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Volume 29 - No. 6
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FINANCIAL SECYS REPORT6
3 PRESIDENTSREPORTBargainers Seek Mediation
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See CONSTITUTION on page 4See CONVENTION on page 2
UNION ACTIVISTPASSES AwAY11
Region 1C & 1D Mergeto Become Region 1D
General Gordon Baker, afighter is remembered
By Alan J. Kilar
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention elected a new
leadership team for the International UAW. Dennis Williams was
elected as the 11th International President of the UAW. Williams
recently served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and is the
first president not from the auto industry. Williams comes out of
the unions agricultural implements department, which represents
workers at companies such as John Deere and Caterpillar. Williams
won 3,215 votes with 49 votes going to challenger Gary Walkowicz,
UAW Local 600 bargaining committeeperson.
Region 6 Director Gary Casteel was elected Secretary Treasurer,
Cindy Estrada and Jimmy Settles were re-elected as International
Vice-Presidents. Joining them as a Vice-President will be Norwood
Jewell, former Director of Region 1C. All were elected by
New Leadership Team for UAW
UAWs neW InternAtIonAl leAdershIp teAm (l-r):
Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel, Vice-President Cindy Estrada,
President Dennis Williams, Vice-President
Norwood Jewell and Vice-President Jimmy Settles. (Photo courtesy
In accepting the victory, Williams said, I am excited for our
union. I feel the energy, the power of our unity. Williams said
shortly after he was elected, I am looking forward to taking on the
challenges we have.
regions 1C and 1D CombinedDelegates voted to consolidate Regions
1D, saving the Union millions in administrative expenses. With
the merger, the UAW will now have nine regions 1, 1A, 1D, 2B, 4, 5,
8, 9 and 9A. Local 6000 is one of the few unions that has members
in several regions. As a result of the merger, Local 6000 will need
to make numerous Local By-Law changes. President Ed Mitchell said
that, Our By-Laws Committee has been hard at work, so that some of
the needed changes could be presented to the membership at the June
Membership Council meeting.
By Alan J. KilarOver 1,100 UAW delegates from throughout the
Canada and Puerto Rico assembled June 2nd-5th in Detroit for the
Unions 36th Constitutional Convention. Local 6000 was represented
by 25 delegates who were elected to represent the membership.
The event, held at Cobo Hall, was highlighted by the election of
members to the International Executive Board and a highly
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versial dues increase vote. Delegates voted on numerous changes
to the International UAW Constitution and received detailed reports
on the activities of the UAW over the last four years.
A look around at the members gathered saw a changed UAW. At the
first Convention, held in 1935, the UAW were autoworkers. Now the
ranks include members in gaming, health care, education, law
enforcement, government administration and operation, agricultural
implement, aerospace and many other industries.
Outgoing President Bob King in his final address told the
attendees that, If we are really honest with ourselves, were in a
war for the American middle class. Were in a war I believe for
democracy in America. I dont think you have a democracy without a
strong middle class, King said. By every measure of social justice,
working families are losing. Their middle-class standard of living
is being decimated.
King encouraged the members to re-energizing their fellow union
members by encouraging participating in marches and rallies. He
added, We cannot deliver the justice that our membership deserves
or cannot rebuild the middle class in America or cannot protect
democracy in America if we dont rebuild the power of our own union,
and then rebuild the power of the American labor movement. King
thanked all UAW members for their support during his tenure as
Freida Michilizzi from Region 1C noted that You do not really
understand the extent of the UAW until you attend an event like
this. I have met members from all over the United States and from a
variety of occupations. But we all have one thing in common,
fighting to keep our workplace rights and our standard of
Attendees also took time in a busy schedule to acknowledge the
longstanding pro-labor career of Michigan Congressman John
local 6000 delegates from region 1C and 1D
UAW members protesting outside Crowne Plaza Hotel in
Dingell (at left) who is retiring from Congress after serving
for six decades, longer than any other member in the history of
Local 6000 had three members who served on Convention
Committees. Ed Mitchell and Charlene
Yarbrough served on the Rules Committee while Miya Williamson
served on the Constitution Committee.
During the 5-day event, attendees debated and voted upon
numerous resolutions which will guide the UAW over the coming
years. Resolutions included; Collective Bargaining and Economic
Justice, Promoting UAW Products and Services, Forming Lasting Labor
and Community Alliances, Health and Safety in the Workplace and
Delegates heard from a variety of speakers from pro-labor
organizations during the Convention, all with messages about the
status of rebuilding the middle class in the United States, the
need to fight back against powerful anti-worker forces in corporate
government sectors and how the UAW always has been, and
continues to be, the nations primary voice for the rights of
working men and women.
On the last day of the Convention, hundreds of UAW members
joined UAW President Dennis Williams and newly elected officers and
International Executive Board members for a march to support a
living wage for UNITE HERE workers at the nearby Crowne Plaza
Hotel. The protesters urged the Crowne Plaza Hotel to pay
housekeepers and other hotel staff a living wage. We are a united
front to take on hotels and companies that are greedy, President
Williams told the cheering crowd.
local 6000 Delegates from region 1A
Delegates passed a resolution honoring a real friend of labor,
rep. John Dingell. (photo UAW)
local 6000s Financial Secretary-Treasurer Miya Williamson
appears on the jumbo screen as she addresses the convention during
the Constitutional Committee report.
Wada Whiters takes to the podium to nominate Gary Walkowiczfor
UAW local 6000 President Ed Mitchell addresses the
Bargainers Seek Mediation
Edward Mitchell, PublisherAlan Kilar, Editor
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3350 North Grand River Lansing, MI 48901Toll Free:
1-800-243-1985 Hot Line: 1-800-321-0829
Secondary Bargaining con-tinues, with several Departments and
Secondary Bargaining Teams certifying impasse and seeking
mediation. The plan is to still send out voluntary agreements for
ratification. However, those agreements that go to impasse will not
be sent out for ratification.
There is still nothing new from the Michigan Supreme Court
concerning the States 4% pension contribution appeal and the Unions
Right-to-Work appeal. Please check the Locals website for
The 36th International Constitutional Convention was held in
Detroit. Several constitutional changes were debated and voted on,
including; the proposed dues increase, the merging of Region 1-C
and Region 1-D, and the election of new International Officers.
Following the convention, the Local will be required to make
several changes in our bylaws and structure because of the merger
of Regions 1-C and 1-D. The highlights of the convention will be on
the Locals website.
Steward training was held April 27th through May 2nd, at the UAW
Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center in Black Lake.
The training was attended by over 250 Chief and Job stewards.
The steward evaluations were
overwhelmingly positive. Makeup training will be held sometime
in September for those newly appointed stewards and those stewards
who were unable to attend the Black Lake training.
I would like to thank the Local 6000 Officers, Staff and
Executive Board Members who made the training so successful.
Health and Safety training is scheduled for June 19th and 20,
2014. The training will be held at Local 6000 in Lansing.
Following the convention, the Local will be reinstituting
the Can We Talk program. If you are interested in participating
in the program or if would just like more information concerning
the program, contact your Worksite steward, your Local Rep or Eric
Sales at Local 6000.
I would like to remind everyone that as we go into this years
election season, you have an opportunity to elect your boss (the
governor). How many workers have an opportunity to choose their
boss? Please review all material concerning the candidates and vote
for the candidate(s) who you feel will make life better for you and
I would like to remind everyone that as we go into this years
election season, you have an opportunity to elect your boss (the
Health and Safety representative
Nichole Jones is available at the local for assistance with
and safety issues.toll Free 800 line
Ted Gregg will answer questions and refer
members to the proper person for assistance on Mon-Fri, from 8
to 5, at
eAp representative For help with substance
abuse, marital, emotional and personal problems,
Mike McWhirter is available at the local.
Benefits representative Anthony McNeill is
available at the localto help you with
Local 6000 Services To Members
By gwen turner, election CommitteeHello membership. We, the
would like to thank all the candidates and extend our
congratulations to all the winners of this election.
Elected Local 6000 36th Constitutional Convention Delegates and
region 1C David corburn, Diane Doubrava, Maria enriquez, carol
erickson, otis florence-Butler, Mike McWhirter, ed Mitchell, owen
Monday, freida Michilizziregion 1d Steve Schmitt, carolyn Kowalik,
Steve Ballard, abbie Maddox, celia ontiveros, cynthia Sellers,
Joanne Boyden, gordon ryskamp
region 1A Stevetta Johnson, Norma abbot, Jim Walkowicz, Kelly
Barnett, charlene Yarbrough, christine ellis, Wanda Withers, Miya
Williamson, Sue Midura, anthony McNeill
The return of all the ballots for this election averaged about
10%, which I am told was good compared to the past elections. Per
our chairperson, this was the first election with no appeals. If
you have any questions, concerns and or ideas that would promote a
higher voter turnout, please contact Chairperson Ted Gregg at
1-800-243-1985 or e-mail at [email protected]
Through the teamwork of your Election Committee, Ted Gregg
(Chair) Retiree Darlene McCarroll (Vice Chair) DHS, Lorraine
Scarbrough (Secretary), Retiree Valerie Carter (DHS), Priscilla
Johnson (LARA), Gwen Turner (DHS/MRS), Retiree Wanda Bradley,
Retiree Jane Davis, Retiree Susie Dydell and Retiree Elizabeth
Tindall, we look forward to serving the largest UAW local
membership with the utmost integrity, respect and accountability
while upholding the Locals bylaws and the constitution of the
Con-Con electionDelegates elected
I have been working with the Department of State Human Resources
Department for many years in the capacity of Union Representative.
I dont know what I was thinking though, because integrity, honesty,
and sincerity are words not in the Departments vocabulary and have
been replaced with untruths, deceit, manipulations and disrespect
from the Departments representatives.
Historically, the Department hired two types of employees; those
being Permanent Intermittent, and Full Time, and in the busy months
would hire summer temps who would work no more than 90 days in the
summer months when business picked up.
Now, low and behold, in the past 13 years we have people in
Human Resources who get paid to sit and figure out how to
manipulate the employees and their working conditions.
The Department first started out with Short- Term workers
replaced the 90-day summer temps, and while employing the
Short-Term Worker they would manipulate contract language and work
them instead of the permanent employees (better known as PIs
because they were paid less), and in some cases because the manager
just plain mean or had something against a PI employee. So the
Union negotiated language in the Secondary Contract to help protect
It only took the Department about a year to come up with a way
to manipulate that situation by reducing the number of PI employees
in an office so they could hire and work the Short-Term Worker
instead of the
permanent employees.Short-Term Workers could only
work 719 hours, which meant these employees (STW) would replace
the summer temps.
The DOS came to the Union and requested that we come to an
agreement so the Short-Term Workers could work more than the 719
hours and the agreement was reluctantly agreed to for 1040 hours.
The convincing argument the state gave was if we would agree to
more hours for the STWs then they would be able to let more
permanent employees off on annual leave because at that time they
were only approving one (1) employee at a time off. So believing
them, we agreed only to find out they didnt mean a word they
No nice way to say it, but the Union was lied to and so were the
members. The department got their 1,040 hours and continued to deny
annual leave for the permanent employees. So much for honesty.
Then the Department finally re-alized there was some merit in
the Unions position that more full time employees were needed and
began posting full time positions. At that time, the PIs
outnumbered full-time employees roughly 3 or 4 to 1.
Once that was completed, the Department still wasnt satisfied
and began creating Staffing Imbalances which up until that time may
have occurred once or twice a year. All of a sudden, the Union was
receiving up to 15 notices of staffing imbalances a month for
almost a full year. A staffing imbalance takes place when the
work/business goes down and the Branch cannot support the number of
Except, with that game plan, the Department realized their error
and began to create additional staffing imbalances in order to move
the employee back to the branch they were removed from because of
the fluctuation of work.
Dept. Reps Vocabulary: untruths, deceit, manipulations and
disrespectThere is language in the contract
that applies to relief assignments, which the Department refused
to use in place of the staffing imbalances. They would rather
disrupt the employees lives and create hardships for them, and
their families. Some had to pay a caregiver more money for longer
hours because the imbalances were not in the office closest to the
they were being taken out of.
I could go on and on with the chaos the Department created in
the lives of the employees, but I wont. Im sure you each have your
own horror story to tell.
In 2005, the Department of State started posting full-time
positions as FTV, which means full-time variable, so they would be
work Saturdays. The Union was never consulted or we may have
been able to work something out because in truth most of the PIs
had converted to full time and the Department needed Saturday
coverage. But the Union was not given an opportunity to share their
input, instead the Department created the FTV position.
If you check with Civil Service Rules, there is no such
Employment Type. These Full-Time Variables have to work Saturdays,
so to avoid overtime (Violation of Article 15) the managers cut
their hours Monday through Friday by approximately 3.5/4 hours.
When was the last time you heard of a Full-Time employee having to
work 6 days to make 40 hours? Well, it has been taking place in DOS
The offices cut back staffing Monday through Friday so our
members can work for straight time on Saturday and Management
doesnt seem to care that the wait time Monday through Friday is
longer for the citizens of Michigan, than it is on Saturday. Also,
because the shift
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Cost Savings ApprovedDelegates also approved several measures
that were aimed at
trimming cost associated with the administration of the
International UAW. Delegates voted to eliminate one vice president
position. Having three instead of four vice presidents will save
the union money in salaries and other expenses.
Also approved was the elimination of the automatic mailing of
Solidarity magazine following the July-August issue to save on
printing costs. Beginning in July, members will have to submit a
request via email or U.S. Mail to receive the print version of the
magazine. The online version remains available on uaw.org as a
Approved was a measure to drop the membership on the Public
Review Board from five to four members.Dues Increase
After a hearty debate, a controversial dues increase was
approved. The UAW spent the last several months promoting a
Pro-Worker campaign to educate the membership about the need for
the increase. The monies collected by the increase will go into the
Strike Fund, which has been renamed International Union Strike and
Defense Fund. In the past, members without a legal right to strike
such as Local 6000 could not use the money in the strike fund. Now
the fund will be available to these Locals for protection of the
The new Constitutional language states; Article 16, Section 2(b)
For those members who work in the public sector and are legally
prohibited from striking, the minimum monthly dues will be an
amount equivalent to . . . 1.9 hours of straight time pay for
members working full-time paid on an hourly basis...
see VICe-presIdent on page 5
...integrity, honesty, and sincerity are words not in the
Departments vocabulary and have been replaced with untruths,
deceit, manipulationsand disrespect...
VICE-PrESIDENTContinued from Page 4
on Saturday (which is determined by management), is not
necessarily 4 hours the members are gypped out of a break because
as we all know you have to work four (4) hours to be eligible for a
So now we have Full Time, Permanent Intermittent, Short Term
Workers, and Full Time Variable employees, but wait...Im not done.
They have added another employment type which is a Lead Worker. The
States Secondary Complex has had this employment type for years,
which makes sense since they work under totally different
circumstances than the branches. I for one was skeptical on how
this would work in a branch office. In some of the offices there
doesnt seem to be a problem, but in others the Manager treats the
Lead Worker as if he/she is an Assistant Manager, and unfortunately
the Lead Worker thinks they are, too. But they are NOT. There was
even one Manager in Macomb County who had the audacity to have the
Lead Worker give input on a co-workers EDP.
Then someone in Human Resources comes up with another way to add
more employees. They began hiring LTs. This is a Limited Term
Employee that is hired for up to two (2) years, and works full
time. Some of the PIs were selected for these positions so they
would be full time for at least 2 years, but Short-Term Workers
were hired also in some of those positions so some of our permanent
employees were passed over for the LTE positions.
To the Unions amazement, we found out by accident that the
Department had started a holding/hiring pool of people who were
previously employed by the State of Michigan as STWs and they were
told they would get a job soon.
Region 1 went so far as to tell them they wouldnt have to apply
for another job because they were in the pool and would be rehired.
This in some cases did not happen once the Union became aware of
the violation by the Department when they created a holding/hiring
In the 30+ years I have worked for the DOS, I have never worked
with a Student Assistant and I hadnt heard of one working in a
Branch; although, there were a few Interns (not the same as student
assistants) who worked in Human Resources, but Student Assistants
were not part of the mix. The Department started hiring student
assistants, which get paid $3.00 more an hour than the Short-Term
Workers, and the Department does not require the SAs to work on
Saturday. Some offices dont even post the SAs on the bi-weekly
schedule. In some offices the PIs are left sitting at home while
they work the student assistant instead. There is no limit for the
number of hours they can work or a set length of time.
I guess I dont understand what type of an education/career one
would be pursuing that working in DOS/BBOS issuing drivers
licenses, titles, ID cards etc. could be beneficial.
All of these actions have a bearing on office morale, but the
Department doesnt seem to care much. I would like to know how
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many of the decision makers in Lansing and elsewhere (Regions)
work late nights (Wednesday) and on Saturdays. How many of these
full-time department representatives have their hours cut Monday
through Friday by 3.8 hours so they can work for straight time for
3.8 hours on Saturday; thereby not getting a break on the day that
the schedule was cut because they arent working 8 hours, and arent
getting a break on Saturday because they arent working 4 hours?
We constantly have grievances on these same issues and Human
Resource complains of the number of them. The solution is very
simple stop violating the contract and there wont be anything to
I have always believed that the employees should be allowed to
do an evaluation of the Managers. If Lansing really wanted to know
what takes place in the branch, the secondary complex and Austin
Building, there arent any better people to ask than the staff.
region 1 D members at Allegan County DHS talk about current
labor issues. UAW local 6000 members, when we talk
with each other we have power.
LocaL 6000FINANCIAL SECRETARY
region 1C & 1D Merge to Become 1DDuring the 36th
Convention, delegates voted to merge Michigan Regions 1C and 1D
to become the newly formed Region 1D.
Region 1D is under the leadership of Regional Director Gerald
Kariem. Director Kariem is no stranger to Local 6000 and its
members. He has always welcomed our members to Region 1D, located
in Grand Rapids, for monthly District Meetings.
Director Kariem and his staff participated in the Can We Talk
Program by hosting training
sessions for Local 6000 members at the Grand Rapids Regional
Director Kariem hails from UAW Local 362.
The newly formed Region 1D will now be the largest Region for
Local 6000, with approximately 11,000 members. The remainder of our
membership is located within Region 1A, under the leadership of
Rory L. Gamble.Local 6000, please join us in
welcoming Regional Director Gerald Kariem.
taking on current labor issues
Just a friendly reminder that the Health and Safety Training
will take place in Lansing, Michigan, June 19th and 20th. All
Health and Safety Reps who have been appointed by President Ed
Mitchell the last of March and the beginning of April are
encouraged to attend the training in Lansing. If you have questions
about the training, please contact me at the Local. Im looking
forward to seeing you there.
UPDATE:HEALTH & SAFETYREPRESENATIVEUPDATEBy nicole Jones,
local 6000 members and other state employees participating in
the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon in Detroit on April 27th. Again this
year, Gwen Burns, now retired from the Hamtramck DHS office,
organized a group from her old office.
The DHS workers from Kalamazoo know that we must protect our
contract and union. (l-r) Jennifer Boysen, Steve Atkinson,
Shobowale, Evelyn Conley, Vickie Wells and Jennifer Sabra.
When unions are strong and able to represent the people who want
to join them, these gains spread throughout the economy. Workers
who form unions are able to boost wages, which helps attract and
retain staff. When non-union companies increase their wages, it
gives all workers more purchasing power. Unionized workers also
provide a counterbalance on unchecked CEO greed and promote greater
unions Bring economic gains
When union Density goes up,income inequality goes Down
It's very clear: UnIons WorK! Pretty much everyone benefits when
workers have a strong voice and can actively participate in
collective bargaining. Strong unions level the playing field and
help create an economy that works for everyone. It's true. The data
is overwhelming. When unions are strong, our nation's wealth is
distributed more equally. And when union membership goes down, so
does the middle class. Go to www.unionswork.us to see the
PENSION ALERT!By Jim Bish and Chris ellis
Be aware and know that the time to ask questions is now! Jon M.
Braeutigam, CIO, Deputy Treasurer, Bureau of Investments and
Michigan Department of Treasury is set to address the State-wide
Retirees Meeting on September 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The meeting
will be held at Local 6000.
Anyone in the "Defined Benefits" program (both Active workers
and Retired) are urged to attend and ask questions. Please RSVP to
Ted Gregg at the Local (1-800-243-1985).
Mr. Braeutigam will be addressing "Defined Benefits" pension
plan funding issues, insurance and other questions we might have.
Following the "Pension Alert" article printed in the May issue of
the Newsbreak and a telephone conversation with Robert Sisler,
Local 6000 Region 1-A Retiree Chair, he agreed to the September
18th meeting at our Local 6000.
Taking an action today may help line up a smart tomorrow.
Outsourcing ExposedThe UAW had its 36th Constitutional
Convention it was both exciting
and consequential. UAW Local 6000 sent delegates to participate
in this historic event. While the convention was going on, plans to
outsource state employee duties and responsibilities were being
hatched at the Michigan Capitol.
Three departments could see their work outsourced. This means a
loss of jobs for UAW Local 6000 members and bad outcomes for
Michigan. This is not a done deal we MUST SPeAK oUT!The significant
developments are as follows:
Eight million dollars over two years sent to the private sector
for psychiatric work from the Department of Community Health (DCH).
Medical professionals employed in state hospitals and centers need
competitive (fair market) pay and a work environment that allows
them to succeed not the loss of their jobs. This work is vital to
public safety and should not be outsourced to private
House Bill 4152 would put Commercial-Look Up Service provided by
the Secretary of State (SOS) up for bid. This would mean an erosion
of local bargaining work. The Commercial-Look Up Services performed
by our members are both complex and sensitive.
Leaders in the Michigan Legislature state they plan to outsource
ALL foster care in the next few budget cycles if stakeholders in
the child welfare community can be convinced to sign off on the
plan. The Department of Human Service (DHS) has given mixed
messages on the fate of outsourcing foster care.
The duties and responsibilities performed by state employees are
complex, sensitive and directly impact public safety in Michigan.
The history of outsourcing government work is not good and if we
allow our jobs to be outsourced, Michigan could have terrible
When you contact your legislators, do NoT use work time or work
For DCH, contact State Representative Matt Lori (R), District
59, Constantine at 517-373-0832 or [email protected]
For SOS, contact State Representative Wayne Schmidt (R),
District 104, Traverse City at 517-373-1766 or
[email protected] and tell him to remove Sec. 208b. (2)
which puts up for bid UAW jobs in SOS. (Rep. Schmidt is Chair of
Transportation, but the SOS bill is in that committee).
For DHS, contact State Representative Peter MacGregor (R),
District 73, Rockford at 517-373-0218 or
UPDATE:LegislativeUPDATEray holman, local 6000 legislative
Protecting the Contract & union
SUbjeCt: Declining Funds in Defined benefit Retirement PlanDear
I am a state of Michigan Employee in the Defined Benefit
Retirement Fund. It has come to my attention through my union, UAW
Local 6000, that the retirement fund has been declining in recent
years. In fact, the Defined Benefit Retirement fund has been
declining at a shocking level, and allowed to decline without any
improved changes made in the manner that funds are being handled
for way too long!
In September of 2007, the Defined Benefit pension fund level was
at 86.2%. By September 2012, the funding level had dropped to
60.3%! That equals a 25.9% decline in 5 years, or an average of
5.2% per year decline from September 2007 to September 2012! If
this is allowed to continue our pension will be funded at only
34.3% by September 2017!
There should be no reason for the pension fund decline in this
state when Michigan is, as the Governor and the Republicans
constantly claim, in an economic turnaround, and tax cuts to
businesses are constantly
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Phone (H): _______________________________Local Union
Mail to: lOCAl 6000 rETIrED WOrKErS CHAPTEr P.o. Box 40720,
Lansing, Mi 48901-7920
(Make check payable to: LocaL 6000)
RETIREEs - sUppoRT yoUR UNIoN
LEttEr to tHE Ed itorDear Editor:
The PENSION Alert article by Chris Ellis and Jim Bish in the May
issue of Newsbreak was excellent and very informative! As a result
I wrote, as they suggested, to ORS questioning just what is going
on with our retirement fund asking why it has been allowed to drop
so low, and what is being done to increase the fund. I hope other
members take time to write also. Here is a copy of my letter.
given. The auto industry, thanks to a government loan which is
being repaid, is coming back which greatly increases state revenue
as people buy new cars, and so many so-called new jobs are being
created in this state, according to the Michigan Economic
Development Corporation and Pure Michigan.
As a State of Michigan employee in the Defined Benefit
Retirement Plan, I must tell you the continuous decline of funds in
the plan is not acceptable. A plan of action should have been in
place long before now to increase cash influx into the fund so as
to prevent the fund from dropping to the level it is currently at.
I, for one, want to know why the fund was allowed to drop this low,
and what action is being taken to change the way funds are handled
to correct this and improve the income of cash into the system? In
light of the Governors constant claims of Michigans comeback with
all these new jobs hes brought into the state, this makes me feel
that either someone is not doing their job, or the retirement fund
is being allowed to drop to a level so low in order to serve as
justification at some later date of a further need for retiree
contributions to go into the retirement fund, again! I certainly
hope it isnt the latter, but to be honest with you, it is hard to
trust the current Governor and the Republican Legislators who have
constantly attacked and lowered my income, benefits, and retirement
since being in office.
A perfect example of this is the mandatory 4% pay deduction for
the Defined Benefit plan which, as Im sure you are aware, is being
challenged in court as unconstitutional by the coalition of state
employee unions. A real kicker is the fact the Legislators, with
their terms of service before passing this law, grandfathered all
but one of themselves in the Defined Benefit Retirement Plan while
state employees in the plan having 20, 25, 30+ years of service to
this state, are nearing retirement and now forced to contribute
I would appreciate any information you can provide me with as to
a plan of action in place now or in the future, and what it may
entail, to increase funds in the Defined Benefit Retirement plan of
which I am a member. For many current state employees, this will
mean the difference in either retirement, or to continue working in
their current state job. In addition, when funds are allowed to
drop this low without intervention, the anxiety and fear this can
cause current retirees can be extremely stressful, worrying that
they will one day discover their retirement benefits will be cut
and they cannot support themselves any longer.
Sincerely, Susan A. Laurin
Mr. Phil Stoddard, DirectorOffice of Retirement Services
By susan A. laurin
DETROIT Workers at Kace Logistics won union recognition recently
after narrowly avoiding a strike over unfair labor practice charges
(ULPs) filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the
UAW. Among other charges, the ULPs included firing workers for
their support of the union. Kace Logistics quickly came to the
table to settle the dispute before a 6:00 a.m. strike deadline,
agreeing to recognize the UAW and return five terminated employees
to their jobs.
Kace workers began organizing in August when they called the UAW
to help with issues they face in the plant. In short order, the
Kace workers gained a supermajority of support from their
"I'm thrilled that we will be able to sit across the table from
Kace and work on finding productive solutions to problems we deal
with at work," said Kace worker Cynthia Hunter, a quality analyst
on the C shift. "I'm certain that by working together we will be
able to improve job security for Kace workers and help in creating
better jobs for Detroiters."
About 160 Kace Logistics workers sequence automotive parts for
the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant, located just around
the corner from the Kace facility on Freud Street in Detroit.
The Illinois law cutting pensions for public employees is on
hold, blocked by a court order as a result of suits brought by
workers and their unions. Labor went to court because cutting
public worker pensions is against the Illinois state constitution.
The law was to have taken effect June 1st. The We Are One Illinois
labor coalition cheered the judges order.
Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carri-gan says the ruling is
an important first step in efforts to overturn an unconstitutional
law and to protect retirement security for working people in
13,000 university of California teaching assistants plan to
strike during Finals Week
Thirteen thousand UC student-workers are planning a strike
during finals week to protest the universitys intimidation of
teaching assistant union members. Josh Brahinsky is a
student-worker activist with UAW Local 2865.
Brahinsky noted, This is a strike like all strikes that were
hoping to avoid. We would like to solve these issues. And we would
really like to sit down with the UCs and come to a peaceful
The statewide strike at the University of California was set to
start June 7th. Brahinsky says ever since the student-worker union
began taking on quality of education social issues, like class
sizes and issues like equal access to education for undocumented
students the intimidation against union members has increased.
Brahinsky added, In the last month theyve kind of gone... I
guess gone hostile. Leading up to a previous action there was an
administrator at UCSC who told a bunch of our students who were
also workers working for him he said to them if you strike youre
never going to work in this department again. Then when we had a
strike, which was against intimidation, there were a bunch of
workers on the picket line who were arrested. The UCs brought in
thirty riot police police in riot gear from UC Berkeley and UC San
Francisco. And they came and arrested a whole bunch of people who
were peacefully picketing. And since then the folks who were
arrested have also faced charges student disciplinary charges.
(doug Cunningham-labor radio)
Michigan Building Trades agree to pay at least $3-5 million to
Retiree Fund in Detroit Bankruptcy
Michigans Building and Construction Trade unions are
contributing at least $3-5 million to a fund to help cover retiree
benefits in the Detroit bankruptcy Grand Bargain. Republican
Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger demanded that unions fork over
cash before the legislature approves the deal. The legislature must
approve $195 million of an overall $816 million package for Detroit
to help the city emerge from bankruptcy. The money is an effort to
mitigate pension cuts for 32,000 Detroit public workers while
preventing the sell-off of Detroits art museum collection. Some
foundations and the Detroit Institute of the Arts are pledging the
bulk of the $816 million over twenty years.
(doug Cunningham-labor radio)
"Our members throughout the region were ready to stand with the
striking Kace workers," said UAW Region 1 Director Chuck Hall.
"We're pleased that Kace came to the table and agreed to
recognize the UAW. I'm proud to welcome these courageous workers
into the UAW."
"These are brave and dedicated workers in the heart of Detroit
who stood up for themselves, their co-workers and created better
jobs in the city," said UAW President Bob King. These workers
deserve to be treated with dignity and respect on the job and Kace
has shown they are willing to do just that. We look forward to
building a constructive relationship with Kace."
Kace Logistics workers win union recognition, avoid strike over
unfair labor practices
Union Lawsuits Prompt Judge To Suspend Illinois Pension Cuts
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local 6000 fighting for quality care for our Vets
By J. david Cox, sr. The public's outrage over
excessive wait times and rigged record keeping at Veterans
Affairs (VA) hospitals is more than justified. As a former VA
nurse, I understand all too well that depriving veterans of timely
access to care is a disservice to them and their sacrifice to this
But cleaning house in the VA's executive ranks will only treat
the symptom. The disease plaguing the VA health care system is the
chronic understaffing of physicians and other front-line
Until we fill thousands of vacant positions, open closed
hospital beds and provide more dollars for building and maintaining
medical facilities, we will never heal what ails the VA.
Physicians are dealing with excessive caseloads and insufficient
support staff. Since 2009, 2 million veterans entered the VA
care system for a net increase of 1.4 million new patients. Each
physician should be responsible for no more than 1,200 patients at
a given time, according to the VA's own guidelines, yet many VA
doctors are treating upward of 2,000 patients each.
Simply put, there isn't enough time in the day for the available
doctors to treat every veteran who is seeking care in a timely
Compounding matters is a performance system that sets
unrealistic goals and incentivizes managers to increase the number
of patients served, instead of improving the quality of care.
Rather than face the understaffing issue head-on and risk poor
ratings, many managers have taken the easy way out and have cooked
the books to mask the wait times.
But blaming those managers for a performance system that was
doomed from the start won't help
our veterans get the care they seek any faster.
Truth be told, there is nothing wrong with the VA that can't be
healed by what is right with the VA: the front-line providers who
care for our veterans every day.
No one is complaining about the quality of care our veterans
receive. That's because the federal employees who look after our
nation's heroes work hard each and every day to provide them with
Unfortunately, those same employees have lived in fear of
speaking out about the problems they witness due to an established
history of retaliation, including loss of duties and unfounded
disciplinary actions. Our members have paid a heavy price for
voicing concerns, submitting letters to agency leaders, raising
issues in labor-management meetings and testifying before Congress
on wait-time issues and veterans' access to care. When they have
sounded the alarm, our members have faced retaliation and
intimidation time and time again.
Employees shouldn't feel afraid to speak up when they see
managers more concerned with securing bonuses than providing
patients with timely access to care for critical medical
conditions. In fact, they should be encouraged to bring up these
issues so they can be rectified before more veterans go without the
treatment they so desperately need.
The wait-list and understaffing issues are one and the same.
Until Congress gives the VA the resources to hire enough front-line
clinicians to meet demand, our veterans will continue to face
waits. And to be clear, sending veterans to expensive health
care providers outside the VA system on a massive scale will not
fix the underlying resource deficiencies plaguing our veterans
According to the Independent Budget for the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs, developed each year by leading veterans groups,
the Veterans Health Administration is facing a $2 billion funding
shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year and another $500 million
shortfall for fiscal 2016.
As the nation prepared to honor our fallen soldiers this past
Memorial Day, there was no better time to strengthen our support
for the health care system that treats those veterans who made it
It's time for the VA to get back to basics and focus on
improving access to care for our nation's veterans. The agency must
cut excess management layers and use those resources to boost
front-line staffing of doctors, nurses and others directly involved
in patient care. The growth of middle management positions within
the agency has ballooned to unprecedented levels, from fewer than
300 in 1995 to more than 1,700 by a recent count, costing taxpayers
$203 million annually.
The VA long has been held up as a model health care delivery
system that all other hospitals should emulate. The care our
veterans receive is second to none, but that only counts when our
veterans actually are treated.
david Cox, Sr. is national president of AFGe, which represents
more than 670,000 federal and washington, d.C. government employees
Want to end secret Wait lists? staff the Va
Long-time Union, Civil Rights and Community Activist passes
AwayBy Jim Walkowicz, UAW local 6000 region 1A representative
On May 18th, long-time union, civil rights, and community
activist General Gordon Baker passed away. General, as everyone
called him, worked at Chrysler and then Ford. He was well known
among autoworkers going back to the 1960s. At one point, he ran for
political office, and was always active in social causes.
General had not been well for a few years but he was still
attending protests and rallies, including some by Local 6000.
Although I was not around him in the 1960s and 1970s, I
certainly heard about him long before I met him for the first time
in 1991. He was always available when something needed to be done.
He was always willing to stand up when there was a fight to be had
to protect the rights of workers and the poor.
When Governor Engler came into office in 1991 threatening all
sorts of cutbacks, General Baker was one of the people in the
forefront of the fight back. Whether it was the protests against
Engler closing Lafayette Clinic in 1992, up to the more recent
protests around the Emergency Financial Manager, Right to Work, or
the governor cutting people off of welfare, you could always count
on General Baker being there. In between, there was the Detroit
newspaper strike in 1995 and fights by autoworkers to improve their
For more on his life, a good book to read is Detroit: I Do Mind
Dying: A Study in Urban Rebellion by Dan Georgakas and Marvin
Surkin. The book tells about the movement among Black autoworkers
in Detroit in the 1960s fighting for a stronger voice, not only
with the company but with
Questions or comments? Reach me at 313-999-9418 or
General Baker (second from left) at a protest at Cadillac Place
in September 2011.He appears here with local 6000 members Miya
Williamson, ray Holman,
and rachael Siemen.
the Union. General Baker helped found the Dodge Revolutionary
Union Movement that challenged the status quo at that time. The
many organizations he worked with and the things he did are too
numerous to cite here.A memorial service was held
for General Baker on May 24th at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn.
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Vice PresidentsSue Midura (AS)
R. Scott Brown (HS)
Recording Secretary Charlene Yarbrough
Financial Secretary/TreasurerMiya Williamson
Otis Florence ButlerRyan Johnson
Members-at-LargeDeborah Harris-Neal (1A AS)
Vanessa Mauldin (1A HS) Frieda Michilizzi (1C AS)
David Coburn (1C HS) Carolyn Kowalik (1D AS)Bill VanDriessche
Jim Walkowicz Rick MichaelKelly Barnett
1-CSharon McMullenRick HankinsonDiane Doubrava
1-D-North Steve SchmittSteve Ballard
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Health & Safety RepresentativeNicole Jones
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Latest meeting updates can be found at; uawlocal6000.org or by
calling the Local 6000
Hotline at 1-800-321-0829
PLEASE NOTE: Newsbreak is mailed third class on or before the
10th of each month. due to cutbacks in the USPS, many members
receive their copy of Newsbreak late in the month. To keep members
updated, district Meetings are printed for the current month and
for the upcoming month.
DISTrICT/CHAIr MONTH/DAy/lOCATION COUNTIES
1A1 Peggy Haywood
1A2 Wayman Neal
1C1 Beth Lounds
1C2 Mary Ann LaGow
1D1 Terry Tincknell
1D2 Kelly Hetrick, ChairTodd Robertson, Vice-Chair
1D3 Carolyn Kowalik
1D4 Mary Vandenheuvel, Vice-Chair
1D5 Cindi Sellers, Chair Maggie Swarthout, Vice-Chair
1D6 Dale Alexander
1D7 Jefferson Jones
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Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne
Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Shiawassee
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Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm,Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana,
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NO JUNE MEETINGMonday, July 14, 2014 5:30 p.m.Brentwood
Restaurant, 178 Park Dr., Caro, MI 48723
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:00 p.m.UAW Region 1A, 9650 S. Telegraph
Rd., Taylor, MI 48180Tuesday, July 8, 2014 6:00 p.m.UAW Region 1A,
9650 S. Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI 48180
Monday, June 9, 2014Ryans Roadhouse, 902 State Street, St.
Johns, MI 48879Monday, July 14, 2014 6:30 p.m.Log Jam Restaurant,
110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
NO MEETING JUly Or AUGUST
Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:00 pm (eastern)Lakeside Restaurant,
Best Western900 U.S. 41, Baraga, MI 49908Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:00 p.m. (Central)Famers Restaurant, Pine Mtn. ResortN3332 Pine
Mtn. Rd, Iron Mountain 49801
Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:00 p.m. (eastern)Wheatys Pub, 204 S.
Cedar, Manistique, MI 49854Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:00 p.m.
(eastern)Pacinos Best Western2635 Ludington St., Escanaba, MI
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:30 p.m.BJs Restaurant, 990 N. Center,
Gaylord, MI 49735Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:30 p.m.Barnacle Bills
Restaurant119 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730
Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:00 p.m.Lakeside Charlies, 301 S. Lake
Mitchell, Cadillac, MI 49601Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:00
p.m.LaSeniorita, 1245 Garfield Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:00 p.m.PIs Restaurant, 1815 S. Saginaw
Rd., Midland, MI 48640Tuesday, July 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.Harveys Grill
& Bar, 4000 E. Wilder Rd., Bay City, MI 48706
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:00 p.m.Region 1-D, 3300 Leonard, N.E.,
Grand Rapids, MI 49525Tuesday, July 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.Region 1-D,
3300 Leonard, N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:30 p.m.Big T Restaurant, 155 Main
Street, Lawton, MI 49065Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:30 p.m.Big T
Restaurant, 155 Main Street, Lawton, MI 49065