UAW members at Caterpillar voted on Sunday, March 26th, to ratify their tentative Central Agreement. All local agreements have been ratified except UAW Local 974 Peoria. UAW Local 974 has rescheduled their supplemental local agreement vote for April 1, 2017. UAW members should check for the location and time with their local union.
The six-year agreements cover over 5,000 members in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
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 a few noteworthy UAW women:Flint Women’s Auxiliary From Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State University
The Flint Women’s Auxiliary collected money for families, visited strike widows to improve their morale, and provided child care for mothers on the picket lines. When the strike became violent, the Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade was formed to protect the sit-down strikers who were their husbands, sons, brothers and fellow co-workers. Wielding mops, brooms rolling pins or pans, they surrounded the men on the picket line and formed human shields against the police. When tear gas was hurled into the buildings to break the strike, the women smashed the windows so it would escape.
The Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade grew from 50 to 350 women before the 44-day strike was over. Their courage helped the UAW win the sit-down strike against General Motors in 1936-1937 that marked a major turning point in the labor movement giving the UAW legitimacy as a union. The brigade used military titles to show its readiness for combat. They wore colored berets and armbands with “EB” inscribed on them; the Flint Brigade’s berets were red, Detroit’s green and Lansing’s white, and Pontiac orange.
Read more about the women who helped build a strong UAW in the March-April edition of Solidarity Magazine.
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March 23rd marks ONE YEAR since Nabisco/Mondel?z began laying off workers from its iconic BCTGM-represented Chicago bakery and sending their jobs to Salinas, Mexico.
Now, workers toiling under exploitive conditions in Mexico produce the formerly made-in-the-U.S. Nabisco products that are shipped back to American consumers.
Please join us for a Digital Day of Action on March 23rd to mark this solemn anniversary. Go to the BCGTM’s Facebook to participate.
Feel free to invite your friends as well. We thank you in advance for your participation and SOLIDARITY!
(WJBK) – This week the Detroit Urban League holds their signature event The Salute to Distinguished Warriors, honoring leaders in human and civil rights.
Another one of the honorees is a labor leader with a commitment to service – Jimmy Settles.
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The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding today’s passage of S.J. Res. 27 Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.”
In a slap to the face of American workers, the Senate vote today to rollback workplace protections that have existed for over forty years.
This bill puts workers’ lives and well-being at great risk. It recklessly eliminates common sense, long standing recordkeeping policies that simply required large employers in hazardous industries to keep their health and safety records for five years. I urge President Trump to side with American workers by vetoing this terrible bill.
Under S.J. Res. 27, large employers in dangerous industries can destroy their Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records after just 6 months. The records are used by OSHA, employers, and workers to identify hazardous conditions and take corrective action to prevent future injuries and exposures. Without adequate data, it will be extremely difficult to identify and fix hazards and incident patterns that could cause illnesses, severe injuries, or even deaths on the job. Please note, the regulations this bill overturns do not impose any new costs or obligations on employers.
OSHA is understaffed and only able to inspect workplaces once every 145 years (on average). It relies on the records to recognize and fix problems in dangerous workplaces. Without adequate records, important efforts to make our workplaces safer will be hampered. S.J. Res. 27 effectively gives license for unethical employers to take short cuts by hiding injuries, falsify injury records, and violating the law.
UAW members have a long history of securing workplace protections for all of America’s workers. This bill takes us in the wrong direction and undermines more than 40 years of solid science and practice.
Again, in the interest of the health and safety of American workers, I urge President Trump to veto this legislation.
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Canton, Miss. – Earlier this month, top executives at Nissan North America received a letter from supporters of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), a coalition of civil rights leaders, ministers and worker advocates who support Nissan employees’ efforts to form a union…
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Women have had important roles in UAW history and today women leaders in the UAW are continuing that legacy of leadership. Region 9A Director Julie Kushner has spent her life advocating for social justice for workers and women. Her earliest memories are of her mother showing her what women can achieve when they decide to make the world a better place.
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