UAW Local 1714

International History

1935

200 delegates from auto plants all over the United States meet in Detroit for the founding convention of the United Automobile Workers of America.

1936-‘37

UAW launches historic Flint, Michigan, sit-down strike at GM Dec. 30. Strike ends Feb. 11, 1937, after GM agrees to negotiate with union.
Chrysler workers stage sit-downs at all nine Detroit plants to win UAW recognition.

1941

After striking Ford for 10 days, UAW wins union shop, dues checkoff and grievance procedure in the first contract.
UAW International Executive Board adopts a no strike pledge after war breaks out between the United States and Japan.

1942

UAW Vice President Walter Reuther proposes converting auto plants to arsenals for democracy to build 500 planes a day.

1944

First UAW Women’s Conference – UAW is the first union to hold one – calls for full employment and equal pay for women.
First conference of UAW veterans establishes Veterans Bureau and formulates program for returning Gls.

1946

Walter Reuther elected fourth UAW president.
UAW establishes Agricultural Implement Department.Woodcock

1948

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.

1949

First employer-paid and jointly administered pension program won at Ford Motor Co.

1955

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.

1961

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.

1963

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.

1964

Fully paid hospitalization, surgical and medical insurance won for Big Three retirees.

1970

Leonard Woodcock becomes fifth UAW president.
Occupational Safety and Health Act passed; Workers Memorial Day later established to remember those who died on the job.

1973

30-and-out at any age negotiated for Big Three workers.

1977

Douglas A. Fraser elected sixth UAW president.

1982

UAW wins profit sharing, Guaranteed Income Stream, moratorium on plant closings and company-funded training programs at GM and Ford.

Bieber1983

Owen Bieber elected seventh UAW president.

1985

More than 22,000 State of Michigan employees join UAW.

1990

Nelson Mandela receives UAW membership card while visiting members at Dearborn’s Ford Rouge complex following release from prison in South Africa.

1995

Stephen P. Yokich elected eighth UAW president.

1999

UAW wins Election Day as paid holiday for Detroit Three workers.

2002

Ron Gettelfinger elected ninth UAW president.gettelfinger No tie
Strikes at four Johnson Controls facilities win first contracts, union recognition and neutrality agreement covering 26 plants and 8,000 workers.

2005

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.

2007

More than 6,367 casino dealers and slot technicians in Atlantic City, N.J., Evansville, Ind., and Norwich, Conn., vote to join UAW.
Union bargaining at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler achieves unprecedented product guarantees for active UAW members and secure health care benefits for UAW retired members.

2008

To prevent collapse of auto industry, GM and Chrysler are granted federally guaranteed loans to allow them to survive.

2009

UAW Ford workers ratify contract modifications to 2007 labor agreement and funding changes to VEBA trust for retiree health care.
UAW Chrysler members ratify settlement agreement; short-term bankruptcy protection announced to help automaker survive.

2010

Bob King elected 10th UAW president.

2011

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

2012

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.

2014

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.
Local unions are established for workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Mercedes workers in Vance, Alabama.

2015

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.

 

 

 


 

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