Tag: History

Sign the ten-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice: 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham

On Tuesday, September 15, we will mark the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama with a candlelight vigil and ten-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice. We call on all of us here in the United States of America to reject death, whether by racism or economic injustice, and unite to fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone. And as we embrace life, we remember those Americans who gave their lives that we might be free—from the beaches of Normandy to the coal camps of West Virginia to the ... Read more

In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches

Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being.  Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter ... Read more

UAW Women’s History Month Spotlight: Millie Jeffrey

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 one noteworthy UAW woman: Millie Jeffrey Jeffrey in 1960 from the Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State Millie Jeffrey was a long time union and political activist who became the first director of the UAW ... 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.

Vintage UAW Labor Day Sign Has Meaning Today

This UAW Labor Day sign from years ago shows the power of unions has always benefitted the lives of workers. The details may have changed since then but the message is the same: Belonging to a union means a better life for workers.

Detroit’s Thomas Kelly still performing gospel music at age 103

Thomas Kelly is a literal living legend. At 103, Kelly is likely one of the oldest working musicians in the country and possibly the oldest in the Motor City. When he started singing in Detroit in 1926, films were silent and Calvin Coolidge was the country’s 30th president. Read more on freep.com >>>

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

UAW Women’s History Month Spotlight: Millie Jeffrey

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 one noteworthy UAW woman: Millie Jeffrey Jeffrey in 1960 from the Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State Millie Jeffrey was a long time union and political activist who became the first director of the UAW ... Read more

Walter Reuther Quote Collection

Walter Reuther was the visionary president of the UAW who led the union through some of its toughest battles, greatest victories, and largest expansions. Throughout his career, he was renowned as a powerful public speaker. Some of his best quotes are collected here on uaw.org: Since all the workers in the industrial community get the benefits of these services performed by the union, made possible by the union, we believe that since all the workers share in the services all the workers ought to share in the cost of providing those services. —Walter Reuther Management has no divine rights.  Management ... Read more

UAW Women’s History Month Spotlight: Millie Jeffrey

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 one noteworthy UAW woman: Millie Jeffrey Jeffrey in 1960 from the Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State Millie Jeffrey was a long time union and political activist who became the first director of the UAW ... Read more