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Snow Removal 2014 Bids

The local is currently looking for someone to do the plowing of the parking lot and the shoveling of the front sidewalk of the union hall.

We will be taking bid proposals until November 7, 2014.  Please drop bids off at the hall by no later than 5:00 p.m.  Or you may hand them to one of the Trustees:

       Bob Sosinski   Phone (920) 426-9824

       Mike "Otto" Grunske  Phone (920) 410-1217

       Jeff Schettl  Phone (920) 233-2503

The following statement can be attributed to UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada:
“The dirty little secret this report reveals is that, more often than we realize, companies simply aren’t delivering on the good manufacturing jobs they promise our communities.

We meet workers every day who are stuck in exactly the kinds of jobs described in this report – ones that pay barely enough to support a family and that remain ‘temporary’ for months or even years on end.

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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:

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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.

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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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