Why be a part of something, and not actually be a part of it? I’m referring to being a member of our great union, UAW, and not be involved in making it stronger. We are stronger working together than what we are apart. Sometimes members don’t know where to start in getting involved. There are several ways to become involved, but the 2 most popular ways are attending union meetings or joining a standing committee.
Attending union meetings is like going to the gym. You grumble at the thought of going because it breaks up your day, you hate to leave your family, and/or you have to stop watching the game and drive to the union hall. Once you are at the union hall and especially after it’s over you feel so good about yourself and happy that you went. It’s the best place for camaraderie and to get information on all things local union.
Another way to get involved is to join a standing committee. Standing committees are the building blocks of a strong union. Vibrant local unions and progressive social movements don’t just happen; they are planned for and worked on by our members. Members who care about the future and status of our union and members who care about what kind of future we want for all working families. We have many members that take part in one or more local union standing committees. It gives a feeling of personal accomplishment and pride all while working with your co-workers on projects that are meaningful and purposeful. By working every day to develop and expand our standing and other committees, we can help meet the needs of our members and the community.
Article 44 of the UAW constitution requires each local union to establish 10 identified standing committees, which are: Constitution and Bylaws, Union Label, Education, Conservation and Recreation, Community Services, Civil and Human Rights, CAP, Consumer Affairs, Veterans and Women’s. If you would like to read more information about the standing committees, and/or get a downloadable pdf you can go to uaw.org/standing-committees/.
As our most famous UAW President, Walter Reuther said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” If you would like to be involved with building the power of our union and surrounding communities through standing committees, contact your local leadership.