2014 R&E Center Committee Schedule

The 2014 R&E Committe Schedule is posted on our Facebook page at the following link:

Hard copies are availble at the R&E Committee office and at the UAW Local 245 Union Hall. We will also publish the schedule in the next edition of the Beacon.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Local 245 would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Right to Work still Wrong for Michigan One Year Later

The following article was featured in December 7, 2013 edition of the Lansing State Journal:
A year after right-to-work laws were approved with the promise of radically changing Michigan’s business climate, little has actually changed.
And, any changes likely won’t be realized for years, if at all.
While proponents trumpeted the laws as necessary to draw companies to Michigan, there are no examples of businesses that have done so because Michigan now is a right-to-work state. And organized labor, whose leaders blasted the legislation as a union-busting attempt in the state that gave birth to unions, has seen far fewer defections among its members than originally feared.
To be sure, some union members have bolted and more could follow, since right-to-work provisions don’t take effect until current contracts expire. But leaders say the defections are just a fraction of total membership. Most workers, they contend, are choosing to stay with their unions.

The History of Labor Day

The following article is from the US Department of Labor website:
The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

New Stamping Technology from the Research and Innovation Center

The following article is from www.detnews.com:

July 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

Ford invents new stamping technology

Innovation funded by U.S. grant cuts time, cost to craft auto parts

The capitalist’s case for a $15 minimum wage

The following article is from www.uaw.org:

Rising inequality creates a death spiral of falling demand that ultimately takes everyone down

Big 3 dominate vehicle quality survey, take or tie for 12 top spots

The following article is from the May 14, 2013 edition of the Detroit News:
For the first time in more than a decade, the biggest U.S. automakers had a majority of category winners in a survey of vehicle quality, taking or tying in 12 of 21 segments.
General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC models had a majority of category winners, San Diego-based Strategic Vision said in a statement.
The three automakers all gained market share in the first quarter for the first time in 20 years.
The Michigan-based companies exceeded sales forecasts last month and led the industry to its best April since 2007.

Worker's Memorial Day April 28, 2013

UAW-Ford Health and Safety made a video to pay tribute to workers that died on the job.
You can view the video here: http://www.at.ford.com/news/multimedia/pages/default.aspx?t=v&n=1123

UAW Local 245 27th Annual Golf Outing

Where: Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, Taylor MI.
When: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Check In: 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Free Driving Range: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Shotgun Start: 8:30 AM
Lunch provided at the turn.
Buffet dinner with all the trimmings and a 2 hour open bar.
Cost: $90 for UAW Local 245 members - $95 for non-members.
Registration forms will be available in the Beacon and at the UAW Local 245 Union Hall.
Please sign up early because space is limited.
Contact UAW Local 245 if you have questions: (313) 561-7500


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