The Spring 2020 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!
The latest edition of Solidarity magazine salutes our own heroes who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways, from courageously going back to the plants to make PPE and ventilators to volunteering in the community and much more.
Despite the pandemic, UAW locals are finding innovative ways to continue their efforts. Local 1407 in Tennessee managed to win and ratify a contract despite a tough fight with management, a deadly tornado, and a pandemic which required it to get creative to hold the ratification meeting.
The UAW mourns the loss of three outstanding leaders: Retired Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks, the first African American to hold the position, retired Vice President Cal Rapson and Elizabeth “Mama Liz” Jackson, the union’s first African American administrative assistant.
The issue also introduces Wilma B. Liebman as the UAW’s first Ethics Officer. Liebman will hold hearings at her discretion, and issue reports and recommendations of her findings and recommended corrective action to the appropriate UAW officials whenever warranted.
A win at Nissan: Parts workers at the Nissan parts distribution facility in Somorset, New Jersey, did not buy Nissan’s promises to improve working conditions and voted for UAW representation. They received a huge helping hand from Local 2210 members who work at a nearby Ford Customer Service Division.
Also inside: A daughter’s reflection on Walter and May Reuther, 50 years after their tragic deaths in a plane crash in Northern Michigan.
And much more …
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