The 2019 UAW Special Bargaining Convention closed with chants of “We are One!” as UAW members set their union’s bargaining priorities for the next four years by overwhelmingly adopting a comprehensive resolution. UAW locals will use the resolution as a guide when they enter negotiations with management. While negotiations with the Big Three automakers loom large, the resolution is designed to give workers from all segments guidance on a wide variety of workplace issues. The convention itself was a reminder to members that it was solidarity that won the working conditions and benefits that UAW members enjoy today, and that ... Read more
On the second day of the UAW’s Special Bargaining Convention, Vice President Terry Dittes, director of the UAW General Motors Department, and Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the UAW FCA Department, introduced members of the national bargaining committees and presented sector reports. The committee members will begin negotiations with the automakers this summer. In her report, Estrada said FCA will open the first new auto plant in Detroit in nearly three decades. “You can build a plant right here in the city of Detroit with union wages and still make a profit,” she said. In her remarks, Estrada emphasized ... Read more
On March 11, more than 900 delegates converged in Cobo Center in Detroit to set the union’s bargaining priorities for the next four years at the UAW Special Bargaining Convention. The convention, which closes Wednesday, is a critical part of the union’s preparations for Big Three bargaining this summer and fall. The work of this convention will set the standards for bargaining for the Big Three, as well as other industries and workplaces. “During individual negotiations over the next several years, we will use this standard as a guide,” UAW President Gary Jones told delegates. “When sitting at the bargaining ... Read more
UAW President Gary Jones announced that the union’s leadership has raised the weekly strike fund pay from $200 to $250 per week effective March 2019. That number will increase to $275 per week in January 2020. “No one goes to the bargaining table expecting to strike. But the UAW goes to the bargaining table prepared to strike if our members need to strike,” said Jones. “Raising the strike fund is an important symbol that we have their backs.” The UAW Strike and Defense fund totaled out at more than $721 million in 2018. Delegates voted at the UAW’s Constitutional ... Read more
Today we kicked off our Special Bargaining Convention, which brings together members from across all sectors and areas of the country to vote on the goals that will guide the negotiations for our contracts for the next four years. This year’s theme is We Are One, recognizing the solidarity that all UAW brothers and sisters bring to the bargaining table and to their workplaces.