Hello everyone! I thought I would add an update in this month’s newsletter regarding UAW leadership changes that will be forthcoming.
In late November, cherry picked UAW leaders from around the country flew into Detroit to select what’s known as “The Reuther Caucus” slate at the national headquarters, Solidarity House at the request of International. The caucus, which UAW Local 74 was not invited to attend, gives itself the most power in the organization. Delegates to the UAW Constitutional Convention vote in new leadership but for the past seven decades, the Reuther Caucus’s nominee has won election as union president. The caucus also customarily determines the other winners elected at the Constitutional Conventions held every four years.
The Reuther Caucus slate is topped with UAW Region 5 director, Gary Jones, as the pick for president succeeding the retiring Dennis Williams. UAW President Dennis Williams was elected in 2014 and will turn 65 in 2018, which would bar him from re-election. Jones is joined on the slate by current UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel, who is seeking re-election. Also worth noting is Region 9’s Terry Dittes has been slated by the caucus as Vice President of Ag Imp. Dittes is currently serving as interim VP until the constitutional convention in June. Former Ag Imp VP, Norwood Jewell, retired at the end of 2017.
In our Region 4 news, Shop Chair Toby Munley and I were invited and attended the region’s leadership conference at the beginning of January at the regional headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois. A Reuther Caucus was held at the conference and current Region 4 Director, Ron McInroy, was selected to be our nominee for director at the convention in Detroit. I look forward to working with Director McInroy in the future to improve democratic process in our union and to help get policy makers elected to office that actually stand with labor.

In solidarity,
Chris Laursen
President UAW Local 74

 

Local brothers and sister, the women’s committee will be taking orders for t-shirts as our first fundraiser.

After talking to Image Point here is the information

We can order

Men’s t-shirts $15.00 s-xl
$16.50 2xl
$17.50 3xl
$18.50 4xl

Choice of charcoal or ash
(Ash is between white and grey)

There will be order forms at the picnic on Saturday and at the hall.

Orders will need to be prepaid and in by August 25, 2017

We do need an order of at least 36

Delivery scheduled end of September ( onvpce order is in we will have a more definite date of delivery)

The front will have the following:

The UAW Wheel and bug
UAW Local 74
Women’s Committee

The back will have

 

Brothers and Sisters of UAW Local 74 –

A Federal court announced last Wednesday that prosecutors filed charges against Monica Morgan, the wife of the late United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield, and former Fiat Chrysler Vice President Alphons Iacobelli for violating the Labor Management Relations Act. General Holiefield served as UAW’s top negotiator with Fiat Chrysler. Holiefield passed away in 2015. Iacobelli, who was in charge of negotiating with the UAW, allegedly directed $1.2 million to union leaders in the form of jewelry, travel, furniture, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash transfers to companies Monica Morgan managed. Iacobelli also allegedly paid off the $262,219 mortgage balance on a home owned by Morgan and Holiefield. At the epicenter of the scandal is the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit where the supposed bribes were funneled through to their designated beneficiaries. These payments came as the union negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the company in 2011 and 2015.

Wednesday’s bribery charges are a direct violation of the Labor Management Relations Act, which prohibits employers from bribing union officials and bans union officials from accepting bribes. The allegations also stand in stark contrast to the principles and guidelines set forth in the UAW Constitution.

These allegations certainly call into question the integrity of the contracts that were negotiated between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler during this time period. It also seems to confirm the suspicion held by many UAW workers of a sense collaboration between UAW officials and auto executives. It also gives further credence to doubts surrounding political endorsements made from the top down.

This recent development is another huge stain to the name of the UAW. If found guilty, the parties involved in giving and accepting bribes should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We, as dues paying members, deserve to be fairly represented. We cannot and will not accept our union being contaminated by vermin that put their personal gain above the workers that they falsely claim to represent. It’s time to clean house!

In Solidarity,
Chris Laursen
President, UAW Local 74

Everyone should have received a letter in the mail stating that beginning 7/31/2017, Radiology Associates of Ottumwa ( X-rays at Ottumwa Regional Health Center) will no longer be in the United Healthcare network. For whatever reason, they have decided not to renew their contract.

I would recommend that members and retirees that live in the Ottumwa area use the new Mercy Medical Clinic located on Madison Ave. for medical treatment that may entail X-rays, unless it is an emergency situation. If it is an emergency situation, I would suggest receiving treatment at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. However, if X-rays are needed they will be out of network and you will be billed. In that case, bring your bill into me and we can file for a GAP exception and hopefully get the X-ray paid by United Healthcare.

http://www.mercydesmoines.org/find-a-clinic/mercy-ottumwa-medical-clinic Link to the new Mercy Medical Clinic in Ottumwa

Thank you,

Chris Laursen