Labor Voices: Handshake symbolizes struggle for worker rights
It’s hard to think about the cold right now in Michigan. With news about heatwaves and soaring heat index ratings, December seems a world away.
But some of us thought about December this week. This past Monday and Tuesday, the Big Three automakers sat down with UAW leadership for the ceremonial handshake — the handshake that historically starts off all contract negotiations. We’ve been negotiating contracts with these groups for over 65 years, and each negotiation starts with this same handshake.
Negotiations didn’t always start this way, however, and that’s where we get to December.