Tag: Region 1D

Region 1D Delegates Elect Steve Dawes Regional Director

Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties FLINT – Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January. Delegates selected Steve Dawes, a veteran spot welder from the Flint Assembly Plant with a long history of service to the union. Dawes has been an Assistant Director since 2010 and helped steer the merger between Regions 1C and 1D in 2014. “Brother Dawes brings to the table vast experience in contract negotiations and ... Read more

UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department

Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. “Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” said UAW President Gamble. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.” During ... Read more

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, UAW Help Improve Access to Flint River

Via Union Sportsmen’s Alliance: Anglers and paddle-sports enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities are enjoying better access to Michigan’s scenic Flint River, thanks in part to a $7,000 donation raised during the inaugural Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1-D Conservation Dinner. The funds, along with a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), helped fuel the creation of the new Paddler’s Landing public access in Mott Park Recreation Area in Flint. The new structure is part of an on-going, large-scale revitalization project driven by the city of Flint, Corridor Alliance Chapter (CAC) of ... Read more

UAW Aramark Workers Strike

At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement. “We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.” Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio have been working on an extended contract since March of 2018. Key issues involve wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401k retirement. “Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable,” said UAW Region 1 Director Frank ... Read more

UAW Local 668 Members Celebrate 100 Years of Plant Operations

Members of UAW Local 668 are celebrating a century of manufacturing at Saginaw Metal Castings Operations in Saginaw, Michigan. Workers at the company, which supplies parts for General Motors vehicles, have processed 45 million tons of iron and 2 billion pounds of aluminum over the past hundred years. The plant currently employs 476 workers, including members of UAW Local 668 and IAM Lodge 2839.   Learn more about this special anniversary from MLive >>>

Local 598 Honors Ruben Burks

This weekend, Local 598 renamed their union hall to honor Ruben Burks and his decades of service to the UAW. Burks joined Local 598 in 1955 when he worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint. He worked his way up through the union, eventually becoming director of Region 1C in 1989. He went on to serve as UAW Secretary-Treasurer from 1998 until 2002 and was the first African American to hold the position. In addition to his contributions to the UAW, Burks served the Flint community as a leader in several community organizations. To learn more about ... Read more

We are the UAW: City of Lansing’s Forestry Division

Bobbie Miller of UAW Region 1D, Local 2256 talks about his job and the UAW. See more “We are the UAW” videos on the UAW’s Youtube page >>>

Statement from Local 6000 President Ed Mitchell on Civil Service Rule Changes

Attention UAW Local 6000 Members: You may have read in the news media of the proposed civil service rule changes that would impact state employees. UAW International is working closely with UAW Local 6000 staff to access the proposal and respond. UAW Local 6000 is strongly opposed to the rule changes, which will negatively affect our freedom to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of our workplace. We are asking each and every one of you to be available to attend the Civil Service Commission meeting if these proposed changes should come up for a vote. The earliest meeting would be ... Read more

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

Statement from UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem on Central Michigan University’s Announced Layoffs

“For every Central Michigan University worker who loses their job to cheap outsourcing there is a family and a community that suffers. This is not the way Michigan can and should be – ignoring the dignity of the work of so many in the trenches. Instead of making hard decisions about controlling spending and administrative salaries, CMU has opted to outsource the jobs of the office professionals who make the university run so smoothly behind the scenes. It’s easy to avoid tough decisions on the backs of hard-working families. CMU should reconsider this rash decision.”