Something in the air at Ground Effects

Health and safety problems spur protest, drive for representation When Jason Coffey is working at automotive supplier Ground Effects in Dearborn, Michigan, he feels like he is under water. “I feel better when I’m away from the facility than when I’m there,” he said. “It feels like I am breathing in heavy air.” “What I

Community Service: It’s Who We Are

There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well. – Walter Reuther There’s something special about union people. If someone is in need, we respond. We don’t judge or make excuses not

Union membership helps women fix wage inequality

The second Tuesday of April was “Equal Pay Day,” which represents the extra four months the average woman would have to work if she wanted to earn as much as a man did in the last year. With women making up half of the workforce and earning more college degrees than men, why are they

A strike for justice

The UAW was a key player in knocking down racial barriers in bowling Download a PDF of this article Bowling has a way of creating solidarity outside the workplace like no other activity. Amid the repeated thumps of balls hitting the alleys and crashing into pins, we gather at our local alleys to compete and

Workers Memorial Day

Four UAW members perished in workplace incidents All workplace fatalities are avoidable. Through the collective bargaining process, we seek to make our workplaces safer and often negotiate stronger protections for our members than is required by federal, state and local laws and guidelines. We do this because all workers should leave their workplace in the

Being union helps women

Unions fought for many of the benefits workers now have such as the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, and improved health and safety standards, which have improved the lives of all workers. It is only through a strong union and worker voice that these benefits will remain intact. Worker’s wages have been stagnant and the

GM metal model maker honored as Michigan apprentice of the year

Rachel Harbin has always liked working with her hands and has a love for automobiles that runs in the family bloodline. She also has a love affair with learning, earning an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree and is close to earning her master’s degree. With a pedigree like that, it’s not hard to understand why

A heavenly voice

102-year-old UAW retiree’s a capella gospel career still soaring Thomas Kelly started singing before movies with sound became popular, before transatlantic commercial flight and before the UAW’s founding. He retired the same year the United States celebrated its 200th birthday following 30 years as a janitor at Chrysler’s former Eldon Axle plant in Detroit. Since

Strike! Using labor’s most powerful weapon effectively

The UAW grew out of a strike. Prior to 1936, our union organized one worksite at a time, but nothing on the scale of the gigantic assembly plants that had been growing into company towns since the age of automation. The Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37 changed all of that. In one 44-day strike, the

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