Category: Features

Walk to Freedom

On June 23, 1963, over 125,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in the ‘Walk to Freedom.’ The march was the largest civil rights demonstration at the time highlighting the injustices African Americans faced across the country.

FREEP: Juneteenth feels different this year for autoworker

Vice President Gerald Kariem For Gerald Kariem, Juneteenth feels even more special in Detroit. So many successful Black Americans today are descendants of the millions of men and women who left the south for work in the north starting back in 1916 to build Ford cars. “That caused us to be able to have a place in society,” said Kariem, who started on the assembly line at age 20 and is the son of a foundry worker. “It wasn’t just a job for financial reasons but it was a job that gave you a sense of being somebody.” Read more on www.freep.com >>>

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Labor Voices – Opinion: Pandemic tells painful story of inequality

This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering. We need only to look at the statistics: COVID-19, while devastating families across the nation with illness and deaths, is hitting communities of color especially hard. The reasons for this have been in front of us for years. Coronavirus has emphasized a lack of equal access to work, health care and a safe ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble talks with WWJ’s Jeff Gilbert

WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert speaks one-o​n-one with UAW President Rory Gamble about the reopening of the auto industry.

In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches

Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being.  Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter ... Read more

COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Union Plus can help.

Our Union Plus program partners have accommodations for members struggling during this public health crisis. Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or Supplemental Insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program and Union Plus Hardship Help. Visit unionplus.org and follow Union Plus on Facebook at facebook.com/unionplus for ongoing program updates and resources. Be well and stay healthy, The Union Plus team

Workers Memorial Day: Painful Year of Loss Reminds Us to Remain Vigilant About Workplace Safety

For UAW members and workers everywhere, there is never a time when workplace safety should take a backseat to any workplace issue. Never has that been more true than it is today, as the world is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. During this heartbreaking season of loss, the UAW has continued to stand as a fierce advocate for tough, science-based safeguards and measures. As reports of the coronavirus surfaced, UAW leadership quickly began monitoring reports, implementing precautions and working with employers to educate workers and implement stringent workplace safety measures. Those actions have included: Advocating for a task force with ... Read more

Union vs. Nonunion in Today’s World: A Stark Difference

What does it really mean to have a voice in your workplace? The extraordinary global crisis that we are all facing has put this into sharp focus. And at the forefront of this pandemic are essential workers — those front line employees in hospitals, grocery stores, transportation industries, security and firefighters, warehouses, construction sites and more. For those who are union members with a collective bargaining agreement, their voices are heard. The power of union representation allows them to demand safety improvements, have a say in their workplace, their schedules and so much more. In short, they have a voice ... Read more