2023 SPECIAL BARGAINING CONVENTION
Welcome to the 2023 Special Bargaining
Convention in Detroit
The Special Bargaining Convention consists of delegates from UAW local unions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. They will debate and vote on policy resolutions that set the union’s overall bargaining agenda for members in various industries and sectors during the next four years.
This week we will honor our mission, exercise our democracy and prepare to leave here and continue the work of improving our collective standard of living for ourselves, our families and our communities.
As you attend the UAW Special Bargaining Convention at Huntington Place (formerly TCF), there will be time for union business and time to get acquainted with the Motor City, one of the most union friendly cities in the United States.
Detroit is ready for you. There are many great new restaurants joining some old favorites. Diego Rivera’s Detroit industry murals are a must-see at the Detroit Institute of Art. And there’s much more. This city has been a center of revitalization and reinvention.
Detroit, of course, is the home of the International UAW, with its headquarters three miles east of the convention center on Jefferson Avenue. While a fire seriously damaged the iconic building in 2019, it is ready for occupancy after a massive renovation.
The Detroit area is home to three U.S.-based automakers including General Motors, with its headquarters just a short walk away from the convention center (or a short ride away from the convention on the People Mover); Ford Motor Co., with its headquarters in nearby Dearborn; and Stellantis a few miles north of the city in Auburn Hills.While those three automakers employ tens of thousands of autoworkers in the metro Detroit area, there are many other UAW-represented workplaces, including the Hollywood, Motor City and MGM casinos. Many public workers in city government in Detroit and nearby suburbs share UAW membership with you. Our members also include State of Michigan workers, librarians, and academic workers at Wayne State and Oakland universities.
We work for health care organizations such as Health Alliance Plan, Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. Our members are referees and lawyers in nearby Warren and Wayne County ‘s Friend of the Court and a host of Technical, Office and Professional workers and other proud UAW members in and around the city. UAW members, have a great convention!
Sunday, March 26:
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27:
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 28:
8:00 a.m. – Convention Opens
8:00 a.m. – Convention Opens
Doors open 60 minutes prior to meeting gavel
American Sign Language interpreters will be available on the floor for voting delegates and distinguished guests.
While masks are not mandatory, they are available at registration to those who may have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk.
If you have the following symptoms and have not verified that you are COVID-free, please do not attend the convention proceedings or public events.
CDC LISTS THE FOLLOWING AS SYMPTOMS OF COVID:
- Dry cough
LESS COMMON SYMPTOMS:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Loss of taste or smell
- Rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
- Loss of speech or movement
If you experience new symptoms on-site, please go to room 331C where you will find rapid antigen tests and space to administer the test. As you enjoy the convention and Downtown Detroit which is currently experiencing low COVID transmission, the CDC recommends you take the following precautions to avoid spreading the disease:
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can and get recommended booster doses when eligible.
- Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth while indoors with other people if you are in an area where the COVID-19 Community Level is high.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowded areas and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.