"Bringing greater democracy to our workplaces is what our union is all about. In the current economic environment, it is more important than ever for UAW members to assert their voice in workplace and business decisions. No one has more at risk and therefore no one is more committed to the long term success of an enterprise than workers. Unlike transient business executives, workers hold a long-term interest in the success of their workplaces. A thriving, growing enterprise not only provides economic security to its workers, but allows families and communities to achieve stability and the potential for growth and prosperity. A successful enterprise also affords workers a greater opportunity to build towards their retirement security and provides job opportunities for future generations of workers..."
"To create a more democratic workplace, the bargaining objectives of UAW members include:
- Worker participation and representation in decision making at every level of the enterprise, from the shop and workplace floor, to boards of directors and oversight committees. Worker involvement in the governance of an enterprise is crucial to building security for workers and the communities in which they live. That is as true for public bodies and non-profit agencies as it is for corporations.
- Creation of works councils at the workplace, national and global level to provide an ongoing, structured vehicle for worker involvement and a collective voice for all of an employer’s workers in corporate decisions. The costs of global works councils should be paid by the employer.
- Contractual provisions which afford the union with regular access to relevant financial information, including not only financial statements with back-up data but business plans, projections of future performance and models upon which such projections are based.
- Crafting, securing and implementing contractual language that permits and strengthens the voice of workers in decisions that affect our jobs, from investment and capital expenditure decisions, placement of product within our manufacturing workplaces, health and safety considerations, sourcing determinations and use of outside contractors.
- Creating and strengthening employee involvement programs that not only afford workers input and respect the collective bargaining process, but also foster an environment where workers are included in deliberation and decision making on job design, determining new methods of organizing work, enhancing productivity and safety in the workplace.
- Establishing, maintaining and building upon joint labor-management programs. Joint programs that focus on enhancing our members’ understanding of the financial situation, business model and the competitive environment in which their company, agency or organization operates help to engage workers more meaningfully in organizational decision-making."