UAW Local 140

23345 Pinewood St.
Warren, MI 48091, USA
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United Auto Workers - Local 140
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Latitude = 42.464991
Longitude = -83.047431

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E.A.P. Rep - Derek Sheppard
Benefits Rep - Day Shift
Benefits Rep - Afternoon Shift
Health & Safety Rep - Laurine Garner
Health & Safety - Mike Ellette
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Established on Oct. 1, 1935, Local 140 was the first local to be granted a charter by the UAW. Today the local includes 4,300 members who work at DaimlerChrysler's Warren (Mich.) Truck plant, where they build the Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram trucks. The local also includes 2,500 retirees and approximately 20 workers at DaimlerChrysler's Sterling Heights (Mich.) Vehicle Test Center.

Officially, the UAW’s birthplace is South Bend, Ind.

That's where in 1935 between 200-300 charters, all dated the same, were issued for existing local unions. Charters are the legal documents, which establish the existence and framework for local unions.

However, the charters arrived one day late. When they finally were delivered, only two local unions in the Detroit area were holding meetings. They were Local 2 representing workers at the Murray Body plant and Local 140, an amalgamated local. Consequently, these were the first two locals to receive official UAW recognition.

There were only 50-60 Local 140 members present that night. In all these years, most of them have passed out of the picture. So only a very small handful of Local 140 members, if any, will have memories today of that meeting.

Many of us at Local 140 did not realize that ours is one of the oldest locals in the UAW. By the fact that Local 2 is no longer in existence, Local 140 becomes the oldest chartered local in the UAW.

In the early spring of 1935, the first organizing meeting of the American Federation of Labor federal union (as they were called then), that eventually became Local 140, was held in the Odd Fellows Hall on Bethune Street in Detroit. About 125 people attended representing Chrysler’s Dodge Truck, Detroit Forge and Amplex plants.

After the meeting, 40 of those in attendance came to the front of the room, plunked down a dollar and defied the anti-union spies who were present to put them on the company’s blacklist.

Many people believe that local union numbers are issued in chronological order. Local “140” was created by adding the number “1,” representing the one dollar membership fee, to the number “40,” representing the original 40 members who signed up to be union on that day in 1935.

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