Service & Solidarity Spotlight: UAW Video, ‘Broken Promises,’ Shows the Roots of the Strike Against the Big Three Automakers

UAW members walk the picket line.

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The UAW released a new video, “Broken Promises,” that reveals the deep roots of the union’s ongoing strike against the Big Three automakers. The video, narrated by UAW President Shawn Fain, describes the deal made during the Great Recession when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Fain said, “The deal was, UAW members take some short-term cuts for the long-term survival of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.” Those short-term cuts have lasted 15 years. Autoworkers hired after 2007 have been denied the pensions and retiree health care coverage won by generations of members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America before them. 

Watch the video.