Last month, our union completed our first-ever direct elections of top officers. It is an honor of a lifetime to have been chosen by the membership to lead our great union. Right from the start, we’re committed to building a more transparent and communicative international union. In that spirit, this is my Message to the Membership, the first of many. In my closing remarks at this week’s Special Bargaining Convention, I spoke about the importance of unity and of seizing this moment. When will we say enough is enough? When will we demand what we deserve? When will we unite ... Read more
In his closing remarks to our union’s Special Bargaining Convention, UAW President Shawn Fain addressed delegates about how we move forward, together. President Fain spoke of his personal experience coming into the union while raising a young child. “Thirty years ago, I was a young parent in Kokomo, Indiana, just trying to make ends meet. Times were tough. Work was slow.” “But then, something changed,” Fain recalled. “I became a member of the UAW and found you all… I want the UAW of tomorrow to be the life-changing experience it was for me.” President Fain also spoke about the fights ... Read more
The UAW concluded its Special Bargaining Convention today, with members taking up issues of work schedules, the contractual right to honor other unions’ picket lines, and more. UAW Vice President Chuck Browning gave rousing remarks about the unity of the newly-elected International Executive Board. “There is only one agenda on this board,” Browning said. “It is the membership’s agenda.” He then issued a warning to corporate America: “To our enemies, who are not in this room; to the rich and powerful that want to attack labor; to the employers that want to make profits at our expense and through the ... Read more
The second day of the Special Bargaining Convention was a busy one for those in attendance. Wages, profit-sharing, healthcare, work schedules, health and safety, organizing, higher education, and support for veterans were among the issues discussed and debated by delegates on the Convention floor, as they continued to fine-tune their vision for the union’s bargaining strategy moving forward. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressed the delegates, hailing the UAW for its support of the state’s recent repeal of so-called “right to work.” “We have shown the world that here in Michigan we have each others’ backs,” Whitmer said to a cheering ... Read more
Today, Newly elected UAW President Shawn Fain delivered a powerful message to the delegates at the 2023 UAW Special Bargaining Convention: “We are united to serve you. Now, we’re here to come together to ready ourselves for the war against our one and only true enemy: multibillion dollar corporations and employers that refuse to give our members their fair share.” Follow along with the 2023 Special Bargaining Convention: LEARN MORE
I want to express my deep gratitude to all UAW leaders and active and retired members for your many years of support and solidarity. It has been the honor of my life to serve our great union. Tomorrow, Shawn Fain will be sworn in as UAW president, and he will chair our 2023 Special Bargaining Convention. I am committed to ensuring that this transition is smooth and without disruptions. I wish him, the entire UAW International Executive Board, staff and clerical support as well as UAW’s membership great success for the future.