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

Labor Voices: Supreme Court nominees impact unions

At the UAW, we often quote Walter Reuther’s famous statement that there is a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box. That connection has rarely been more evident than what we’re seeing with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. His confirmation could cement a right-leaning majority on

Labor Voices: Support Pro-Worker Candidates

What have we learned from our first year under Republican control of all branches of government? Elections matter. The mid-term election is critically important. And when we vote, we must not be taken in by hollow promises. We must not be distracted or deterred from our course by the peculiar distractions of this government. We

Labor Voices: Tax Plans Are Not the Answer

House Republicans released their so-called tax reform plan recently showing how out of touch they are with working people in this country. It’s not a tax reform plan at all but a tax cut plan for corporations and billionaires. Taxes, rates, interest deductions — it all sounds boring and that’s exactly how they want you

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 >>>

Labor Voices: New NAFTA for working families

The UAW has always been about a greater calling. We are more than just contracts and bargaining; we are also about lifting up our communities and fighting for fairness for all working men and women. The concerns of the UAW and the labor movement aren’t limited to those who carry a union card. Read more

Labor Voices: Right to work didn’t work

The “right to work” law had recently passed in Michigan, and the expiration of our 2011 contract with Ford gave our members the legal right to leave the union. But here we are, more than a year-and-a-half removed from ratifying our 2015 contract and our membership attrition has been less than 1 percent Read more

Labor Voices: Nissan rejects dialogue with workers

Canton, Miss. – Earlier this month, top executives at Nissan North America received a letter from supporters of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), a coalition of civil rights leaders, ministers and worker advocates who support Nissan employees’ efforts to form a union… Read the full article on detroitnews.com >>>

Williams: Clinton’s plan will fix tuition crisis

Our colleges and universities are incredible national resources, but state budget cuts have caused tuition to more than triple over the last 20 years and student loan debt has soared as a result. Read the full Labor Voices article on DetroitNews.com >>>

Americans still dream for a livable wage

The following article appeared as part of the Labor Voices series in the Detroit News. It was authored by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. Strong communities are based upon a workforce that earns livable wages and benefits. Well-paying jobs are the basic building blocks for creating well-established homes, communities and securing our country’s economic future.

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