News from the AFL-CIO
- UAW Releases 2019 Union-Made Vehicle Buying Guide
December, 13 2018
UAW Releases 2019 Union-Made Vehicle Buying Guide
- Buick LaCrosse
- Cadillac ATS
- Cadillac CTS
- Cadillac CT6 (excluding plug-in hybrid)
- Chevrolet Bolt (electric)
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Chevrolet Cruze*
- Chevrolet Cruze (diesel)
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Chevrolet Volt (electric)
- Ford Mustang
- Ford Taurus
- Lincoln Continental
- Chevrolet Colorado
- Chevrolet Medium-Duty Navistar Silverado (crew cab)
- Chevrolet Medium-Duty Navistar Silverado (regular cab)
- Chevrolet Silverado**
- Ford F Series
- Ford F-650/750
- Ford Ranger
- Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab
- GMC Canyon
- GMC Sierra**
- Ram 1500*
- Buick Enclave
- Cadillac Escalade
- Cadillac Escalade ESV
- Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
- Cadillac XT4
- Cadillac XT5
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Tahoe (police)
- Chevrolet Tahoe (special service)
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Dodge Durango
- Ford Escape
- Ford Expedition
- Ford Explorer
- GMC Acadia
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Yukon Hybrid
- GMC Yukon XL
- Jeep Cherokee
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Jeep Wrangler
- Lincoln MKC
- Lincoln Navigator
- Chevrolet Express
- Chevrolet Express (cut-away)
- Ford E-Series (cut-away)
- Ford Transit
- GMC Savana
- GMC Savana (cut-away)
- Cadillac XTS
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Impala (police)
- Chrysler 300
- Dodge Challenger
- Dodge Charger
- Chevrolet Equinox*
- Ford Edge
- Ford Flex
- Lincoln MKT
- Lincoln Nautilus
- Chevrolet Silverado (double cab)
- GMC Sierra (double cab)
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Grand Caravan
These vehicles are made in the United States or Canada by members of the UAW and Canada’s Unifor union, formerly the Canadian Auto Workers. Because of the integration of vehicle production in both countries, all of the vehicles listed as made in Canada include significant UAW-made content and support the jobs of UAW members.
However, vehicles marked with a single asterisk (*) are also produced in Mexico. Vehicles marked with a double asterisk (**) are produced in Mexico and Canada. All Cruze hatchbacks and some sedans are produced in Mexico. The diesel version is manufactured in the United States by UAW members. The Chevrolet Equinox is manufactured in Canada by Unifor members and also in Mexico.
Beginning in mid-2019, all heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras will be built in Flint, Michigan, only. In early 2019, the light-duty, regular cabs of both trucks will be produced in Mexico only.
When purchasing a vehicle marked with an asterisk, it’s important to check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A VIN beginning with “1” or “4” or “5” identifies a U.S.-made vehicle; a “2” identifies a Canadian-made vehicle; a “3” identifies a vehicle made in Mexico. Not all vehicles made in the United States or Canada are built by union-represented workers. Vehicles not listed here, even if produced in the United States or Canada, are not union made.
Thu, 12/13/2018 – 09:21
- Ohio’s Ironworkers Local 290 Invests in the Future
December, 12 2018
Ohio’s Ironworkers Local 290 Invests in the Future
One of the country’s best-kept secrets is that the American labor movement trains more workers than any organization other than the U.S. military. Apprenticeships and job training programs represent a powerful, life-changing opportunity that unions are in a unique position to provide. When those resources are made readily available to working people, membership growth often follows.
That’s a major reason why the leadership of Ironworkers Local 290 in Dayton, Ohio, has made expanding their training capacity a top priority. Given expected growth in the construction industry, the local is positioning itself to train more apprentices and grow its ranks.
“We knew we had a big, big problem,” said Local 290 Business Manager Jeff Bush.
Limited to four small classrooms and unable to build out its facility, the local went about finding a new home for the program. It purchased a 45,000 square-foot industrial building on six acres of property, renovating the space into a massive new training center.
Initially facing hesitation from members over the prospect of leaving their longtime union hall, the investment quickly proved its worth.
In the three years since the move, the local has dramatically expanded its training and outreach programs, launching daytime training, partnering with local high schools and recruiting existing skilled tradesmen to pursue membership and certification.
Local 290’s class of first-year apprentices has ballooned to 78, and affiliated contractors are welcoming the highly skilled graduates with open arms.
“Since we have made this move, every member is ecstatic about it. They’re bragging to all their people. They bring people through,” said Bush. “Nobody likes change, but we have to change or one day we’ll be sitting here wondering what happened to us.”
That willingness to change—coupled with a dedication to fostering a relationship with the community and providing value to working people—has proven to be a powerful organizing strategy. Over the past 18 months, the local’s membership rosters have skyrocketed by 25%. What’s more, Local 290 is now in a strategic position to lead the local building trades in the political and organizing fights that lie ahead.
Wed, 12/12/2018 – 12:04
- State of the Unions’ Podcast with Sara Nelson: Aviation’s First Responders
December, 12 2018
State of the Unions’ Podcast with Sara Nelson: Aviation’s First Responders
Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. In the latest episode of our podcast, “State of the Unions,” we talk to UNITE HERE’s Rachel Gumpert about recent worker victories at Marriott and go in-depth with Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Sara Nelson.
“State of the Unions” captures the stories of workers across the country. It’s co-hosted by two young and diverse members of the AFL-CIO team: Mobilization Director Julie Greene and Executive Speechwriter Tim Schlittner. A new episode will drop every other Wednesday featuring interesting interviews with workers and our allies across the country, as well as compelling insights from the podcast’s hosts.
Listen to our previous episodes:
- Special Episode: What’s Wrong with GM? with longtime UAW member Brad Markell.
- Discussing the midterms and the future of labor with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
- Our midterm recap with Rep. Conor Lamb from Pennsylvania.
- Talking about union members in office with Mayor Dahlia Vertreese of Hillside, New Jersey.
- An interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, Michigan, water crisis whistleblower.
- Inaugural episode where you can learn about hosts Julie and Tim.
Wed, 12/12/2018 – 10:43
- ‘A Handle on Our Future’
December, 11 2018
‘A Handle on Our Future’
As details of the agreements between UNITE HERE workers and Marriott become public, one thing is clear: These victories provide a blueprint for collective bargaining going forward. As Brian Lang, president of UNITE HERE Local 26 in Boston said, “It changes people’s expectations about what’s possible.”
For more than two months, 7,700 hotel workers from Boston to Hawaii went on strike, demanding better wages and respect from Marriott, the most profitable hotel chain in the world.
These workers not only won better wages, they won a better future. Their wins could show the way forward for all workers, whether they’re in a union or not.
While the contracts vary by each location, here are six top noteworthy wins from across the country:
A 20% raise over 4.5 years;
A 37% increase in pension contributions;
Six weeks of paid maternity leave, plus two weeks for spouses;
A paid holiday for every worker who becomes an American citizen;
Advance notice and training for workers whose jobs will be affected by new technology; and
Cutting-edge sexual harassment protections for workers.
The technology provisions of these contracts are especially noteworthy, as workers won the right to be at the bargaining table to discuss things like automated check-ins or robotic bellhops, instead of management deploying them without workers’ input.
“We want to have a handle on our future. This is an act of self-determination,” said Jean Te’o-Gibney, UNITE HERE Local 5 member and Royal Hawaiian front desk worker.
Tue, 12/11/2018 – 14:58
- Equal and Inalienable Rights
December, 10 2018
Equal and Inalienable Rights
Seventy years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Translated into more than 500 languages, it recognized that “the inherent dignity and…equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
Article 23 of the declaration lays out the economic rights of working people, including:
The right to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
The right to equal pay for equal work without discrimination.
The right to just and favorable wages that ensure human dignity—supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
The right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of one’s interests.
The working people of the labor movement have organized, marched and fought toward securing those rights as a universal reality. In the face of a corporate right-wing campaign to destroy these fundamental freedoms, the AFL-CIO is carrying on the work of defending our rights and dignities on the job. Do your part today by taking action to protect working people.
Mon, 12/10/2018 – 13:42
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