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March 2001

March is Woman's History Month

March is Women's History Month. It is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions that women have made throughout history. It is also a time to reflect how the world and society has changed for women

During Women's History Month, the pioneers whose achievements got us where we are today is what we usually remember: The women who backed up the 1937 sitdowners in Flint, Michigan and helped spark the organizing of industrial unions. The "Rosie the Riveters" who showed that women could do factory work in World War II and fought to keep their jobs after the war. The women who fought for the Equal Rights Amendment, yet to be enacted, and for equal pay and fairness for women and minorities.

But we all make history, even if we don't make the headlines or the textbooks. The lesser-known heroes of the UAW are all those women - and the men who back them up - who work every day to make their unions and communities stronger. Here are profiles of five rank-and-file UAW women who remind us that we make our own history by standing up for ourselves, our unions, and our communities.

Click Here for Women of Local 892.



The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will be available on March 27 and 28, 2001 from 7:00 am until 9:00 am and from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm in the main cafeteria, Saline Plant. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions related to the Apprentice Program.

Civil Rights Committee/Equal Application Committee

The CRC/EAC would like to extend an open invitation to all members of local 892 to attend their meetings on a monthly basis.

Democrats Fight For Lower Insurance Rates

The Michigan Senate passed legislation this week that increased the retention level of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) from $250,000 to $500,000. Currently, in the event of an automobile related accident, your insurance company pays medical costs up to $250,000 and MCCA covers the remainder.


Most of us are aware of the Ford Employee and Retiree Free Disappearing Deductible Program which came in effect December 1, 2000.  During the 1999 National Negotiations the UAW and Ford agreed to implement this program which is now available to full time active Ford employees and retirees.


The 2001 Spring Education/Registration Fair will be held April 4th  - 6:00am - 2:30pm and April 5th - 2:00pm - 8:30pm in the Main Cafeteria.


After thorough discussion, the UAW International Executive Board has voted to lift the union's boycott against the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and USA Today.


Congratulations to Elizabeth James, our March Student of the Month.

207 Back in Business

By Tom Kanitz

Last month we were faced with the possibility of losing the 207 assembly line. Visteon felt they could benefit by transferring the 207 to Utica where several seniority employees are laid off, receiving 95% of their pay from the company. Saline has many 90-day members that would be subject to a lay off without compensation from the company.

March is Women's History Month

It is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions that women have made througout history. It is also a time to reflect how the world and society has changed for women