The tentative location for the Center will be at US-12 and I-94.
We are looking to open the doors of the Center by September of 2002.
Stop by the Family Showcase at L-1 and see the picture of what the
Center will look like. Our
Center will be called the Pete Pestillo Family Service and Learning Center. Even though our Center is not built yet, don't forget to take
advantage of the services that are already up and running.
To learn more about these services go to: http://www.familycenteronline.org
Our Q1 status here at Saline is becoming harder to maintain. With tightening constraints on the requirements necessary to
keep our status secure, every one of us needs to make quality our number one
Time study has been a serious concern for our members. Alternative options in determining standards are being
explored. The current method
used at Saline to determine time studies is out-dated.
The UAW would like to see management adapt a new system called
Modapts. This system calculates
a more reliable production standard. Meanwhile,
we urge all of our members to work within your process. Shortcutting the process only gives management a false
impression of the workload and robs members of a normal attainable work
standard. We will continue to
pressure management into reconsidering changing current time study
guidelines and methods.
The union negotiated to
enlarge two existing Centers that provide our members services.
These are the Fitness and Rehab Centers.
Construction has begun to move five offices, currently occupied
between the two Centers so that they can be expanded in size.
Both the Rehab and Fitness Centers will expand to their maximum
capacities in order to house new and improved equipment.
The increase in space will improve our memberships' comfort and ease
of access to both of these Centers.
construction for the new Expedition line (222-228) is scheduled to wrap up
shortly after shutdown.
The Model E computer program for new Visteon employees is suspended until
the logistical bugs are worked out with this program. (Look for updates in
Ford Sub Six Council
The National Ford Sub Six Council is comprised of several Visteon plants
Local 892 Saline
Local 1895 Tulsa Glass
primary purpose of the Sub Six Council meeting, held biannually, is to
review with bargaining units from other locations, the changes and new
developments within Visteon and how they affect the UAW.
the National Contract, the Company and the International Union agreed to
reopen the Attendance Program for further negotiations. (Details will follow
in upcoming news issues.)
With an increase in retirement numbers and a 50% capable retirement
eligibility status for retirement at any time, we are pushing the Company to
add more apprentices. Being
prepared ahead of time keeps the plant running smoothly. At this time, two
additional electrician apprentices are scheduled to start training.
JSA and TPM Representatives are doing an excellent job in developing new
training that support further education for our skilled trades personnel.
Recently our leaders in skilled trades underwent training to further
develop their skills in estimating new work here at Saline.
Several other training sessions have been arranged also.
the Trainer for Crane Maintenance & Repair;
millwrights (mid August)
& Upgraded Crane Operator Training;
diemakeres, millwrights, toolmakers, and Machine repair people (on-going)
training 1; (August)
training; #3 shift skilled
trades leaders (Aug. or Sept.)
North American ERTeam Challenge
Saline was well represented at the 2001 North American ERTeam Challenge.
With 47 competing locations and over 900 participants in attendance our very
own Emergency Response Team performed admirably well. Of course, we consider
each and everyone of our plant ERT members to be "winners" given
the noble cause they play in safeguarding the life and well being of their
fellow co workers at our plant. On behalf of the leadership we would like to
congratulate all of you!!!
Ford announced last week it would spend $3 billion to replace 13 million
Firestone Wilderness AT tires mounted mostly on its popular Explorer sport
"replacement" announcement will cause the temporary shutdowns of
two Ranger pickup assembly plants to be extended one week.
This extension is intended to divert replacement tires to current
owners. The move was coordinated with Ford's previously announced cut of
60,000 vehicles from its production schedule.
Wilderness tires targeted by Ford for replacement were excluded from
Firestone's massive recall last year of 6.5 million tires.
These were the tires linked to at least 174 traffic deaths in the
the aftermath of the Firestone recalls last August, sales of the Explorer
dropped dramatically, 16.5 percent in May compared with the same month last
will see a brief period of temporary layoffs due to these production cuts.
Our annual Plant Vacation Shut Down will begin July 2nd, and continue
through July 13th, with a return to work date of July 16th. (Under normal
circumstances.) I wish everyone
a safe and relaxing time off.
of the plant
At our members' request, we have been working on a "State of the Plant
Address" to inform everyone on the status of the Saline plant. The
long, tedious Visteon spin off and reorganization has prolonged the State of
the Plant presentation, however, plans are being made to have the Address
ready some time in August.
As a special note, we would like to congratulate all of our recent and
future retirees. We wish you
all the best of luck on your new journeys, our plant would not be where it
is today if not for the leadership of the people who started here. Also a
reminder to all of you, there will be no meeting July 9, due to plant