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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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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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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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The System For Forming Unions is Broken

Today, CEOs get contracts that protect their wages and benefits. But some deny their employees the same opportunity. Although U.S. and international laws are supposed to protect workers’ freedom to belong to unions, employers routinely harass, intimidate, coerce and even fire workers struggling to gain a union so they can bargain for better lives. And U.S. labor law is powerless to stop them. Employees are on an uneven playing field from the first moment they begin exploring whether they want to form a union, and the will of the majority often is crushed by brutal management tactics.

Cornell University scholar Kate Bronfenbrenner studied hundreds of organizing campaigns and found that:

  • Ninety-two percent of private-sector employers, when faced with employees who want to join together in a union, force employees to attend closed-door meetings to hear anti-union propaganda; 80 percent require supervisors to attend training sessions on attacking unions; and 78 percent require that supervisors deliver anti-union messages to workers they oversee.
  • Seventy-five percent hire outside consultants to run anti-union campaigns, often based on mass psychology and distorting the law.
  • Half of employers threaten to shut down partially or totally if employees join together in a union.
  • In 25 percent of organizing campaigns, private-sector employers illegally fire workers because they want to form a union.
  • Even after workers successfully form a union, in one-third of the instances, employers do not negotiate a contract.

Original Post:  Here

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Why Workers Need the Freedom to Form Unions and Bargain

Joining together in a union to bargain for health care, pensions, fair wages and better working conditions is the best opportunity working people have to get ahead.

Today, good jobs are vanishing and health care coverage and retirement security are slipping out of reach. Only 38 percent of the public says their families are getting ahead financially and less than a quarter believes the next generation will be better off.

But workers who belong to unions earn 28 percent more than nonunion workers. They are 52 percent more likely to have employer-provided health coverage and nearly three times more likely to have guaranteed pensions.

All workers should have the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions to bargain for a better life.

Original Post: Here

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