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Delegates Adopt Resolutions On Health And Safety, Trade, Forming Alliances And Promoting UAW Products

Delegates adopted the following resolutions on Day 3 of the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention:

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace – Delegates approved this resolution aimed at health and safety education, stronger member engagement and mandated state-of-the-art Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) testing facilities. Additionally, the proposal focuses on taking political action including reversing budget cuts at (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Also, the resolution calls for enhanced federal health and safety research capabilities and a push in research into the prevention of breast and prostate cancers that are linked to workplace chemical exposures.

  • Trade Policy - Delegates committed to fighting for fair trade agreements with strong protections for workers, consumers and the environment. The resolution outlines ways to accomplish this to ensure that any phase-out of U.S. tariffs on Japanese automobiles and parts will be conditional on a genuine opening of the Japanese auto market, using a concrete benchmark for non-Japanese vehicles and parts, and fighting for strong labor and environmental standards in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • Forming Lasting Labor and Community Alliances – Delegates agreed to the importance of continuing to work together with the community, passing this resolution that will achieve collective progress through connecting with our communities and building long lasting relationships. Steps to accomplish this include developing strategies to form deep and long-lasting community-labor alliances at national, regional and local levels, training labor and community activists on issues raised by our communities and allies, and promoting cross-cultural exchanges among union and nonunion workers and community members.

  • Promoting UAW products and Services – Delegates voiced unanimous support stepping up the promotion of UAW products and services through and other vehicles, looking for the union label – and especially the UAW label – when making purchasing decisions as individuals and within our local unions. The resolution also calls for banning sweatshop-produced imports from our union halls, union events and union-sponsored sports teams.


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