|UAW Local 1714|
200 delegates from auto plants all over the United States meet in Detroit for the founding convention of the United Automobile Workers of America.
UAW launches historic Flint, Michigan, sit-down strike at GM Dec. 30. Strike ends Feb. 11, 1937, after GM agrees to negotiate with union.
After striking Ford for 10 days, UAW wins union shop, dues checkoff and grievance procedure in the first contract.
UAW Vice President Walter Reuther proposes converting auto plants to arsenals for democracy to build 500 planes a day.
First UAW Women’s Conference – UAW is the first union to hold one – calls for full employment and equal pay for women.
Walter Reuther elected fourth UAW president.
UAW wins first Annual Improvement Factor raise at GM, recognizing workers’ contributions to regular productivity increases, and first union contract containing an escalator clause tied to the cost-of-living index.
First employer-paid and jointly administered pension program won at Ford Motor Co.
UAW wins Supplemental Unemployment Benefits at Ford – a first in the industry – as part of an effort to win a guaranteed annual wage for workers.
At GM, union wins first fully paid hospitalization and sick benefits, and agreement for no discrimination on basis of race, creed, color or national origin.
UAW is major supporter of the March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. UAW lobbies for civil rights law.
Fully paid hospitalization, surgical and medical insurance won for Big Three retirees.
Leonard Woodcock becomes fifth UAW president.
30-and-out at any age negotiated for Big Three workers.
Douglas A. Fraser elected sixth UAW president.
UAW wins profit sharing, Guaranteed Income Stream, moratorium on plant closings and company-funded training programs at GM and Ford.
Owen Bieber elected seventh UAW president.
More than 22,000 State of Michigan employees join UAW.
Nelson Mandela receives UAW membership card while visiting members at Dearborn’s Ford Rouge complex following release from prison in South Africa.
Stephen P. Yokich elected eighth UAW president.
UAW wins Election Day as paid holiday for Detroit Three workers.
Ron Gettelfinger elected ninth UAW president.gettelfinger No tie
Workers at Thomas Built Buses in North Carolina vote for UAW representation, defeating a Right-To-Work challenge and bringing a total of UAW represented workers in the Freightliner system to 8,000.
More than 6,367 casino dealers and slot technicians in Atlantic City, N.J., Evansville, Ind., and Norwich, Conn., vote to join UAW.
To prevent collapse of auto industry, GM and Chrysler are granted federally guaranteed loans to allow them to survive.
UAW Ford workers ratify contract modifications to 2007 labor agreement and funding changes to VEBA trust for retiree health care.
Bob King elected 10th UAW president.
Amid the amazing turnaround following the historic auto industry crisis, the UAW wins commitments from the three domestic automakers to create more than 20,000 new direct jobs to the economy
The UAW and its members play a critical role at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and in getting President Obama re-elected, with UAW members taking center stage and President Bob King giving remarks to delegates.
Dennis Williams elected at the UAW’s 11th president. Immediate steps are taken to trim expenses and place the union on a path to a balanced budget.
Members of Local 3555 in Las Vegas become the first UAW members to win a contract on “The Strip” in Las Vegas. Gaming members for that local soon expand the UAW’s footprint in Las Vegas by helping dealers at The LINQ casino organize.