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    The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center features a memorial area with an eternal flame and a granite and brass memorial to the Reuther Brothers.

    The International Executive Board is again offering a way for you to be part of the Memorial Walkway that has been built and paved with bricks inscribed by UAW members, local unions, family members and friends.

    If you would like to participate in the Memorial Walkway, please fill out and send the order form to:

    UAW Memorial Walkway
    2000 Maxon Road
    Onaway, MI 49765

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    LUCA Conference Set for October

    Tanya Love

    Many UAW members look to their local to stay informed about union issues. That means locals need the skills to share information members want about union issues, contracts, committees and elections, particularly as we head into a busy election year in 2018 with congressional control at stake. The best way to improve union website, social media, writing, photography and video skills, or learn those skills for the first time, is to attend the UAW-LUCA (Local Union Communication Association) Conference at Black Lake, Oct. 29 through Nov. 3.

    LUCA members who attend the conference at Black Lake learn many skills that help them communicate their local’s messages to their members.

    “We need to make sure every local has the tools they need to share information,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “Much is at stake with our locals from contract negotiations at local facilities to national elections in 2018. The LUCA conference is the place to learn the latest communication methods, from websites to video to Twitter and Facebook, and newsletter production like effective writing,” said Williams.

    John Davis of Region 8’s Local 2195 is the UAW-LUCA Advisory Council Chair, veteran LUCA member and digital photography instructor. “There’s no substitute for learning in person with other members. Locals that haven’t been to LUCA in a while can pick up state-of-the-art communication skills and polish existing ones,”said Davis.

    It’s also a great way for locals to start a website or social media page. If your local doesn’t have one, attending the conference is a great way to learn how.

    Local 276 Second Vice President Tanya Love was a new local newsletter editor at last year’s conference, ready to edit a publication for 4,200 workers at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas. She was amazed at how much the feature writing class improved...

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    UAW Bowling Championships Feature Tough Competition, Family Fun

    Bowling is serious business for many UAW members. You could tell by the concentration, determination, frustration and exhilaration on the bowlers’ faces as they competed in the UAW International Bowling Tournament.

    The day-long event, held Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, pits the best bowlers in our union against each other to see who’s best, both individually and as a team.

    The UAW has a proud history in bowling, and helped to desegregate bowling alleys in the 1940s and 1950s.

    And while the men and women bowling are exceptionally competitive, they also value the fellowship the tournament brings and the chance to knock down pins with their union brothers and sisters from all over Michigan and Ohio. There were 158 bowlers entered in the singles competition and 250 bowlers in the team competition all vying for the top spots. All bowlers qualified to be in the championship tournament by scoring well at their regional tournaments.

    “It’s just great to have all UAW members get together and bowl. It’s great comradery,” said Steve Barry, a Local 2278 member who works at Ford Motor Co.’s Sterling Heights (Michigan) Axle plant.

    Barry was one of two bowlers who rolled a perfect 300 game in the singles competition.

    “It’s my second 300 in this house, so I kind of like it here,” Barry said.

    In fact, it was Barry’s 30th perfect game.

    “You still get nervous,” he said. “If you’re not nervous when you are shooting for 300, then you shouldn’t bowl.”

    Final results are expected to be available later this week.

    It was also a lot of fun for the families of the bowlers, as many brought theirs to the facility. Everyone enjoyed a lunch courtesy of the International and many children were in the arcade or on the bumper bowling lanes in an adjacent alley.

    “I had a turkey!” said Donovan Howze, 8, the son of Local 900 member William Howze, who works at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. The “turkey” did not refer to youngster’s lunch. It is bowling-speak for three strikes in a row.

    The lunch featured a short address by UAW President Dennis Williams, who congratulated bowlers on making it to the championship tournament and reminded them of the UAW’s history in bowling, including the effort it undertook under the direction of UAW President Walter Reuther in 1948 to desegregate bowling alleys.

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    “The events in Charlottesville this weekend will long serve as a reminder that time has a way of washing away the tears of the past where hate bullied many Americans both in society and in the workplace through intolerance.

    “The UAW condemns the hate and intolerance of the alt-right groups that led to such violence in Charlottesville. Every woman and every man is equal in their civil and workplace rights regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation in society and in the workplace. We cannot take our freedom for granted, and we cannot forget the lessons that history forged through the sacrifice of many brave Americans in our military, in labor and in our civil rights struggles to secure those freedoms.”

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    Let’s Have a Trade Agreement that Benefits Working Families

    Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot in 1992 predicted there would be a “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving the United States if the then-proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved.

    Perot, of course, correctly saw the future. That giant sucking sound was 851,700 U.S. jobs, particularly in manufacturing, draining mostly to Mexico, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Because of NAFTA, the U.S. lost 360,000 auto industry jobs, while Mexico gained 620,000 between 1999 and 2013, EPI says.

    But it wasn’t just the lost jobs that NAFTA affected. The threat of moving to low-wage Mexico was enough to prevent workers in America from seeing real wage increases. Real wages for manufacturing workers fell by 4.4 percent from 2003 to 2013, according to a National Employment Law Project study issued in 2015.

    A job in manufacturing once was a ticket to the middle class in this country. A job in a factory now means one often needs a second job just to make ends meet — forget about saving for retirement, sending your child to college or even a vacation.

    NAFTA has failed working Americans and their families. It has failed the communities that rely on the taxes provided by manufacturing, particularly in the industrial Midwest. It has failed to lift Mexican workers out of poverty.

    A trade agreement that hurts average Americans isn’t what NAFTA promised. Americans in the 2016 presidential election said they were tired of trade deals that only benefitted rich investors. Many voted for President Trump because he promised to kill NAFTA. Now President Trump says it will be renegotiated, but it is uncertain if what is accomplished will help working people.

    We hope he keeps his promise and renegotiates NAFTA so the entire nation benefits. In the pages that follow, here are some ways NAFTA can be renegotiated to make it a fair deal for working Americans.

    Controls on Mexican Auto Parts Needed

    NAFTA Shouldn’t Put Our Auto Industry at a Disadvantage

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    GOP Budget Cuts Only Benefit the Wealthy, Corporations

    In today’s hyper-partisan political environment and 24- hour news cycle, avoiding distraction and keeping track of the decisions our elected leaders make can be next to impossible. The actions of Congress and the president impact the safety of our work environments, our wages, affordability of our health care, access to job training, quality of our children’s education, and so much more. It is for these reasons that we must make sure our voices are heard by our leaders.

    This summer and fall, Congress will be moving forward on a budget that reflects President Trump’s priorities. The budget sets limits on spending for many public programs and creates a pathway for Congress to make major changes in health care, taxes, Social Security, and safety net programs for the most vulnerable in society without needing any votes from Democrats in the House or Senate.

    As required by law, President Trump began the budget process by releasing a plan that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest Americans. For example, President Trump’s budget eliminates the Estate Tax, leaving a $174 billion hole in our budget. The Estate Tax was created by Republican President Teddy Roosevelt a century ago and currently only applies to couples who have over $11 million in assets. The proposed budget also provides big tax cuts for corporations and eliminates U.S. taxes on offshore corporate profits, making outsourcing jobs all the more enticing to global U.S. corporations.

    President Trump’s budget cuts are paid for by drastically cutting programs that benefit working families and retirees. If enacted, his budget would make inequality worse and drag down our wages. The Republican-controlled Congress will likely move a budget that is very similar. We know from experience that House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program and radically cut programs that benefit the middle class. With President Trump in the White House, he will now have the opportunity to make his far right-wing ideas a reality.

    On the campaign stump, President Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. In the Republican primary, he often blasted his opponents for supporting cuts to these bedrock health care and social insurance programs. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s budget slashes $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, $59 billion from Medicare, and up to $64 billion from Social Security...

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    DETROIT, MICH. – The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the release of unjustly charged and imprisoned trade unionists in South Korea, including President Han Sang-gyun of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and KCTU General Secretary, Lee Young-joo.  Specifically, the resolution calls on the Government of the Republic of Korea to “rescind all sentences and drop all charges against trade unionists that are related to peaceful protest, including those against President Han and General Secretary Lee.”

    While the IEB was taking this action, representatives from the UAW went to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and met with Employment and Labor Attaché Cho Ohyeon.  They delivered a letter from UAW President Dennis Williams to South Korean President Moon Jae-in calling for the release of President Han.  In November 2016, the UAW sent a representative to South Korea as part of a delegation that visited President Han in prison and participated in the demonstrations that became known as the “Candlelight Revolution.” Ever since, the UAW has been closely watching Han’s case as well as the scandal that led to the fall of President Park Gyun-hye and the election of President Moon.

    Since December 2015, President Han has been incarcerated and General Secretary Lee has been under house arrest in KCTU headquarters. The charges against both related to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by former President Park. Many other Korean trade union leaders remain incarcerated as well.

    President Han’s career as a labor leader has included a successful campaign to organize a union in his auto manufacturing plant and a campaign that saved hundreds of jobs and won severance benefits for those whose jobs could not be saved.  His actions have included plant occupations, sit-ins and demonstrations. As the first elected president of the KCTU, Han mobilized workers against anti-labor legislation and government corruption in a series of peaceful demonstrations. The government of former President Park responded with police brutality, mass arrests and harsh sentences. The South Korean labor movement, global unions and civil society, led by Han and others, forced the impeachment and removal from office of President...

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    The 2016 elections are over; and, as you know, Mr. Trump and the Republicans now control the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Supreme Court, and the White House. As a group they have wasted little time in trying to change health care, trade, immigration, and Social Security.

    You, as UAW retirees, have fought long and hard for the benefits many working families currently enjoy. But these items, along with many others, are under attack. The UAW continues to lobby and fight, through the court system, to protect these issues along with collective bargaining rights, rights to organize and the right to peacefully assemble so our voices can be heard.

    We thank you for your show of solidarity and pride by participating in events such as Labor Day parades, rallies, and picket lines. You amplify our voice through social media, writing our legislators, phone banking, and distributing leaflets at community events. It’s important when you communicate with active and retired members, and those in our communities, about buying Union and American-made products, and about supporting the issues that impact all of us.

    The UAW Retired Workers Department and its programs are funded by voluntary dues from UAW retirees like you. The implementation of dues began at the 1966 Constitutional Convention where retirees pledged that this program would be self-funded and that the UAW would not have to use active member dues.

    At that time, voluntary retiree dues were $1 per month. In 1986 retirees went to the Convention and asked that the dues be increased to $2 to ensure the continuation and growth of retiree programs. At the 36th Constitutional Convention, held in June 2014, retirees once again asked for the voluntary dues to be increased to $3. For your convenience, enclosed is a checkoff card for you to fill out, which will increase your contribution to $3 or more, per month. We’d like to thank those that have already increased their dues.

    The Retired Workers Department has many avenues for retirees to be involved with their Union and community. To find out more about these opportunities, please visit www.UAW.org/retirees.

    We encourage you to become more active in your union by attending retiree meetings, helping at your Local Union, and volunteering in your community. We need you to spread the word about how your membership in the UAW has positively impacted your life. Lastly, we need your help to get out the vote in upcoming elections.

    In solidarity,

    Dennis Williams

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    As demand for his Model T skyrocketed, Henry Ford embarked on an ambitious project to build the world's largest industrial complex. The Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, housed everything needed for automobile production in one massive complex – from refining raw materials to assembly line.

    But Henry Ford's demands soon took a toll on Ford workers, who had few rights within the plant. Workers who complained were often fired. At the same time, the economy was badly hurting after the 1929 stock market crash. Unemployment in Detroit skyrocketed and wages fell over 50 percent.

    On March 7, 1932, thousands of people gathered in the cold to March from Detroit to the Rouge Plant. The gathering soon turned violent when marchers were met by Dearborn police and Ford security guards. Even as demonstrators retreated, police and Ford security opened fire. Four men were killed that day, a fifth died three months later from gunshot wounds and 22 others were wounded by gunfire. The New York Times wrote of the event, "Dearborn streets were stained with blood.”

    Five years later, on May 26, 1937, the Rouge Plant was the battleground for violence when labor organizers clashed with Ford security guards over a leafleting campaign called "Unionism, Not Fordism." UAW organizers Walter Reuther and Richard Frankensteen were posing for a newspaper photographer on the Miller Road overpass when Ford Service Department goons attacked them and beat workers in the crowd, including women. One man’s back was broken. The Battle of the Overpass and the photos of the beatings increased public support for the UAW organizing drive.

    By 1941, Ford Motor Co. remained the last Big Three holdout in recognizing the UAW as the unified voice for its workers. In April Harry Bennett, head of Ford's Service Department, fired eight union members and sparked a massive sit-down strike that blocked scabs from crossing the picket line. After ten days of impasse Henry Ford's wife, Clara, urged her husband to do right by his employees and ensure a future where her children could take over the Ford business. Finally, Henry agreed to a collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. It was a major victory for workers, who knew collective action was the only way they could better their...

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    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card giving the U.S. a D+. The infrastructure is made up of sectors like aviation, bridges, drinking water, education, electricity, roads and rail.

    According to their report, our crumbling infrastructure will cost each U.S. household $3,400 in disposable income every year between 2016 and 2025. Why? A deteriorating infrastructure means higher costs for things like water and electricity for businesses and therefore higher costs for households when they buy goods and services. It can also affect the wages that businesses can pay workers.

    What would it cost to improve our infrastructure to a B? ASCE estimated that the United States needs to invest $4.6 trillion in rebuilding U.S. infrastructure by 2025, $2 trillion more than has been allocated.

    Infrastructure investment is one of the best investments the federal government can make. Not only does it support growth of the overall economy, including a strong manufacturing sector, it also creates jobs immediately. To give an idea of the jobs impact those dollars would have, the Economic Policy Institute estimated that an infrastructure investment of $250 billion per year could create up to 3 million new jobs that could be sustained for over seven years, so the $460 billion per year recommended by ASCE would create over 5 million new jobs.

    UAW V-CAP: Investing in Our Future

    The UAW cannot use union dues to directly support federal candidates and, in an ever-increasing number of states, any candidate for public office. Our only means of monetary support for many labor- friendly candidates is voluntary political contributions from UAW members to UAW V-CAP (our union’s political action fund).

    Members can contribute to V-CAP in multiple ways. Many of our contracts have “check off” which allows for direct contribution to V-CAP through payroll deduction. Members and retirees can also give to V-CAP directly with a check. Either way, a modest contribution of $10 a month comes to about 33 cents a day and allows our union to support candidates who support our values. Send to: UAW National CAP Department 8000 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48214

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    Today is Father's Day in the U.S., a special day we reserve to honor our fathers and all they do for their families and for society. Father’s Day is celebrated at different times around the world and didn’t become a national holiday here until 1972.

    It took a lot of tries to make it onto the country’s list of federally-approved holidays. Way back in 1913 a bill was introduced in Congress to reserve a day for national recognition of fathers but it didn’t pass. Three years later President Wilson re-introduced the idea of a federal holiday while speaking in Spokane at a state Father’s Day celebration. In 1924 Pres. Calvin Coolidge spoke publicly in favor of a federal holiday for Father’s Day. In 1957, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith brought the issue back to Congress and, finally, in 1966, another president took a stab at making a holiday for fathers, and that time it worked. Pres. Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday in June as the U.S. Father’s Day holiday, the first presidential proclamation in honor of fathers. President Nixon made it permanent six years later when he signed a law in 1972 making Father’s Day a permanent federal holiday. Be sure to honor your father today and thank him for passing down his union values to you, values that keep families and our union together through hard work, solidarity, fairness and looking out for the rights of working men and women.

    We know sometimes dads are hard to buy for when it’s time to pick out a present for them on their special day, but it’s easy when you make your present union made. Summer travel season is here so why not surprise him with a trip to his favorite destination when you buy airfare, hotel and car using your Union Plus benefits? Go here to see discounts you can get when you book vacations using your Union Plus membership.

    Whether you buy a present for dad or not, remember to show him the love and respect you have for him on his special day today – Father’s Day.

    Pictured at the top-right: “Father-and-Baby” by Ron Meck is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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    It is Critical to Maintain Them in Difficult Times

    The UAW’s core values affect everything we are and do: how we bargain, how we endorse candidates, how we conduct ourselves and how we treat each other.

    These values come from our history and are written in the preamble of our Constitution:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident; expressive of the ideals and hopes of the workers who come under the jurisdiction of this UAW: that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men and women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

    “Within the orderly processes of such government lies the hope of the worker in advancing society toward the ultimate goal of social and economic justice.”

    Our values have been constant for over 80 years. Workplaces and society in general have changed since our founding in 1935 and we have learned to adapt to the conditions and circumstances we face. If we don’t reaffirm our core values, even in times of great challenge, then we dilute them over time. Understanding our core values and where they come from makes us credible.

    First UAW Core Value: Build and Maintain High Standards in Contracts

    UAW Constitution, Article 2 (Objects), Section 1: “To improve working conditions, create a uniform system of shorter hours, higher wages, health care and pensions; to maintain and protect the interests of workers under the jurisdiction of this International Union.”

    The benefits we have bargained for in our contracts for the last 80 years have given UAW members a better life. It wasn’t just about pay raises; it was about quality of life and ensuring future members had a seat at the table. This is why we fought for paid holidays, vacation time, and health benefits in contracts. We will continue to support or challenge policies and laws that affect these benefits, including health care. This is why we oppose the Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On average, premium costs for employer-sponsored health care have grown much more slowly than in previous years before the ACA. What would have happened if the Republicans’ bill passed? All indications show that those costs would have risen. What that translates to at the bargaining table is that we would return to the days when health care dominated bargaining and ate up wage increases.

    Second UAW Core Value: All are Equal

    The fundamental principle of our union is that all people are equal, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, skill or...

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    Every June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day, a day set aside to commemorate the adoption of the American flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the year after the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. 

    The flag has gone through many variations over the years as territories became states and new states were added. The current version of the flag, which has 13 red and white stripes and 50 white stars on a blue field, has been the official flag of the United States for 56 years. That's the longest the flag has gone without alteration in the history of the country. 

    It's no surprise that the American flag has gone through many changes over the years, just as the country and the world have. One negative change we've experienced over the years is that it's more difficult to find products that are made in America -- even American flags! 

    But here are some resources you can use to find American flags that were actually made in America. Valley Forge America produces American flags that are made in America with domestic materials and with U.S. labor. 

    Valley Forge America is also a founding member of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA). FMAA is committed to educating consumers, the press and flag retailers about the United States-manufactured flag industry and its significance to community, economic and social development. Educating the country and helping to enforce the legal requirements for the clear labeling of imported products is an important role that Valley Forge Flag takes very seriously.

    So, next time you need to buy an American flag, make it an American-made American flag. 

    Photo by Lipton Sale, Copyright 2007, Fair Use under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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    It’s said that life’s no picnic, but on June 18 International Picnic Day it is!

    Lay out a blanket on a warm day this weekend in the park, fire up the grill or pack your picnic basket with quality, union-made drinks and eats. Now there’s an easy way to make sure your supplies are union made.

    Text MADE to 235246 to get a list of union-made items right from the AFL-CIO. Or you can visit go.aflcio.org/UnionBrew for a list of union-made beer, wine and spirits and go.aflcio.org/UnionBBQ for a list of union-made cookout items. Want to spread the word? Just share these graphics on social media. AFLCIOUnionBrew   CmNbpVtWkAM40aw  

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    Camping at UAW Black Lake

    PITCH A TENT, KICK BACK AND RELAX WITH NEW LIMITED-TIME PRICING FOR CAMP SITES IN BLACK LAKE’S FINEST, UNTOUCHED WILDERNESS WITH A LIMITED TIME OFFER.
    • Camp sites now available for $28 per day
    • Pets allowed for a fee of $5 per day
    • Open May 6 through late fall
    • Check In time is 2 p.m.
    • Check out time is 10 a.m.

    At the campground,  volleyball and basketball courts are conveniently located.

    The Park Pavilion and bonfire ring are popular facilities for camper cookouts and sing-alongs.

    The Center’s beach front facilities,  including boat dock and launching ramp are available to campers.

    CALL (989) 733-8521 FOR YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!

    Learn more at uawblacklake.com

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    NAFTA—to put it bluntly—was terrible for working families in the United States, as well as our allies to the north and south, Canada and Mexico. The terrible deal triggered job losses, closed auto factories, depressed wages and more power for corporations across all three countries.

    Fill out the comment form to tell the U.S. Trade Representative why working families must be prioritized in future trade deals. We provided talking points below for you to use in crafting your own statement

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    Most taxpayers want their tax dollars spent on American-made goods and services. Democrats and Republicans alike share this patriotic “fair trade” value that our government should spend our money at home – whether it’s state and municipal contracts or big federal infrastructure investments.

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    When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that Big 3 Contracts now on the UAW Appone of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at.

    Today, where many members are at is on social media and smartphones. That’s why, last year, the UAW began development of a UAW mobile app. We took almost a year to test, develop and adjust the app from version 1.0 to what we have today – an app that we believe will meet the needs of our UAW members.

    Today, the UAW App is available for download for Android and iPhone. And there’s an exciting new reason to download the app if you are a UAW member working for Ford, GM or FCA.

    For the first time ever, the full 2015 UAW contracts with Ford, GM and FCA are available to you right on your phone through the UAW app. Scroll to the bottom of the menu on the app, select “Auto Bargaining Resources,” then select your company. You’ll be directed to a page with the contract summary booklet you received during 2015 negotiations and the full language of the ratified contract below.

    Download the UAW app today and get connected – follow the links below or text “APP” to 99795* to get a link to download the UAW App sent right to your smartphone!

    We’ll continue to add new features and adjust as we see how our UAW members are using the app and get feedback on the kinds of things that members want to see on the app moving forward.

    Make sure you download the UAW App at the following links today or text “APP” to 99795* to get a link to download the UAW App delivered to your phone.

    Download the UAW App on the Google Play StoreDownload - Apple App Store

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    Our UAW members perform some of the most fascinating jobs, but sometimes it surprises us to learn that our members do that!? At the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan, members from UAW Region 1D, Local 2256 are zookeepers working with some of the world’s most beautiful – and deadly – animals. The zoo is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur Tigers, Red Pandas, Bali Mynah Birds, Snow Leopards, Tamarin Monkeys, Bongos and more. Click on our video and learn more about our members at the Potter Park Zoo! To learn more about our We Are the UAW web series, click on the UAW’s YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/UAW 

    Video by Denn Pietro

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