Archive for 2012

The 3-2-120 monster

Martha Grevatt describes Chrysler's 3-2-120 process what it means operationally from the perspective of a given worker.


by Martha Grevatt

The 3-2-120 is one of three “Flexible Operating Patterns”(FOPs) in the Chrysler contract. Ford and GM contracts have their own non-traditional work patterns with their own names, but they are fairly similar. The 3-2-120 FOP means three crews, two shifts, 120 hours. It is a scheme to lower the cost of a 120 hour work week. Under a traditional two-shift schedule, to get 120 hours of labor would require each of the two shifts to work 60 hours per week in some combination of hours. It could be six 10-hour days, five 12-hour days, five 11-hour days and five hours on Saturday, or whatever. However the company works it, under the current language (and law) requiring time and ½ after 40 hours in a workweek, the last 20 hours on each shift would be time and ½. 
October 27, 2012

Free Legal Clinic for People Facing Foreclosure - UAW Local 160

If you need help keeping your house or know someone else facing possible foreclosure, here's a group that can help.

UAW Local 160's Civil and Human Rights Committee in partnership with other UAW locals, Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice and Moratorium Now! are offering a free legal clinic and a group discussion about how to fight foreclosures.

Where: UAW Local 160 at 28504 Lorna, Warren, MI 48092. (near E. 12 Mile and Van Dyke Roads).
When: Saturday October 6, 2012.
Time: Informative speakers from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and a free legal clinic from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm or later.
October 4, 2012

Ex-GM Colombia Workers Lift Hunger Strike

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all the people who have supported our struggle and who have shown it to us through your actions of help and solidarity. We respectfully wish to inform you that we have made the decision to lift our hunger strike as a show of our commitment to a definitive solution to our demands, and to demonstrate our will to talk and our hope for a prompt, just and final mediation.

September 24, 2012

Chrysler Trades Appeal Update

by Martha Grevatt & Frank Hammer

Adding Insult to Injury

The UAW International Executive Board has stalled for over ten months without replying to an international appeal filed last November by Chrysler skilled trades members. The appellants-George Windau (Local 12), Alex Wassell and Martha Grevatt (both Local 869), and over 300 co-signers - charged that the IEB violated their seperate ratification rights defined in the UAW Constitution. These rights guarantee that ratification by production (the majority), doesn't impose bad skilled trades agreements on skilled trades (the minority). The majority of Chrysler tadespeople voted down the national agreement in October, but less than 24 hours after the final ballot was cast the IEB declared the entire contract ratitified.

September 11, 2012

An Open Letter to President Bob King

Brother King,

We, the undersigned UAW members and retirees, are writing to urge you to lend the immediate and full support of our union on behalf of fired GM autoworkers currently engaged in a hunger strike at the site of the U.S. embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
August 13, 2012

No "equality" -we make the sacrifice!

by Scott Houldieson

Did You Really Expect It Back Without A Fight?

When you give away the farm do you think the one you gave it to will just hand it back? Sorry, but that’s not the way corporate greed works.

July 29, 2012

When the time comes, let’s not forget this.

by Gary Walkowicz

It’s outrageous that the arbitrator could rule against us in the Equity of Sacrifice grievance.

In the February, 2009 contract modifications, the highlights talked about Equity of Sacrifice and referred to sacrifices by all Ford stakeholders “including executives, directors, management and salaried personnel”.

July 24, 2012

Greetings from UAW Local 3000

by Jeff “Spike” Brown

I work at AUTOALLIANCE PLANT (AAI) in Flat Rock, Michigan. AAI opened in 1987 as the Mazda plant. We are a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Mazda. This will be coming to an end this August as Mazda will move production of the Mazda 6 back to Japan. Once they have, the plant will be renamed Flat Rock Assembly and re-tooled to make the Ford Fusion along with the Ford Mustang, which we have been producing since 2004.

May 20, 2012

Colombian GM workers demand justice

Those of us who recently attended the Labor Notes conference in Chicago met Jorge Parra, a GM worker from Columbia and president of ASOTRECOL, was in the United States to publicize the situation at their plant. You can find/friend them on Facebook, contact them by email at, or contact Parra directly at We are reprinting an article by Jessica Hayssen, who was in Columbia last fall on a Witness for Peace delegation. – The Editors

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