorsements.org.

Are you looking for the latest political information from the UAW? Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? Want to get information about how to register to vote? Want to know when your primary is?

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February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Ruben Burks.

Ruben Burks’ long history of unionism and advocacy for social justice started in 1955 when he began working as an assembler at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint where he joined UAW Local 598. He steadily rose through the ranks of the local, serving in various leadership posts, including shop committeeperson and executive board member. In 1970, then-UAW President Walter Reuther appointedBurks to be an International representative in Region 1C. By 1989, he was the director of Region 1C and held that position for three terms.

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North Carolina — Citing their records of supporting working families, the North Carolina/South Carolina UAW Community Action Program announced today that it is endorsing Roy Cooper for North Carolina governor and Deborah Ross for the U. S. Senate.

“These are two exceptional candidates who do not shy away from tough issues and are willing to stand up and make a difference for our families, community and the state,” said UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry, a Tar Heel native.

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Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42:

The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal.

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Unions and the Fight for Civil Rights

The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was written by UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember the historical importance of organized labor to black workers and their families, and unionism’s continued relevance today.

It was once legal to discriminate against minorities in hiring and wage equity. Even when it became illegal to discriminate against minorities in the workplace, bias against minorities was widely practiced and tolerated. Unions were at the forefront of the battle fighting for equal wages and an equal chance at jobs that could elevate families out of poverty.

Historically, African-Americans were given the least desirable jobs – if they were permitted to work at all alongside whites – and the auto industry was no exception. With the advent of the UAW, job opportunities and wages improved.

The UAW was formed to fight for, and ensure, workers’ rights. Fairness and justice is the epicenter of our value system and it extends to the community as a whole.

Read the full article via the Detroit Free Press…

February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Nelson “Jack” Edwards.

Jack Edwards would eventually be called Walter Reuther’s “point man for civil rights.” The road to that designation was filled with dedication to civil rights and the UAW for many years.

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Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” Read more >>>

Lordstown autoworkers show off the new Chevy Cruze

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Some of the 5,000 men and women who make the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown are showing off the result of their efforts on the assembly line.

UAW Local 1112 is displaying a picture of a blue 2016 Cruze on the union’s Facebook page.

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GM Investing nearly $150 million in Spring Hill Plant

General Motors will invest nearly $150 million in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant.

The investment will repurpose machinery and assembly equipment to allow the plant to build V8 engines, retaining about 200 jobs, according to a news release.

The upgrade will mark the first time the Spring Hill facility will be equipped to build V8 engines, and will allow the plant to quickly add capacity to build the small-block, 6.2L engines for its trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

“Spring Hill and its employees have a reputation for producing award-winning 4-cylinder engines,” UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron said in the release. “We appreciate GM recognizing these outstanding skills with the opportunity to build V8 engines for some of GM’s most popular full-size trucks and SUVs.”

Read the full article at the Nashville Business Journal…

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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