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United Automobile Workers

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Automobile Workers (UAW), is an American labor union that represents workers in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in the country of Canada. Founded as part of the left-wing Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the 1930s, the UAW grew rapidly from 1936 to the 1950s. Under the leadership of Walter Reuther (president 1946-70) it played a major role in the liberal wing of the Democratic party, including the civil rights and anti-Communist movements. The UAW was especially known for gaining high wages and pensions for the auto workers, but it was unable to unionize auto plants built by foreign-based car-makers in the South after the 1970s, and went into a steady decline in membership.

UAW members in the 21st century work in industries as diverse as autos and auto parts, health care, casino gaming and higher education. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the union has about 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in 750 local unions, which negotiated 2,500 contracts with some 1,700 employers.

UAW President's statement on Ally Financial TARP final sale

On Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced the final sale of Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) stock involved in the rejuvenation of the U.S. auto industry. In all, the unprecedented work of the UAW, the auto companies and the U.S. government yielded $15.35 billion in profit. It also saved 1.5 million jobs and preserved $105.3 billion in personal and social insurance tax collections, according to a 2013 study by the Center for Automotive Research. The following statement by UAW President Dennis Williams can be used in whole or in part: "Together, the members of the UAW, government officials of all parties led by the Obama White House, and the auto companies have shown how cooperation and shared sacrifice could take an industry from its darkest day to the economic bright spot of the international economy. The White House announcement Friday demonstrates that through shared sacrifice members and consumers can benefit and it is our hope that both members and consumers can continue to reap the significant benefits of a prosperous industry that drives our economy."

3,000+ NYC RAs and TAs Petition NLRB for Union Representation

NEW YORK, NY — Unions seeking representation for more than 3,000 research and teaching assistants (RAs and TAs) filed certification petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today. Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW), the union for 2,800 Columbia University RAs and TAs, and Student Employees of New School (SENS-UAW), the union for over 350 RAs and TAs at the New School, filed petitions at the Manhattan NLRB office to become part of the UAW. GWC-UAW and SENS-UAW both announced recently that a majority of RAs and TAs at their respective universities had signed cards choosing union representation and asked university leaders for a fair and expedient process for recognition of their unions. As neither university has agreed to do so, both groups petitioned the NLRB today. "We're disappointed that Columbia has yet to respond to our request. We're still open to meeting with the university administration to agree on a fair and expedient process to verify our majority support and begin bargaining as soon as possible," said Lyudmila Kovalchuke, a researcher in Biological Sciences at Columbia's Medical Center. "If the administration continues to neglect our request, we are confident that the NLRB will rule in our favor." If successful, the petitions filed today would overturn a 2004 decision regarding the case of Brown University, rendered by George W. Bush appointees to the NLRB. In that case, the NLRB determined that graduate employees at private universities did not have the right to collective bargaining, reversing a 2000 precedential decision granting bargaining rights to graduate employees at New York University. After agreeing to a first contract that made dramatic improvements to pay and benefits, the NYU administration used the Brown decision to refuse to bargain over a second contract in 2005. In November 2013, after an eight-year struggle, graduate employees at NYU won back their union through a historic neutrality and election agreement with the administration, leading to a 98.4 percent vote in favor of unionization. In 2002, Columbia RAs and TAs voted in an election directed by the regional NLRB, but due to the Brown decision, the ballots were never counted. A favorable decision on today's petition would give Columbia and New School graduate workers the right to choose unionization. "We are excited to join graduate employees organizing unions in more than 60 universities around the country," said Eli Nadeau, a Politics student and RA at the New School. "Our schools work because we do, and we should have a say in the adjudication of our working conditions. Collective bargaining gives us a voice! We want the administration to hear us." "The 2004 Brown decision was wrong, and we call on the current NLRB to quickly address these petitions and reverse that decision," said Julie Kushner, Director of UAW Region 9A, which includes New York City. The UAW represents over 50,000 academic employees across the country, including more than 30,000 RAs and TAs at New York University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of California, and California State University. The UAW also represents postdoctoral researchers, part-time and adjunct faculty and support staff at numerous major universities across the US. For more information, contact UAW Communications Director Sandra Davis at or (313) 926-5291, or contact Ken Lang at (206) 390-4265.

G.I.V.E.S. to provide holiday help to Mich. Families & Children Dec. 18

Who: UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble, the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Michigan Welfare Rights When: Thursday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Where: UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180 Three organizations have partnered to provide clothing, gifts, and food for 45 metropolitan Detroit families in need during this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 18, UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble will host two community organizations, Michigan Welfare Rights and the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Through his charity, Giving Is Very Extra Special (G.I.V.E.S.), toys, clothing, and food will be provided to more than 43 families caring for 65 children. This is the sixth year G.I.V.E.S. has assisted underprivileged children and their families throughout the year and during the holidays. The families were chosen by the community organizations based on need and income. Each child and their families' items were specified and individualized. Twenty-five families were selected by the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired and 17 families were selected by the Michigan Welfare Rights organization. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. at UAW Region 1A, 9650 Telegraph Road at Wick Road in Taylor. Contact the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired at (313) 272-3900, 16625 Grand River Blvd., or the Michigan Welfare Rights at (313) 964-2500, 23 East Adams St., to offer donations or gifts to assist other families in need.

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