Today is White Shirt Day, where we remember the Flint Sit-Down Strikers that paved the way for working people across the nation.
Updated with Detroit and Quad Cities Labor Day Photos “Walter Reuther believed it was the labor movement’s responsibility not only to look out for its members but also to use its influence — at the bargaining table with business and in the political realm with government — to make America a more livable society for all, not just for workers on every factory floor but everyone in every community. On this Labor Day we owe it to those workers from all walks of life who took that unpaid day off in 1882 to lift each other up and support each ... Read more
Walter Reuther was the visionary president of the UAW who led the union through some of its toughest battles, greatest victories, and largest expansions. Throughout his career, he was renowned as a powerful public speaker. Some of his best quotes are collected here on uaw.org: Since all the workers in the industrial community get the benefits of these services performed by the union, made possible by the union, we believe that since all the workers share in the services all the workers ought to share in the cost of providing those services. —Walter Reuther Management has no divine rights. Management ... Read more
March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of one noteworthy UAW woman: From the Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State May Wolf was working as a teacher when she met Walter Reuther in Detroit in 1936. While Walter Reuther was trying to organize ... Read more
Today is President’s Day, the federal holiday when we celebrate the birthday of George Washington, whose birthday is Feb. 22, 1732. The holiday was first created by an act of Congress in 1879 and has widely become a day when we celebrate all presidents of the United States. This President’s Day, let’s take a look back at the history of UAW presidents through the timeline below. Check out the links to learn more about each one. UAW PRESIDENTS Francis J. Dillon: August 26, 1935 – April 29, 1936 Francis J. Dillon, pictured left Francis J. Dillon was appointed by American Federation ... Read more
Forty-four years ago today, the UAW lost a great leader, Walter Reuther, his wife May, and four others in a tragic plane crash near Onaway, Mich., May 9, 1970. In an unprecedented show of respect and solidarity, on the day of Walter and May’s funeral, May 12, UAW members at over 300 plants across the U.S. and Canada turned off their machines and halted assembly lines for three minutes to honor their fallen leader.