UAW Local 2488


As we approach Nov. 8, we should be reminded that every day there are those who have served and those who are serving to protect our freedom here at home and aboard. To honor those men and women it is our civic duty to vote.

Over the years working men and women have heard from both sides of what we refer to as wedge issues!

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We’ve gathered some of the most interesting Tweets from the debate last night >>> 

Forget Personalities and ‘Likeability’ – Who Will Lead and Who is Best on the Issues Critical to American Working Families?

Presidential political campaigns in the age of the 24/7 news cycle can be quite distracting. The media often supplies saturation coverage on inconsequential stories unrelated to the issues that directly affect our families such as fair trade, wealth inequality, the right to organize, and affordable higher education. Complex, but nonetheless critically important issues, just can’t seem to get traction in this environment.

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Donald Trump is a salesman and in 2016 he’s selling hate. He’s branded Mexicans rapists and wants all Muslim-Americans to be registered in a database. When he attacks groups, it’s easy to forget he’s attacking real people, real UAW members. Here are two UAW brothers talking about what it’s like to live in the world Trump is creating... Read more >>>

When you cast your vote for president, your ballot will show a choice for our next president. The nominees from the two major parties and those representing the Green and Libertarian nominees have spent a lot of time addressing voters under age 35 because they’re an important voting bloc in this election. Young voters face deep concerns particular to their demographic such as repaying skyrocketing college debt, finding a good-paying job to start a family with and feeling engaged in one of the most divisive election campaigns in our country’s modern history. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate and will find commonsense solutions to those problems. She’s the best choice if you want a president who stands with Americans who work hard to support their families and want fair wages and benefits in return. Clinton understands that young people want a leader who fights against trade deals like the TPP (Trans- Pacific Partnership) because it benefits corporate profits at the expense of workers’ wages and the environment. Read more >>>

There was a time in America at the height of industrialization when children worked long hours in factories, in coal mines, or just about anywhere where physical labor was needed in manufacturing. Injuries, abuse and exploitation were common... Read more >>>

UAW Member Dana Harris Says Hillary is a Role Model

Dana Harris
Region 1A, Local 1284


Buick LaCrosse

Buick Verano

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CT6

Chevrolet Bolt (electric)

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Cruze*

Chevrolet Cruze (diesel)

Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Sonic*

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Solidarity Sept. - Oct. 2016 is now online!

View the online magazine or view individual articles:

Index: Volume 59, No. 9 - 10

From the President: Vote for the Candidate who is Committed to Organized Labor

PRO-Member - When Speech Incites Hate: Two UAW Members Reflect on 2016 Election

Together We Win: Flamingo Casino Cashiers Look Forward to Making Positive Changes

Union Front: UAW App Brings Important Information to Your Phone

Union Front: Members’ Right to Appeal Protected by UAW Constitution

Together We Win: Victory at the NLRB for Academic Workers

Legislative Update: What’s at Stake in November

Union Front: Making Higher Education Affordable

Union Front: On the Vanguard for Veterans

Union Front: * Beware of the Asterisk *

Cover Story: Hillary Clinton - She's With Us!

2017 UAW Built Vehicles List

Sen. Tim Kaine - He’s With Us!

Younger Workers Will Do Better Under a Clinton Presidency

A Letter to UAW Retirees From the President

Union Front: Communication is Key

Union Front: UAW Chaplains Bond with High School Band and Choir Members

In Memorium: We Salute the Life and Work of Ernie Lofton

Miss the Vice Presidential Debate Last Night? We’ve got you covered.

 Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence went head to head last night. We’ve pulled some of the best tweets from the evening.

Check out tweets from the Vice Presidential Debate last night.


VANCE, Ala. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit today upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that determined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) violated federal labor law in Tuscaloosa County, Ala.

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Buy Union this Halloween

This year shop for these products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU).

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UAW Member Lloyd Allen on Hillary Voting to Save the Auto Industry

Community Petition Urging University Administrators to End Their Anti-Union Campaign Gains Momentum

NEW YORK – As support for graduate workers’ right to collective bargaining builds nationwide, more than 60 members of Congress today issued a statement urging Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and other university administrators in support of fair and free union elections. U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Jerrold Nadler along with dozens of other congressional leaders applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision to restore the rights of teaching assistants and research assistants to bargain collectively.

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What is a UAW Women’s book club?

Of course you’ve heard of book clubs where people come together to discuss books, but what exactly is a UAW Women’s book club? UAW Women book clubs are ones where groups read books that empower and educate union women. The books recommended for our book clubs will be ones that strengthen our leadership skills and expand women’s roles within the UAW...

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UAW Member Sheila Pedersen Says Hillary is Ready For the Job

When local UAW members want to know what’s happening in their local and what the issues are that bring them together – like who the best candidate for workers is in the upcoming election – there’s no one they trust more than their union local. The UAW members who make that communication happen work tirelessly, usually on their own time, to bring it to their union sisters and brothers. Using all the platforms available to them such as social media, photography, video, publications, websites, email, texting and more, the UAW-Local Union Communications Association (LUCA) on Aug. 25 honored those hardworking communicators for a job well done over the past year. Read more >>>

Gary Nichols Memorial Golf Outing

 Hello everyone, we are welcoming 4 man teams in the 5th annual Gary Nichols Memorial Outing. Saturday September 17th. Check in is at 7am. Shotgun start at 8am. Outing is held at The Den at Fox Creek. $85 per person - Lunch included, proceeds go to United Way of McLean Co. And Great Plains LIFE Foundation. Trophy, prizes, contest & skins. Please come out and Honor Gary, and help these great causes. Contact Maggie Nichols at 309-828-7383 or 309-287-3010.

 Great day for Solidarity! We are gone...but not forgotten!

Retirees meeting

 Hello Brothers and Sisters, the Retirees meeting is back to the 2nd Tuesday of each month. One week from tomorrow, the 13th of September. Meetings are held at the Agricenter straight north of our old Hall @ 10am. All past members are welcome to attend, retired or not.

MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.

“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”

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Retirees meeting location.

2488 Retiree meetings are currently being held at the Agricenter directly to the North of our old Union Hall. The entrance is on Carol Dr. One road past (or west of) our old Hall entrance, turn North, go to end of lane and turn right to Agricenter. Meetings are generally the second Tuesday of the month at10am. However due to a scheduling conflict, the next meeting for August has been moved to the 16th(third Tuesday).Every past member of UAW Local 2488 are welcome to attend. Bring your ideas, and participate with your fellow Brothers and Sisters.

Attention 2488 Retirees ( meeting change for August)

 Due to a scheduling conflict, the 2488 Retirees meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of August the 16th. Same time 10am. The meeting will then return to the second Tuesday of the month in September. Thank you, and sorry for any inconvenience, the Agricenter had Tuesday the 9th. scheduled for an event prior to the purchase of our Hall.

Retirees Meeting for July 12th. Information

 The Retirees meeting will again be at the Agricenter building directly behind our old Union Hall next Tuesday, July 12 th. @ 10am. Any past member of Local 2488 are welcome, we were welcomed with open arms and as expected, treated like family by the new owners of our Hall. Their hospitality was exceptional.

Happy 4th of July!

 To all past members and present Retirees Chapter... Have a Happy and Safe Independence day. Let's take a moment to reflect, just how many have gave so much to allow us to enjoy this day, and our Freedom --Thank You.

Skilled trade openings at Ford Chicago assembly

 5-plumber/pipefitters -- 10-electricians -- 3 welders and a layout inspector. These positions are needed to be filled immediately. Please contact Bob Tiseo within the UAW...313-926-5146 for contact information at the Chicago facility.

Retirees Meeting for June14th. Information

 Good morning Local 2488 Retirees. The June meeting will be held next Tuesday (14th) at the Agricenter behind the Hall,  10am. Access is from Carole Dr. It's the first right turn west of the Hall. Meeting has been be set up in room "D" with Jean Payne, the President of the IL. Fertilizer training center. Redbird catering will be provided by the new owners for the first meeting as a kind gesture, future refreshments can be discussed at the meeting. Keys and future contact information will take place at the meeting as well.  R.D.

Thoughts and prayers to our Union Brothers

 Two Union Brothers were shot in an argument outside the Union Hall at Local 551 in Chicago. Aaron Straker, and Jeff Bacon, both were shot in the leg. Injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Employment Opportunities

Selig Products , Forrest IL  is looking for 2 Electrical Mechanics. Received a call from contact Harry Fosdick. Immediate openings - please call 815-785-2119 if interested.

Contact Information from MMNA after May 31,2016

Address and phone number updates - Employment Verifications - Personnel & Other File Request -  Contact Peggy Mutsch (877) 386-8755

CAREER LINK - 705 E. Lincoln st. Normal, IL (309) 268-8795

Health Benefits - Buy outs and Questions - Insurance Questions - Angie O Leary (877) 386-8755   MMNA 6400 Katella Avenue, Cypress CA. 90630

Payroll - W-2 Questions - Maria Padilla (714) 372-6515

401k Empower Retirement (800) 345-2345

Pension - Request an estimate, Initiate benefits, update beneficiaries or submit death certificate, change direct deposit or tax withholding. Himaya Veazie (877) 386-8755    Once Pension has started,contact: Wells Fargo at (800) 728-3123

 Retiree Medical - Submit death certificate, change Direct Deposit of Medicare Part B  Reimbursement, Initiate Post 65 Retiree Medical Benefits. Angie O Leary (877) 386- 8755 Angie.O 

Retiree Medical Contacts (Pre-65)  Blue Cross Blue Shield (800) 227 6592- Express Scripts (800) 711-0917

Post 65  Express Scripts (866) 544-6963    Medigap F - Eric Lapan (309) 661-3788   Medigap F claim questions (855) 304-2858

 Vehicle Purchases  Certificate for new , sponser a vehicle or Lease Vehicles-turn in or Purchase    Peggy Mutsch (877) 386 8755 

Christopher W. Mose from Katz Friedman

Christopher will be here at the Union Center on Monday May 16 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.

Monthly Retiree Meeting

Hello Retirees, Just a reminder, tomorrows meeting was moved to 11 am. Membership action was taken at Aprils meeting to have Lunch instead of donuts. Also, Representatives from 3 active UAW Locals close to Bloomington, per your request, will be present for questions and answers. 974-E.Peoria   2096-Pontiac  751-Decatur.  A vote will be taken immediately after to choose an active Local to merge with. See you here.

UAW Local 2488 Farewell Picnic

UAW Local 2488 Farewell Picnic will be at the Gazebo behind the Hall on Friday May 13th, from 3:30pm - 7:30pm. Food and beverages will be provided. Stop out and see members you have not seen in a while, have some food and drinks, talk about old times. Union label merchandise will be raffled off until gone , so come early.

Also, the Local 2488 Union Hall contents will be auctioned off on Saturday May 21st from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Cash only , and only open to past and present Local 2488 Members. Items won must be hauled away the same day, so bring a truck or trailer.

Workers Memorial Day

As a reminder to our previously posted notice. Our Workers Memorial Day Vigil is today, here at the Local 2488 Union Hall at 3:30 pm. Please come and pause to remember our brothers Joe Frank and John Foster who lost their lives while on the job. And to pay respects for all others who have passed while working.

5th annual Gary Nichols Memorial Golf Outing

Gary s Memorial Golf Outing will be continuing this year with the help from Jerry Harcharik with LiUNA Midwest Region, and Maggie Nichols with United Way.

Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Den at Fox Creek

Check in at 7:00am - Shotgun start at 8:00am

Four man scramble - limited to 128 golfers

$85.00 per person -Lunch included Proceeds go to United Way of McLean County & Great Plains LIFE Foundation

Top Prizes includes: Name engraved on Trophy,hole in one contest,door prizes raffles,50-50,longest drive & putt, closest to the pin, & skins. Foursomes will be gladly assigned if desired.

Registration Forms are available at Local 2488 Union Hall or by contacting Maggie at (309) 828-7383 or (309) 287-3010

FYI Reminder Update

Today (4-18) we have Christopher Mose of Katz Friedman at the Union Hall  12:30pm to 4pm.

Tuesday (4-19) we have Richard Johnson of Katz Friedman as well at the Hall 10am to 4 pm.

Wednesday (4-20) here at the Union Hall, Matthew Kopecky of Union Financial,Inc. will be present for your financial questions from 10am to 4pm

Thursday of next week (4-28) is our Workers Memorial Day Vigil at 3:30pm.

Matthew Kopecky Union Financial

Matthew will be at the UAW Local Union Hall on Wednesday April 20th, come see him for your financial questions.


25th annual IVCC Job Fair

Discover the silver lining in your Career. IVCC annual job fair.

Visit the job fair Website:

Thursday, April 21st.

10am - 2pm IVCC Gymnasium

Over 50 Employers

Bring Resumes on a Flash drive if you can.

Illinois Valley Community College


Richard K. Johnson Christopher W. Mose

Richard K. Johnson of Katz Friedman will be here at the Union Hall on Tuesday April,19 from 10am - 4pm

Christopher W. Mose of Katz Friedman will also be here at the Union Hall on Monday April,18 from 12:30pm - 4pm

Retiree Meeting

Hello Retirees, our next Retiree meeting is Tuesday April 12th. 10am. Due to the impending closing of our Local, part of the agenda will be to vote on joining an active UAW Local in central Illinois,  Please give it some thought. Three of the most likely choices are UAW 974 East Peoria , UAW 751 Decatur or 2096 Pontiac. See you there.

Workers Memorial Day
Workers Memorial Day April 28, 2016 Workers Memorial Day will be Thursday April 28 this year. Unions across the nation will hold events remembering those fellow brothers and sisters that died as a result of a workplace accident or illness. We will take time to remember Brothers Joe Frank and John Foster. The Local will hold a candlelight vigil at the Union Hall on Thursday, April 28th at 3:30 p.m. We encourage all members to attend, as this event is important for all us to take the time to show our solidarity in demanding safe workplaces. The tragedies of Brother Frank and Brother Foster’s deaths should be a wake up call for all us to remember that our work environment is dangerous. We mourn for Brother Frank and Brother Foster and in their name we must commit to hold companies responsible for providing safe workplaces. We must assure that when we elect officials to represent us in Washington D.C, Springfield and our own communities that we elect those officials who will enact legislation that will protect us and hold companies accountable when they fail to provide a safe working environment. We can make a difference and we must never forget to mourn for the lost loved ones and fight for our safety.

Brothers and Sisters, we will be having a live auction of the contents of the Union Hall / shed, on Saturday May 21st from 9am - 1pm or until complete, file cabinets, tables, chairs, desks, computer equipment, and much more. This is only offered to present and past members and Retirees. Please bring I.D. for verification. All purchases must be removed on the 21st, so bring your trucks!

Special Building Corp. Meeting

 We will be having a Special Building Corp. Meeting Wednesday April 6th at the Union Hall. At 3:15

Christopher W. Mose from Katz Friedman

Reminder---Chris Mose will be here at the Union Hall today (Monday March 28th) from 10 am. to 4:00 pm.

for any business you may have with Katz-Friedman.

Veterans Center Honor Boards ID TAGS.

We have removed the ID TAGS/ DOG TAGS. From the Veterans Center Boards from the MMNA plant. They can be picked up at the Local 2488 Union Hall. They are divided into service branches. If you would like yours back please stop by and grab it. If you know of anyone that has passed on , contact the Hall and we will try to get it to the family.

Local 2488 Union Corporation Meeting

The Union Corporation meeting will be held Wednesday 3-23-16 at 3:15 at the UAW Local 2488 Union Hall. Discussions will include reviewing the sale of the Hall and Property, and  going over Appraisal.

Credit Union 1 opens new Location in Normal

Credit Union 1 has opened a co-op shared branch with Land of Lincoln Credit Union.

New location is 115 Susan Drive, unit 1 Normal, Il. 61761

Phone number is 309-827-8636


Connect Transit Driver Careers

Connect Transit will be adding Sunday routes to Bloomington/Normal Area late spring/ early summer this year. The possibility of up to 20 Drivers will be needed for this addition. 

Employment Opportunities / Corn Crib Baseball job fair.

The Corn Crib 1000 W. Raab rd.Normal,Il. is having a first annual job fair this Saturday March 12th at 9am - 1pm. They are looking for game day staff as well as Food & Beverage positions for the up coming season. 

Working America Health Care

Working America Health Care. The health care solution for Union Members facing transition.

Since the creation of the Health Insurance Marketplace, Working America has collaborated  with more than 20 labor organizations to connect members to affordable Marketplace plan options while strengthening union through co-branding.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth at UAW Local 2488

We are hosting Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to discuss trade issues and the impact on our members here in Illinois. This event will begin this Friday March 11th at  3:15 pm. at the UAW Local 2488 Union Hall. Please attend this discussion on how this topic has greatly affected each one of us here at home.

Monthly Retiree Meeting

FYI...Retirees meeting next Tuesday March 8th. 10am. at the Union Hall. Hot Coffee and tasty donuts will be provided. see ya there!


Richard K. Johnson of Katz Friedman

Richard has confirmed being at the Union Hall on Tuesday, March 15th from 10am. to 4pm.

Professional Skills Training / Job Ready Workshops

Free Training and Job Ready Workshops are being held at Goodwill Commons 2319 E. War Memorial Dr. 61614

Current Class Schedule available at

Computer Classes from Basic to Advanced Excel

Job Ready Workshops from Resume writing to Professional Writing Skills

For more information or to Register call Brad or Michelle at 309-682-1113  Brad is ext. 2122, Michelle is at ext. 2153

Dates and times vary, call or go online to pick available sessions.

Illinois Valley Community College

IVCC Career Services is offering personalized career counseling and services.

What they offer: Individual assistance with job search

                           Workshops - Classroom presentations - Access to free on-line job posting systems - Free job search resources - Employer recruiting events.

There is also a Annual Job Fair: Thursday, April 21st, 2016.

Main Campus Hours : Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30 or by appointment.

Ottawa Campus Hours : First Monday of every month 8 - 4:30 or by appointment.

Contact Information : Susan Monroe, Career Services Specialist 815-224-0214,                             susan

                                   Lisa Witalka , Administrative Assistant 815-224-0502,                                                      lisa

Current workshops being offered : Tuesday, March 1 - Finding Your Job References

                                                        Tuesday, March 8 - The Job Application

                                                        Tuesday, March 15 - Dressing To Impress

                                                        Tuesday, March 22 - Interviews Do s and Dont s

                                                        Tuesday, April 5 - The 4 Must Do s After The Interview

                                                        Tuesday, April 12 - Navigating the Job Fair

 Please sign up for these events ,

Third annual Building Trades Career Fair

The Third annual Building Trades Career Fair will be held at Woodruff Career and Technical, 1800 NE Perry, Peoria,IL. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9a.m. to noon. This event will give individuals who are interested in construction as a career, an opportunity to meet with local apprenticeship coordinators to discuss job opportunities. To pre-register go to   Walk in registration is available.

Peoria area Job Fair

Today.....Ameren Illinois is now hiring. Ameren will have recruiters present at The Heart of Illinois Job Fair. The Fair will be held at The Peoria Civic Center on Tuesday, March 22nd, from 10am - 3pm. Forty area companies will be on hand looking to hire. From entry level to upper management positions.

Richard K. Johnson of Katz Friedman

Richard will be at the Union Hall Tuesday February 16th from 10am. to 4:30pm.

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