Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tentative Agreement needed not just highlights




Think about it, you wouldn’t sign a mortgage, loan or other personal contract without the ability to read it in its entirety… Labor contracts are not different, and may actually affect your life in even greater ways than the aforementioned.

Thus… For the following reasons, should you desire to, you are entitled to see the actual agreement and not just the highlights.

First, The Federal Law:


29 U.S. Code § 414 – Right to copies of collective bargaining agreements

It shall be the duty of the secretary or corresponding principal officer of each labor organization, in the case of a local labor organization, to forward a copy of each collective bargaining agreement made by such labor organization with any employer to any employee who requests such a copy and whose rights as such employee are directly affected by such agreement, and in the case of a labor organization other than a local labor organization, to forward a copy of any such agreement to each constituent unit which has members directly affected by such agreement; and such officer shall maintain at the principal office of the labor organization of which he is an officer copies of any such agreement made or received by such labor organization, which copies shall be available for inspection by any member or by any employee whose rights are affected by such agreement. The provisions of section 440 of this title shall be applicable in the enforcement of this section.


Second, The UAW Constitution:


Section 3. No Local Union Officer, International Officer or International Representative shall have the authority to negotiate the terms of a contract or any supplement thereof with any employer without first obtaining the approval of the Local Union. After negotiations have been concluded with the employer, the proposed contract or supplement shall be submitted to the vote of the Local Union membership, or unit membership in the case of an Amalgamated Local Union, at a meeting called especially for such purpose, or through such other procedure, approved by the Regional Director, to encourage greater participation of members in voting on the proposed contract or supplement. Should the proposed contract or supplement be approved by a majority vote of the Local Union or unit members so participating, it shall be referred to the Regional Director for her/his recommendation to the International Executive Board for its approval or rejection. In case the Regional Board Member recommends approval, the contract becomes operative until the final action is taken by the International Executive Board.

Upon application to and approval of the International Executive Board, a ratification procedure may be adopted wherein apprenticeble skilled trades and related workers, production workers, office workers, engineers, and technicians would vote separately on contractual matters common to all and, in the same vote on those matters which relate exclusively to their group.

Before contract or supplemental demands affecting skilled workers are submitted to the employer, they shall be submitted to the Skilled Trades Department in order to effectuate an industry-wide standardization of agreements on wages, hours, apprenticeship programs, journeyman standards and working conditions.

The bold sections are the relevant sections in the actual Federal statute [This is also a part of the “Workers Bill of Rights”], or UAW Constitution provisions. Regarding the UAW Constitution it provides that the “proposed contract” and NOT the “Highlights” be submitted to the vote of the Local Union membership.

Therefore… You have the RIGHT to see and review the actual Tentative Agreement. In the case of GM, Ford and FCA in the fall of 2015 the Tentative Agreements were posted on line. You deserve the same treatment!


Unless you have been afforded the full Tentative Agreement with ALL changes “indicated”…

Then TEAM Workin 4 A Livin – Caucus recommends



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Caterpillar Contract Highlights






This article contains the 2017 Caterpillar highlights for the 2017 tentative collective bargaining agreement.

As we saw in 2015 with Detroit 3 agreements, and especially with the Fiat/Chrysler agreement, also supervised by UAW VP Norwood Jewel. The highlights were NOT a good indication of the actual agreement. Therefore, we suggest that the Caterpillar members demand to see the actual tentative agreement, otherwise they too may find themselves voting on items not in the highlights that negatively affect the members and retirees. Specifically, 50% or 100% pension cuts due to falling pension funding levels.

A friend once said; TRUST NO-ONE… That is such an appropriate statement when it comes to recent contracts.

If you don’t like it, ASK!!!

If you don’t get a satisfactory answer… ASK AGAIN!!!

If you STILL don’t get a satisfactory answer… VOTE NO!!!

you may click on the link below to find Caterpillar Highlights PDF:

2017-03-23 FINAL-UAW-Caterpillar-Highlights

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Happy St Patrick’s Day



Wishes Everyone A Very…

Happy St Patrick’s Day

On THE day set aside for the Irish and their wonderful custom of “consumption”, it seems as though everyone desires to have an affinity for the “IRISH”.

St Patrick is commonly known for removing all of the snakes from the Island of Ireland.

However, this is what Wikipedia has to say about St Patrick:

“Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.”

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