On November 29, police officers, firefighters and their allies from across the state will rally at the Michigan State Capitol to tell legislators to protect the benefits they've earned. This year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder formed a task force to address problems with pension programs for municipal employees. The task force was designed to ensure that those who keep our cities safe receive the benefits they've earned. The Police Officers Association of Michigan worked with the Task Force and supported its recommendations. Now, legislators are set to ignore the recommendations, introducing legislation to take away the benefits local governments have promised. ... Read more
Jeremiah Lane, Parking Enforcement Officer in Lansing, MI Since 2015, Jeremiah Lane has been a parking enforcement officer in Lansing, Michigan. He’s also a UAW member who, like workers everywhere, needs protection in the workplace. “You get used to the name Meter Maid very quickly,” said Lane. “Every curse word you could imagine I heard in my first week. I’ve had bottles thrown at me, I’ve been spit at. You’re the bad guy no matter what because you’re giving parking tickets, but it would be anarchy if people parked anywhere they’d like and no one enforced the rules.” Some days ... Read more
The UAW is recognizing National Denim Day by supporting a fundraising campaign by Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit (Enough SAID) to process rape kits found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009. Of the 11,000 kits that were discovered, over 1,000 still need to be processed. For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the ... Read more
Once again, the UAW like all Americans mourns the loss of two black men seemingly profiled, one in front of a convenience store and one at a traffic stop, and the Dallas police officers who were doing their duty at a peaceful protest. We must find a way together to heal racial divides and differences. We must reject violence and unite as a community to peacefully resolve our differences. America deserves no less.