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New UAW Video on Combating Plant Closures Features Footage of Donald Trump Falsely Promising Autoworkers He Would Save Their Jobs

DETROIT – The UAW released a new video, “Hometowns,” about the union’s fight in negotiations to stop plant closures that have devastated communities across the Midwest. The video features 2017 footage of Donald Trump falsely promising autoworkers in Ohio he would save their jobs. The ex-president is holding a rally today at a non-union factory in Metro Detroit. The video can be accessed at this link, and the media is invited to use the footage. The Big Three have closed or spun off 65 auto plants over the last 20 years. “Hometowns” shows the damage those closings have caused and focuses on ... Read more

UAW President Shawn Fain Statement on Ford’s Announcement to Pause Construction on Marshall EV Battery Plant

UAW President Shawn Fain released the following statement regarding Ford’s announcement that they are pausing construction on the Marshall EV Battery Plant:  “This is a shameful, barely veiled threat by Ford to cut jobs. Closing 65 plants over the last 20 years wasn’t enough for the Big Three, now they want to threaten us with closing plants that aren’t even open yet. We are simply asking for a just transition to electric vehicles and Ford is instead doubling down on their race to the bottom.”

Call to Action: Support Striking Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers

Dear UAW Brothers, Sisters, and Supporters:  UAW Locals 1781, 2145, 2256, and 2500, along with Regions 1, 1A, and 1D are reaching out to you because we are facing significant challenges in negotiating a fair contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. BCBSM has refused to accept our demands and is outsourcing our work to third parties. This endangers our livelihoods and collective bargaining strength. We urge all supporters to contact BCBSM via the list below. Request to speak with a UAW Customer Service Representative immediately. Protest to the company for outsourcing our work, their unfair wages, and refusing ... Read more

VIDEO: Message from UAW VP Mike Booth to Local 2250 in Wentzville, MO

Hello everybody at Local 2250. We’re here today with the 2023 national negotiators. We would like to thank you for when you were called, you led the charge to stand up and strike General Motors. This strike is about equal pay for equal work, job security, and most importantly, respect. Long hours, stagnant wages, lack of family time, lack of retirement security, double digit inflation have us all frustrated. Let’s talk about our storied history of the UAW. On November 9, 1947, at the 7th UAW Constitutional Convention, Walter Reuther spoke about our practical job. In this speech, he states: ... Read more

UAW Expands Stand Up Strike Against General Motors and Stellantis

DETROIT – UAW President Shawn Fain just announced on Facebook Live that the union, at noon today, will expand its Stand Up Strike against General Motors and Stellantis at 38 locations across 20 states. On Monday, Fain had announced that the union would expand its Stand Up Strike against automakers that did not make substantial progress toward a fair agreement. Neither company did. Approximately 5,600 Big Three workers will join the approximately 13,000 who are already on strike. The union is continuing to strike Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., but is not expanding its strike against the Dearborn-based automaker. The UAW ... Read more

VIDEO: Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers Continue Holding the Line for Fair Contract, Call for Support

Over 1,000 workers at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continue to strike against the company as they demand a new contract that addresses numerous issues, including job outsourcing, wage disparities, and unfair labor practices. Workers walked off the job on September 13 after company negotiators refused to take their demands seriously. “Over the years, we have lost so much work,” said Local 1781 President, Tina Gates. “They’ve taken our work and given it to outside contractors. At one point we were over 4,000, 5,000 people (in the union) across the state. Now we have 1,300 people. So, we’re tired ... Read more

Video: UAW Marching Bass Band Drum

“Hi, my name is Gavin Strassel and I’m the UAW archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. This bass drum was part of a small marching band that came from UAW Local 3, which represented workers at the Dodge Main plant in Detroit. When the UAW finally organized Chrysler after a long sit-down strike in 1937, the workers marched out of the factory, and they were led by the marching band and this bass drum. The rhythmic pounding of the drum really added to the sense of triumph and was a huge moment for those workers.” ... Read more

VIDEO: Stand Up on the Job

Hi, UAW. I’m Ben Dictor, an attorney with Eisner, Dictor and Lamadrid and counsel to your union in these negotiations. As you know, thousands of UAW members at the Big Three are holding strong on the picket line and your national negotiators are hard at work at the bargaining table. But for those of you working under an expired agreement, there’s a lot you can do to help win this fight. Here’s how you can Stand Up on the job. Working under an expired agreement gives the union important leverage at the negotiating table. If you haven’t been called yet ... Read more

Local 2083 Votes Down ZF Offer, Rallies for Strong Contract

It’s not just Big Three UAW members fighting for justice. Autoworkers across the supply chain, across the country, are on the move. In Alabama, workers at ZF who make parts for Mercedes have voted down the company’s latest contract offer and are holding out for a better deal. Region 8 Director Tim Smith, along with several Region 8 International Staff, recently joined the leadership of Local 2083 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Regional leadership distributed leaflets to members at the worksite to educate, share information and provide an update on contract talks between the UAW and ZF industries. During several meetings, Director ... Read more

UAW President Shawn Fain Announces that Stand Up Strike Will Expand at Noon on Friday if Big Three Fail to Make Substantial Progress in Negotiations by the Deadline

DETROIT – In a video posted on the UAW’s social media sites, President Shawn Fain announced a new strike deadline of this Friday, Sept. 22 at noon. If Ford, General Motors or Stellantis have not made substantial progress toward a fair agreement, the UAW will call on more members to join the Stand Up Strike. The video can be viewed at the UAW’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and the media is invited to download and share it. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis all took more than a month to respond to the UAW’s Members’ Demands and failed to put ... Read more