New leadership takes the wheel of UAW Local 2250 at GM Wentzville plant
By SHERI GASSAWAYPresident Glenn Kage to work at securing current products, additional work for members
Wentzville – Newly elected UAW Local 2250 President Glenn Kage says he is committed to securing the current products his members assemble at the General Motors plant here as well as winning additional work to ensure his members’ continued success.
Kage, a 37-year union member who joined UAW Local 2250 nearly three years ago, ran a progressive change campaign to unseat veteran incumbent Van Simpson.
This change election also brought another leader into office with Kage: Darin Gilley was elected the local’s new financial secretary. Incumbent Vice President Stan Stevenson and incumbent Recording Secretary Melody Downey were reelected. Each will serve a three-year term.
SOLID FUTURE GOALS
Kage, whose grass roots campaign made speaking with members and listening to their suggestions for the union a priority, said he is looking forward to his new responsibilities as president.
“My goals for the future of our local are to increase member involvement, both within the local union and our community,” he said. “I also plan to work with General Motors to secure the current products that we assemble and possibly secure another product to ensure our members’ futures.”
Prior to joining UAW 2250, Kage was UAW Local 136’s financial secretary from 2006 until 2009, when the Fenton Chrysler plant closed. Before serving as financial secretary, he was chairman of Local 136’s Voluntary Community Action Program (V-CAP) Committee, which educates the membership and community about issues, candidates and policies that affect all working families and helps elect candidates that support working people and Organized Labor.
He also served as president of the Greater St. Louis Area CAP Council. The UAW’s CAP councils across America work to improve social and economic conditions and enrich the quality of life for not only UAW members and their families, but for all workers through social and especially political action.
Kage’s work with the UAW wasn’t his first union stint. Before joining the UAW, he was an IBEW Local 1 member for 16 years, serving as a steward on a number of jobs. He also worked as an organizer for SEIU Local 1.
UAW Local 2250 members work at the General Motors Assembly Plant here building the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon and full-size work vans. The union is 4,500 members strong with an additional 3,500 retirees. It has one of the strongest V-CAP programs in UAW Region 5, which serves UAW members and retirees in 17 states in the western and southwestern United States, including Missouri, California and Washington state.
Chevy’s newest pickup is a Jack-of-all-trades, but it’s not a work truck.
The Colorado ZR2 is an extreme off-roader, the likes of which haven’t been seen from GM since Hummer was honorably discharged in 2010. But unlike those hulking, wannabe war machines, the ZR2 was engineered to excel at rock crawling, high speed desert running and the daily commute. Juggling chainsaws is easier than that. Read more…..
From Detroit News:
Payne: Chevy Colorado ZR2 is a weekend warrior
Back in the 1970s, German engineers decided that rich sports car drivers were having all the fun. Why, they mused, should you have to sacrifice utility, rear leg room, and your piggy bank to enjoy on-road thrills?
So our Teutonic friends took a common VW Golf, stuffed it full of mustard and sauerkraut, and — Gott in Himmel! — the GTI hot hatch was born. For just $30,000, motorheads (guilty as charged) of all income classes now had access to serious street performance. The wicked looking, 200-plus horsepower Ford ST, Subaru WRX, Kia Forte5 and Mazda Speed3 followed. Raise a lager to the engineers.
Something similar is bubbling in the off-road truck world. Click here to read more.
The UAW-GM National Agreement is Available On-Line
Did you know that you can download and access the UAW-GM contract summary and the full language of the ratified contract online? You can also quickly search through both documents by pressing Ctrl F on your computer and typing in the term you are searching for. You can locate the documents at:
https://uaw.org/uaw-auto-bargaining/generalmotors/ or you can find them under the Auto Bargaining Resources section of the UAW App.
GM first quarter earnings soar 33% to $2.6 billion
The automaker’s performance is impressive since industry sales in North America are beginning to fall after a seven year period of sustained growth.
GM continues to capitalize on Americans’ flood into crossovers, sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. That was exemplified Friday by the company’s earnings report.
The automaker’s profits soared 33% to $2.6 billion during the first three months of the year, driven by mostly by profits in North America and China.
The company’s first quarter profit is a record for the automaker since its emergence from bankruptcy in 2009 and compares with the $1.93 billion it earned during the same period a year ago.
From the Golf Committee:
Here are the newest shirts available now while supplies last! They are $20.00 each and currently available at the Union hall. You can purchase your shirts during regular office hours, Monday – Friday 6:30 AM-3:30 PM or contact Kim Cook-Bell for special arrangements. Please spread the word! Part of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be sent to the Village of the Blue Rose which is a charity organization that helps adult men & women with developmental disabilities live, learn and work. www.villagebluerose.org.
CLICK HERE FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION NOTICE PDF, AND CLICK HERE FOR NURSES ELECTION INFORMATION PDF
UAW Voter Registration Month
|Subject: New Legal Services Plan Announcement
I am pleased to announce that after finalizing the relevant trust and plan documents and having just concluded the first Trustees’ meeting, the new Legal Services Plan is ready to begin accepting new cases from our members and retirees.
Attached is a one-page announcement document which spells out: (1) the name of the new Plan; (2) when the Plan will begin accepting cases; (3) the new phone number to call to start new cases; (4) who is eligible; and (5) the types of matters covered under the new plan.
You should use this document when communicating to our members.
This announcement will also be posted to the UAW web site and the UAW-GM Talks Page later today.
A couple of points: