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UAW Local 600 Hunger March Marker Dedication

Today, UAW Local 600 dedicated a marker to the 1932 Ford Hunger March. On March 7, 1932, in the midst of the Depression, unemployed autoworkers, their families and union organizers braved bitter cold temperatures and gathered at the bridge, intent on marching to the Ford Rouge Plant and presenting a list of demands to Henry Ford. The protesters faced violence from police and Ford’s private security. Several marchers were killed, and workers who participated faced reprimands and firings. It wasn’t until April 11, 1941 that Henry Ford recognized the the workers’ union and signed the first contract with the UAW-CIO.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Join us this Saturday for an event celebrating International Women’s Day! The free event will feature live entertainment and community networking opportunities. This year’s theme is Creating Victory Through Values, Vision, and Voices. We hope to see you there!   UAW Local 600 Hall 10550 Dix Avenue Dearborn, MI Registration: 9-10 a.m. Program: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided

In Memoriam: Former Vice President Ernie Lofton

Ernest “Ernie” Lofton committed his life to the UAW, his brothers and sisters in the labor movement and to his community. Along his life’s journey, the Local 600 member became a mentor and pioneer for many. Lofton, who served as a vice president and director of the union’s National Ford Department from 1989 until his retirement in 1998, died Aug. 4 at age 84. “Ernie was a tireless leader and a man who never gave up,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “I understand that when he showed up to apply for a job with Ford Motor in 1950, the lines ... Read more

Contract Ratified at Sakthi Automotive

UPDATE 6/27/16 9:00 AM: On Sunday June 26th 2016, Sakthi  Automotive workers ratified their first collective bargaining agreement.  Once the workers came in to Local 600 and reviewed the language that included the real meaningful gains they had been fighting for, 100 % of the workers voted to pass the agreement.  The UAW would like to welcome our new brothers and sisters to our great Union. We look forward to our new partnership in Southwest Detroit and we are glad to be helping in bring manufacturer jobs back to the Detroit neighborhoods that desperately need them. Together We Bargain and Divided ... Read more

Impending Strike at Sakthi Automotive

UPDATE 6/24/14 12:30 PM: Late Thursday night, Sakthi Automotive and the UAW reached a tentative agreement. Sakthi Automotive workers are scheduled to vote on the agreement Sunday, June 26,  at noon and at 4 p.m. at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan. The strike has been canceled. Original article from 6/22/16 On May 8, 2015, workers at Sakthi Automotive in Detroit, Michigan, won their National Labor Relations Board election by a super majority in favor of forming their union at two plants located in southwest Detroit. Prior to the election the company ran an aggressive anti-union campaign which resulted in the company ... Read more

Ground Effects Workers Protest Health and Safety Violations

Citing major health and safety violations and retaliation including firings of workers, dozens of protestors began a protest action at Ground Effects, an automotive supplier in Dearborn. Last week 10 OSHA complaints were filed including lack of adequate ventilation; repeated skin contact with the toxic uncured isocyanates, respiratory problems from robotic spray booths, lack of adequate hand and foot protections and problems with the alarm systems. The protest began today at 3 a.m. A press conference including workers affected by health hazards is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. outside the Ground Effects Dearborn location at 15200 Commerce Drive North, Dearborn, Michigan ... Read more