Tag: Central Michigan University

Labor Voices: We are stronger together

It has been a privilege to serve as the president of the UAW for the past four years. Working together with the UAW’s dedicated officers, directors, assistant directors, staff, local union leaders and members, we have created a strong, stable and growing UAW. The Great Recession of the late 2000s created a perfect storm of challenges for the UAW, and membership fell to below 370,000 members by 2011. Operating dues also fell and we annually ran $30 million in the red. As a result, the strike and defense fund balance decreased significantly. But we have rebounded and we are stronger ... Read more

Statement from UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem on Central Michigan University’s Announced Layoffs

“For every Central Michigan University worker who loses their job to cheap outsourcing there is a family and a community that suffers. This is not the way Michigan can and should be – ignoring the dignity of the work of so many in the trenches. Instead of making hard decisions about controlling spending and administrative salaries, CMU has opted to outsource the jobs of the office professionals who make the university run so smoothly behind the scenes. It’s easy to avoid tough decisions on the backs of hard-working families. CMU should reconsider this rash decision.”