Solidarity Magazine

The magazine for UAW members and their families. 

UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz retired May 31 after 47 years as an active member of our union. Lortz, served as Region 2B director and as a member of the UAW International Executive Board since April 2009.

It has been a busy year so allow me to briefly share with you what our region and active and retired members have been doing and where we are headed.

As I was preparing for this segment of Region 1 action line, I was given an excellent article written by Ken Lambert, past president of Local 2280. Retired Director Joe Peters released it in September-October 2009.

I believe it is worthy of being re-released for the benefit of our newer membership and as a reminder to everyone that the union has made a tremendous impact on society and it continues to fight for ALL workers:

Every three years during the spring, many of our local unions in Region 1A go through their elections. It’s a cornerstone of our great union’s democracy where members in good standing decide who they want to represent them. The process can be lively, to say the least, as candidates campaign on their records or for change.

As demand for his Model T skyrocketed, Henry Ford embarked on an ambitious project to build the world's largest industrial complex. The Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, housed everything needed for automobile production in one massive complex – from refining raw materials to assembly line.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card giving the U.S. a D+. The infrastructure is made up of sectors like aviation, bridges, drinking water, education, electricity, roads and rail.
The UAW’s core values affect everything we are and do: how we bargain, how we endorse candidates, how we conduct ourselves and how we treat each other.

It’s said that life’s no picnic, but on June 18 International Picnic Day it is!

Lay out a blanket on a warm day this weekend in the park, fire up the grill or pack your picnic basket with quality, union-made drinks and eats. Now there’s an easy way to make sure your supplies are union made.