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VIDEO: Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers Continue Holding the Line for Fair Contract, Call for Support

Over 1,000 workers at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continue to strike against the company as they demand a new contract that addresses numerous issues, including job outsourcing, wage disparities, and unfair labor practices. Workers walked off the job on September 13 after company negotiators refused to take their demands seriously. “Over the years,

Video: UAW Marching Bass Band Drum

“Hi, my name is Gavin Strassel and I’m the UAW archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. This bass drum was part of a small marching band that came from UAW Local 3, which represented workers at the Dodge Main plant in Detroit. When the UAW finally organized Chrysler after a

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In past talks, our union’s core demands were called the President’s Demands and they were often passed to the company behind closed doors. This year they’re the Members’ Demands. This is what we’re demanding at Ford, GM and Stellantis. UAW members are thinking big. The Big Three can afford it.

ELIMINATE TIERS – It’s wrong to make any worker second class. The Teamsters ended tiers at UPS. We’re ending them at the Big Three.

BIG WAGE INCREASES – We’re demanding double-digit pay raises. Big Three CEOs saw their pay spike 40 percent on average over the last four years. We know our members are worth the same and more.

RESTORE COLA – Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) made sure the working class thrived for decades. It must be restored.

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION FOR ALL WORKERS – All workers deserve the retirement security UAW members had for generations.

RE-ESTABLISH RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS – That’s just as essential as a solid pension.

RIGHT TO STRIKE OVER PLANT CLOSURES – The Big Three have closed 65 plants over the last 20 years. That’s devastated our hometowns. We must have the right to defend our communities.

WORKING FAMILY PROTECTION PROGRAM – This program keeps UAW members on the job and product in our plants. If companies try a shutdown, they’ll have to pay UAW members to do community-service work.

END ABUSE OF TEMP WORKERS – We are going to end the abuse of temps. Our fight at the Big Three is a fight for every worker.

MORE PAID TIME OFF TO BE WITH FAMILIES – Our members are working 60, 70, even 80 hours a week just to make ends meet. That’s not living. It’s barely surviving and it needs to stop.

SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE RETIREE PAY – We owe our retirees everything. They built these companies and they built our union.