What GM’s Pay Raises Mean for America’s Middle Class

The UAW is considering a contract with GM factory workers. Americans have historically looked to autoworkers to lead the way in raising wages and setting the bar for middle class jobs. During the post war era, UAW contracts were often copied by the steelworkers (USW), electrical workers (IUE), and other industrial unions. The rising wages

UAW passes contract at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center

LIMA — Joint Systems Manufacturing Center employees passed local and national agreements with General Dynamics Land Systems during their election Monday. United Auto Workers Local 2075 and Local 2147 voted on a contract between GDLS, which operates the government-owned Lima tank and military vehicle production plant, and the group after a tentative agreement was reached

Building Agreement Upon Agreement

When a UAW bargaining team heads to the table, negotiators begin with management where they left off in the last agreement.  This happens because of well-established federal labor law that holds that when a contract expires, the employer must maintain all terms and conditions of employment until a new contract is ratified or imposed if

Subjects of Bargaining

One area that the law is clear about is what unions and employers must and can bargain over.   “Mandatory subjects of bargaining” include the terms and conditions of employment.  That means wages, over time, benefits, etc.   If management does not bargain over these subjects in good faith, then the employer has committed an “unfair labor

Buy Union-Made Halloween Candy

When those little ghosts and goblins come collecting on Halloween, make sure you have a full supply of union-made-in-America treats for them like Jelly Belly’s candy corn. Here’s a brief list of choices of candy products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM); snack foods by members

Members are the Highest Authority

Members elect their local leaders, run their local union, elect their negotiators, vote on the contract and elect their grievance handlers.  Without question, the strength of our union begins and ends with membership. This is especially true when it comes to bargaining.  Bargaining proposals are rooted in the information collected from members.  Whether it is

The Bargaining Team Gets Prepared

Any seasoned bargainer will say that the first lesson of bargaining is the realization that there is someone on the other side of the table. The list of demands and new language might sound reasonable to one side, but negotiations require agreement from both parties and management is often pulling the agreement in the opposite

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