UAW Local 2488


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.

March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman... Read more >>>

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.

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left empty by the recent passing of Judge Antonin Scalia. Garland is a distinguished, moderate judge with more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. The Senate GOP leadership is refusing to give Judge Garland a full hearing and vote. We call on the GOP leadership to set politics aside and fulfill their constitutional duty to provide a hearing and vote for the president’s nominee. Our American judicial system deserves nothing less.

LAS VEGAS — UAW-represented table games dealers at The LINQ casino and slot attendants at the Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly ratified first-ever contracts that raise wages, protect tips received by employees, and provide a fair and just grievance system, among other improvements at the properties on the strip... Read more >>>

In continued celebration of Women’s History Month, we look to the inspirational words and quotes by notable women whose activism helps unite us as one and propel us all to know better, do better, and to be better. Check out the quotes below for your daily dose of inspiration, and click the links to read more about each woman... Read more >>>

In light of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and unfounded accusations against trade unionist and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the UAW’s two highest officers have issued the following statement.

UAW Statement in Defense of Lula

On behalf the over 1 million active and retired members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day... Read more >>>

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.

Dept. of Labor Calls For Back Pay for Workers Terminated, Suspended for Raising Health & Safety Concerns at Ala. Lear Plant

Lawsuit Marks Latest in Series of Federal Crackdowns on Lear; Workers Vow to Continue Speaking Out for Safe Jobs

Selma, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor has petitioned a federal court to order Lear Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired for speaking out about getting sick at the company’s plant in Selma.Corp., a major supplier to Hyundai, to reinstate a whistleblower who was fired...

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(Washington, DC, March 3, 2016) – A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fatally flawed.

“EPI’s new report quantifies what a mistake it was to leave currency rules out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with TPP countries...

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March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: Read more >>>

Yesterday, citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Read more >>>

Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn.

Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems.

The protest began today at 3 a.m.

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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.

UAW Endorsements are available to you via

Are you looking for the latest political information from the UAW? Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? Want to get information about how to register to vote? Want to know when your primary is?

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February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Ruben Burks.

Ruben Burks’ long history of unionism and advocacy for social justice started in 1955 when he began working as an assembler at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint where he joined UAW Local 598. He steadily rose through the ranks of the local, serving in various leadership posts, including shop committeeperson and executive board member. In 1970, then-UAW President Walter Reuther appointedBurks to be an International representative in Region 1C. By 1989, he was the director of Region 1C and held that position for three terms.

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North Carolina — Citing their records of supporting working families, the North Carolina/South Carolina UAW Community Action Program announced today that it is endorsing Roy Cooper for North Carolina governor and Deborah Ross for the U. S. Senate.

“These are two exceptional candidates who do not shy away from tough issues and are willing to stand up and make a difference for our families, community and the state,” said UAW Region 8 Director Ray Curry, a Tar Heel native.

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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 ,

Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42:

The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal.

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Unions and the Fight for Civil Rights

The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was written by UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember the historical importance of organized labor to black workers and their families, and unionism’s continued relevance today.

It was once legal to discriminate against minorities in hiring and wage equity. Even when it became illegal to discriminate against minorities in the workplace, bias against minorities was widely practiced and tolerated. Unions were at the forefront of the battle fighting for equal wages and an equal chance at jobs that could elevate families out of poverty.

Historically, African-Americans were given the least desirable jobs – if they were permitted to work at all alongside whites – and the auto industry was no exception. With the advent of the UAW, job opportunities and wages improved.

The UAW was formed to fight for, and ensure, workers’ rights. Fairness and justice is the epicenter of our value system and it extends to the community as a whole.

Read the full article via the Detroit Free Press…

February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Nelson “Jack” Edwards.

Jack Edwards would eventually be called Walter Reuther’s “point man for civil rights.” The road to that designation was filled with dedication to civil rights and the UAW for many years.

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Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” Read more >>>

Lordstown autoworkers show off the new Chevy Cruze

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Some of the 5,000 men and women who make the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown are showing off the result of their efforts on the assembly line.

UAW Local 1112 is displaying a picture of a blue 2016 Cruze on the union’s Facebook page.

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GM Investing nearly $150 million in Spring Hill Plant

General Motors will invest nearly $150 million in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant.

The investment will repurpose machinery and assembly equipment to allow the plant to build V8 engines, retaining about 200 jobs, according to a news release.

The upgrade will mark the first time the Spring Hill facility will be equipped to build V8 engines, and will allow the plant to quickly add capacity to build the small-block, 6.2L engines for its trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

“Spring Hill and its employees have a reputation for producing award-winning 4-cylinder engines,” UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron said in the release. “We appreciate GM recognizing these outstanding skills with the opportunity to build V8 engines for some of GM’s most popular full-size trucks and SUVs.”

Read the full article at the Nashville Business Journal…

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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