Category: News

Local 1178 Retiree Devotes Life to Disaster Relief

“I get the blessing” It’s about church in your life and in your heart, says Local 1178 retiree Jody Bratcher. After retiring 10 years ago, the 70-year-old former FCA Chicago Parts Depot worker has devoted her life to what’s in her heart — a desire to serve the Lord by helping victims of natural disasters like hurricanes and floods. The Benton, Kentucky, resident has traveled the country with the North American Mission Board and Send Relief to partner with the American Red Cross to provide food, cleanup assistance and a shoulder to cry on for families in shock who lost ... Read more

2,000 Columbia University Postdocs Vote to Unionize with UAW

Historic Vote Marks First Union of Postdocs at a Private University Adds to Huge Wave of Academic Workers Choosing UAW   Columbia University postdoctoral researchers announced Thursday that they’ve voted overwhelmingly to choose Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW-UAW) as their union. In a National Labor Relations Board election held Oct. 2 and 3, the vote to unionize with the UAW passed by a significant margin of 68%. The 2,000 postdocs and associate research scientists now look to begin bargaining for what would be the first union contract covering postdocs at a private university. Postdocs and associate research scientists are researchers who have earned a ... Read more

UAW President Gary Jones Issues Statement on USMCA Announcement

“For a quarter century, NAFTA has been disastrous for working people in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and a gift to corporations offshoring good U.S. jobs. The true test of a new NAFTA agreement will be in whether it protects and enhances opportunities for the U.S. workforce and leads to higher wages and benefits for UAW members and manufacturing workers who have suffered for far too long. We think the idea and concept of the USMCA could have the potential to provide some needed relief for America’s working families. Numerous details still need to be reviewed and resolved before making ... Read more

Local 2320 Members Donate Their Time and Expertise to Help Families in Need

When help is needed in local neighborhoods or across the country, UAW members don’t hesitate to step up. That couldn’t be more true for legal services workers with the Legal Staff Services Association, represented by UAW Local 2320. More than a dozen members will head to Texas to volunteer their legal knowledge and expertise for some of the most urgent legal cases today. The 13 UAW members will use vacation time to travel to the Dilley immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas, in December as part of the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP). Sparked by the countless reports of women ... Read more

The New American Road Trip: Featuring the Chevrolet Bolt EV

On Sunday, September 23, The New American Road Trip made a stop at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan. The road trip is traveling from San Francisco to New York City, highlighting advances in sustainable manufacturing across the country. The trip is being carried out in a Bolt EV, which was manufactured at the Lake Orion plant. UAW workers, as well as representatives from GM, were on hand to discuss how the vehicles are made, and what it means to have their hard work featured so prominently in a nation-wide campaign. “This is an awesome experience, to see our ... Read more

Holy UAW, Batman!

Today we celebrate National Batman Day by celebrating the role UAW members played in the creation of one of Hollywood’s most famous line of vehicles – The Batmobile.   “Quick! To the Batmobile!”     The Batmobile first swung into popularity in 1966 when a futuristic 1955 Lincoln Futura prototype was transformed into the crime-fighting vehicle for the caped-crusader himself, Batman as he fought such villains as the Joker and Penguin around Gotham City.   Although the prototype was hand-built in Italy, the engine was a Ford FE 390ci v-8 built here in North America by UAW members.  In fact, the campy ... Read more

Statement of Cindy Estrada on CPG Facility Announcement

“UAW members at FCA are proud to be part of our automotive future with this state of the art $30 million testing facility for autonomous driving and advanced safety technologies. The work at this facility will not only create safer driving technology for all passengers, it will create the future high-quality jobs for all FCA UAW members as we move toward this exciting new era for auto.”

Right-To-Work is Wrong for American Workers

By: L. E. Bunch, retired UAW member I read the column by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in the  July 15, 2018 Detroit News that encourages workers not to belong to their union based on the recent U. S. Supreme Court ruling. The center even directs one to the forms on their website for the purpose of getting out of their union. What’s surprising is, when I ran a small business, I applied for membership in the Mackinac Center but requested to be a member without any fees. I never heard back from them. This article was very misleading ... Read more

Labor Day in Detroit

Workers from throughout Michigan gathered under a clear sky and blistering heat for Detroit’s Labor Day March in a display of solidarity that showed the power of unions to ensure fair treatment for workers. Workers, allies and pro-worker candidates joined the march to stand up for working families. At a gathering at Solidarity House in Detroit afterward, speakers looked ahead to what’s at stake in the midterm elections in November. Michigan Democratic Senate candidate Debbie Stabenow said enough is enough from anti-worker politicians in Washington. “I’ve had enough of this assault on working men and women. We need to turn ... Read more

Local 3000 Gives Back

UAW members serve their local communities in many ways. Local 3000 members prove that more than 15 times a year sponsoring charity events for those in need. Their latest give back to the community? An annual mobile food pantry in August run by local members at Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock, Michigan, Assembly Plant where they make the iconic Ford Mustang (the 10 millionth Mustang just came off their assembly line) and Lincoln Continentals. Local 3000 President Steve Gonzalez says the 5,500-member local, most from Flat Rock Assembly, line up at long tables on food pantry day at their local ... Read more