Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:39 PM
Omaha Steve (60,237 posts)
IC Bus workers join UAW
TULSA, Okla. -- Workers at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla. have decided to join the UAW in a majority sign-up election that was held at the plant last week. Approximately 650 hourly employees at the IC Bus plant make buses under the IC Bus brand of Navistar, Inc.
"We are pleased to have these workers in the UAW," said UAW Vice President General Holiefield, who directs the union's Heavy Truck Department, "and we value our healthy and productive relationship with Navistar."
"Joining with other UAW members working at Navistar and other bus and truck companies only makes sense," said UAW Region 5 Director Gary Jones.
"Our strength comes through solidarity and numbers and we gladly welcome these new members into the UAW," Jones added.
FULL story at link and another story below.
Read more: http://www.uaw.org/articles/ic-bus-workers-join-uawq
And this older story of success: Fierce fight at Northern Michigan University preserves health care
By Sandra Davis Dortch
If members of UAW Local 1950 at Northern Michigan University (NMU) had not fought so fiercely, Michelle Kimball would have no health insurance coverage today.
Neither would some of the other clerical workers at the university in Marquette, Mich., who were looking at how to afford to pay 20 percent of their health care when they only made $9.82 an hour.
“It would have been devastating, for that is what I would have had to do,” said Kimball, Local 1950 president. “I would have been one of those people who would have had to walk into the human resources office and give up my health care.”
The local represents 151 members at the four-year public university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
FULL story at link.
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Response to The Last Dem. (Reply #1)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:37 PM
mike dub (462 posts)
4. Nice to hear, The Last Dem
As a North Carolinian (not many 'locals' around here), I'm glad to hear there's some union solidarity in Oklahoma.
And from one newbie to another- Welcome to DU!
Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:33 PM
mike dub (462 posts)
2. Good news
And Navistar, if I'm not mistaken is also the mother-company of International Trucks- whose workers may already be union. I don't think International's main plants are down in OK.
FWIW- International used to be International Harvester --"IH"--
They made farm tractors before they got into the truck chassis business, as any tractor owner like me (Kubota --- non-union, made in Gainesville, Georgia- sorry, union), or farm tractor buff, would know!