By SHERI GASSAWAY
Wentzville – Newly elected UAW Local 2250 President Glenn Kage says he is committed to securing the current products his members assemble at the General Motors plant here as well as winning additional work to ensure his members’ continued success.
Kage, a 37-year union member who joined UAW Local 2250 nearly three years ago, ran a progressive change campaign to unseat veteran incumbent Van Simpson.
This change election also brought another leader into office with Kage: Darin Gilley was elected the local’s new financial secretary. Incumbent Vice President Stan Stevenson and incumbent Recording Secretary Melody Downey were reelected. Each will serve a three-year term.
SOLID FUTURE GOALS
Kage, whose grass roots campaign made speaking with members and listening to their suggestions for the union a priority, said he is looking forward to his new responsibilities as president.
“My goals for the future of our local are to increase member involvement, both within the local union and our community,” he said. “I also plan to work with General Motors to secure the current products that we assemble and possibly secure another product to ensure our members’ futures.”
Prior to joining UAW 2250, Kage was UAW Local 136’s financial secretary from 2006 until 2009, when the Fenton Chrysler plant closed. Before serving as financial secretary, he was chairman of Local 136’s Voluntary Community Action Program (V-CAP) Committee, which educates the membership and community about issues, candidates and policies that affect all working families and helps elect candidates that support working people and Organized Labor.
He also served as president of the Greater St. Louis Area CAP Council. The UAW’s CAP councils across America work to improve social and economic conditions and enrich the quality of life for not only UAW members and their families, but for all workers through social and especially political action.
Kage’s work with the UAW wasn’t his first union stint. Before joining the UAW, he was an IBEW Local 1 member for 16 years, serving as a steward on a number of jobs. He also worked as an organizer for SEIU Local 1.
UAW Local 2250 members work at the General Motors Assembly Plant here building the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon and full-size work vans. The union is 4,500 members strong with an additional 3,500 retirees. It has one of the strongest V-CAP programs in UAW Region 5, which serves UAW members and retirees in 17 states in the western and southwestern United States, including Missouri, California and Washington state.