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.
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.
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
* News (Union Times and the Annunciator)
* 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
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.
We will continue to add more features to the
website in the future and may expand our presence on social media in the coming
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!
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!!!
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