The Fall 2019 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online!

The Fall 2019 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

Moving health care in the right direction! The cover story is why universal health care helps us all. Despite UAW efforts, the current system of health insurance still has many challenges. Health care costs continue to rise. Prescription drug costs are out of reach for many Americans. Many UAW members understand that they have more affordable, quality health insurance than most, still far too many Americans are uninsured or underinsured.

In his column, UAW President Rory Gamble talks about a new way forward for the union and the success of new contracts with Ford, General Motors and FCA US that eliminated the permanent status of temporary workers with a defined pathway for temporary workers to become permanent.

UAW members at General Dynamics Land Systems recently ratified a new contract with key gains that include protecting job security, wages and benefits. UAW Local 163 members at Detroit Axle also have a new contract. The five-year deal reduces the time that current members are able to reach max rate by four years.

UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust CEO Francine Parker is retiring after leading the trust since its launch in 2010. Debbie Rittenour was selected following a national search and will join the Trust  Feb. 1.

And there’s much more ….l