Tag: Region 8

Heroes on the Front Lines: Denise Butsch

When Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, stopped production in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Denise Butsch remained on duty. As one of the local’s six nurses, she answered calls and talked with members who had questions about the virus and resources, or anxiety surrounding the pandemic. “It was busy, even if there were only a few people in the plant,” Butsch says. “People were calling and asking questions about symptoms and whether they should reach out to their doctor.” On May 18, when the plant re-opened and first-shift ... Read more

Joint Statement: Rory L. Gamble, UAW President; Ray Curry, UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Heavy Truck Department; Mitchell Smith, UAW Region 8 Director

CITY OF TULSA: DON’T RISK JOBS, HONOR YOUR AGREEMENT “The hardworking men and women of IC Bus (Navistar) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, their families and their community deserve better than the risky behavior that what we’re currently seeing. After committing to a 40-year lease, the City of Tulsa is seeking to back out of its promise after only 20 years. More than 1,600 jobs will be lost if this plant closes, a devastating blow to the community and the families of these workers. This agreement between the City and Navistar has not only delivered on the original intent, which was to ... Read more

Settling a strike in today’s world

On April 17, 2020 UAW Local 1407 ended a 41-day strike against Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, Tennessee by ratifying a contract. Anytime a strike is called there are many issues that make the strike difficult. Not only did they have the normal difficulties, but they also had a devastating and fatal tornado hit their town the week the strike began, a second storm hit that produced another tornado in the area, and then the COVID-19 outbreak. Even with all these obstacles, the membership stood strong and united to show the company they were willing to fight for what they believed ... Read more

Heroes on the Front Line: David Gordon

David Gordon, Associate Researcher and transitioning to Associate Professor Krogan Lab, University of California, San Francisco UAW Local 5810 “I was wrapping up a genetic interaction mapping project on HIV in January when we became aware of the new coronavirus. Since then, we’ve been working around the clock to find the interactions between SARS-CoV-2 proteins and human proteins. By uncovering the human proteins that enable the spread of the virus, we are able to identify existing FDA-approved drugs which might be repurposed for COVID-19 patients. “This effort has grown to include over 20 labs and a range of other collaborations, ... Read more

UAW Merges Additional States into Region 8 and Region 4

The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) voted on December 5 to merge the states represented by UAW Region 5 between UAW Regions 4 and 8. This merger became effective today, February 28, 2020. States have been apportioned between Region 4 and 8 in the following way: UAW REGION 4 Current Region 4:  Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and  Montana Added Into Region 4:  Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii UAW REGION 8 Current Region 8: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, the District of ... Read more

Local 1853 members reel in service to their local community’s children

Sometimes something as basic as going fishing can remind a child that they matter. Members of UAW Local 1853 and Region 8 partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus recently to drive that point home. Local 1853 members spent time planning for the event then took a couple hundred of the home’s residents fishing for the Spring Hill Area Take Kids Fishing Day, which included a day of help fishing, time-worn tips on how to catch that elusive big fish and new fishing poles. UAW Local ... Read more

MGM National Harbor Dealers Vote to Join the UAW

On Monday, June 11, Dennis Williams announced to applause from the UAW Constitutional Convention hall that workers at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland had voted to form their union. The 950 table game dealers, poker dealers and dual rates will become the newest members of UAW Region 8. We congratulate these workers and welcome them to UAW!

GM Announces Restoration of Shift and Additional Jobs

From UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada: As a result of increasing sales and the outstanding quality work of the members of UAW Local 1853, General Motors has announced the addition of a 3rd shift of production at the Spring Hill, Tennessee facility in September 2018. This announcement will recall the laid off seniority members of Local 1853 and create an opportunity for approximately 350 additional members to transfer, pursuant to Appendix A of the 2015 National Agreement. This is exciting news for UAW local 1853 and we shall continue to work toward our goal of 100% of our members being ... Read more

UAW Members Endorse Roger Manno for Maryland Congressional Race

Because of his commitment to supporting working families and a strong middle-class economy, the UAW has announced its endorsement of State Senator Roger Manno for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District race. “Senator Manno has a proven track record in the Maryland legislature for standing up for workers,” said UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry. Region 8 includes the state of Maryland. “Roger Manno is responsible for the strongest manufacturing initiative in state history that says workers deserve the same tax benefits as corporations. He also supports pro-worker legislation on fair trade, currency manipulation and raising the minimum wage,” said Curry. “Senator ... Read more

Ford to invest $25 Million in Kentucky Plant

Ford has announced new investments in its Kentucky Truck Plant, due to increasing demand from consumers. The company plans to invest an additional $25 million—on top of the $900 Million it has already invested—to boost production of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition. Todd Dunn, President of UAW Local 862, which represents the workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant, says the investments will be good for workers: “It’s the whole family of labor that will be benefiting from the growth of that unit, that’s key. You gotta remember it’s not just building a truck and getting it on the highway ... Read more