Civil and Human Rights Committee

The Civil and Human Rights Committee is an essential guardian of the “No Discrimination” policy of our union. Members of this committee fulfill the local union’s commitment to assure members full rights regardless of religion, race, creed, color, sex, political affiliation or nationality, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The committee informs members of steps and procedures, including filing complaints and hearings, whenever a member or members believe their rights have been violated, either by management or other union members. The committee works toward the elimination of discrimination in the workplace, the community and the nation.

Members of this committee have the opportunity to keep the local union moving forward toward the fulfillment of our UAW commitment on the civil rights front.

This committee needs members who feel a moral obligation to speak out on the issues of intolerance, injustice and bigotry and to rebuke any person or group that expresses such activity.

Below, please find links to helpful resources for finding information about Civil and Human Rights:

A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin founded A. Philip Randolph Institute in 1965, after their group Black-Labor Alliance helped pass the Voting Rights Act, to continue the struggle for social, political and economic justice for all working Americans.

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) – CBTU is an independent voice of black workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and aspirations of black and poor workers. Since its founding conference in 1972, CBTU’s stature among black workers has grown. Currently, more than 50 different international and national unions are represented in the CBTU.

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) – The Coalition of Labor Union Women is America’s only national organization for union women. Formed in 1974, CLUW is a nonpartisan organization within the union movement whose primary mission is to unify all union women in a viable organization to determine our common problems and concerns and to develop action programs within the framework of our unions.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national organization representing the interests of approximately 2 million Latino/a trade unionists throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In this effort, LCLAA works in coalition with other leading organizations to maximize support for economic and social policies that are essential to advancing the interests of Latinos/as.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) – Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of whom are union members, and allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 AAPI union members and in serving as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community.

Pride at Work – Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. They are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO that organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBTQ community to further social and economic justice. From their national office in Washington, DC, we coordinate and support more than 20 Chapters across the country.