UAW Local 2280


As we approach Nov. 8, we should be reminded that every day there are those who have served and those who are serving to protect our freedom here at home and aboard. To honor those men and women it is our civic duty to vote.

Over the years working men and women have heard from both sides of what we refer to as wedge issues!

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We’ve gathered some of the most interesting Tweets from the debate last night >>> 

Forget Personalities and ‘Likeability’ – Who Will Lead and Who is Best on the Issues Critical to American Working Families?

Presidential political campaigns in the age of the 24/7 news cycle can be quite distracting. The media often supplies saturation coverage on inconsequential stories unrelated to the issues that directly affect our families such as fair trade, wealth inequality, the right to organize, and affordable higher education. Complex, but nonetheless critically important issues, just can’t seem to get traction in this environment.

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Donald Trump is a salesman and in 2016 he’s selling hate. He’s branded Mexicans rapists and wants all Muslim-Americans to be registered in a database. When he attacks groups, it’s easy to forget he’s attacking real people, real UAW members. Here are two UAW brothers talking about what it’s like to live in the world Trump is creating... Read more >>>

When you cast your vote for president, your ballot will show a choice for our next president. The nominees from the two major parties and those representing the Green and Libertarian nominees have spent a lot of time addressing voters under age 35 because they’re an important voting bloc in this election. Young voters face deep concerns particular to their demographic such as repaying skyrocketing college debt, finding a good-paying job to start a family with and feeling engaged in one of the most divisive election campaigns in our country’s modern history. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate and will find commonsense solutions to those problems. She’s the best choice if you want a president who stands with Americans who work hard to support their families and want fair wages and benefits in return. Clinton understands that young people want a leader who fights against trade deals like the TPP (Trans- Pacific Partnership) because it benefits corporate profits at the expense of workers’ wages and the environment. Read more >>>

There was a time in America at the height of industrialization when children worked long hours in factories, in coal mines, or just about anywhere where physical labor was needed in manufacturing. Injuries, abuse and exploitation were common... Read more >>>


Buick LaCrosse

Buick Verano

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CT6

Chevrolet Bolt (electric)

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Cruze*

Chevrolet Cruze (diesel)

Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Sonic*

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Solidarity Sept. - Oct. 2016 is now online!

View the online magazine or view individual articles:

Index: Volume 59, No. 9 - 10

From the President: Vote for the Candidate who is Committed to Organized Labor

PRO-Member - When Speech Incites Hate: Two UAW Members Reflect on 2016 Election

Together We Win: Flamingo Casino Cashiers Look Forward to Making Positive Changes

Union Front: UAW App Brings Important Information to Your Phone

Union Front: Members’ Right to Appeal Protected by UAW Constitution

Together We Win: Victory at the NLRB for Academic Workers

Legislative Update: What’s at Stake in November

Union Front: Making Higher Education Affordable

Union Front: On the Vanguard for Veterans

Union Front: * Beware of the Asterisk *

Cover Story: Hillary Clinton - She's With Us!

2017 UAW Built Vehicles List

Sen. Tim Kaine - He’s With Us!

Younger Workers Will Do Better Under a Clinton Presidency

A Letter to UAW Retirees From the President

Union Front: Communication is Key

Union Front: UAW Chaplains Bond with High School Band and Choir Members

In Memorium: We Salute the Life and Work of Ernie Lofton

Miss the Vice Presidential Debate Last Night? We’ve got you covered.

 Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence went head to head last night. We’ve pulled some of the best tweets from the evening.

Check out tweets from the Vice Presidential Debate last night.


VANCE, Ala. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit today upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that determined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) violated federal labor law in Tuscaloosa County, Ala.

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Buy Union this Halloween

This year shop for these products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU).

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UAW Member Lloyd Allen on Hillary Voting to Save the Auto Industry

Community Petition Urging University Administrators to End Their Anti-Union Campaign Gains Momentum

NEW YORK – As support for graduate workers’ right to collective bargaining builds nationwide, more than 60 members of Congress today issued a statement urging Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and other university administrators in support of fair and free union elections. U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Jerrold Nadler along with dozens of other congressional leaders applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision to restore the rights of teaching assistants and research assistants to bargain collectively.

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What is a UAW Women’s book club?

Of course you’ve heard of book clubs where people come together to discuss books, but what exactly is a UAW Women’s book club? UAW Women book clubs are ones where groups read books that empower and educate union women. The books recommended for our book clubs will be ones that strengthen our leadership skills and expand women’s roles within the UAW...

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UAW Member Sheila Pedersen Says Hillary is Ready For the Job

The candidates on the attached list have been interviewed and endorsed by our screening committee; they meet UAW standards to hold public office. UAW Region 1 CAP believes these people will stand up for our rights and needs in government.

Let us get the word out to support our candidates on November 8th, election day.

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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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 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 >>>

 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!

Apprentice Program Waitlist:


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


The official website is  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 .

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 >>>



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).


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 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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