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Detroit area UAW local stands by Flint residents, continues bottled water donations that began in 2014

Members of UAW Local 228 donated a semi-truck filled with bottled water to residents of Flint, continuing their donation program that began when the water crisis began in Flint four years ago. Many Flint residents still struggle with water issues as the state works to complete pipe replacement while ending its bottled water distribution program. Reaching out with care to give back to communities that need help is nothing new for Local 228 members, said Local 228 President Paul Torrente. Members held a bottled water collection and donation when the water crisis began in Flint four years ago. That’s when ... Read more

Labor Voices: Your vote is your voice

Government matters. Voting matters. Who you vote for matters. For UAW members, government policies impact the health and safety rules in the workplace; the right to organize; the right to a fair collective bargaining process; and even the impact on our health care and retirement. In a time of very deep political divide and social unrest, knowing our core values, knowing who we are, and knowing what the UAW is about could not be more important than it is today. Legislatively, conservatives, benefiting from gerrymandered statehouse seats, have now passed right-to-work legislation designed to undermine collective bargaining in many states like Michigan ... Read more

Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Labor for Bottled Water Distribution

Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Labor for Bottled Water Distribution Whitmer Joined Teamsters and UAW to Distribute Bottled Water in Flint Today, former Senate Democratic Leader and Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer partnered with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers for a bottled water distribution event in Flint, Michigan. Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak said Whitmer’s time on the front lines of the fight to ensure every community has access to clean, safe water makes her our strongest candidate to get things done for the people of Michigan. “We’re here today because once again, ... Read more

Local 598 Honors Ruben Burks

This weekend, Local 598 renamed their union hall to honor Ruben Burks and his decades of service to the UAW. Burks joined Local 598 in 1955 when he worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint. He worked his way up through the union, eventually becoming director of Region 1C in 1989. He went on to serve as UAW Secretary-Treasurer from 1998 until 2002 and was the first African American to hold the position. In addition to his contributions to the UAW, Burks served the Flint community as a leader in several community organizations. To learn more about ... Read more

UAW Women’s History Month Spotlight: Flint Women’s Auxiliary

March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of a few noteworthy UAW women: Flint Women’s Auxiliary From Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State University The Flint Women’s Auxiliary collected money for families, visited strike widows to improve their morale, and provided child care ... Read more

President Dennis Williams Speech on White Shirt Day event at UAW Local 599 in Flint

President Dennis Williams speaks at White Shirt Day event at UAW Local 599 in Flint and draws parallels between what happened then and what is going on today. “When labor grows, our nation grows…. Stay focused. Be brave. More than anything, live in solidarity!”

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on White Shirt Day

It’s been 80 years since the Flint Sit-Downers’ victory. The Flint Sit-Down Strike was called the strike heard around the world because it was more than a strike. It started a mass movement for change in this country.  What was at stake for them 80 years ago? Everything. The laws were stacked against them. They risked their lives to gain respect and dignity. The success of the Flint Sit-Downers showed the country — and most importantly, it showed other workers that they deserved to have a seat at the bargaining table with the boss as EQUALS. There are many lessons ... Read more

UPDATED: Rally in Flint, MI – Get out the Vote for Hillary Clinton

UPDATE: Big turnout for Hillary. See photos from the rally: Photos by: Debi Kirchner, Local 598 Come join activists from around Michigan in Flint for one of Michigan’s largest rallies. WHO: UAW Members and their families WHAT: Get out the vote rally for Hillary Clinton WHERE: UAW Local 599 812 Leith St. Flint, MI 48505 WHEN: Saturday, October 1, from 10 AM – Noon

Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund – Flint Freedom School

More than 50 Flint elementary school students will learn and grow in a loving environment this summer at a new Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School sponsored by the Cynthia Estrada Charity Fund. The Freedom School will be administered by Bethel United Methodist Church – Flint, the only historically African-American church in the city. “Although we know that too many Flint residents are still relying on bottled water and are waiting to have filters installed in their homes to remove lead, there is still much more that needs to be done to address the long-term effects caused by the appalling negligence ... Read more

Full Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis in latest Solidarity

See full coverage of the Flint Water Crisis in the latest issue of Solidarity magazine now. By now, you’ve heard about the Flint Water Crisis. If you haven’t, here’s a great timeline of events from the Detroit Free Press. In Flint and throughout the nation, there has been justifiable outrage over the decisions made by state elected and appointed officials in the handling of the water crisis. Because officials put cost savings ahead of the health of Flint residents, thousands have been poisoned, and several deaths are suspected due to extended and excessive exposure to contaminated toxic water. But, the ... Read more