UAW Local 599

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Bobbie Billingsley Worked to Help Others

Renee Seals bought a small metal cross to put on the door at UAW Local 112 when her friend Bobbie Billingsley suddenly died in a car accident. The 18-inch cross helped let members know that there wouldn’t be a union meeting that night.

Seals, a quality team member at the Vance, Alabama, Mercedes-Benz plant and a trustee of the local, brought the cross home with her to honor her friend who worked hard in the ongoing drive to bring UAW representation to the facility.

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Town Hall Shows Unity, Community Support

James Martin is on temporary total disability because of the time he spent working at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, Ohio. He suffers from diminished lung capacity that, according to his doctor, was caused by working with isocyanate glues and primers, powerful chemicals which are known to cause asthma and other breathing problems.

Martin’s life has been drastically changed by the fast-growing Chinese company’s inattention to worker health and safety. He knows he would likely still be working if he was represented by the UAW.

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We are rerunning this story from last year's May-June Solidarity magazine for Mother's Day this year. Mothers are an important part of everyone's life and knowing the power of a union helps them is a solid reminder that the only place women will get equal pay and benefits is when they are in a union.

 

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May marks the 82nd anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Three months later, the Japanese would surrender, Victory in Japan (VJ) Day. These two events were major milestones in the history of the United States and could not have been accomplished without the sacrifices of many, including those who never came home.

While the fighting in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters raged, another battle was being conducted on the home front – keeping our troops and those of our allies supplied with enough arms, food, clothing and other necessities so they could defeat the Axis powers. That battle took the concentrated efforts of many UAW members.

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The United States Supreme Court: Why It Matters to UAW Members

Presidential and congressional elections rightfully dominated the national news and our attention last year. Their decisions impact nearly every facet of our lives. The wages we earn, water we drink, our ability to protect ourselves from terrorism, and the education our children receive are all directly impacted by their decisions. That said, we are a nation of laws and our Constitution establishes limits to their power....

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The March-April Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online!

View and download the latest issue, here >>>

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... Read more >>>

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