UAW officials say the creation of Local 42 will avoid the need for another election that could involve “third-party interference.”
Attendees heard from Teamsters President James Hoffa, followed by newly-elected UAW President Dennis Williams delivering his inaugural address.
Representatives from local unions across the nation approved the increase with a show of hands, raising dues from two hours of pay per month to 2 1/2 hours.
Leadership, organizing and dues are high on the minds of delegates meeting in Detroit for the first day of the UAW’s Constitutional Convention.
It’s a campaign by unions to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage
“Kevyn Orr is in the governor’s office right now, calling in individual lawmakers, trying to explain why they need to vote yes,”
In a statement, the mediators say the terms are “fair and balanced” and provide security for workers and economic feasibility for Detroit.
Uniformed retirees would see no cuts to their pension benefits under an agreement between the city of Detroit and police and fire unions.
“How are we going to be able to recruit firefighters and police officers. How are we going to be able to retain firefighters and police officers?”
A judge has rejected a challenge to a key portion of a Michigan law that allows workers to have a job without giving financial support to a union.