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<x-tad-bigger>New UAW-Environmental Partnership Showcases Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies Made in Southeast Michigan
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<x-tad-bigger>“Green Machines Tour” Promotes New Technologies,
Policies for UAW Jobs and Cleaner Environment
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WHAT: UAW Region 1A, the Ecology Center, and state officials will join together in a unique show of support for greater automobile efficiency. The unprecedented partnership – known as the Green Machines Tour— will showcase a range of new advanced vehicle technologies being built by the companies and members of UAW Region 1A in southeast Michigan. The partnership will highlight the economic and environmental benefits that result from investment in these technologies and will discuss policy options to further advance the manufacture of fuel-efficient technologies in Michigan.

Speakers will include representatives from the UAW, Ecology Center, Apollo Alliance, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Director David Hollister, as well as state and federal elected representatives.

WHERE: UAW Local 735 union hall located at 48055 Michigan Avenue in Canton, Michigan.

WHEN:
Friday, June 24
9:30 a.m. – Press Conference
10:00 a.m. – Technology Showcase
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 – Policy Roundtable

WHO:
Sponsored by UAW Region 1A and the Ecology Center. UAW Region 1A is the union’s largest Region, covering most of Wayne County, including part of Detroit, and all of Monroe and Washtenaw Counties. The Ecology Center is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization that works for healthy communities, clean products and clean production. More information about the Green Machines Tour can be found at http://www.greenmachinestour.org.

WHY:
This partnership between the UAW and environmentalists is bringing together groups that have not always seen eye-to-eye in the past. A consensus has emerged that advanced, fuel-efficient technologies are key to enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s automobile industry.

VISUALS: Great opportunity to photograph or film several advanced technologies, including brand new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions being launched this summer. Hybrids, advanced diesels and other advanced vehicles made by UAW members will also be on display.

CONTACTS:
Charles Griffith, Ecology Center, 734-663-2400 x116
Claudette Juska, Ecology Center, 248-467-9532 (c)
Jim Pederson, UAW Region 1-A, 517-304-2705 (c)


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