Tag: Region 8

Support for UAW Active and Retired Members Affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina

Region 8 has created a UAW Region 8 Hurricane Relief Fund to collect support for members and retirees devastated by hurricane Ian. We have been in communication with UAW representatives in the affected states, and we are currently accessing the needs of all members. As there are many retirees in Florida, we are also in communication with IAC chairpersons. President Curry and the International Union are working with the AFL-CIO and other labor unions to identify ways in which we can provide immediate relief to people in the affected states. We expect there will be many needs due to the ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference: Day 2 Highlights

Plenary Begins The day began early with a robust agenda of speakers and panelists that touched upon the mission of UAW National CAP Conference delegates this week.  The participants listened to uplifting and inspiring speeches on a variety of topics that are close the hearts of men and women across the country.  Each speaker had a perspective that rings true to labor and their presentations reinforced the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. Corey Frost, President, Local 898, Region 1A For Corey Frost (President of Local 898 in Region 1A), hearing from officials who understand the day-to-day issues in the ... Read more

Statements on Ford Investments in Tennessee and Kentucky Creating About 11,000 Combined Jobs

“Today’s announcement will produce about 11,000 combined quality jobs. The UAW looks forward to continuing our long-time partnership with Ford as consumers transition to make Electric Vehicles in the right way. The UAW has always taken a lead in manufacturing innovation with our employer partners. We look forward to reaching out and helping develop this new workforce to build these world class vehicles and battery components.” Ray Curry, UAW International President “We commend Ford for investing in the U.S., resulting in the creation of thousands of good middle-class jobs. The UAW is eager to work with Ford to continue to ... Read more

UAW Volvo Truck in Dublin Virginia Reaches Tentative Agreement – Strike Ends with Significant Gains

Detroit – Early this morning the UAW Volvo Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement. “UAW members showed incredible solidarity on the picket lines and have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry. Curry said the strike will be suspended and Volvo Truck workers will be scheduled to return to their regular shifts on May 3. “The stress of a strike is never easy on a member or their family, particularly in these uncertain times,” said Mitchell Smith, director of ... Read more

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