The goal of the Community Services Department is
to work with UAW members and their families to improve and maintain
their health, well being, and quality of life through the promotion
of education, training, program development and linkages between
worksites, labor and the community.
America today is facing an unprecedented assault
on the well being of children, the elderly, the poor and families
in general. Community empowerment and involvement require shifting
the responsibility for planning and decision making from agencies
and professionals to the community. Concerted effort is needed to
develop a framework of inclusion of UAW members working together
to build coalitions between union and community groups, both formal
and informal, in all volunteer and prevention effort.
The Community Services Department along with UAW
- Assist local unions to develop and strengthen their Community
- Conduct conferences, seminars, institutes, and special workshops
to assist our members, their families, and communities.
- Assist local unions and work with state,
county and local United Way agencies during strikes, plant closings
and long-term unemployment.
- Help local UAW community services committees
to develop union awareness and education in the areas of prevention
of substance abuse, domestic violence and workplace violence.
The Community Services Department along with local
union Community Services Committees support, endorse and volunteer
for agencies such as the American Red Cross and United Way. These
agencies assist our members and the community at large when disaster
strikes, whether that disaster is a tornado or a plant closing.
UAW Region 8 members have a relationship with agencies
that support all of their perspective communities. It is a sincere
commitment, motivated by a desire to help those who may not be able
to help themselves. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
- UAW retirees in Florida have volunteered and been trained in disaster
relief by the American Red Cross.
- Local 1413 in Huntsville, Alabama has raised approximately
$24,700.00 and 5,000 units of blood since 1985 to help those in
need. This community services committee has been recognized for
its commitment to a better community by the Alabama AFL-CIO, the
American Red Cross and the International UAW Community Services
- Saturn Local 1853 in Springhill, Tennessee negotiated paid leave
time to assist in disasters. These local union volunteers have responded
to a tornado in Oklahoma and Hurricane Lili in the Gulf.
-In Memphis, Local 2406, which has only been chartered
since November of 1999, is involved year-round in many food and
clothing drives and are especially active at Christmas with the
Grace House in Sardis, Mississippi and the Angel Tree program. They
have instituted an Emergency Response Team which is responsible
for saving at least one life in the short time it has been in effect.
-UAW Local 2195, located in Tanner, Alabama has
a very active Community Services Committee that is especially busy
during the Christmas season. They are involved in the angel tree
program, hold a Christmas concert to purchase toys and clothing
for needy children, and they have a Santa Train that goes through
the plant, auctioning off donated gifts to buy toys for the Salvation
Army. They also collect donations for the American Heart Association's
"Heart Walk" each year.
Many of our members in Region 8 are actively involved
in community services. Let us know what you're doing either as an
individual or with your Local Union, CAP Council, or Retiree Chapter
and we will share the information with future updates.