The Bargaining Team Doesn’t Go In Alone

Sitting across the table from management can be intimidating.  They sometimes have lawyers representing them at the bargaining table, and it’s a simple matter for them to hire experts to flood bargaining with information and arguments as to why workers should give up their hard-won rights. But UAW bargaining committees do not head into bargaining

The Bargaining Team Gets Prepared

Any seasoned bargainer will say that the first lesson of bargaining is the realization that there is someone on the other side of the table. The list of demands and new language might sound reasonable to one side, but negotiations require agreement from both parties and management is often pulling the agreement in the opposite

Pattern Bargaining

Pattern bargaining started as a collective bargaining strategy in which unionized workers across an industry or sector attempt to bargain uniform standards in their contracts. UAW autoworkers started this practice right after World War II, and by 1955, the UAW contracts with the major automakers set the same pattern wages and had the same contract

Where the Right to Bargain Comes From

It’s easy to forget that that the policy of the United States is to encourage “the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.”  (National Labor Relations Act, Foreword) The reason why is simple:  the federal government regulates free commerce, and it believes that collective bargaining is a useful tool to reduce obstacles to commerce.  Thomas Perez,

What is a Bargaining Committee?

UAW members are represented at the bargaining table by their bargaining committee.  The committee is elected pursuant to the local union bylaws, and their size and composition varies depending on the size of the local and the nature of the agreement. The committee’s job is to attend all negotiating meetings, and do the necessary research

10 Jobs You Didn’t Know Were Performed by UAW Members

Everybody knows that UAW members build cars, but here are 10 things we bet you didn’t know that UAW members do! 1. UAW members help people build their credit UAW members from Region 1 are Financial Advisers at Financial Fitness Centre in Windsor, Ontario in Canada. 2. We drive your kids back and forth from

UAW and GM Extend Contract Deadline

In a message from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and the 2015 UAW-GM National Negotiating Team, the UAW confirmed that they had extended this year’s contract deadline with General Motors. The full statement as it appeared on the UAW’s Facebook page: A Message from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and your 2015 GM National Bargaining

Reflections 50 Years After The Delano Grape Strike

50 years ago today, the Delano grape strike started when Filipino farmworkers walked out of the fields to demand dignity. Lorraine Agtang, one of the few remaining strikers, remembers that day and all that grew out of their movement, including the help from a key ally – Walter Reuther. Hear her story in her own words

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