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WEBSITE TO BID ON JOBS

The union is aware that there has been problems with laid off employees accessing the website to bid on jobs.  We received information from Ann Totos, Sr. Human Resources Coordinator at Oshkosh Defense, that the bidding system has been updated. 

Here is the link to the website:  bit.ly/1PgHgCo

For assistance with the electronic bidding process, contact Defense Human Resources at (920) 235-9151.

                  Ann Totos  x-22381

                  Kelsey Waldschmidt  x-26217

                  Katie Krause  x-26831

                  Kayla Kuhlmann  x-25154

NOTE:  The Oshkosh IT Help Desk will not be available to assist with this process.

 

Sierra Club accounces #Readyfor100

Ready for 100 is aimed at accelerating a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by advocating for ambitious leadership at the local level and amplifying progress to make 100% clean energy “the new normal”.

Sierra Club is launching the campaign today with a challenge 100 U.S. cities: commit to 100% renewable energy! Check out the surprise message they delivered last night at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, happening this week in Washington, D.C.

 

Worker wins rule since first ever Raising Wages Summit, but challenges remain

(Washington, DC, January 19, 2016) – Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

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UAW International Executive Board Statement Regarding the Flint Water Crisis

“We are proud of the hundreds of UAW members throughout the country who have come forward in recent days to volunteer to distribute water and filters to the families of Flint many of whom are UAW members and retirees. Our members and communities have come together to act in the best interest of the Flint community and Flint’s children.

“It is also morally imperative that the public have faith in their government at this time and that starts with full and total transparency on an issue that was brought on by poor decisions by government officials who put cost savings ahead of the health of Flint residents which could plague the children of Flint for a generation. On behalf of our Flint members, retirees and their families the UAW demands that Governor Snyder release all documents related to the Flint water contamination issue to the public regardless of any public records exemptions. No law that deprives the public clarity on this issue is moral or just for the citizens of Flint who are in peril and whose children are now at risk.”

DETROIT – Retired UAW Vice President Gerald Bantom is one of six Martin Luther King Jr. honorees to be recognized at the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy March on Jan. 18 at Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School.

The event, which begins with a tour of the school at 9 a.m., a program at 10 a.m. and the march following, “honors individuals who have selflessly showcased their skills and generously contributed to making our community greater,” said Karinda Washington, MLK Legacy March co-chair and 1996 King alumna.

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Detroit – As a day of service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, UAW Region 1A Director Gamble and members from the region will take it to the streets and to the area’s homeless population. Many homeless Detroiters won’t go to shelters so deliveries will be made directly to the people where they live. The sleeping bags are designed to handle temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero. Read more >>>

Hartford, Con. — UAW Local 376 members at Colt are resting a little easier today, having learned that the company emerged from Chapter 11 Restructuring on January 13.

UAW leadership has worked closely with management over many months, and anticipated this positive outcome. Nonetheless, there is a collective sigh of relief permeating the plant floor.

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TO UNION BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Employees are not being recalled to additions.  Additions are posted for all of membership to bid on.

When additions are posted and it is your permanent job class and shift, you must bid on that position to return before the recall process takes place.

In Solidarity,

Local 578 Bargaining Committee

Labor Board Demands Company Make Shop Floor Announcement that Workers Have Right to Organize

Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe, Good Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The federal government has charged Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, with illegally threatening on multiple occasions to close its Selma factory in an effort to intimidate workers who are organizing for higher pay and basic health and safety protections....

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UAW Members Send Clean Drinking Water to Flint Residents In Need

Do you or your local want to help Flint residents? Contact the UAW’s Labor Liaison with the United Way, Teresa McGinnis, at

uawlaborliaison@unitedwaygenesee.org

FLINT, MI — Members of the UAW from around the state will be donating truckloads of water to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency.

UAW locals from around the state have contacted the Flint Assembly UAW Local 598 to ask how they could help residents. On Sunday, Jan 10 UAW locals south of Flint will bring a caravan of trucks to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, according to a news release.

Read more at MLive.com…

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The first Membership Meeting of the new year is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016.  The meeting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Please attend your union meeting.  Thank you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Happy Holidays!   Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!

DETROIT – General Motors is adding a third shift and more than 500 hourly and salaried jobs at Lansing Grand River Assembly to meet forecasted market demand for the award-winning 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Read more >>>

Union OKs Kohler contract, ending strike

More than 2,000 Kohler Co. union employees are heading back to work after voting Wednesday night to accept a new four-year labor contract, bringing an end to a 4 ½-week-old strike at Sheboygan County’s largest employer.

The labor deal includes compromises by both sides on health care costs and a two-tier wage system that the union had hoped to eliminate.

Read more on sheboyganpress.com >>>

Kohler, union reach tentative deal on new contract

Negotiators for Kohler Co. and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract, the local union president said Tuesday night.

If approved by the membership of UAW Local 833, the deal would end a strike by some 2,000 workers that began four and a half weeks ago.

Read the full article on jsonline.com >>>

UAW vote certified at Volkswagen Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

Read more at WRCBtv.com >>>

Detroit casino workers ratify new contract

Workers at Detroit’s three casinos ratified a new 5-year contract Sunday — ending months of contentious and complicated negotiations and providing relief to thousands of workers.

Joe Daugherty, president of Unite Here Local 24 and head of the bargaining committee for a group of unions, said in an email that a majority of workers at all three casinos approved the contract….

Read more on the Detroit News >>>

All state worker unions ratify contracts

LANSING – With Friday’s ratification by the nearly 17,000-member United Auto Workers Local 6000, members of all state government employee unions have OK’d contracts for 2016 and beyond.

With the UAW’s sign-off, collective bargaining agreements for five of Michigan’s six state worker unions, representing about two-thirds of the state government workforce, will now go before the state Civil Service Commission Wednesday morning for final approval.

Read more on the Lansing State Journal >>>

“International trade plays a vital role in our economy, accounting for roughly thirty percent of the GDP and directly impacting millions of jobs. Unfortunately, many of our trading partners routinely cut corners and break rules to get an unfair advantage both stateside and abroad... Read more >>>

The following can be attributed to UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department, Cindy Estrada:

“Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. Taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time.

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Today the International Executive Board of the UAW unanimously voted to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Over the past several years we met with the Administration, trade negotiators, members of Congress, and an array of stakeholders on the TPP. From the outset we constructively worked in pursuit of an ambitious agreement that creates prosperity both here and abroad for working families.

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BUS TRIP TO SHEBOYGAN CANCELLED

The bus trip to Sheboygan scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015 has been cancelled due to low interest.  Brenda Hollatz, Vice President of UAW Local 578, will be at the JCPenney parking lot (2175 S. Koeller Street, Oshkosh, WI) at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 if anyone is interested in carpooling to Kohler. 

BUS TRIP TO SHEBOYGAN ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015

ATTENTION:  UAW LOCAL 578 MEMBERS

Leaving Oshkosh at 7:10 a.m. and returning 2:10 p.m.  Meet the buses at the old JCPenny parking lot (2175 S. Koeller Street, Oshkosh, WI). 

This trip is to show our support for our fellow Union Brothers and Sisters at UAW Local 833 in Sheboygan, WIsconsin, while they are out on strike!

Please call the union hall (920-231-5153) to register to go and how many are attending.  We need to have an accurate count to be sure that we have enough seating.

Donations of food are needed and will be given to members of UAW Local 833.  Donations can be dropped off at the union hall to be taken with us if you can't join us.  This is much appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

In Solidarity,

UAW Local 578

 

Veteran's and Women's Commitees Gun Raffle

The Veterans Committee and Womens Committee are raffling off a Remington #870 Express Pump 12 Gauge Shotgun.  Tickets are $20.00 each.  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  The drawing for the winner will take place at the October 10, 2015 Membership Meeting at the union hall.  Need not be present to win. 

For tickets, contact:  Frank Sanchez, Jr. at Harrison Street or at (920) 379-9500; Terry Miller at Oakwood or at (920) 312-8022; or Chris Nutt at South or at (920) 410-3125. 

Winner must pass federal background check. 

Happy Independence Day 2015!

UAW Local 578 wants to wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th holiday! 

The King Run 2015

The King Run 2015 will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015.  See the flyer for more details: drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4ON25BX2Q4TFROcXM/view

Women's Committee and Veterans Commitee Scholarships 2015

The Women's Commitee and Veterans Commitee are each giving away a $500 scholarship this year. Click on the link below for the application. Application deadline is May 11, 2015. Applications can also be picked up at the union hall or with a Women's Committee or Veterans Committee member.  drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OZVNOWnhUQS1hakU/view

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

2015 Membership Cards

Union membership cards for 2015 will be mailed out in the next day or two.  They should arrive sometime during the week of December 15, 2014.  Please look for an envelope from UAW Local 578 to arrive soon. 

REMINDER: Important Unemployment Information

1.  Any employees who locked in their unemployment benefits prior to the June 14, 2014 layoff must call in and unlock their benefit year.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose benefits.

2.  After you unlock your old benefit year, then lock in a new benefit year.  Call 1-800-822-5246.

3.  All employees who may be affected by the uncoming layoff are urged to lock in their benefit year now.

2015 Gun A Week Calendars For Sale

The Women's Committee and Veterans Committee are selling 2015 Gun A Week Calendars to raise money for 2015 scholarships.  Calendars are $30 each.  Chance to win a gun every week all year long!  Calendars are available at UAW Local 578 union hall, Terry MIller at Harrison Plant, Chris Nutt at South Plant and Thai Michael at E-Coat. 

On October 9, 2014, the company told the union that it plans to cut 250 to 300 hourly positions starting in December 2014.  In addition, 70 salaried positions will be eliminated.  Read more >>>

Candidate Meet and Greet

Please join us for a Candidate Meet and Greet on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (meal provided) at UAW Local 578 Union Hall.  Meet and talk with community members and candidates and their representatives running for office.  This event is sponsored by the UAW Wisconsin Fox Valley Area CAP/PAC Council.

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4Od3JWSXI4ZTR1NXc/edit

Membership Meetings Start Back Up in September

The membership meetings start up again this month.  Be sure to attend the membership meeting this Saturday, September 13, 2014.  The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. at the union hall. 

Job Transition Center Hours

The Job Transition Center is located at the UAW Local 578 union hall, 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54904.  Workers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development are here to assist you with your job search needs, i.e. resume preparation, interviewing, etc.

Hours of operation are:

             Monday thru Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. - 4:00
             Friday – By appointment only

If you need immediate assistance, please call (920) 252-3216.

Update to Wausau Manufacturing Recruitment Event

Recruiting for experienced individuals for manufacturing positions from production to skilled welders.  Wages range from $14 to $19.25 per hour.  Recruitment date is July 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wausau Labor Temple, 318 3rd Avenue, Wausau, WI  54401.  Click on this link to see the event flyer:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OS3pHTVNhMTlUa0k/edit

UAW Local 578's Job Transition Center

UAW Local 578 has been working closely with the Department of Workforce Development over the last couple of years.  This collaboration has resulted in the creation of a Job Transition Center at the union hall.  This is for the main purpose of assisting the members who have been and will be laid off from Oshkosh Corporation.

Workers from the Department of Workforce Development are available at the union hall if you need assistance.  

Womens and Veterans Committee 2014 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners:  Kashena Van Asten and Ryan Winske. 

Free T-Shirts

The Trustees will be at the Union Hall to pass out free t-shirts to members on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop by and pick up a t-shirt on one of those days.  One free t-shirt per member.

The local's triennium election for Executive Board officers was held on May 13, 2014.  A run-off election was held on May 16, 2014 for the Recording Secretary and Chief Steward Member-at-Large positions.  The results are in.  Read more >>>

Today I had very informative meeting with Senator Rick Gudex of the 18th Senate District of Wisconsin and his assistant, Tim Lakin.  Read more >>>

The Bargaining Committee has been working very diligently over the last couple months on a variety of topics.  We are pleased to announce the following great news has happened as a result of this hard work. Read more >>>

To the entire Truck family, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all the support, prayers, visits over the past few weeks, and wonderful contributions. Read more >>>

Update on Ron Briese

Union brotrher Ron Briese passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014 with his family by his side.  Visitation will be on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fiss & Bills, 865 South Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  On Saturday, May 3, 2014, visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a service to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 338 North Eagle Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

The news of a mass layoff is disheartening to say the least.  As working families and community service, we all deserve better.  The word has to get out as the old saying coined by Walter Reuther, "The ballot box affects the bread box."  I urge us and our families (all of us) to constantly contact the elected officials in your area and demand attention to the problems we are facing. Read more >>>

Letter to Membership April 10, 2014 - Please Read!

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OZXhVUVFpSUN5aEk/edit

Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice Spring Meeting

UAW Local 578 is hosting the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice (WNPJ) Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Please come join labor leaders, peace activists, environmentalists and others to discuss how to build a peaceful, sustainable financial future with living-wage jobs in Wisconsin.  The event runs from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UAW Local 578 hall at 2920 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  '

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  wnpj.org      (608) 250-9240      info@wnpj.org

Questions and answers regarding locking in an unemployment claim before being laid off.  Read more >>>

Womens and Veterans Committee 2014 Scholarships

Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 school year. This year we will be giving away two scholarships. Recipients must be enrolled in a program by the fall semester of 2014. Proof of enrollment must be provided before the scholarship will be issued, or the scholarship will be awarded to the next alternate enrolled in a program.

Applications need to be postmarked by April 19, 2014 to be eligible.

Please contact a member of the Womens or Veterans Committee to obtain an application. In addition, the application is available at the UAW Local 578 union hall.

The application and instruction can also be found here:  drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OQzRGUnh0VE5aRGc/edit

Frequently Asked Questions About the Waiting Week (DWD)

Regarding the voluntary layoff, here is information from the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development regarding the waiting week for unemployment insurance.

dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/faq_waiting.htm

Voluntary Layoff Announced by Company

Click on the links below for information to the members regarding the voluntary layoff.  The same information has been posted at each of the plants.

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OZmNuYnh0ZXJ5OWM/edit

drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OTVZqd3pxdzlSN1E/edit

In our continued effort to improve communication, the union will be holding three pilot informational meetings for all members.  Read more >>>

The Fox River Valley Area UAW Community Action Program Council has established an annual scholarship award in memory of Elkar Zarnott.  The annual scholarship award will be in the amount of $500.00 to be given to an eligible student to assist with the continuation of education in any accredited university, college, technical or trade school.  Application blanks and instructions for this scholarship award are attached or can be obtained from UAW Local 578.  All applications must be submitted and on file with the Scholarship Committee on or before April 25, 2014.  Read more >>>

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to the membership of UAW Local 578 and their families!  (See full size picture of this greeting under Postings.)

*** IMPORTANT MAILING ***

A mailing will be going on the week of December 23, 2013.  Please do not toss when you receive it.  This mailing contains your 2014 membership card. 

A check was recently presented to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin with proceeds from the 2013 King Run.  Read more >>>

By taking a fraction of our spending and buying US-made goods, we will create a economic tidal wave.  Watch the video and share it.  Boom, you're helping make jobs. Read more >>>

At the special meeting held on September 29, 2013, the membership voted "yes" to extend the contract. Read more >>>

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