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I would like to welcome you to the UAW Local 686 webpage. We finally got it up and running. Check back often to get updated information on what is happening at the site and within the UAW. We are very excited to have this new tool to help keep the membership informed. As we get more familiar with the site there will be more content added. I hope you enjoy it and find it a useful tool. Thanks for checking it out and have a great day.

AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments.

The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

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 Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Read more >>>

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2:30 PM — UAW President Dennis Williams Discusses Candidates, Conventions and Trade

UAW President Dennis Williams participated in a teleconference roundtable with reporters today to talk about the election and the UAW’s perspective on the issues at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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CANTON, Miss. — The UAW today criticized the Renault-Nissan Alliance for rejecting an offer to meet with a top official in France’s National Assembly who is leading the international charge to improve workers’ rights and working conditions at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Read more >>>

It’s difficult for Jason Barlow to explain the rash actions of Donald Trump to his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Barlow, president of UAW Local 402 in Springfield, Ohio, said Trump doesn’t act like a mature adult, let alone like the potential leader of our nation. Trump’s willingness to divide people through angry rhetoric and insults instead of bringing them together worries Barlow about Olivia’s future. She has heard the candidate speak about others in unflattering tones while watching television with her dad and mom, Rachele, who also attended the Democratic National Convention. Read more >>>

  • Plant to be retooled to build next generation Ram 1500
  •  Brings total U.S. investment to more than $8.2 billion with nearly 25,000 jobs created since June 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) to retool it to build the next generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram brand.

The Company also confirmed that production of the Chrysler 200 will end in December 2016 in order to begin the transformation of the plant.

Future plans for the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.), which currently builds the Ram 1500, will be announced at a later date.

This production action is subject to the formal approval of incentives by state and local entities.

On July 14, 2016, FCA US announced a total $1 billion investment in its Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., assembly plants to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand.

Since 2009, FCA US has announced investments of more than $8.2 billion and added more than 25,000 (including nearly 18,000 hourly) people in its U.S. operations.

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12:30 PM — Dispatch from the UAW Delegation Meeting

UAW President Dennis Williams addressed UAW delegates attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention, reminding them that there is a lot of misdirected anger in this country and that we need to unify as a union to ensure that Hillary Clinton becomes president and Donald Trump does not.

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As UAW members who are delegates to the Democratic National Convention make their way to The City of Brotherly Love, it’s an appropriate time to talk about Philadelphia.

Or Philly. Or “Phil-delph-ya” in the language of the locals. They do “tawlk” a little funny here. It may be pronounced “wa-ter” elsewhere in the United States, but it’s “wooder” in Philly. As in, “Yo! I’ll have a churry wooder ice, please.”

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When UAW President Dennis Williams took over as president at the 2014 convention, he made it clear that one of the things he wanted his administration to focus on was communicating with rank-and-file UAW members and meeting members where they were at. Read more >>>

 The regular monthly meeting of the Retirees' Chapter of Local 686 is canceled for the month of August, 2016

Chemical spills, lack of protective gear endanger Creative Foam workers who make auto parts for Ford, GM, Mercedes, Toyota at Dayton plant


Complaint comes as workers prepare to vote on joining UAW in effort to win safe, good jobs

Dayton, Ohio – Autoworkers at the Creative Foam plant in Dayton filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an investigation into widespread hazards at the factory, including dangerous chemical leaks and spills, a lack of proper protective gear, and insufficient training on how to handle toxic chemicals that can cause workers to develop asthma and other serious respiratory problems.

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  • Investments in assembly plants total more than $1 billion
  • 1,000 new jobs to be created
  • Plants will be retooled to support growth of Jeep® brand
  • Brings total U.S. investment to more than $6.8 billion with more than 23,500 jobs created since June 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions. Read more >>>

  • Recognition comes on heels of announcement that plant will build Jeep Cherokee
  • Company’s Illinois assembly plant becomes 15th FCA North American facility to achieve milestone award
  • Award recognizes progress toward becoming World Class

July 14, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) received two pieces of good news today – the first confirming that it would build the Jeep Cherokee when it moves from its current home in Toledo in 2017 and the second announcing that it has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Read more >>>

UAW members at Bridon American in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, who are represented by UAW Local 1612, Region 9, today ratified a new three-year agreement.

The ratification, won by a vote of 95 percent in favor of the new contract, came one day after reaching a tentative agreement and ending a two-week work stoppage with Bridon American.

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Erie County Fair Tickets Now Available Read more >>>

The regular monthly meeting of the Retirees' Chapter of Local 686 UAW is canceled for the months of July and August 2016 Read more >>>

UAW President Dennis Williams addresses UAW Members across the country on the occasion of Workers Memorial Day. Watch the full address below. Click "read more" for transcript.

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UAW Regions 8 and 9 today released the names of candidates endorsed by the regions for the general election in November, citing the candidates’ support for UAW members and the needs of all working families in Pennsylvania. Read more >>>

More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. Read more >>>

Full Video: UAW president Dennis Williams hosts media roundtable

“Today is a great day for millions of hardworking Americans and working families because they are finally going to be rightfully paid for working overtime. I commend President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez for their leadership in adopting this commonsense rule that will raise the incomes of more than 4 million working people. The previous outdated overtime rules contained loopholes that many employers used for decades to exploit workers and deny them their earned pay. Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees meetings have been canceled for the months of June, July and August 2016 Read more >>>

This blog post originally appeared on and was written by the president of Demos, Heather C. McGhee

Each year, Demos recognizes leaders who are transforming America. From #BlackLivesMatter to Amy Poehler to Rashad Robinson, we have honored the people, organizations, and movements that are challenging our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal say and an equal chance.

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Recently the Center for Disease Control began a new campaign called Screen For Life aimed at raising awareness of the risk of colorectal cancer and the need to get screened. Here are some facts about colorectal cancer. You can find more information at

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer

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Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering

NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers. The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous changes that have occurred since graduate workers began organizing.

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Berkeley — Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

As presidential candidates from both parties debate how to revive American manufacturing, and while lawmakers at the federal and state levels promote subsidies to lure manufacturing jobs, the Labor Center calculates that low wages in manufacturing cost taxpayers approximately $10.2 billion a year in public assistance.

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Following Recent OSHA Citations, Fuyao Workers Call for Full-Scale Investigation Into Fire Hazards, Electrocution Risks, Laceration Injuries that Persist at Auto Plant

Moraine, Ohio – Auto workers at Fuyao Glass filed a complaint with the federal government Monday calling for a “wall-to-wall” investigation into a wide range of dangerous conditions found throughout the plant, including fire hazards, electrocution risks, and laceration injuries, among other hazards.

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Deception seems to be the name of the game at Volkswagen. As if the diesel emissions scandal wasn’t enough, Volkswagen is now deceiving working people at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Workers in the skilled trades division of the plant last year voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW to create a better workplace. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.

Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.

Send an email to Volkswagen executives to tell them to sit down and negotiate with working people in the skilled trades division of the Chattanooga plant.

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“Once again in the wee hours of the morning Michigan’s Republican legislators attacked teachers rather than address the real issues facing our schools. We are outraged that public officials are putting our children at risk. Teachers who spend the most time developing our children should be treated with dignity and respect. Read more >>>

The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW.

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This article originally appeared in USA Today. To read the entire article, click here.

The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter will hold its meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Read more >>>

Applications are now available for the AFL/CIO Niagara-Orleans Labor Council 2016 Harry S. Jordan Scholarship Read more >>>

The 2016 WNY CAP Council Scholarship Applications are now available Read more >>>

Applications are now available for the 2016 UAW Region 9 Tom Fricano Scholarship Fund Read more >>>

Notice of Nominations and Election - Voting Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Read more >>>

UAW Local 686 Retirees One Day Bowling Tournament will be held Friday, April 8, 2016 Read more >>>

Retirees Chapter of Local 686 UAW will be meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Chapter will meet on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retiree's meeting canceled for December due to the Retiree's Christmas Party scheduled December 1, 2015 Read more >>>

ATTENTION:   Voting on Thursday, November 5, 2015 for new tentative National Agreement Read more >>>

The regular monthly meeting of the Retiree's Chapter of Local 686 UAW will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Read more >>>

Unit #1 General Membership Meeting resumes Sunday, September 20, 2015

August 26, 2015 STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE RESULTS - 99.9% YES. The Bargaining Committee and President wishes to thank you for your overwhelming support.

Unit #1 Local 686 UAW STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Chapter Meeting is canceled for the month of August 2015 Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Chapter meetings are suspended for July and August Read more >>>

Erie County Fair August 12 - 23, 2015 Read more >>>

The regular monthly meeting of the Retiree's Chapter of Local 686 is canceled for the months of June, July and August, 2015 Read more >>>

The 2015 Tom Fricano Scholarship Fund Applications are currently available Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Chapter meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Read more >>>

2015 Harry S. Jordan Scholarship applications available Read more >>>

2015 WNY CAP Scholarship Applications available Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees meeting will be held April 7, 2015 Read more >>>

Retirees One Day Bowling Tournament Friday, April 17, 2015 Read more >>>

Congress is preparing to pass another trade provision that will eliminate more American manufacturing jobs! Washington insiders want to pass Fast Track quickly and quietly, despite the fact that most Americans know trade deals eliminate American jobs. Read more >>>

Retirees Chapter Local 686 meeting to be held March 3, 2015 Read more >>>

Volunteers from UAW Local 686, 774, 897 and 55 came together to volunteer for our local Veterans.

Unit #1 February General Membership Meeting

Hot Dog Roast Read more >>>

Local 686 RETIREES February Meeting Read more >>>

Unit #1 January Membership Meeting

January Retirees Meeting Read more >>>

Retirees' December meeting canceled Read more >>>

Region 9 Retiree Council Chairpersons and Region 9 Active Retiree Chapter Chairperson

Local 686 UAW Retirees November meeting information Read more >>>

 On Sunday September 28 the Bryce Buchholz Memorial Bike Park in Lancaster NY opened. Many of our UAW 686 members were there and have been there since the tragic day that Bryce earned his wings. Read more >>>

October Calendar of Meetings Scheduled Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees October meeting Read more >>>

September calendar of events Read more >>>

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Meeting - September 2, 2014 Read more >>>

Retirees Meeting Information Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Information

Local 686 UAW - Union Family Weekend at Darien Lake, July 19th or July 20th, 2014 Read more >>>

Erie County Fair - August 6th - 17th, 2014 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees meetings canceled for the months of June, July and August 2014 Read more >>>

Kyzmir Memorial Presidents Open Golf Tournament - Friday, July 11, 2014 - shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Read more >>>

May 2014 Meeting Dates Read more >>>

2014 Tom Fricano Scholarship Fund Applications are now available at the Union Hall. Read more >>>

Notice of Nominations and Election of Delegates to the 36th Constitutional Convention to be held in Detroit, Michigan June 1, 2014 - June 5, 2014 Read more >>>

Unit #1 Executive Board/Bargaining Committee - Election Results Read more >>>

April 2014 Meeting Dates Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter Executive Board Election Results Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter Meeting April 1, 2014 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW March 2014 Calendar Read more >>>

Nominations for Local 686 UAW Retiree Executive Board will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Read more >>>

UAW Local 686 Retirees One Day Bowling Tournament - Friday, March 28, 2014 Read more >>>

.MLK celebration at Local 1199 SEIU on January 21, 2014 Read more >>>

Membership Meeting Dates - February 2014 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Meeting February 4, 2014 Read more >>>

Retirees January meeting notification and nomination of Election Committee for the Retirees Chapter Local 686 UAW Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Meeting is canceled for the month of December due to the Retirees Christmas Party. The monthly meeting will resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Christmas Party

Peanut Butter and/or Jelly Donations needed for Food Pantries in our local area

November 5, 2013 meeting announcement - Local 686 UAW Retiree's Chapter Read more >>>

State Of Indiana’s Anti-Labor Law Declared Unconstitutional Read more >>>

Local 686 UAW Retirees Chapter will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. A representative from the Medical Benefits Trust will be in attendance at this meeting. Read more >>>

A representative from the Medical Benefits Trust will be attending our October 1, 2013 meeting

Local 686 Retirees Chapter September Meeting

The Kyzmir Golf Tournament was held on July 12th at the Niagara County Golf Course. Read more >>>

Local 686 Retirees Chapter Monthly Notice Information Read more >>>

Erie County Fair Tickets available at the UAW Hall starting July 15th Read more >>>

15th Buy American Day - Car Cruise and Vendor Fair - Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read more >>>

  UAW supporys USW workers at Dupont rally. Check out the photo album titled USW Rally at Dupont for pictures Read more >>>

Informational Phone Numbers and Websites for Local 686 Members' use

Effective immediately, Temporary GM Employees eligible to receive new vehicle discounts

Big win for GMCH Lockport

Mourn the dead and fight for the living!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Applications for the TOM FRICANO SCHOLARSHIP FUND are now available through your local Union Office or UAW Region 9 Website -  Deadline for applications is July 19, 2013

Sub Council Report Read more >>>

Coverage of the Land Fill Free announcement last week. Read more >>>

Chairmen Mike Branch, President Gordie Fletcher and District Shop Jeramy Huber are attending Sub Council in Detroit. They have been informed the membership should be made aware that the legal services benefit will end NEXT year, not this year. Any new business that is initiated in 2013 will be carried over until it is finalized, but this service will not be available in 2014. All members are encouraged to use the service while it exists. Please have your will or other transactions in process before December of 2013.

Additionally, members will see, within the next few pay checks, an imputed income for legal services of $81.47. This is not a deduction. It is the total cost of our legal service benefit and will be taxed as income. That is NOT the amount of the tax.

An imputed income of $81.47 at a tax rate of 28% will equal about $23 deduction.

So, the amount of tax that the average member will pay is $23.

This is the same deduction that happens every year of the agreement that we have legal services. Please understand that you will not have $81.47 deducted from your pay. That is the amount that will be taxed at your current rate of tax.

Attention: All Local 686 UAW Retiree Chapter Members. Information regarding upcoming suspended meetings; Retirees picnic and Christmas party

The regular monthly meeting of the Retirees' Chapter of Local 686 UAW will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAW Hall, 524 Walnut Street, Lockport, NY

2013 WNY CAP Scholarship Applications are now available at your Local Union Hall or call UAW Region 9 at 632-1540.  Deadline for entries is June 25, 2013.



Below is a list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot:

2nd VICE PRESIDENT                                      DIST #1 COMMITTEEPERSON

Donald Thering                                                       Paul D. Szafranski – UNOPPOSED
Joe Cecconi Jr.
Kyle Jeffery 
                                                                           DIST #2 COMMITTEEPERSON

RECORDING SECRETARY                                   Jim Williams – UNOPPOSED

Mary Ward-Schiffert – UNOPPOSED 
                                                                           DIST #2 ALT COMMITTEEPERSON

TREASURER                                                         John C. Cooper – UNOPPOSED

Dan Mullane – UNOPPOSED 
                                                                          DIST #4 COMMITTEEPERSON

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS                                          Ryan Ginty – UNOPPOSED

Chad M. Livermore
Ernie McClellan                                                 DIST #5 COMMITTEEPERSON
Devin Rowland
Solomon Powell                                                     Cheryl Randolph – UNOPPOSED

TRUSTEES (vote for 3)                                    DIST #6 ALT COMMITTEEPERSON

Jason A. Kubik – UNOPPOSED                            Kyle Jeffery
John C. Cooper – UNOPPOSED                          James A. Balogh Jr.
Elizabeth A. Gibson – UNOPPOSED                    Jim Neidrauer

Michael Delucas, Chairman
a.p. 3/18/13 Election Committee, Unit #1
t.d. 4/10/13


FRIDAY – APRIL 5, 2013


Place: Allie Brandt Bowling
6510 Lincoln Avenue, Lockport

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013

Time: 12:00 p.m. for sign-up

We will use scores from your regular bowled games on April 5th and will award cash prizes on Monday, April 8th
We will also have coffee and doughnuts on April 5th
All prizes will be given on individual scores with handicap

Bob Pilhorn, President Doc Schiavone, Bill McVeigh
Retirees Chapter Local 686 UAW Bowling Chairman Bowling Chairman

The GMCH Lockport Site has been in the process of seperating from the Delphi (former bld. 6) facility. You will see many changes happening in the near future. One change that is in effect right now is the phone system.

The system was Delphi's and we now have a new system. That means the plant main number has changed. If you are trying to contact the site please dial 716-439-5656.

This also means that when you call out from the site the caller ID will no longer say Delphi. This is an effort to further the distinction between the two companies and assure people that we are no longer a Delphi plant. We have been GMCH since 2009.

Below are a list of definitions of the abreviations on your pay stubs.

Local 686 Retirees Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., 524 Walnut Street, Lockport.   Our guests will be from the Legal Services Department.

V-CAP is the UAW’s political action fund made up of voluntary contributions from UAW members, retirees and their families. The money is used to support pro-worker political candidates who have earned the endorsement of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP). 

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At a special convention held on March 26, 2014 in Buffalo New York Terry was elected Director of UAW Region 9. Read more >>>

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