Tag: Detroit

TAKE ACTION: Write a letter to GM telling them what you think of the plant closings

Start the new year by writing to our "friends" at GM about their recent decision to close plants in Michigan, Ohio and Baltimore. We've already delivered more than 4,000 letters to General Motors. Submit your message using the form and we'll print and personally hand deliver your message to GM headquarters! Write Letter

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony: Let’s leverage our collective power

In a robust speech, Detroit NAACP president Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony praised the union on its history of social activism and partnering with others including civil rights groups in the fight for social and economic justice. Rev. Anthony, who proudly explained he is a proud honorary member of UAW Local 600, talked about the works and words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and longtime UAW President Walter Reuther and their continuing relevance. Together, unions and groups like the NAACP have enormous power, he said, but that power must be leveraged to its full extent. “Everybody must come to ... Read more

54 Years Later, Martin Luther King’s Speech Speaks Truth in Today’s Torn Times

Today marks the 54th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Looking back at the values that motivated Dr. King’s leadership in the civil rights movement and struggle for jobs and justice, it’s clear that Americans are still striving to make this dream a reality. The historic speech is believed to have been written in part at UAW headquarters, Solidarity House in Detroit, Michigan:         Download the full speech

Make Detroit water affordable

This month, Philadelphia started the country’s first water affordability program to help low-income residents pay their water bill on time, generate reliable revenue, and keep the water flowing to impacted households. If Philadelphia can find a water affordability solution, so can Detroit. Read more on detroitnews.com >>>

Ford signs first contract with UAW on June 20, 1941

As demand for his Model T skyrocketed, Henry Ford embarked on an ambitious project to build the world’s largest industrial complex. The Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, housed everything needed for automobile production in one massive complex – from refining raw materials to assembly line. But Henry Ford’s demands soon took a toll on Ford workers, who had few rights within the plant. Workers who complained were often fired. At the same time, the economy was badly hurting after the 1929 stock market crash. Unemployment in Detroit skyrocketed and wages fell over 50 percent. On March 7, 1932, thousands of people ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams Honored at Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America Douglass Debs Dinner

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, UAW President Dennis Williams was honored at the 2017 Annual Douglass Debs Dinner. The dinner was sponsored by the Greater Detroit Local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. It was held at the historic UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is one of the largest socialists and progressive organizations in the United States. DSA fights alongside other progressive organizations for social change and a place for a socialist presence in American political discourse and communities. The Greater Detroit Local of the DSA is comprised of activists in the metro Detroit area ... Read more

UAW members man the bocce courts in Region 1

If it’s a late spring or summer Wednesday night, it’s a good bet you’ll find a group of UAW members at the Pete Petrucci courts behind the UAW Region 1 headquarters having a blast as they try to get their ball closest to the pallino. They’ve played bocce at the region for the last 40 years and hope to expand this Region 1 tradition to a new generation of UAW members. The UAW Region 1 Bocce Ball League has started to form teams and all that’s required is one member of the team be a member of a UAW Region ... Read more

Wear jeans 4/26 to show support for sexual assault victims

The UAW is recognizing National Denim Day by supporting a fundraising campaign by Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit (Enough SAID) to process rape kits found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009. Of the 11,000 kits that were discovered, over 1,000 still need to be processed. For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the ... Read more

Detroit Lions Holiday 4 Pack offer for the Quick Lane Bowl

MARYLAND vs. BOSTON COLLEGE Monday, December 26, 2016 2:30 PM at Ford Field     UAW FAMILY HOLIDAY FOUR PACK A $180 value for only $69 *Plus Fees 4 Lower Level Seats *Minimum of 4 ticket purchase required Additional single tickets can be purchased for $17.25 each *plus fees Ticket offer available while supplies last

UAW President Dennis Williams Statement on Labor Day

Updated with Detroit and Quad Cities Labor Day Photos “Walter Reuther believed it was the labor movement’s responsibility not only to look out for its members but also to use its influence — at the bargaining table with business and in the political realm with government — to make America a more livable society for all, not just for workers on every factory floor but everyone in every community. On this Labor Day we owe it to those workers from all walks of life who took that unpaid day off in 1882 to lift each other up and support each ... Read more