Tag: Civil Rights

UAW Black History Month Spotlight: Ben Gross

Ben Gross was not only a leader in the labor movement, but also an icon in the civil rights movement and in the fight for racially integrated housing. His accomplishments eventually led him to elected office and then positions within UAW leadership. When Gross passed away in 2012, the city of Milpitas held a memorial service and named a street in his honor. Below is an interview conducted with Ben Gross in 2011 by UAW staff, reflecting on his life and accomplishments: Ben Gross: 62 years of service and still growing strong After 90 years there is still a sparkle ... Read more

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an icon of the civil rights movement and a champion for the rights of workers. Locals and members across the country will be participating in a day of service to honor his legacy and serve their communities.

Remembering Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today the United States remembers civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, on Rosa Parks Day. The civil rights leader was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her brave action that day helped spark national attention for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and furthered momentum of the civil rights movement taking hold in the South. It also would lead to an eventual Supreme Court ruling that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Rosa Parks Day was officially established for the first time in California in 2000. Read more about Rosa Parks and the ... Read more

NLRB ISSUES NEW UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE COMPLAINT AGAINST NISSAN

CARMAKER’S ANTI-UNION CAMPAIGN UNDERMINES FREE AND FAIR ELECTION IN MISSISSIPPI CANTON, Miss. — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a new complaint alleging unfair labor practices against Nissan in advance of this week’s representation election for blue-collar employees at the company’s Canton plant. The new NLRB complaint, issued late Friday, alleges that Nissan threatened a loss of wages and benefits if employees support a union, threatened closing of the Canton plant if employees support a union, interrogated employees about union support, and promised increased benefits and improved working conditions if employees oppose a union. The new NLRB complaint comes ... Read more

Nissan Employees Move Forward with Union Organizing Drive

Employees Demand Carmaker Respect Workers’ Rights to Vote for a Union without Fear of Retaliation Canton, Miss. — Citing a pattern of labor abuses by Nissan against its predominantly African-American workforce in Mississippi, employees today announced plans to vote on a union at the company’s Canton assembly plant. Nissan employees, with legal and technical assistance from the UAW, filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking a representation election for blue-collar employees at Nissan’s Canton plant — one of only three Nissan facilities in the world, including two in Tennessee, where workers are not represented by a union. ... Read more

Live Stream & Blog: March On Mississippi!

Today at 1:30PM ET is the March on Mississippi! See the live stream below and watch our twitter feed for more updates, and check out the media roundup at the bottom. NEW LIVE STREAM LINK: https://www.facebook.com/GoodJobsNation/videos/1476774102357189/ Tweets by @UAW March on Mississippi Photo Gallery Special thanks to Change to Win, John Davis (UAW LUCA – Region 8) and Debi Kirchner (UAW LUCA – Region 1D) for contributing to this gallery.  March on Mississippi Press Roundup USA Today: Workers seek to bring union to Nissan’s U.S. plants Clarion-Ledger: Bernie Sanders coming to Miss. for march against Nissan Mississippi Today: Nissan Canton fined for ... Read more

UAW Black History Month Spotlight: Nelson “Jack” Edwards

February is Black History Month, and we’re taking a look back on the contributions of African-American leaders within the UAW like Nelson “Jack” Edwards. Jack Edwards would eventually be called Walter Reuther’s “point man for civil rights.” The road to that designation was filled with dedication to civil rights and the UAW for many years. His achievements for workers are remembered because of the improvements he won at the negotiating table for foundry working conditions and safety equipment. He helped establish the UAW’s Independents, Parts and Suppliers Council, and later became the council’s director. From 1962 to 1970, he served ... Read more

Unions and the Fight for Civil Rights

The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was written by UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles. As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remember the historical importance of organized labor to black workers and their families, and unionism’s continued relevance today. It was once legal to discriminate against minorities in hiring and wage equity. Even when it became illegal to discriminate against minorities in the workplace, bias against minorities was widely practiced and tolerated. Unions were at the forefront of the battle fighting for equal wages and an ... Read more

Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business.” The statute, designed to break trade union action, outlawed boycotts against businesses without “just cause.”  UAW President Walter Reuther was an avid supporter of civil rights at a time when people didn’t always speak out in support.  Reuther was later a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the UAW supported the movement in ... Read more

UAW Statement on Death of Julian Bond

UAW Statement on death of longtime civil rights leader, Julian Bond “Julian Bond taught us that we should never shy from addressing the darkness of racism head on; and that the hard work to achieve equality is through a constant nonviolent dialogue that endures during each generation. He was a friend of labor, a friend of peace and most of all a friend to the brotherhood of us all.” Dennis Williams, President, International Union, UAW