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UAW Members Travel to D.C. to Talk About Flint

Call Congress at 888-926-0045 to tell them to take action in Flint now! Yesterday, UAW members traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with their congressional representatives to demand action in Flint, Mich. after the water crisis that left that community without drinkable water. Their visit to the nation’s capital coincided with a congressional hearing about the causes of the crisis featuring testimony from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy The gallery was not found! In Flint, Michigan and throughout the nation, there has been justifiable outrage over the decisions made by state elected and ... Read more

Call Congress at 888-926-0045, demand action in Flint

Call Congress at 888-926-0045 to tell them to take action in Flint now! In Flint, Michigan 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 full impact will not be known for decades, and the effects will plague the children of Flint for generations to come. Now, it’s time for ... 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

In Flint, put children’s well-being first

The following article was written about the Flint Water Crisis by UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department, Cindy Estrada. It originally appeared in the Detroit News as part of their Labor Voices series. My husband and our twin sons recently joined countless others to distribute water to Flint families dealing with the man-made lead poisoning disaster that has impacted so many, including thousands of children. We met too many people who are hurting and don’t know whom to trust anymore. We met the grandmother who wept over the injury she had innocently caused her grandchildren when she ... Read more

GM, UAW commit $3 million to United Way of Genesee County

 Five-year grant to fund health and education programs for Flint children FLINT, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2016) – The United Way of Genesee County today announced a joint effort made by General Motors and the United Auto Workers (UAW) to donate $3 million to support the increased health and education needs for the children of Flint who have been impacted by lead-contaminated water. Under a five-year commitment, the funding provided by GM and the UAW to United Way of Genesee County will address immediate, ongoing and growing needs of Flint children affected by lead. “This crisis has impacted every Flint resident, ... Read more

Roundtable discussion with UAW President Dennis Williams

Today, UAW President Dennis Williams gave a wide-ranging interview – his first since wrapping up bargaining with the Detroit 3 in late 2015. Check out the video below to hear President Williams speak about issues like trade, organizing, labor rights, the state of the UAW, the Flint water crisis and the upcoming presidential election.

UAW International Executive Board Statement Regarding the Flint Water Crisis

“We are proud of the hundreds of UAW members throughout the country who have come forward in recent days to volunteer to distribute water and filters to the families of Flint many of whom are UAW members and retirees. Our members and communities have come together to act in the best interest of the Flint community and Flint’s children. “It is also morally imperative that the public have faith in their government at this time and that starts with full and total transparency on an issue that was brought on by poor decisions by government officials who put cost savings ... Read more

Rally in Response to Flint Water Crisis!

Join us Tuesday, January 19, as we call for accountability for those responsible for the Flint Water Crisis! Gov. Rick Snyder is giving his State of the State speech and we need to demand answers and hold him accountable for the Flint Water Crisis. Arrive at the Lansing City Hall Courtyard (124 W Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933) at 5 p.m. Rally to begin after a press conference with Flint families and advocates. Dress warm! Bring signs and noisemakers.  There will be a warming center near the Capitol at the Central United Methodist Church (215 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933)Sign up to show your support ... Read more

UAW Members Send Clean Drinking Water to Flint Residents In Need

Do you or your local want to help Flint residents? Contact the UAW’s Labor Liaison with the United Way, Teresa McGinnis, at uawlaborliaison@unitedwaygenesee.org FLINT, MI — Members of the UAW from around the state will be donating truckloads of water to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency. UAW locals from around the state have contacted the Flint Assembly UAW Local 598 to ask how they could help residents. On Sunday, Jan 10 UAW locals south of Flint will bring a caravan of trucks to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, according to a news release. Read more at ... Read more