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.
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.
Last week, UAW members, leadership, elected officials and supporters gathered outside the black tie Auto Show Charity Preview in solidarity with the thousands of workers set to be affected by GM’s decision to close plants later this year. Learn more here >>>
DETROIT — While auto industry insiders hobnobbed at the Cobo Center during an exclusive, black tie preview of the North American International Auto Show on Friday, GM workers and activists with little to celebrate protested outside. UAW members, environmental activists and some elected officials rallied in multiple demonstrations against the planned closure of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and other U.S. factories. Read more at www.mlive.com >>>
Detroit — Hundreds of United Auto Workers members impacted by impending idling of General Motors plants gathered outside a black tie event at Cobo Center Friday to demand automotive executives “invest in us.” Chanting and carrying signs as they led a candlelight procession from Hart Plaza to the site of the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, demonstrators aimed to highlight the automaker’s decision to idle several Michigan, Maryland and Ohio plants. Read more at www.detroitnews.com >>>
On Monday, Region 1A held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action. Each year, Region 1A Director Rory Gamble partners with radio host Mildred Gaddis to raise money and collect donations for homeless members of the community. Volunteers travel around Detroit providing cold-weather essentials to those in need while honoring the memory of Dr. King.
Next Monday, radio host Mildred Gaddis and Region 1A Director Rory L. Gamble will host their annual sleeping bag drive to help homeless members of the community. They’re accepting donations of sleeping bags, socks, blankets, and other cold weather items. They’re also looking for volunteers to help distribute the items. Sleeping Bag Drive – MLK Day