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Columbia University Postdocs form union with UAW, petition NLRB for election; first private university postdoc effort expands growing academic union movement

NEW YORK CITY — A majority of the 2,000 postdoctoral researchers at Columbia University have formed a union and today filed a petition initiating the certification process with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “After hundreds of conversations, meetings and town halls across the university over the last year, we are excited to take this important step toward establishing a union to improve the postdoc experience at Columbia,” said Alvaro Cuesta-Dominguez, a postdoc in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics.  “We hope to vote on unionization soon, so we can join thousands of our colleagues at public universities like the University of ... Read more

Big Labor Wins on Key Day of Primaries

DETROIT — Working families and working Americans sent a clear message in key primary races Tuesday that 2018 is about the pocketbook, not ideological battles. Voters in Missouri rejected so-called “Right-to-work” for less; elected key labor candidates in primaries in Michigan, Missouri and Washington, and took an open GOP seat in Ohio to a neck and neck status. “Voters clearly sent a message in yesterday’s voting that the lessons of the 2016 Presidential election were not about conservatism, they were about working families wanting action on pocketbook issues,” said Gary Jones, President of the UAW. “Voters want less talk and ... Read more

UAW mother and daughters reach education goals together

UAW member Rita Tyson’s values are not only about work but about family, too. Thanks to Tyson’s nearly 30 years at Ford Motor Co. ISA, Local 900, and the solid foundation of hard work that goes with UAW values, Tyson and her two daughters have mastered higher education together, attending college at the same time. Rita’s daughter Angelica Tyson is in her last year of skilled trades apprenticeship training at Henry Ford Community College with a 4.0 grade point average and started school while her daughters went to college on scholarships. Angelica Hawkins, 28, completed a master’s degree in nursing ... Read more

Union Plus: UAW Family Members Awarded 2018 Union Plus Scholarships

UAW Family Members Awarded 2018 Union Plus Scholarships  Winners Honored for Achievement and Union Values   Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 115 students representing 32 unions, including three winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 36 states. The UAW winners are: Haley Caudill of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Caudill, whose mother, Kimberly Caudill, is a member of UAW Local 2164, has been awarded a $500 scholarship. Taylor Lenburg of New Lenox, Illinois. Lenburg, whose father, Dino Lenburg, is a member ... Read more

Labor School at Wayne State University

You learn a lot about unions by being a member. But did you know you can take a deep dive into learning by attending university classes about unionism? Wayne State University’s Labor School in Detroit offers certificates and advanced degrees in labor studies, and employment and labor relations—for union members and anyone who wants to make positive changes for working families. No grades and no exams, either. Need help paying for it? You may qualify for a need-based scholarship. Start by calling the Ethel Schwartz Memorial Scholarship for Labor Education at (313) 577-2191 and ask for a scholarship application. To ... Read more

UAW Vice President Dittes Visits Local 174 Members at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly

UAW Local 174 members at the GM Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant in Brownstown, Michigan, were visited by UAW Vice President and GM Department Director Terry Dittes on July 18, where he got a first-hand look at the quality battery assembly work the 74 local unit members do every day in the plant. Workers create lithium-ion batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, Malibu Hybrid, Silverado eAssist, GMC Sierra eAssist, Buick LaCrosse Hybrid and Cadillac CT6 Plug-In vehicles. The plant also includes a test battery operations department where members work alongside engineers to troubleshoot products before they go into production. “Vice President Dittes’ ... Read more

UAW members ratify contract agreements at six Daimler Trucks North America facilities Includes wage increases, lump sums and ratification bonus

UAW members at six UAW Daimler Trucks North America facilities have ratified six-year contract agreements with Daimler Trucks North America. The agreements cover UAW members at Daimler Trucks North America facilities at Thomas Built Buses, Local 5287, in High Point, North Carolina, Cleveland TMP, Local 3520, in Cleveland, North Carolina, Gastonia/Parts, Local 5286, in Gastonia, North Carolina, Mount Holly TMP, Local 5285, in Mount Holly, North Carolina, Atlanta PDC, Local 10, in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis PDC, Local 2406, in Memphis, Tennessee. “UAW members at UAW Daimler Trucks North America went through challenging negotiations,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of ... Read more

Labor Voices: Supreme Court nominees impact unions

At the UAW, we often quote Walter Reuther’s famous statement that there is a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box. That connection has rarely been more evident than what we’re seeing with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. His confirmation could cement a right-leaning majority on the court for years to come — a court that will be reviewing and deciding labor laws that will impact generations of working Americans. Already, the current court, even with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote, has altered the landscape of working voices through a ... Read more

Statements on the death of Sergio Marchionne

STATEMENT FROM UAW PRESIDENT GARY JONES ON THE PASSING OF SERGIO MARCHIONNE “During the industry’s dark days of the recession, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM were at a perilous point. Working with the UAW members, the FCA rebirth was borne when many doubted it would come. As in all labor-management relationships, there were clashes and disagreements. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergio’s family. And when history looks back at his legacy, despite bumps and bruises along the way, in the end, the sun wasn’t setting when he left the company, the sun was rising. That will long be remembered.” ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Gary Jones on the FCA Announcement of Mike Manley

“UAW FCA members look forward to working and bargaining with Mike Manley and his team as we head into the 2019 negotiations. Mr. Manley inherits a proud workforce that is known for its quality work and is committed to building the best products in the industry.”