Local 685’s new home is more than a building

Local 685’s new home is more than a building When former U.S. President Bill Clinton recently swung through Kokomo, Indiana, on a campaign stop in advance of the state’s primary election, he was greeted by a full house at UAW Local 685. Among the nearly 800 people from the community who filled the hall were

Fighting for the protection we deserve

New crystalline silica rule long overdue In late March, millions of working people earned a long and hard-fought victory when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took action to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is

Donald Oetman: A fighter who left a lasting legacy

UAW members recently said goodbye to a former UAW regional director who served the union for 45 years, Donald G. Oetman. The retired UAW Region 1D director was 71 when he passed away April 13. Oetman began his tenure as director of UAW Region 1D in 2002 after decades of commitment and enthusiasm for improving

Fully Engaged

Region 1A shows how everyone can play a part in our union Many longtime UAW members know about the numerous ways they can get involved in our union, from serving veterans to running for local office to civil rights and a long list of others. But many UAW members have no idea of how long

The power of staying together

Detroit Chassis workers in Ohio win their union (Pictured above: Workers at Ford supplier Detroit Chassis celebrate their victory.) The word “temporary” is one of those words workers at Detroit Chassis in Avon, Ohio, came to know as meaning “permanent” — as in, if you are an employee here you will permanently be a temporary

Success in gaming isn’t by chance

Local 3555 in Las Vegas has demonstrated it knows how to appeal to Nevada workers on The Strip. In the last two years, gaming workers from Flamingo/ Margaritaville, The LINQ, Paris/Bally’s and The Cromwell have joined the UAW. There are first-ever contracts in place at Flamingo/ Margaritaville, The LINQ and Paris/Bally’s. Organizing continues, and Local

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

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