I look to the past to see what our forefathers have done for our great union and think about what is the legacy that our union will leave behind. Struggle has always been a part of this union’s history and will continue to be part of our future. Through the decades our union leaders gathered together our members for a unified objective that all workers shall achieve the ultimate goal of social and economic justice.
Our union organized and fought for improved working conditions, shorter hours, higher wages, holiday pay, health care, and pensions to maintain and protect the interests of the workers. The UAW has been steadfast in improving safety in the workplace and the working environment of each and every laborer.
One objective of the UAW has been to educate our members in the history of the Labor Movement in order to maintain a strong intelligent membership who vote and work for the election of candidates and the passage of legislation that supports labor. The UAW has worked directly and indirectly to improve the interests of our members. The future we seek is one of equality and justice for all.
Walter Reuther’s enduring speech with the famous words of, “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls”, has never been more accurate than at this time. Unions are slowly being dismantled by elected government officials who do not support labor. Our union is being attacked from all sides and we are in a fight for survival.
We fight not just for ourselves but for entire communities. There is hope, there is a dream, and it’s all possible when we come together as a visible symbol of strength to work toward a common goal. By doing this, we can and will achieve improvements in social and economic conditions for all.