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 in the video above.
One of the lesser known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union – compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at Local 599 in Flint, Michigan. At the time, many UAW members – particularly those in the auto industry – were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis. ... Read more
At a young age, Samantha learned the hard way about having no rights at work. She’s now determined that her daughter grow up in a different world. Samantha Drake (Region 1D)