Tag: Chaplaincy

Yusef Salaam’s Inspiring Speech to UAW Chaplains

Three hundred members of the UAW Chaplaincy Program recently gathered for the 29th annual conference on June 5 in Onaway, MI. Elder Herb Taylor of Region 5 (Kansas City, KS) presided as international leader of the group. The chaplains serve in a volunteer capacity and are mainly employed at various UAW work sites in the US as electricians, pipe fitters, custodians and the like. They engage employees inside and outside the work place through one-on-one dialogue, phone calls, home visits and more, counseling them as they face various life challenges. Some are battling drug addiction, others are dealing with domestic violence, a ... Read more

PRO-Member: The UAW Chaplaincy Program

One of the lesser known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union – compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at Local 599 in Flint, Michigan. At the time, many UAW members – particularly those in the auto industry – were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis. ... Read more