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Check out the 2021 UAW Union-Built Vehicle Guide

UAW CARS Cadillac CT4 Cadillac CT5 Chevrolet Bolt (electric) Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Sonic Ford Mustang Lincoln Continental UAW TRUCKS Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Medium-Duty Silverado Navistar (regular and crew cab) Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty (crew** and double cab only) Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Ford F Series Ford F-650/750 Ford Ranger Ford Super

Indiana Local Digs Deep to Honor the Fallen

Local 2209 Sends $100k to Vietnam Wall Project with More to Come Members of Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, consider it part of their job to make sure the public fully appreciates the sacrifices made more than a half century ago in Vietnam. For Greg Bedford, the chairman of the local’s Veterans Committee, it’s

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Harvard Academic Workers Win Historic First Contract

The victory for Harvard’s academic workers came after an often-contentious two-year battle with the university. One-Year Agreement Passes With 97% Approval It’s been a year of unparalleled uncertainty in higher education. Perhaps no one knows this more than members of the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSUUAW), who went on strike for four weeks in December

New UAW Members in the Garden State

Nissan Workers Win Organizing Drive with Help from Their Friends All workers at Nissan’s Parts Distribution Center in Somerset, New Jersey, wanted was a fair shake, but that was becoming more difficult when their employer decided that a skimpy 46 cents an hour raise over the last 13 years was plenty – despite the billions

Local 5285 Member’s Son Ready for the NFL

Tanner Muse, flanked by his father Local 5285 member Kevin Muse, on the left, mother Shannon, and his uncle, Ron, also a Local 5285 member. Tanner Muse Selected by the Las Vegas Raiders Union brothers and sisters at Daimler’s Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant have been following Tanner Muse’s athletic endeavors since he was a young

Pandemic Presents a Variety of Challenges

CAP delegates discussed the recent merger of UAW regions that brought thousands of additional members into Region 4 and expanded the region’s geographic boundaries. Region 4 was honored to host an all-states CAP meet and greet March 15-17, 2020 at the Pat Greathouse Education Center (PGC) in Ottawa, Illinois. The delegates were addressed by Regional

Enough is Enough!

Local 1005 Members: Tequisha McDearmon, Steven Wallace, Bisa Harris and her daughter, Makayla. UAW Local 1005 Peaceful Protest Makes a Point About Racial Injustice On a beautiful June morning, the UAW Local 1005 Civil & Human Rights Committee held a peaceful protest on the front lawn of the local’s union hall in Parma, Ohio. In

New Leadership Begins its Work in Region 1D

Director Steve Dawes Appoints Scott Zuckschwerdt as Assistant Director Dear Brothers and Sisters: Thank you to all the Region 1D delegates and friends who attended the special convention on Feb.13 to elect me as your Region 1D director. It is absolutely an honor to have your support and confidence, and please know I do not

Meeting Challenges in Tough Times

I would like to begin my report by extending my hopes that everyone is safe and healthy during these trying times. Over the past several months, our union, along with our nation, has been faced with the challenges of functioning and trying to provide for our families during a health pandemic. We have joined the

Elections Not Just About Presidents

State, Local Officials Impact Our Daily Lives in Many Ways Every four years we have a presidential election. Each election is categorized as “the most important election of our lifetime.” While you may have become tired of hearing this every election year, I think that claim can be made regarding this election. The last four

Solidarity is Giving and Getting Support

Students say the outsourcing issue cuts to the heart of what the institution’s values are.  Events Show How We Can All Help Each Other The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of solidarity is “unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards.” With the UAW, that is

UAW Donates $28k to Help Members in Puerto Rico

Earthquakes, Hurricanes and a Pandemic Have Hit the Island Hard It’s been a difficult stretch for Puerto Rico in the last couple of years. People there have been hit with hurricanes, earthquakes and now a pandemic. But whatever challenge is thrown at our 5,000 members who work at a variety of public and private entities,

Courage Against COVID-19: Members Face Down a Deadly Virus

Everyone has a role to play in the battle against COVID-19. Whether they are an academic researcher looking for a drug to fight the deadly virus, an autoworker making a quick pivot to manufacture ventilators and masks or shields, a maintenance worker disinfecting the plant, or a health care worker making sure the sick can

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A day in the life

Cortez Ali Hi-Lo Driver Bargaining Chairman UAW Local 155 Integrated Manufacturing and Assembly (IMA) Region 1 Detroit, Michigan“Basically, a hi-lo driver is responsible for moving all the material around the building. We supply the lines with the materials to build the seats. The hardest part of the job would be being aware of the safety

We are UAW – Answering the Call

Retiree Inspires Others Through Disaster Relief Efforts Nina “Jody” Bratcher likes to keep things moving. Whether it was during her 32-year career at FCA USA’s Chicago Parts Distribution Center in Naperville, Illinois, or moving debris in her retirement to help hurricane and flood victims get their lives back together, she’s going to get the job

Region 4 Greathouse Center is Looking Great Again

PHOTO: PHILIP EULER / UAW LOCAL 2096 New Education Facility Replaces One Damaged by Tornado The rebuilt UAW Region 4 Pat Greathouse Education Center was dedicated on a sunny spring day in early May, a far cry from the turbulent weather more than a year ago that led to the demolition of the old UAW

Together we win: A Contract, 2 Organizing Wins and 2 Strikes

Columbia University graduate workers walked off the job during finals to protest the administration not recognizing their union, even though the election was certified by the National Labor Relations Board. The graduate workers demand that the administration immediately begin contract negotiations. Plenty of Activity in Higher Education Academic workers at the University of Connecticut (UConn),

Together we win: A Fighter for Freelancers

Local 1981 Wins Large Settlements Being a freelance journalist is tough work. Beyond the many hours of research, reporting and writing a freelancer must perform, finding publications willing to buy their work is time consuming. Many freelancers know that in a lot of cases, non-payment or slow payment is just a cost of doing business.

Union front: Be a Proud Union Member

Margaret Catanzaro, with her granddaughters Chelsea and Megan Klassa, makes it very clear: Her union never told her who to vote for. It recommends candidates based on their support of working people and workers’ issues. An Open Letter to the UAW Membership from a 76-Year Member Editor’s Note: Margaret Catanzaro started at the Ford Highland

Legislative update: A Direct Hit to Our Rights on the Job

Republicans Make Good on Promises It has never been more difficult to keep up with national politics. Between ongoing investigations, tweets, tensions with foreign powers, and disputes over immigration, taxes and health care policy, it is easy to lose sight of what matters in our daily lives: decisions that impact our quality of life and

Together We Win: Illegal, Unethical and Shameful

Workers Voted for a Union, but Volkswagen Continues to Fight Them “We will not fail and refuse to recognize and bargain with United Auto Workers Local 42 as the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of the employees in the bargaining unit.” That was the message the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in August 2016 instructed Volkswagen to

Health and Safety: Workers Memorial Day

Cuts to Health and Safety Programs Will Mean More Fatalities, Injuries Workers Memorial Day is April 28, the anniversary of the effective date of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. An estimated 553,000 lives have been saved by the worker protections established in the OSHA regulations. Now these regulations are under attack. Resources to address

Ammo – Redistricting: Drawing the Lines for Legislative Districts

November’s elections have the potential to impact not just the states where UAW members campaign for state offices and legislators, but Congress for the next 10 years. Every 10 years, state lawmakers or in some cases other appointed officials sit down with a map of their state and draw the boundaries for congressional and state

Women’s History Month

The UAW National Women’s Advisory Council creates education programs and training sessions for women on topics such as leadership, diversity, racism, sexism and many others. Hurdles to Equality Remain High, but UAW Women up to the Challenge As we celebrate Women’s History Month with this year’s theme “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All

A beautiful ceremony in a beautiful location

Weddings and reunions — the kind of functions that bring people together and create lifetime memories. One way to ensure that your function will be remembered is to have it at Black Lake. The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center in Onaway, Michigan, is available for private rentals. Many couples have taken advantage

From the Archives: Freedom Riders Describe Ordeal

The UAW has a long history of supporting civil rights. From demanding the integration of factories to helping to fund the March on Washington, the UAW has been there to help amplify the voices of those who for so long went unheard. We dug through the archives of Solidarity Magazine to find the article below, which

Legislative update: Tax Bill a Windfall for Corporations and the Wealthy

GOP Congress adds $1.4 Trillion to National Debt The Republicans’ sweeping rewrite of our tax laws is the largest transfer of wealth from working people to the ultra-rich in modern times, if not in U.S. history, and stands to impact us for a generation. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the richest 1 percent

Union front: Our, Work, Our Lives, Our Health

Michelle Tigchelaar gives a presentation on climate justice to a Teamster local in Seattle. PHOTO: RENEE CODSI UAW Members Connect the Dots on Climate Change In the Pacific Northwest, a place of abundant natural beauty with a rich labor history, UAW Local 4121 is working hard to unite workers around health, safety and conservation. Local

Union front: White Shirt Day

Celebrate the Victories of the Past, the Promise of the Future The hours are brutally long; overtime pay doesn’t exist. Workplace safety is unheard of. Limbs are lost, and yet the machines grind on, indifferent to your suffering. Do you want to keep your job and feed your family? Your boss wants his roof repaired

Cover Story: Weathering the Storm Pt. 2 – Puerto Rican Member Glad to Help Island Recover

Answering the Call UAW Members Step Up When Hurricanes Blast Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas Local 686’s Lumi Irizarry, a cell operator at General Motors’ Lockport, New York, components plant, saw the devastation hit the island and it was personal to him. A native Puerto Rican, the fates of his grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins

Battered by a Hurricane, But Still Helping Others

Local 1921 Bargaining Chairman Paul Herrin, left, and President Dennis Fauver kept their local together after Hurricane Katrina. ‘It’s Who We Are’ On Aug. 26, 2005, Dennis Fauver, president of UAW Local 1921 in New Orleans, was busy loading up his F-150 pickup truck with all manner of papers and files that he thought he

From the President: Solidarity is More Than Winning a Contract

We Help Because We Don’t Leave Others Behind The people suffering in Puerto Rico are facing horrific conditions after Hurricane Maria hit the island in September. What we have heard from reports is that Puerto Rico is devastated. Electricity comes and goes, hospital generators lack fuel necessary to operate, food and water are scarce and

Union front: Masters of the Message

Local Union Communicators Shine at Black Lake UAW members turn to their local when they want news about the UAW and unions. Locals keep them informed about issues that bring them together — like who the pro-worker candidates are in the 2018 election. That’s why there’s no source they trust like their union local. Members

Union Sportsman Alliance: Win a Cast & Blast with Jordan Lee

GRAND PRIZE 1 WINNER + GUEST $11,000 VALUE 2018 Alabama quail hunt & fishing with GEICO Bassmaster Classic Champion Jordan Lee Airfare, transportation, lodging & meals Carhartt Force Extremes Angler Jacket and Bibs x2 Carhartt Upland Field Pant, Vest & Jacket x2 1 FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a Carhartt Force Extremes Fishing and Upland

Union front: ‘Rosies’ Post a Record

Of course they can do it! The new record for the number of ‘Rosies’ in one spot is now 3,755, easily surpassing the old record by 1,526 Rosies. Thousands Gather to Honor Women Who Helped Win the War Tonya Rincon, a member of UAW Local 900 at Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant, knows how

Head North for the winter

Northern Michigan is America’s premiere spot for winter fun. And as a UAW member, you don’t need a cabin up north to enjoy all that winter in Northern Michigan has to offer. The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center is open this winter at discounted rates to all active and retired UAW members.

Cover Story: Weathering the Storm Pt. 1 – The UAW Mission Helps Out Our Fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

Answering the Call UAW Members Step Up When Hurricanes Blast Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas Jorge Rodriguez, an international representative from Region 5, led a group of UAW volunteers who worked tirelessly in six cities on the island for two weeks: When we arrived, it had already been two weeks since island residents had been

Legislative update – End of DACA Means Upheaval for 800,000 ‘Dreamers’

Reject Being Divided by Political Extremism On Sept 17, the Trump administration announced it was ending a program created by the Obama administration that allows qualifying children of undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. to remain in the only country many of them have ever known for two years on a renewable

Commentary: Worker Intimidation by Nissan – Again

Nissan workers get ready for the vote by preparing signs and other materials. Anti-Union Campaign was Vicious and Violated Labor Law Not long ago, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault- Nissan Alliance, made a statement to the French government. In a hearing before the French National Assembly, Ghosn denied allegations that Nissan opposed

Union Front: Caring in the Community

UAW Members at Ford Build Deer Blinds to Help the Disabled Enjoy the Outdoors different from others in their desire to enjoy the natural world around them. But getting out into the woods to hunt, birdwatch or otherwise en-joy the outdoors is problematic for those confined to a wheelchair. That’s why some UAW members at

Have a Black Lake Wedding

Non-Members Struck by our Beauty Up North After they became engaged, Karl Moses and his fiancée, Kiera, visited the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center to consider it for the location of their September 2017 wedding. As soon as they entered the grounds, Kiera was struck with this thought: “This is it.” Black

Legislative Update – The Fight for Working Families Continues

Your Calls Made a Difference in Effort to Save the ACA The first nine months of the Trump administration and the 115th Congress have been a roller coaster for working families. With conservatives in firm control, we have had notable setbacks with harmful long-term consequences. Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed, despite our opposition, to a

AMMO – It’s a Fact: Economic Policy Institute Study Shows Unions Give Working People the Power to Make Changes

It’s easy for some people to forget the value of a union card. There’s a persistent anti-union campaign being run by right-wing forces that seeks to destroy the labor movement for their own gain. Some will even say that unions “are not necessary” in this day and age. But we know better. Your union card

PRO-Member – Why the Jobs Left and How to Get Them Back: A Blueprint for the Future

The United States has lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists and policy makers give multiple reasons for this steep drop in jobs that have sustained families for decades. Some factors — like the increase in automation and productivity — are inevitable. Other factors, however,

Be a part of Black Lake’s UAW Memorial Walkway

The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center features a memorial area with an eternal flame and a granite and brass memorial to the Reuther Brothers. The International Executive Board is again offering a way for you to be part of the Memorial Walkway that has been built and paved with bricks inscribed by

Union Front: UAW Chaplains Bond with High School Band and Choir Members

UAW chaplains are known for their compassion and ability to connect with members in a way that few others can. At their annual conference at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center this summer, they showed how they are also reaching out to band and choir members from a small Michigan city high

Local 174’s ‘sound car’ back on the road

Couple discovers historic gem in a dusty garage and restores it Looking at the 1949 Ford “Woody” station wagon, it’s easy to imagine it back in another era, a time when a local union would mount a huge speaker on the roof and broadcast messages to members as they left their plants, or maybe one

PRO Member: Build It Here So We Can Buy It Here

The rally call of “Buy American” isn’t new, but the proposition looks very different in 2017 than it did in the 1970s. Back then, there were almost 20 million workers in the U.S. making goods in factories across the country (today, it’s 12.3 million). These workers made clothes, baseballs, toys, blue jeans, electronics and a

Black Lake: The Tour Golf Packages

Golf Package includes:1 (18 hole) round of golf with cart at Gaylord Country Club1 (18 hole) round of golf with cart at Rees Jones designed Black Lake Golf Club1 walking (9 hole) round on the Little Course at Black Lake Golf Club1 (18 hole) round of golf with cart at Michaywé Pines Golf Club 2

Be a part of Black Lake’s UAW Memorial Walkway

The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center features a memorial area with an eternal flame and a granite and brass memorial to the Reuther Brothers. The International Executive Board is again offering a way for you to be part of the Memorial Walkway that has been built and paved with bricks inscribed by


2018 USA-UAW CALENDAR 52 GUN SWEEPSTAKES Featuring photos of and by UAW members. Great brands like Colt, Remington and Savage. Only 7,500 calendars available. Your Local Can Earn $1000 and a Shotgun or Rifle! How It Works: Donate $2,000 to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance by Oct. 1, 2017, and we’ll send you 100 calendars. Sell

Cover Story: Renegotiating NAFTA

Let’s Have a Trade Agreement that Benefits Working Families Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot in 1992 predicted there would be a “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving the United States if the then-proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved. Perot, of course, correctly saw the future. That giant sucking sound was 851,700 U.S.

Legislative Update: Many Programs Will Take a Hit

GOP Budget Cuts Only Benefit the Wealthy, Corporations In today’s hyper-partisan political environment and 24- hour news cycle, avoiding distraction and keeping track of the decisions our elected leaders make can be next to impossible. The actions of Congress and the president impact the safety of our work environments, our wages, affordability of our health

Letter a Reminder of Why We Fight

As I was preparing for this segment of Region 1 action line, I was given an excellent article written by Ken Lambert, past president of Local 2280. Retired Director Joe Peters released it in September-October 2009. I believe it is worthy of being re-released for the benefit of our newer membership and as a reminder

UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Continue to Fight Back Against Worst Pay and Conditions in UMass System

The Union of Adjunct Faculty at UMass Lowell (UAF), a unit of United Auto Workers Local 1596 rallied with hundreds of supporters on June 20 outside the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center to protest the refusal of UMass Lowell to give them pay and benefit parity with adjunct faculty in the rest of the

UAW Local 3303 Car Cruise and Baseball Night

Once again, UAW Local 3303 in Butler, Pennsylvania sponsored a night at the ballpark to watch the Blue Sox baseball game. It was a great night for the members to get together and support the local baseball team, along with showing their spirit to the community. On Memorial Day weekend, there was a Car Cruise through

Lend a Helping Hand in Gaston County, NC

UAW Local 5286 members are proud to be an integral part of the community where they live in Gaston County, North Carolina. So much so that they have been recognized by several towns in the county for their dedication. Local 5286’s Standing Committees have been working on being involved in the community for years on

UAW Region 4 supports Milwaukee CBTU/Labor Council efforts to teach young people about the union movement and more

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin Chapter of CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists) held its first annual “Camp Union” from June 19-23. The Milwaukee Chapter headed by UAW Local 469 member DiAndre Jackson put together the initiative to hold the weeklong day camp where junior high and senior high school students would have the opportunity to learn

New Leadership at 2B as Lortz Retires, Rankin Elected

UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz retired May 31 after 47 years as an active member of our union. Lortz, served as Region 2B director and as a member of the UAW International Executive Board since April 2009. “It has been an honor to wake up every morning and fight for the benefits, safety and

Democracy Keeps Our Union Strong

Every three years during the spring, many of our local unions in Region 1A go through their elections. It’s a cornerstone of our great union’s democracy where members in good standing decide who they want to represent them. The process can be lively, to say the least, as candidates campaign on their records or for

From the President: NAFTA Must Work for Workers

A New Trade Deal Needs a New Focus In 1979, Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and in his speech he called for a “North American accord” which he said will produce “a North American continent in which the goods and people of the three countries will cross boundaries more freely.”

Ammo: Protecting Your Job – Weakening of Labor Rights Will Hurt All Americans

There are many union members who say they love their union, but hate that it is “so involved in politics.” But there’s an old saying: “If you are not at the table, then you are likely on the menu.” On the menu right now for Congressional Republicans is a long wish list of changes to

Ammo: Make Trade Fair for American Workers

“NAFTA was an agreement for the rich and powerful in the United States, Mexico and Canada, an agreement effectively excluding ordinary people in all three societies.” -Jorge Castañeda, Mexican politician The UAW strongly opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and advocates for trade policies that put the interest of working families first. President

Ammo: Social Security Needs Fixing, but is Far From Insolvent

You’ve heard it from right-wing conservatives in Congress who ultimately want to dismantle Social Security, the federal retirement income program that 171 million Americans pay into all through their working lives. Their argument goes like this: “Social Security is in real trouble. Unless we drastically cut benefits and raise the retirement age, the program will

PRO Member: A Call to Action

Jessie Jesson, fourth from the left, and her brothers and sisters at Local 686 remember the dark days of the auto crisis and wondered whether they would still have jobs. The crisis made Jesson aware of the need for union involvement and making connections with fellow members. UAW Member Finds Purpose in Her Plant’s Darkest

Ammo: Tax Policy – The Middle Class Carries an Unfair Burden

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes The benefit of taxes are many: from highways and schools to biomedical research, protection of private property national defense and national parks. Unfortunately, right now the middle class is carrying a heavy burden while corporations and the wealthy are using their power

UAW Chaplains Highlight 30th Anniversary with Community Outreach that Makes a Difference

One Voice It was clear that the 20 choir students waiting for their visitors to arrive at the front entrance of Inland Lakes School in northern Michigan had no idea what to expect. It was the same for the six students from Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School who were arriving for a visit

Standing Committee: Conservation and Recreation

Respecting our Planet and Having a Little Fun Along the Way On a Saturday in June, members of Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will mount their own bikes, rent a surrey bike, or maybe even rent a seat on The Pedal Pub, which is a specially built contraption where riders can responsibly imbibe while

Ammo: A Right – and a Promise to the American People is at Risk

Medicare is the federal insurance program that provides health insurance for (mostly) senior citizens. Medicaid is the federal-state program that helps provide health care to low income children, long-term care and nursing home care for seniors and people with special needs, and Americans that cannot afford health care. The Affordable Care Act — also known

Ammo: The Key to Good Jobs Tomorrow is Infrastructure Investment Today

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card giving the U.S. a D+. The infrastructure is made up of sectors like aviation, bridges, drinking water, education, electricity, roads and rail. According to their report, our crumbling infrastructure will cost each U.S. household $3,400 in disposable income every year between

From the President: Understanding Our Union’s Core Values

It is Critical to Maintain Them in Difficult Times The UAW’s core values affect everything we are and do: how we bargain, how we endorse candidates, how we conduct ourselves and how we treat each other. These values come from our history and are written in the preamble of our Constitution: “We hold these truths

Camp out at Black Lake this summer with new, limited-time pricing

Pitch a tent, kick back and relax with new limited-time pricing for camp sites in Black Lake’s finest, untouched wilderness with a limited time offer. Camp sites now available for $28 per day Pets allowed for a fee of $5 per day Open May 6 through late fall Check In time is 2 p.m. Check out

Almost 70 years battling long distances, segregation and a tornado haven’t stopped Region 4 members at the Pat Greathouse Center

21 years before Walter Reuther unveiled his education center for UAW members in Black Lake, Michigan, Pat Greathouse delivered on his vision in 1949 for uniting UAW members in the Illinois and Iowa area with the Ottawa Union Center. Not only did the center unite members from distant farming and city communities, it provided fellowship

MEMBER MINUTE: Megan Grann, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City

The UAW represents a wide range of workers from many sectors.  In honor of UAW members at museums across the country, we spoke to a member from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Megan Grann has been a UAW member since March 2010 and is a steward at MoMA and a delegate

Glass Plant Workers Detail the Dangers at Fuyao

Town Hall Shows Unity, Community Support James Martin is on temporary total disability because of the time he spent working at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, Ohio. He suffers from diminished lung capacity that, according to his doctor, was caused by working with isocyanate glues and primers, powerful chemicals which are known to cause

Winning the War: UAW Members Helped Build ‘The Arsenal of Democracy’

May marks the 82nd anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Three months later, the Japanese would surrender, Victory in Japan (VJ) Day. These two events were major milestones in the history of the United States and could not have been accomplished without the sacrifices of many, including those who never came home. While the

Legislative Update: Court Reinstates Lifetime Health Care Benefits for Honeywell Retirees in Greenville, Ohio

The power and advantage of collective bargaining often outlasts a union member’s active employment. This was demonstrated again by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio when it agreed with the UAW that the lifetime health care benefits the union negotiated for Honeywell workers in Greenville, Ohio, in 2003 are just that:

Union Front: Burn Camp Provides a Great Experience

Alonzo More, 14, Isaiah Struck, 10, and Jaques Williams, 15, say there is a lot for campers to do at Black Lake, but just about everyone loves the opportunity to swim. It’s All About Fun for Special Kids at Black Lake You could be excused if you mistakenly thought a catastrophe had hit the UAW

PRO-Member: UAW Women – A history of activism

Above: Members of the Women’s Auxiliaries often had an ambitious agenda, such as securing free nurseries for mothers, maternity leave, equal pay and an end to discrimination. Women have always played critical roles in the labor movement — especially in the CIO-led unions of the 1930s. Obvious examples are stories of women working the line

From the President: Get Involved

Energy and Passion of Women’s March Must be Duplicated, Not Wasted I believe that 2017 is a critical year for us to build union power from the ground up. There is a strong relationship between union members and the communities in which they work and live. Think about it: The UAW was founded by people

Legislative Update: Judges Can Protect Our Rights … or Weaken Them

The United States Supreme Court: Why It Matters to UAW Members Presidential and congressional elections rightfully dominated the national news and our attention last year. Their decisions impact nearly every facet of our lives. The wages we earn, water we drink, our ability to protect ourselves from terrorism, and the education our children receive are

Union front: Remembering a Civil Rights Warrior, Ernie Dillard: A Fighter for Equality and Social Justice

Ernie Dillard Sr.’s sincere belief was that many politicians scapegoat African-Americans and others with stereotypical propaganda to win votes. He made it his purpose in life to reach out to white people and communicate how many were led to vote against their own interests by politicians who appeal to racist sentiments. “White people in the

Union front: Saving Our History – Local 174’s Restored Labor Mural Finds a New Home

After hanging in various Local 174 union halls for three quarters of a century, the Walter Speck-painted mural informally known as “Ford Riot” was water- and tobacco-smoke damaged, dulled and had significant tears. It was also homeless as the Detroit local moved its union hall in 2014 and there was little room for the 9-foot

Union front: Training for Tomorrow: $5 Million Grant Will Help UAW Journeymen of the Future

Apprentice tool-and-die maker Patrick Mumbower has started the 8,000 hours of training needed to become a UAW journeyman at Ford. Patrick Mumbower wants his children to understand that they are never too old to chart another course in life. It’s one reason why the 40-year-old former paint shop technician at Ford Motor Co.’s Dearborn Truck

Union Front: Providing Hope to Struggling Military Families

The UAW Staff Council, in partnership with the International, provided financial support, as well as labor, for the construction of the home on the VFW’s campus that is named after the late UAW President Stephen P. Yokich. UAW Members Give $13,000 Donation to VFW National Home for Children The UAW Staff Council, an organization that

Union Front: Lake Orion GM Plant for Autonomous Chevy Bolts

Driver or No driver, Local 5960 Workers Build Quality UAW members at Local 5960 in Lake Orion, Michigan, have been building quality vehicles for drivers for decades. Now they will build quality vehicles for cars without drivers. General Motors announced in December that its Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Chevrolet Bolt EVs

Cover Story–Our Future, Our Jobs: We Must Hold Congress Accountable pt. 1

WE MUST HOLD CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE While we cannot predict the future, there is little doubt that 2017 will be a memorable year in Washington and across the country as newly elected leaders work to address the important issues facing our country. In our representative democracy, it is important to remember that politicians work for us.

From the President: Obama’s Legacy: Helping Working People

Eight years ago, Barack Obama became the first African-American president. This was a historic event in our nation’s history in and of itself. But he brought with him a message of hope and change that invigorated political participation that this country hadn’t seen in decades. In his 2008 presidential campaign, he addressed income inequality and

2015 Financial Report: Report to Members on the Union’s Finances

After a long, divisive 2016 election UAW members, rightfully so, are focused on how these next few years will impact their jobs, their families and their communities.Let’s put the election behind us and now focus on how we will move forward in building a stronger union and protecting our American ideals. Now, more than ever,

PRO Member: We stand for everyone

When Reuther uttered these words, he was not only giving a call to action, but was saying something very significant about who we are: Our union has always stood for all, not just ourselves. It sounds like a simple proposition, but at the time, it was a revolutionary idea. The labor movement grew out of

Cover Story-Our Future, Our Jobs: We Must Hold Congress Accountable pt. 2

<<< Go back to Our Future, Our Jobs pt. 1 Worker Rights No issue impacts us more than our right to speak with a united voice at work and collectively bargain. Through our union, we can fix issues in the workplace — from abusive supervisors to health and safety problems and unfair scheduling policies. Through our

From the director, Julie Kushner, Region 9A: Solidarity with Locked-Out Honeywell Workers

Since May 9th, over 350 UAW members from Local 1508 in Green Island, NY (Region 9A) and Local 9 in South Bend, Indiana (Region 2B) have been locked out by Honeywell’s Aerospace division after rejecting a contract which would result in dramatic cuts in healthcare, the elimination of the pension plan, and a weakening of

From the director, Ray Curry, Region 8: By Moving Forward Together, We Win

As disheartening as it was to watch the election results, we still have much to be proud of in the fact that a tremendous amount of effort was put into educating our membership on the position of candidates on both the state and federal levels. The American people have spoken and now we must live

From the director, Terry Dittes, Region 9: 2016 Tom Fricano Scholarship Winners

Every year, UAW Region 9 awards three college scholarships to family members of Region 9 UAW members. Tom Fricano (Director Emeritus of Region 9) started this scholarship program years ago, and now we distribute the awards in his honor. Each student must submit an essay, and this year’s topic was “The Image of Labor/Enemies of

From the director, Ronald McInroy, Region 4: UAW National Community Service Conference Delegates Share Stories on What Works

Historically, this conference has been held at the UAW Walter and May Reuther Facility Education Center in Onaway, Michigan. However, the moderate size of the National Community Service Conference made it a natural to be held at the Pat Greathouse Education Center, which is a smaller venue. One of the highlights of the conference was

From the director, Rory Gamble, Region 1A: Let’s take a sober look at the next four years

Many of us are still digesting the 2016 election and the ripples that will no doubt continue for years to come. To say it was a game changer is to mince words. It has set in motion a series of events that we will not fully realize for many years to come. First and fore-most,

From the director, Ken Lortz, Region 2B: UAW members supply boxes to U.S. olympic luge team

In August, the 65 UAW members at Hinkle Manufacturing Inc., a unit of Local 12 in Toledo, Ohio, received a visit from USA Luge-America’s Olympic Luge team. USA Luge stopped in Toledo on the way to events in Wisconsin as a “Thank You” for Hinkle’s long-term sponsorship. They expressed their appreciation by joining members at

From the director, Gerald Kariem, Region 1D: President Obama honored his oath

Brother and Sisters, I hope that everybody had a nice holiday vacation and are enjoying family and friends. Those of us who made New Year’s resolutions and big plans to do better than last year, stick with it and don’t give up. The struggle continues. Good luck to you on reaching your goals. The previous

Together We Win: State of Michigan Workers Win Wage Increases, Protect Health Care

State of Michigan workers won a 3 percent wage increase in 2017 and a 2 percent increase for 2018 in their contract that had reopener language to discuss wage increases and health care. “The bargaining team was successful not only in winning the two wage increases, but we also defended our health care and kept

Together We Win: The Devil in the Details

Mack Truck members, like these second-shift workers in Macungie, Pennsylvania, who recently participated in an event to support local veterans, gained job protection, raises and other improvements in the recently ratified contract. Mack Contract Halts Company’s Attempt to Move Work, Kills Two Tier Often it’s difficult to assess a company’s true intentions when negotiations begin.

Together We Win: Auto Organizing Update

A delegation of Nissan workers and community members marched in a Paris rally in October to attend a rally calling for an end to threats at Nissan in Canton From left: Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Bishop Thomas Jenkins, Nissan worker Morris Mock, actor Danny Glover and Christian Hutin, a member of the French Parliament.

Health and Safety: Workers Shed Light on Serious Problems

OSHA Cites Fuyao Glass Plant with $227,000 in Fines for Violations In a 1.5 million-square-feet facility on West Stroop Road in Moraine, Ohio, Fuyao Glass America is quickly gaining attention for its attempt to become the world’s largest single-site auto glass factory. The news, however, is not all good. And a lot of it boils

Cover Story: Before Flint, The Winning Momentum Created by Sit-Down Strikes pt. 1

The sit-down strike in Cleveland. They Had to Sit to Stand Up for Themselves The momentum that spurred Flint started in Atlanta, Detroit and many other places Editor’s Note: Most UAW members know about the solidarity of the 44-day strike in Flint, Michigan, that led to General Motors’ recognition of the UAW as the autoworkers’

Cover Story: Before Flint, The Winning Momentum Created by Sit-Down Strikes pt. 2

The Kelsey-Hayes Sit-Down Strike Was a Key Moment in Our History Editor’s Note: The following story was written by Jim Ward, a retiree of Local 78 in Detroit. A dedicated union activist as an active employee and as a retiree, Brother Ward passed away in October. I’m going to take you back to 1935; I

Union Front: Generous Jeep Workers

Local 12 Members Step Up to Feed the Hungry The despair of not being able to feed your family is heartbreaking. It’s even worse around the holidays. UAW members at the Local 12 Jeep unit from the FCA US Toledo Jeep Assembly Complex in northwest Ohio know the need for food assistance never goes away

From the President: Thank You for Your Hard Work on the Election

We Will Continue the Fight for What We Believe In I want to start out by thanking UAW members and retirees for their hard work during the 2016 election and not just the presidential election, but state and local elections as well. I think a lot of people are exhausted after a year and a

PRO-Member: An Emotional Election

UAW members from Flint, Michigan, also reminded voters that the election was not just about the presidency, but that there were plenty of local issues to be considered. Retiree Reminds Us of What UAW Members are About My name is Wayne Bieger. I’m a proud UAW retiree. In 2007, after 34 years of work, I

Union Front: Our Quality Shines Through

Motor Trend has Accolades for Ford Super Duty, Chevrolet Bolt To anyone who has ever spent time with UAW members, it’s no secret that we take pride in the work that we do and the products that we build. When you see that something is UAW made, you know you’re getting something that was crafted

Veterans Day: Veterans Day Isn’t Just a One Day Event

Region 4’s Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down hits 20 Years It’s gratifying to UAW veterans in Region 4 to be able to help homeless veterans. They’ve participated in the Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down for two decades and will continue to do so until the problem of homeless veterans is eliminated. “This is

Union Front: ’Tis the Season to Support American Workers

Buying Union-Made Can Bring Holiday Cheer and Good Jobs The holiday season is a time to show your loved ones how much you care about them. For many, that includes giving them the perfect present. While selecting something that’s just right for your spouse, children, parents or other relatives and close friends can be a

Legislative Update: 2016 Elections

GOP Holds Power in White House, Congress, and Will Appoint Supreme Court Justices On Nov. 8, over 130 million Americans participated in our democracy and voted for our leaders at the federal, state, and local levels. Donald J. Trump won the presidency by winning 290 electoral votes and will be sworn in on Jan. 20

Union Front: UAW Chaplains Bond with High School Band and Choir Members

UAW chaplains are known for their compassion and ability to connect with members in a way that few others can. At their annual conference at the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center this summer, they showed how they are also reaching out to band and choir members from a small Michigan city high

2017 UAW Built Vehicles List

UAW CARS (USA)Buick LaCrosseBuick VeranoCadillac ATSCadillac CTSCadillac CT6Chevrolet Bolt (electric)Chevrolet CamaroChevrolet CorvetteChevrolet Cruze*Chevrolet Cruze (diesel)Chevrolet ImpalaChevrolet MalibuChevrolet Sonic*Chevrolet Volt (electric)Chrysler 200Dodge ViperFord C-Max (full hybrid/electric)Ford FocusFord Focus (electric)Ford MustangFord TaurusUAW TRUCKS (USA)Chevrolet ColoradoChevrolet Silverado**Ford F SeriesGMC CanyonGMC Sierra**RAM 1500** UAW SUVS/CUVS (USA)Buick EnclaveCadillac EscaladeCadillac Escalade ESVCadillac Escalade HybridCadillac XT5Chevrolet SuburbanChevrolet TahoeChevrolet Tahoe (police)Chevrolet Tahoe (special

Union Front: Communication is Key

LUCA Helps Us Stay in the Know When local UAW members want to know what’s happening in their local and what the issues are that bring them together — like who the best candidate for workers is in the upcoming election — there’s no one they trust more than their union local. The UAW members

Sen. Tim Kaine – He’s With Us!

Sen. Tim Kaine a Former Civil Rights Lawyer Who Respects Workers’ Rights According to the U.S. Constitution, the vice president has three required duties. Of those, two are largely ceremonial. The most important is casting a tie-breaking vote if the U.S. Senate is deadlocked. Casting a vote when the Senate is deadlocked could be quite

Union Front: On the Vanguard for Veterans

UAW Region 9 Members Donate Van to Help Those Who Served Get to Medical Appointments The Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center is in a rural part of western New York State 100 miles southeast of Buffalo. Sometimes it isn’t easy for area veterans to get to and from their medical appointments at the facility. There’s

Union Front: Making Higher Education Affordable

Tom Fricano Scholarships Help Members with College Costs Joe Brusca, a member of UAW Local 644 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, understands the escalating cost of higher education. His daughter, Karissa, graduated with honors last year from York College in Pennsylvania. She now works as a nurse and has set her sights on working in a critical

Union Front: Members’ Right to Appeal Protected by UAW Constitution

The UAW Constitution (Article 33) gives any UAW member the right to appeal on the whole range of issues and disputes which can arise in the life of our union. This includes grievances, election protests or “any action or inaction” by union officials or representatives. The appeal must be filed with the body responsible for

Clinton will Protect Retirement Security, Health Care

In the workplace, the halls of Congress, and state capitols, UAW members have consistently fought for policies that support retirement security and health care for all. We have always believed everyone should be able to retire with dignity and not worry about making ends meet during their golden years. Unfortunately, this is view is not

Cover Story: Hillary Clinton – She’s With Us!

Forget Personalities and ‘Likeability’ – Who Will Lead and Who is Best on the Issues Critical to American Working Families? Presidential political campaigns in the age of the 24/7 news cycle can be quite distracting. The media often supplies saturation coverage on inconsequential stories unrelated to the issues that directly affect our families such as

From the President: Vote for the Candidate who is Committed to Organized Labor

As we approach Nov. 8, we should be reminded that every day there are those who have served and those who are serving to protect our freedom here at home and aboard. To honor those men and women it is our civic duty to vote. Over the years working men and women have heard from

PRO-Member – When Speech Incites Hate: Two UAW Members Reflect on 2016 Election

Donald Trump is a salesman and in 2016 he’s selling hate. He’s branded Mexicans rapists and wants all Muslim-Americans to be registered in a database. When he attacks groups, it’s easy to forget he’s attacking real people, real UAW members. Here are two UAW brothers talking about what it’s like to live in the world

Younger Workers Will Do Better Under a Clinton Presidency

When you cast your vote for president, your ballot will show a choice for our next president. The nominees from the two major parties and those representing the Green and Libertarian nominees have spent a lot of time addressing voters under age 35 because they’re an important voting bloc in this election. Young voters face

Unfair labor practice filed: Volkswagen needs to follow the law

Skilled trades workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, members of UAW Local 42, in December voted to join the UAW, a decision the National Labor Relations Board affirmed in March. But the automaker continues to drag the representation fight out in violation of U.S. labor law by claiming that all of its union-eligible workers —

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

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

The trouble with the TPP

Understanding complex terms can help us make our case The political season is fully underway. Along with the high-profile — and high-stakes — presidential contest, Americans will be electing new congressional representation. As UAW members we want to know where they stand on issues of importance to us. We want the current Congress to understand

The long road to Election Day

Play your part in the political process In 2016, UAW members from across the country will take part in highly visible elections. From voting, to canvassing, to phone banking, to talking about issues with friends, family and coworkers — you have a big part to play in helping to define the direction of our country

Helping in the community is a natural fit for our union

UAW members throughout the country give back to their communities in many ways. In addition to helping Flint residents during the water crisis, UAW members have stepped up throughout the years whenever their communities have been in need. Two examples of many actions members have taken to help others include a recent day of service

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

Report to members on the union’s finances

As many of you are no doubt aware, the maintenance unit at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, overwhelmingly voted in a federally supervised election in December to have the UAW as its legally recognized collective bargaining representative. These efforts at providing representation to workers who ask for it are critical to our union’s goal of building

A proud history of solidarity at Kohler

Members have been shot, killed fighting for justice in the workplace The Kohler strikers of 2015 honored those who came before them with their grit and determination. The history of standing up and fighting for your brothers  and sisters runs long and proud in the village that bears the company’s name and the nearby city

Save American jobs by calling Congress now!

Last summer, Congress narrowly approved legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority (also known as Fast Track) to the president for the next six years — possibly, long enough to apply to three administrations. The passage of Fast Track means that Congress will only get an up-or-down, simple majority vote on all trade agreements with no opportunity

Putting the community first

Program in Ohio shows that CAP is much more than politics Many UAW members, when they see the letters C-A-P, automatically associate them with the UAW’s efforts to elect working family-friendly candidates through the union’s Community Action Program. But CAP is much more than a political lobbying tool: It’s how we stay connected in our

African-Americans have played a crucial role in the UAW’s rich history

February is Black History Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history. This year we celebrate some of the many African-Americans who contributed to the union’s enormous commitment to civil  and human rights, and we give our thanks for their sacrifice, vision and hard work. Here are highlights

A disappointing turn of events

Volkswagen refuses to negotiate with union members The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) describes collective bargaining as an effort between an employer and employees to “bargain in good faith about wages, hours, vacation time, insurance, safety practices and other subjects.” It’s really that simple: The democratically elected representatives of the workers sit down with company

How to build YOUR union for YOUR future

We say it often enough: This is YOUR union. Underneath these simple words is the heart and soul of what the labor movement is about. A union isn’t the leaders solving problems for members. Nothing happens unless the membership is part of the union. It sounds simple enough, yet too many slip into the opposite

Standing Tall at Kohler

Solidarity brings workers a win in Wisconsin The long line snaked out of the door of the Sheboygan County Labor Council Hall on an unseasonably sunny and warm day the week before Christmas but the people in it were in good spirits. This holiday season would be one filled with memories for Kohler Company workers

On the hunt in New Mexico

Local 838s member has the trip of a lifetime There’s quite a difference hunting black bear in New Mexico compared to hunting whitetail deer in Iowa. For starters, the terrain and climate is much different. Whitetail deer are plentiful, while a black bear is a rare sight. And the deer is less likely to pose

Nissan leading U.S. into ‘Temp Nation’

Nonunion autoworker argues for stronger union organizing laws Working people have been getting squeezed over the past several decades as paychecks have failed to keep up with the cost of living. Fewer people having a voice at work has greatly worsened income inequality. Millions of Americans are not getting paid fairly for their work. Not

Member has a new heart (and a new appreciation for his UAW-negotiated benefits)

The way Local 1005 member Dennis Urbania sees it, there were three things that saved his life following a second heart attack in 2011: the snow, the compassion of the family of a 28-year-old auto accident victim, and his UAW contract. It was a cold winter’s day when the now 50-year-old quality technician at General

A song – and union – in her heart

Angie Kelly sings the anthems at UAW conventions, conferences Angie Kelly may be one of the UAW’s most recognized members thanks to her performances in the UAW’s national anthem videos that have played for more than 15 years at countless UAW conventions, conferences at Black Lake and across the country at UAW regional and local

Why I became involved

Local 6000 member shares why she became involved Seven and a half years ago, I took a job with the State of Michigan. Before taking this position, I thought about all the great things that would happen working there. At the time, I was four months pregnant. At my previous job, I had finally earned

UAW, IG Metall partnership launch joint project

New models of employee representation to be explored Does employee representation have to follow the same path it always has in the United States? That’s the question that a new effort between the UAW and German trade union IG Metall want to answer after forming the Transnational Partnership Initiative (TPI) in mid-November. The two unions

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

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

The UAW has always believed in social justice

By Katrina vanden Heuvel and John Nichols Among the most striking images from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom are those portraying key figures from the march as they gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for a group photo. There, beneath the statue of the president who had issued the Emancipation Proclamation a

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

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

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

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

Why Telling Our Story Matters

Why telling our story matters Since February 2014, the many UAW voices amplified through PRO-Member stories have created more than 300 posts on the UAW International’s Facebook page, told the unique perspectives of many brothers and sisters in Solidarity magazine and fostered countless conversations with active and retired members about how the union impacts their

Legal Aid Employees in New York say Yes to UAW

The 58 attorneys, social workers, secretaries, investigators, clericals, receptionist and librarians who work at the Westchester County (New York) Legal Aid Society face difficult issues such as substandard health insurance and pensions, arbitrary treatment, and management’s refusal to include the staff in decisions affecting their work. That’s why they’re now hard at work on a