Category: Solidarity Article

PRO-Member: Who we elect can directly affect our lives

It’s inevitable: At one point or another during an election year, people will reach that point of exasperation when talking to someone about the candidates. It might be at a family reunion or on Facebook. It could even be in the parking lot of a grocery store. Insults will fly. You’ll be shocked by the utter unwillingness of the other person to see reason. And you’ll be tempted to say that you will never talk about politics again But Stop! Whoever is elected will make decisions that will directly affect our lives. From the president to city council, these representatives ... Read more

Local communicators conference to focus on what’s at stake in November

UAW members are unique in that their local communications come from members in their local union. It’s one of the many ways the UAW is powered — by members communicating with each other. With so many ways to communicate today, it’s crucial local union members have the latest information wherever they turn. That’s why local union communicators gather once a year to learn the most up to date communications available and celebrate one of the strongest member-to-member communication networks in the country. Local union communicators from around the country will gather for the UAW-LUCA (Local Union Communication Association) Communications Conference ... Read more

Critical Decision: Wages, jobs and much more hang in the balance for UAW members

Everywhere you turn you’re reminded that it’s election season. Your Facebook and Twitter feeds are jammed with posts about it. Friends and family bring it up in conversations. Cable news talks about the candidates and their every move 24/7. When all the chatter, news reports and noise have run their course, we face the most important day, Election Day, Nov. 8. You’ll be in the voting booth alone, making a decision that will affect your life and the lives of those you care about for the next four years. This election is about your future, the future of America’s working ... Read more

Together we win: In the midst of lockout, members at Honeywell stand strong

UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner stands with Local 1508 members at Honeywell in Green Island, New York. The Honeywell plants in South Bend, Indiana, and Green Island, New York, make brakes and wheels for commercial and military airplanes. They also make bad decisions regarding their employees. At this moment, 317 UAW members are locked out of the Indiana plant — unable to enter or collect a paycheck. Another 42 members from Local 1508 are locked out at their Honeywell plant in New York. These men and women want to work, but Honeywell has decided that they must remain outside ... Read more

UAW-Chrysler NTC celebrates autoworkers’ creativity in 10th employee art exhibition

Shannon Eis, UAW Local 12 member at Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant, likes anything with Rosie the Riveter, and that is exactly the inspiration that won her mixed media piece, “Backbone of America”, Best of Show in the UAWChrysler NTC 10th Employee Art Exhibition which opened May 19. Eis, a production operator on the Wrangler trim line, took the honors with artwork consisting of an ink drawing and photographs that is a tribute to the contributions of working women in the armaments industry during World War II. The jointly sponsored 2016-2017 Artists at Work Exhibition features 92 pieces of art by ... Read more

Union front: UAW chaplain remembers leader who forged path in early years

Michael Collingsworth, first chairperson of the International UAW Chaplaincy, age 65, died April 13, 2016. A member of UAW Local 1219, he worked at Ford Motor Co. in Lima, Ohio, from 1968 to 2004 and served his local as its chaplain. He was instrumental in the development of today’s UAW chaplaincy program. It began in 1987 when Collingsworth attended a UAW conference in California, where he met with UAW leaders and others who talked about the possibility of such a program. Over the years more meetings and fellowships followed, each time leading to more interest in a UAW chaplaincy program. ... Read more

Union front: PRB a way for members to resolve disputes

The UAW Public Review Board (PRB) was established in 1957 as an additional way to safeguard members’ rights and act as a watchdog over the union’s moral and ethical practices. The board, which is funded by the UAW, acts independently on internal appeals and its decisions are final. The UAW is believed to be the only U.S. union that allows an independent board such authority. As the final decision-maker on internal appeals, those who wish to bring a case before the PRB must first try to have their dispute resolved where it started; if the dispute is with a local, ... Read more

UAW members mourn the passing of former International Vice President Marc Stepp

Marc Stepp was the first African-American to lead negotiations at a Detroit 3 automaker. The UAW’s International Executive Board and members recently bid farewell to Marc Stepp, “a trailblazer, a beloved union leader and a committed community activist,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “Marc set several milestones, including being the first African-American to lead negotiations at a Detroit 3 automaker. Just as important, he was a leader who always showed that UAW members cared just as much for their communities as they do for their worksites,” Williams said. “Marc Stepp was a tough leader and he led the union’s Chrysler ... Read more

It’s time to unite behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton

President – Dennis Williams The UAW endorsed Hillary Clinton for president because she is experienced and focused on job security. Our country needs an experienced voice that understands the complexities of multinational economies and how they impact American workers, their families and communities. There were two excellent candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Both would have promoted and supported policies that are good for UAW members and working families. Our labor union did not rush to judgment on the endorsement. We have talked to the candidates who sought our endorsement. We waited to let ... Read more

Union front: UAW Member, Family Members Awarded 2016 Union Plus Scholarships

Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are: Alexandra Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose father, Terry Arenz, is a member of UAW Local 833, has been awarded a $500 scholarship. Austin Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose father, Terry Arenz, is a member of UAW Local 833, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship. Margaret Buchele of Toledo, Ohio. ... Read more