8 7 5 l a c o L W A Inside U Volume 1, Issue 11
UAW Local 578 2920 Oregon Street Oshkosh, WI 54902 (920) 231-5153
Inside this issue: Message from Dennis 2 Williams Cool Labor Websites
Labor History Essay Contest
Gun Calendars for Sale
UAW Veterans Memorial
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Wisconsin Job Center Upcoming Event Please plan to attend a brief meeting to learn about the resources available to help former Oshkosh Corporation employees transition to new employment. Representatives will be available to answer questions and give an overview of:
* Other resources, such as services available at your local Job Center office. * Information on upcoming events for former Oshkosh employees, including how to navigate the unemployment system, resumes and other workshops and community resources.
* Dislocated Worker Program: a taxpayer funded program offering job search and training assistance, including skill and career assessments, retraining funding, career counseling and resume/ interviewing/job skills assistance.
UAW Local 578 2920 Oregon Street Oshkosh WI 54902
* Healthcare options after a layoff.
Attend one session.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Newsletter Editor and Member of UAW LUCA: Sandy Drifka
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Any members who are interested in being a part of the newsletter committee, please contact Sandy Drifka at the union hall at (920) 231-5153. Thank you!
December Membership Meeting December 13, 2014 @ 9:00 a.m. UAW Local 578 Union Hall
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A Message from Dennis Williams Here is an email that Steve Krueger received on November 10, 2014:
Subject: Thank you
Dennis Williams UAW President UAW Solidarity House 8000 East Jefferson Street Detroit, MI 48214 (313) 926-5000
Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:16 p.m.
I want to thank all the members of the UAW who took the time to go vote last week. Our union has faced many challenges over the past several years and we will face many more in the future and voting is the surest way to change the environment in our states and nation. The stark fact that so many others stayed home and did not vote is a reflection that too many Americans are being left out of any economy that promotes the success of a few, while leaving the rest of us behind. While the Republicans now have gained control of the U.S. Senate and House, they also have gained responsibility for representing all Americans, not just the wealthiest among us, but also those who spoke through their silence last Tuesday. If not, they misread the Election returns and will pay a price in 2016 as the loudest voice this election was the silence of many frustrated voters who stayed home. For those of you who volunteered, did GOTV, knocked on doors, dropped leaflets, and did tireless work, a special thank you and please don’t be discouraged. For every valley, there is a mountaintop. See you there in 2016!
Grievance Update 301 grievances filed to date in 2014. Still waiting for Gatekeeper Arbitration decision. A termination arbitration is scheduled for December 11, 2014.
Cool Labor Websites The American Labor Studies Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, create and disseminate labor history and labor studies curricula and related materials, aligned to the various state and national standards, to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers nationwide. They will include such areas as the history, organization, activities, and issues affecting the labor movement and the political, economic and cultural aspects of workers and their unions. http://www.labor-studies.org/ The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. They have enrolled and mobilized retired union members and other seniors and community activists into a grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families. http://retiredamericans.org/ Created in 2000, Labor Arts is a virtual museum designed to gather, identify and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people and to celebrate the trade union movement’s contributions to that history. http://www.laborarts.org/ The Workers' Comp Hub website provides basic information for workers with job-related injuries and illnesses, and also shares resources to advance pro-worker advocacy and action. The site is a joint project of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. http://www.workerscomphub.org/ Workers at the U.S. Dept. of Labor provide assistance with information about hundreds of different work-related issues. This site will acquaint you with some of the important topics they, and the nation’s workers and unions, deal with every day. http://www.dol.gov/dolatoz/
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Labor History Essay Contest Win cash prizes up to $500! The Wisconsin Labor History Society announces its High School Essay Contest for the 2014-2015 school year. Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate. Students need to write an essay of about 750 words on the topic: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because…” Students are urged to interview family members, neighbors, friends or others for their stories about work and unions. Essays will be judged on understanding, evidence of original research, writing style and significance. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, on white paper. Two copies must be submitted.
Please be sure to provide the following information on the cover sheet: your name, address, home telephone number, your grade in school, name and address of your school, and, if you were encouraged or assisted by a teacher, the teacher’s name. (Also list your family’s union membership, if applicable.) If you have any questions, contact Harvey J. Kaye (920-465-2355 or [email protected]
). Submissions must be postmarked February 13, 2015 or before. Send completed essays to: Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Center for History and Social Change, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI 54311.
Pearl Harbor Day commemorates the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack began at dawn December 7, 1941. It crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet and caused the U.S. to enter World War II.
For complete information:
During the attack at Pearl Harbor, over 2,400 American military personnel and civilians. Battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, and virtually all ships were damaged.
On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, U.S. flags are to be flown at half staff.
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EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Steve Krueger Vice President: Brenda Hollat z Recording Secretary: Karly Schwalbach Financial Secretary: Rick Fri tz Treasurer: Christine Nutt Skilled Trades/Ad-Hoc: Rob ert Schackow Chief Steward/Member-at -Large: Lee Wichser Sergeant at Arms: Renee Nit schke Guide: Kelly Anderson Head Trustee: Bob Sosinski Trustee: Jeff Schettl Trustee: Mike “Otto” Grunsk e Chief Steward: James Tofar i, Jr. Chief Steward: Frank Sanch ez, Jr. Chief Steward: Gary Schac kow Chief Steward: John Becker Retiree Representative: Te rry Schroeder
Upcoming Meetings and Events December 2014
Stewards Meeting on December 1 at 3:15 p.m. at UAW Local 578 hall
Workers Comp Attorney at Union Hall on February 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Workers Comp Attorney at Union Hall on December 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CAP Meeting at Union Hall on December 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. Membership Meeting on December 13 at 9:00 a.m. at UAW Local 578 hall Christmas Shutdown: December 24, 2014 through January 1, 2015
January 2015 Workers Comp Attorney at Union Hall on January 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CAP Meeting at Union Hall on January 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. Membership Meeting on January 10 at 9:00 a.m. at UAW Local 578 hall
CAP Meeting at Union Hall on February 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. Membership Meeting on February 14 at 9:00 a.m. at UAW Local 578 hall
March 2015 Workers Comp Attorney at Union Hall on March 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Membership Meeting on March 14 at 9:00 a.m. at UAW Local 578 hall