Tag: Solidarity

The History of Labor Day

You work hard. And when Labor Day hits Sept. 4 you know it’s your day to celebrate your role in making our economy strong while you provide for your family. Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer with parades and barbecues and is a mainstay of American culture. But it wasn’t always that way on the first Monday of September. Labor Day started at the state level. New York was the first state to introduce Labor Day legislation. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to pass it. By 1894, almost 30 states followed suit. But it took a ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on White Shirt Day

It’s been 80 years since the Flint Sit-Downers’ victory. The Flint Sit-Down Strike was called the strike heard around the world because it was more than a strike. It started a mass movement for change in this country.  What was at stake for them 80 years ago? Everything. The laws were stacked against them. They risked their lives to gain respect and dignity. The success of the Flint Sit-Downers showed the country — and most importantly, it showed other workers that they deserved to have a seat at the bargaining table with the boss as EQUALS. There are many lessons ... Read more

Remarks of Region 2B Director Ken Lortz from Honeywell Rally

The following are remarks given by Region 2B Director Ken Lortz at a rally for locked out Honeywell workers and members of UAW Local 9:   For anyone who wants to see what Solidarity looks like, they need look no further than South Bend, Indiana. This week, the International President of the UAW, Dennis Williams and key members of his Staff were here, on this picket line. Today, we have Faith Leaders, Labor Leaders, Community Leaders, and Public Leaders lending their support. UAW Locals and Members all across our Region stand with Local 9 and have pledged financial support. And, ... Read more

Teamsters President Hoffa Pledges Solidarity with UAW Members

In remarks at the Detroit Labor Day Parade today, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa pledged solidarity with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in their contract negotiations with the Big Three: Ford, Chrysler and GM. “I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines. We will walk with you every day. The Teamsters and the UAW are together. They aren’t going to haul those cars if ... Read more