Category: Features

Michigan Legislative Update: VOTING SUPPRESSION disguised as VOTER SECURITY, Flint Water Crisis and more

Welcome to the new Michigan Legislative Update Newsletter brought to you by Michigan UAW-CAP. The Community Action Program (CAP) of the UAW is the union’s non-partisan political arm. CAP educates members, both active and retired, on political issues that affect them and their families. Learn more about UAW-CAP, here. Voting suppression disguised as voter security After historic voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential election, which saw extremely high numbers of absentee voting and first-time voters becoming registered to vote, there was much disinformation spread concerning the presence of voter fraud. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said, “We haven’t found ... Read more

UAW Chaplaincy Program Resources brings compassion and caring to members in need

One of the lesser known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union – compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at Local 599 in Flint, Michigan. At the time, many UAW members – particularly those in the auto industry – were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis. ... Read more

Juneteenth message from UAW President Rory L. Gamble

The observance of Juneteenth is recognition of a profound milestone in our nation’s history. And while our struggles for equality in the United States have been long and difficult and sometimes fraught with setbacks and terrible loss, today we reflect on how far we, as Americans, have come in this journey. There is still much more to do my brothers and sisters, but I am heartened by what we have accomplished and the outpouring of support and activism we have seen this past year from coast to coast, from black, brown and white, demanding that our nation finally make good ... Read more

Juneteenth Letter from UAW and Ford

A culture of belonging and caring for each other starts with each one of us. In honor of Juneteenth, on Friday, June 18, we are inviting you to acknowledge and celebrate an important moment in U.S. history. Juneteenth is a date of major significance in American history and recognized as a moment of celebration in the African American community. The Emancipation Proclamation, which changed African American’s status from enslaved to free, was issued on Jan. 1, 1863. However, many people remained enslaved until June 19, 1865. Juneteenth has since become a celebration of freedom. Information about Juneteenth will be posted ... Read more

Juneteenth: A brief history

Juneteenth is an annual celebration on June 19 marking the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, freedom would not come for many enslaved African Americans until years later. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers brought news of the Civil War’s end to Galveston bringing with them freedom for the 250,000 people enslaved in Texas. Juneteenth was made an official U.S. federal holiday yesterday. Each year, Americans across the country use Juneteenth as an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s shameful history of slavery and to celebrate its end and the renewed ... Read more

Detroit News – Labor Voices: The UAW is fighting for LGBTQ rights this Pride Month

President Rory L. Gamble By Rory L. Gamble Civil and human rights belong to us all Look around your world these days. People are celebrating the diversity of who they are; what makes us all unique, wonderful people. For UAW members in the workplace and at home we live in a time when prejudices are no longer being tolerated, whether it is racial, ethnic, or sexual identity. We find ourselves living in a time where equality in the workplace and in our communities is valued more than it ever has. Right now, in the United States, an estimated 4.5% of ... Read more

blackpressusa.com – COMMENTARY: The American Dream belongs to working Americans

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW I grew up in a world that held the promise of a bright future for those who were willing to work hard. An America that said you can do better than your parents. A promise that meant job security with decent wages, health care, and benefits; a promise that meant training and education and a path to advancement for so many; a promise that made owning a home and raising a family possible; a promise that guaranteed a middle-class life and the ability to retire one day after a job well done. ... Read more