At the time of this writing, we are only a few days ahead of the current contract expiration date. With year-end holidays approaching and contract action wrap-up and forward planning in process, UAW members are bracing for the unexpected. Your Local Union leadership is ready for any challenge facing the membership, but each member has a responsibility to be ready as well.
Most of the time, people don’t expect a dramatic change in their lives, and even a slight deviation from the normal routine can come as a complete, and unwelcome, surprise. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead for any situation. Now more than ever is the time to lock arms with one another in Solidarity, put aside our differences, and become a source of encouragement and support for our fellow union sisters and brothers.
The UAW is on the job every day protecting workers’ rights, bargaining for better pay and benefits, and making sure that corporations meet their contractual obligations. The UAW provides a critical level of protection for its membership and makes sure that we all have a voice in the workplace.
IT’S NO WONDER THAT CORPORATIONS DON’T WANT US AROUND!
WITHOUT UNION PROTECTION, EMPLOYEES ARE AT RISK:
1. You become an “at will” employee, meaning the company can terminate you at any time without cause.
2. You lose the protection of a grievance process to hold the company accountable for unfair discipline.
3. You lose union protection in layoffs and recall, job posting and transfers, seniority rights, job description, job content, and health and safety concerns in the workplace.
4. You lose the right to collectively bargain for your wages, health insurance benefits, holidays, profit sharing, vacations, sick days, and breaks… and the list goes on and on.
We have a fight on our hands this round of contract talks and I invite you to join me as we put our gloves on. We are fighting a corporation that doesn’t care to hear our demands, lobbyists for big business who push legislation to strip power from unions, and a public perception that underscores the negative and strikes out the positive when it comes to organized labor.
The company is in their own corner, the UAW is in OURS. Let’s keep those arms raised in support and willingness to volunteer where needed. Let’s show the company that we are united by standing together in our demand for a fair contract for all of our sisters and brothers of the UAW!
Bill Reed, President