UAW-Wide Referendum on Direct Elections

UAW members across the country have voted overwhelmingly in support of direct elections for top leaders of the UAW International. This week, the UAW Monitor released initial results of the UAW-wide referendum on union democracy showing that UAW members have decisively chosen to change the way the president and other top leaders are elected from a delegate system to direct elections. Of the over 140,000 ballots cast, 63.7% of total voters and 69.3% of voting UAW 5810 members chose direct elections. You can read coverage of the election here.

The next election for the International Executive Board of the UAW is scheduled to take place next summer. All UAW members will now have a direct say over the leadership and direction of our union. 

This is a resounding victory for the thousands of UAW members across all sectors–from manufacturing to higher education–who have pushed for a stronger and more democratic union. Postdocs and other academic employees have played a significant role in the efforts for reform in the UAW and the broader labor movement. Last December, the UAW 5810 Joint Council passed a resolution in support of direct elections and other union reforms, including smaller UAW regions and redoubling efforts to organize the unorganized. 


Matt Shutzer

UAW 5810 Postdoc Head Steward, UC Berkeley

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