Tag: Labor Day

Workers turn out for 2017 Labor Day with a big message

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

Labor Day Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams

Labor Day celebrates unions and honors the courageous men and women who fought for rights in the workplace. These union brothers and sisters brought an end to child labor, fought for fair wages, negotiated and stood up for better working conditions, Social Security, unemployment insurance and civil rights. It was because of their solidarity and will that our society was transformed and our middle class emerged and grew robust. The fight, however, is far from over. Let us not forget that as labor union members, we are still in a fight to prevent politicians from passing anti-union laws, gutting Social Security, ... Read more

Share your Labor Day photos on UAW’s social platforms

UAW members around the country will be marching and celebrating on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. We want to see photos of you and your union brothers and sisters that day. Be sure to share on our social media pages and use the hashtag #UAWLABOR17: Twitter: @uaw | Instagram: uaw.union |Pinterest: UAW | YouTube: UAW

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.

The History of Labor Day

You work hard. And when Labor Day hits Sept. 4 you know it’s your day to celebrate your role in making our economy strong while you provide for your family. Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer with parades and barbecues and is a mainstay of American culture. But it wasn’t always that way on the first Monday of September. Labor Day started at the state level. New York was the first state to introduce Labor Day legislation. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to pass it. By 1894, almost 30 states followed suit. But it took a ... Read more

Stand up for working people this Labor Day and download the toolkit

On Labor Day, Sept. 4, America’s workers will be recognized and honored. This year it’s more important than ever to think about the power of organizing and why more workers are calling for a voice on the job. So many workers are facing attacks on wages, health care, retirement security and rights on the job. That’s why it’s important to not only enjoy being with family and friends on Labor Day, but to also reach out to them through social media about the importance of the holiday. Here are some tools you can use to spread the word about enjoying ... Read more

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

Teamsters President Hoffa Pledges Solidarity with UAW Members

In remarks at the Detroit Labor Day Parade today, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa pledged solidarity with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in their contract negotiations with the Big Three: Ford, Chrysler and GM. “I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines. We will walk with you every day. The Teamsters and the UAW are together. They aren’t going to haul those cars if ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams’ Labor Day Statement

“We are reminded, even today as we march and at the same time continue to negotiate with several employers around the country, the importance of what Labor Day means for all working women and men. Carrying a union card gives us the right to negotiate fair wages and fair treatment by employers by joining together so our families and communities can share in the prosperity they helped create. That is a right all working people should be able to exercise freely on the job. Working men and women should be celebrated today for being the backbone of this great nation’s ... Read more