UAW Local 578 members vote down tentative contract offer by Oshkosh Corp.

Today, Sept. 30, by over 85 percent, the members of UAW Local 578 rejected a tentative contract offer by the Oshkosh Corp. The tentative agreement contained numerous wage cut proposals including an Oshkosh Crop. proposal that would increase the workers health care family contribution from $70 to $280 a month. If accepted this kind of proposal would be a wage cut for a single worker of thousands of dollars over the proposed 5 year contract. This despite the Oshkosh Corp. making billions of dollars in recent years. The UAW members at Oshkosh Corp. voting down the tentative agreement said they’ve had enough of corporate greed and want a better tentative agreement that respects them, their families and communities. Local 578 and Oshkosh Corp. are discussing next steps including restarting bargaining. Updates will be forthcoming.

UAW Local 578 members and their supporters participate in an informational picket Sept. 25 in Oshkosh.

UAW Local 578 members and their supporters participate in an informational picket Sept. 25 in Oshkosh.


Watch Live Oct. 1: A Celebration Of Troy Davis’ Life

From the NAACP:

Tomorrow, we celebrate the life of Troy Davis.

Thousands of his supporters and loved ones will gather at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, to honor the spirit and legacy of a man who has galvanized a global movement for justice.

We would like you to join us, too.

To accommodate the worldwide demand to mark this moment together, as a global community, Troy’s family has generously allowed his funeral to be broadcast live on

Beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow, you will be able to share the experience with the Davis family and Troy’s supporters and loved ones around the world.

Troy Davis: A Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 11 a.m.
Watch the service live at

Even in the face of death Troy understood how his story could change this country forever. In the days and weeks ahead, we will work to ensure that Troy’s mission is carried out, and the brutal practice of the death penalty is abolished in this country once and for all.

Troy’s story has touched each of our lives. Please join us tomorrow as we stand alongside his family in this time of reflection and remembrance.

Sincerely yours,

Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO

P.S. Many have asked about contributions to the Davis family. Letters of condolence may be sent to “I am Troy Davis,” P.O. Box 2105, Savannah, GA 31407

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to: “I Am Troy Fund,” Capitol City Bank, 339 MLK, Jr., Blvd. Savannah, Georgia 31401

P.P.S. If you have not yet already, please sign the petition in Troy’s memory, calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States: