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Going Into Classrooms With Our Story
By Ann Skelton

Just a look at where we have been:
1935
UAW Chartered
1935-36-37
Sit down strikes
1937
Union Security
1939
Overtime Pay
1940
Union Shop
1941
Paid Vacations
1941
UAW Organizes Ford
Union Recognition
Seniority
Representation
Grievance procedure
Grievance Procedure
No Discrimination
20 Cents an Hour Wage Increase
2- Hour Call in Pay
Time and One Half After 8 Hours
Double Time for Sundays
Double Time for Holidays
5 Cents an hour Shift Premium
Dues Check off Procedure
No More "Goons" and Company Spies
1942
Improved call-in-pay
1946
Check-off
1945-46
113 -day strike at GM sets post war pattern
1947
11.5 Cents per Hour General Wage Increase
Additional Five Percent ( 5%) for Skilled Trades
Six Paid Holidays Established
1948
13 Cents per Hour General Wage Increase
10 Cents Per Hour Midnight Shift Premium
7 Cents per Hour Afternoon Shift
Improved Vacation
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Coverage made Available
1949
$ 100. Per Month Pension at 65
Prorated Pension at 60
Disability Retirement
Improved Insurance Program
Understanding for Subcontracting Skilled Maintenance
COLA
Annual Improvement Factor
5 Cents per Hour Bonus for 7-Day Workers
3 Weeks Vacation after 15 Years

1950
104-day strike at Chrysler wins funded pensions
1953
Insurance for Retired Workers
Special Skilled Trades Increase
Annual Improvement Factor Increased
Improvements in COLA and Pensions
1955
Supplemental employment
Benefits S.U.B.
Improved holidays.
1958
Jury Duty Pay
Improved Sub
Increased Shift Premiums
Separation Pay
Improved COLA (Fold in 15 Cents)
Improved Pensions Insurance, Apprenticeships standards
Saturday made Premium Day
1961
AMC Wins Profit Sharing
Anti-discrimination
Improved relief time
Short Work Week
Increase in Survivor Benefits

1961
AFL-CIO Merge
1964
Early Retirement (85 points)
Increases Pensions, Active and Retired
Increased Survivor Benefits
Life Sickness Accident Insurance Paid by Company
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield for Retiree Company Paid
AIF Increased (2.8%) and Increased Relief Time
7-Day Operation Bonus Doubled
2 Paid Holidays Added
40-Hour Paid Absence Allowance
Bereavement Pay Established
Tuition Refund
Christmas Bonus
1967
20 Cents General Wage Increase
30 Cents Skilled Trades
2 New Holidays
Prescription Drug Program
Military Duty Paid
Non-Promotional Transfers
Survivor Spouse Insurance Paid by Company
1967
Master Agreement at Caterpillar & Deere
1968
UAW leaves AFL-CIO
Late 1960's and early 1970's US auto companies export car factories rather than cars
1970
50 Cents Wage Increase
30 and Out Retirement
Unbroken Christmas Holidays
Increases in Sub, Insurance, Pensions
5-Week Vacation for 20 Year Employees
Prescription Drug for Retirees
New Member Orientation Program
Additional Relief Time and Representatives
1973
37 Cents Wage Increase
Dental Plan
Friday after Thanksgiving
Health and Safety Representative
25 and Out Foundry Retirement
Right to Strike over Outside Contracting
Improvements Sub, Vacation and Insurance
1975-1979
Japanese share of US auto sales up to 22.6%
1976
Scheduled paid
Personal holidays
Visual, hearing
Dental improvements
Benefits Representative
12 Days PPH
1979
Improved Pensions 30 and Out $935.00
Stock Ownership Plan
1 ¼ Time 7 Day Operations
Improved Skilled Trades Right to strike, Tool and Apprenticeship
New Technology Training
Increased Worker Involvement in decision making
Additional PPH total 26 days
1981
PATCO busted
UAW organizes Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan
UAW rejoins the AFL-CIO
1982
Moratorium on Outsourcing Related Plant Closing
Outsourcing Language
Guaranteed Income Stream Benefits
Profit Sharing
Training for Displaced Workers
Strengthened SUB Plan
Management Equality of Sacrifice
Economic reopener Clause
Advance notification of Plant Closings
New hires paid 85%
PPH days eliminated
1984
Full Plant Closing Moratorium
Protective Employee Program (No Layoff because of outsourcing)
Legal Services Benefit
Employee Assistance Representative
Attendance Bonus
MLK Jr Holiday (3)
Excessive overtime curbed
1987
Improved Profit Sharing, Insurances & Apprenticeship Agreement
Improved Health & Safety Program
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
No COLA Diversions
Strict outsourcing Controls
Increased Pension to $1500.00 at 30 and out
UAW Voice in Quality
1990
Job and Income Security ($ 1.6 Billion)
3% Wage Increase- Two 3% Lump Sums
Christmas Bonuses
Improved Pensions, Profit Sharing, Health Care
Expanded Health and Safety Representation
Job Security- Penalties for Excessive Overtime
Establishment of Physical Fitness Centers
Pilot Child Care Center
Special Skill Trades Increase
1993
Job and Income Security ($1.156 Billion Dollars)
Improved SUB Benefits
3% Wage Increase- Two 3% Lump Sums
Union Involvement in Sourcing
Increased Pensions
Extended Fourth of July Holiday
Special Skilled Trades Adjustment
UAW Involvement in Quality
Added Education Training
1996
3% Wage Increase- $2,000 Up-Front Lump Sum
$1,000 Per Year Tuition Assistance for Children
Increased 30-and-Out Benefits
New Veterans Holiday in Third Year
Supplier Letter Improved
Pension Advances for Current and Retired Workers
Tuition Assistance for Retired Workers
1999
Wages Increase 3% each year in base
November Holiday for Federal Election (in 2000 & 2002)
2001(only) Friday Before Labor Day
Veterans Day Holiday Continues
4-Year Contract / No Plant Closings Life of Contract
Increase Pensions, Insurances
Support of Union Letter to Suppliers
Delphi & GM Contracts Identical
Increase to 5 Days Bereavement for Immediate Family
Improvements in Health and Safety Language

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