· 1935 - The UAW holds its first
convention in Detroit on August 26. There were 200 delegates present and
Francis Dillon is appointed President.
· 1936 - Homer Martin elected
President at the UAW Convention held in South Bend, Indiana.
· 1937 - UAW ends Flint sitdown
strike after GM agrees to negotiate with the union.
· 1939 - UAW Local 602 is granted
a separate charter breaking away from AIW-CIO 182 on January 18. UAW wins
"strategy strike" led by skilled trades workers at GM facilities. The
company recognizes UAW's right to bargain for GM workers, establishes
seniority rights, and lays the ground work for the apprentice program. R.J.
Thomas is elected the third President of the UAW.
· 1940 - UAW wins the first paid
vacation in negotiations with GM. Workers with one year of seniority receive
40 hours of vacation pay per year.
· 1941 - UAW International
Executive Board adopts no strike pledge after the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor and the Congressional Declaration of War against Japan, Italy, and
Germany. The no strike decision was later reaffirmed by a membership poll.
· 1942 - UAW wins doubling of paid
vacation time for workers with five years of seniority. GM contract also
provides a four cents per hour wage increase with six cents per hour
increase for tool and die and some maintenance classifications. Federal
Government establishes War Production Board Labor Division. UAW President
R.J. Thomas serves on the board.
· 1944 - First UAW Women's
Conference calls for full employment and equal pay for women.
· 1945-46 - UAW strikes GM for 113
days. The contract provided an eighteen cents per hour wage increase, dues
check off, and other gains.
· 1946 - Walter Reuther elected
fourth President of the UAW.
· 1947 - Six paid holidays
established in the GM contract setting the pattern for other companies
· 1948 - UAW wins first Annual
Improvement Factor (AIF) raise. The AIF recognizes workers contribution to
productivity increases. Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is also secured
· 1950 - UAW wins union shop
provision in a vote of the workers. First paid hospitalization (partial) and
medical benefits won at the bargaining table.
· 1955 - Supplementary
Unemployment Benefits (SUB) won at Ford. This benefit represented an effort
to win a guaranteed annual wage for workers.
· 1961 - UAW wins fully paid
hospitalization and sickness benefits as well as a no discrimination clause.
· 1963 - UAW joins the March on
Washington and lobbies for the passage of a Civil Rights law.
· 1970 - Walter and May Reuther
die in a tragic plane crash. Leonard Woodcock is named the fifth President
of the UAW. Following a ten week strike, the UAW wins a "30 and out" early
retirement program, uncapped COLA, and up to four weeks paid vacation.
· 1973 - UAW Health and Safety
committees are established.
· 1977 - Douglas Fraser succeeds
Leonard Woodcock as the sixth President of the UAW.
· 1982 - UAW wins profit sharing,
Guaranteed Income Stream (GIS), a moratorium on plant closings, and company
funded training/retraining programs.
· 1983 - Owen Bieber elected the
seventh President of the UAW.
· 1984 - GM contract sets new job
security pattern. Eligible workers with one year or more seniority are
placed in a "job bank" instead of being laid off.
· 1996 - Stephen Yokich elected
the eighth President of the UAW
- Ron Gettlefinger elected the ninth President of the UAW
2010 - Bob King
elected the tenth president of the UAW