|UAW Local 578|
Important Membership Meeting Coming Up!
The last Membership Meeting before summer break is Saturday, May 14, 2016. There will be much going on at this meeting, so be sure to attend.
Steve Krueger has resigned as President of UAW Local 578. Brenda Hollatz, currently Vice President, will now take over as President. Nominations for Vice President and Recording Secretary will take place at the May 14, 2016 Membership Meeting. The election will take place on May 24, 2016. See attached notice for more information: drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4OYmFDRWtuXzhYMTg/view
Also, Mark Harris and John Lemberger will be our special guest speakers at the May 14, 2016 Membership Meeting. They are both running for State Senate.
Join UAW Local 578's Education Committee for a free movie to start at Noon after the May 14, 2016 Membership. Everyone is welcome! We will be showing the movie, "Brothers on the Line," a documentary about the UAW. See the attached flyer for more information: drive.google.com/file/d/0B1bVPmyyWf4Ob2V1blRSNTJYU0E/view
Women's and Veterans Committee Scholarships Available
The Womens and Veterans Committees will be giving away two scholarships this year. Applications are now available for the 2016-2017 school year. Recipients must be enrolled in a program by the fall semester of 2016. 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 must be postmarked by June 2, 2016 to be eliglble.
Please access the application by clicking the link below. Or contact a member of one of the committees to obtain an application. The applications are also available at the union hall.
Mike Andrew Cancer Fund
Mike Andrew works at the Harrison Street plant of Oshkosh Corporation. Mike is battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer. Mike is from Eden, Wisconsin, and his diagnosis of cancer was quite sudden. We are asking for your support!
Donations may be directed to Verve Credit Union in Fond du Lac at 1045 East Johnson Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935, or Oshkosh Verve Credit Union, 2900 Universal Street, Oshkosh, WI 54904, or mailed to: W2116 Cedar Road, Eden, WI 53019.
All money raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses. Thank you for your support!
March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman... Read more >>>
Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court
Today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left empty by the recent passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. Garland is a distinguished, moderate judge with more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. The Senate GOP leadership is refusing to give Judge Garland a full hearing and vote. We call on the GOP leadership to set politics aside and fulfill their constitutional duty to provide a hearing and vote for the president’s nominee. Our American judicial system deserves nothing less.
LAS VEGAS — UAW-represented table games dealers at The LINQ casino and slot attendants at the Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly ratified first-ever contracts that raise wages, protect tips received by employees, and provide a fair and just grievance system, among other improvements at the properties on the strip... Read more >>>
In continued celebration of Women’s History Month, we look to the inspirational words and quotes by notable women whose activism helps unite us as one and propel us all to know better, do better, and to be better. Check out the quotes below for your daily dose of inspiration, and click the links to read more about each woman... Read more >>>
In light of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and unfounded accusations against trade unionist and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the UAW’s two highest officers have issued the following statement.
UAW Statement in Defense of Lula
On behalf the over 1 million active and retired members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)...Read more >>>
March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day... Read more >>>
Congratulations to our New Trustees!
Congratulations to Ron Patt and Jeff Martinez! They were voted in as new trustees on the Executive Board.
Dept. of Labor Calls For Back Pay for Workers Terminated, Suspended for Raising Health & Safety Concerns at Ala. Lear Plant
Lawsuit Marks Latest in Series of Federal Crackdowns on Lear; Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe Jobs
Selma, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor has petitioned a federal court to order Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired for speaking out about getting sick at the company’s plant in Selma.Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired...Read more >>>
(Washington, DC, March 3, 2016) – A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fatally flawed.
“EPI’s new report quantifies what a mistake it was to leave currency rules out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with TPP countries...Read more >>>
March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Read more >>>
Yesterday, citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Read more >>>
Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn.
Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems.
The protest began today at 3 a.m.Read more >>>
UAW Endorsements are available to you via uawendorsements.org.
Are you looking for the latest political information from the UAW? Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? Want to get information about how to register to vote? Want to know when your primary is?Read more >>>
February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Ruben Burks.
Ruben Burks’ long history of unionism and advocacy for social justice started in 1955 when he began working as an assembler at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint where he joined UAW Local 598. He steadily rose through the ranks of the local, serving in various leadership posts, including shop committeeperson and executive board member. In 1970, then-UAW President Walter Reuther appointedBurks to be an International representative in Region 1C. By 1989, he was the director of Region 1C and held that position for three terms.Read more >>>
North Carolina/South Carolina UAW CAP endorses Cooper for North Carolina Governor and Ross for U.S. Senate
North Carolina — Citing their records of supporting working families, the North Carolina/South Carolina UAW Community Action Program announced today that it is endorsing Roy Cooper for North Carolina governor and Deborah Ross for the U. S. Senate.
“These are two exceptional candidates who do not shy away from tough issues and are willing to stand up and make a difference for our families, community and the state,” said UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry, a Tar Heel native.Read more >>>
Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42:
The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal.Read more >>>
Unions and the Fight for Civil Rights
The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was written by UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.
As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember the historical importance of organized labor to black workers and their families, and unionism’s continued relevance today.
It was once legal to discriminate against minorities in hiring and wage equity. Even when it became illegal to discriminate against minorities in the workplace, bias against minorities was widely practiced and tolerated. Unions were at the forefront of the battle fighting for equal wages and an equal chance at jobs that could elevate families out of poverty.
Historically, African-Americans were given the least desirable jobs – if they were permitted to work at all alongside whites – and the auto industry was no exception. With the advent of the UAW, job opportunities and wages improved.
The UAW was formed to fight for, and ensure, workers’ rights. Fairness and justice is the epicenter of our value system and it extends to the community as a whole.
February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Nelson “Jack” Edwards.
Jack Edwards would eventually be called Walter Reuther’s “point man for civil rights.” The road to that designation was filled with dedication to civil rights and the UAW for many years.Read more >>>
Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” Read more >>>
Lordstown autoworkers show off the new Chevy Cruze
LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Some of the 5,000 men and women who make the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown are showing off the result of their efforts on the assembly line.
UAW Local 1112 is displaying a picture of a blue 2016 Cruze on the union’s Facebook page.
GM Investing nearly $150 million in Spring Hill Plant
General Motors will invest nearly $150 million in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant.
The investment will repurpose machinery and assembly equipment to allow the plant to build V8 engines, retaining about 200 jobs, according to a news release.
The upgrade will mark the first time the Spring Hill facility will be equipped to build V8 engines, and will allow the plant to quickly add capacity to build the small-block, 6.2L engines for its trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
“Spring Hill and its employees have a reputation for producing award-winning 4-cylinder engines,” UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron said in the release. “We appreciate GM recognizing these outstanding skills with the opportunity to build V8 engines for some of GM’s most popular full-size trucks and SUVs.”
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.
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.
Local 578 Bargaining Committee
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! Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!
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!
UAW Local 578
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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
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.
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
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:
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.
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!
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 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 >>>