UAW Local 2488


Retirees Bus Trip to Black Lake

Retiree Bus Trip

Region 4 will host a Retiree Black Lake trip from September 10-12, 2014. All UAW retirees and their spouses are welcome on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Although preference will be given to UAW members, additional family and friends are also welcome. The total cost of the trip will be about $150/person.

Wednesday, September 10th

1st Pickup - Local 974 - 7:30am
2nd Pickup - Local 551 - 10:30am

Arrive at Little River Casino in Manistee, MI by 5:00pm
Overnight Stay at Manistee Microtel

Thursday, September 11th

Check-out of Manistee Microtel (226 E. Parkdale Ave., MI 49660) at 8:00am

Arrive at UAW Black Lake Family Education Center (2000 Maxon Rd., Onaway, MI 49765) at 11:00am - Overnight stay in Black Lake.

Friday, September 12th

Check out of Black Lake at 8:00am

1st Drop-Off - Local 551 at 2:00pm
2nd Drop-Off - Local 974 at 5:00pm

(All times are approximate and will be narrowed down as much as possible as the dates draw closer.)

Coach Bus - One 50 passenger bus has been chartered for this trip. Based upon interest, another bus may be added. The Region 4 Retired Workers Fund will cover the cost of the bus.

Manistee Microtel (231) 398-0008 - All retirees are responsible for making their own room reservations (Price based on double occupancy). The UAW block will be held through Sunday, August 31, 2014. The cost is $108.89 (including tax) / 2 people = $54.45 per person

Black Lake Accommodations - The room charge is $75 per night. THe cost for meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner is $46.
One person per room including meals = $121.00
Two people per room including meals = $167.00 ($83.50 per person)

For additional information or to reserve your bus seat(s) please contact Region 4 Retiree Coordinator, Brad Schwanda at 847-459-3888.

Manteno Vets Day a Rousing Success

The Annual veterans picnic at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Manteno was another rousing success on Saturday, August 16th as Region 4 UAW volunteers descended on the small town near Kankakee to show our veterans just how much their sacrifice means to the UAW.

UAW 2488 contributed over $2200 worth of cash and other donations to the event with $1540 of that collected at the gates on August 1st. For more pictures from the event, follow the link below:



2014 Labor Day Parade

Make plans to join your Brorthers and Sisters of organized labor and march with UAW Local 2488 in the 2014 Labor Day Parade in Bloomington on Monday, September 1st. We will begin to line up at the McLean County Law and Justice Center on Front Street at 9am. The parade will step off at 10am and will culminate at Miller Park where a chicken dinner will be served at the pavilion by the Bloomington Normal Trades and Labor. The first 50 members to show up will receive free lunch tickets

The theme for this year's parade is "Follow In Their Footsteps; Register and Vote"

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Local 2488, the first 100 members to report to the parade, will receive a special 25th anniversary t-shirt. (Supplies and sizes are limited.)

Our very own Sister Kay Lanter represented UAW 2488 during the week of August 4th at the UAW 38th Women's Conference held at Black Lake, Michigan..... Read more >>>

We say it every time...and every time it's true:


The fate of working class people is at stake in critical off-year elections that could shape the future of our state and nation for years to come. It is NOT a time to be complacent and let others decide.....

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GOP lawmakers are planning to attack the National Labor Relations Board if they take back the Senate this fall.

With majorities in the House and Senate, Republicans say they would push back against NLRB rules that have made it easier for unions to speed up their elections and organize multiple departments within a single company, among other things.

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DETROIT — UAW President Dennis Williams issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces: 
“I commend President Obama for signing an executive order that will hold companies that receive significant taxpayer dollars more accountable for their actions. Thanks to President Obama’s bold move, companies that repeatedly violate worker rights and workplace safety standards will no longer... Read more >>>

DETROIT – The UAW responded today to the reaction of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) management to being found guilty of violations of U.S. federal labor law.
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said, “It is clear that Daimler has acted with hostility and in direct contempt of its neutrality policy in its dealing with pro-union workers at its Alabama plant in Tuscaloosa.  It’s deplorable that Mercedes was found in violation of U.S. law and then publicly claimed it as a victory and an example of its neutral pledge.”
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UAW 2488 will be on display during the 2014 MOD Day event at MMNA on Saturday, September 20th from 9am to 1pm...

Delegates at the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention recognized that advances in technology make the mandatory mailing of a printed version of Solidarity unnecessary for the vast majority of our members. They overwhelmingly voted to make the printed version available only to members who "opt-in" to receive it.

They took this action to save our union the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to print and mail the magazine. We understand that some members still like to have an actual hard copy of the magazine to read. To continue to receive one, members can opt-in by.....

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Video: Welcome to UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join.


“Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members,” said Dennis Williams, president of the UAW. “At that time, we said we would not give up on these committed and hard-working employees. We’re keeping our promise.”

The State of Illinois has launched their on-line voter registration form;

To access this, all one needs is a state issued drivers' license or ID & the date that ID or license was issued; have the last four digits of the applicant's social security number and the applicant's birth date.....

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn went on TV to take a stand for the UAW and worker's everywhere. CLICK HERE for his debate with Tennessee's anti-worker governor on PBS.

To see Governor Quinn in a one-sided battle of wits with Rick Perry from Texas on CNN's Crossfire, CLICK HERE

Work Comp Attorney

Just a reminder that the hours for the Work Comp attorney at the UAW Local 2488 Union Center have changed for the remainder of 2014. Richard Johnson of Katz-Friedman will now hold regular hours on the third Tuesday of each month from 10am until one hour after the end of 1st shift production and Chris Mose will hold regular hours on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am until one hour after the end of 1st shift production. For more information, call 1-800-444-1525.

Gun-A-Week Calendar Winners

Keep up-to-date on the weekly winners in the Union Sportsmen's Alliance Gun-A-Week calendar drawings. CLICK HERE

With the callback of supplementals and laid-off workers, it has come to our attention that we have a large number of members who have not updated their contact information. It is very important to update any changes in name, address, phone and/or email with both the company and Local 2488. It does not matter if you are active, laid-off, supplemental or retired.

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