Tag: CAP

Panelists Discuss How to Connect with Voters in Trump Era

Reconnecting with voters, rebuilding the infrastructure to elect labor friendly candidates, and concentrating on state and local offices are just some of the ways to fight back against the corporate control of our government, according to panelists at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now; and Will Hailer, senior advisor to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), participated in a lively discussion on the failures of the 2016 election and some early successes in the last year. Mayor Buttigieg said many voters don’t care about ... Read more

UAW Members to Concentrate on Four Issues in 2018

When Republicans took complete control of the government in 2016, most union members understood that workers would take a hit, but we underestimated just how bad it would be, the UAW’s chief lobbyist told political activists Monday. From attacks on health care, workers’ rights and immigrants to inaction on NAFTA, a lot of awful things are happening in Washington right now, Josh Nassar, the UAW’s legislative director, told delegates at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. “It’s been rough in the last couple of years,” Nassar said during an hour-long presentation designed to educate members about top legislative ... Read more

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence makes a fierce plea: Stand and fight; take back our America

“I grew up knowing that if you went to an auto plant you would instantly be in the middle class, because the UAW fought for workers to earn wages that would help them support their families, send their children to college and make a difference in their communities,” Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence told CAP delegates. In an impassioned speech, Lawrence recalled past decades when organized labor paved the way for laws and programs that helped to create economic and social justice for America’s families. She challenged members to remember that “what is done to the least of us affects all us” ... Read more

Fair Trade Makes a Difference: Rep. Mark Pocan tells delegates to make their voices heard on the Capitol Hill and in their communities

If things are going to change for the better in this country, organized labor must have a seat at the table, Congressman Mark Pocan told UAW CAP delegates Monday. That means that UAW members are essential to what can turn things around on issues such as fair trade, immigration and workers’ rights. The burden for change falls on organized labor – the people who have fought, marched and put pressure on elected officials for laws and programs that have kept workers safe on their jobs, kept their communities strong and ensured that there was democracy in the workplace. “We can’t ... Read more

UAW Members Head to Washington DC for National CAP Conference

This week, UAW members will gather in Washington D.C. for the 2018 National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. Over 1,100 UAW members will attend the four-day conference, which gives members a look at the union’s legislative and political priorities for the coming year. This year’s conference will focus on immigration, international trade, job creation, and tax reform. Members will participate in breakout sessions on current policy issues and will hear from a range of speakers, including elected officials, labor leaders, and political activists. They will also head to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress directly.

UAW Endorses Lumumba for Jackson Mayor

(Jackson, Mississippi) – Citing his commitment to worker safety and labor rights, the Mississippi UAW CAP Council has endorsed Chokwe A. Lumumba for mayor of Jackson. “The citizens of Jackson have an opportunity to elect a mayor in Chokwe A. Lumumba who understands that labor rights are civil rights and that raising the wages, health and safety and labor standards of all workers builds the economy of Jackson,” said Ray Curry, director of UAW Region 8. Lumumba has demonstrated support for workers including his participation in the March on Mississippi earlier this year to argue for labor rights at Nissan ... Read more

Don’t Stop! Drop and vote

We all know there’s a presidential race going on. Many of us know congressional races are happening. But all too often voters stop and drop off from voting down-ballot. Yet many of these down-ballot races impact your life every day. The down-ballot choices you make for offices like the state legislature, city council, county commission, state supreme court, board of education, sheriff’s department and district courts determine kitchen table policies that have the most impact on your daily life. Officeholders in these positions make decisions about state tax policies, how schools are funded, Medicaid expansion, women’s reproductive health rules, law ... Read more

See who members like you endorsed for office before you cast your vote! Visit uawendorsements.org

before you head to the polls, check out who UAW members like you endorsed at uawendorsements.org. Wondering who UAW members like you are endorsing for political office in federal, state and local elections? This information is available from the UAW National Community Action Program (CAP) at uawendorsements.org. So what should you do when you visit uawendorsements.org? First, click on the state where you vote, or search for your state or locality in the search box provided. In states where your UAW CAP Council has made endorsements, those endorsements will be available for you to see. You can see who UAW members like ... Read more

Don’t Stop! Drop and vote

We all know there’s a presidential race going on. Many of us know congressional races are happening. But all too often voters stop and drop off from voting down-ballot. Yet many of these down-ballot races impact your life every day. The down-ballot choices you make for offices like the state legislature, city council, county commission, state supreme court, board of education, sheriff’s department and district courts determine kitchen table policies that have the most impact on your daily life. Officeholders in these positions make decisions about state tax policies, how schools are funded, Medicaid expansion, women’s reproductive health rules, law ... Read more