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

Finally at home – Local 685 helps vet build a new life

Claudia Stewart worked at the Delco plant in Kokomo, Indiana, and actively promoted unionization in the mid-1930s. Eight decades later, her successors in the union movement have lent her grandson a helping hand that would give the Afghanistan veteran a house for himself and his 9-year-old daughter. Johnathan Stewart served with the U.S. Army as

Voting Rights Act Turns 50

UAW member from Selma recalls how it was before the law Charlie Sheppard didn’t have to see the movie “Selma” to understand the dangers African-Americans faced. He lived it. “To be a black man in Selma was a curse,” said Sheppard, who is now UAW Region 2B’s retiree executive board vice chairman. Sheppard was born

Bill Would Deny U.S. Labor Law Protection

Anti-worker lobbyists for tribal casinos seek to block unions Anti-labor extremists in Washington are constantly devising new strategies to take away hard-earned collective bargaining rights. At a time of wage stagnation and a shrinking middle class, this is the last thing Congress should be doing. Yet the attacks continue. One of the latest proposals before

He Put His Money Where His Heart Is

Retiree donates $25,000 to help organize at Volkswagen and Mercedes Some people simply talk the talk. But others also walk the walk. The actions of a retired UAW member who understands what his union has meant to him, his community and his country clearly put him in the latter category. The UAW in July received

Local 6000 State Employees Begin Contract Talks in Michigan

Freida Michilizzi and her fellow UAW Local 6000 members have had to work days with no pay, seen their work load increase, watched as services were cut, and witnessed the State of Michigan begin to outsource jobs in foster care, adult independent living, and corrections systems. Michilizzi, an office assistant, knows how much state employees

With a Handshake, Detroit Three Auto Negotiations Begin

The UAW’s goal is simple and achievable with the power of collective bargaining: Bridge the gap for entry level and legacy employees while creating prosperity for members, company shareholders and consumers. UAW President Dennis Williams, surrounded by UAW negotiating committee members, officially began 2015 contract negotiations with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automotive US (FCA US)

Stronger Together Always Beats Going It Alone

A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. One day, he told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the bundle into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered his sons to break the bundle in pieces. They tried

Two Anniversaries — and the Need to Look Ahead

Last month we marked two important anniversaries for Americans who care about economic and social justice. On Aug. 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. On Aug. 26, 1935, 200 delegates from auto plants all over the United States met in Detroit for the UAW’s founding convention.

UCONN Graduate Employees Are Ready For What’s Next

First agreement ratified by 99 percent margin You know that you are on to something good as a local union when the original activists can take a step back and watch the newer folks, enthused with the passion for their new union, take charge and run with what was built. That’s the way it’s going

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