Tag: Civil Rights

Walk to Freedom

On June 23, 1963, over 125,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in the ‘Walk to Freedom.’ The march was the largest civil rights demonstration at the time highlighting the injustices African Americans faced across the country.

The stuff of Dreams — MLK goes right on marching

The citizens of this country are in the midst of a battle that we have been fighting for a very long time. A battle of racial inequality, systemic abuse, and injustice. It is time to win this battle once and for all. Across the nation over the past weeks, protesters are saying they have had enough. They are weary of the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, of the battle against systemic injustice, and the fear of being a person of color in America. The horrific, needless death of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of four police ... Read more

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: By the Content of their Character

America’s Black History, which we celebrate this month, offers abundant examples across the centuries of how one person can make a difference, how one person can move an entire people forward. I am lucky enough to have witnessed the results of two such difference makers firsthand, both in my job and in my life. Two men who found each other in their individual fight for human rights, and in doing so, helped shape the future of our nation. So, this February, I would like to pay tribute to that relationship, to two heavyweight champions who fought together for America’s soul, ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Fight for Racial and Economic Justice

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fierce advocate for working people and America’s labor movement. For King, the struggle for racial justice went hand in hand with the struggle for economic justice, and was driven by his belief that all people had the right to earn a fair and dignified living — regardless of race, occupation, or socio-economic status. The final weeks of Dr. King’s life will be forever fixed in the history of the labor movement, as he played a key role in helping lead the famous Memphis Sanitation Strike. After two African American garbage collectors were crushed ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Fight for Racial and Economic Justice

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fierce advocate for working people and America’s labor movement. For King, the struggle for racial justice went hand in hand with the struggle for economic justice, and was driven by his belief that all people had the right to earn a fair and dignified living — regardless of race, occupation, or socio-economic status. The final weeks of Dr. King’s life will be forever fixed in the history of the labor movement, as he played a key role in helping lead the famous Memphis Sanitation Strike. After two African American garbage collectors were crushed ... Read more

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