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UAW, Ford collaborate on community event

The United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. will collaborate on a community event scheduled in the Seneca-Babcock neighborhood on Friday.

UAW and Ford will sponsor a “community empowerment day” with several organizations, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Seneca and Babcock streets.

There will be free on-site legal, medical and dental services, vision screening, voter registration, senior services, community cleanup projects and a job fair. There will also be a bounce house, food, and snow cone and popcorn machines. The first 100 youths at the event will receive free bike helmets, donated by the Police Athletic League of New York.

“UAW-Ford is committed to the communities in which our members work and live,” said Jimmy Settles, vice president of UAW-Ford, in a statement.

The UAW and Ford hold programs like Friday’s event or conduct other kinds of charitable activities in regions where Ford has operations. Ford has a parts stamping plant on Route 5 in the Town of Hamburg.

Volunteers at the event will include Ford workers from the stamping plant, as well as from outside the region.

About 300 people from UAW locals at Ford plants were in Buffalo this week, attending a subregional meeting at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this week.

The UAW’s labor contract with Ford is set to expire on Sept. 15. The union and the automaker are scheduled to begin contract talks on July 23 in Detroit.

The labor talks resonate locally because Ford has a parts stamping plant along Route 5 in the Town of Hamburg.