The UAW is an organization that fights for social and economic justice for all working and retired people. The UAW has built a security net so that people can enjoy their retirement and the UAW Retired Workers’ program offers many opportunities for a fulfilling retirement.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
-Robert F. Kennedy
Our retirement programs offer many opportunities to help others. Many of our UAW retired members volunteer to assist in our UAW drop-in centers to counsel other members, perform volunteer work and help their locals with community service projects.
Our retirees paved the way for the benefits that working people now enjoy. They also understand the need to continue the fight to keep organized labor strong as a voice for all working and retired people. They show our solidarity and pride by participating in such things as Labor Day parades, rallies and picket lines. They make our voices heard through calling and writing our legislators, phone banking and distributing leaflets at community functions such as state fairs, craft fairs and community functions. They communicate with our members and the community about the importance of buying union-made, American-made products and supporting issues that positively affect working people and the labor movement.
RECREATION AND HOBBIES
Even though retirees are very involved social and political activists, they also find time to participate in recreational activities and hobbies.
UAW retired workers chapters, in conjunction with the regions, sponsor and participate in many recreational activities such as art and craft fairs where members can display and sell their work. They sponsor golf tournaments, bingo, picnics, fishing outings, bus trips, group vacations and many other activities. They organize exercise programs and provide information sessions on senior issues. They stay active and involved in our locals and our community.