|UAW Local 578|
Solidarity Magazine and film features Mar.-Apr. 2015
The UAW Special Convention on Collective Bargaining will take place on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.
BLOOMBERG: History Was Made in Selma—But Not For Selma
Fifty years after America was changed on the Edmund Pettus bridge, residents of the struggling city hope the anniversary will bring more: tourists, economic revival, the promise of Bloody Sunday finally fulfilled.
Most weekdays for the last 10 years, Letasha Irby, 36, has driven her car across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to get to a job that pays $11.33 an hour. The black mother of two lives about a 20-minute drive from the iconic bridge, which is named in honor of a Reconstruction-era Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader and U.S. senator and is the spot where demonstrators were set upon by police in an event that's come to be known as Bloody Sunday...
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 >>>
At the special meeting held on September 29, 2013, the membership voted "yes" to extend the contract. Read more >>>