Representation means having a say

At the bargaining table, we’re equals with management If you work at Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (CVG) manufacturing in Piedmont, Alabama, you know how oppressive the heat is in the summer. You know how hard it is to do physical labor in a poorly ventilated, non-air conditioned building, trapped in sweltering heat where large ovens

Social media is a powerful tool — when used wisely

Social media has changed the way we communicate. Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or a host of other apps, it has given all of us an immediate way to connect and share with friends, family and those who share our interests. When it comes to our union, social media is a powerful tool to communicate

What would Walter do?

“Who knows? It’s impossible to speak for the dead,” laughs Nelson Lichtenstein. Of course the question is absurd. After all, what would Walter Reuther do in a world he would not recognize? Since the fourth and longest serving president of the UAW died in an airplane crash in 1970, the UAW, auto industry and entire

Make 2016 another year of giving

As the holiday season sets in, we can’t help but think about our loved ones and how we will spend time with them during the season, but we should also remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Many people don’t have secure, decent paying jobs while others don’t even have a place to call home. Many

The most important model to come out of Detroit was not a vehicle

By Harley Shaiken The year 1935 was hardly an ideal time to form a new union in the United States. The economy was stalled, millions of desperate people were searching for work, and many employers were violently opposed to organized labor. Yet, a courageous group of men and women defied the odds and gathered in

Exit Strategy – Nov-Dec 2015

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Happy Birthday UAW!

We celebrate 80 years of bridging the gap to help working people achieve fairness and dignity in the workplace Eight decades ago, about 200 workers in the automobile industry gathered in hotel ballroom in downtown Detroit. Their jobs were low-paying, dangerous and dirty, the hours long and their health and safety wasn’t a concern to

The UAW fights for everyone

By The Rev. Cornell William Brooks For 80 years, the UAW has bridged the gap between the hard-working Americans who build the vehicles that transport people and products across this great country. During that time, the U.S. automotive industry has been the backbone of the American economy, not only as a means of transportation but

The UAW’s story is my story

By David Bonior In life, there are experiences that become a part of who you are, and people whose stories become your stories. That’s how I feel about the UAW. To reflect on the UAW’s 80-year history is to look back at my family’s history — and my own. You see, I’m a product of

UAW History

1935 200 delegates from auto plants all over the United States meet in Detroit for the founding convention of the United Automobile Workers of America. 1936-‘37 UAW launches historic Flint, Michigan, sit-down strike at GM Dec. 30. Strike ends Feb. 11, 1937, after GM agrees to negotiate with union. Chrysler workers stage sit-downs at all


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