UAW Local 163


President's  and Vice President's

June Report



President - Ralph Morris Jr.

Vice President - Alfreada Wallace




by:  Ray Herrick, DDC UAW Benefits Rep. and UAW LUCA delegate, UAW Northwest Local 163

UAW Local 163 Veterans Committee

Veterans Memorial story at Detroit Diesel from Solidarity Magazine page 27 in the May-June edition.

Voya takes over recordkeeping for hourly 401 (k) plans

By:  Ray Herrick, Mark Grant, and Toni Massey-UAW Benefit Reps. at Detroit Diesel Corp.


Union Hall Closed

The Union Hall will be closed for its Annual Shutdown beginning on July 3rd.  The Hall will reopen at normal business hours on July 13th.

UAW Local 163 member Courtnay Clay's son Michael Stevenson won the Region 1A - Retired Workers Councils Director's Scholarship for his essay on " What I think it would be like to have Medicare for All"

UAW Local 163 would like to congratulate Michael for winning this prestigious award. 

Michael's award winning essay is available to read by clicking on the Article Title.


2015 - Dates and Locations of UAW Locals having reduced priced Cedar Point Tickets


UAW Local 163

July (13-19) & August (10-16)

Lakeland Chairperson - Election Results

Election Results

June 25, 2015


Tanya Perry

Won by Acclamation

Bereavement Notice

Mary Morris


wife of Retiree & Former UAW Local 163 - Vice President

Richard "Moe" Morris

Education Video



UAW Local 163, Northwest

Education Chairperson

Al Byrd


UAW Region 1A

2015 - Union Pioneer Scholarship Winners





Saturday, August 1, 2015

Noon to 5 PM

Retired Worker Chapter

July Meeting


This is a sad day for our democracy. The United States House of Representatives turned their backs on the American people and voted to not do their job. Instead, they surrendered their constitutional authority to the executive branch for the next six years for all free trade agreements. This terrible “Fast Track” bill is designed to... Read more >>>

Black Lake - Collective Bargaining Report

By Andrew Lewis


Charles Bruce


DDC Retiree


Past - UAW Local 163 President

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rain or Shine

Registration Begins at 12 Noon

Biker Bob’s

14100 Telegraph Road

Taylor, Michigan

Kickstands Up at 1 p.m.

Run Ends at:

UAW Local 387

24240 Telegraph Road

Flat Rock, Michigan

Food & Refreshments Provided

$25 per couple, $15 single

All proceeds go to “Adopt-a-Soldier”


Any questions, feel free to call Co-Chair Greg Stoey at (734) 475-5232 or Co-Chair Brian Clendennin at (734) 564-9272 

Simon Guerriero


Father of DDC Employee - Michael A. Guerriero - Dept. 871


Grandfather of DDC Employee - Michael S. Guerriero - Dept. 127

What Unions Do

presented by

UAW Local 163 - Education Chairperson

Al Byrd


by: UAW Benefits Rep. and Elected Delegate Ray Herrick

     The UAW Special Bargaining Convention, to prepare for vital contract negotiations, was held at Detroit’s Cobo Hall on March 24th and 25th, 2015.   UAW Northwest Local 163’s Detroit Diesel unit sent 3 elected delegates to the Convention, UAW Northwest Local 163 Vice-President Alfreada Wallace, UAW Benefits Rep. Ray Herrick, and Brother Randy Harris. UAW Northwest Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. and UAW Shop Chairman at Detroit Diesel, Mark “Gibby” Gibson also attended the Convention as fraternal delegates.

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Director Rory L. Gamble gets the Special Bargaining Convention 2015 underway with an introduction of the color guard, and the UAW Region 1A choir. It is an amazing display of representatives from Region 1A! 

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All UAW members in good standing are invited to attend classes at the Rory L. Gamble UAW Region 1A Academy. These classes are being offered in cooperation with the International Union, UAW Education Department.

All classes will be held on Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Classes are being offered twice a day to make attendance as convenient as possible.

Members who attend 4 of the 5 classes offered will receive a Certificate of Completion from Region 1A Director Rory L. Gamble.


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On May 5th, 2014, UAW Secretary Treasurer Dennis Williams made an announcement at our UAW-GM Joint Health & Safety Conference that impacts current and future UAW GM retirees eligible for benefits as provided by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (the “Trust”) that we wanted to share.

We are pleased to inform you that effective January 1, 2015, the Trust will provide Dental and Vision coverage to our eligible GM retirees. The covered benefits will be comparable to those that were provided by General Motors Corporation prior to the 2009 bankruptcy.

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BY: Ray Herrick, Mark Grant & Toni Massey
UAW Benefits Representatives at Detroit Diesel

Official Retirees Executive Board Election Results

President's Letter to Lakeland Center members 

By Joe Uehlein

The approach of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 provides us an opportunity to reflect on the “long, strange trip” shared by the environmental movement and the labor movement over four decades here on Spaceship Earth.

A billion people participate in Earth Day events, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. But when it was founded in 1970, according to Earth Day’s first national coordinator Denis Hayes, “Without the UAW, the first Earth Day would have likely flopped!”

Michigan State Capitol

 The Bond between the UAW and the Civil Rights Movement

Starting January 1st, 2012, the State of Michigan has implemented a law Read more >>>

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