UAW http://michiganradio.org en Dennis Williams is UAW's new president http://michiganradio.org/post/dennis-williams-uaws-new-president <p></p><p>Dennis Williams is the new president of the United Auto Workers Union, and members appear to be very optimistic about the leadership.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes&nbsp;told Stateside that the union views Williams as somebody who can be an innovative bargainer and bring a new perspective.</p><p>Howes <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140612/AUTO01/306120032/New-UAW-boss-faces-King-size-challenge">in his column today</a> said that Dennis Williams has his work cut out for him to correct the mistakes of his predecessor, Bob King.&nbsp;</p><p>Williams is the first UAW president who never headed one of union’s main three departments: Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. He is also the first who has never worked in an auto plant.</p><p>*<em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:47:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17973 at http://michiganradio.org Dennis Williams is UAW's new president Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroits-grand-bargain-uaw-dues-and-roads <p></p><p>This&nbsp;<em>Week in Michigan Politics,&nbsp;</em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss how lawmakers approved giving&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization">$195 million </a>to Detroit, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-unions-future-remains-be-seen">the state of the United Auto Workers</a>&nbsp;after members agreed to raise fees for the first time in nearly 50 years, and why lawmakers can't agree on road funding.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:50:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17850 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads Stateside for Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-june-3rd-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Once the United Auto Workers boasted a formidable membership with more than one and half million members. Today: that number is drastically smaller, almost three-fourths smaller, with 390-thousand members.</p><p>Much has been written about whether or not the UAW is dead.</p><p>But, on today's Stateside, we asked, with such dwindling numbers does it really matter? And, to whom?</p><p>There is still ice on Lake Superior in the beginning of June. What is the cause?</p><p>A literary map of Detroit as seen through the eyes of writers, author’s and storytellers provides insight of Detroit’s history.</p><p>Also, want a free house? Well, if you're a writer, and ready to move to Detroit, you might just be in luck.</p><p>But, first on Stateside…</p><p>Michigan’s roads are crumbling and people want them fixed. Some estimates say it could cost almost 2 billion dollars a year to fix them.</p><p>State lawmakers are in the midst of considering raising revenue through higher taxes on gas and that has raised a lot of debate around what we already pay at the pump.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Mark Brush set out to sort this out for all of us.&nbsp;</p><p><br /><em>*Listen to full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:22:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 17847 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 Auto industry union's future remains to be seen http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-unions-future-remains-be-seen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers union is holding its big convention in Detroit this week. Like America’s two major political parties, the UAW has a convention once every four years.</span></p><p>The union’s convention resembles national political conventions in another way, too. Everything is mostly decided ahead of time.</p><p>Once, conventions were the place where party and union members waged titanic battles to determine their next leaders.</p><p>Now, presidential nominees are determined long before the first and only ballot, and the same is true in the UAW. Dennis Williams, the union’s current secretary-treasurer, will be overwhelmingly elected to a four-year term as union president tomorrow.</p><p>That will follow what seems certain to be their first dues increase in many years, though it isn’t clear whether rank and file members would agree if they had a vote.</p><p>Union “democracy” tries to avoid dissension, on the theory that the workers are best served by solidarity at all levels.</p><p>Yet there is a major difference between the UAW and the political parties.&nbsp; What isn’t clear is whether the union can survive, or more to the point, remain relevant.</p><p>The UAW is now far less important than it once was. They are trying to put a good face on it, but outgoing union president Bob King’s four years in office were pretty much a failure.</p><p>King wanted to be the next Walter Reuther, and lead the union to a new era of greatness. The key to that was going to be organizing “transplants,” foreign automakers manufacturing cars in America, mostly in the south.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:59:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17835 at http://michiganradio.org Auto industry union's future remains to be seen GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-recalls-24-million-more-vehicles <p>DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to resolve outstanding safety issues more quickly.</p><p>The latest action brings to 13.6 million the number of vehicles GM has recalled this year, a new record for the automaker. &nbsp;</p><p>The recalls announced&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;include 1.3 million older-model crossovers with defective front seat belts and 1 million sedans with a shift cable that can wear out.&nbsp;</p><p>GM is also recalling 1,400 new Cadillac&nbsp;Escalade&nbsp;SUVs with faulty air bags.&nbsp;No fatalities related to the defects have been reported, GM says. It expects to take a $400 million charge in the second quarter to repair the vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>GM agreed to a $35 million federal fine last week for delays in reporting a deadly ignition switch defect.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:28:17 +0000 The Associated Press 17670 at http://michiganradio.org GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles United Auto Workers membership grows slightly http://michiganradio.org/post/united-auto-workers-membership-grows-slightly <div>NEW YORK (AP) - A filing with the U.S. Department of Labor shows <a href="http://uaw.org/">the United Auto Workers</a>' membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UAW's membership in 2013 was 391,415, compared to 382,513 in 2012. The union has been steadily adding members since 2009, when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:21:57 +0000 Associated Press 17031 at http://michiganradio.org United Auto Workers membership grows slightly UAW awaits answer on intimidation claims at VW plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-awaits-answer-intimidation-claims-vw-plant <p>It has been a little over a month since a closely watched vote at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. By a very close margin, hourly workers at the plant said no to having the UAW represent them.</p><p>But that is not the end of things at the VW plant. The UAW appealed the results of the National Labor Relations Board, because of what the union calls a campaign of intimidation by outsiders, including an apparent promise from Tennessee's senator – a promise that has yet to materialize.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief David Shepardson&nbsp;joins us today.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:28:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 16872 at http://michiganradio.org UAW awaits answer on intimidation claims at VW plant UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-claims-coercion-appeals-no-vote-tennessee-auto-plant <p>The United Auto Workers is blaming outside interference for its defeat this month in a union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p></p><p>The UAW filed an appeal of that vote today with the National Labor Relations Board.</p><p></p><p>In the days leading up to the vote, numerous Tennessee politicians threatened to kill millions of dollars of state incentives for an expansion of the plant if the workers voted to unionize.</p><p></p><p>In the end, plant workers voted down the union by a narrow margin.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 16555 at http://michiganradio.org UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant UAW tries to unionize VW workers at Tennessee plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-tries-unionize-vw-workers-tennessee-plant <div><p>It's Thursday – time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He's picking through the rubble of the UAW's bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We know that VW workers said "no thanks" to the UAW by a vote of 712-626, but w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat are the deeper implications of that "no" vote?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel Howes joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></div><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:23:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16529 at http://michiganradio.org UAW tries to unionize VW workers at Tennessee plant Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-20-2014 <p>Just what do you want your city, your community, to look like? Crowded bustling streets? Quiet, residential homes only? Zoning laws determine these things, and although those two words don't sound altogether exciting, zoning laws are creating debate all over the state. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, what was that noise outside today? Did you hear it? Sounded like thunder? Well, in this crazy Michigan weather, we're getting thundersnow. We found out about this winter novelty.</p><p>And, we spoke with the man who designed and painted the masks on the U.S. Olympic hockey teams.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, we checked in with Daniel Howes on the UAW bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p>And, head to Ford Field on Saturday if you want to be part of a world record. ComePlayDetroit is organizing the world's largest indoor yoga session at the home of the Detroit Lions.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he state of Michigan is ending its exclusive contract with the Education Achievement Authority to oversee the worst-performing schools in the state.</span></p><p>Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flangan sent a letter to the EAA saying the state will pull out of its exclusivity agreement with the Authority one year from now.</p><p>Martin Ackley is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the state still intends to use the EAA to help turn around struggling schools.</p><p>“Now, this is in no way a statement or an indication of a lack of confidence in the EAA or its academic strategies. This is just an action that needed to be taken in order to provide flexibility and to provide options other than the EAA in which to place these most-struggling schools.”</p><p>So, what are the other options the state might use to help failing schools? And what's ahead for the controversial EAA?</p><p>Jake Neher, who covers Lansing for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:08:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 16532 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 Awkward: UAW official praises Democratic candidate for governor while the GOP incumbent listens http://michiganradio.org/post/awkward-uaw-official-praises-democratic-candidate-governor-while-gop-incumbent-listens <p>Today’s announcement that General Motors will spend $1.3 billion upgrading plants in Michigan proved to be a little awkward for one of the dignitaries on the dais.</p><p></p><p>It’s probably not a surprise that Governor Snyder got a few boos from union members in the audience, given that the first anniversary of the governor signing Right to Work into law was just last week.</p><p></p><p>Perhaps less expected, the Republican governor had to sit and listen as UAW regional director Norwood Jewell praised Snyder’s Democratic opponent in next year’s election.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:50:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 15715 at http://michiganradio.org Awkward: UAW official praises Democratic candidate for governor while the GOP incumbent listens City of Lansing finalizes new contract with UAW employees http://michiganradio.org/post/city-lansing-finalizes-new-contract-uaw-employees <p>Some Lansing city workers have a new three year contract.</p><p>The Lansing city council gave the final OK to the contract with the city’s UAW employees last night. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the contract, the city’s UAW employees will pay more toward their retirement benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also, the families of new city employees will not be eligible for health benefits after the employee retires.&nbsp;&nbsp; The contract also includes a slight pay increase.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:37:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 14940 at http://michiganradio.org City of Lansing finalizes new contract with UAW employees Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? http://michiganradio.org/post/victory-uaw-volkswagen-auto-plant <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>In what could be a victory for the Detroit-based United Auto Workers, a union official in Tennessee says a majority of workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in the state have signed cards favoring the UAW’s representation in creating a German-style works council at the plant.</p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The official told the Associated Press that the cards are as legally binding as an election by the workers.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">More from the AP:</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:36:13 +0000 Mike Perini 14385 at http://michiganradio.org Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? Week in review: Medicaid expansion, UAW, Senate race, and Duggan v. Dugeon http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-medicaid-expansion-uaw-senate-race-and-duggan-v-dugeon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a brief review of what's been happening in the news this week:</span></p><p><strong>Let's talk Medicaid expansion. What happened in Lansing?</strong></p><p>The state Senate finally got together and the &nbsp;government operations committee sent the Medicaid bill and they also sent two hastily drawn up last minute substitutes that are tea party measures, that would cost the state more.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>How are UAW negotiations going?</strong></p><p>The state passed right-to-work last December but there's the question of whether it applies to state employees, which is pending before the state Supreme Court.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What are the developments in the 2014 U.S. Senate race?</strong></p><p>Sort of unexpectedly, long time Republican representative Dave Camp is talking about getting into the 2014 race for the U.S. senate. This is for the seat Carl Levin is vacating after 36 years. Now, former Secretary of State Terry Lynn Lan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has been up un</span>til<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> now the only Republican candidate but she's vowing that if M</span>r.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Camp gets in she'll give </span>him<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a spirited fight.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>A look at the Detroit mayoral race: <em>Duggan v.&nbsp;Dugeon</em></strong></p><p>If it's close at all, it could be weeks before we find out who's facing who. It could be a Florida-recount-style mess.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To listen to the full discussion, click the link above.</em></p><p></p><p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 13812 at http://michiganradio.org Week in review: Medicaid expansion, UAW, Senate race, and Duggan v. Dugeon Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-31st-2013 <p>The FBI has just completed a nationwide sweep resulting in the arrest of 150 pimps and the rescue of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution. We took a closer look at human trafficking in our state.</p><p>And, we spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, one of 30 college graduates to be selected for the Challenge Detroit program.</p><p>And, a new House bill could eliminate state income tax. State Representative Bob Genetski joined us to talk about why he thinks income tax is unnecessary.</p><p>Also, self-driving cars could be available to consumers within the next 2-3 years, according to Google. We found out what the future of transportation might look like.</p><p>First on the show, there was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of contract talks.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</span></p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:16:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 13780 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 2013 labor negotiations started in Lansing today http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-labor-negotiations-started-lansing-today <p>There was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of 2013 labor negotiations.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014. But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:14:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 13777 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 labor negotiations started in Lansing today UAW says membership crept up in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-says-membership-crept-2012 <p>DETROIT (AP) - The United Auto Workers union says its membership has edged up in the past year after decades of contraction with the shrinking of U.S. auto industry employment.<br><br>The Detroit-based union says it reported its 2012 membership figure to the U.S. government Thursday.<br><br>The UAW says it had 382,513 members last year, up from 380,716 in 2011. That's an increase of 1,797, or 0.5 percent.<br><br>Union President Bob King says union "membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining."<br> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:06:52 +0000 The Associated Press 11925 at http://michiganradio.org UAW says membership crept up in 2012 News this morning: Right-to-work, Ford profits, and heavy rain http://michiganradio.org/post/news-morning-right-work-ford-profits-and-heavy-rain <p><strong>Let's skip the lawsuits and go straight to the top</strong></p><p>That's the idea behind Gov. Snyder's call for the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's new right-to-work law.<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-asks-state-supreme-court-decide-if-right-work-law-legal">Rick Pluta explains</a> where the legal challenges could come from:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">One is whether exemptions in the law for police and firefighter unions violate the equal protection clause of the U-S Constitution. Another is whether the state Civil Service Commission has the autonomy under the Michigan Constitution to ignore the right-to-work law.</span></p></blockquote><p>Opponents of the right-to-work legislation <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130129/NEWS15/301290045/Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-puts-right-to-work-law-before-high-court-making-other-challenges-moot?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">called the governor's move cynical</a>, saying the legislation by-passed the normal committee process when it was written and now the Gov. is asking for it to by-pass the court system. The Supreme Court has a Republican majority of 4-2. It will likely be a 5-2 majority after Snyder appoints another Justice to fill a vacancy.</p><p><strong>Ford made $5.67 billion in net income for 2012</strong></p><p>It was a good year for the automaker. From the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130129/AUTO0102/301290366/Ford-reports-5-67-billion-net-income-2012?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 13px;">It was in North America where Ford posted a 10.4 percent profit margin in 2012, and because of that success, 45,800 United&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 13px;">Auto Workers hourly members will receive profit-sharing checks worth approximately $8,300, which will be paid in March.</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>Snow yesterday, rain today</strong></p><p>Good conditions for flooding. From the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=MIZ076&amp;warncounty=MIC163&amp;firewxzone=MIZ076&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Flood+Watch">National Weather Service</a>:</p><blockquote><p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.8621937588322908" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">An area of rainfall will accompany a warm front through southeast Michigan today... with another round of heavier rainfall expected to arrive tonight. This in combination with the melting snow and rapid runoff on frozen ground will allow area rivers and streams to rise and bring the potential for localized flooding of some low lying and poor drainage areas.</span></b></p></blockquote><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:45:31 +0000 Mark Brush 10985 at http://michiganradio.org News this morning: Right-to-work, Ford profits, and heavy rain Stateside: Right-to-work legislation takes effect on March 27 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-right-work-legislation-takes-effect-march-27 <p></p><p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>On March 27, Michigan will become the 24<sup>th</sup> state to adopt right-to-work legislation.</p><p>Roland Zullo of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and Economy at the University of Michigan and Vincent Vernuccio of The <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/">Mackinac Center for Public Policy</a> spoke with Cyndy today about the legislation. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:39:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10971 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Right-to-work legislation takes effect on March 27 UAW to protest at Snyder's State of State speech http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-protest-snyders-state-state-speech <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The United Auto Workers and other labor unions are calling on members to protest before and during Gov. Rick Snyder's third State of the State address in Lansing.<br><br>The Republican governor's speech is scheduled for Wednesday evening in the state Capitol.<br><br>The UAW and other unions are planning to be outside to protest GOP policies they say are hurting the middle class. They're especially upset about a new law ending requirements that workers pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.<br> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:41:06 +0000 The Associated Press 10742 at http://michiganradio.org UAW to protest at Snyder's State of State speech