DETROIT – The UAW reported today solid financials and steady membership numbers in the face of the 2020 pandemic. Average membership was virtually unchanged despite the pandemic. And net income actually increased in 2020 as did the UAW strike fund. “In a very challenging year, we were able to be creative in saving on costs including travel and meetings by utilizing technology and took advantage of solid investments that performed exceedingly well,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry. “The bottom line is that the UAW ended the year balanced with modest growth and the strike fund continued to grow at a ... Read more
Former UAW Vice President Richard Shoemaker passed away Friday March 12 at the age of 81. Shoemaker served as UAW Vice President for three terms including an assignment overseeing the UAW General Motors Department. Shoemaker, born on October 6, 1939, joined the UAW in 1957 right out of high school when he began working at Deere & Co. Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois where his father worked. “In those days, you really had a choice whether you wanted to go to school or whether you wanted to spend a career in the plant,” Shoemaker told the Associated Press in ... Read more
February is National Black History Month and this year, Region 1 celebrated the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans to the UAW, our nation and the world via virtual celebration. The theme for this year’s black history month was The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. You can view the virtual celebration here.
Detroit – “During the 2019 collective bargaining negotiations, members ratified a contract that contains a defined path to full-time status. This hard-fought UAW contract priority has resulted in over 400 UAW Ford members eligible to move to full-time status in January with more to come. For many UAW families this bargained pathway will be life-changing thanks to their solidarity at the bargaining table.”
Detroit – “UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month. This life-changing event is a testament to our members’ hard work as permanent temporary employees and the power of collective bargaining that created this defined path for them to seniority status.”