Plenary Begins The day began early with a robust agenda of speakers and panelists that touched upon the mission of UAW National CAP Conference delegates this week. The participants listened to uplifting and inspiring speeches on a variety of topics that are close the hearts of men and women across the country. Each speaker had a perspective that rings true to labor and their presentations reinforced the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. Corey Frost, President, Local 898, Region 1A For Corey Frost (President of Local 898 in Region 1A), hearing from officials who understand the day-to-day issues in the ... Read more
Delegates arrive From all over the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, almost 1000 UAW members converged in National Harbor, Maryland this week for the 2022 UAW National CAP Conference. Just a stone’s throw from the steps of the nation’s capital, the delegates are meeting to learn about the pressing matters of the UAW, get the latest training on lobbying and advocacy as well as the opportunity to raise our issues in front of their elected representatives. Jessie Jesson, Local 686, Region 9 For Jessie Jesson from Local 686 in Region 9, this week is about fighting for the members back ... Read more
UAW President Rory L. Gamble and Region 1A Director Chuck Browning congratulated Laura Dickerson and Cassandra Shortridge for being named Women of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle. “We are honored that two of the UAW’s finest have been recognized for their selfless work both within the UAW and in our community,” said Gamble. Region 1A Assistant Director Laura Dickerson Dickerson is the first African American woman in the history of the UAW to be promoted to Assistant Director of a Regional UAW Office. The Region serves approximately 44,000 active members and 114,000 retirees and surviving spouses, covering most of Wayne, ... Read more
KISS-FM radio host Mildred Gaddis Countless people are facing staggering statistics of homelessness throughout the country in 2020. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 8,351 people are homeless on any given night in the state of Michigan alone. That is why the UAW joined and the EMG Foundation to cosponsor a sleeping bag drive for the homeless. The Mildred Gaddis show broadcasted the Bed in a Bag Radiothon live on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, from McDonalds, located at 1000 Mack Ave Detroit, Michigan from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The 6th annual event is a community effort to raise money ... Read more
Jermaine Harris of UAW Local 900 was a delegate to last week’s Democratic National Convention. Hear why it’s important for American workers to make their voices heard in November and how Jermaine is passing that message on to his children.
Making protective face shields UAW Local 245 member Robert Nader gets antsy sitting still. Instead of going stir-crazy, he signed up for a job that would keep him busy and hopefully save lives. He is making face shields to help fight the spread of the devastating COVID-19 virus. “It’s not just me. It’s a lot of different people in here coming together to help,” said Nader. “The medical community really needs these masks and other personal protection equipment right now.” Nader, who normally handles die repair, now spends 12 hours a day at Ford subsidiary Troy Design & Manufacturing Company ... Read more
Elizabeth “Liz” Jackson was born Jan 18, 1918, long before the UAW’s founding in 1935. Yet once she joined the union, it seemed to be a role crafted especially for her. She was a devoted trade unionist and member of Local 600. She was an African American woman with a voice that captivated audiences and analytical skills that made negotiators pay attention. She was the first African American woman appointed to an International staff position and the first to be appointed an administrative assistant. She earned a berth in history books as a leader for the labor movement, African Americans ... Read more
Volunteers join UAW Acting President’s 5th Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless Today, UAW members and Metro Detroit residents flowed into a local Detroit McDonald’s restaurant to show their support and join UAW Acting President Rory Gamble in a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags and winter necessities for homeless residents in the Detroit area. The fundraiser kicked off with the Bed-in-a-Bag Radiothon, with local radio personality Mildred Gaddis broadcasting live on 105.9 FM. The radiothon included an interview with Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. This year’s goal is to raise more than $35,000 and distribute at ... Read more
Members of UAW Local 892 voted last week to ratify a new four-year contract. The 1,900 members, employed by auto parts manufacturer Faurecia interior Systems in Saline, Michigan, build parts for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and Tesla vehicles. The contract was passed with 83% support from the workers and will implement periodic pay raises over the next four years, institute a $2,500 signing bonus, and create a union health and safety representative position. The vote came less than a week after Local 892 members went on a nine-hour strike following the expiration of their previous contract.