Center, UAW-Ford Department Research Analyst-Futurist Jeff Faber Electric vehicles are expected to be at least half of the U.S. vehicle market by 2040. But different sectors of the transportation sector, including the UAW, need to come together for that to happen. Members of the labor, environmental, auto manufacturing and political sectors held a roundtable at IBEW Local 58 on November 25 discussing the future of EVs and the role of Michigan groups and industries in making them affordable and convenient for consumers.The event, convened by the labor-environmental advocacy group BlueGreen Alliance with U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, included representatives from environmental ... Read more
Today, UAW Local 600 dedicated a marker to the 1932 Ford Hunger March. On March 7, 1932, in the midst of the Depression, unemployed autoworkers, their families and union organizers braved bitter cold temperatures and gathered at the bridge, intent on marching to the Ford Rouge Plant and presenting a list of demands to Henry Ford. The protesters faced violence from police and Ford’s private security. Several marchers were killed, and workers who participated faced reprimands and firings. It wasn’t until April 11, 1941 that Henry Ford recognized the the workers’ union and signed the first contract with the UAW-CIO.
Workers from across the state turned out in Detroit’s Labor Day March and showed that when working people have the freedom to come together in strong unions, we have the power in numbers we need to negotiate a fair return on our work. They marched with progressive allies, and pro-worker politicians who stood up for the freedom to form strong unions and unrig the economy. Check out some of the highlights from the march: Photos by Ann Savage Photography