Archives February 2020

Local 223 Swears in New President

At 6 PM on February 19, 2020, Local 223 held a nomination meeting for the Office of President. Juanita Ray was nominated by Chairman Marc Little of Gas Division. Juanita soon found out that she would be running unopposed. Within a few minutes, the National Union was contacted, one official vote was cast and she was sworn in as President by Vice President Tim Cox. Per Article VI Section 7 of the Constitution and By-Laws of Local 223, Juanita will be installed as President of Local 223 following the announcement of the election results.

This is a proud day for Local 223 as Juanita Ray becomes the first African- American Woman to become President of Our Local. We look forward to her leadership as she replaces Mike Smith, who retired in December of 2019.

Celebrating Black History Month and Its Legacy

UWUA Local 223 is proud to celebrate Black History Month by honoring and recognizing the contributions of African-Americans throughout history who have pushed past adversity and showed us what happens when people commit to a cause, work hard and dedicate themselves to doing whatever it takes to make a difference.

While the history of labor unions in the United States dates back to the mid- to late-1800s, one of the most influential African-Americans dedicated to the labor cause was A. Phillip Randolph, who in 1925 organized and ran the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African-American labor union.

Randolph’s efforts paved the way for better working conditions for large numbers of African-American railroad porters, including: shorter work weeks, better pay and overtime wages. Randolph remained active in the BSCP through the 1955 AFL-CIO merger, and remains an African-American pioneer in labor union history.

Continuing his firth against racism, Randolph’s efforts were instrumental in the 1941 executive order in which President Roosevelt banned discrimination in the defense industries during World War II, as well as President Harry S. Truman’s executive order in 1948, which ended segregation in the armed forces. The celebration of Black History Month lets us see how one person’s efforts can make a tremendous impact on the generations that follow. Whether you’re celebrating presidents, activists, poets, athletes or artists who made an impact on our culture or world, there are countless names to consider. Names like Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Zora Neale Hurston, Colin Powell and Muhammad Ali are all recognized and leave an indelible mark on our society.

It is important that we take time to celebrate the diversity among, as well as these remarkable people and their accomplishments. We are people of different races and backgrounds, of different religions and political views. We are people of different cultures, traditions and histories. And this is the beauty of it all. We are as diverse and the same as the collective stars in the solar system. We are separate but one. We are workers, coworkers, friends and humans. Let’s celebrate us as individuals and as a group – always proud to be UWUA Local 223.

Local 223 UWUA Updates Communications

Newly Updated Website and New Public Facebook Page

Local 223 UWUA recently launched an updated website at WWW.LOCAL223UWUA.ORG. The website is part of an effort to bring a new, more modern look and feel to Local 223’s digital presence and to improve communication with our members.

The website includes an –
*  About section including our mission and the history of the Local
*  Member Resources such as Healthy Living, safety and diversity information
*  News (Union Times and the Annunciator)
*  Events/Calendar
*  Retirees
*  Account page where members need to register on the site to gain access to confidential information like the Local 223 contract, which is no longer accessible on the public page.

The site has a responsive theme, which improves viewing for members who look at the site from a mobile device or tablet.

It also integrates Local 223’s new public facing page on Facebook at HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/UWUA.LOCAL.223/. Please “like” our new public FACEBOOK PAGE to follow us so you can share news with your friends and neighbors about the great things we’re doing for the community.

Local 223 also has a public Facebook group for members to join for more personal interaction. Visit the group at HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/179305298788114/ to join.

We will continue to add more features to the website in the future and may expand our presence on social media in the coming year.

Updates to Text Communication

UWUA Local 223’s texting system has changed due to new laws that were recently implemented. A new “Long Code,” 8775800223, was issued to replace the previous “Short Code.” If you were previously registered, there is no need for you to register again.

You, as a values member of Local 223, will receive Division updates, social event alerts, emails surveys and much more. Signing up is simple to do, first enter the new Long Code, 8775800223, into the top as the recipient, and second, enter your keyword from the list below into the message area. Please note that keywords have no space between numbers and letters. Then you will be prompted to answer 2 additional questions to complete your registration. Please make sure that you enter your name and a Non-Company email address, failure to do so may result in you being deleted from the list!

Women in the Trades

Women in the Trades

Brothers and Sisters, if you have not seen this video, please click on the link to see the jointly produced video of Local 223’s Women in Trades. This video highlights our Sisters in various trades throughout DTE. We are proud of our Sisters and appreciate all the hard work. These are only a few of many Sisters who are trailblazers in their trades here at DTE Energy. Local 223 represents many women in various companies throughout Michigan. As we kick off Women’s National History Month on March 1st, Local 223 would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to our Sisters who make it happen every day of the week!!!

Women in Skilled Trades: New Branding

The Texting App has changed

The Texting App has changed

Brothers & Sisters, Local 223 was recently notified that the texting app has changed due to new regulations. Previously we had a shortcode of “99000” that we could use to register but now we have a longcode assigned, 8775800223. If you were previously registered you do not have to do anything, but if you wish to register for the app see the attached flyer to help guide you through the process. If you are still having issues, please give Local 223 a call @ 313.271.9700. Thanks

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