We must restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the UAW. With One Member, One Vote, we can elect leadership who will represent our interests, not the interests of a corrupt caucus or the corporations. It is time for the seventy-year domination of the Administration Caucus to end.
The UAW has fought to establish equality and respect for ALL workers. No more long-term temporary or part-time workers; no more tiers. Parity of pensions and post-employment healthcare! Equal pay and equal benefits for equal work, whether within a plant, university, or any other UAW shop.
Forty years of trading concessions for job security has left us with fewer plants and jobs. We can reestablish COLA, regular pay increases, and local control over local issues, but we will need to FIGHT. A new leadership can prepare all UAW workers to fight back, and empower rank-and-file members to vote down concessionary contracts, as strikers at John Deere, Volvo, and Columbia University did in 2021.
Many of the 600,000 UAW retirees have seen the value of their pensions dwindle to poverty levels. We will unite the membership by fighting for retiree pension increases and by bringing back pensions for ALL current workers.
We need a united membership to win strong contracts. Racism, sexism, and all forms of bigotry and oppression weaken our union and need to be eradicated from our workplaces. We also need solidarity with all workers’ struggles, from Starbucks to Amazon to workers around the globe.
To maintain our strength and ensure a just transition for autoworkers, the UAW must successfully organize new workplaces in the electric vehicles, battery, and related industries. The UAW’s failure to organize foreign-owned auto plants has weakened us and must be reversed.
Reverse the obscene salary increase for officers approved in 2018; restore dues to two hours per month; and raise funds by organizing new members and raising pay. One Member, One Vote was only the beginning. We must further empower the membership and local unions.
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