2 time League champs! Congratulations!

If you haven’t heard the softball team Getchusum has won 2 Championships in their league.  The team is made up primarily of 76 Union members and some friends and family. The next season will start up in the spring playing at the Manteca field of dreams.

Coaches:

Ed Swanson and Noel javier

Players:

Angel Vargas, Aubrey Hagler, Kerwin Warren, Marty Garcia, Julius Pantoja, Marco Blanco, David Pantoja, Jeff Ojeda, Christopher Egger, and some friends and family.

Good Job Guys! See you on the field next season.

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New Layout

This website will be under construction for the next few weeks. We are currently trying to bring the site up to International standards. Sorry for the inconvenience. uaw-logo-bw

Here is the template and information on the new format that the International is offering us. It is not that much different than what we are currently using and I’m not too crazy about the e-mail address collector that goes out of my hands. I will look into it further and if you have any questions or comments please see me at work.

You can find the demo here.      www.uawsolidweb.org

Click on the video on the bottom of the page for the demo. Click on the four arrows in the bottom right of video to make it bigger.


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Auto Suppliers Face an Uncertain Life After Nummi

HAYWARD — When Toyota Motor Corp. closes its Fremont factory known as Nummi in April, it spells the end of California’s last auto plant. For Ebi Mogharei, it also means he must reinvent his own company to avoid Nummi’s fate.

Mr. Mogharei is the plant manager for Injex Industries Inc. in Hayward, which makes door panels, glove compartments and other plastic parts for the vehicles that roll out of Nummi. With the vast majority of its business coming from Nummi, Injex’s executives are now searching for customers outside the auto industry so they can save the jobs of its 400 employees after Nummi closes.

Stu Woo/The Wall Street Journal

Injex Industries plant manager Ebi Mogharei held an assist grip that Injex makes for Toyota vehicles.

“We have so many people who have been here so long,” says Mr. Mogharei, a 48-year-old Iranian immigrant. “The energy and culture that we have developed over 25 years is something that can’t be replaced overnight.”

Many suppliers like Injex are now grappling with life after New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., as the impending closure of the plant starts rippling across the Bay Area economy. Since its founding in 1984, the first-of-a-kind joint venture between Toyota and General Motors Corp. had been a steady provider of business for a long chain of suppliers. Every year, thousands of schoolchildren and others visitors flocked to see the bustling plant, which produced 430,000 cars such as Toyota Corollas, Toyota Tacomas and Pontiac Vibes at its peak in 2006.

But in July, as part of GM’s federally funded bankruptcy, GM abandoned its ownership in Nummi. Mike Goss, a Toyota spokesman, says the company would not have closed Nummi had GM remained in the partnership.

When rumors of Nummi’s closure swirled this summer, politicians such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged Toyota to reconsider. But both Washington and Sacramento officials acknowledged that was a lot to ask of the company, given California’s high cost of doing business. In late August, Toyota announced Nummi would close in 2010.

The shutdown will cost 4,700 Nummi workers their jobs, and the repercussions among suppliers could be greater. While some of the plant’s 15 major local suppliers such as Mission Tool & Manufacturing Inc. in Hayward will survive by serving Toyota’s other North American factories, others, such as Toyota Tsusho America Inc. in Fremont, are planning to wind down altogether, absent new business.

Mr. Goss, the Toyota spokesman, says some of Nummi’s 25 suppliers in California will continue to serve other North American Toyota plants, but that Toyota will end its business relationship with other suppliers.

Vuteq California Corp. is among the suppliers trying to figure out post-Nummi plans. Based in Hayward, Vuteq makes interior parts for Corollas and Tacomas and employs 65 workers. “We’re trying to get some other business to keep on going, but in this economy, it’s going to be tough,” says plant manager Doc Skinner, who added that the company had some prospective new customers.

Overall, tens of thousands of people work for Nummi’s suppliers, or the suppliers of those suppliers, says Bruce Kern, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. His organization and local-government officials say they have started to look into how they could help the affected suppliers find new business.

The effort is welcomed by Injex executives, who say they started courting new business when GM’s problems worsened. Mr. Mogharei says he now spends much of the day on the phone, pitching Injex to prospective clients in local industries such as agriculture, medical technology and solar energy.

Mr. Mogharei says Injex has injection-molding equipment that can make virtually any plastic product, such as plastic strawberry trays or solar panels. And the company also assembles and paints a wide array of products with its assembly and paint lines.

“That’s part of the image we need to change,” says Mark Petri, director of sales operations and a member of the family that founded Injex in 1984. “We’re not just an injection-molding company….If something needs to be assembled, we can assemble. We can assemble an iPhone.”

Executives at Injex, which generates more than $65 million in revenue a year, declined to be specific about what percentage of their business comes from Toyota, except to say they are almost “completely dependent” on the auto maker. Though Injex has some other current customers, Mr. Mogharei says he so far hasn’t found any substantial post-Nummi ones.

As Mr. Mogharei walked through Injex’s cavernous plant on a recent day, metal clanked and sparks flew around him. He pointed out the machines that melt plastic pellets and mold them into cup holders and other car parts. Then he stopped in front of a frame that holds pictures of 30 employees who have worked at Injex for 20 or more years.

Two of those workers are Hugo Company and Zoraida Pastor, a married couple in their late 40s who have worked at Injex for 24 years. Ms. Pastor, a group leader, says her first thought when she heard of the Nummi closure was, “How can I make the payments for my house?”

Mr. Company, a senior technician, says he felt as if Toyota “stabbed me in the back” with the Nummi closure announcement. “Nobody wants to see this place close,” he says. “We all like this job. We all want to keep working for this place.”

Though Mr. Mogharei gushed about his company’s “just-in-time” productive track record, and proudly pointed out the dozen flags hanging above the lunch-break tables that represent the countries from where his workers hail, he says he is realistic about Injex’s future. He and other company leaders have advised employees — who are mostly immigrants without college degrees — to save money in case Injex needs to cut hours or jobs.

“I’m sure I’ll find some business,” Mr. Mogharei says. “But will that be enough to save the 400 jobs?”

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Toyota Threatens 50 thousand jobs in California

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For 25 years, NUMMI workers have made award-winning, high-quality cars and pickup trucks for Toyota. While the economic crisis has affected the auto industry worldwide, Toyota has never closed a factory or laid off a single full-time worker in Japan. Toyota apparently feels American workers are more expendable.

The closure of NUMMI will have a devastating impact on California’s already ailing economy and on every California family. At stake are the jobs of 4,500 auto workers and 50,000 supplier and support workers at more than 1,000 businesses throughout the state. Job losses of this magnitude will have a crippling effect on small businesses in many communities and drastically reduce tax revenue needed for roads, parks, schools, and other public services.

California is by far Toyota’s single biggest market for automobile sales in the United States. Californians, and in fact all Americans, have supported Toyota not only as consumers but also as taxpayers, financing the recent federal “cash for clunkers” program which benefited Toyota more than any other auto company. And now, Toyota has launched a $1 billion marketing campaign to increase sales in California and the United States — at the same time they are shipping our jobs away!

We have the power to insist Toyota honor its commitment to produce quality cars in California. Sign the petition and take the pledge not to purchase Toyota products if Toyota closes the NUMMI plant. By standing together, we can save 50,000 good-paying jobs.

TELL TOYOTA TO KEEP NUMMI OPEN. Sign the petition here: 13

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NUMMI Ralley @ San Francisco Federal Building

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Cassidee Soldate at age 3 supporting NUMMI workers during a rally held in front of the San Francisco Federal Building on Saturday, August 29th, 2009.

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UAW Rally Held at NUMMI

nummi-pic-3nummi-pic-11On August 20th, 2009 the UAW held a rally in Fremont, CA at the NUMMI Plant to gain assistance from business leaders and State Officials to convince Toyota to keep the only west coast factory open in the state of California.  Hundreds of people gathered to show support including but not limited to UAW Local 2244 members, UAW Local 76 members, UAW International nummi-pic-2Representatives, members of the AFL-CIO, and many business and state leaders.  There were speeches from Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and Lt. Governor John Garamendi.  The NUMMI closer would effect 4,700 factory workers, 35,000 workers across the state of California, and 1,186 businesses.

A special thanks to members of Local 76 from Ford, Chrysler, Exel, Dakkota, Injex and Premier who attended the successful rally.

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Detriot losing bussinesses as plants close

DETROIT — They call this the Motor City, but you have to leave town to buy a Chrysler or a Jeep.

Borders Inc. was founded 40 miles away, but the only one of the chain’s bookstores here closed this month. And Starbucks Corp., famous for saturating U.S. cities with its storefronts, has only four left in this city of 900,000 after closures last summer.

Full story here

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Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

WASHINGTON – Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday and will form an alliance with the Italian carmaker Fiat Group SpA in an effort to revive the nation’s ailing third-largest automaker.

The Obama administration said it had long hoped to stave off bankruptcy, but it became clear that a holdout group of creditors wouldn’t budge on proposals to reduce Chrysler’s $6.9 billion in secured debt. Clearing those debts was a needed step for Chrysler to restructure by a government-imposed Thursday deadline. 

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Employee Free Choice Act Introducted in Congress

by Seth Michaels, Mar 10, 2009,  Original Post: Here

The Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate today, launching the legislative battle to restore workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.

It’s a great day for working families and a sign of the change that America voted for last fall. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) announced the bill’s launch at the Senate, along with workers whose struggles to form unions illustrate the need to give workers, not bosses, the ability to choose how to form a union, as well as a guarantee of a contract and protection from employer intimidation, coercion and firing.

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Sen. Tom Harkin shows how without unions, and the Employee Free Choice Act, America’s workers fall behind.

Deborah Kelly, one of the workers testifying today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about the importance of protecting the freedom to form a union, says her union is vital to protect her and her family.

As a line man apprentice for the Chugach Electric Association, I work hard every day, in sometimes dangerous conditions, to provide power to the Anchorage, Alaska, area. I am truly honored to testify before Congress about how I have benefited from joining a union. Thanks to my union, I work with the most highly trained people in the industry and I know I will come home safe every night.

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Workers spoke at today’s press conference for the need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, including Sharon Harrison from CWA; Kelly Badillo, SEIU; and Deborah Kelly from IBEW.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says introduction of this bill is a strong message in support of working families.

Today is a banner day for working Americans, a milestone on the road to rebuilding our nation’s middle class—and it couldn’t come at a more crucial time. We thank the House of Representatives and the Senate for introducing the Employee Free Choice Act, which will restore workers’ freedom to bargain for fair wages, job security, better health care and secure pensions. Special thanks also goes to Congressman Miller, Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Harkin for being the lead sponsors and champions for America’s working families.

We are confident the Employee Free Choice Act is going to become the law of the land.

Carol Pier of Human Rights Watch, one of the dozens of organizations backing the Employee Free Choice Act, says U.S. labor laws need the kind of fair opportunity that workers around the world have.

Weak U.S. labor law effectively denies millions of workers the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Congress should bring worker protections closer to international standards by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.

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What is The Employee Free Choice Act?

UAW members:  Join the Million-Member Mobilization Campaign for the Employee Free Choice Act.  Please show your support by filling this form out here:  E.F.C.A Form.

The Employee Free Choice Act, supported in 2007 by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would enable working people to bargain for better benefits, wages and working conditions by restoring workers’ freedom to choose for themselves whether to join a union. It would:

  • Remove current obstacles to employees who want collective bargaining.
  • Guarantee that workers who can choose collective bargaining are able to achieve a contract.
  • Allow employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.

Original Post:  Here

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