Elections Matter


When both a GM and Ford plant were facing closure in Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue didn’t head to Detroit to lobby to keep those plants open. Instead, he flew to Korea to lobby…

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May is Mental Health Month. Becky is a UAW member from Missouri. Her story about trying to find support for her son is a testament to a mother’s tenacity and a system’s indifference to people who are struggling. If you ever thought elections don’t matter, listen to Becky’s story and think again.

Becky Schieffer (Region 5, Local 2250)


Why does Jamie care about the elections? Because she has kids!‪

Jamie Teller (Region 2B, Local 2209)


It’s getting realer by the day, folks. Who we vote for changes our lives.

Benjamin Johnson (Region 2B, Local 2209)


Steve tells the story of two governors – one who cared about working families, the other who walked away.

Steve Melson (Region 5, Local 2250)


For Anthony, the election isn’t about what party you belong to, but whether candidates support workers. Simple. As. That.

Anthony Thomas (Region 1, Local 2280)


To elect candidates who care about workers, his local is starting by getting members engaged through their Union 201 program. “It’s about our best interest as autoworkers…

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UAW activists are not only active behind the scenes in politics, but many end up running for office themselves. We’re starting a series so you can get to know some of them who often credit their union involvement for inspiring them to take that step.

Judy Thornton (Region 1A, Local 892)

John grew up in the foster system. As an adult, he wanted to make a difference. Win or lose, he is out there trying to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.‬‬

John Gednew (Region 4, Local 1268)

When his steel mill closed down, Andrew Linko took advantage of the Trade Adjustment Act’s retraining program and got hired at Woodhaven Stamping…

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As a city council member, Ken is helping do what government is supposed to do: serve the people.

Ken Collinson (Region 8, Local 1590)

When President Lincoln made his first address to Congress at the start of the Civil War in 1861, he made a profound statement about capital and wealth. Lincoln noted that it was the labor of slaves and workers which created most of that wealth enjoyed by a privileged few.

Harry S. Truman became president in 1945 after President Roosevelt died in office. His presidency faced many problems in the years immediately following World War II as the country struggled to transition to a peacetime economy…

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FDR’s New Deal reforms gave workers the right to bargain under the Wagner Act of 1935. But what the New Deal is mostly known for is providing a minimum…

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office from 1953 to 1961. He ran as a Republican and at that time the Republican Party platform called for expansion of Social Security, broadened unemployment…

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Three UAW members share their stories about working the Iowa caucuses, a night that kicks off the presidential race for many of us…

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On June 25, 1938, FDR passed the Fair Labor Standards Act which led to the minimum wage, overtime pay and protections for child labor.


On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed into law Medicare and Medicaid, providing health care to low-income and elderly people.


On August 5, 1997, the Family Medical Leave Act became law allowing workers to take leave for family members who are sick.

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