Category: News

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on State Senate Resolution over Michigan Civil Service Rule Proposed Change

“Today’s State Senate action makes crystal clear that partisan politics is behind the Michigan Civil Service Commission proposed changes to workplace rules by giving the Governor more power to dictate working conditions, and filling vital positions with unskilled political cronies instead of well-trained civil servants who serve Michigan Taxpayers.” “The Michigan Civil Service Commission through our Constitution is supposed to be a non-partisan entity that takes politics out of the state’s workforce. Yet today, through their vote, the State Senate chose to ignore our Constitution and the will of our people to keep politics out of the most basic functions ... Read more

UAW Local 3999 Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association Extends Contract Deadline and Prepares for Strike

Bath, ME – Members of UAW Local 3999 Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association (BMDA) agreed over the weekend to extend their contract by one week and continue negotiations. A deadline to strike has been set for Monday, Sept. 25 upon expiration of the contract extension. After weeks of negotiations, members voted against a final offer from the company on Saturday. On Sunday, members voted overwhelmingly to prepare for a strike if negotiations this week are not successful. “While we continue to engage with the company to negotiate a better proposal for our members and their families, we are also making sure ... Read more

UAW’s Facebook page is a great resource for both getting information and participating in a conversation about the latest news

Latest studies show that almost half of UAW membership (active and retired) are on Facebook and those figures are growing. Though there are many social media platforms, Facebook is by far the largest and most popular, especially with UAW active and retired members.  The UAW Facebook page features breaking news, educational content as well as union history (that often features stories that could be ripped from today’s headlines). It also gives you the tools to keep your elected representatives accountable – reminding them that they work for you and your community. Much of the content on the page is original and ... Read more

Follow the UAW on Twitter today!

Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has become the top platform for what’s happening right now. It’s full of inside jokes, memes, breaking news and hashtags. Twitter pioneered “trending” topics – a shorthand guide to what 328 million global Twitter users are talking about right now. Two years after Twitter was founded, the UAW landed on the platform. Our first tweet didn’t come until May of 2010 when we advocated for comprehensive metalworking fluids rules. Over 18,700 tweets and seven years later the UAW is still going strong on Twitter, advocating our positions and interacting with members, journalists, government officials ... Read more

UAW Launches BuildBuyUSA Campaign

New website touts the ‘big picture’ of good, sustainable jobs; song contest to come The United Autoworkers announced today the launch of its new BuildBuyUSA campaign. BuildBuyUSA ( promotes the value and importance of a strong manufacturing base to our economic future and the key role consumers can play. By spending our dollars on items made domestically, consumers can encourage a resurgence of well-paying manufacturing jobs in the United States. “Consumers have the power to make a difference,” said UAW International President Dennis Williams. “Our BuildBuyUSA campaign will give people the tools they need to make informed choices so that their spending ... Read more

Boston College Graduate Workers Win Their Union, Join UAW

Vote is the latest in a string of academic organizing victories as movement for grad worker unionization grows Boston, MA – Graduate workers at Boston College have voted 270  in favor to 224 to join the United Auto Workers (UAW), according to ballots tallied Wednesday night by the National Labor Relations Board. Their victory caps a three-year effort to win recognition and required them to overcome a hostile employer, who sent out last-minute emails via campus Deans urging a no vote. With this vote, more than 10,000 academic workers have opted to become part of the UAW in the Northeast ... Read more

Hurricane Irma relief effort at Florida House on Capitol Hill

CONTACT: Jordan Pic/ Manager of Operations Florida House on Capitol Hill Phone:  202-546-1555 or email: Connie Parker/Director of Stewardship and Government Relations Pure Fishing Phone:  703-624-1811 or email Washington, D.C. – Florida House on Capitol Hill and our friends at Pure Fishing and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are organizing an effort to collect and transport supplies for the Hurricane Irma relief effort. Florida House will collect items from Tuesday, September 12th until Friday, September 15th. The items will depart Washington, D.C. for Orlando, FL on Saturday, September 16th. The Florida Division of Emergency Management and Volunteer Florida have ... Read more

Congressional Leaders to Hear Grad Worker Testimony on Columbia’s Refusal to Bargain

Nine months have passed since overwhelming 72% vote in favor of unionization New York City – On Wednesday, September 20th, Research and Teaching Assistants from departments across Columbia will testify in front of a panel that will include Members of Congress Jerry Nadler and Grace Meng, State Assembly member Deborah Glick, New York City Councilman Mark Levine, New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, and other community leaders on how the University’s refusal to bargain with their union has impacted their lives. The panel will also include graduate workers from other universities, including Yale, where administrators are similarly ... Read more

Remembering Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strike

Lorraine Agtang Reflects on the Delano Grape Strike, which occurred over 50 years ago.

The National Writers Union Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Ebony Freelancers

The National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 filed a lawsuit against Ebony Media Operations and its parent company, Clear View Group, LLC., for unpaid wages on behalf of dozens of freelance writers collectively owed more than $70,000. The case was filed in Cook County, Illinois. The lawsuit names 39 unpaid writers, editors and other creatives Ebony failed to compensate for contributions to its print or web publications. NWU President Larry Goldbetter says this action was the necessary next step in the fight to organize freelancers when publishers seek to exploit creative labor. “Oftentimes, freelancers are at the mercy of the publications ... Read more