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Special Safety Considerations For Extreme Winter Conditions

Local 223 Safety Council

Avoiding Survival Situations

Crews and Supervisors need to establish criteria for what is considered a go or no-go mission. If the task is deemed important enough to send workers out into the extreme elements, those workers must be prepared for a survival situation. Provide them with the best tools and verify that they know how to use them. Ensure that things like vehicles employees use to travel are properly inspected and maintained. Mechanical breakdowns in remote areas are among the leading causes for winter survival situations. In many cases, a pre-trip inspection will have identified a problem that could leave a crew or workers stranded. Inspections, Checklists and equipment-specific training for workers are proven to reducing this risk.

Supervisors and crews operating in areas impacted by snow, ice and low temperatures should place great emphasis on this topic in their safety decision making and discussions. Although winter only lasts a few months, it can quickly create a dangerous situation if proper precautions are not taken.


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Cast Your Vote for the 2021 Election of the Officers of Local 223

Please participate in the Local 223 UWUA 2021 Election of Officers so your voice is heard! The Offices of President, Vice President and Recording Secretary are running unopposed. There are two candidates to choose from for Treasurer. Local 223 is also voting for Trustees on the ballot. You can only vote for three. Only one (1) Trustee may be elected from any one (1) Division. Check out the sample ballot for more details.

Ballots were mailed via U.S. mail service to your last known home address on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Any member who has not received a ballot by Tuesday, February 9, 2021, please contact the Election Chairperson listed below: JASON COUSINO (Election Chair) (734) 777-6749.

Once you have finished completing your ballot, please place voted ballot in the small coin envelope, seal it, then place the small coin envelope in the preaddressed/stamped mailing envelope.

IMPORTANT: Ballots to be returned by way of U.S. mail ONLY and in the Post Office Box #1247, Greenfield Post Office, Dearborn, MI, by 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, in order to be counted.  


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Local 223 Contract Survey Coming Soon

Sisters and brothers,

As Local 223 UWUA prepares for the 2021 Contract Negotiations with DTE Energy, we would like to get your feedback on the issues that are most important to our members. As we did in 2017, we have a short survey for each member to fill out to gather your input on what’s most important.

Stay tuned to Union Times for more details soon!

Thanks in advance for your participation. Filling this survey out will help us plan for negotiations and to get a fair contract for all. If you or any members you know are not currently receiving the Union Times, please visit the Local 223 UWUA website at to submit your name, email address and division so we can add you to the list so you can stay informed during contract negotiations.

The survey will also include information on how to sign up for text message alerts from your division and Local 223.

In Solidarity,
Local 223 UWUA Negotiations Committee

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