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UAW Local 686

President

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We are currently expirencing trouble with our phone system at the Union Hall. We have Verizon working on a fix. As per the membership meeting Sunday September 21, the membership apporoved spending to correct the issues with our phone system. The Executive Board had recommended that we reduce the number of lines that we currently are paying for. The result will be that there will no longer be seperate lines for individual officers at the hall. Instead, Sue, our book keeper/ secretary will take messages and answer phone calls. I would like to thank you for your patience during the repairs. I apologize for any inconveniece that this has caused. We will be saving even more money after the repairs are made. Thanks again.

Gordie Fletcher

UAW Local 686 President.

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Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope that you all had a great time with family and friends over the Christmas break.

I would like to remind the membership that the January meeting has been moved to the 13th because of Martin Luther King Day. It will be held at the same 11:00 A.M. start time.

We will be holding elections for Election Committee Members seats that have transfered to GM Powertrain. This is to prepare for elections to fill vacant seats in the Executive Board and within the bargining Unit. Those elections will be held in February.

We have several new people starting this month and we would like to welcome them as well.

Thanks for working safe.

Gordie Fletcher

 

I read the Buffalo News article “Bailout drives Ohio debate” in the Sunday October 21 paper. There still seems to be quite a bit of confusion about what really happened in the so called “Bailout”. I would like to explain some of the misconceptions that are out there on this issue.
First of all, this was a loan and not a “bailout.” The banks got bailed out. They got the money free and clear with no strings attached. GM and Chrysler had to pay the money back, which they both have, and had to accept some changes set by the government as well.
There are some that believe that the UAW involvement in politics has somehow given the membership an advantage over the salaried workers. Here are some facts of what was done to the union workers. UAW workers at Delphi had their wages cut by up to 40 percent, most lost their pensions, and others have to “flowback” to a GM facility to continue their pensions. In some cases this means leaving the state to get to another GM plant. The rest can “flowback” to another facility but, do not get their pension and the GM current rate of pay. The UAW negotiated a safety when GM spun off Delphi for the represented employees hired on or before a certain date, that’s how some kept their pensions and “flowback” rights. Delphi was allowed to walk away from UAW contracts and eliminated UAW represented employees all together. Their pensions are also in the PBGC along with the salaried workers.
Meanwhile, at GM, the salaried workers not only retained their pensions and their pay, they actually received pay raises. The company calls it retention bonuses. They say they need these to retain their salaried talent. Question is, why retain those that lead the company into bankruptcy? GM was forced to do business in a manner consistent with the transplant auto makers. This means that more of the workforce is temporary hires not permanent. That translates to workers with no vacation time, no health benefits, no retirement, no future at the plant, and half the wages of permanent workers. In the end, the hourly workers took huge concessions which included wage freezes. The retired UAW workers had their healthcare put into a trust. The company doesn’t have to contribute anything more to their healthcare now. So, did some salaried workers lose? Yes, at Delphi. However, hourly at both facilities did too. The difference is, some salaried workers got increases and the hourly did not.
GM and Chrysler are now profitable even without cutting wages to long time union employees. This proves that it was not the union wages and benefits that were the problem. Poor management is to blame. 1.4 million Workers were not let go in a terrible economy and more workers are being hired, even if only temporary. This is all good for the economy. For this to even be a question during this election is alarming to me. To have a candidate that said he would have put 1.4 million workers on the street to break union contracts is even more alarming. Do not buy into the non-union sentiment that has been spread in this country by one party. Understand, only 11.8% of the American work force is unionized.
What happened to the Delphi workers, hourly and salaried, should have lessons for all workers in this country. Those lessons are, being a union worker is far safer than being a non-union worker, and collective bargaining agreements safeguard the majority of worker rights.


Gordon H Fletcher III
 

I would like to welcome you to the UAW Local 686 webpage. We finally got it up and running. Check back often to get updated information on what is happening at the site and within the UAW. We are very excited to have this new tool to help keep the membership informed. As we get more familiar with the site there will be more content added. I hope you enjoy it and find it a useful tool. Thanks for checking it out and have a great day.

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