Historic partnership launches crowd funding campaign to create park, historical site in southwest Detroit
DETROIT – A large and diversified group of partners have come together to create an urban park in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, and they are seeking support from the community.
The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge.Read more >>>
Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are:
A Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams Regarding the Orlando Attacks
UAW members are heartbroken over the senseless attacks in Orlando. We join our brothers and sisters in the labor movement and Americans everywhere in denouncing the hate that has yet again taken innocent lives and devastated our nation. We offer our prayers to the families of those killed and injured, the city of Orlando and the LGBT community. We continue to stand in solidarity in our commitment to the values that unite us, and not divide us.
UAW members are workers who believe in collective bargaining rights. We know they’re the foundation of fair treatment in the workplace, good health care coverage for our families, job safety, retirement security and everything we negotiate as equals with management. Voting for Donald Trump for president in November is the same as voting against your own collective bargaining rights. Trumps words and actions tell us that. Read more >>>
VIDEO: Nissan technician Robert Hathorn speaks in Washington at DNC platform committee hearings
Thank you to Nissan technician Robert Hathorn for speaking in Washington, yesterday to the committee drawing up the platform for the Democratic Party. Hathorn discussed the temporary worker issue, the threats Nissan has made toward union supporters, and the unequal playing field.
UAW President Dennis Williams addresses UAW Members across the country on the occasion of Workers Memorial Day. Watch the full address below. Click "read more" for transcript.Read more >>>
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Local 685 member Frank Stotts, who is also an Indiana veterans advocate, was concerned about the aging fleet of three vans used to transport disabled veterans to and from the Marion Veterans Administration Hospital...Read more >>>
UAW Members Helping with Accident Fund
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UAW President Dennis Williams says it’s important to take seriously what a presidential candidate says. What Donald Trump has said on the campaign trail should be concerning for UAW members and America’s working families. “When candidates are seeking worker’s support, you really pay attention to what they say... Read more >>>
We’ve heard presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump say, over and over, he wants to “make America great again.” We think America is great and always has been. So, what exactly does Trump mean? It’s hard to know for sure. As UAW President Dennis Williams says, “What are the details of making America great... Read more >>>
INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD AFFIRMS UAW DECISION ON LOCAL BDS RESOLUTION Read more >>>
Statement of Julie Kushner, Director, UAW Region 9A on the UAW Endorsement of Secretary Clinton for President
The next four years will be critical for expanding the labor movement, especially in places like Region 9A where thousands of workers are actively seeking to join the UAW. Keeping a Democrat in the White House is critical to our success. The appointments made by the president to the National Labor Relations Board, the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, for example, greatly impact our ability to move forward a progressive agenda.Read more >>>
2016 Officer Election Results
More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>
Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable
“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>
Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.Read more >>>
Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at cdc.gov/screenforlife
What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Columbia Graduate Workers Win Parental Leave, Childcare Subsidies, Other Changes from Administration
Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering
NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.Read more >>>
Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.
As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.Read more >>>
Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant
Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.Read more >>>
Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.
Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.Read more >>>
“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. Read more >>>
The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.Read more >>>
Executive Officer Elections
The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.Read more >>>
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>
Brings total announced investments in Tennessee to $936.7 million in 2016
Bay City Powertrain operation to get $118 million to support engine project
SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 and retaining 16 jobs. At the same time, GM announced a $118 million investment at its Bay City Powertrain facility, creating 29 and retaining 67 jobs.Read more >>>
The following article appeared as part of the Labor Voices series in the Detroit News. It was authored by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles.
Strong communities are based upon a workforce that earns livable wages and benefits. Well-paying jobs are the basic building blocks for creating well-established homes, communities and securing our country’s economic future.Read more >>>
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Read more >>>
UAW Retiree Thomas Kelly wins Michigan Heritage Award
Michigan Heritage Award honors those who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity.
UAW retiree Thomas Kelly says he sings in an a cappella gospel quartet because The Lord calls him to do so. At 102-years old, the former maintenance worker at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant remains grateful for a long life that’s had a lot of blessings: his spirituality, family, a beautiful voice, and a UAW retirement that has allowed him the financial ability to continue to sing for four decades after he retired.
Add another blessing to the list: Earlier this month, he was named one of the 2016 Michigan Heritage Award recipients, which honor individuals who continue their family and community folk traditions with excellence and authenticity. The awards program is administered by the Michigan State University Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Kelly will receive the award in a ceremony on Aug. 14 in Lansing. You can read more about Brother Kelly in the March-April issue of Solidarity magazine.
Marick F. Masters, director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, is pleased to announce that Labor@Wayne will honor Dennis Williams, president of the UAW International Union, at the sixth annual Labor Leaders on Labor Forum on April 28. Williams will give a keynote speech titled “The State of Labor and the Auto Industry” from 1:15 to 2 p.m. at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Read more >>>
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Photos: Fight for $15 National Day of Action
UAW members around the country join with Fight for $15. Click the photo to view the full gallery:
Days after millions of workers in California and thousands in Pennsylvania won historic pay increases to $15/hr and amidst ongoing negotiations for $15/hr for millions more in New York, the unstoppable momentum of the Fight for $15 campaign for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they waged one of the largest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.
Fast-food workers went on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care and higher education workers—led hundreds of protests from Manchester, NH to Memphis, Tenn. to Marina Del Rey, Calif. Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.
American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.
The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation.
A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. Today’s order, in effect, upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised.Read more >>>
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After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.Read more >>>
New Programs and Renovations unveiled at Chapel Vision Community Development Corporation
In honor of National Love Our Children Day, UAW-Ford unveiled its community contributions to Chapel Vision Community Development Center during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 2.Read more >>>
Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Ford Mexico Announcement
The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding Ford Motor Company’s announcement today that it will build a new assembly plant in Mexico:
Today’s announcement that Ford is investing in Mexico is a disappointment and very troubling. For every investment in Mexico it means jobs that could have and should have been available right here in the USA. This is another example of what’s wrong with NAFTA and why the TPP would be a disaster for the citizens of the United States. Companies continue to run to low-wage countries and import back into the United States. This is a broken system that needs to be fixed.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has worked tirelessly to provide water to the residents of Flint ever since its water supply was contaminated.
“The food bank has put out 12 million pounds of water in three months”, said Bill Kerr, president of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.Read more >>>
A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly
A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly:
While today’s announcement of a shift reduction at Sterling Heights Assembly is unfortunate, it is not unexpected. FCA is not the only company experiencing a slow market for small cars. On a bright note, there is a strong demand for larger-sized vehicles. The company has been planning to increase its capacity to build more trucks and SUVs. I believe that in the long term this move will be a positive one for our members and the company.
Local 2121 is so excited and grateful to have UAW International's Andy Comai, Steve Shepard and Carl Little to train our JHSP team along with managements representatives in Ergonomics!! This training is 6 years in the making and hopefully will be a great collaborative effort between our Union and management in working towards a safer workplace for our members!!
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Thank You For Electing Me Vice President
May 21-25 and May 29-31
Agreement reached before Sodexo arbitration
Our contract expires on December 31,2015. Our newly elected bargaining committee is eager to make a difference. Please contact a bargaining committee member with your concerns or things you would like to see included in the next contract.
We have reached an agreement with management
Casino hiring Casual Dealers
The results of the Vice President and Bargaining Committee Elections are in.
The following Statement is in regards to the Arbitration for unjust termination of our Local's former President William Shea
We have two candidates for Vice President,
Josh Gill, a Poker Room AFS
Rob Gaudiano, a Table Games AFS
Check whether you are compliant in our wellness program
Do you enjoy being part of a team ? Do you like helping your coworkers? We need your help!
Our sisters and brothers from the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 who work at MFY Legal Services, Inc. are out on an unfair labor practice strike. Read more >>>
Congress will be voting in the next several days whether to authorize a vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade deal. A yes vote on Fast Track means that Congress will only be able to vote Yes or No on the TPP trade deal without any opportunity to provide input or make changes. The UAW is deeply opposed to this manner of passing any legislation particularly trade laws that have a great impact on our members and working families across the United States.
UAW Region 9A Women's Council Team "Solidarity in Pink" participated in Making Strides for Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 19.
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UAW Region 9A Veterans Council Helps Vets in Puerto Rico
UAW Region 9A Veterans Council Chairman Pat Mulholland presents a $500 check to the San Juan, PR VA Voluntary Services. It will be used exclusively for outings for veterans who are living at the VA facility.
Local 2179 Strand Bookstore members are proud to be UAW!
Proud Strand Bookstore UAW members!
Governor Dan Malloy visited the UAW Region 9A office in Farmington on June 17, 2014.
UAW Local 376 Member Jerry Deveau shares about his union
Jerry Deveau works at Colt Manufacturing
Through solidarity learn to build upon your hopes and dreams at the UAW Family Education Center. Read more >>>
Scheduling Has Gone Remote & Live
We have been informed by management that the new scheduling live enhancement is now active
The new and improved home scheduling system has now gone live.
Posted by Billy
I want my fellow employees to know that if you’re feeling isolated, there are options for you within our company. Feel free to contact the Employee Assistance Program ( EAP ) @ 888-277-0007
Also, I will be in touch with the UAW EAP program to see if they can further assist our employees during the time of need.
Posted by Billy
It was brought to my attention today by management that at MGM some dealers are defying the contract language when it comes to beards now being allowed @ MGM. It's not so much that they are concerned about the length guidelines, its how they are being maintained. Please keep them neat as we don't want to make a big issues out of this.
It is very sad to report that one of our fellow dealers, Michael Lea has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's friends and family.
Posted by Billy
Retro checks will be available this friday for employees whom have direct deposit. Employees with live checks will obtain there retro as a regular live check on monday. With the checks will come information concerning the wellness program.
Posted by Billy
Update on the retro check
I was informed by management that the checks will be released next week. They want to make sure that all employees hours are calculated perfectly.
Also with this retro check will be information on the release of the new wellness program.
I have also been informed that if any employee who goes through the swipe process in the cafe and does not see what they want or like they may swipe again. But you MUST first speak to the Head Chef on duty.
Posted by Billy
When the retro check are distributed we will also be provided information on the wellness program and all the particulars associated with it.
NO we do not have any further info on when they will be issued. I can assure all that when we are notified I will provide the release date.
Posted by Billy
I have just received an email from management concerning the licensing renewal concerns we have with the MGM side. The response I obtained stated that as soon they can they will have a representative on this side to handle this process for our employees.
Posted by Billy
An update from the scheduling office. Approximately 30% of grave shift on the MGM side and 70% at Foxwoods. We have been informed that next week there will be some licensing personal over on the MGM side for swing shift. I know it's not a perfect situation or world but we are doing our best to keep everyone in the loop on this issue.
Posted by Billy
It has been brought to my attention by Chief Steward Chris Messenger that we are in need of Stewards at MGM and on swing shift on both sides. Anyone interested please contact Chris @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office @ 860-892-9191
Posted by Billy
Eric Harriett is looking for 3 fellow poker dealers to collect tokes during the poker tournaments. Anyone interested please contact the office @ 860-892-9191
Please Do Not Contact Payroll In Regards To The Retro Check. This Is Something That Is Being Dealt With By The Attorneys And Has Nothing To Do With Payroll.
We Here At The Office Will Be The First Notified When The Checks Will Become Available.
Any Questions Pertaining To This Issue, Please Call The Office @ 860-892-9191
It's with great sadness that we must report the passing of long time Foxwoods Dealer Katie Dion Vacca. She was such a sweet and highly energetic young lady whom will be sadly missed by all.
Out thoughts and prayers are with her children, and family members.
Rest in peace Katie
Posted by Billy
After Contract Concerns And Questions
We have had numerous calls and comments concerning the contract and what is going on with it. I will highlight the major issues that have been brought to our attention:
1) The biggest question of all is the retro check. When will we be getting it? Our Attorney Dan Livingston is working with management to resolve this ASAP. It will be computed by the actual hours that you worked for the weeks from March 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013.
2) When does the contract go into effect? The contract goes immediately into effect once we notified management of our
3) Facial hair? Some employees from the MGM side have asked the question, when can we begin to grow our hair? The policy states that you must grow it on your own time and in accordance with the contract. Please use common sense with this issue.
4) When and how does the new medical plan go into effect? This is something that the company will implement and provide all the employees with the necessary info. You will be allowed to attend the physician of your choice and all information will be confidential between you and your provider. Please do remember that you must remain in compliance so that your basic plan fee does not increase.
5) Many have asked and are concerned about the treatment we obtained from many of the managers after we ratified our last contract. I had a conversation with Mr. Leone about this issue a couple of weeks ago and he assured me that these sort of behaviors will not be tolerated nor will they occur.
Posted by Billy
Membership Meeting Scheduled For 9/11
Ratification Vote Results
I would like to thank the bargaining committee and all associated with making our new contract a reality. The hard word, dedication and long hours have finally paid off. Without your support and diligent work effort, this would not have become reality. I would also like to thank all the employees for having faith in your elected committee. Your support has been deeply appreciated.
Posted by Billy
Just a friendly reminder that the bargaining committee will be in house on tomorrow starting at 9:00 a.m. till the evening hours. They will be circulating throughout the cafe and break room areas too answer any final questions you may have concerning the contract.
Also, both the executive board and bargaining committee will be available in house on both voting days 8/29 & 8/31
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office @ 860-892-9191
CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE
8/29 & 8/31 Both Foxwoods & MGM Sides
Foxwoods in the Hospitality Learning Center
This is the old EGC office located by the escalator leading up to the casino level floor. Also near the golf shop
MGM in the scheduling office
Foxwoods: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
MGM: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Vote Vote Vote Vote
Contract Meeting Update For 8/22 & 8/28
The scheduled meetings for these particular dates will no longer be held on the 10th floor on the towers side. We will however have the bargaining committee rotating throughout both the MGM & Foxwoods sides to answer all your questions pertaining to the contract.
We will also be available on both 8/29 & 8/31 the voting dates to also answer any final minute concerns.
And please feel free to contact the office @ 1-860-892-9191 or post any questions on our Facebook Local 2121 site.
Posted by Billy
During our monthly Executive Board meeting we were discussing the exclusion list within our MPTN Medical Plan. This list states that if you are injured while para sailing, bungee jumping, driving a motorcycle or car in an erratic and in a defensive manner your medical claim will be denied. This list is more extensive and is absolutely absurd.
My point with this issue is that both Bob DeMello and John Delmonte brought up a very good point. How the heck can you have an exclusion list when the company allows for the most lethal means of personal harm and increased medical claims, and they pay the bills.
SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING SMOKING
You can not have an exclusion list unless you disallow SMOKING
Posted by Billy
Ratification Vote Help
The Election Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the election process. Please contact Denise Glaude or Sharon Fish at the Union Office @ 860-892-9191.
Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Contract Meeting Update:
Aug 14th, 16th, and 19th the meetings will be held in the Sunset Pre Function Ballroom.
Aug 22nd, and 28th the meetings will be held in the Aspen Room on the 10th floor of towers
The MGM will be covered as well with bargaining committee members being available throughout the day by the cafe and scheduling areas.
Please post any questions or concerns
Contract Informational Meetings
At Both Foxwoods & MGM Location TBD
Dates: August 14th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 28th
Contract Ratification Vote
August 29th & August 31st
Please attend, as this is our contract and we want you too have the correct and most accurate information. By doing so you can make the best educated decision for yourself and family when voting.
Also during the time frame of 8/14 - 8/28 we will have onsite members rotating between MGM & Foxwoods in both the break rooms and cafeterias to answer any questions pertaining to the contract.
I would like to thank all the employees whom attended our first ever membership meeting held at Foxwoods. A huge thank you goes out to the bargaining committee, Dan Livingston our attorney and Karen Rosenberg our local 2121 service rep. Without their hard work, time, effort and creative thinking this never would have come to a finalization.
Obviously all who attended were very interested in the contract and the specifics associated with it. It was great to see that many were very open minded and receptive to what the bargaining committee was able to accomplish by withstanding the pressures of management.
We will be having 5 upcoming meetings on 8/14, 8/16, 8/19, 8/22 and 8/28 @ the following times: 10:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All these meetings will be held at Foxwoods. We have yet to firm up the location but will post as soon as we are notified. This will be your time to have any question answered concerning the contract and your personal needs.
The ratification vote will be held on 8/29 & 8/30 at both the MGM & Foxwoods in a room to be determined.
Please make every attempt to attend so you can obtain the correct and accurate information pertaining to your contract.
Thank you and hope everyone is well
August 7, 2013
We reached a tentative agreement with Foxwoods yesterday, which we are unanimous in recommending to our members.
We did not achieve everything we wanted, but we are proud that in tough economic times, we have been able to move forward—when so many other workers are unfortunately falling behind. We won a pay increase retroactive to March 1, 2012 and increases for each year of the contract. We held down and delayed increases in health insurance premiums and won a Wellness program that will keep us healthy and put more money in our pockets. We preserved the 401k match, our weekend RDOs, our full-time and dual rate ratios, and caps on casual usage—which means promotional opportunities for our part-time members. We upheld the principle that the dealers alone get to decide on any change in our toke distribution method. We have also made further improvements in the air quality at work.
The following are some highlights of the tentative agreement. Some of the tentatively agreed language is still being finalized, but we will shortly have a detailed summary as well as actual contract language available. We will be holding five day-long series of informational meetings at Foxwoods, leading up to a two-day ratification vote at Foxwoods/MGM on August 29 and 31. In between, we will be in the casino to answer members’ questions.
We hope you will come to an information session, get informed and show up to ratify this contract.
Together, we are UNION STRONG!
Local 2121 Bargaining Committee,
HEALTH INSURANCE Dollar cap (instead of percentage premium share management wanted).
Date of increase Weekly increase
We won a voluntary Wellness program which will help us stay healthier and hold down costs.
WEEKEND RDOS* Preserved guaranteed minimum percentages of weekend RDO pairs (and equalized across Foxwoods/MGM table games).
CASUALS • 1 personal day per year (retroactive to January 1, 2013).
PART-TIMERS Tighter restrictions on temporary usage and ability of temps to pick up shifts.
DUAL RATES No more dot floor shifts. 2 shift/week minimum, 3d shift assigned by seniority.
VASTECH ACCESS Internet access to VASTECH so dealers/dual rates can check their schedules, pick up and give away shifts without having to travel to the casino.
MGM Heated outdoor smoking area.
POKER Increased special assignment and toke subsidy to be a blend of live action and tournament rates.
APPEARANCE STANDARDS Beards/mustaches allowed across property.
STREAMLINED RANKING SYSTEM Making it easier to pick up and give away shifts.
UAW LOCAL 2121
Meetings to be held throughout the day
Wednesday, August 7th in the KONA ROOM, on the 10th floor at Foxwoods. Come hear the details!!!
Times are as follows:
Please make every attempt to attend !!!!!
A VERY IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW
Tina & Kim while attending Black Lake with UAW President Bob King
Just a reminder that our August membership Meeting is being held this coming Wednesday.
Contract Update will be discussed !!!!!!
Please keep in mind you will be able to attend any meeting that you so desire.
The submission of the LBO's has been delayed because both parties are continuing to attempt to reduce the issues between them. With the agreement that this would not delay submission of the briefs or the issuance of the final award.
After speaking to management this morning, the women within our bargaining unit will no longer be allowed to exchange their shirts for the mens version. This will take effect this Friday 8/02/2013.
If there are any concerns with this issue please feel free to contact the union office @ 860-892-9191
We will be discussing the LBO’s of which will be submitted by both sides on 7/30/2013. The bargaining committee will be present to answer all questions and how the remainder of the process will play out.
Please keep in mind you will be able to attend any meeting that you so desire.
As we move forward with change and redevelopment I can assure all that our Executive Board and elected officials are working hard to create positive change in order to effectively move forward and allow for people to have trust and faith in our local. I am a different type of leader and thinker and with the changes made on the elected level we now have a team in place that I’m sure with time all will be pleased with the new way in which we operate.
It is with great pleasure and pride that our first flyer / newsletter will be coming out within the next month. I can assure all that Drew is working hard and forming a committee in order to provide the most comprehensive newsletter. We will keep you posted with updates on this project. Thank you Billy
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The following is a summary of tentative agreements the Union has reached with Foxwoods management to date. Please note, the items in red have recently been added to the list of resolved issues. Read more....
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