Tag: Michigan

UAW Members Reach Out to Homeless families

PHOTO CAPTION: (L to R) Denise Wood, Local 163 financial secretary; Alfreada Wallace, Local 163 vice president; Tamieka Andrews, Westland Samaritas facility coordinator; Ralph Morris Jr., Local 163 president; Malisa Donner, Local 163 Women’s Committee chair. If the community struggles, we struggle, too (WESTLAND, Mich.) – Life is a little easier now for dozens of homeless families served by the Samaritas Center emergency shelter in Westland, Michigan, thanks to the efforts of caring members at UAW Local 163 in Westland. With the help of the local’s Women’s and Community Services committees, the 3,000-member strong local donated money, construction help and carpentry skills ... Read more

UAW President: Voters Said Enough Rhetoric, Make Progress on Trade, Jobs, Job Security

VOTERS TO POLITICIANS: “FOLLOW THROUGH” Detroit – UAW President Gary Jones said Wednesday that voters sent a loud and clear message on election day: “Enough rhetoric.”  Voters made it clear they expect real progress on trade, job creation, job protections and wage growth. He also noted the significant victories of women, minorities, the first two female Muslim members of Congress and the first openly LGBT governor in U.S. history. “This vote was a loud statement by Americans that they want action on jobs, healthcare, education, fair trade, income growth and a future for their children. If 2016 was a statement ... Read more

GOTV Rally with Gretchen Whitmer

Join us for a rally to help get out the vote for UAW-endorsed candidates! Gretchen Whitmer will be joined by her running mate Garlin Gilchrist, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Sander Levin, and congressional candidate Andy Levin. Help us kick off an exciting election week, and learn how you can help get your fellow union members to the polls!   GOTV Rally with Democratic Nominee for Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and Special Guests U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Congressman Sandy Levin and Andy Levin Sunday, November 4th 4:00 p.m.   UAW Region 1 27800 ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW-GM Department on Investment in Lansing Grand River

“General Motors investment in Lansing Grand River is welcome news for UAW members and U.S. consumers where GM makes the majority of their company profits. We hope General Motors continues the policy of “we build, where we sell” as American taxpayers counted on that commitment during GM’s darkest days when they were on the brink of bankruptcy.”

Gretchen Whitmer: Michiganders need democracy restored

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer wants UAW members to know that she “is excited to work with new President Gary Jones, and we have a lot of work to do.” That was her message to delegates Thursday on the closing day of the 37th Constitutional Convention. A lifetime Michigander, Whitmer has been on the front lines fighting for working people in Michigan for a long time. In 2012 when Rick Snyder, the current governor, locked union members, community activists and supporters out of the state Capitol building in Lansing to pass “right to work” legislation, she opened the doors of ... Read more

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Kicks Off Six Weeks of Non-Violent Direct Action Monday in Lansing

Movement Demands Sweeping Overhaul of Nation’s Voting Rights Laws, Policies to Address Poverty, Ecological Devastation, War Economy The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival kicked off a six-week season of nonviolent direct action this past Monday in Lansing, demanding a massive overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws, new programs to lift up the 140 million Americans living in poverty, immediate attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy. The second rally in Michigan on Monday, May 21  is one of over 30 actions across the country Monday by poor and ... Read more

UAW Endorses Michigan Supreme Court Justices

DETROIT – The UAW today issued endorsements for Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court Justices. “After careful screening UAW members believe that Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos will judge with integrity and sensitivity to the working men and women of Michigan,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW. Bagenstos is a nationally respected litigator of civil rights cases. A Harvard Law School graduate, Bagenstos clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as the number 2 official in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division under President Barack Obama and is a Professor at the University of ... Read more

UAW Endorses Michigan Ballot Issues

DETROIT – The UAW today issued endorsements to four key Michigan ballot issues including access to voting, redistricting, raising the minimum wage and protecting construction wages for Michigan workers. “The system of governing in Michigan is clearly broken. Average citizens find themselves struggling for basic things like a living wage while their voices are silenced by a rigged political system that makes it harder to vote and when you do vote it has a pre-ordained outcome over gerrymandering,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW. The UAW endorsed: Raise the Wage – which proposes a gradual increase to a $12 ... Read more

UAW Endorses Pat Miles for Michigan Attorney General

DETROIT – Citing a people first agenda that protects workers’ rights, fosters transparency in government, protects the rights of Michiganders, the UAW this morning announced the endorsement of Pat Miles for Michigan Attorney General. “Pat Miles brings the experience to the table from fighting for our neighborhoods by prosecuting street gangs to protecting Michiganders from drug companies defrauding our government. Pat understands that the Michigan Attorney General’s office is about law enforcement not politics,” said Dennis Williams, President of the UAW. Miles, whose grandparents were UAW members, said he would protect the work and safety rights of working families. “Michigan ... Read more

UAW Endorses Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State

DETROIT – The UAW announced the endorsement of Jocelyn Benson today, citing her commitment to efficient service for Michigan voters and Michigan drivers. Benson is experienced in voting election law and has vowed to make driver’s license renewal an efficient 30-minute process. “In Jocelyn Benson, Michigan has an experienced, fair-minded public servant who puts people before politics,” said Dennis Williams, President of the UAW. “We need to take politics out of the voting process and Jocelyn Benson understands that her job is to make it easy for eligible voters to participate in elections. She will put an end to partisan ... Read more