are a union that works to build a better future by raising the standard
of living of its members by improving their working conditions and
by protecting workers against injustice on the job and in their community.
Our union believes that the future can be what the people want to
make it. We have joined together in the UAW to make our lives and
the lives of our families more secure by using our union's democratic
processes to win higher wages, greater protection, better living conditions,
and retirement security.
With our wives (or husbands), children, parents and other dependents
there are approximately four million of us. Hundreds of thousands
of us are women. Thousands of us are minority groups. We are not
sure of these statistics because we don't ask and we don't care
except to remedy an injustice resulting from the fact of unequal
opportunity for any one of us. We are of every decent you can think
of. We are French speaking in Quebec and Spanish speaking unionist
swell our ranks by the tens of thousands.
How we work
We are people, all kinds of people- but because we are UAW we are
in one important respect not like any other people. We in the UAW
are believers- believers in justice; believers in the capacity of
men and women to remake their world according to their moral convictions;
believers who call meetings, who go to conferences, who write and
distribute leaflets, appear before legislatures and congress, send
letters, e-mails and make phone call to politicians, wear buttons,
make demands on companies, on the community, on society.
We have made civil and human rights our vital concern; we join with
all our heart in the war against poverty; we work with our union
brothers and sister throughout the world to fight injustices practiced
by the global corporations.
What we seek
When we bargain with the giant corporations,
we seek more than wage increases or improvements in working conditions.
We seek human dignity, compassion for our old and our ill, and justice
Unions set their social and economic goals in the
early days of the 19th century. The first of which was a conviction
that the promise of American democracy should be fulfilled in terms
of equality of opportunity and the uprooting of class privileges.
The deepest conviction of the early unionist was that America, in
its professions of democracy, was beholden to provide all its citizens
an equal opportunity for education. This dream is yet to be fulfilled,
but we must continue the fight-in the community, in the legislative
halls-in picket lines -wherever the fight for justice and freedom
will take us.