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UAW Region 8
Community Action Program
In the 1960's the UAW had the forethought to create
our Community Action Program, commonly referred to as CAP. This
program highlights our priority to improve the social and economic
conditions and enrich the quality of life for all people.
Within Region 8 we have ten State CAP councils (Alabama,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina
& South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) and
a South Central Pennsylvania UAW CAP Steering Committee, under the
direction of Region 8 Director Gary Casteel and our National CAP
Department. Efforts are coordinated to educate, organize and mobilize
our 120,000 active and retired UAW members in election campaigns
and the legislative arena. Region 8 is then joined with the other
10 Regions within the UAW to form a voice of more than 1.3 million
active and retired members.
The legislative arena is of great importance to
every working person in our country. The far- reaching effects of
legislation passed into law, not only at the national level, but
at the local and state levels, impacts the lives of working families
for generations to come. Each and every member is encouraged to
be active in the CAP activities within your local union.
Region 8 has two CAP Representatives
who work with the state councils; Roy Thomas is assigned to the
UAW Region 8 office in Lebanon, TN and Jim Rogers in the UAW Region
8 office in Baltimore, MD.
State CAP Council Information
To obtain information on your particular states
program, please contact the State CAP Council in which you reside.
Most state contest deadlines are either February 28, 2005 or March
31, 2005; please check with your applicable state for entry deadlines.
Alabama CAP Council
1004 North 50th Street
Birmingham, AL 35212
UAW Delaware State CAP Council
William H.Wasik, President
698 Old Baltimore Pike
Newark, DE 19702
Florida State CAP
1619 Ft. Smith Blvd
Deltona Lakes, FL 32738
(Self addressed stamped envelope) or see your schools
Council Georgia State CAP Council
1280 Winchester Parkway, SE
Smyrna, GA 30080-6548
Maryland CAP Council
1005 North Point Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Mississippi State CAP Council
15 Shady Oak Road
Laurel, MS 39443
North Carolina/South Carolina State CAP Council
United Auto Workers
c/o Ron Melton
3513 Greg Drive
Gastonia, NC 28052
South Central PA CAP Council
3562 Gillespie Drive
York, PA 17404
Tennessee State CAP Council
51 Maddox-Simpson Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37090-5345
Virginia State CAP Council
315 Bowen Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
West Virginia State CAP Council
891 Auto Parts Place
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Our post election work continues with the state
legislatures and the 109th Congress, both will be introducing legislation
that is of great concern to all working families. Many times questions
arise as to the status of a particular bill in Congress. One of
the best tools for researching a legislative issue is the “Thomas”
web site which is maintained by the Library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov.
By going to this website you can easily look up the status of a
House or Senate bill, find out who is cosponsoring the bill, review
the votes on a bill, and discover other useful information.
Below is step by step description of how to use
this service. You must first go to http://thomas.loc.gov.
1. Updating a bill status/Cosponsors: Using the
Comp Time bill as an example, plug in HR 1119 (put “S”
in front of Senate Bills) and hit Search or insert a word or phrase
such as in this case, “Comp Time” and hit search. If
there are multiple versions of the bill, you will need to pick the
latest version. Click on “Bill Summary & Status file”
and you will see a range of choices. Click on “Bill Status”
which will include committee and floor action. To see who is a co-sponsor
click on “Cosponsors”.
2. Reviewing a Roll Call Vote: Roll call votes are
usually posted within an hour or two of when they are taken. If
you are looking for a very resent vote, go to the home page and
click on “Roll Call Votes”.
Votes are listed starting with the most recent and
working backward and include the date, bill number, description
and result. All amendments and procedural votes are listed also.
Most often, you will be looking up a vote that has
recently taken place, but Thomas contains the voting record for
over 10 years. If you are researching an old vote, the easiest way
to find it is to put in the bill number on the home page and then
click on the “Bill Status” section that lists all votes
in connection with the bill. Remember, if the bill is from a previous
Congress, you need to first select the correct session by clicking
on the Bill Summary & Status section under the “Legislation”
column on the home page.
here to contact your Region 8 Senator
UAW CAP Conference
February 5-8, 2006
Senate Votes On Key UAW Issues
Whatever Happen to Family Values?
Seize Control of House & Senate
Backs Bad Trade Deal
Endorses U.S. Jobs Moving Overseas
Pushes Dangerous Trade Deal
of Ron Gettelfinger U.S. Trade Agreements
Block On Thailand Free Trade Agreement
Labor Department Has Anti-Union Pen Pals
of Tax Cuts Gives To The Rich