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36th CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE REPORT
The convention was called to order on Monday, June 2, 2014 with opening remarks from UAW President Bob King and a brief welcome from Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit. One of the highlights of the day included remarks from Frank Patta, General Secretary, Volkswagen Global Group Works Council. The Social Justice Award was presented to Berthold Huber, President, IndustriALL and finally UAW President Bob King’s State of the Union address. The day concluded with mostly administrative business.
Tuesday morning started straight away with reading proposed resolutions. After each proposed resolution was read, every region was given the opportunity to speak for or against the proposal. However, I am sad to report that not one of the seven resolutions submitted by UAW Local 31 made it out of committee. There is a complete list of proposed resolutions at the Union Hall and in the Learning Center.
Wednesday, President Bob King spoke on how all other labor unions, IBEW, Teamsters, ironworkers, etc., have all raised their dues over the years. He also spoke to the fact that only 1.4% of our union dues come out of our 40 hours worked and many other labor unions take 1.4% out of all hours worked including overtime. Then, Article 16 (union dues increase) our most challenging resolution was read. After the best democratic debate I have ever witnessed, there was a procedural “call for the question”. President King took a voice vote and then by a show of hands the delegation overwhelmingly voted in favor of the resolution.
On Thursday, Article 29, Communications, dealing with Solidarity Magazine was discussed and voted on to have the magazine put online at uaw.org. This resolution will streamline communications as well as facilitating a large cost savings. If you would like to continue to receive Solidarity in the mail you will be asked to submit a card with your address of record.
Lastly the proposed resolution “Building Power by Organizing” was introduced. Our discussion was that we need to personally commit to support the UAW’s organizing efforts and recruit others to support them as well. Each and every one of us can and must be an organizer. Through our own participation, activism and leadership we control the direction of the UAW. Strengthening our union is our responsibility, each time we talk about the union as something other than all of us we are playing into the hands of bosses and billionaires who dismiss us. We are the UAW.
A heart felt thank you from the elected UAW Local 31 Constitutional Delegation for your vote of confidence in representing our great local. I think all of us delegates would agree that we had a very spirited convention and that the open democratic debates showed that our members are tired of economic inequities and we want to return to the equality and social justice that is the beating heart of our union.
Our new International Executive Board elected is:
President: Dennis Williams
Secretary-Treasurer: Gary Casteel – UAW finances, Transnational Organizing, Mitsubishi Motors
Vice President: Jimmy Settles – Ford Motor Company and Aerospace
Vice President: Cindy Estrada – Cindy Estrada - General Motors Corporation and Independents, Parts and Suppliers
Vice President: Norwood Jewell: Chrysler Group LLC, Agricultural Implement, Heavy Truck and General Dynamics
Vicki S. Hale
UAW Local 31
The GimmeFIVE program was launched at the 35th UAW Convention in June 2010 by President Bob King, the newly elected International Officers and Regional Directors, and the UAW Local Union Delegates. GimmeFIVE recruits and engages members in a new and innovative mobilizing program to Organize, Build Power and Win Justice for our union and community. TOGETHER WE WIN! more info...