Settles started out with Ford Motor Company working in a foundry.
UAW officials say the creation of Local 42 will avoid the need for another election that could involve “third-party interference.”
UAW Local 42 aims to represent workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.
Detroit Tigers Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson, Rajai Davis and Tigers great Willie Horton were on hand for Saturday’s opening ceremonies.
Improvements to the neighborhood ballpark include the installation of bleachers, an updated scoreboard, landscaping and new restrooms.
Attendees heard from Teamsters President James Hoffa, followed by newly-elected UAW President Dennis Williams delivering his inaugural address.
“It’s humbling,” said Williams, right after the vote. “I’m excited for our union.”
Representatives from local unions across the nation approved the increase with a show of hands, raising dues from two hours of pay per month to 2 1/2 hours.
Leadership, organizing and dues are high on the minds of delegates meeting in Detroit for the first day of the UAW’s Constitutional Convention.
Marchionne says big issue will be dealing with two-tier wage system.