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You can’t make a quality vehicle without quality parts. And there’s no way to build a strong union for auto workers without strong representation from workers who make seats, interiors, batteries and other key vehicle components.
Tens of thousands of workers who work in plants that supply parts to major auto manufacturers are UAW members. UAW members in this sector make components that go into every major make and model of vehicle produced in the U.S, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. UAW members are involved in every aspect of automotive production, including:
"Our members have worked really well with developing a strong relationship with the company and that makes a difference. The industry has seen some changes, but as union members we are better positioned to survive even the toughest times."
|Steve Iliff, President
UAW Local 317
UAW members work at more than two dozen major automotive suppliers at locations across the United States. The downturn in auto sales which took place in 2008 and 2009 has caused a great deal of economic hardship among workers in the auto supply industry. UAW members in this sector, through their collective bargaining power, have had much greater success in protecting jobs, income, health care and pensions than workers at non-union suppliers.
To assist workers in the auto supply industry and related manufacturing companies in maintaining the highest possible standard of wages and benefits, the UAW Competitive Shops/Independents, Parts and Suppliers (CS/IPS) Department assists local union negotiators in bargaining national agreements with parts and supplier companies, which typically cover agreements at multiple facilities of the same employer.
The CS/IPS Department also supports UAW members working at companies without national agreements, by providing wage and benefit comparisons and assisting with local negotiations when requested.
UAW wage and hour industry councils bring together union members working in similar sectors of the auto parts industry. By working together, UAW members who work for different employers can defend decent wages and benefits and work to build union density in auto parts and supplier industries. Some recent examples of this strategy in action:
"Our members have worked really well with developing a strong relationship with the company and that makes a difference,” said UAW Local 1327 President Steve Iliff, of Bluffton, Ohio where UAW members at Tower produce heavy frames for Ford, Chrysler and Nissan trucks. “The industry has seen some changes, but as union members we are better positioned to survive even the toughest times."