Tag: Michigan

UAW Members on the Job: Parking Enforcers

Jeremiah Lane, Parking Enforcement Officer in Lansing, MI Since 2015, Jeremiah Lane has been a parking enforcement officer in Lansing, Michigan.  He’s also a UAW member who, like workers everywhere, needs protection in the workplace. “You get used to the name Meter Maid very quickly,” said Lane. “Every curse word you could imagine I heard in my first week.  I’ve had bottles thrown at me, I’ve been spit at. You’re the bad guy no matter what because you’re giving parking tickets, but it would be anarchy if people parked anywhere they’d like and no one enforced the rules.” Some days ... Read more

Stop Legislation that costs taxpayers $46 billion and harms teacher pensions

Nearly five months after the Republican-controlled legislature paused their attempt to dismantle retirement savings for teachers, administrators and support staff, they’re back at it again. Corporate special interests are pushing them to slash school employees’ compensation and rob public employees of their retirement benefits. The good news is, thanks to your calls and emails, the bills aren’t moving yet. The bad news is, they’re even worse than we thought. A new report from the House Fiscal Agency says this legislation will cost taxpayers $46 BILLION. You read that right. Sign the petition now to help us protect teacher pensions in ... Read more

Ford Invests $350 Million, Creates or Protects 800 Jobs, Adding New Fuel-Efficient Transmission to Michigan Plant

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 – Ford is investing $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains as part of the company’s plan to fortify its core automotive business. The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs late this year, with the majority coming next year and in 2019. Read more at media.ford.com >>>   Photo by Google Maps

UAW members man the bocce courts in Region 1

If it’s a late spring or summer Wednesday night, it’s a good bet you’ll find a group of UAW members at the Pete Petrucci courts behind the UAW Region 1 headquarters having a blast as they try to get their ball closest to the pallino. They’ve played bocce at the region for the last 40 years and hope to expand this Region 1 tradition to a new generation of UAW members. The UAW Region 1 Bocce Ball League has started to form teams and all that’s required is one member of the team be a member of a UAW Region ... Read more

Ford Investing $1.2 Billion in Three Michigan Facilities, Further Bolstering Leadership in Trucks, SUVs, Mobility

$850 million Michigan Assembly Plant upgrade supports return of Ford Ranger, Bronco $150 million investment and 130 jobs at Romeo Engine expands capacity for engine components for several vehicles, including Ranger and Bronco $200 million investment for advanced data center in Michigan supports Ford’s expansion to an auto and mobility company and expected dramatic increase in data storage needs Investments are in addition to $700 million and 700 new jobs at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan facility, announced in January, for high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles; Ford has announced $1.9 billion in new investments in Michigan this year DEARBORN, Mich., March ... Read more

Michigan AFL-CIO Blasts Schuette for Opposing Stronger Overtime Protections

AG suing to halt new overtime rule, which raises wages for 100k Michigan workers LANSING – On September 20, 2016, Attorney General Bill Schuette signed onto a lawsuit with 21 states to stop the Obama administration’s new overtime rule, which will extend mandatory overtime pay to 100,000 Michigan workers. The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today blasting Schuette’s frivolous lawsuit: “This lawsuit is a slap in the face to working people in Michigan,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “By suing to stop the Obama administration’s new overtime rule, Bill Schuette is putting himself squarely on the side ... Read more

Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem on Trump visit to Flint, Michigan

“Running government like a business created the Flint water crisis, and obviously that did not work for Flint, and it won’t work for the rest of America,” said Gerald Kariem, director of UAW Region 1D, which includes Flint. “It is disappointing that the candidate who last year said he wants to ship auto plants to low-wage states and make the good people in Flint beg to get their jobs back at lower pay chooses to show up late in the campaign seeking their support.” Visit our new landing page on uaw.org to get the facts on which candidate really supports ... Read more

Lansing Van-Rob workers vote to join the UAW

LANSING – Workers at the Kirchhoff Group/Van-Rob plant in Lansing, Michigan, voted to join the UAW Thursday by a vote of 60 to 43. Van-Rob makes welded metal assemblies for General Motors’ Lansing Grand River plant, including cross-car beams and rocker panels for the Camaro. “Winning the election was just the first step. I’m proud of how my co-workers stood together, and I know we’ll stay united until we negotiate a fair contract that makes real changes and puts them in writing,” said Alejandro Albarez, a production worker at the plant. There were 107 workers eligible to vote and roughly ... Read more

Protest Donald Trump tomorrow at noon outside of Lansing, MI

Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan after his disastrous economic speech in Detroit two weeks ago. This time, he’s holding an event outside of Lansing. But no matter how many times he visits Michigan, we know that Trump would be a disaster for Michigan. He’s said that UAW members’ wages are too high and that auto companies should move factories out of Michigan to lower wage states (Detroit News, 8/12/15). We need you to tell Trump that his message of fewer jobs and lower wages is wrong for UAW members in Michigan.    Join us for a protest across ... Read more

Donate Today to Help Honor Workers in Detroit

DETROIT – A large and diversified group of partners have come together to create an urban park in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, and they are seeking support from the community. The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge. DONATE NOW Partners include the MotorCities National Heritage Area, University of Michigan-Dearborn, city of Detroit, city of Dearborn, Marathon Petroleum Co. ... Read more