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Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother

When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.   Local 1588 President Jeff Gase tapped the local’s Veterans Committee chair, Sean Jones, to put the plan in motion. He contacted Home Depot which donated gift cards for ramp landscaping while the committee put a 50/50 raffle together that collected needed funds from Local 1588 sisters and ... Read more

UAW Members helping youth across the nation

International Youth Day was first coined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and now the 12th day of August serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. It’s no surprise that UAW members, who are known for bringing awareness to challenges faced in their communities, also empower and help youth across the nation. Today we take a look at some of the times UAW members were essential partners in change for our nation’s children. ... Read more

Appeals court rules Honeywell workers have lifetime benefits for pre-1997 retirees

ORDERS TRIAL FOR THOSE WHO RETIRED AFTERWARD Several hundred retired UAW workers from the Stratford Army Engine Plant in Stratford, CT won a major victory in a decision issued by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling against Honeywell, Inc. The appeals court decision upheld injunctions issued by District Court Judge Vanessa Bryant in Kelly vs Honeywell that prevented the company from unilaterally terminating UAW negotiated medical insurance it agreed to provide for life to all future retirees and surviving spouses. In that ruling, the District Court ruled by summary judgment for anyone who retired under the ... Read more

How Union Women celebrate National Sisters Day

The first Sunday in August is National Sisters Day, and your opportunity to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters can understand. What better way to celebrate than joining with your fellow union sisters in the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)? On March 24, 1974, over 3,000 determined labor union women and supportive feminists from across the United States convened in Chicago to create the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). The UAW was a founding supporter of CLUW, which elected then-UAW Vice President Olga Madar as its first president. CLUW’s first convention established four goals that ... Read more

Celebrating friends in our communities on National Friendship Day

National Friendship day encourages people from across the globe to connect with friends. This is the day to make a new friend or connect with an old friend. For UAW members and their families, the community is as much of a friend as any other. And that is reflected by the connections and lives impacted by UAW members serving their communities. Here’s a look back at some of our member stories as they’ve given back to the community: Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother Posted: August 13, 2019 When a fellow union brother ... Read more

Sign the petition to honor Walter Reuther with a commemorative stamp

Walter Reuther can be said to have done more for more American workers than any other leader in the labor movement. He spent his life ensuring American workers have a voice at the table with management, a voice still exercised today by workers in contract negotiations that will affect millions of working families.  He was president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) from 1946 to 1970. Born into a West Virginia union family in 1907, he learned at an early age the importance of unions, social justice and political action.   He and his brother Victor joined the auto industry when ... Read more

Celebrate International Beer Day the Union Way

International Beer Day is a great opportunity to beat the heat with a summer brew. If you’re celebrating, make sure your drink is union-made! Below is a list of beers made and bottled by our union brothers and sisters, including members of UAW Local 9 at MillerCoors. ▶ Alexander Keith’s ▶ Bass ▶ Beck’s ▶ Black Hawk ▶ Blue Moon ▶ Budweiser ▶ Bud Light ▶ Busch ▶ Butte Creek ▶ Coors ▶ Coors Light ▶ Czechvar ▶ Dundee ▶ Duquesne ▶ Goose Island ▶ Henry Weinhard’s ▶ Hoegaarden ▶ Icehouse ▶ Iron City ▶ Keystone Light ▶ Killian’s ▶ ... Read more

‘Some people said it wouldn’t happen. I knew better.’

The nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this month, Seventy-nine-year-old Al Ybarra has special pride in that mission. He and his fellow UAW members at Local 887 built the rocket engines that propelled the ship to the moon and back and constructed the module compartment where the pilots sat. Ybarra started working on research and development of the ship’s F1 and J2 engines in 1961 at Rocketdyne when he hired into North American Rockwell in California. Eventually, Rockwell’s other divisions, along with Rocketdyne, finished testing and constructing the five F1’s, five J2’s, one module engine ... Read more

Labor Voices: Handshake symbolizes struggle for worker rights

It’s hard to think about the cold right now in Michigan. With news about heatwaves and soaring heat index ratings, December seems a world away. But some of us thought about December this week. This past Monday and Tuesday, the Big Three automakers sat down with UAW leadership for the ceremonial handshake — the handshake that historically starts off all contract negotiations. We’ve been negotiating contracts with these groups for over 65 years, and each negotiation starts with this same handshake. Negotiations didn’t always start this way, however, and that’s where we get to December. Read more at The Detroit News >>>

UAW President Gary Jones Remarks at the 110th NAACP Convention

On July 22nd, UAW President Gary Jones delivered an address to delegates at the 110th NAACP Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Jones honored the organization’s history and continued work as a champion for civil rights across America. He also highlighted the UAW’s commitment to ensuring racial equality during the American civil rights movement and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and pledged that the UAW will continue to stand with the NAACP to ensure equality and justice for all Americans. The transcript of his remarks can be found below.     Gary Jones Remarks 110th NAACP Annual Convention July ... Read more