Community Supports Local 211 Members During the Strike, Members Return the Generosity

The nearly 900 members of UAW Local 211 know the true reason for the holiday season is giving. And give, they do. The local’s members, nearly half from GM Powertrain in Defiance, Ohio, are gearing up for their annual Quarter Auction to benefit those in need in the Defiance area. Nicole Neth is chair of the Women’s Committee, which runs the auction. “I get the joy of giving back,” said Neth. “It’s extremely important for UAW locals to help their communities, especially after the GM strike taught me how tied we are to the community. Our community supported us 100% during the strike. It made all the difference to us.”

The annual holiday Quarter Auction, named for quarters because bids are spent in 25 cent increments, features donations from community retailers such as restaurant gift certificates, home decorations and electronics, gift baskets and other items. Ten bucks gets members in the door for dinner, and the chance to bid on dozens of items and win a 50/50 raffle. Best part of the event is members know the money they spend means hundreds of dollars are going to the local domestic violence shelter and an area residential facility for the developmentally disabled. Nice way to show the spirit of the season and return community support for the strike, Local 211!