Welcome to the P&A, UAW Local 1979 Web Site. The purpose of this page is to keep the members of the Wayne State University Professional and Administrative Union informed and connected. Feel free to visit the page and send us an e-mail, or just keep up on the latest Union news.

Job Duties of Vacant Positions


Section 12. Th e Trustees shall have general supervision over all funds and property of the Local Union. They shall audit or cause to be audited by a Certified Public Accountant selected by the Local Union Executive Board, the records of the Financial Officers of the Local Union semiannually as provided herein, using the Trustee Audit Form found on the Local Union Information System (LUIS), a copy of which shall be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer immediately thereafter. It shall also be their duty to see that the Financial Officers of the Local Union are bonded in conformity with the laws of the International Union. Th e Trustees shall see that all funds shall be deposited in a bank subject to an order signed by the President and Treasurer and/or Financial Secretary. In Local Unions where safety deposit boxes are used, the Trustees shall see that the signatures of the President, Treasurer and one (1) of the Trustees are required before admittance to the safety deposit box is permitted. In the event the books are not received for audit within fifteen (15) days after the end of each six-month period, the Chairperson of the Trustees shall make a report to the next meeting of the Local Union for action.



Section 14.  It shall be the duty of the Guide to maintain order, inspect the membership receipts, satisfy her/himself that all present are entitled to remain in the meeting of the Local Union and perform such other duties as are usual to the office.

Section 15.  All Local Union officers, committees, stewards and other members handling funds or other property of the Local Union shall, at the completion of their duties, turn over all papers, documents, funds, and/or other Local Union property to the properly constituted Local Union officers.

 Member-at-Large Duties

The Member-at-Large is elected annually and serves as a member of the Advisory Council

Duties of the Member-at-Large:

  • Serves as a member of the Executive Committee
  • Attends all Executive Committee meetings
  • Attends all meetings of the organization
  • Meets deadlines
  • Coordinates relationships with liaisons
    • Invites to meetings
    • Initiates contacts
    • Provides informational updates about liaison organizations

Expectations of the Member-at-Large:

  • Shares ideas, guidance, and expertise with the Executive Committee
  • Assists Executive Committee as requested


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Notice of Nominations
For the purpose of nominating candidates for the following vacant positions:
Trustee (1)
Guide (1)
Member-at-large (1)
Nomination Period : May 17, 2017- May 23, 2017
Deadline: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Terms of office (June 2019)
Eligibility- Executive Board and Bargaining Team Members: All members in continuous good standing in P&A, UAW for one (1) year immediately prior to nomination.
All members in good standing are nominated and must accept in writing if they wish to accept the nomination.
Any member in good standing may nominate another member. Notify the local union of this nomination within the first seven (7) days of the nomination period. Notify the person you have nominated so that they can accept within the seven (7) days . No seconds of any nomination is required.
Acceptances should be submitted to :
P&A, UAW Local 1979
Attn: Election Committee
5057 Woodward Ave, 2222
Nomination acceptances will be accepted via hand delivered, email (office@uaw1979.org ) or Fax (313.577.8169) to the union office.
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Labor Note Training

Detroit labor Notes Classes are now available!
Registrations are pouring in for two Labor Notes classes to be held at Wayne State on April 8.
Registrations will accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 120 attendees.
On Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, you’ll get to choose one of two simultaneous classes.
Choose either:
Building the Union in a Right-to-Work Environment, with Chris Brooks of Labor Notes staff, who has years of experience as a union organizer in right-to-work Tennessee.
Assembling Your Dream Team (Finding Leaders and Mapping Your Workplace), with Jane Slaughter, former editor of Labor Notes.
These workshops will improve your organizing skills, from adjusting your attitude to “making the ask.” You’ll learn how to bring others on board; no more Lone Ranger.
All are welcome to these free classes! Email jane@labornotes.org with any questions.

Useful info:

Please arrive at 9:30 for registration and to browse our books and t-shirts. Classes will start promptly at 10 a.m.

State Hall is at 5143 Cass  Ave. Rooms 218-219
Afterwards, we’ll go out to eat at Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Brewz, a short block away, to digest what we’ve learned. Mac ‘n cheese, wraps, salads, beer and wine.


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What Standing Committees Do?

What Standing Committees Do?

An effective standing committee is a motivated, energetic and innovative group of members who can apply their abilities to their areas of interest. Standing committees work in cooperation with their local union executive board. They identify topics ,programs and issues that are important to the membership, the community, the local union, the international union and labor movement as a whole. They develop plans and proposals for activities and , when approved by the local union executive board, carry out those plans. Standing committees report out at membership meetings on the progress of their activities and future plans

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General Election Results


Results of March 15, 2016 General Election:

President (1)

Michelle Burns:  37 votes

Rosalind Willis: * 54 votes


Bargaining Team (5)

Don Foshey:   41 votes

Sophia Johnson-Parks: 47 votes

Michelle Burns: 43 votes

Gary Morris:   *61 votes

Rosalind Willis:   *58 votes

Brenda Mansfield: *50 votes

Dawn Waltz:  *49 votes

Charles Plater:   *67 votes


Totals include: Limited Absentee, Main and Medical Campus.

 92 ballots casted

Thank you to all the members who voted,
Election Committee,

Nawana Lawson
Richard Buboltz


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Delta Dental

As a result of the Fact Finder’s decision in May 2015 effective on or about March 20, 2016 the dental insurance premium 20 % co-share cost will begin. This means that the members will pay 20% of the cost of the dental insurance premium. The figures below are the total cost, the university’s share and our share.

We are responsible for the Employee Biweekly Cost.

The figures for this change are as follows:


Delta Dental – 20% Employee Cost Share (March 2016) 12 Month Employees

  Total Biweekly Cost  University Biweekly Cost  Employee Biweekly Cost 
Single  16.88 13.50 3.38
Two Person  31.39 25.11 6.28
Family 56.48 45.19 11.30


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Director’s Scholarship

Attention P&A Members!

UAW Region 1 Director’s Scholarship is available!
Who is eligible?

1. Children and grandchildren of Region 1 members; applicants must be dependents of the UAW member listed on the application.
2. High school seniors who will graduate mid-year of 2016 and begin college in the fall of 2016, or who are already in college.
3. Employees or spouses are not eligible
4. Previous winners of the scholarship are not eligible

The application form is available on the UAW Region 1 website under the tab “Community Caring” and also available at the Union office!

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2016 Election- Duties of Local Union Officers

UAW Constitution 2014-Article 40

Section 1. -President

Section 2. Vice President 

Section 3. Recording Secretary 

Section 4-10. Financial Secretary

Section 11. Treasurer

Section 12. Trustees

Section 13. Sergeant-at-arms

Section 14 & 15. Guide

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What Has The Union Done For Me?

Ever hear that question?

  • Job Security ________________________Article 1,3
  • Representation_______________________Article 1
  • Grievance Procedure __________________Article 8,13
  • Promotional Opportunities______________Article 15, 16
  • Job Classifications____________________Article 1, 57
  • Relief Periods_______________________Article 33
  • Uniform Pay Scale____________________Article 57
  • Guaranteed Wage Increases______________Article 1
  • Overtime Pay________________________Article 25
  • Shift Premiums ______________________Article 25
  • Paid Holidays________________________Article 47
  • Paid Vacations_______________________Article 49
  • Paid AP Days ________________________Article 45
  • Jury Duty Pay________________________Article 46
  • Bereavement Pay______________________Article 45
  • Military Duty Pay______________________Article 40,41
  • Paid Holiday Closure____________________Article 48
  • Illness Benefits________________________Article 44
  • Long Term Disability Benefits______________Article 52
  • 37.5 Hour Work Week___________________Article 33
  • Severance Pay________________________Article 30
  • Prescription Drugs _____________________Article 50
  • Family Dental Care_____________________Article 51
  • Family Vision Care_____________________Article 50
  • Tuition Benefits_______________________Article 55
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Dues Increase

“The dues increase passed by the International UAW in June 2014 and scheduled for November 1, 2014 was delayed due to technical issues. The increase  is  one half hour per month so the dues will be 2 and one half hours per month  and that deduction will begin with the check of January 28, 2015 and is NOT retroactive.”

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