DETROIT – On Wednesday, delegates to the UAW’s 38th Constitutional Convention voted to increase strike pay to $500 which would be available on the first day of the strike as a result of action taken earlier in the week. This follows changes instituted earlier this year by the International Executive Board that increased strike pay for members from $275 per week to $400 per week and eliminated a provision that a member may not receive UAW strike benefits if the member received unemployment benefits. “Today’s increase builds upon the changes implemented by the UAW International Executive Board to strengthen the ... Read more
Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote, with non-whites and women and non-property owners on the outside looking in. The fact is, we fought and died to figure this out, and here in 2020 we still have some sorting out on the details to go, but the idea of government for the ... Read more
The 2020 Presidential Election is just weeks away. Never has your vote been more important. Why? Because the progress unions have made over the last decades to build a strong middle class and enable working people to retire in dignity is systematically being whittled away. Let’s take a hard look at how the working men and women of the United States have fared in the last few years. UNION ELECTIONS — Harder than ever Over the past four years, a series of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has systematically diminished the ability of unions to hold elections. ... Read more
Join the Poor People’s Campaign Monday, Sept. 14 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT for an evening that will bring together thousands of poor and low-income people and their allies as they will share tools and teach-in on voter engagement, registration and protection, and announce upcoming activities this election season. This massive online event will feature the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Forward Justice, the 43 State Coordinating Committees, the Co-Chairs of the Campaign, directly impacted people, artists and special guests. Register: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/voting/moral-monday/
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.
Detroit ̶ UAW Aramark members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening. With ratification of the contract, the UAW members will begin to report to work as instructed by Aramark. Aramark workers had suspended their strike pending ratification. The Aramark ratified contract includes significant gains in job security, wages, and health care benefits. “Aramark members showed tremendous strength throughout their strike. We want to thank their families and local communities for their outpouring of support,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.
Volkswagen Workers: We’ve Waited Long Enough! Let us Vote! In an unprecedented move caused by Volkswagen’s legal games, the NLRB this morning issued a split decision and dismissed Chattanooga workers petition for a vote, but allowed it to be refiled. This decision allows Chattanooga workers to quickly file another petition but creates yet another delay in the process. Volkswagen has continued to use legal games to aggressively deny its workers the right to vote for years. It’s ridiculous and shows how broken the rights of workers are under our labor laws. But we will be on the NLRB’s doorstep immediately ... Read more
Let Chattanooga workers vote. After insisting for the last four years that they would only agree to a vote of all production and maintenance workers, Volkswagen has now blocked just such a vote. VW’s manipulation of the NLRB process to halt a vote of its workers is a travesty. Free, democratic elections are a cornerstone of American life, whether it’s the PTA or President of the United States. After all these years, why in the world is it okay to deny Chattanooga workers their vote of yes or no? Volkswagen’s actions in this matter are the definition of duplicity. In ... Read more
Nissan workers are approaching a crossroads that was a long time coming as they finish up voting tonight. We will have more information when the votes are tallied and the vote totals released. In the meantime, here’s the brave road Nissan workers have traveled so far: APRIL 2014The UAW aligns with the IndustriALL Global Union to seek assistance from the U.S. National Contact Point (NCP) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in responding to Nissan’s violations of workers’ organizing rights in Canton, Miss. The UAW and IndustriALL say the company is using “threats, intimidation and fear” to keep a ... Read more